Latino Voices

Thursdays at 5:30 pm

Latino Voices

Advocates Push for Expanded Work Permits for Long-Term Undocumented Immigrants

Mayor Brandon Johnson and Rebecca Shi, executive director of the American Business Immigration Coalition, at a “Here to Work” roundtable event on April 4, 2024, at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave. (WTTW News) “Here to Work” advocates say extending legal work permits to long-term undocumented residents will help unite communities, stabilize the workforce and promote fair wages. Opponents argue that could come at a cost to taxpayers and drive down wages for legal citizens. Read more >

Latino Voices

Suicide Rates Rising Among Black and Latino Chicagoans, Study Finds

(WTTW News) Mental health resources and early intervention can play a crucial role in preventing suicides, but researchers say those services are becoming harder to access. Read more >

Black Voices

Wednesdays at 5:30 pm

Black Voices

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 10, 2024 - Full Show

A look at when Chicago police officers are allowed to use force. And community reaction to the police killing of Dexter Reed following the release of graphic body camera footage. Read more >

Black Voices

Community Calls for Change, Accountability After Video Released in Fatal Police Shooting of Dexter Reed

Community members gather outside the 11th District police headquarters on April 9, 2024, hours after video of the fatal police shooting of Dexter Reed was released. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News) The footage of Chicago police officers firing 96 shots at Dexter Reed following a traffic stop has caused outrage with the city’s Black community and led to demands for change — and accountability — for the police officers involved. Read more >

Latino Voices

Venezuelan Migrant Depicts His Journey to Chicago in Series of Paintings

Artist Yeison Perez, 31, is a Venezuelan migrant whose work will be on display at Starting Point Community Church from April 5-6, 2024. (WTTW News) Last year, a Belmont Cragin pastor opened his church’s doors to house a group of migrants who were sleeping at a police station. One of the men has now created a series of paintings describing his journey to America. His artwork will be on display this weekend. Read more >

Latino Voices

Examining Donald Trump’s Support Among Latinos in Light of a New Poll

A Chicago polling place on March 19, 2024. (Michael Izquierdo / WTTW News) According to a poll by The New York Times and Siena College, Hispanic voters could be favoring former President Donald J. Trump over President Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election, but sample size limits exact conclusions about the support.  Read more >

Latino Voices

It’s Increasingly Difficult for Bilingual Parents to Raise Bilingual Children, Research on Chicago Spanish Speakers Finds

(WTTW News) Research shows it’s becoming harder for bilingual speakers to raise bilingual children — but also points to factors that can improve opportunities for Spanish development. Read more >

Latino Voices

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, March 28, 2024 - Full Show

An effort to require the mayor’s office to publicly track how many migrants are evicted from Chicago shelters. A new poll shows Donald Trump’s support is growing among Latino voters. And exploring the role the Spanish language plays in Latino culture. Read more >

Black Voices

What Efforts to Expand Access to Sickle Cell Treatment Could Mean for Illinois Patients

File photo of a person getting a blood transfusion. (WTTW News) Sickle cell disease affects about 5,000 people across Illinois — and it’s mostly impacting Black communities. While gene therapies have emerged to treat the disease, high costs can limit access. Read more >

Black Voices

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, March 27, 2024 - Full Show

Gentrification concerns in South Shore as Obama Presidential Center construction continues. Efforts to increase access to sickle cell disease treatment. And a new book celebrates Black Chicago’s influence. Read more >

Black Voices

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, March 20, 2024 - Full Show

Mayor Brandon Johnson doubles down on his progressive agenda. What’s next for the Bring Chicago Home campaign. And a peek at Steppenwolf’s new show before it’s even finished. Read more >

Black Voices

Led by Director Phylicia Rashad, Steppenwolf Cast Explores Family Politics and Identities in New Play ‘Purpose’

(left to right) Harry Lennix, ensemble members Alana Arenas, Glenn Davis and Jon Michael Hill with Tamara Tunie and Ayanna Bria Bakari in rehearsal for Steppenwolf Theatre’s world premiere of “Purpose.” (Joel Moorman) The play about a Black political Illinois family is brand new — so new that cast members didn’t even have a complete script when WTTW News sat down with them. Read more >

Support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: LATINO VOICES is provided by Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

Additional support is provided by Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and Julian Grace Foundation.

Support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: BLACK VOICES is provided by Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

Additional support is provided by Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Julian Grace Foundation, and Gertrude Dyane and James H. Wooten, Jr..

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

Advocates Push for Expanded Work Permits for Long-Term Undocumented Immigrants

Mayor Brandon Johnson and Rebecca Shi, executive director of the American Business Immigration Coalition, at a “Here to Work” roundtable event on April 4, 2024, at the Chicago Urban League, 4510 S. Michigan Ave. (WTTW News) “Here to Work” advocates say extending legal work permits to long-term undocumented residents will help unite communities, stabilize the workforce and promote fair wages. Opponents argue that could come at a cost to taxpayers and drive down wages for legal citizens. Read more >

Black Voices

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, April 10, 2024 - Full Show

A look at when Chicago police officers are allowed to use force. And community reaction to the police killing of Dexter Reed following the release of graphic body camera footage. Read more >

Latino Voices

Suicide Rates Rising Among Black and Latino Chicagoans, Study Finds

(WTTW News) Mental health resources and early intervention can play a crucial role in preventing suicides, but researchers say those services are becoming harder to access. Read more >

Black Voices

Community Calls for Change, Accountability After Video Released in Fatal Police Shooting of Dexter Reed

Community members gather outside the 11th District police headquarters on April 9, 2024, hours after video of the fatal police shooting of Dexter Reed was released. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News) The footage of Chicago police officers firing 96 shots at Dexter Reed following a traffic stop has caused outrage with the city’s Black community and led to demands for change — and accountability — for the police officers involved. Read more >

Latino Voices

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, April 11, 2024 - Full Show

Johnson is preparing to call on City Council for additional funds for migrant care. What’s behind increasing suicide rates among Black and Latino Chicagoans. And grab your popcorn — the Chicago Latino Film Festival kicks off today. Read more >

Black Voices

Beyoncé’s New Country Album Highlights How the Genre Has Long Been Shaped by Black Culture

Beyoncé’s “Cowboy Carter” album cover. (Credit: Blair Caldwell / Parkwood Entertainment LLC) Black artists and culture have shaped the country genre for generations, pulling from the melodies of Black hymns and incorporating African instruments like the banjo.  Read more >

Support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: LATINO VOICES is provided by Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

Additional support is provided by Lloyd A. Fry Foundation and Julian Grace Foundation.

Support for CHICAGO TONIGHT: BLACK VOICES is provided by Searle Funds at The Chicago Community Trust.

Additional support is provided by Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, Julian Grace Foundation, and Gertrude Dyane and James H. Wooten, Jr..