Latino Voices

Saturdays at 6:00 pm

Latino Voices

‘An Electrical Outrage,’ Thousands in Puerto Rico Left in the Dark

(WTTW via CNN) Thousands of Puerto Ricans are taking to the streets to protest massive blackouts. The island’s antiquated power grid has long been unreliable, and it was decimated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. This summer, officials hoped the privatization of the power grid by LUMA Energy would help. Read more >

Latino Voices

Illinois Way Forward Act Maps New Path for Immigrants

(WTTW News) In August, Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed into law, the Illinois Way Forward Act. Among the changes are stronger protections for immigrants and an effective discontinuation of federal detention centers in Illinois by 2022.  Read more >

Black Voices

Saturdays at 6:30 pm

Black Voices

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, October 23, 2021 - Full Show

Brandis Friedman hosts the 52nd episode of “Black Voices.” (WTTW News) We look at the Chicago Sky’s championship-winning impact on women’s sports. Plus a documentary on the legacy of Harold Washington. And a breakout choreographer for the Joffrey Ballet. Read more >

Black Voices

The Last Word: Naperville Central Girls Basketball Team

 A key part of the Chicago Sky’s championship success was Candace Parker. She came back to her hometown and led the Sky to the top. (Courtesy WNBA). The Chicago Sky has won the franchise’s first WNBA title. A key part of that success was Candace Parker. She came back to her hometown and led the Sky to the top. We visited the place where Parker's ascent began: her former high school, Naperville Central. Read more >

Latino Voices

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, October 23, 2021 - Full Show

WBEZ’s Araceli Gómez-Aldana guest hosts the 52nd episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News) A new law changes the landscape for immigrants in Illinois. Puerto Ricans protest over the island's power grid. Plus, sustainability and savings at local resale shops. Read more >

Latino Voices

Logan Square Resale Shops Offer Style, Sustainability, and Savings

The offerings in Vintage Frills are sorted by color and era, from the ‘60s to the 2000s. (WTTW News) Shopping second hand is growing in popularity as an affordable and eco-friendly way for young fashionistas to carve out a style niche for themselves. Two shops in Logan Square are hoping they can capitalize on that trend by adding a touch of luxury. Read more >

Latino Voices

Meet the Illinois Latina Conservationist Fighting Fire with Fire

Ruth Campos works as a burn crew member and she wants more women – especially women of color to join her. (Courtesy The Nature Conservancy) Ruth Campos works as a burn crew member. She uses controlled burns to restore life to landscapes. In the last year, she has traveled to Minnesota and California to help battle wildfires, and she wants more women – especially women of color to join her. Read more >

Latino Voices

Students Want Answers, Action After Classmates ‘Protest’ Spanish Song at School Dance

A video showing a group of Marist High School students kneeling during a Spanish song played at a school dance has gone viral. And some students want action to be taken. (WTTW News) A video showing a group of Marist High School students kneeling during a Spanish song played at a school dance has gone viral. And some students want action to be taken. Read more >

Black Voices

New Documentary Tells the Story of Chicago’s First Black Mayor

“Punch 9 for Harold Washington” explores the life and legacy of the historic mayor who, as the city's first Black Mayor, faced racism on a daily basis. (Courtesy Tallgrass Films) The story of Chicago’s first Black mayor is one of several documentaries hitting the big screen at the Chicago International Film Festival. “Punch 9 for Harold Washington” explores the life and legacy of the historic mayor who, as the city’s first Black mayor, faced racism on a daily basis. Read more >

Black Voices

How the Sky’s Championship Win is Inspiring Chicago Athletes

The Chicago Sky celebrate their championship win in Millenium Park. (Courtesy WNBA) The city is still celebrating the Chicago Sky’s historic win. After the Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 80 to 74, it was an exciting and significant victory for the city, fans, and women athletes. Read more >

Black Voices

Chicago Historian, Activist Timuel Black Dead at 102

(WTTW News) Legendary Chicago historian and activist Timuel Black died Wednesday at the age of 102. We discuss the legacy of Timuel Black with Laura Washington and Shermann “Dilla” Thomas.  Read more >

Black Voices

Embracing Cello with the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative

Kailie Holliday, began playing the cello at age 7, She says that as a child, it was the size of the instrument that drew her in. (WTTW News) Back in February, we met four teenagers participating in a program that helps students pursue careers in classical music. Here, one of those students, Kailie Holliday, talks about playing the most huggable string instrument as she plays “The Courante” from Bach’s cello suite. Read more >

Support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: LATINO VOICES is by Allstate, The Chicago Community Trust, and CIBC.

Additional support is provided by The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation and Judy and John McCarter.

Lead support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: BLACK VOICES is provided by Fifth Third Bank.

Additional support is provided by Gertrude Dyane and James H. Wooten, Jr.; Allstate; The Chicago Community Trust; The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation; The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation; The Field Foundation of Illinois; Lloyd A. Fry Foundation; Nicholas Antoine; Judy and John McCarter; and Hiranda and Paul Donoghue.

Join WTTW News every weekend for analysis and features on a wide range of topics, including arts and life, entrepreneurship and innovation, and equity and justice across the sectors of our society and in the Black and Latino communities in Chicago. Make the VOICES series your definitive source for real conversation and a platform for different voices and perspectives.

Latino Voices

Saturdays at 6 pm

Black Voices

Sundays at 6 pm

Latino Voices

‘An Electrical Outrage,’ Thousands in Puerto Rico Left in the Dark

(WTTW via CNN) Thousands of Puerto Ricans are taking to the streets to protest massive blackouts. The island’s antiquated power grid has long been unreliable, and it was decimated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. This summer, officials hoped the privatization of the power grid by LUMA Energy would help. Read more >

Black Voices

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, October 23, 2021 - Full Show

Brandis Friedman hosts the 52nd episode of “Black Voices.” (WTTW News) We look at the Chicago Sky’s championship-winning impact on women’s sports. Plus a documentary on the legacy of Harold Washington. And a breakout choreographer for the Joffrey Ballet. Read more >

Latino Voices

Illinois Way Forward Act Maps New Path for Immigrants

(WTTW News) In August, Gov. J. B. Pritzker signed into law, the Illinois Way Forward Act. Among the changes are stronger protections for immigrants and an effective discontinuation of federal detention centers in Illinois by 2022.  Read more >

Black Voices

The Last Word: Naperville Central Girls Basketball Team

 A key part of the Chicago Sky’s championship success was Candace Parker. She came back to her hometown and led the Sky to the top. (Courtesy WNBA). The Chicago Sky has won the franchise’s first WNBA title. A key part of that success was Candace Parker. She came back to her hometown and led the Sky to the top. We visited the place where Parker's ascent began: her former high school, Naperville Central. Read more >

Latino Voices

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, October 23, 2021 - Full Show

WBEZ’s Araceli Gómez-Aldana guest hosts the 52nd episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News) A new law changes the landscape for immigrants in Illinois. Puerto Ricans protest over the island's power grid. Plus, sustainability and savings at local resale shops. Read more >

Black Voices

New Documentary Tells the Story of Chicago’s First Black Mayor

“Punch 9 for Harold Washington” explores the life and legacy of the historic mayor who, as the city's first Black Mayor, faced racism on a daily basis. (Courtesy Tallgrass Films) The story of Chicago’s first Black mayor is one of several documentaries hitting the big screen at the Chicago International Film Festival. “Punch 9 for Harold Washington” explores the life and legacy of the historic mayor who, as the city’s first Black mayor, faced racism on a daily basis. Read more >

Support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: LATINO VOICES is provided by CIBC.

Additional support is provided by The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation and Judy and John McCarter.

Lead support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: BLACK VOICES is provided by Fifth Third Bank.

Additional support is provided by Gertrude Dyane and James H. Wooten, Jr., The Joseph & Bessie Feinberg Foundation, The Abe and Ida Cooper Foundation, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Nicholas Antoine, Judy and John McCarter, and Hiranda and Paul Donoghue.