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Oct 21, 2020

October 21, 2020 - Full Show

Watch the Oct. 21, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Oct 21, 2020

Lightfoot Proposes Slashing Positions, Hiking Taxes to Help Fill $1.2B Budget Gap

Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to close a projected $1.2 billion budget gap in 2021 would hike sales and property taxes by $76.4 million, eliminate 1,921 city jobs and dip into the city’s rainy-day fund.

Oct 20, 2020

COVID-19 Has Dealt a Blow to Government Budgets. What That Means for Illinois

How to educate students during a pandemic is far from the only issue elected officials — and Illinois residents — have to grapple with. And it seems unlikely the federal government will agree to another stimulus package before the election.

Oct 20, 2020

COVID-19 Recovery: Initiative Aims to Equitably Rebuild Chicago

The coronavirus has had a disparate impact on Black and Brown communities. What would an equitable recovery look like? Dr. Helene Gayle tells us about a new initiative for equitable economic recovery.

Oct 20, 2020

New Documentary ‘Finding Yingying’ Shares Intimate Details About Murdered Scholar

Chinese scholar Yingying Zhang went missing in June 2017 at the University of Illinois. Her story is detailed in a new documentary that goes beyond true crime. We speak with the film’s director and a producer to learn more.

Oct 20, 2020

How Partisan Agendas Are Driving Some Local ‘News’ Websites in Illinois

What may look like news websites are instead thinly veiled organizations pushing partisan agendas without journalistic standards, according to investigations from the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. 

Oct 20, 2020

CPS CEO Jackson: Remote Learning Not Working for Some Students

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson talks about the school district’s recently announced plan for some students to return to the classroom. 

Oct 20, 2020

Candidate Forum: Republican Ives Aims to Unseat Casten in 6th District

Republican Jeanne Ives talks about her bid to unseat freshman Democratic U.S. Rep. Sean Casten.

Oct 20, 2020

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Oct 19, 2020

Illinois Supreme Court Battle Intensifies Ahead of Nov. 3 Election

Critics of Thomas Kilbride are making the most of their once-in-a-decade chance to toss a sitting Illinois Supreme Court justice.

Oct 19, 2020

COVID-19 ‘Long-Haulers’: Symptoms Persist for Some Patients

Months after they were initially diagnosed with COVID-19, some patients known are still experiencing a wide range of symptoms, from extreme fatigue to brain fog and hair loss. What medical experts and patients have to say about the condition.

Oct 19, 2020

After School’s Music Program Cut, Teacher Offers Free Lessons

When her music education program was cut from a charter school in East Garfield Park, a local teacher refused to quit on the kids in this underserved community. We check out the nonprofit BandWith to learn more.
Oct 19, 2020

Controversy Over the Chicago Police Department’s Use-of-Force Policy

The Chicago Police Department plans to adopt only five changes to its use-of-force policies out of 155 recommended by a community working group. Members of that group are now criticizing the entire process.

Oct 19, 2020

Parents React to CPS Plan to Reopen Schools to Some Students Next Month

Chicago Public School parents are having mixed reactions to the district’s new plan to bring some students back into the classroom before the end of the calendar year, just as COVID-19 cases in the city begin to increase again.

Oct 19, 2020

Candidate Forum: Campaign Veteran Oberweis Looks to Unseat Democrat Underwood in 14th District

Republican state Sen. Jim Oberweis discusses his effort to unseat incumbent Rep. Lauren Underwood, a Democrat, in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.