Jan 19, 2021

Legacy of Muddy Waters to Live On at MOJO Museum

A museum honoring the “father of modern Chicago blues” is headed to North Kenwood. Family members of the late musician Muddy Waters tell us what’s in store for the MOJO Museum.

Jan 19, 2021

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Jan 18, 2021

Exploring the Link Between Unemployment and Poverty

When Illinois required businesses to shut down last March because of the coronavirus pandemic, many workers were left without an income. Now, researchers say they are seeing a dramatic increase in poverty.

Jan 18, 2021

The Growing Problem of Poverty in the Suburbs

Poverty is not just an urban issue. We speak with Lake County resident Gary Ladehoff, who is featured in WTTW’s new documentary series “Firsthand: Living in Poverty,” and Maggie Morales of the Lake County Community Foundation.

Jan 18, 2021

State and Local Governments Battle Entrenched Poverty Made Worse by the Pandemic

Long before the coronavirus pandemic, communities of color across Illinois and in Chicago were experiencing an epidemic of poverty. We discuss the root causes of poverty and what public officials are doing to address it.

Jan 18, 2021

Basic Income: Providing Cash Assistance Directly to Adults, Families

What are basic income payments, and why do some advocates say they can help families in poverty reach their financial goals? We discuss the concept as part of WTTW’s new “Firsthand: Living in Poverty” initiative.

Jan 18, 2021

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Jan 18, 2021

FBI Vetting Guard Troops in DC Amid Fears of Insider Attack

U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

Jan 14, 2021

After House Speaker, State Lawmakers Tackle Other Initiatives

A lot happened in Springfield besides the selection of a new Illinois House speaker. Amanda Vinicky has the legislative scorecard.

Jan 14, 2021

Respiratory Therapists Seeing More Patients, People on Ventilators Amid Pandemic

Respiratory therapists care for some of the sickest COVID-19 patients. We hear from two local therapists about their experiences and workloads amid the pandemic.

Jan 14, 2021

How Virtual MLK Day Celebrations Are Continuing the Activist Mission

From dance and musical numbers to excerpts from some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most prominent speeches to science experiments, Chicago artists are finding creative ways to further his movement in virtual celebrations.

Jan 14, 2021

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: North Lawndale

North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side has faced challenges of economic depression, unemployment and violence for many years, all before the pandemic exacerbated those issues last spring. 

Jan 14, 2021

Trump Impeachment Trial to Focus on His Attacks on Election

President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment could go to trial as soon as Inauguration Day, with U.S. senators serving not only as jurors but as shaken personal witnesses and victims of the deadly siege of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

Jan 14, 2021

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Jan 13, 2021

Spotlight Politics: Trump Impeached, Madigan Dethroned

It was a historic day in Washington and Springfield. Our politics team of Amanda Vinicky, Heather Cherone and Paris Schutz dives into the second impeachment of President Trump and the end of an era in state politics.