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Feb 24, 2021

Aldermen Block Lightfoot’s Plan for COVID-19 Relief Funds, Prompting Expletive from Mayor

Aldermen blocked a Wednesday vote on Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to spend federal COVID-19 relief funds, prompting the mayor to utter an expletive caught on a hot mic during the meeting.

Feb 24, 2021

February 24, 2021 - Full Show

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Feb 24, 2021

Madigan Successor Kodatt Resigns, 3 Days After Appointment

Just days after elevating a loyal ward employee to fill his former seat representing the 22nd District in the Illinois House, Michael Madigan called for Rep. Edward Guerra Kodatt to resign due to “alleged questionable conduct.” Kodatt resigned Wednesday morning.

Feb 23, 2021

Chicago Ranks No. 1 — Again — In Corruption: Report

The rankings from the University of Illinois at Chicago are unchanged from 2018 — but big corruption trials are on the horizon.

Feb 23, 2021

Livestreaming With 2 Owls: Forest Preserve’s Programming Goes Virtual During COVID-19

Animals that wouldn’t be able to survive on their own in the wild are getting the care they need, and are helping educate the public, at five forest preserve nature centers around Cook County. But during COVID-19, people aren’t allowed to go inside these centers, so the animals and their caretakers reach out virtually.

Feb 23, 2021

Average US Life Expectancy Drops One Year, New Report Shows

U.S. residents can expect to live one year less, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that uses data from the first half of 2020. That decrease in average life expectancy is even steeper in Black and Latino communities. 

Feb 23, 2021

How One Hospital Chaplain Maintains His Ministry During COVID-19: ‘This is a Very Hopeful Time’

Hospitals don’t just offer health care. Many offer care for the human spirit as well as the human body. We talk with a chaplain at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park about the challenges of ministering to patients and families during a pandemic.

Feb 23, 2021

February 23, 2021 - Full Show

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Feb 23, 2021

Lakefront, Playgrounds Set to Reopen, Officials Say

The Chicago Park District announced Tuesday that lakefront parks and playgrounds will reopen, nearly a year after they were closed due to the coronavirus.

Feb 23, 2021

Lightfoot Signs Law Expanding Protections for Undocumented Immigrants

Mayor Lori Lightfoot signed into law a measure on Tuesday that will expand protections for undocumented immigrants that had been stalled by efforts by former President Donald Trump to increase deportations and punish Chicago for shielding them from immigration agents.

Feb 22, 2021

Biden, Democrats Push to Raise Federal Minimum Wage to $15

The latest COVID-19 relief bill could come up for a vote in Congress as early as next week, but a key Democratic priority might be on the chopping block. We explore the potential impact of raising the minimum wage.

Feb 22, 2021

How Therapists are Helping Clients While Managing Their Own Mental Health

Over the past year, therapists have helped their clients through a myriad of challenges: a global health and economic crisis, a reckoning with racial injustice, a tense political climate and a deadly mob at the nation’s Capitol. And they’ve done so while also managing their own mental health.

Feb 22, 2021

Special 3-Month Enrollment Period for ACA Runs Through May 15

An executive order from President Joe Biden has created a special new enrollment period for people to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. What you need to know.

Feb 22, 2021

Chicago Children’s Choir Celebrates Black History Month With Virtual Concert

A musical journey through Black history explores how African traditions not only influence music genres today, but how they have helped the Black community celebrate and maintain its traditions.  

Feb 22, 2021

AG Nominee Garland Vows Capitol Riot Will be Top Priority

Merrick Garland, President Joe Biden’s attorney general nominee, vowed Monday to prioritize combating extremist violence and said his first focus would be on the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol as he sought to assure lawmakers that the Justice Department would remain politically independent on his watch.