Chicago Tonight

Chicago Tonight is a nightly news, arts and entertainment program that airs on WTTW, the country's most watched public television station. The program is hosted by award-winning journalist Phil Ponce and provides in-depth coverage of Chicago.

The Chicago metropolitan area that is home to 63% of the Illinois population and includes the Illinois counties of Cook, DeKalb, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, and Will.  NPR Illinois recognizes it is important to be informed on issues throughout the state and that Chicago Tonight helps us understand issues we may not have direct experience with in the 37% of Illinois not part of Chicagoland.

Stream past state government segments below or catch new episodes Mondays-Thursdays 7-8 PM on WTTW-TV PBS Chicago.

U.S. Department of Justice press conference
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

Full show including:

  • DOJ Finds Civil Rights Abuses in Chicago Police Department
  • As City Prepares to Borrow $1.2B, Mayor Asks Moody’s to Withdraw Ratings
  • Kurt Vonnegut Artwork Finds New Home at Chicago Veterans Museum

House members of the 100th Illinois General Assembly sworn in at the University of Illinois Springfield
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

Full show including:

  • Madigan Wins Speaker’s Office, As Senate Sets Leadership Limits
  • New Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Talks Reform Plans
  • Tiger Woods-Designed Golf Course in Jackson Park Gets Green Light

Amanda Vinicky at the statehouse
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

Full show including:

  • Amanda Vinicky reports Springfield, Lawmakers Adjourn for Good, Without a Budget
  • The Purpose of the Presidential Farewell Speech
  • The Airport Security Balancing Act

Phil Ponce and Amanda Vinicky
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

Full show including:

  • Illinois Senate budget deal has slim chances.
  • What to expect from President Obama's farewell address.
  • Chicago Bears future.

Chicago Tonight: President Obama Interview

Jan 5, 2017
Carol Marin interviews President Obama in the White House.
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

Full Show including:

  • President Obama joins Carol Marin for a one-on-one interview.
  • What Obamacare repeal could mean to patients of Cook County Hospital.
  • Macy's, Sears fight for survival in digital age

Chicago Tonight: Rauner "I'm Flexible"

Jan 4, 2017
Rauner on Chicago Tonight
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

Full show including:

  • Gov. Rauner on budget, "I'm flexible."
  • Democratic leader calls Illinois budget a crisis.
  • Amanda Vinicky state budget update with Barbara Flynn Currie.

Chicago Tonight: Violent 2016

Jan 3, 2017
Eddie Johnson, Chicago Police Superintendent
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

Full Show including:

  • Illinois delegation on the repeal of Obamacare.
  • Chicago's violent 2016.
  • Chicago portrait artist focuses on face.

Phil Ponce and Amanda Vinicky
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

It doesn't look like Illinois' budget stalemate will end anytime soon. 

Chicago Tonight is a production of WTTW-TV PBS Chicago.

Amanda Vinicky
Chicago Tonight | WTTW-TV

Reporter Amanda Vinicky tells us where things stand in Springfield.

Chicago Tonight is a production of WTTW-TV PBS Chicago.