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Jul 7, 2021

July 7, 2021 - Full Show

President Biden touts his American Families Plan in McHenry County. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on the crime surge. Should the Tokyo Olympics go forward? And fairy houses in Chicago parks.

Jul 7, 2021

Amid Spike in Gun Violence, Cook County’s Foxx, Mitchell Address Concerns Over Courts

More than 100 people were shot over the Fourth of July weekend in Chicago, one of the city’s deadliest in years. Some officials are blaming the courts for the recent violence. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx and Public Defender Sharone Mitchell Jr. respond.

Jul 7, 2021

Fairy Houses Are Popping Up in Chicago Parks. There’s a Perfectly Natural Explanation

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its natural areas, the Chicago Park District, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy of Illinois, has installed 20 fairy houses in parks across the city. Here’s where to find them.

Jul 7, 2021

Chicago’s Pension Debt Continues to Rise, Increasing $1.1B in 2020: City Analysis

Chicago owes $32.9 billion to its four employee pension funds representing police officers, firefighters, municipal employees and laborers, according to the 2020 Certified Annual Financial Report — an increase of nearly 3.5% from 2019. 

Jul 7, 2021

Multimedia Company in Chicago Connects Audiences, Artists During Pandemic

When theaters across the city shut down last year, a local multimedia company took the performing arts from stage to screen. With the help of some celebrated collaborators, they kept audiences in touch with artists. 

Jul 7, 2021

Olympics Likely to Open During COVID ‘State of Emergency’

Surging COVID-19 cases in Tokyo have hit a two-month high that almost guarantees the Japanese government will declare a new state of emergency to start next week and continue for the duration of the Tokyo Olympics.

Jul 7, 2021

Biden Visits Illinois to Sell Voters on Families Agenda

President Joe Biden pitched his proposed investments in families and education at an Illinois community college on Wednesday, telling residents of the swing district that what’s good for families is also good for the economy.

Jul 6, 2021

Is a Move to Arlington Heights in the Bears’ Future?

The Chicago Bears are seriously bidding to buy the plot where Arlington Park has been for decades. What the sale could mean for the Chicago area.

Jul 6, 2021

Anti-Violence Workers in Chicago Say More Resources Needed

Following a violent holiday weekend in Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said young people need to “put down the guns.” Community organizations fighting to stem the rising tide of violence talk about their efforts and the root causes of violence in the city.

Jul 6, 2021

Illinois Tech Hires Raj Echambadi as Next President

We discuss Chicago’s role in the tech world with the incoming president of Illinois Tech, who takes the helm on Aug. 16.

Jul 6, 2021

After Florida Collapse, a Look at Condo Building Safety in Chicago

The deadly collapse of a condo building in Surfside, Florida, has prompted quick action in nearby cities. It has also left some Chicagoans wondering whether any local condo buildings are at risk, and what sorts of inspections they face.

Jul 6, 2021

Chicago’s Top Cop Says Courts ‘Making Us All Less Safe’ After Bloody Fourth of July Weekend

At least 100 people were shot, including 18 who died, between Friday evening and Monday night in what was so far the bloodiest weekend of 2021, according to Chicago Police Department data.

Jul 6, 2021

July 6, 2021 - Full Show

The latest on a violent 4th of July Weekend in Chicago. The Florida condo collapse: could it happen here? Inside the Bears possible move to Arlington Heights. Meet the new president of Illinois Tech.

Jul 5, 2021

Survey Reveals Racial, Partisan Divides on American Identity, Political Violence and Guns

It’s no secret that America is divided across partisan and racial lines. But a new, nationwide survey of white and Black Americans from the University of Illinois at Chicago illustrates just how deep some of those divisions are.

Jul 5, 2021

July 5, 2021 - Full Show

A look at how Americans differ in defining their national identity. A distinctly Latino post of the American Legion. And the pandemic’s impact on plastic pollution and efforts to reduce consumption.