Musician Corky Siegel on Virtual Showcase, ‘Best of the Damnpandic’

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Harmonica and piano player Corky Siegel will feature guest performances in a virtual showcase ‘Best of the Damnpandic’ (WTTW News)

As the Chicago arts scene slowly begins to reembrace in person performances, one Rogers Park artist says sharing music virtually is an experience he’s not quite ready to give up. We check-in with harmonica and piano player, Corky Siegel.

Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Red, White and Yellow Onions: CDC

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More than 650 people have been infected with salmonella oranienburg nationwide, including 37 people in Illinois, according to federal health officials. 

CPS Touts Record Graduation Rate in Year Marked by Pandemic

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Students at Chicago Public Schools walk along a hallway in this file photo. (WTTW News)

CPS officials on Thursday announced a five-year graduation rate for its high school students, while the district simultaneously recorded its lowest-ever one-year dropout rate.

COVID-19 Vaccine: CDC Panel Discusses Booster Rollout

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This Wednesday, March 31, 2021 file photo shows empty vials of Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose COVID-19 vaccine at a mobile vaccination site in Uniondale, N.Y. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)

Influential government advisers are deciding Thursday how best to expand the nation’s COVID-19 booster campaign, including whether and when it’s OK to “mix and match” brands for the extra dose.

Can New Variants of the Coronavirus Keep Emerging?

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(AP Illustration / Peter Hamlin)

With more than half the world still not vaccinated, the virus will likely keep finding people to infect and replicating inside them for several months or years to come.  And each time a virus makes a copy of itself, a small mutation could occur. 

Lightfoot’s Budget Faces Pivotal Votes as Negotiations Continue Behind the Scenes

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposal to spend $16.7 billion in 2022 faces two critical votes in the coming days, as members of the City Council wrangle behind the scenes on how to spend nearly $2 billion in federal aid while closing massive shortfalls caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chicago’s Ensemble Español Dances Up a Storm in Celebration at the Auditorium

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"Horizonte," choreographed and performed by Monica Saucedo. (Credit Dean Paul)

It was an evening of multiple celebrations Saturday as Chicago’s Ensemble Español Spanish dance company arrived on the stage of the Auditorium Theatre in full regalia to mark the return of live performance in the landmark hall following its pandemic shutdown.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 21-24

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Jack-o’-lanterns, papermaking, a “Frankenstein”-inspired play and a Halloween-themed run usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Rahm Emanuel Defends Handling of Fatal Shooting of Laquan McDonald, Says Death ‘Sits With Me’

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Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses his book on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

“A grave tragedy occurred seven years ago. And that tragedy sits with me, as it has, every day and every week for the last seven years,” Rahm Emanuel said during a hearing before the Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday that took place on the seventh anniversary of Laquan McDonald’s murder.

New Bill Would Reinstate Parole System in Illinois

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Incarcerated people in Illinois haven’t had the ability to get onto parole since the ‘70s. But a bill in Springfield is working to bring it back. (WTTW News)

Incarcerated people in Illinois haven’t had the ability to get onto parole since the ‘70s. But a bill in Springfield is working to bring it back, providing parole hearings for inmates who’ve served at least 20 years in prison. 

Disruptions in Supply Chains Cause Delays, High Prices

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As the holiday season approaches, products overseas have been backlogged and prices for products have increased, causing those operating small businesses to scramble through their inventory. (WTTW News)

Small-business owners in Illinois are experiencing an unprecedented demand in supplies and goods, but inventory is limited at stores due to supply chain issues nationwide.

White House Details Plans to Vaccinate 28M Children Age 5-11

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In this June 6, 2021 file photo, a youth receives a Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in the central Israeli city of Rishon LeZion. (AP Photo / Sebastian Scheiner)

Within hours of formal approval, which is expected after the Food and Drug Administration signs off and a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory panel meets on Nov. 2-3, millions of doses will begin going out to providers across the country, along with the smaller needles needed for injecting young children.

Japan Envoy Pick Emanuel: Chicago Teen Shooting Weighs Heavy

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U.S. Ambassador to Japan nominee Rahm Emanuel attends a hearing to examine his nomination before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

Former Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he did nothing improper but still fell short in his handling of the fatal police shooting of a Black teenager in the city seven years ago.

October 20, 2021 - Full Show

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Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes heat on Capitol Hill. Vaccines for younger children. Efforts to return the parole system to Illinois prisons. And artist Tony Fitzpatrick.

FDA OKs Mixing COVID Vaccines; Backs Moderna, J&J Boosters

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This Dec. 23, 2020 file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the first round of staff vaccinations at a hospital in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

But before more people roll up their sleeves, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will consult an expert panel later this week before finalizing official recommendations for who should get boosters and when.

Judge Overseeing City’s Lawsuit Against Police Union Over Vaccine Mandate Won’t Step Down

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Fraternal Order of Police attorneys argued Cook County Judge Cecilia Horan should step aside because she didn’t disclose that a law firm she previously worked at was involved with the Police Accountability Task Force, which was chaired by Lori Lightfoot prior to her election as Chicago mayor.

R. Kelly’s Chicago Trial on Federal Sex Charges Set Aug. 1

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In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber appeared to have wanted the trial in Chicago to begin earlier, but he set it for Aug. 1 after one of R. Kelly’s attorneys, Steven Greenberg, said that he another of Kelly’s attorneys will be in trial on other cases through July.

US Attorney Lausch’s Job Performance Wins Bipartisan Support

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Political corruption. Gun violence. Financial crimes. Homegrown terrorism. These are just a selection of the cases brought in the last four years by John Lausch, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

Remap Battle: New Congressional Map Upsets GOP, Some Democrats

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Despite holding all the power, Democratic state lawmakers are getting pushback from both sides of the aisle for the newly drawn congressional map which shrinks the number Republican House members from five to three.

The Atlantic Looks Inside Alden Global Capital

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(Rebecca Palmore / WTTW News)

McKay Coppins, who did a deep dive into Alden Global Capital, shares his insights into the hedge fund that bought the Chicago Tribune.

United Posts $473 Million 3Q Profit on Federal Pandemic Aid

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Travelers well up as agents confer at the United Airlines ticketing counter in Denver International Airport Friday, July 2, 2021, in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski, File)

United Airlines reported a $473 million profit for the third quarter thanks to more than $1 billion in federal pandemic aid that helped pay airline employees this summer.

US Expected to Authorize Mix-and-Match COVID-19 Booster Shots

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This Dec. 23, 2020 file photo shows a vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in the first round of staff vaccinations at a hospital in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

Federal regulators are expected to authorize the mixing and matching of COVID-19 booster shots this week in an effort to provide flexibility for those seeking to maintain protection against the coronavirus.

21 Chicago Police Officers Placed into No-Pay Status For Violating COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

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According to Police Superintendent David Brown, about 67% of officers have provided their vaccination status to the city, and of those 82% are vaccinated. But 21 officers have refused to share their vaccination status with the city.

The Beatles Songbook Transformed Into Ingenious Score For Shakespeare’s ‘As You Like It’

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The Forest Lords of Arden (left to right: Austin Eckert, Jeff Kurysz, Adam Wesley Brown, Michael Daniel Dashefsky, Kurt Schweitz) jam to the hit song of The Beatles in Chicago Shakespeare Theater’s production of “As You Like It,” adapted and directed by Daryl Cloran, in the Courtyard Theater, Oct. 6–Nov. 21. (Photo by Liz Lauren)

The show is not some crazy remake of the musical “Hair,” but rather a raucous, playful and exceedingly clever reimagined take on Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.” 

Fire Health Department Official, Punish 2 Other City Employees After Smokestack Implosion: Watchdog

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A still image from a video taken of the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack, April 11, 2020. (Alejandro Reyes / YouTube)

The final report from former Inspector General Joseph Ferguson did not detail why he concluded that the three employees should be disciplined, or whether city leaders would follow his recommendations.

Police Shooting Looms Over Emanuel in Confirmation Battle

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, May 13, 2019.

Several liberal House lawmakers and activists complain that Rahm Emanuel's handling of the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times as he ran away from police, should have disqualified him for consideration for a coveted role.

Englewood Artist Documents Growing Up on the South Side

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In his first solo show, “Mookie on the Southside,” artist Pugs Atomz illustrates what it’s like growing up on the South Side through paintings and sculptures.

October 19, 2021 - Full Show

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The latest on Chicago police officers getting vaccinated. One-on-one with U.S. Attorney John Lausch. Illinois lawmakers head back to Springfield. And documenting the South Side’s history.

Man Yelled ‘You Will Die’ as He Shot Chicago Police Officer on Monday: Prosecutors

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Jovan McPherson was held without bail Tuesday following his arrest on felony charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery of a peace officer, unlawful use of weapon, armed kidnapping and aggravated unlawful restraint stemming from a Monday shooting.

US Plans to Reinstate ‘Remain in Mexico’ Policy Next Month

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In this Feb. 19, 2021 file photo, a woman seeking asylum in the United States waits with others for news of policy changes, in Tijuana, Mexico. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull, File)

The Biden administration said it plans to reinstate a Trump-era border policy next month to make asylum-seekers wait in Mexico for hearings in U.S. immigration court, complying with a judge’s order.

Florida, Hawaii, Washington, D.C. Removed from Chicago’s COVID-19 Travel Advisory

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The advisory now covers 45 states as well as Guam and the Virgin Islands, officials said.

Indicted Former City Club President Fined $75K by Ethics Board for Violating Lobbying Rules

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(WTTW News)

Jay Doherty has pleaded not guilty to bribery conspiracy charges that accused him of being part of a scheme to reward those loyal to former House Speaker Michael Madigan with money and jobs.