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Jul 12, 2021

Illinois Becomes First State to Require Asian American History to be Taught in Public Schools

In the midst of a right-wing attack on creating a more inclusive education in the U.S., Illinois just became the first state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools.

Jul 12, 2021

FDA Adds Warning About Rare Reaction to J&J COVID-19 Vaccine

U.S. regulators on Monday added a new warning to Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine about links to a rare and potentially dangerous neurological reaction, but said it’s not entirely clear the shot caused the problem.

Jul 12, 2021

At El Paseo Community Garden, ‘The Sky’s The Limit’ for Programming, Opportunities

Marcella Torres, an artist-in-residence at the Pilsen garden described as an “outdoor community center,” tells us about the new project she’s creating for the space with a little help from volunteers.

Jul 12, 2021

Climate Change vs. Chicago: NYT Article Shows City’s Vulnerabilities

Because Chicago is situated in the middle of the country it would, at first glance, appear to be insulated from the worst effects of climate change. But a much-talked about report from environmental journalist Dan Egan pours cold water on that myth. He joins us with details.

Jul 12, 2021

Flamboyant Billionaire Branson Reaches the Edge of Space

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson on Sunday became the first billionaire to ride his own rocket ship to space. But beyond being the ultimate joyride for billionaires, will commercial space travel take off as an industry accessible to the rest of us?

Jul 12, 2021

Crain’s Headlines: City Shuts Down Condo Parking Garage

Long in need of repairs, the eight-story garage on Chestnut Street is being shut down for repairs. Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Danny Ecker has details on that story and more.

Jul 12, 2021

Biden Balances Fighting Rising Crime, Reforming Police

Facing rising fears of summer violence, President Joe Biden is embarking on a political high-wire act, trying to balance his strong backing for law enforcement with the police reform movement championed by many of his supporters.

Jul 12, 2021

July 12, 2021 - Full Show

Chicago’s top cop meets with Biden on violence. How climate change could present problems for Chicago’s water infrastructure. Teaching Asian American history in Illinois. And billionaires in space.

Jul 8, 2021

Woodworker Uses Art Background to Create Custom Furniture

When a Chicago artist decided to strengthen his craft creating sculptures, he took on an unlikely job to help him refine the lines. Nearly a decade later, he's using the skills he picked up as a mill worker to create custom wooden furniture.

Jul 8, 2021

Police Hiring Process Leads to ‘Disproportionately High Attrition’ for Black Candidates: City Watchdog

Chicago’s Office of Inspector General found that while Black candidates make up 37% of the initial officer applicant pool, they comprised just 18% of the candidates who were ultimately invited to the CPD’s Police Academy.

Jul 8, 2021

Haiti’s Future Uncertain After Brazen Slaying of President

Two men believed to be Haitian Americans — one of them purportedly a former bodyguard at the Canadian Embassy in Port au Prince — have been arrested in connection with the assassination of Haiti’s president, a senior Haitian official said Thursday.

Jul 8, 2021

Cook County Chief Judge Responds to Officials’ Blame of Courts for Rise in Crime

Are the courts to blame for a spike in crime? Chief Judge Timothy Evans responds to the repeated accusations from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and police Superintendent David Brown. 

Jul 8, 2021

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: South Loop

It’s another sign that Chicago is returning to normal: Conventions are beginning to return to the city, including the Chicago Auto Show, which is set for mid-July at McCormick Place in the South Loop. We hit the streets as part of our community reporting series.

Jul 8, 2021

Sheriff Faces Lawsuit for Not Protecting Female Employees from Harassment by Detainees

More than 500 current and former employees of the Cook County jail say they were subject to “vulgar” “and “offensive” misconduct by detainees, and that Sheriff Tom Dart’s office did not do enough to protect them from the constant harassment.

Jul 8, 2021

July 8, 2021 - Full Show

Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans talks courts and crime. Local reaction to the unrest in Haiti. How a local woodworker brings his custom pieces to life. And we’re live from the South Loop.