Social Issues

“The Interrupters”

The Interrupters is a new documentary about the fight against violence on Chicago streets. Director/producer Steve James and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz, whose original article inspired the film, join us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, along with one of the Violence Interrupters. The film follows a year in the life of the city of Chicago as […]

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Camp TWIG

It looks like a typical summer camp but its mission is far from typical. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Eddie Arruza takes us to Camp TWIG in Winnetka where the kids not only have fun, but learn something important about each other. TWIG, which stands for Together We Influence Growth, began in 1966. It […]

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Gay Etiquette

June is known as “Pride month” when the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community celebrates its accomplishments and progress. And as society opens up and becomes more accepting, a funny thing happens: awkward social situations. But there’s one man who’s trying to help navigate the joyful and sometimes painful process of interacting with each other. […]

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Caring for Aging Parents

It’s a struggle many Americans will soon face — caring for their aging parents. Jane Gross joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss her new book on caregiving: A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents – and Ourselves. Gross was a reporter for The New York Times for 28 years and […]

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The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks, born in 1920, was a poor tobacco farmer from Virginia whose role in medical research began after her death. Lacks’ unknowing contribution to science and medicine may be unparalleled. Years later, when her family learned about it, they felt exploited. The case is having an impact on new medical research and medical ethics. […]

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Same-Sex Couples and Adoption

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear joins us to discuss the Catholic Charities adoption controversy. Under the new Civil Unions law that goes into affect June 1st, all state-funded adoption agencies are required to serve couples that receive the unions. Illinois’ Catholic Charities, an organization that controls 20 percent […]

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Stress, Challenge and the Rat Race

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, Todd Buchholz joins us to discuss his new book, Rush: Why You Need and Love the Rat Race. Buchholz argues that stress and competition are necessary and positive parts of life, and retirement damages you by taking you out of the running. We asked Stevan Hobfoll, head of the […]

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Milton Rogovin: Social Documentary Photographer

Milton Rogovin (1909-2011) was a social documentary photographer who lived to be 101 years old. An optometrist who became a full-time photographer later in life, Rogovin was labeled a Communist and was persecuted by the FBI for his activism promoting workers’ rights in Buffalo, New York. After his voice was silenced, he picked up a […]

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Teacher Contract Reforms

A number of education reforms were proposed in the Illinois Senate yesterday, many of which could dramatically change the way teachers negotiate their contracts. Here is a summary of the reforms: – Outside of Chicago, education administrators will consider a teacher’s average performance evaluation before laying them off. Years of service will be the tie-breaker […]

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Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood

John W. Fountain, a Roosevelt University journalism professor and weekly Chicago Sun-Times columnist, has published a new book about fathers and fatherhood. This book is a compilation of true stories written by journalists and writers about their relationships with their fathers, or lack thereof, and fatherhood in general. Inspired by Fountain’s essay for National Public […]

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South Side ER’s vs. Level 1 Trauma Centers

Tonight on the show, Elizabeth Brackett tells the story of the struggling emergency rooms on the South Side. Here is a map to show you how far some Chicagoans have to travel to access care for the most life-threatening injuries. Javascript is required to view the video map. Legend Emergency Hospitals () Trauma Centers ()

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Understaffing and Ambulance Service at ERs

While patients with health insurance struggle to get in to the University of Chicago Medical Center, patients without insurance are facing even tougher challenges. Provident Hospital on Chicago’s South Side stopped ambulance service in February, and is now relying on Cook County’s other hospitals serving indigent patients to take them. The University of Chicago normally […]

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Chicago’s Civil War Graves

Although the city was not the site of many significant battles, Chicago is home to thousands of Union and Confederate graves. Robert Girardi, a local Civil War historian, talked to Chicago Tonight about where people can go to pay their respects in honor of the anniversary of the start of the war. Rosehill Cemetery 5800 […]

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More on the Story: Week in Review (4/4-4/8)

Here is a roundup of Chicago Tonight‘s web stories from this week: Monday, April 4: – Leaky Condos – Video of the Day: Pillow Fighting! Tuesday, April 5: – Local Moms Weigh in on Longer School Days Wednesday, April 6: – Affordable Housing in Northern Suburbs – Paloma Picasso – 10 Most Endangered Historic Places […]

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Project Cabrini Green

Demolition began on March 30, 2011 on the last high-rise building left in the Cabrini-Green housing development. A public art installation addressing the demolition was created by students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, led by artist and faculty member Jan Tichy, in collaboration with organizations providing after-school programs in the Cabrini-Green […]

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