Guaranteed Income Pilot Program Launches in Gary, Indiana
It’s an idea that’s grown increasingly popular in recent years: guaranteed or universal basic income payments. Now, a pilot program is launching just outside Chicago, where more than 100 residents have started to receive monthly payments of $500.
Ride-Share Passengers Complain of Long Waits, High Fares
A Chicago alderman wants ride-share companies to cap surge pricing amid a driver shortage, and drivers want Uber and Lyft to do more to keep them safe.
‘Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel’ Comes to the Chicago Area
A Roman holiday this summer is easier than you think. We check out a new exhibit featuring recreations of the most recognized works by Italian artist Michelangelo, now open in Oak Brook.
New Initiative Calls on Private Sector to Help Achieve Equitable Economic Recovery
A year after the murder of George Floyd — and the corporate statements in support of racial equity that followed — some corporations say they are working toward an equitable economic recovery. We learn about the Chicago Community Trust’s new Move to Action initiative.
Illinois Now Has an Official State Microbe. Why?
Though it may have been one of the quirkier bills passed by the General Assembly, the designation recognizes the role Illinois played in the development of one of the world’s greatest wonder drugs: penicillin.
June 1, 2021 - Full Show
Legislators finally pass a budget, among other laws, in Springfield—we’ll have a rundown. The latest on COVID-19 reopenings. The holiday weekend’s violence toll. And ride-share driving comes up short.
No States Covered by Chicago’s COVID-19 Travel Order, As City Hits Major Milestones: Officials
For the first time in nearly a year, visitors to Chicago from anywhere within the United States do not have to quarantine for 10 days or record a negative test for COVID-19, city officials announced Tuesday.
3 Killed, 32 Shot in Chicago Over Memorial Day Weekend
The homicide total over the holiday weekend was the lowest in 10 years, police Superintendent David Brown said Tuesday, as department officials credited the city’s newly announced summer safety plan with helping to limit violence.
Illinois Lawmakers Pass Budget, Ethics Reform
Illinois Democrats used their supermajorities in the General Assembly to full advantage this weekend as their spring session reeled toward an end, pushing through a progressive agenda, a $42 billion budget with no tax or fee hikes on individuals, and legislative maps.
May 31, 2021 - Full Show
The pandemic’s effect on veterans’ health. Remembering one of America’s greatest cartoonists. A guide to summer festivals. And a close encounter with a large insect.
Military Museum Remembers the Master Cartoonist Who Was ‘Drawn to Combat’
By the age of 23 he had fought in World War II, tangled with Gen. Patton, and won his first Pulitzer Prize. Cartoonist Bill Mauldin created artwork for magazines, books and newspapers from the 1940s into the ‘90s. We explore a new exhibition of his work.
VA Doctors on the Health Effects of COVID-19 on Veterans
On Memorial Day, Americans remember and celebrate members of the military who made the ultimate sacrifice. But living veterans have fought another enemy over the past year: the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Live at Mister Kelly’s’ Documentary Details Iconic Chicago Nightclub
The Chicago nightclub helped launch the early careers of music and comedy acts like Barbra Streisand and Richard Pryor, while achieving status from established jazz artists such as Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn, who both recorded live albums at the Rush Street venue.
CPD Unveils New Foot Pursuit Policy After Fatal Shootings of Adam Toledo, Anthony Alvarez
Two months after the fatal police shootings of 13-year-old Adam Toledo and 22-year-old Anthony Alvarez, the Chicago Police Department unveiled a new policy on foot pursuits it says will better prioritize the safety of officers, the public and those being pursued.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Humboldt Park
Paseo Boricua has been the heart and soul of Chicago’s Puerto Rican community for decades. But the area has been impacted in recent years by gentrification and displacement of some longtime residents, as rents rise and luxury buildings sprout up on its borders.