Nov 7, 2023

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

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.

Nov 7, 2023

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. 

Nov 6, 2023

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

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.

Nov 6, 2023

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.

Nov 6, 2023

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.

Nov 6, 2023

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. 

Nov 3, 2023

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.

Nov 1, 2023

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

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.

Oct 31, 2023

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.

Oct 31, 2023

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.

Oct 31, 2023

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.

Oct 31, 2023

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.