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Oct 12, 2020

New Data: Top 1% of Americans Wealthier Than Bottom 50%

According to the Federal Reserve, the gap between the rich and the not-so-rich in the U.S. is getting wider. What that new data may mean for economic inequality in America. 

Oct 12, 2020

Community Groups Reteach History of Christopher Columbus

After a summer of social unrest and calls to remove some monuments, activists are still pushing for the city to change the name of Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples Day. How some groups envision reteaching the history of Christopher Columbus.

Oct 12, 2020

‘Fair Tax’ or Tax Hike? Debating the Graduated Income Tax Amendment

Perhaps the most hotly contested race on Illinois ballots this year isn’t between two candidates. It’s a fight over income tax rates. We hear from both sides of the hotly contested measure.

Oct 12, 2020

Northwestern Study: 1 in 5 Chicagoans Test Positive for Coronavirus Antibodies

Far more Chicagoans may have been infected by COVID-19 than previously thought. We discuss the preliminary findings of a new study with Dr. Elizabeth McNally of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Oct 12, 2020

October 12, 2020 - Full Show

Watch the Oct. 12, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Oct 12, 2020

Crain’s Headlines: Southwest to Fly From O’Hare

For the first time since it began flying to Chicago in 1985, Southwest Airlines will begin flying from O'Hare. Crain’s Chicago Business reporter Danny Ecker joins us with that story and more.

Oct 8, 2020

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Greater Grand Crossing

A pandemic, civil unrest and an increase in violence. How community organizations in Greater Grand Crossing are helping young people cope with adversity.

Oct 8, 2020

VP Debate Takeaways: Pandemic Looms Over a More Civil Fight

In normal times, vice presidential debates don’t matter much. But in an election year as wild as 2020, everything is magnified. Here are key early takeaways from the only vice presidential debate ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day.

Oct 8, 2020

Local Community Leaders on Vice Presidential Policy Promises

Health care, the environment and the economy were among the issues that got top billing Wednesday when the running mates of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden faced off at their sole debate.

Oct 8, 2020

Neo-Futurist Theater Stages the Lives of the First Ladies, From Martha to Melania

We meet some of the first ladies – and the young theater makers who carry on the tradition of a theater troupe called the Neo-Futurists.

Oct 8, 2020

Ask Geoffrey: Landmarking in Chicago

Geoffrey Baer traces the half-century story that cost at least one preservationist his life, in this week’s Ask Geoffrey.

Oct 8, 2020

New City Initiative Aims at Giving Young Learners the Chance to Thrive

“As a city, we must ensure every child, regardless of their ZIP code, receives a high-quality early education, providing them the tools and opportunities they need to thrive,” said Mayor Lightfoot in a statement.  

Oct 8, 2020

October 8, 2020 - Full Show

Watch the Oct. 8, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Oct 7, 2020

Meet the Democrat Making a Run Against Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan has had a virtual lock on his position as the leader of the Illinois House, serving as speaker for all but two years since 1983. Could his job now be in jeopardy?

Oct 7, 2020

Spotlight Politics: Chicago Faces Major Belt-Tightening

Mayor Lori Lightfoot this week painted a grim picture ahead of her Oct. 21 budget address as the city tries to close a massive budget gap. Our politics team tackles those stories and more in this week’s roundtable.

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