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Sep 16, 2021

Illinois’ House Speaker Emanuel ‘Chris’ Welch on Energy Bill and More

A massive energy bill became law this week and among other things, it aims to get Illinois carbon-free by 2045. Meanwhile, Illinois COVID vaccination rates slow as the delta variant surges. And the legislature’s veto session is coming up in a month.

Sep 16, 2021

Bears Hoping to Bounce Back Against Bengals After Prime-Time Loss

After losing to the Rams, how long will Bears coach Matt Nagy resist pressure to give rookie quarterback Justin Fields more playing time? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams give us his take on the opening day loss and Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.

Sep 16, 2021

Ken Burns Talks About His New Documentary ‘Muhammad Ali’

He was bigger than boxing and larger than life — a true icon of the 20th century. Filmmaker Ken Burns and Donald Lassere of the Chicago History Museum join us to discuss the sweeping new four-part documentary on the life and legacy of Muhammad Ali.

Sep 16, 2021

Native Garden Registry Gets Green Thumbs Up From City Council

The creation of the Native and Pollinator Garden Registry means Chicago gardeners now have protection from overzealous ticket writers. And plants like milkweed can take their rightful place alongside other “flowers” instead of being mistaken for weeds.

Sep 16, 2021

‘Sounds of 18th Street’ Unites Mexican Artists From Across US in New Music Festival

We head to Pilsen, where The National Museum of Mexican Art is getting ready to host its first musical festival.

Sep 15, 2021

Ethics Board Finds Probable Cause Ald. Gardiner Violated Ethics Ordinance Twice

The Chicago Board of Ethics has found there is probable cause to believe that Ald. Jim Gardiner (45th Ward) violated the city’s Governmental Ethics Ordinance by using his office to retaliate against his political foes.

Sep 15, 2021

September 15, 2021 - Full Show

A new CEO for Chicago Public Schools. Another Chicago alderman may have violated ethics rules — that and more on Spotlight Politics. Reconstructing the state’s energy sector. Everybody’s favorite aunt.

Sep 15, 2021

Chicago’s 4th Architecture Biennial Reimagines City’s Vacant Lots

The exposition kicks off Friday. Past editions have been based at the Chicago Cultural Center, but now, its focus shifts to neighborhoods across Chicago — and to finding creative opportunities to meet those communities’ needs.

Sep 15, 2021

‘Chicago Party Aunt’ Prepares To Make Netflix Debut

She’s our local bad influence: the Chicago Party Aunt debuts this week on Netflix. We check in with writer and actor Chris Witaske, the creator of the notorious Twitter account-turned-animated series.

Sep 15, 2021

Pritzker: Illinois a ‘Force for Good’ by Cutting Carbon Gas

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday signed into law a pledge to eliminate the state’s climate-damaging carbon emissions within a quarter-century, including money to keep clean-power nuclear plants running while shuttering coal-fired plants.

Sep 15, 2021

Chicago Passes Watered-Down Plastic Foodware ‘Ban’ That Critics Call Greenwashing

Under the new law, restaurants will only provide single-use plastic utensils by request. Supporters called the ordinance an important first step toward waste reduction but opponents said it will do little to stem the plastic tsunami.

Sep 15, 2021

San Antonio Schools Chief Pedro Martinez Named New CPS CEO

The Chicago Public Schools graduate and former CPS chief financial officer under then-CEO Arne Duncan is expected to take control of the nation’s third-largest school district later this month, becoming the first Latino CEO within CPS.

Sep 14, 2021

Feds Probe Gardiner for Bribery, Pay-to-Play: Sources

Federal officials are probing allegations that Ald. Jim Gardiner (45th Ward) took bribes and demanded payments before taking official actions, sources told WTTW News.

Sep 14, 2021

How Child Care Providers Are Dealing With a Staff Shortage

As some parents return to in-person work, many are struggling to find child care for their small children. A shortage of day care workers across Illinois means demand for services is high, leading some centers to pause enrollment.

Sep 14, 2021

Legislators Question Authority to Punish Schools Over Masks

It was early August, just before most students returned to their classrooms for the new school year, that Gov. J.B. Pritzker issued an executive order requiring students, teachers and staff to wear masks in school, regardless of their vaccination status — or face the consequences.