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Jun 14, 2024

Week in Review: $50M Police Misconduct Case; Massive Data Breach at Cook County Health

Migrants with schoolchildren losing shelter. Massive data breach at Cook County Health. And Chicago pays its largest-ever police misconduct settlement.

Jun 14, 2024

Lincoln Park Zoo’s Wildest Residents Are a Colony of Free-Range Night Herons Who Like Having Wolves for Bodyguards

The endangered black-crowned night herons aren’t captive, they just happened to build their nests on the grounds of Lincoln Park Zoo. Why? Because they like having bodyguards.

Jun 12, 2024

City Council Votes to Pay $50M to 4 Men Who Each Spent Nearly 20 Years in Prison for Double Murder They Didn’t Commit

The proposed settlement calls for taxpayers to pay $21 million and the city’s insurance company to pay $29 million.

Jun 11, 2024

June 11, 2024 - Full Show

Prosecutors push for prison time for Chicago’s longest-serving alderperson. One on one with the founder of the animal rights group PETA. And cruising the Chicago River on a kayak conservation tour.

Jun 11, 2024

PETA Founder Protests Pork Industry Practices, Reflects on History of Activism

For more than 40 years, PETA has worked to change the way many people think about animals. Attention-grabbing media campaigns have raised the public’s awareness of practices like factory farming, fur production and animal testing — while also drawing backlash at times for the group’s tactics.

Jun 11, 2024

Explore the Chicago River With Shedd Aquarium’s Kayak for Conservation Summer Tours

Shedd Aquarium is once again offering an opportunity to explore the Chicago River while learning about efforts to take care of it. The Kayak for Conservation program offers pay-what-you-can tours.

Jun 11, 2024

Send Ex-Ald. Ed Burke to Prison for 10 Years for ‘Multiyear Crime Spree,’ Prosecutors Urge Judge

Despite having a net worth of $30 million, now former Ald. Ed Burke was “steeped in corruption,” repeatedly choosing “spite and greed – not the public interest,” prosecutors told U.S. District Court Judge Virginia Kendall.

Jun 10, 2024

June 10, 2024 - Full Show

A controversial push to make Chicago’s downtown curfew for teens even earlier. How updating identifying documents could become easier for transgender people. And a look at Illinois’ gun laws in our latest installment of WTTW News Explains. 

Jun 10, 2024

New Bill Awaiting Pritzker’s Signature Would Help Transgender Illinois Residents Update Documents Issued by Other States

The bill allows Illinois residents to get a judicial order to alter the name and sex on birth certificates and other documentation issued in another state. Currently in Illinois, the process no longer requires certification from a health professional, making it easier to request this change.

Jun 10, 2024

Proposal for Curfew of 8 p.m. for Minors Downtown Receives Mixed Response

Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) came up with the idea following a violent attack on May 31 when a group of teenagers allegedly assaulted a couple in the Streeterville neighborhood. The man was hit in the head several times, and the woman was kicked in the stomach, which she said caused her to suffer a miscarriage.

Jun 10, 2024

WTTW News Explains: What Are Illinois’ Gun Laws?

Chicago has a reputation as the City of Big Shoulders. For rough-and-tumble politics. And for having a lot of crime, despite strict gun laws. But what are those laws? WTTW News explains.

Jun 7, 2024

Week in Review: Biden Takes Executive Action at the Border; Chicago Police Prep for the DNC

Chicago police learn new tactics to handle mass protests ahead of the DNC. And could the president’s new border policy mitigate migrants coming to the city?

Jun 6, 2024

More Than Half of Migrants Forced to Leave City Shelters Immediately Returned, Chicago Officials Say

The acknowledgement that approximately 500 people returned to city shelters after living there for at least two months raises new questions about plans by officials to start evicting families with school-age children from city shelters on Monday.

Jun 5, 2024

Living Near Violence Can Negatively Impact Academic Performance. A New Study Looks at What Schools Can Do to Mitigate That

“There’s no silver bullet here,” study author David Johnson said. “But there is some really solid evidence that the work that schools are doing matters. And I think that’s really exciting and important.”

Jun 4, 2024

June 4, 2024 - Full Show

CPD’s plans to handle mass protests ahead of the DNC. How will Chicago spend the millions in remaining COVID-19 relief dollars? And an uncommon path to law school.