Bulls Fire Coach Jim Boylen After Missing Playoffs Again

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In this Tuesday, April 9, 2019, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Jim Boylen reacts during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Kamil Krzaczynski, File)

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. 

R. Kelly's Manager Charged With Phone Threats to Theater

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In this June 26, 2019 file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

Donnell Russell, 45, of Chicago, was charged with conspiracy and with threatening physical harm by interstate communication. He was scheduled to appear remotely Friday before a magistrate judge in Manhattan federal court. 

Chicago Archdiocese Plans to Provide In-Person Classes This Fall

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(Brandis Friedman / WTTW News)

The Archdiocese of Chicago Catholic Schools says its plan is in accordance with CDC guidelines. How will the school system do it safely, and are teachers and parents on board?

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Englewood

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After a tumultuous week, neighbors tell us what they think is good in Englewood.

Oranges, Grapefruits and Limes: How One Artist is Creating Jewelry Out of Citrus

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What do oranges, grapefruits and limes all have in common? They’re all fruits being used in an art project turning citrus into jewelry. 

‘Black Women’s Equal Pay Day’ Spotlights Persistent Wage Gap

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According to census data, women in the workplace, especially Black women, make far less than white men on average. Cherita Ellens, president and CEO of Women Employed, a nonprofit advocacy group for working women, talks about how to close the pay gap.

How a Chicago Filmmaker’s 10-Minute Video About a Downstate Farm Turned into a Documentary About Climate Change

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A scene from the documentary “Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm.” (Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm / Facebook)

Ines Sommer’s documentary “Seasons of Change on Henry’s Farm” shows that climate change is knocking on the door. But that’s not what the movie was supposed to be about. 

What’s the Financial Fallout From a Canceled Football Season?

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While the players are students, college football is a major economic engine. It brings in hundreds of millions in revenue for universities and their athletic departments.

Lightfoot Calls for Sweeping Changes to Police Union Contracts As Part of Nationwide Reform Efforts

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(WTTW News)

Led by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a new plan for police reform from the U.S. Conference of Mayors calls for sweeping changes to agreements with police unions in order to allow officers to be held accountable for misconduct.

US Jobless Claims Fall Below 1 Million But Remain High

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In this July 30, 2020, file photo, a cyclist passes a display window with mask covered mannequins at a dress store in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo / Eric Gay, File)

The number of Americans applying for unemployment dropped below 1 million last week for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak took hold in the U.S. five months ago, but layoffs are still running extraordinarily high.

Youth Activists March to Lightfoot’s Home to Demand Removal of Police From Schools

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Youth activists organized a peaceful march to Mayor Lori Lightfoot's home Thursday to demand the removal of resource officers from Chicago Public Schools. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Holding signs that read “CPD out of CPS” and “Police Free Schools Now,” dozens of youth activists approached the mayor’s home after an organized rally in Logan Square Park where they called for the removal of officers from Chicago public schools.

Trump Opposes Postal Money That Would Help Vote-By-Mail

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Eric Severson holds a sign as a few dozen people gather in front of the United States Post Office on Rodd St. to protest recent changes to the U.S. Postal Service under new Postmaster General Louis DeJoy on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020 in Midland, Mich. (Katy Kildee / Midland Daily News via AP)

President Donald Trump declared Thursday that he opposes additional funding for the U.S. Postal Service, acknowledging that his position would starve the agency of money Democrats say it needs to process an anticipated surge in mail-in ballots during the coronavirus pandemic.

230K Chicagoans Apply to Vote By Mail, Shattering Record: Officials

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(WTTW News)

More 230,000 Chicago voters have applied to vote by mail in November, shattering the record set during this year’s primary election with more than 80 days left until Election Day, officials said Thursday.

August 13, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Aug. 13, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Spotlight Politics: Kamala Harris Makes History as VP Pick

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“America is crying out for leadership,” Sen. Kamala Harris said during her first press conference as Joe Biden’s running mate on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (WTTW News via CNN)

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has formally announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. Our politics team takes on that story and other national and local news in this week’s roundtable.

Is Illinois Prepared for Mail-In Voting Boom? We Ask County Clerks

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(WTTW News)

November’s election is sure to be unlike any other — and not just because of who is on the ballot, but because of how people are expected to cast their ballots.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Celebrates 27 Years on Supreme Court

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President Bill Clinton looks on as Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks after the announcement of her nomination to the Supreme Court in June 1993. (Sharon Farmer / National Archives and Records Administration)

She is known as the “Notorious RBG.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is celebrating a work anniversary this week. We reflect on her career with her son, James Ginsburg, and local attorneys.

The Future of Retail: Where Do Stores Stand After Pandemic, Looting?

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A makeshift sign announces a temporary business closure following looting in downtown Chicago in the early hours of Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

There’s a very real anxiety that Chicago’s main shopping districts are on the precipice of falling apart. And without the revenue generated from those areas, the city faces a potentially disastrous fiscal future.

City Hopes 2nd Scooter Pilot Can Boost Transportation Equity

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(WTTW News)

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, electric scooters are back on Chicago streets. What you need to know about this year’s program. 

Park District Board Moves to Change Rules Surrounding How Park Names Are Changed

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A movement to change the name of Douglas Park has sparked changes to the Park District's code. (WTTW News)

In a move prompted by the controversy surrounding Douglas(s) Park, the Park District Board of Commissioners voted to begin the process of amending its code in order to establish a clearer two-step policy for renaming parks.

Lightfoot to Keep Downtown Blocked Off Through Weekend; Restrictions Set to End Monday

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Broken windows at a Dior store in downtown Chicago on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

City officials will restrict access to downtown Chicago through the weekend, even though the city has not seen widespread looting in two days.

$46M in Grants Awarded to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 that $46 million in grants have been awarded to small businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. (WTTW News)

Grants of $10,000 to $20,000 have been awarded to more than 2,600 small businesses throughout the state that have experienced financial loss or disruptions as a result of coronavirus-related closures.

As CPD Officials Vow to Catch Up on Missed Consent Decree Deadlines, Aldermen Are Losing Patience

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(WTTW News)

The Chicago Police Department is struggling to reform the way it trains, supervises and disciplines officers. What’s being done to address the slow pace of reforms.

August 12, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Aug. 12, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Map: Which CPS Schools Have Voted to Keep or Remove Police Officers?

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Demonstrators march in Chicago on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to show their support for removing police officers from schools. (WTTW News)

Chicago Public Schools leaders have left it up to local school councils to decide whether they want to continue or eliminate resource officer programs at their respective schools. Here’s where things stand as voting wraps up.

Study: Electric Cooker Sanitizes N95 Masks

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(Credit: Chamteut Oh / University of Illinois)

With limited supplies of critical protective equipment, University of Illinois researchers have found a new way to decontaminate N95 masks using a common kitchen appliance. 

$2M Bond for Chicago Man Accused of Intentionally Running Over Pedestrian

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Edgar Roman (Chicago Police Department)

After striking two women with his car Monday night in downtown Chicago, Edgar Roman allegedly circled back, targeted them and ran over one of the women a second time, dragging her body down the street and killing her.

Prosecutors Charge 3 With Threatening Women in R. Kelly Case

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In this June 26, 2019 file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida.

Lightfoot Launches Review of Chicago Monuments After Controversy Over Columbus Statues

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An empty pedestal in Grant Park where a statue of Christopher Columbus stood recently. (WTTW News)

After protests forced Mayor Lori Lightfoot to remove the city’s statues of Christopher Columbus, the city will launch an effort to “provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history,” the mayor’s office announced Wednesday. 

Big Ten, Pac-12 Pull Plug on Fall Football Amid Pandemic

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In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Ohio State players celebrate the team’s 34-21 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / AJ Mast, File)

A crumbling college football season took a massive hit Tuesday when the Big Ten and Pac-12, two historic and powerful conferences, succumbed to the pandemic and canceled their fall football seasons.

Tens of Thousands Still Without Power, Possibly Until Saturday, ComEd Says

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Neighbors with power have set up charging stations for those without in the Lincoln Square community. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The physical destruction caused by Monday’s powerful storm, which saw a tornado touch down in Rogers Park, was as devastating as a hurricane, according to ComEd. Now some neighbors are leading the charge on helping out.

Looting, Unrest Give Way to Another Phase of Recovery in Chicago

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Windows at a Sephora in downtown Chicago are boarded up following looting on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (WTTW News)

Businesses and residents are bracing for the possibility of future upheaval following widespread theft and property damage on Sunday night. How police are responding — and what else is being done to address systemic issues.

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