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Aug 4, 2021

Pushback on Illinois’ Latest COVID-19 Mandates

Masking will be universally required in Illinois schools, and some state employees must get vaccinated for the coronavirus, according to mandates handed down Wednesday by Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker – a move that immediately drew rebuke from friends and foes alike.

Aug 4, 2021

Pritzker Announces Mask Mandate for Students, Staff at Illinois Schools

With classes for students in pre-K through 12th grade set to resume across Illinois in the coming weeks, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Wednesday announced a mask mandate for all students and staff at public and private schools.

Aug 4, 2021

New Target Warehouse in Little Village Draws Environmental Concerns Despite Job Creation

It is expected to provide up to 2,000 jobs, but a new Target warehouse in Little Village — on the site of a botched coal plant demolition in April 2020 — has sparked protests among some community members.

Aug 4, 2021

Photographer Explores Abandoned Places and Finds Beauty in Decay

Some photographers explore cities through their neglected places. At personal risk and sometimes legal jeopardy, they look for beauty in forgotten and faded locales. Meet Jerry Olejniczak, one such photographer in search of “Abandoned Chicagoland.”

Aug 4, 2021

Survey Examines COVID-19 Misinformation on Facebook

For many of us, social media is a convenient way to keep in touch with family, friends and colleagues. But sharing false information on platforms like Facebook during a global pandemic can have life or death consequences.

Aug 4, 2021

Explainer: Will New CDC Moratorium Keep Tenants Housed?

After a federal eviction moratorium was allowed to lapse this weekend, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a new moratorium Tuesday on evictions that would last until Oct. 3.

Aug 4, 2021

August 4, 2021 - Full Show

A mask mandate for all pre-K through 12 Illinois schools. A local study on the effects of COVID-19 misinformation on social media. A new ban on evictions. And a classic Chicago building on the move.

Aug 4, 2021

Chicago Police Accused of Another Botched Raid in Lawsuit

A Black family is suing the Chicago police department, saying officers broke down their door and pointed guns at two small children while searching the place and then tried to cover up that they had no evidence to justify the raid.

Aug 4, 2021

Report: Streets and Sanitation Has Taken a Whack at Weed-Cutting Deficiencies, But Still Short of Goals

A year after being taken to task by the city’s Office of Inspector General for inefficient weed-clearing practices, the Department of Streets and Sanitation has made some improvements but still has work to do, according to a follow-up report released last week.

Aug 4, 2021

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Aug. 5-8

Asian carp, jam bands, a garden walk and vintage finds usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Aug 4, 2021

10 Chicago-Area Residents Charged in Bank Fraud Schemes

Ten people from the city and suburbs face the potential of decades behind bars after they allegedly used counterfeit U.S. Postal Service money orders to fraudulently obtain hundreds of thousands of dollars from area banks.

Aug 4, 2021

Another Somber Pandemic Milestone: 11,000 COVID-19 Deaths in Cook County

Cook County officials said every hospitalization and death at this point “is entirely preventable” and again urged residents to roll up their sleeves. “Please, get vaccinated,” said Cook County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Ponni Arunkumar. “You will make a difference.”

Aug 4, 2021

This Year’s Summer of Climate Extremes Hits Wealthier Places

As the world staggers through another summer of extreme weather, experts are noticing something different: 2021’s onslaught is hitting harder and in places that have been spared global warming’s wrath in the past. 

Aug 4, 2021

Lawyer: R. Kelly Gained Weight, Lost Money Ahead of Trial

R&B star R. Kelly gained weight and lost money while he awaits a sex-trafficking trial that starts in earnest next week, his lawyers said Tuesday at a court hearing.

Aug 4, 2021

Time-Lapse Video: CTA Moves 1,000-Ton Historic Building 30 Feet

If you thought your last move was a hassle, CTA has got you beat: The agency just relocated an entire building.