Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa Avoids Censure as Ald. Emma Mitts Says He Made Her Feel ‘Like I Was Back in the South’
“I felt like I was back in the South,” said Ald. Emma Mitts, who grew up in Arkansas, during the era of Jim Crow. “I felt like everything in me was shaking.”
Nov. 7, 2023 - Full Show
City Council votes whether to censure one of its members. Why most paper is now banned from Cook County Jail. And former Ald. Ed Burke’s corruption trial begins.
Paper Restrictions at Cook County Jail Signal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Concerns
Since the beginning of 2023, Cook County Jail administration has reported 16 deaths in custody, with five attributed to overdoses, according to Cook County Medical Examiner records. To address the uptick in overdose deaths, jail leadership took unprecedented measures, including what some called a facility-wide paper ban.
Debate Continues Ahead of City Council Vote on Paid Leave Ordinance
Under the version approved, Chicago employers would have to give workers five sick days and five days of paid time off for any reason.
Nov. 6, 2023 - Full Show
The father of the alleged Highland Park gunman pleads guilty. Jury selection begins in the corruption trial of former Ald. Ed Burke. And debating the paid leave ordinance.
Jury Selection Begins in Corruption Trial of Former Ald. Ed Burke
Former Ald. Ed Burke entered the Dirksen United States Courthouse for the first time since June 2019 accompanied by his wife, former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Ann Burke, and a phalanx of attorneys.
Father of Alleged Highland Park Gunman Pleads Guilty to Reckless Conduct Charges as Trial Was Set to Begin, Gets 60 Days in Prison
Just as proceedings were set to begin, Lake County State’s Attorney Eric Rinehart announced that Robert Crimo Jr. had agreed to plead guilty to seven Class A misdemeanor counts of reckless conduct, rather than the seven felony charges he had faced.
Aurora Officials Gave Long-Delinquent Aviation Company a Sweetheart Deal, Lawsuit Claims — Ahead of Sale to Company Now Backing Aurora’s Mayor
A federal lawsuit awaiting a judge’s ruling says city of Aurora terms for Revv Aviation illegally disadvantage one of their competitors at the Aurora Municipal Airport. Revv’s owners have donated to Mayor Richard Irvin’s campaign fund and hosted a fundraiser for him.
Week in Review: Seeking Support for Migrants; Chicago Elected School Board Map
Migrants left out in the cold as Chicago officials beg Washington for more money. And previewing the historic corruption trial of former longtime alderperson Ed Burke.
Vote Blocked on Plan to Transform Former Jewel, Parking Lot on Far South Side Into Migrant Shelter
Ald. Ronnie Mosley (21st Ward) said he was “highly disappointed” by the decision by the mayor’s office to open a migrant shelter in his ward, but acknowledged he could not stop the proposal.
Oct. 31, 2023 - Full Show
Why property taxes are way up this year in Cook County’s north and northwest suburbs. City Council votes whether to “Bring Chicago Home.” And a concert featuring songs written in concentration camps.
Concert at Salt Shed Features Songs Written During the Holocaust: ‘They’re Telling the Stories of Their Lives’
The lyrics take on new life with new music and will be performed at the Salt Shed on Nov. 6 by a collection of actors, musicians and local news people, including “Chicago Tonight” co-host Paris Schutz.
Proposal to Hike Taxes on Sales of Million-Dollar Homes to Fight Homelessness Clears 1st Hurdle
Despite the enthusiasm of supporters who held a City Hall rally before the City Council meeting and packed the chambers, Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd Ward) tried, but failed, to prevent the measure from heading directly to a committee hearing and vote.
North, Northwest Suburban Cook County Homeowners See Largest Property Tax Increase in 30 Years: Study
The median homeowners in Cook County’s north and northwest suburbs saw their property tax bills rise 15.7% this year, according to a new study just released from Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas’ office.
Snow and Freezing Wind Chills Combine for One of the Nastiest Chicago Halloweens on Record
The scariest thing this Halloween is the weather forecast for trick-or-treaters.