Kansas Newspaper’s Post Equates Mask Mandate With Holocaust

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Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly answers questions from reporters about the coronavirus pandemic after a meeting with legislative leaders, Thursday, July 2, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo / John Hanna)

A weekly Kansas newspaper posted a cartoon on its Facebook page likening the Democratic governor’s order requiring people to wear masks in public to the roundup and murder of millions of Jews during the Holocaust.

Virus, Floyd Death Merge in Brutal Blow to Black Well-Being

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In this June 5, 2020 photo provided by the Mountain Area Health Education Center, physicians, residents and staff from the facility in Asheville, N.C., take a knee to show support for renewed calls for racial justice after the police killing of George Floyd. (Brenda Benik / MAHEC via AP)

Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of “Black Lives Matter”: Black people suffer disproportionately.

Muti Conducts Syria Musicians in Memorial Concert Amid Ruins

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In this Jan. 1, 2018 file photo, Italian Maestro Riccardo Muti conducts the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra during the traditional New Year’s concert at the golden hall of Vienna’s Musikverein, Austria. (AP Photo / Ronald Zak, File)

Nine musicians from the Syrian diaspora in Europe are playing Sunday in the 24th friendship concert conducted by Riccardo Muti, this year at the Paestum archaeological site in southern Italy.

Amid Furor Over Monuments, Trump Seeks ‘Garden’ of US Heroes

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This Jan. 27, 2017 file photo shows a statue of George Washington in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

President Donald Trump has a vision for his second term, if he wins one, of establishing a “National Garden of American Heroes” that will pay tribute to some of the most prominent figures in U.S. history.

Much of US Scales Back on Holiday, But Trump Plans to Go Big

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President Donald Trump smiles at Mount Rushmore National Memorial, Friday, July 3, 2020, near Keystone, S.D. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

As coronavirus cases spike, public health officials are pleading with Americans to avoid large crowds and hold more muted Independence Day celebrations, but subdued is not President Donald Trump’s style.

Stimulus Money Could Pose Dilemmas in Nursing Homes

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In this Friday, April 17, 2020 file photo, a health worker arrives to take a nose swab sample as part of testing for the COVID-19 coronavirus at a nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren)

Nursing home residents are among the Americans getting $1,200 checks as part of the U.S. government’s plan to revive the economy. But what are the rules around how the money is handled?

‘People Aren’t Stupid’: Pence’s Virus Spin Tests Credibility

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Vice President Mike Pence wears a mask as he is introduced to speak to the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service at their headquarters in Rockville, Md., June 30, 2020. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

Vice President Mike Pence has long played the straight man to Donald Trump, translating the president’s bombast into more measured, calming language. 

The Week in Review: Violence Jumps in June

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With a rise in homicides and shootings in June, Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls for an “all-hands-on-deck approach” to stopping violence. And she orders a 14-day quarantine for travelers from states where COVID-19 is surging.

More Fireworks in Americans’ Hands for July 4 Raises Risks

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 People purchase fireworks on Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Dublin, Calif. (AP Photo / Ben Margot)

Saturday will be unlike any Independence Day in recent memory. From Atlanta to San Diego, hundreds of fireworks shows have been canceled as officials restrict large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, especially as infections surge across the U.S.

State Health Officials Urge Businesses to Comply with Public Health Measures

New statewide COVID-19 totals: 145,750 cases, 7,005 deaths

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(Shelby L. Bell / Flickr)

State health officials are urging businesses and residents to comply with public health measures aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus, which has now been detected in all of Illinois’ 102 counties.

MLB Cancels All-Star Game for First Time Since 1945

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In this Oct. 25, 2017, file photo, the Houston Astros and the Los Angeles Dodgers play in Game 2 of the baseball World Series at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Tim Donnelly, File)

Dodger Stadium’s 40-year wait to host the All-Star Game is going to last even longer. The game scheduled for July 14 was canceled Friday because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Activists Pushing to Close McKinley Park Asphalt Plant Protest in Front of Owner’s Home

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Protesters outside the North Side home of MAT Asphalt owner. (Neighbors for Environmental Justice)

Environmental activists from the city’s Southwest Side brought their ongoing fight against MAT Asphalt to the North Side front yard of owner Michael Tadin Jr. on Thursday night.

Looking for Natural Wonders Close to Home? Check Out Openlands’ ‘Get Outside Map’

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Waterfall Glen is one of the Chicago region’s natural wonders. (Robert Martinez / Flickr)

Openlands’ searchable guide to parks, preserves, prairies, woodlands and more is a great resource for nature lovers. 

July Fourth Weekend Will Test Americans’ Discipline

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Flags line the beach in Belmar, N.J., on June 28, 2020. With large crowds expected at the Jersey Shore for the July Fourth weekend, some are worried that a failure to heed mask-wearing and social distancing protocols could accelerate the spread of the coronavirus. (AP Photo / Wayne Parry)

With confirmed cases climbing in 40 states, governors have ordered the wearing of masks in public, and families were urged to celebrate their independence at home. Even then, they were told to keep their backyard cookouts small.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Auburn Gresham

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At the beginning of the pandemic, the Auburn Gresham neighborhood was considered a hot spot for cases of COVID-19. It has recently become a hot spot for some of the city's increasing violence, too.

Colleges Drop ACT, SAT Test Score Requirements Due to Pandemic

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Standardized college entrance tests like the ACT and SAT may soon be a thing of the past. More than half of all U.S. colleges and universities have dropped the requirement for ACT and SAT scores due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Judges Make Opposite Rulings on Pritzker Executive Orders

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces a shelter-in-place rule to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, during a news conference Friday, March 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker takes a win and a loss in court, as separate judges make opposite rulings on his executive actions during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ask Geoffrey: When Ida B. Wells Met Frances Willard

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Geoffrey Baer shares the story of a clash between women’s suffragists and anti-lynching activists.

Lightfoot Orders Visitors to Chicago from COVID-19 Hot Spots to Quarantine for 2 Weeks

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(Daniel Dione / Flickr)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday ordered those traveling to Chicago from states where confirmed cases of the coronavirus are surging to quarantine for two weeks starting Monday.

City Used Consent Decree to Delay Needed Reforms to School Police Program: Watchdog

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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 officials failed to act after the city’s watchdog found significant problems with the program that allows Chicago police officers to patrol schools, and used a federal judge’s order requiring reforms to delay any changes, the city’s watchdog told aldermen.

Confirmed Coronavirus Cases Are Rising in 40 of 50 States

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Nurse Tanya Markos administers a coronavirus test on patient Ricardo Sojuel at a mobile COVID-19 testing unit, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in Lawrence, Mass. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)

“What we’ve seen is a very disturbing week,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious-disease expert, said in a livestream with the American Medical Association. 

Almost a Century Later, a Classic Chicago Beer Makes Its Triumphant Return

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When it comes to Midwest beer brewing, Chicago tends to get overshadowed by neighbors, like St. Louis and Milwaukee. The revival of a popular early Chicago beer aims to prove the sudsy beverage has always been a vital part of the city’s economic and social life. 

Chicago’s Pension Debt Soared $1.7B in 2019: City Analysis

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Chicago’s pension debt soared by approximately $1.7 billion in 2019, according to the city’s audited annual financial report released Thursday.

AMC Pushes Back Movie Theater Reopening by 2 Weeks

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In this April 29, 2020 file photo, the AMC sign appears at AMC Burbank 16 movie theater complex in Burbank, Calif. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello, File)

AMC Theaters, the nation’s largest chain, is pushing back its plans to begin reopening theaters by two weeks following the closure because of COVID-19. 

GrubHub, Postmates Failed to Disclose Fees, Face $10K Fines: City

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(Photo by Christopher Williams on Unsplash)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the new rules in May after the delivery apps came under fierce criticism for hurting already-struggling restaurants by charging steep fees and service charges.

We Can’t Get Enough of This Head-Bobbing Owl With Attitude

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Northern Saw-whet owl. (James St. John / Flickr)

The northern saw-whet is a tiny owl with a big personality. U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service staff caught this normally secretive owl performing a hilarious stare down.

For Stamp Artist Michael Thompson, the Journey is the Destination

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Stamp art created by Michael Thompson. (WTTW News)

Why artwork small enough to fit on a postage stamp is causing some trouble for the United States Postal Service.

Teaching LGBTQ History: New Law Calls for Curriculum Inclusion

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Public schools in Illinois are now required to include lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history in their lesson plans. The Inclusion Curriculum Law is one of only five such laws across the country.

How Long Should Illinois Extend its Eviction Moratorium?

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(Samuel A. Love / Flickr)

The pandemic and economic shutdown have made it difficult for many people across the state to pay their rent, which is why Gov. J.B. Pritkzer extended a moratorium on evictions through the end of July. Is that enough time?

5 New Laws to Know in Illinois

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(Adam Jones / Flickr)

July 1 marks the start of Illinois’ new fiscal year, which ushers in a bushel of new laws. Here are a handful that may come in handy.

Aldermen to Weigh Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

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In this Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018 file photo, Juul products are displayed at a smoke shop in New York. (AP Photo / Seth Wenig)

An effort to ban the sale of all flavored tobacco products in Chicago will take center stage Monday, as aldermen redouble their effort to reduce a surge in vaping by teens. The move will be hotly opposed by business groups.

How Chicago Hotels Are Grappling With a Limited Reopening

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(Ken Lund / Flickr)

Patrons might be flocking back to Chicago’s bars and restaurants in phase four of the state’s reopening plan, but there’s one major industry still waging an uphill battle: hotels.