How Poverty Can Make People Feel Trapped in Violent Homes

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(WTTW News)

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that one-third of Chicago’s Latinos — the majority of them women — are living in poverty. We explore the relationship between poverty and domestic violence.

Justice Department Watchdog Says Officials Knew Immigration Policy Would Separate Families

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(WTTW News via CNN)

A scathing report on the Trump administration’s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy that separated thousands of families at the border. 

La Ultima Palabra: Elizabeth Morales

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Elizabeth Morales (WTTW News)

The founder of an arts organization in Little Village gives us the last word how adversity can spark creative solutions.

Journalists Prepare For Protests Where They Could Be Targets

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A member of the Pennsylvania Capitol Police stands guard at the entrance to the Pennsylvania Capitol Complex in Harrisburg, Pa., Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (Jose F. Moreno / The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

While monitoring online chatter about protests at state capitols in advance of next week’s presidential inauguration, the Seattle Times came across a chilling description for journalists: soft targets.

Federal Prisons on Lockdown in Run-Up to Biden Inauguration

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This Aug. 26, 2020, file photo shows the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind. (AP Photo / Michael Conroy, File)

All federal prisons in the United States have been placed on lockdown, with officials aiming to quell any potential violence that could arise behind bars as law enforcement prepares for potentially violent protests across the country in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. 

The Week in Review: A Historic Impeachment, Shift in Springfield Politics

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An image taken from a video of President Donald Trump posted on the official White House Twitter account on Jan. 13, 2021 — the day he was impeached for a second time and a week after deadly riots at the U.S. Capitol. (WTTW News via @WhiteHouse)

President Trump is impeached a second time. A monumental shift in Springfield as state Rep. Michael Madigan relinquishes the speaker’s gavel. The battle over in-person learning continues between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union.

Ald. Brookins Sues Ethics Board After It Fines Him $5,000 For Violating Ethics Ordinance

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In this file photo, Ald. Howard Brookins (21st Ward) speaks at a Chicago City Council meeting. (WTTW News)

The 21st Ward alderman sued the Chicago Board of Ethics after it unanimously found he had violated the city’s Ethics Ordinance by defending clients — including former Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno — in criminal cases involving the Chicago Police Department.

‘This Is Not a Game’: Global Virus Death Toll Hits 2 Million

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In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, cemetery workers carry the remains of 89-year-old Abilio Ribeiro, who died of the coronavirus, to bury at the Nossa Senhora Aparecida cemetery in Manaus, Amazonas state, Brazil. (AP Photo / Edmar Barros, File)

The numbing figure was reached just over a year after the coronavirus was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The number of dead, compiled by Johns Hopkins University, is about equal to the population of Brussels, Mecca, Minsk or Vienna

Gibsons Cleared After Fire Prompts Probe Eatery Violated COVID-19 Restrictions

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(Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse / Facebook)

Inspectors found the River North eatery to be in full compliance with COVID-19 regulations after a probe on Thursday, said Isaac Reichman, a spokesman for the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

Monty & Rose Have Gone Their Separate Ways, For the Winter at Least, And That’s Totally Normal

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Great Lakes piping plovers, like the one pictured, don't tend to spend the winters with their mate. (Vince Cavalieri / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Rose is spending the winter in Florida, while a sighting of Monty was recently confirmed in Texas. Trouble in plover paradise or the secret to the couple’s success?

Ex-Ald. Moreno Granted Release From Cook County Jail

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Proco “Joe” Moreno (Cook County Sheriff's Office)

Just over a week after he was taken into custody on a bond violation, former Chicago Ald. Proco “Joe” Moreno will be released from the Cook County Jail on condition he begin alcohol treatment following his arrest on drunk driving charges.

In Sugar We Trust. Chicago Bakery Has a Sweet Take on Inauguration Day

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Vanille Patisserie has a full menu of Inauguration Day baked goods. (Courtesy of Vanille Patisserie)

Vanille Patisserie has a full menu of Inauguration Day cookies, cakes, pies and tarts, because why not? “We’re bringing a little joy and laughter,” said owner Sophie Evanoff. “We’re in the celebration business, so anything we can celebrate, we do.”

Chicago Activates Emergency Operations Center, Prepares for Inauguration-Related Violence

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(WTTW News)

City officials are taking precautions ahead of potential unrest, though they're not aware of any "actionable activity" being planned in Chicago next week.

Feds: Capitol Mob Aimed to ‘Assassinate’ Elected Officials

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In this Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters, loyal to President Donald Trump, storm the Capitol, in Washington. (AP Photo / John Minchillo, File)

The remarks came in a motion prosecutors filed late Thursday in the case against Jacob Chansley, the Arizona man who took part in the insurrection while sporting face paint, no shirt and a furry hat with horns.

Most Major US Airlines Ban Guns in Luggage for DC Flights

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TSA officers wear protective masks at a security screening area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Monday, May 18, 2020, in SeaTac, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The moves follow the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and politically tinged confrontations on some flights.

Police Department Disciplines Officers Who Lounged, Napped in US Rep. Rush’s Office as Looting Swept South Side

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A screenshot from a video shown to the media on Thursday, June 11, 2020 shows a Chicago police officer lying down inside the office of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. (WTTW News via City of Chicago)

Officers who lounged, slept and snacked in the burglarized South Side office of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush in the early morning hours of June 1 as unrest swept the South and West sides of the city have been disciplined, the Chicago Police Department announced Thursday.

MLK Day of Service: Take a Hike Through the Forest Preserves and Pick Up Litter

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Show appreciation for nature on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. (photoforyou / Pixabay)

The Cook County Forest Preserves are encouraging people to give back to nature on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Head out on a self-led litter cleanup hike at one of the preserves’ nature centers or Dan Ryan Woods.

Lead-Footed Drivers Beware: Warnings Start for Going 6 MPH Over the Limit Near Schools, Parks

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(WTTW News)

Drivers will get one written warning before they have to pay $35 to resolve the infraction after March 1, when the new law will take full effect, officials said.

After House Speaker, State Lawmakers Tackle Other Initiatives

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(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

A lot happened in Springfield besides the selection of a new Illinois House speaker. Amanda Vinicky has the legislative scorecard.

Respiratory Therapists Seeing More Patients, People on Ventilators Amid Pandemic

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(WTTW News via CNN)

Respiratory therapists care for some of the sickest COVID-19 patients. We hear from two local therapists about their experiences and workloads amid the pandemic.

How Virtual MLK Day Celebrations Are Continuing the Activist Mission

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From dance and musical numbers to excerpts from some of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most prominent speeches to science experiments, Chicago artists are finding creative ways to further his movement in virtual celebrations.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: North Lawndale

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(WTTW News)

North Lawndale on Chicago’s West Side has faced challenges of economic depression, unemployment and violence for many years, all before the pandemic exacerbated those issues last spring. 

Biden Unveils $1.9T Plan to Stem Virus and Steady Economy

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President-elect Joe Biden speaks about the COVID-19 pandemic during an event at The Queen theater, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo / Matt Slocum)

Called the “American Rescue Plan,” the legislative proposal would meet Biden’s goal of administering 100 million vaccines by the 100th day of his administration, while advancing his objective of reopening most schools by the spring. 

Trump Impeachment Trial to Focus on His Attacks on Election

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., displays the signed article of impeachment against President Donald Trump in an engrossment ceremony before transmission to the Senate for trial on Capitol Hill, in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump’s historic second impeachment could go to trial as soon as Inauguration Day, with U.S. senators serving not only as jurors but as shaken personal witnesses and victims of the deadly siege of the Capitol by a mob of his supporters.

Teen Charged in Fatal Bridgeport Carjacking

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(WTTW News)

Denroy Garcia, 16, was charged as an adult after he allegedly shot and killed 33-year-old Shuai Guan during an attempted carjacking last month.

City Probing Gibsons for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions After Fire Forces Evacuation

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(Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse / Facebook)

No one was injured in the fire, which was caused when the restaurant’s fireplace damper malfunctioned around 9 p.m. Wednesday, said Liz Lombardo Stark, a spokesperson for the Rush Street landmark.

US Unemployment Claims Jump to 965,000 as Virus Takes Toll

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Andrew Walcott, owner of Fusion East Caribbean & Soul Food restaurant, poses for a photo at the restaurant in East New York neighborhood of the Brooklyn borough of New York, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. Walcott had to furlough four employees at his restaurant just before Christmas, after New York state stopped allowing indoor dining. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer)

The latest figures for jobless claims, issued Thursday by the Labor Department, remain at levels never seen until the virus struck. Before the pandemic, weekly applications typically numbered around 225,000. 

January 14, 2021 - Full Show

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Watch the Jan. 14, 2021 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Lightfoot Again Calls on Pritzker to Allow Indoor Dining, Drinking

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Chicago restaurants and bars have been prohibited from serving patrons indoors since Oct. 30, when a sustained and grave surge of coronavirus cases threatened to overwhelm the city and state’s hospitals and health care system.

City to Run 6 Mass COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Health Care Workers

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The second doses of the Pfizer vaccine in Chicago were administered at Norwegian American Hospital on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2021. (WTTW News)

New mass vaccination sites will open on Friday at Olive Harvey City College, on Tuesday at Kennedy-King City College and on Wednesday at Truman City College, officials announced.

High Court Rules for City of Chicago in Vehicle Impound Case

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A person walks by newly-placed barricades around the Supreme Court Building, the day after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Congress in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

In an opinion announced Thursday, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito wrote for a unanimous eight-justice court that “mere retention" of a debtor's property by a creditor does not violate the law.

Jacob Blake Says He Was Ready to Surrender Before Being Shot

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In this September 2019 file photo taken in Evanston, Ill., and provided by Adria-Joi Watkins, Watkins, left, poses in a selfie with her second cousin Jacob Blake. (Adria-Joi Watkins via AP, File)

Kenosha, Wisconsin erupted with violent protests for several nights after Jacob Blake was shot by a police officer in August. Hundreds were arrested, and multiple businesses were destroyed.