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Aug 1, 2022

Brittney Griner’s Russian Trial Resumes Amid Intensified Diplomacy

The WNBA star and two-time Olympic gold medalist is to return to court on Tuesday, a month after the beginning of the trial in which she could face 10 years in prison if convicted. As the trial has progressed, the Biden Administration has faced rising calls for action to win her release.

Jul 31, 2022

New DePaul Art Exhibit Explores State Violence and Reparations

An exhibition at the DePaul Art Museum titled “Remaking the Exceptional: Tea, Torture and Reparations, Chicago to Guantanamo” is acknowledging 20 years since the opening of a United States extra-legal prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Jul 31, 2022

Community-Based Public Art Initiative in Chicago Aims to Spur Climate Action

A community-based art initiative is pushing for more public artwork across Chicago’s neighborhoods. Earth Art Chicago is awarding nearly $550,000 to 11 arts organizations throughout the city.

Jul 29, 2022

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Waukegan

Located about 30 miles north of downtown Chicago, Waukegan has recently become a hub for Planned Parenthood doctors in Wisconsin to treat their patients since that state halted abortions after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade.
Jul 28, 2022

July 28, 2022 - Full Show

The mayor says city won’t cooperate in out-of-state abortion probes. What’s causing the myriad of issues on the CTA? Inside the latest economic numbers. And we’re live at Lollapalooza and in Waukegan.

Jul 28, 2022

US Economy Shrinks for a 2nd Quarter, Raising Recession Fear

The decline that the Commerce Department reported Thursday in the gross domestic product — the broadest gauge of the economy — followed a 1.6% annual drop from January through March. Consecutive quarters of falling GDP constitute one informal, though not definitive, indicator of a recession.

Jul 28, 2022

CTA Service Slowdowns, Crime Issues Make Transit Rides Difficult for Chicago Commuters

Riders returning to public transit have seen a noticeable slowdown in service and a breakdown in reliability. In the last three weeks, there have been at least two major stabbing incidents and a host of attempted robberies on city trains.

Jul 28, 2022

Lightfoot Bans Chicago Police from Investigating People Seeking Abortions or Their Doctors

The move backs a push from progressive members of the City Council to enshrine those protections into law. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s announcement came one day after several progressive members of the City Council urged their colleagues to protect those crossing state lines to get reproductive and gender-affirming health care in Chicago.

Jul 28, 2022

As Lollapalooza Kicks Off, New Generation of Musicians Hopes to Make a Splash

Lollapalooza kicked off Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people are expected to descend upon Grant Park for the annual four-day music festival.

Jul 27, 2022

July 27, 2022 - Full Show

The deal to make the Thompson Center Google’s new home. A rift in the Illinois Democratic party threatens the pitch to host the DNC. Will the Russians pull out of the International Space Station?  

Jul 27, 2022

Spotlight Politics: Battle Over Illinois Democratic Party Chair; Lightfoot Pitches Soldier Field Dome

Debate over who should chair the Democratic Party of Illinois continues as Gov. J.B. Pritzker recruits state Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero) to run against current chair U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly.

Jul 27, 2022

Chicago and Ukraine Artists Rage Against the War Machine

An art show near Ukrainian Village is a cry of protest against the ongoing war in Ukraine. Artists from Chicago and Ukraine are raising their voices in opposition to the Russian invasion. 

Jul 27, 2022

Russia Says It Will Quit the International Space Station After 2024

NASA said in February it intends to keep operating the International Space Station until the end of 2030, after which the ISS would be deorbited and crashed into a remote part of the Pacific Ocean. Commercially operated space platforms would replace the ISS as a venue for collaboration and scientific research, NASA said.

Jul 27, 2022

Google Buys Thompson Center, Will Preserve Much Loved, Loathed Loop Landmark

Google’s announcement that it would take the Helmut Jahn-designed structure off the state of Illinois’ hands caps a years-long effort to figure out what to do with 1.2-million-square-foot building at Randolph and LaSalle streets with its distinctive red-and-blue accented steel frame.

Jul 27, 2022

Captive Coyote at Center of ‘Ambassador’ Animal Controversy Will Remain at Cook County Forest Preserve But Get Bigger Digs

Complaints from animal rights advocates regarding the coyote, dubbed “Rocky,” prompted the forest preserve to review its ambassador animal program. A report was released Tuesday, outlining changes to the program, including a bigger enclosure for the coyote.