New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois Top 1,000 for Third Straight Day

New statewide totals: 152,962 cases, 7,168 deaths

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The Illinois Department of Public Health on Saturday reported an additional 1,195 confirmed cases of the coronavirus since Friday, and 24 more deaths. The positivity rate in Illinois remains relatively stable at 3%.

Station Closures Ahead: CTA Red Line Modernization Moves Forward

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The CTA’s ambitious Red and Purple Line modernization program will impact service for riders on the North Side for a four-week period starting next Friday. And the agency’s plan to relocate a historic building takes a step forward.

Trump Commutes Longtime Friend Roger Stone’s Prison Sentence

In this Nov. 7, 2019, file photo, Roger Stone arrives at federal court in Washington. (AP Photo / Cliff Owen, File)

President Donald Trump has commuted the sentence of his longtime political confidant Roger Stone, intervening in extraordinary fashion in a criminal case that was central to the Russia investigation and that concerned the president’s own conduct.

The Week in Review: Lightfoot Unveils Recovery Plan

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An uptick in COVID-19 cases. Will public schools open in the fall? Who Chicago’s top cop is blaming for rising violent crime rates. And Illinois U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth takes heat from President Trump.

Pandemic, Racism Compound Worries About Black Suicide Rate

Jasmin Pierre poses for a photo with her smartphone app, in New Orleans, Thursday, July 2, 2020. (AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

Health experts have warned of a looming mental health crisis linked to the coronavirus outbreak, and the federal government rolled out a broad anti-suicide campaign. But doctors and researchers say the issues reverberate deeper among Black people.

Push to Legalize Coach Houses, Granny Flats Stalls Amid Opposition From Aldermen

A row of coach houses on Meyer Avenue in Chicago. (Eric Allix Rogers/Flickr)

An effort to ease Chicago’s affordable housing crisis by permitting basement, attic and coach house dwellings stalled Friday amid opposition from aldermen concerned they would not be able to stop unwanted units from being built in their wards.

Have You ‘Herd?’ It’s National Bison Month. Here’s Where They Roam, Close to Home

Bison at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie. (USDA Forest Service)

July is National Bison Month — who knew? Here’s where you can catch buffalo roaming, close to home, in Illinois and Indiana.

US Bets on Untested Company to Deliver COVID-19 Vaccine

In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a patient receives a shot in the first-stage safety study clinical trial of a potential vaccine for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, at the Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

The Trump administration has agreed to invest more than half a billion in tax dollars in ApiJect Systems America, but its injector is not approved by federal health authorities and the company hasn’t yet set up a factory to manufacture the devices.

Most Stocks Drift Higher on Wall Street; Tech a Rare Downer

Workers wearing masks walk by the New York Stock Exchange during the coronavirus pandemic, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Most of Wall Street is drifting higher Friday, though a rare pullback for some of the year's biggest winners in the stock market is tamping down the gains.

‘Green Lady’ Rises From the Ashes in Jackson Park as the Latest Chicago Tree Sculpture

"Green Lady" in Jackson Park is the latest sculpture to breathe new life into one of Chicago's dead ash trees. (Chicago Sculpture International)

Since 2014, the Chicago Tree Project has commissioned more than two dozen sculptures across the city, bringing new life to dead ash trees. The latest is a work by artist Gary Keenan.

Lightfoot Orders Bars, Restaurants to Close at Midnight, as Coronavirus Cases Tick Up

Amaru restaurant in Wicker Park (Credit: Lori Sapio / Lori Sapio Photography)

The new restrictions, which aim to reduce a slight increase in the number of coronavirus cases among young Chicagoans, took effect immediately, the Mayor Lori Lightfoot's office announced Friday morning. 

Ask Geoffrey: The Scoop on Chicago’s Brick Ice Cream


Geoffrey Baer has the scoop on some Chicago ice cream history.

Learning in Limbo: Summer Bridge Programs Go Online

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Summer education enrichment programs have taken to Zoom. Are they working?

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Lincoln Square


The North Side neighborhood gets its name from the 16th president, but much of its community’s cultural heritage comes from the German immigrants who founded the area in the 1840s.

How a Spike in Poor Air Quality is Impacting Chicago’s Most Polluted Neighborhoods

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July in Chicago brings scorching summer heat to the city, and often with it, poor air quality.

Chicago Man Accused of Killing 1, Wounding 2 Who Tried to Stop Looting

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“These victims, I’m just going to classify them as good community members who were trying to do the right thing,” Chicago police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said of the three men who were shot on May 31.

How ‘Rita’s Quilt’ is Connecting Women Around the World


While at an estate sale last September, Chicago artist Shannon Downey found an unfinished quilt and knew she had to complete it, but would need help. 

A Virtual Visit to the Chicago Architecture Center

The headquarters of the Chicago Architecture Center are currently closed, but the CAC is offering a variety of online programs. (WTTW News)

The home of the Chicago Architecture Center is both a gallery and a hub for dozens of tours. The space recently reopened to visitors – how you can explore Chicago architecture – and get a tour – from home. 

CDC Head Sticking to School-Opening Guides Trump Criticized

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Federal health officials won’t revise their coronavirus guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from President Donald Trump, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. 

Celebrities, Artists Perform ‘Sweet Home Chicago’ to Raise Funds for Illinois Artists


More than 100 Chicago artists and stars who got their start in the Windy City perform the blues anthem, “Sweet Home Chicago.”

WHO: Indoor Airborne Spread of Coronavirus Possible

In this Friday, June 26, 2020 file photo, people wear masks while exercising at a gym in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

In a change to its previous thinking, WHO noted on Thursday that studies evaluating COVID-19 outbreaks in restaurants, choir practices and fitness classes suggested the virus might have been spread in the air.

Chicago Man Charged in Fatal Pitchfork Stabbing of Elderly Grandmother

Dujuan Randle (Chicago Police Department)

Dujuan Randle, 41, was held without bond Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, two days after allegedly carrying out the fatal attack in broad daylight in front of neighbors.

EPA: Hegewisch Little League Field Contaminated with Lead, Arsenic

Lead and arsenic were discovered in the soil beneath the Hegewisch Little League field. (Google Streetview photo)

The EPA began cleaning up the site this week, stating the hazardous substances found in the soil posed an “imminent and substantial endangerment” to “public health, welfare, and the environment.”

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Chicago Museums Can Reopen in Phase 4, But Not All of Them Will

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Museums and aquariums can now reopen their doors — with restrictions — but few of them have, and at least one Chicago institution says it will remain closed until phase five of Illinois’ reopening plan.

Walgreens Lost $1.7B in 3Q as Global Pandemic Tightened Grip

In this March 26, 2020 file photo, a woman leaves a Walgreens pharmacy that is enforcing social distancing rules by allowing only a certain numbers of people in as customers line up on the sidewalk outside the store in New York. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the drugstore chain to a $1.7-billion loss in its fiscal third quarter, as customers stayed home to avoid the virus or consolidated their shopping to grocery stores. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

The Deerfield, Illinois-based drugstore chain said Thursday that the rapidly spreading coronavirus took a bite of between $700 million and $750 million from sales, with much of the damage coming from outside the United States.

Kim Foxx’s Office Creates Online Process to Report Police Misconduct Allegations

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The Police Criminal Misconduct Complaint form, launched Tuesday, will allow residents to submit claims of criminal misconduct against law enforcement officers and upload photo and video evidence of any alleged incident.

‘Once in a Generation Opportunity’: Lightfoot Vows to Use Coronavirus Recovery Plan to Remake Chicago

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a new 104-page report Thursday, which calls for the city to accelerate investments in neighborhoods on the South and West sides in order to create jobs and reduce crime.

Video Gaming Kingpin ‘Not a Target’ of Federal Probe

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A partial release of Illinois companies that received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program has turned up some big names, including some who are politically connected — and some connected to ethics scandals.

‘Their Songs Will be Sung Again’: Exhibits on Native Americans Wait to Reopen

“Sacred Under the Cliff of Yellowstone” (Credit: Ben Pease / The Field Museum)

On March, a day after the mayor canceled St. Patrick’s Day parades, another parade celebrated the opening of twin exhibitions on Native American people. The shows opened ... and then closed one day later.

Racism in Health Care: Providers Address a Public Health Crisis

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The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities has made recent headlines, but racial disparities within health care have been studied and reported on for years.

‘Master Bedroom’? ‘Boystown’? Changing Terms Critics Call Outdated

The Lakeview neighborhood known as Boystown. (WTTW News)

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police, many Americans have been rethinking everyday language — and how it may contribute to systemic racism.