Social Media CEOs Get Earful on Bias, Warning of New Limits

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appears on a screen as he speaks remotely during a hearing before the Senate Commerce Committee on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Washington. (Michael Reynolds / Pool via AP)

With next week’s election looming, the CEOs of Twitter, Facebook and Google received a hectoring from Republicans at a Senate hearing Wednesday for alleged anti-conservative bias in the companies’ social media platforms.

Another Ratings Agency Sounds Alarm About Chicago’s Budget

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A second Wall Street ratings agency sounded the alarm over Chicago’s budget on Wednesday as aldermen continued weighing Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s $12.76 billion spending plan for 2021.

South Side Coalition Tells Obama Center Obstructionists: Enough Is Enough

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Design rendering of the Obama Presidential Center. (Courtesy of The Obama Foundation)

Opponents of the Obama Center care more about trees and traffic than they do about people impacted by decades of systemic disinvestment, proponents of the project said in an open letter.

Pandemic Creates Challenges, Opportunities for Doulas, Expectant Families

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The Salesberry family, from left, Christina, Finn, Rosie and Brandon pose for a picture in April. (Courtesy of Christina Salesberry)

Doulas are trained to provide support to pregnant women during labor and delivery. But the arrival of COVID-19 has changed that hands-on relationship to one that relies on virtual connections.

Mother Charged With Felony After Kidnapping Call Led to Massive Manhunt

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Sade Owens faces a single felony charge for falsely reporting the kidnapping of her son Jaylen Mojica, which sparked an extensive manhunt Monday that involved Chicago officers from across the city, police helicopters and K-9 units.

Lawyers: Cop Video Doesn’t Show Fatal Shooting of Black Man

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Clifftina Johnson (back, left), Tafara Williams’ mother, cries as her daughter, Sasha Williams, sings during a press conference outside Waukegan’s city hall complex, Tuesday morning, Oct. 27, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Lawyers for two Black people who were shot by suburban Chicago police said Wednesday that video shared by authorities showed a bullet-riddled car but not the entire incident.

Got Leaves? Rake ‘Em, Bag ‘Em and Call 311

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Leaves don’t belong in the streets, or in dumpsters. Call 311 for a yard waste pickup after you’ve raked and bagged your leaves.

Woman Injured in Police Shooting Says Cops Let Boyfriend Die

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In this image taken from video, Tafara Williams speaking to reporters from her hospital bed during a Zoom meeting Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2020 in Libertyville, Ill. (Zoom / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A woman who was shot by police last week in suburban Chicago said Tuesday that officers did nothing more than cover her boyfriend with a blanket after he was shot and left him on the ground to die.

Worst Place, Worst Time: Trump Faces Virus Spike in Midwest

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In this Oct. 20, 2020, photo, Evelio Mancera and his daughter, Jennifer Mancera, both residents of Madison, fill out their ballots on the first day of the state’s in-person absentee voting window for the Nov. 3 election outside the city’s City-County Building Tuesday in Madison, Wis. (John Hart / Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

As President Trump enters a frenzied final week of campaigning, he continues to hold mass rallies that often defy local public health rules. The campaign says supporters are merely exercising their First Amendment rights. 

Lightfoot Pushes Back After Pritzker Suspends Indoor Dining, Drinking in Chicago

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot talks about rising coronavirus cases at a Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 press conference. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot pushed back late Tuesday on Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s order to suspend indoor dining and drinking in Chicago, the latest sign of a serious split between the officials leading the effort to stem the pandemic.

Ask Geoffrey: The Story of Hyde Park’s Rosalie Villas

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A tucked-away street on the city's South Side is a time capsule from the days before the neighborhood was even part of Chicago. Geoffrey Baer explains.

Many Young People Stepping Up as Poll Workers for 2020 Election

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A high-turnout election in the middle of a pandemic that is surging across the country presents a host of challenges. How state and local election authorities are working to fill the void.

DePaul Researchers Help Narrow Data Gap in COVID-19 Testing

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When the pandemic hit, city officials found there was a significant information gap when trying to collect race and ethnicity data. What researchers at DePaul University is doing to help narrow that gap.

Stocks End Another Wobbly Day Lower as Virus Cases Rise

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A woman with an umbrella passes the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

Wall Street’s losses mounted for the second straight day Tuesday as momentum slows on worries about rising virus counts and Washington’s inability to deliver more aid to the economy. 

Indoor Service at Chicago Bars, Restaurants Suspended Amid COVID-19 Spike

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New restrictions for Chicago begin Friday. “For a time in late summer, Chicago seemed to have this more under control than other regions in Illinois, but that’s no longer the case,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said.

New App Lets Cyclists Report Bike Lane Obstructions, Hazards

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The coronavirus pandemic has given rise to a cycling boom in Chicago, but many riders face on-street bike lanes that are blocked or in disrepair. An advocacy organization wants to combat the problem with its new mobile app.

City Watchdog: Some Police Officers Not Completing Required Trainings After Firearm Discharge

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According to a new report, Chicago police officers who fired their weapons have been returning to regular field duties before completing necessary training requirements aimed at helping them process trauma.

Florida Added to Chicago’s Quarantine Order as COVID-19 Surge Continues

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A passenger at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (WTTW News)

City officials added Florida to Chicago’s COVID-19 quarantine order as confirmed cases of the coronavirus continue to surge in Chicago, Illinois and throughout the nation.

Bond Denied For Sisters Accused of Stabbing Store Employee 27 Times Over Mask Request

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After refusing requests to wear face masks or use hand sanitizer inside a North Lawndale neighborhood store, two sisters allegedly attacked a male employee, stabbing him more than two dozen times Sunday evening.

October 27, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Oct. 27, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Parents, Advocates Want Transparency from CPS Before a Return to In-Person Learning

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Parents and activists are calling on Chicago Public Schools to answer critical safety questions about in-person learning before some of the district’s most vulnerable students return to their classrooms.

Community Groups Vow to Fight Plan for ‘Mountain of Dredge’ on Chicago’s Southeast Side

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An aerial view of the Chicago Area Confined Disposal Facility, a 45-acre site on Chicago’s Southeast Side that has been in operation since 1984. Inset: The CDF is outlined in red. (Credit: Army Corps of Engineers)

Community organizers on Chicago’s Southeast Side are marshaling their forces and looking for solutions to address what they see as yet another environmental threat to their already beleaguered neighborhood.

Firsthand Gun Violence: Helping Communities in Times of Need

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A scene from the WTTW “Firsthand: Coronavirus” documentary series.

As Chicago experiences a surge in COVID-19 cases, data shows the city’s 2020 homicide rate outpacing 2019. We speak with Jamal Cole, founder of My Block, My Hood, My City, as part of our series.

What is the Future of Abortion Rights in Illinois?

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Women march past the Thompson Center in Chicago as part of an abortion rights demonstration in May 2019. (WTTW News)

Newly confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett recently dodged questions about how she’d weigh cases dealing with abortion. Advocates on both sides view her leanings as a primary reason she was picked for the nation’s high court.

Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed as Supreme Court Justice in Partisan Vote

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President Donald Trump watches as Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas administers the Constitutional Oath to Amy Coney Barrett on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 26, 2020, after Barrett was confirmed by the Senate earlier in the evening. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late Monday by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump’s nominee days before the election.

Chevy Humphrey Makes History as New Leader of MSI Chicago

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The Museum of Science and Industry (WTTW News)

She’ll be the first woman and the first Black American to be president and CEO of the Museum of Science and Industry when she starts her new job in January. Chevy Humphrey joins us in discussion.

Chicago’s Manual Cinema Animates Spooky Trailer for ‘Candyman’

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A still image from Manual Cinema’s trailer for “Candyman.” (WTTW News via Manual Cinema)

A trailer for the film uses only handmade animation – not scenes from the movie – to set up the story of a supernatural killer in a Chicago housing project and his horrifying backstory. We meet the artists behind the work.

Aldermen Balk at Plan for Property Tax Hike, Layoffs To Fill Budget Gap

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to close a projected $1.2 billion budget gap by hiking property taxes and laying off employees got a cool reception Monday from aldermen, who pleaded for other options amid a raging pandemic.

Candidate Forum: Former Judge O’Brien Aims to Unseat Cook County State’s Attorney Foxx

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Candidate for Cook County state’s attorney Patrick O’Brien appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

It’s one of the most contentious races on the Cook County ballot. Former Cook County judge and prosecutor Patrick O’Brien talks about his campaign to unseat Democratic incumbent Kim Foxx.

Crain’s Headlines: Illinois Gains Skilled Workers

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Illinois moves up in a technology and innovation ranking as skilled workers move into the state. Crain’s Chicago Business Editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headlines of that story and more.

COVID-19 Rates Rising Statewide, Restrictions Return to Suburban Cook County, Metro East

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Starting Wednesday, indoor service at bars and restaurants will be suspended in suburban Cook County and the Metro East region of the state due to rising coronavirus positivity rates.

‘The Batman’ Treats Chicagoans to Preview of Caped Crusader in Full Batsuit

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Still from "The Batman" trailer. (Warner Brothers Pictures / YouTube)

“The Batman” continued filming stunt sequences in Chicago over the weekend, rewarding onlookers with a sighting of the new batsuit.

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