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Jul 1, 2021

July 1, 2021 - Full Show

The CPD strategy for a safe holiday weekend. The Trump Organization faces criminal charges. A new effort to make D.C. the 51st state. And we’re live “In Your Neighborhood” North Lawndale.

Jul 1, 2021

DC Statehood Facing Long Odds in the Senate

The nation’s capital has a larger population than Wyoming or Vermont, and its estimated 712,000 residents pay federal taxes, vote for president and serve in the armed forces, but they have no voting representation in Congress.

Jul 1, 2021

Trump Organization, CFO Indicted on Tax Fraud Charges

 Donald Trump’s company and its longtime finance chief were charged Thursday in what prosecutors called a “sweeping and audacious” tax fraud scheme in which the executive collected more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation, including apartment rent, car payments and school tuition.

Jul 1, 2021

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Revisiting North Lawndale

This week the area welcomed two new projects —  one bringing affordable homes and the other bringing jobs. We talk with community leaders about how these initiatives will strengthen the neighborhood and help residents build wealth. 

Jul 1, 2021

Chicago Police Canceling Days Off, Extending Hours for Officers Over Fourth of July Weekend

Police officials say additional officers will be on the ground this holiday weekend, including along the lakefront and around entertainment venues. Those officers will be working 12-hour shifts and all days off have been canceled through Monday.

Jul 1, 2021

It’s ‘Plastic Free July.’ Who’s Up for the Challenge?

Strides being made against the use of plastic products were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, a global campaign is encouraging people to choose reusable materials over single-use plastic and get the reduction back on track.

Jun 30, 2021

Efforts to Draw New Chicago Ward Map Getting Started

Members of the Chicago City Council are in the early stages of drafting new ward boundaries, but so too are community members hoping to supplant a map drawn by alderpeople. We check in on the drafting process.

Jun 30, 2021

June 30, 2021 - Full Show

The process to draw a new ward map begins. What’s in store for post-pandemic theater? The new editorial page editor for the Tribune. A new law allows college athletes to be paid for endorsements.

Jun 30, 2021

Aldermen Call Special City Council Meeting to Pressure Lightfoot, Brown on Crime Spike

The special meeting set for Friday is the second time this year that aldermen have called an emergency meeting of the Chicago City Council over Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s objections. Our Spotlight Politics team weighs in.

Jun 30, 2021

Theater Critic Chris Jones Moves to Editorial Page at Chicago Tribune

Broadway shows are planning their long-awaited return to Chicago. Theater critic Chris Jones has the latest, plus an update on his new role on the editorial pages of the Chicago Tribune.

Jun 30, 2021

New Book Explores the Legal and Political Fights That Shaped Chicago’s Lakefront

Chicago’s lakefront is often referred to as one of the city’s crown jewels, and as with many valuable things, it’s been the subject of frequent high-profile political and legal fights. A new history of the lakefront traces more than 150 years of nearly nonstop litigation.

Jun 30, 2021

How Countries are Filling Gaps in COVID-19 Vaccinations

About 46% of the United States’ population is fully vaccinated, but many countries have much lower rates. What the U.S. and other countries are doing to promote vaccine equity across the world.

Jun 30, 2021

New Illinois Law Allows College Athletes to be Paid for Endorsements

 A new state law allows Illinois college athletes to play ball with – and make bank from – businesses, by entering into endorsement deals and doing commercials. 

Jun 29, 2021

June 29, 2021 - Full Show

Mayor Lightfoot talks crime, City Council and more. Local Congress members on infrastructure and a Jan. 6 commission. And a look at the life and career of Phil Ponce as he retires from regular duty.

Jun 29, 2021

Phil Ponce Ends Regular Appearances on ‘Chicago Tonight’

After nearly three decades at “Chicago Tonight,” Phil Ponce ends his regular appearances on the program. We reflect on his career in journalism and his leadership role in the WTTW newsroom.