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Feb 28, 2021

What’s in an Adjective? ‘Democrat Party’ Label on the Rise

Amid bipartisan calls to dial back extreme partisanship following the insurrection, the intentional misuse of “Democrat” as an adjective remains in nearly universal use among Republicans. Propelled by conservative media, it also has caught on with far-right elements that were energized by the Trump presidency.

Feb 27, 2021

J&J’s 1-Dose Shot Cleared, Giving US 3rd COVID-19 Vaccine

The U.S. is getting a third vaccine to prevent COVID-19, as the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday cleared a Johnson & Johnson shot that works with just one dose instead of two.

Feb 27, 2021

Day Laborers Face Increased Difficulties Amid COVID-19

How Chicago’s day laborers, many of whom are undocumented, are finding — and not finding — work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Feb 27, 2021

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Feb. 27, 2021 - Full Show

How the pandemic has interrupted an income source for day laborers. Reviving the debate over a $15 minimum wage. A hospital chaplain offering spiritual support. The last word on bridging cultures.

Feb 27, 2021

La Ultima Palabra: Anyiné Galván Rodríguez

From Cuba to the Dominican Republic to right here in Chicago, millions of Afro Latinos speak their culture through their language and wear their African heritage on their bodies, especially in their hair texture.

Feb 27, 2021

Fight for Transgender Rights Plants its Flag on Capitol Hill

This week illustrated how far the U.S. has come in the battle for transgender rights and representation — and how far the country still has to go. 

Feb 27, 2021

Judge Approves $650M Facebook Privacy Lawsuit Settlement

A federal judge on Friday approved a $650 million settlement of a privacy lawsuit against Facebook for allegedly using photo face-tagging and other biometric data without the permission of its users.

Feb 27, 2021

House Passes $1.9T Pandemic Bill on Near Party-Line Vote

The House approved a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief bill in a win for President Joe Biden, even as top Democrats tried assuring agitated progressives that they’d revive their derailed drive to boost the minimum wage.

Feb 27, 2021

Highlights of the COVID-19 Relief Bill Advancing in Congress

The House passed a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package early Saturday, 219-212, that includes $1,400 checks for most Americans and billions of dollars for schools, state and local governments and businesses.

Feb 26, 2021

The Week in Review: Michael Madigan Fills His House Seat Twice

The fight is on to replace Michael Madigan as Democratic Party chair, while his legislative successor steps down after three days on the job. And Chicago City Council erupts over COVID-19 spending. 

Feb 26, 2021

Aldermen Approve Lightfoot’s Plan for COVID-19 Relief Funds After Delay

Aldermen voted 37-10 on Friday to approve Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s plan to spend federal COVID-19 relief funds after a 48-hour delay prompted by fierce criticism of her decision to use $281.5 million in funds to cover the cost of salaries and benefits for Chicago Police Department officers.

Feb 26, 2021

US Advisers Endorse Single-Shot COVID-19 Vaccine from J&J

U.S. health advisers endorsed a one-dose COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson on Friday, putting the nation on the cusp of adding an easier-to-use option to fight the pandemic.

Feb 26, 2021

No New Cases of More Transmissible COVID-19 Variant Found in Illinois

No new cases of two COVID-19 variants believed to be more transmissible have been discovered in Illinois in the past seven days, according to data released Thursday by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Feb 26, 2021

United Will Pay $49 Million to Settle Air Mail Fraud Case

United Airlines will pay more than $49 million to avoid criminal prosecution and settle civil charges of defrauding the U.S. Postal Service in the delivery of international mail. 

Feb 26, 2021

Mass Vaccination Site to Open March 10 at United Center

Federal and state officials will open a mass vaccination site at the United Center on March 10 that could administer an additional 6,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine per day, officials announced Friday.