Deaths of 3 Women in Early Heat Wave Raise Questions, Fears

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James Sneider Apartments (WTTW News)

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office has yet to determine the causes of death for the three women whose bodies were found in the James Sneider Apartments on May 14. But the victims’ families have already filed or plan to file wrongful death lawsuits against the companies that own and manage the buildings.

Police Inaction Moves to Center of Uvalde Shooting Probe

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Law enforcement personnel stand outside Robb Elementary School following a shooting, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas.  (AP Photo / Dario Lopez-Mills, File)

By Friday, authorities acknowledged that students and teachers repeatedly begged 911 operators for help while the police chief told more than a dozen officers to wait in a hallway at Robb Elementary School. Officials said he believed that the suspect was barricaded inside adjoining classrooms and that there was no longer an active attack.

The Week in Review: Outrage Grows Over Slow Police Response in Texas Shooting

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(WTTW News via CNN)

Outrage, fear and questions surrounding Uvalde. Chicago’s cast the die for a Bally’s casino. And the GOP candidates for governor debate.

Mexican Wolf Pups Born at Brookfield Zoo Released Into the Wild as Part of Endangered Species Recovery Program

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Captive-born Mexican wolf pups being introduced into wild dens in 2018. (Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team)

Once considered extinct in the wild, the Mexican wolf is making a comeback thanks to a recovery plan involving breeding and fostering programs at places like Brookfield Zoo.

Carvana’s Back in Business in Illinois, Sort of, But Skokie Tower Still on Hold

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A rendering of Carvana’s proposed 14-story tower in Skokie. (Village of Skokie)

After having its dealers license temporarily suspended, Carvana is once again able to sell vehicles to Illinoisans, but can't issue temporary registration permits or license plates. 

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Lincoln Park

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(WTTW News)

The Lincoln Park community area lies just west of its 1,200-acre namesake park. It’s one of the city’s most affluent and tony communities, but an uptick in crime has residents concerned, prompting some areas to hire private security.

May 26, 2022 - Full Show

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Talking to mothers of kids killed by gun violence.  Addressing children’s mental health after the shooting in Texas. Live from Lincoln Park. A funeral for Monty. And what’s on stage with Hedy Weiss.

Onstage Around Chicago With Hedy Weiss

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(Courtesy Cadillac Palace Theater)

Arts critic Hedy Weiss gives us her recommendations.

Memorial for Chicago’s Piping Plovers Monty and Rose Full of Joy, Hope: ‘It Doesn’t End Here’

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A memorial for Monty and Rose was held May 25, 2022, at Montrose Beach. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

On Wednesday evening, a memorial was held for the beloved piping plovers Monty and Rose, not so much to mourn the loss of the birds but to celebrate the wonder of their time in Chicago.

Pain Into Purpose: Mothers Weigh in on Ongoing Violence in Chicago

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As part of a Chicago Tonight’s special series, “Turning Pain into Purpose,” we are joined by two mothers affected by gun violence to discuss the work they’re doing in the community.

For ‘Lockdown Generation’ School Shootings Are Their Reality

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Students hold their hands in the air as they are evacuated by police from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on Feb. 14, 2018, after a shooter opened fire on the campus. (Mike Stocker / South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Violence and other trauma have become common enough for schoolchildren that Chicago Public Schools developed a 15-page guide called “The Day After,” to help teachers and staff coach students through processing painful events.

COVID-19 Poses ‘High’ Risk Across Chicago, Cook County: Federal Health Officials

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(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Chicago officials will not immediately reimpose an indoor mask mandate because the city’s hospitals are not being strained by the number of people seriously sick with COVID-19.

Amazon Warehouse Workers Stage Walkout, Claiming Racist Harassment and Wrongful Termination

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Amazon’s Gage Park warehouse. (WTTW News)

Amazonians United says Black and Latino workers have been harassed while taking bathroom breaks and that managers have made derogatory and racist comments. The group accuses management of wrongfully firing Rakyle Johnson for sabotaging equipment, despite no proof on video and testimony to the contrary from nearby coworkers.

Chicago Health Officials Watching Monkeypox Closely

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Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady speaks Thursday, May 26, 2022. (WTTW News)

More than 100 cases of the virus have been reported globally, including in North America. While city officials are monitoring the situation, “at this point it has not been an explosive kind of outbreak,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Man Charged in ‘Brutal’ Stabbing on CTA Blue Line Train That Left 1 Dead

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(WTTW News)

Travis Cook, 53, has been charged with first-degree murder stemming from the killing of a 43-year-old man inside a train car downtown. The victim’s name was not released during a hearing Thursday, during which Cook was ordered held without bail.

Chicago Expanding 911 Alternative Response Pilot Into Southwest Side Communities

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(WTTW News)

 “The expansion of the CARE program will ensure residents can be connected to trained specialists in behavioral and mental health, providing better outcomes for 911 callers and communities,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

May 25, 2022 - Full Show

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(WTTW News)

A look at Illinois gun laws in the wake of the tragic mass shooting at an elementary school in Texas. Plus, City Hall bets big on a Bally’s casino.  And new research into long-haul COVID-19. 

Pain Into Purpose: In Search of Justice for Miguel Rios

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As part of “Chicago Tonight’s” special series “Turning Pain into Purpose,” Miguel Rios seemed to be doing everything right. At 18 years old, he was going to school, had a job and was there for his brothers and sisters. But this July will mark two years since he was killed, and his family has yet to receive justice. 

Northwestern Study: Brain Fog, Fatigue Persist for COVID-19 Long Haulers Months After Infection

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Dr. Igor Koralnik, left, examines a patient. (Credit: Northwestern Medicine)

A new Northwestern Medicine study of 52 long haulers, who were not hospitalized and only experienced mild symptoms like cough and sore throat, found that most continued to experience neurologic symptoms, fatigue and compromised quality of life up to 18 months after initial infection. 

After Highland Park Couple’s Surrogate Escaped Ukraine, They Now Wait to Bring Their Premature Twins Home

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Jeff Sterling and Lilac Epstein’s twin daughters were born at just 27 weeks to a Ukrainian surrogate in the Czech Republic. (Courtesy of Lilac Epstein)

A suburban couple’s Ukrainian surrogate — who had been moved to the Czech Republic — delivered their twin babies by emergency C-section at just 27 weeks. The early news was just the latest nerve-wracking development in what has been months of tense waiting. 

Study Finds Police Departments Limit Civilian Oversight

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Today marks two years since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. His death triggered protests across the country and calls for civilian oversight of law enforcement.

City Council OKs Lightfoot’s Proposal to Expand, Extend Teen Curfew

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(WTTW News)

The city’s curfew now starts at 10 p.m. seven days a week and applies to 17-year-olds. The vote, delayed Monday by a parliamentary procedure amid a deluge of criticism, came over the objections of the ACLU of Illinois, which warned city officials that the change would “exacerbate tensions between the police and young people.” 

2 Edgewater Starbucks Locations Vote to Unionize, Marking First Organized Stores in Chicago

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Workers from two Starbucks locations in Edgewater celebrate successful unionization votes on May 25, 2022. (Nick Blumberg / WTTW News)

Four other stores in Chicago – in Bucktown, Hyde Park, Logan Square, and downtown – are currently voting by mail on whether to unionize, with results expected in June. It’s part of a nationwide effort to organize Starbucks coffee shops that’s rapidly gained steam in the last year. 

12 Things to do This Memorial Day Weekend: May 26-30

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(Courtesy of Special Events Management)

Street fests, live music, craft brews and beach season usher in the weekend. Here are 12 things to do in and around Chicago this weekend.

9 Suspected Cases of Severe Hepatitis Found in Kids: Illinois Health Officials

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Of the nine children under investigation for severe hepatitis, two-thirds tested positive for a common virus that causes cold or flu-like illness, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Start of Early Voting in Chicago Pushed Back Due to Ballot Changes

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(WTTW News)

Early voting at the Chicago Board of Elections super site was to have started May 26, but has been pushed back to May 31 after late breaking ballot changes.

Biden Says ‘We Have to Act’ After Texas School Shooting

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President Joe Biden speaks about the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, from the White House, in Washington, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, as first lady Jill Biden listens. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Biden spoke Tuesday night from the White House barely an hour after returning from a five-day trip to Asia that was bracketed by mass shootings in the U.S. He pleaded for action to address gun violence after years of failure — and bitterly blamed firearm manufacturers and their supporters for blocking legislation in Washington.

Vigil, Rally Planned for 2nd Anniversary of Floyd Killing

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George Floyd responds to police after they approached his car outside Cup Foods in Minneapolis in this May 25, 2020, file pool photo from police body camera video. (Court TV via AP, Pool, File)

Activists planned the vigil, along with a rally at the governor’s residence in St. Paul, for the two-year anniversary of Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020, which ignited protests in Minneapolis and around the world as bystander video quickly spread.

After Months on the Lam, Runaway Bison Finally Captured in Lake County Forest Preserve

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Bison, pictured in this file photo, are hard to miss, but one eluded capture for months in Lake County. (Jonathan Mast / Unsplash)

The bison, known as “Tyson” or “Billy,” has been on the loose since fall 2021 after escaping from a Wauconda farm. 

Gunman Kills 19 Children, 2 Teachers in Texas School Rampage

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People leave the Uvalde Civic Center following a shooting earlier in the day at Robb Elementary School, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (William Luther / The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

An 18-year-old gunman opened fire Tuesday at a Texas elementary school, killing at least 14 children and a teacher and wounding others, Gov. Greg Abbott said, and the gunman was dead.

May 24, 2022 - Full Show

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Congress members react to a shooting at a Texas elementary school. The Chicago Teachers Union’s new president. Traffic deaths reach record levels. And part two of our series: Turning Pain Into Purpose.

Nearly 43,000 People Died on US Roads Last Year, Agency Says

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The scene of a fatality car crash, June 2, 2021, in Tulsa, Okla. Nearly 43,000 people were killed on U.S. roads last year, the highest number in 16 years as Americans returned to the highways after the pandemic forced many to stay at home.  (Tanner Laws / Tulsa World via AP, File)

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said America faces a crisis on its roads. The safety administration urged state and local governments, drivers and safety advocates to join in an effort to reverse the rising death trend.