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.
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.
‘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.
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.
October 12, 2020 - Full Show
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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.
‘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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
October 8, 2020 - Full Show
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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?
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.