Explainer: What to Know About Polio Spreading in New York

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This 1964 microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows damage from the polio virus to human spinal cord tissue. (Dr. Karp / Emory University / CDC via AP, File)

Polio was once one of the nation’s most feared diseases, with annual outbreaks causing thousands of cases of paralysis. Its elimination in the U.S., officially declared in 1979, is considered one of the nation’s greatest public health victories.

Amazon Employees Say Company Retaliated After Charges of Racially Hostile Work Environment

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Employees at an Amazon warehouse at 250 Emerald Drive, Joliet, have accused the company of a racially hostile work environment. (WTTW News)

Late last month, 26 current and former employees of a Joliet Amazon warehouse accused the company of allowing a racially hostile work environment. They’ve since been joined by a dozen more workers, who’ve filed charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. 

2022 Chicago Festival Guide

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Do Division Street Fest (Courtesy of West Town Chamber of Commerce)

Get ready for fun with this guide to neighborhood street fests, art shows, outdoor concerts and cultural celebrations of all sizes across Chicago and the suburbs.

Afghanistan Marks 1 Year Since Taliban Seizure as Woes Mount

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Taliban fighters celebrate one year since they seized the Afghan capital, Kabul, in front of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. (AP Photo / Ebrahim Noroozi)

A year after the dramatic day, much has changed in Afghanistan. The former insurgents struggle to govern and remain internationally isolated. The economic downturn has driven millions more Afghans into poverty and even hunger, as the flow of foreign aid slowed to a trickle.

Jury Selection Begins Monday in R. Kelly’s Child Pornography Trial in Chicago

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In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Jury selection begins Monday morning at the Dirksen Federal Building downtown, where the 55-year-old Chicago native will stand trial, nearly a year after a New York jury convicted him of sex trafficking and other charges.

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Aug. 13, 2022 - Full Show

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New research on civic engagement, and how the work in Black communities isn’t always counted. The head of Chicago’s FBI office retires. Bud Billiken expands. And remembering Albert Woodfox.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Aug. 13, 2022 - Full Show

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WBEZ Chicago’s Michael Puente guest hosts the Aug. 13 episode of "Latino Voices." (WTTW News)

The lone Latino lawmaker in Indiana and his thoughts on political representation. Plus, pharmacy deserts on the city’s west side. And Discount Mall vendors searching for answers. 

R Kelly Accuser to Give Key Testimony on Trial-Fixing Charge

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Musician R. Kelly leaves the Leighton Criminal Court building in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File) on June 6, 2019.

R. Kelly goes into Chicago federal court already sentenced by a New York federal judge to 30-year prison term for a 2021 conviction on charges he parlayed his fame to sexually abuse other young fans.

The Week in Review: List Unsealed, FBI Removes Nuclear Secrets from Mar-a-Lago

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The FBI vs. former President Trump. A scaled-back property tax increase. And tension at the CPD over the firing of the officer in charge of reform.

FBI Seized Top Secret Documents in Trump Estate Search

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An aerial view of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate is seen Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo / Steve Helber)

The FBI recovered “top secret” and even more sensitive documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The seized records include some marked not only top secret but also “sensitive compartmented information,” a special category meant to protect the nation's most important secrets that if revealed publicly could cause “exceptionally grave” damage to U.S. interests.

Ohio Gunman Appeared to Threaten FBI After Trump Search

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The entrance to the FBI headquarters in Cincinnati is shown Thursday, August 11, 2022. (Liz Dufour / The Cincinnati Enquirer via AP)

Federal investigators are examining social media accounts they believe are tied to the gunman, 42-year-old Ricky Shiffer, according to the official, who was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Milwaukee

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Milwaukee is set to host the 2024 RNC. What that could mean for local businesses and more. (WTTW News)

Chicago is waiting to see whether Democrats will choose it above Atlanta, Houston and New York as the host city for the party's 2024 convention. But Republicans have already made their selection: Milwaukee.

2 Years Ago, Lori Lightfoot Vowed to Confront Chicago’s Racist Monuments. Nothing Has Happened.

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An empty pedestal in Grant Park in July 2020, where a statue of Christopher Columbus stood recently. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed two years ago Friday to confront the “the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history” by using the city’s public spaces to memorialize the “city’s true and complete history.” That promise remains unfulfilled, 729 days later.

Aug. 11, 2022 - Full Show

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The U.S. Attorney General addresses the Trump search warrant. Live from Milwaukee ahead of the RNC. One-on-one with the latest candidate for Chicago Mayor. And a prairie school architectural master.

‘Our Service is Not Meeting our High Expectations,’ CTA President Outlines Plan to Address Schedule Snafus, Safety Worries

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This file photo shows a southbound CTA Red Line train in Chicago. (WTTW News)

CTA President Dorval Carter on Thursday outlined a strategic plan to overhaul the transit agency’s service and bolster its role in the Chicago area’s transportation network. The CTA’s new “Meeting the Moment” initiative is aimed at moving the much-used and much-critiqued transit service into a “post-pandemic” future.

Big Houses on the Prairie: the Chicago Area Homes of Architect George Maher

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A new group turns the spotlight on George Washington Maher, an under-recognized designer of buildings throughout the Midwest.  (WTTW News)

The artistry of Frank Lloyd Wright is front and center when it comes to Prairie School architecture. But other architects made enduring impacts. A new group turns the spotlight on George Washington Maher, an under-recognized designer of buildings throughout the Midwest. 

Ald. Sophia King Announces Run for Mayor, Promising ‘Collaboration’ Not ‘Confrontation’

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A shot from a new campaign video released by Ald. Sophia King. (Friends of Sophia King)

Hyde Park Ald. Sophia King (4th Ward) announced she will run for mayor, promising to lead Chicago through collaboration — not confrontation — in an attempt to draw a clear distinction with Mayor Lori Lightfoot who has touted her combative approach while in office.

Biden Signs ‘Burn Pits’ Help for Vets; A Personal Win, Too

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President Joe Biden hugs his grandson Robert Biden, son of the late Beau Biden, after signing the "PACT Act of 2022" during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The law, which Biden described as long overdue, caps a years-long battle to ensure treatment for chronic illnesses that veterans have blamed on burn pits, which were used to dispose of chemicals, tires, plastics, medical equipment and human waste on military bases. Estimates of affected troops run to 3.5 million.

Garland Asks Court to Unseal Warrant for Mar-a-Lago Search

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Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the Justice Department Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

The request is striking because such documents traditionally remain sealed during a pending investigation. But the Justice Department appeared to recognize that its silence since the search had created a vacuum for bitter verbal attacks by Trump and his allies.

COVID-19 Risk Drops Across Chicago, Cook County: Federal Officials

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(Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Chicago Department of Public Health officials continue to recommend that residents wear masks indoors and on public transportation to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19 and ensure they are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines.

CDC Drops Quarantine, Distancing Recommendations for COVID

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A sign asks those getting vaccinated to keep 6 feet apart during the vaccination event, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, at Nevada Union High School in Grass Valley, Calif. (Elias Funez / The Union via AP, File)

The changes, which come more than 2 1/2 years after the start of the pandemic, are driven by a recognition that an estimated 95% of Americans 16 and older have acquired some level of immunity, either from being vaccinated or infected, agency officials said.

No Bail For Man Charged in Fatal Shooting of Man Walking Dog in McKinley Park Alley

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A file photo shows a crime scene blocked off by the Chicago Police Department. (WTTW News)

Sebastian Aguilar, 37, has been charged with first-degree murder stemming from the fatal June 30 shooting of 39-year-old Mario Leyva.

8 Things to Do This Weekend: Aug.11-15

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Bud Billiken Parade. (Credit: Enjoy Illinois)

Blues, retro music, farm animals and a Chicago tradition usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Aug. 10, 2022 - Full Show

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The city’s current mayor touts a smaller budget deficit — as another candidate to unseat her joins the race. Spotlight Politics on that and more. The impact of cataclysmic rainfall. And stalled plans for a giant marina at Navy Pier.

With 8 Declared Candidates, Chicago’s Mayoral Race Heats Up

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A shot from a new campaign video released by Ald. Sophia King. (Friends of Sophia King)

Chicago residents aren’t used to having a lot of options when an incumbent mayor is running for re-election, but so far eight candidates have declared they’re running.

Midwest Hit Hard by Heavy Rain: ‘It’s Been a Pretty Rough Few Weeks in Illinois’

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Some counties in south central Illinois have seen some of their highest July and August rain totals on record. Recently, Effingham recorded between 10 to 11 inches of rain in a single day.

Spotlight Politics: As Chicago Elections Loom, City Budget Process Begins

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveiled a property tax bump as the budget process gets underway. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.

A Giant Marina to Attract Boaters Was Approved at Navy Pier. Why Hasn’t It Been Built?

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In 2016, Navy Pier officials asked City Council to approve an update to the pier’s planned development, authorizing, among other things, the construction of a transient marina on its north side, where boats could dock for the day. The project is now the subject of a lawsuit. 

Chicago Rideshare Drivers Push for Safety Precautions, Improved Working Conditions

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With high gas prices and carjackings a growing job risk, gig workers from companies like Lyft, Uber and DoorDash are demanding more from their employers.

Chicago Faces $127.9M Budget Shortfall in 2023: Lightfoot

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot unveils the forecast for the 2023 Chicago budget on Aug. 10, 2022. (WTTW News)

Chicago’s financial picture has been buoyed by the city’s red-hot real estate market and nearly $2 billion in federal aid designed to help the city withstand the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pop Culture Fans Show Out at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo

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C2E2 recommended fans wear masks inside the exhibition halls on Aug. 6, 2022. (Yahya Salem / WTTW News)

This year’s C2E2 took place in the summer, less than eight months after its 2021 iteration, as organizers gradually revert to the event’s original spring calendar, which was disrupted due to COVID-19 restrictions.

World Health Organization: COVID-19 Deaths Fall Overall by 9%, Infections Stable

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Residents wearing face masks wait in line to get their routine COVID-19 throat swabs at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2022. Chinese authorities have closed Tibet’s famed Potala Palace after a minor outbreak of COVID-19 was reported in the Himalayan region. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

The U.N. health agency said there were more than 14,000 COVID-19 deaths in the last week and nearly 7 million new infections. The number of new deaths rose by 19% in the Middle East, while dropping by more than 70% in Africa, 15% in Europe and 10% in the Americas.