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Jun 15, 2021

Why a Proposed Natural Gas Pipeline is Drawing Controversy

A bill heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s desk would provide funding for a proposed natural gas pipeline in a village outside Kankakee. Supporters say the pipeline could provide economic growth for the area, but others are concerned about the plan’s environmental impact.

Jun 15, 2021

Examining the E-Scooter Data of Chicago’s 2020 Program

Last year’s electric scooter program, which ran from August to December, saw an increase in the number of available scooters but a decline in overall ridership, according to a Chicago Department of Transportation report.

Jun 15, 2021

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Work with European Space Agency to Design ‘Moon Village’

The Chicago-based global architectural powerhouse designs everything from train stations to high-rises to airports. But it also has its sights set beyond Chicago — and even beyond Earth. We learn about a design for a lunar colony grounded in science fact rather than science fiction.

Jun 15, 2021

Arlington Park Takes Its ‘Final Turn’ Amid a Pandemic as Sale Looms

It’s home to trainers, jockeys and others in the horse racing industry. And during summer weekends, it’s a place for fans to bet on their favorite racehorse. Arlington International Racecourse is officially open for what could be its last season.

Jun 14, 2021

CPS Elected School Board, FOID Bill Set for Votes

Illinois legislators left Springfield a couple of weeks ago, but they’re already heading back. Here are some of the items on the docket.

Jun 14, 2021

Illinois State Climatologist: This Year’s Spring Driest Since 1934

What could drier-than-normal weather mean for your garden and the greater climate? A climate change specialist and floral expert weigh in.

Jun 14, 2021

Florida Bans ‘Critical Race Theory’ From its Classrooms

The move by Florida’s state Board of Education was widely expected as a national debate intensifies about how race should be used as a lens in classrooms to examine the country’s tumultuous history.

Jun 14, 2021

ProPublica Report Exposes Tax Strategies of America’s Super Rich

A trove of leaked IRS tax returns analyzed by ProPublica reveals America’s richest billionaires — including Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos — often pay little to no income tax.

Jun 14, 2021

The Chicago-Based Scientist Who Helped Find Art-World Frauds

Walter McCrone championed the light microscope — and used it to analyze art world treasures and frauds. The late scientist is featured in the recently released Netflix documentary series “This Is a Robbery” and appeared years ago on WTTW’s “The New Explorers.”

Jun 14, 2021

Historic Hall in Chicago Cultural Center Gets Restoration

The historic Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall is currently undergoing a vigorous restoration. We toured the site and caught up with the city’s cultural historian to learn more.

Jun 14, 2021

Crain’s Headlines: Furloughs Likely Over at United Airlines

Good news for employees as air travel rebounds. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headline of that story and more.

Jun 14, 2021

June 14, 2021 - Full Show

Beautiful weather, but no rain: What the drought conditions mean for the climate. Spotting fakes in the art world. No more furloughs for United Airlines workers. A bombshell report from ProPublica.

Jun 10, 2021

June 10, 2021 - Full Show

Reopening! Paris Schutz is live — from the river — on how businesses and folks are getting ready. The city’s top doc on what’s next. And a Frida Kahlo exhibit in Chicago for the first time in decades.

Jun 10, 2021

‘Timeless’ Exhibit Examines Life and Work of Frida Kahlo

Some of Frida Kahlo’s original works are returning to the Chicago area for the first time since the late ‘70s.

Jun 10, 2021

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Downtown Reopens

The city and state’s full reopening is a double-edged sword for many in the hospitality and entertainment industry. They wonder: the crowds may be coming back, but will the labor force return?