Jim Mabie, Longtime WTTW-WFMT Trustee and Board Chair, Dies at 85
Jim Mabie, a noted Chicago businessman, philanthropist and civic leader who served as a WTTW and WFMT trustee for more than 20 years, died Saturday surrounded by his family.
May 10, 2021 - Full Show
COVID-19 vaccines are on their way to downtown office buildings. What to do about vaccine allergies. The debate over a mega-development near Soldier Field. Newton Minow on TV as a “vast wasteland.”
May 6, 2021 - Full Show
Live from Evanston on the suburb's reparations program. Plus, a push for more Latino political representation. The status of film production in Chicago. And a whopper of a fish tale.
‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Evanston
Located along the lakefront just north of Chicago, Evanston is known for its dining scene, arts and culture, and Northwestern University. But it also has a history of racial segregation and redlining, which city leaders hope to address through a historic reparations program that passed in March.
Latino Policy Forum Seeks 20 Majority-Latinx Districts … Or Else
The Latino Policy Forum’s Roberto Valdez Jr. said that his group is counting on Illinois lawmakers to set aside at least 20 state legislative districts – 15 House seats and five state Senate seats – that are at least 50% Latino.
A Banner Year for Film and TV in Chicago
After a big downturn last year, film and TV production in Chicago is looking up.
Enzyme Could Help 700 Million People with Chronic Kidney Disease
Scientists in Australia have identified an enzyme that could help millions of people around the world. Rabiah Mayas of the Museum of Science and Industry discusses that and other science stories making headlines.
A Whopper of a Fish Tale: The Sturgeon That Set Social Media Atwitter Could Become the Norm Again
The 240-pound, 100-year-old, nearly 7-foot-long sturgeon is making headlines. But fish that size used to be common in the Great Lakes and maybe, thanks to restoration efforts, they will be again.
Ask Geoffrey: Logan Square’s Norske Club
What can an apartment building that once hosted royalty tell us about Chicago’s Norwegian American community? Geoffrey Baer has the story of this former social club designed by a pair of famous Chicago architects.
May 5, 2021 - Full Show
What legislators need to do before the end of the month. How the COVID-19 vaccine is impacting the economy. Reducing the state’s maternal mortality rate. Key issues facing Latino communities.
Illinois Legislators’ Checklist for May
The month of May means it's prime time for action in Springfield. The legislature is set to wrap up its business by the end of the month. Here’s a look at what’s on the to-do list.
Lightfoot Stops Short of Calling on Ald. Daley Thompson to Resign After Indictment
Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who campaigned on a promise to root out corruption in City Hall, has repeatedly called for Ald. Ed Burke, the other indicted member of the Chicago City Council, to step down. But on Wednesday she stopped short of calling on the 11th Ward alderman to resign.
‘Unacceptable Disparities’ Persist Among Maternal Deaths: Report
Black women are three times more likely to die of pregnancy-related complications than their white counterparts, according to a new report. While that disparity has narrowed, officials say it’s not due to conditions improving for Black women but instead worsening conditions for white women.
Report: ‘Breakdown of Communication’ Led to Mischaracterization of Toledo Shooting in Court
An internal investigation by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office found a “breakdown of communication” and other issues were responsible for the inadvertent mischaracterization of the Adam Toledo shooting in a hearing last month.
The Secret Behind Some of Illinois’ Most Celebrated Honey
Illinois is known for growing corn and soybeans, but there’s another local crop some say is ready for its close up: honey. We visit a bee farm just north of Chicago that has become one of the most celebrated in the entire state.