Apr 12, 2022

April 12, 2022 - Full Show

State lawmakers on the newly passed budget featuring direct tax relief. Willie Wilson enters the race for mayor. New inflation numbers are out. And a Lakeview staple prepares to bake its last pastry.

Apr 12, 2022

Wilson Contributes $5M to His Bid for Mayor, Lifting State Limits on Campaign Contributions

Philanthropist and businessman Willie Wilson is once again running for mayor. It’s the third time he has sought the top job at City Hall. Wilson’s previous two mayoral bids were unsuccessful, as was his run for the U.S. Senate in 2020.

Apr 12, 2022

Hammered by Complaints, Push for Chicago Casino Faces Bumpy Final Stretch

With three community meetings complete, the roulette ball bounces back to Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who is expected to make her decision within the next two months and pick one of three proposed Chicago casino locations. 

Apr 12, 2022

EXPLAINER: Why US Inflation Is so High, and When It May Ease

Back in December 2020, the Fed’s policymakers had forecast that consumer inflation would stay below their 2% annual target and end 2021 at around 1.8%.Yet after having been merely an afterthought for decades, high inflation reasserted itself last year with brutal speed.
Apr 12, 2022

Confection Connoisseurs Bid Farewell to Dinkel’s Bakery

It’s a bittersweet month as the Lakeview neighborhood says goodbye to Dinkel’s Bakery, a staple in the neighborhood that has been making sweet desserts for decades. 

Apr 12, 2022

Twitter Lands White Sox Fan at His Field of Dreams

Rob Friedman uses social media to promote the game baseball. Fans of Friedman may better know him as Pitching Ninja. As @PitchingNinja, Friedman posts interviews with and videos of pro athletes, often providing tips on pitching mechanics. It’s free for anyone to access and use to perfect their skills.

Apr 12, 2022

Illinois Lawmakers on the $46.5B Budget and More

Illinois legislative leaders Dan McConchie, Don Harmon, Tom Demmer, and Chris Welch join “Chicago Tonight” to break down the budget, efforts to fight crime, tax relief and more.

Apr 12, 2022

Illinois State Legislature Looks to Target Crime Through Series of Recently Passed Bills

In their final days of the annual spring session, members of Illinois’ General Assembly approved a series of bills targeting public safety.

Apr 11, 2022

April 11, 2022 - Full Show

A breakdown of laws recently passed in Springfield. Plus, the outlook for the pandemic with the CEO of Rush Hospital. Chicago has a new top tourism ambassador, and the latest business headlines from Crain’s.

Apr 11, 2022

Rush Medical Center CEO on Rise in COVID-19 Cases, ‘Chronic’ Staffing Shortage

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported just over 1,463 new COVID-19 cases Monday, up from 756 cases a week ago. That’s in comparison to a high of more than 42,903 cases reported on Jan. 7 at the height of omicron.

Apr 11, 2022

New Head of Chicago’s Tourism Bureau Aims to Rebound Industry After Pandemic Decline

On May 9, Lynn Osmond will begin her four-year contract as CEO and president of Choose Chicago. The agency promotes leisure and business travel to bring revenue to the city’s attractions, events, hotels, restaurants and convention centers, most notably McCormick Place. 

Apr 11, 2022

Chicago’s Fine Arts Building, Still a Haven for Creatives, Undergoes Updates

The building, 410 S. Michigan Ave., opened as the Studebaker Building in 1885 as a showroom and assembly plant for carriages. Thirteen years later, it was remodeled and repurposed as the Fine Arts Building.

Apr 11, 2022

Crain’s Headlines: Former OfficeMax Headquarters Part of East Coast Investor Buying Spree

A New York firm adds a former Office Max Headquarters to its buying spree in Chicago; what’s next for the vacant office campus of a former publishing company; and inflation forces a Chicago-based food giant to get meaty.

Apr 11, 2022

LGBTQ Young People at Greater Risk of Mental Health Problems During Pandemic

According to the newly released data, 26.3% of gay, lesbian or bisexual students attempted suicide between Jan. and June 2021. For heterosexual students, the number was 5.2% and other or questioning students at 16.5%.

Apr 7, 2022

Voters to Get Preelection Tax Relief

It’s getting down to the wire for state lawmakers. They’re supposed to finish their work for this session Friday. And just before the deadline, Democrats are out with a deal.