3 Former Tribune Critics Reflect on Past, Future of Journalism

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(WTTW News)

Blair Kamin, Phil Vettel and Howard Reich have taken voluntary buyouts at the Chicago Tribune after decadeslong careers at the newspaper. They discuss their experiences at the paper and what comes next.

‘Latino Voices’ Community Conversation: COVID-19

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A screenshot from the “Latino Voices” community conversation on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021. (WTTW News)

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities in Chicago and across the country. Check out our virtual discussion about COVID-19 with Hugo Balta, host of “Latino Voices,” and a panel of guests.

How Service Industry Workers Feel About the Return of Indoor Dining

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Indoor dining and drinking is again allowed at bars and restaurants in Chicago and Cook County. The move could bring businesses much-needed cash during the pandemic, but some in the industry think the risks outweigh the benefits.

After Summer Unrest and COVID-19 Shutdowns, Chicago’s Loop is Down — But Not Out

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The Loop has been eerily quiet over the past year. COVID-19 has forced thousands of downtown office workers to stay home, while performing arts venues have retreated into hibernation. But many of the Loop’s small businesses and cultural institutions are still kicking. 

Harris Makes History: First Black, South Asian Woman to be VP

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A file photo of Kamala Harris, who was sworn in Jan. 20, 2021 as vice president of the United States. (WTTW News via CNN)

Vice President Kamala Harris has spent her career breaking barriers. We discuss the significance of Harris holding the second-highest office in the nation, and what challenges may lie ahead. 

First Biden-Putin Call Shows Both Cautious on Big Concerns

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In this March 10, 2011, file photo, then-Vice President Joe Biden, left, shakes hands with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo / Alexander Zemlianichenko, File)

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first phone conversation as counterparts Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the former Cold War foes. 

Chicago Man Charged With Stealing, Selling CARES Act Checks

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Akeem Kosoko is facing federal charges after he allegedly conspired with a local postal carrier and others in a scheme to steal and sell coronavirus relief checks.

Foot of Snow Blankets Parts of Midwest, Disrupts Travel

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Sarah Lee clears snow off her vehicle in the Edgewater neighborhood, after a snowstorm in Chicago, Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2021. (Tyler LaRiviere / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A major winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the middle of the country while another system blanketed parts of the Southwest with snow, disrupting travel for a second consecutive day Tuesday and shuttering many schools.

January 26, 2021 - Full Show

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Watch the Jan. 26, 2021 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

CPS Partnering With Community Groups to Rethink School Safety Without Resource Officers

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Youth activists organized a peaceful march to Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s home on Aug. 13, 2020 to demand the removal of resource officers from Chicago Public Schools. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

The district on Tuesday announced it had entered into partnerships with five community organizations to “reimagine” school safety strategies as new alternatives to the existing school resource officer program.

Biden More Bullish on Vaccines, Open to 1.5M Daily Shot Goal

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President Joe Biden speaks during an event on American manufacturing, in the South Court Auditorium on the White House complex, Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Joe Biden signaled his increasing bullishness on the pace of vaccinations after signing an executive order to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers. 

What Chicago is Doing to Address a Spike in Carjackings

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After a surge in carjackings last year, Chicago has seen more than 160 already in 2021. We hear from an alderman, a police officer and a community organizer about their efforts to end the spike.

CTU Vice President on Negotiations With CPS Over In-Person Learning

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(WTTW News)

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said as Illinois moves into Phase 1B of vaccinations, a category that includes teachers, city leadership should prioritize staff at Chicago Public Schools.

The Science Behind the Speed of COVID-19 Vaccine Development

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It took less than a year for pharmaceutical companies to successfully develop vaccines for COVID-19. The unprecedented time frame has raised questions for some about the vaccine’s safety. We learn about the science behind the shots.

Trump Impeachment Goes to Senate, Testing His Sway Over GOP

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In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo with the White House in the background, President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Democrats marched the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday night for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.

Lakefront Bracing for Wind Gusts, High Waves as Winter Storm Bears Down

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Strong winds are creating high waves along the Lake Michigan shoreline. (Nikkiwjourney / Pixabay)

A winter storm is forecast to deliver wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour and waves as high as 13 feet, creating hazardous conditions along Chicago's lakefront through Tuesday, the National Weather Service is warning. 

Effort to Expand O’Hare Cargo Operations With City Borrowing Advances After 4-Month Delay

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(WTTW News)

An effort by city officials to finish a project to expand cargo operations at O’Hare Airport by borrowing $55.6 million advanced Monday after a monthslong delay prompted by concerns that the effort failed to meet the city’s self-imposed diversity goals.

NEIU Wanted These Properties Badly Enough to Invoke Eminent Domain. They’re Still Vacant, So Now What?

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NEIU invoked eminent domain to acquire a block of buildings on Bryn Mawr. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Five years after acquiring a block of properties on Bryn Mawr Avenue through eminent domain, Northeastern Illinois University has officially scrapped its plan to build student housing on the site and is casting about for other uses.

67% of Chicagoans Vaccinated Are White, Asian: City Data

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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)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed to redouble efforts to get the vaccine to those in neighborhoods hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic by earmarking doses for those Black and Latino communities as the state begins the second phase of its vaccination effort.

Parties Behind Bill to End Cash Bail in Illinois Say it Can be Model For Other States

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Cook County Jail (WTTW News)

Illinois is poised to become one of the first states to eliminate cash bail after the state legislature passed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill earlier this month. Now proponents who pushed for that change hope the measure can be used to reform pretrial services elsewhere.

Crain’s Headlines: Rebranding for WGN America

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(WTTW News)

WGN America is changing its name and focus. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer has details on that story and more business news.

Biden Orders COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, Adds South Africa

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President Joe Biden departs after attending mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Sunday, Jan. 24, 2021, in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

President Joe Biden on Monday reinstated COVID-19 travel restrictions on most non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders. He also added South Africa to the list.

January 25, 2021 - Full Show

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Watch the Jan. 25, 2021 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Aldermen Agree to Pay $525K to Man Shot by Officers During Traffic Stop

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(WTTW News)

Aldermen agreed Monday to settle a lawsuit brought by a Chicago man who was shot by police during a traffic stop in February 2015 that officials ruled was unjustified by paying him $525,000 and forgiving approximately $45,000 in debt he owes to the city.

Snow is Forecast for Drought-Stricken West While Showers Head to the South

Winter storm headed for Midwest

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More than 25 million people are under winter weather alerts from California through Michigan. (CNN Weather)

More than 25 million people are under winter weather alerts from California through Michigan due to a winter storm developing in the Golden State and heading for the Midwest. A swath of very heavy snow will extend from northern Kansas to northern Illinois through Monday. 

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Jan. 24, 2021 - Full Show

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Looking back at this week’s historic inauguration with local journalists. Remembering civil rights icon Ida B. Wells, with her great-granddaughter. And honoring another pioneer, the late Jim Tilmon. 

‘Ida B. the Queen’: New Book Examines Legacy of Trailblazing Journalist

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We kick off the first installment of our Black Voices Book Club series with a new biography on a Black woman whose legend looms large in Chicago. And it’s written by Michelle Duster, her great-granddaughter. 

Big Promises: COVID-19 Relief, Vaccines, Jobs, Immigration on Docket

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Journalists Brandon Pope (WCIU), Glenn Reedus (Chicago Reporter) and Rachel Hinton (Chicago Sun-Times) look at what’s ahead for the country under the new Biden administration.

Chicago Teachers Vote to Teach From Home, Defying District

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Chicago Teachers Union members and hundreds of supporters march through the Loop, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The Chicago Teachers Union said Sunday that its members voted to defy an order to return to the classroom over concerns about COVID-19, setting up a showdown with district officials who have said that refusing to return when ordered would amount to an illegal strike.

On Anniversary of Illinois’ 1st COVID-19 Case, Top Doctor Makes Plea for Action

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Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 at the North Riverside Health Center. (WTTW News)

In the 12 months since Illinois identified its first case of COVID-19, more than 1.1 million infections have been reported in the state and 18,750 people have died after testing positive for the virus.

Aloha Shirts on ‘Boogaloos’ Link Symbol of Peace to Violence

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In this June 20, 2020 file photo, gun-carrying men wearing Hawaiian print shirts associated with the boogaloo movement watch a demonstration near where President Trump had a campaign rally in Tulsa, Okla. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel, File)

People following a violent movement that promotes a second U.S. civil war or the breakdown of modern society have been showing up at recent protests wearing not only tactical gear but an unlikely public and online symbol: the so-called Hawaiian shirt. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Jan. 23, 2021 - Full Show

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What to expect from the Biden administration, including immigration reform. And in a new series called “Neighbors,” we introduce you to a family that’s been feeding its community for decades.