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May 6, 2022

Roe v. Wade Impact, Chi Casino is Really Coming, and the WNBA Champs are Back!

Earlier this week, a leaked draft opinion from the Supreme Court’s conservative majority signaled the end of Roe v. Wade. Even as Illinois has strengthened its access to abortion care, Chicago’s reproductive justice activists are scared of what the impending decision will mean for women here and across the country. Block Club Chicago reporter covering Logan Square, Humboldt Park and Avondale Mina Bloom, and WBEZ criminal justice reporter Patrick Smith join host Jacoby Cochran to react to that big news, as well as Bally’s getting closer to operating the city’s first casino, recent fires at homeless encampments in Avondale and Uptown, and Friday’s season opener at Wintrust Arena for the the reigning WNBA champion Chicago Sky. 


Other stories discussed:

New research detects the most likely criminal ‘crews’ inside CPD

Logan Square farmers market opens Sunday

Jacoby will be on the Album Rebrews podcast to review Saba's latest album "Few Good Things"


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