Higher Education Seeing Decreased Enrollment Nationally

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(WTTW News)

National data shows college enrollment fell another 2.7% in the fall of 2021. It’s a bit larger than the previous fall, when institutions saw a 2.5% drop, according to the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Ukrainian Leaders: Stay Calm, Russian Invasion Not Imminent

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A serviceman checks his machine-gun in a shelter on the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants at frontline with Ukrainian government forces in Slavyanoserbsk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. (AP Photo / Alexei Alexandrov)

Ukraine’s leaders sought Tuesday to reassure the nation that an invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and received a shipment of U.S. military equipment to shore up their defenses.

Chicago, It’s the Space Station Calling. You Look Cold

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Recent flyovers by the International Space Station have captured some stunning images of Chicago, as seen from 250 miles above.

Meet the Spongy Moth, an Old Enemy With a New Name

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A spongy moth caterpillar. (Feliciano Moya Lopez / Pixabay)

The gypsy moth has been going by its mouthful of a scientific name — Lymantria dispar — since July, when scientists scrapped the insect’s derogatory common name and began weighing alternatives.

Little Village Arch Poised For Landmark Status

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The iconic arch that welcomes everyone to La Villita is set to become an official landmark. (WTTW News)

The Little Village arch is the first structure designed by a Mexican American architect to get landmark status in Chicago, officials said. 

Congressional Ethics Office Says Rep. Marie Newman May Have Broken Law

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In this March 9, 2020, photo, Rep. Marie Newman campaigns in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

An investigative report from the Office of Congressional Ethics released Monday detailed a “substantial reason to believe” that Newman promised federal employment to a political opponent.

Capturing the Intersection of Classical and Jazz with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Branford Marsalis

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Branford Marsalis performed at Orchestra Hall with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. (Courtesy of Eric Ryan Anderson)

The goal behind the concert at Orchestra Hall, which featured the notably “conductorless” New York-based Orpheus Chamber Orchestra along with saxophone master Branford Marsalis, was to explore the intriguing early intersection of classical and jazz music. 

January 24, 2022 - Full Show

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(WTTW News)

Chicago police step up their investigation into an 8-year-olds killing. Plus, what the state is doing about COVID-19 sick days. A major Asian carp barrier moves forward with federal help, and whats behind a state shortage of dental workers. 

Evanston Artist’s New Exhibition Showcases 75 Years of Self-Portraits

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Leo Segedin, 95, discusses his upcoming exhibition of self-portraits. (WTTW News)

For the first time, self-portraits of Evanston artist Leo Segedin are on display in a solo exhibition.

Boost in Funding Moves Invasive Carp Barrier Forward: ‘This Money Can’t Come Soon Enough’

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(WTTW News)

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has allocated $225.8 million to the Brandon Road Lock and Dam invasive carp barrier. The funds will complete the planning and engineering phase of the project.

Illinois Dentists Report Worker Shortages Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

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(WTTW News)

As dentists across Illinois experience staffing shortages and an increased demand for dental appointments, they are asking state officials to consider teledentistry and other services to help fill the demand. 

Crain’s Headlines: McDonald’s Faces Legal Battles

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(WTTW News)

McDonald’s faces a lawsuit that claims systemic racism in the company’s practices. Ann Dwyer has details on that story and more.

Stocks Climb Back After Steep Slide on Fed, Ukraine Jitters

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In this photo provided by the New York Stock Exchange, trader Phyllis Arena Woods works on the floor, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. (Courtney Crow / New York Stock Exchange via AP)

The stock market extended its three-week decline and put the benchmark S&P 500 on track for a so-called correction — a drop of 10% or more from its most recent high. 

Gov. J.B. Pritzker Announces Compromise on Paid Leave For Vaccinated School Employees

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Students at Chicago Public Schools walk along a hallway in this file photo. (WTTW News)

Under a new statewide compromise, public school and higher ed employees across Illinois won’t have to expend their sick time if they are forced to miss work due to COVID-19 — as long as they’re fully vaccinated.

Council Committee Agrees to Pay $14M to 2 Men Who Spent 43 Years in Prison for Murder They Didn’t Commit

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Jon Burge (WTTW News)

The City Council’s Finance Committee voted unanimously Monday to recommend the settlement, which is set for a final vote by the full City Council on Wednesday.

US Puts 8,500 Troops on Heightened Alert Amid Russia Tension

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An instructor trains members of Ukraine’s Territorial Defense Forces, volunteer military units of the Armed Forces, in a city park in Kyiv, Ukraine, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Dozens of civilians have been joining Ukraine’s army reserves in recent weeks amid fears about Russian invasion. (AP Photo / Efrem Lukatsky)

At President Biden’s direction, the Pentagon is putting about 8,500 U.S.-based troops on heightened alert for potential deployment to Europe amid rising fears of a possible Russian military move on Ukraine.

8-Year-Old Girl Among 6 People Killed in Chicago Over The Weekend: Police

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(WTTW News)

Melissa Ortega, a third-grade student at Emiliano Zapata Academy in Little Village, died Saturday after she was shot in the head by a suspect who Chicago police say was aiming at a 26-year-old man.

Justices To Hear Challenge To Race in College Admissions

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An American flag waves in front of the Supreme Court building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Nov. 2, 2020. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

The conservative-dominated Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the consideration of race in college admissions, adding affirmative action to major cases on abortion, guns, religion and COVID-19 already on the agenda.

Mysterious Ice Formations Showed Up in Chicago This Week

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Ice formations in Lake Michigan in Chicago taken by Sharan Banagiri. He told CNN these photos were taken at Loyola Beach at Rogers Park, which is about 10 miles north of downtown Chicago. (Credit: Sharan Banagiri)

You’ve heard of blizzards and maybe even the polar vortex, but have you heard of ice pancakes? What about ice bites or ice jams? These unique names sound fascinating but require specific weather conditions.

After Weekend Snowfall, Forecast Calls for Another 2 to 3 Inches During Monday Morning Commute

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A view looking north from the Field Museum in Chicago captured at 8:25 a.m. Jan. 23, 2022, by a National Weather Service camera. (Courtesy of National Weather Service.)

As of 6 a.m. Sunday, snowfall totals measured 3.6 inches at Midway Airport, 3.5 inches at O’Hare Airport and 2.8 inches in Romeoville, according to the National Weather Service. Another round of snow is expected Monday morning. 

FDA Considers Limiting Authorization of Certain Monoclonal Antibody Treatments for COVID-19

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(inspiri / Pixabay)

The US Food and Drug Administration could decide in the coming days to take steps to curb the use of antibody treatments produced by Eli Lilly and Regeneron, the source said, pointing to the growing body of evidence that shows their monoclonal therapies don't effectively neutralize the virus’ omicron variant.

US Women’s Olympic Hockey Team Once Again Led by Hilary Knight, Who Grew Up in Lake Forest

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United States’ Hilary Knight looks on before a women’s hockey game against the Canada, Oct. 22, 2021, in Allentown, Pa. (AP Photo / Chris Szagola, File)

Hilary Knight, who grew up in north suburban Lake Forest, is making her U.S. women’s hockey record-matching fourth Olympic appearance in which she’s won a gold and two silvers.

Evanston Selects First Residents to Receive Housing Benefits in Reparations Plan

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(WTTW News)

A historic moment in Evanston as the city determines who will be the first to receive reparations. We speak with two people behind the push to make it happen.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, January 22, 2022 - Full Show

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WBEZ’s Michael Puente guest hosts the 64th episode of “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

A look back, and ahead, as we enter year three of COVID-19. Renewed calls for action over the Little Village smokestack implosion. Helping seniors access resources. And La DePaulia turns two.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, January 22, 2022 - Full Show

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Brandis Friedman hosts the 64th episode of “Black Voices.” (WTTW News)

Reparations on the way for the first 16 Evanston residents selected in its program. Unresolved murder cases from the Civil Rights era get a fresh look. And a new brew for the beer industry.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot Rejects Calls from Little Village Leaders to Release Full Probe of Botched Smokestack Implosion

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A still image from a video taken of the demolition of the Crawford Coal Plant smokestack, April 11, 2020. (Alejandro Reyes / YouTube)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot did not respond to a question from WTTW News about whether she thought it was appropriate for her appointees to reject the inspector general’s recommendation to fire an employee of the Chicago Department of Public Health and punish two other employees of the Department of Buildings responsible for approving and overseeing the implosion of the smokestack.

What Lies Ahead for COVID-19 After Omicron Peak?

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(WTTW News)

We’re about to enter the third year of the COVID-19 pandemic. And with news that the omicron wave has passed its peak in Chicago, a light begins to appear at the end of the tunnel. But public health advocates are warning the city’s residents not to let their guards down just yet.

Chicago Author Creates Urban Fantasy Series for Black Children: ‘I Still Remember How it Felt to be Excluded’

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(WTTW News)

We speak with author and Chicagoan Zetta Elliott, who created the urban fantasy book series “Dragons in a Bag” to allow Black children to see themselves in the pages of fantasy books.

New Scholarship Initiative Aims to Boost Diversity in Brewing

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Jay Westbrook is one of three scholarship winners. (WTTW News)

Beer is intended to be for everyone, of drinking age of course, but it’s not always made by everyone. The craft beer industry has historically been dominated by white men. That lack of diversity is the inspiration behind a new scholarship initiative in Illinois.

Creating Policy that Improves Lives of Older Adults

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(WTTW News)

For Latino seniors, issues of language access, health inequities, lower incomes and documentation status can make the daily business of living even more complicated. "Latino Voices" met with an organization aiming to develop a strategic action plan for aging in Illinois. 

La DePaulia Celebrates Two Years Covering Chicago’s Latino Community

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 We spoke to editor-in-chief and co-founder María Marta Guzmán and managing editor Erika Perez about the young news outlet's first two years and their hopes for the future. (WTTW News)

In January 2020, student journalists at DePaul University launched a Spanish-language platform reporting on Chicago’s Latino community, La DePaulia. We spoke to editor-in-chief and co-founder María Marta Guzmán and managing editor Erika Perez about the young news outlet’s first two years and their hopes for the future.

Arizona Democrats Censure Sinema for Blocking Voting Bill

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Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., speaks before President Joe Biden signs the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill into law during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Nov. 15, 2021. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci, File)

The moves offer a preview of the persistent opposition Sinema will likely face within her own party in the two years before she next appears on a ballot.