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Oct 28, 2020

Voting at Cook County Jail Sees 40% Turnout for General Election

There is little that’s normal about the 2020 election, including the fact that this is the first election cycle in which detainees can cast ballots at Cook County Jail. 

Oct 28, 2020

Indigenous Artist Takes Painting Class Online for Cross-Cultural Exchange

Every year, Indigenous artist Carlos Orozco travels to Chicago from Oaxaca, Mexico, to lead workshops on painting alebrijes. We check out this year’s virtual offering. 

Oct 28, 2020

Chicago Bar, Restaurant Owners Face Uncertain Future as Restrictions Return

Surging COVID-19 infection rates triggered new restrictions that will take effect Friday in Chicago. What that means for the small business owners who can no longer serve diners and drinkers indoors.

Oct 28, 2020

New Documentary Series ‘City So Real’ Profiles Chicago at a Crossroads

For more than a year, documentary filmmaker Steve James and his collaborators fanned out across Chicago at a pivotal moment. James tells us about the resulting five-part series that premieres this week on NatGeo and Hulu.

Oct 28, 2020

Spotlight Politics: Pritzker Surprises Lightfoot with COVID-19 Rollbacks

A pandemic rollback battle plays out between Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot as Election Day draws near. Our politics team takes on those stories and more in this week’s roundtable. 

Oct 28, 2020

Social Media CEOs Get Earful on Bias, Warning of New Limits

With next week’s election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms.

Oct 28, 2020

October 28, 2020 - Full Show

Watch the Oct. 28, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Oct 27, 2020

Woman Injured in Police Shooting Says Cops Let Boyfriend Die

A woman who was shot by police last week in suburban Chicago said Tuesday that officers did nothing more than cover her boyfriend with a blanket after he was shot and left him on the ground to die.

Oct 27, 2020

Ask Geoffrey: The Story of Hyde Park’s Rosalie Villas

A tucked-away street on the city's South Side is a time capsule from the days before the neighborhood was even part of Chicago. Geoffrey Baer explains.

Oct 27, 2020

Many Young People Stepping Up as Poll Workers for 2020 Election

A high-turnout election in the middle of a pandemic that is surging across the country presents a host of challenges. How state and local election authorities are working to fill the void.

Oct 27, 2020

DePaul Researchers Help Narrow Data Gap in COVID-19 Testing

When the pandemic hit, city officials found there was a significant information gap when trying to collect race and ethnicity data. What researchers at DePaul University is doing to help narrow that gap.

Oct 27, 2020

Stocks End Another Wobbly Day Lower as Virus Cases Rise

Wall Street’s losses mounted for the second straight day Tuesday as momentum slows on worries about rising virus counts and Washington’s inability to deliver more aid to the economy. 

Oct 27, 2020

October 27, 2020 - Full Show

Watch the Oct. 27, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Oct 26, 2020

Firsthand Gun Violence: Helping Communities in Times of Need

As Chicago experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases, data shows the city’s 2020 homicide rate outpacing 2019. We speak with Jamal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, as part of our series.

Oct 26, 2020

What is the Future of Abortion Rights in Illinois?

Newly confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently dodged questions about how she’d weigh cases dealing with abortion. Advocates on both sides view her leanings as a primary reason she was picked for the nation’s high court.