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In this March 14, 2012, file photo, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks to the media outside his home in Chicago as his wife, Patti, wipes away tears a day before reporting to prison after his conviction on corruption charges. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

President Donald Trump, who had previously floated the idea of using his powers to help the disgraced former governor, commuted the 14-year sentence Tuesday. In making that move, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Trump “abused” his pardon power.

Watch the Feb. 18, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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In the war against plastic pollution, Illinois legislators just announced a new battle plan that would tackle the problem from multiple angles.

Sweepers follow a curling stone down a sheet of ice at the Windy City Curling Club in Villa Park, Illinois. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Beijing’s Winter Games – and that singular sport, curling – won’t awe and inspire spectators for another two years. But there’s plenty of curling happening now in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Joffrey Ballet artists Stefan Goncalvez and Brooke Linford. (Photo by Cheryl Mann)

A coming change of venue for the Joffrey Ballet is a major shift, and its initial opening season will be of great importance, especially since it also will mark the 25th anniversary of the Joffrey as a formidable Chicago cultural institution. 

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In a small study, pregnant women diagnosed with the novel coronavirus during their third trimester didn’t spread the virus to their newborns. While a local researcher called those results exciting, he said they can’t be generalized to all pregnant women. 

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Two Chicago nonprofits that offer training and support to local tech firms have struck a deal to create a one-stop shop for them.

Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni, 2011. (WTTW News)

President Donald Trump’s commutation of Rod Blagojevich’s 14-year sentence ends a corruption saga that has been both notorious and bizarre.

President Donald Trump talks to the media before he boards Air Force One for a trip to Los Angeles to attend a campaign fundraiser, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump has gone on a clemency blitz, commuting what he called a “ridiculous” 14-year prison sentence for former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and pardoning former New York Police Department commissioner, among a long list of others.

The latest selection for the citywide reading program is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book from New Yorker staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert, who joins us in discussion.

A UIC report cites high unemployment rates and the continuing effects of the housing crisis on an exodus of African Americans from Chicago. (WTTW News)

Hundreds of thousands of black Chicagoans have fled the city since 1980, according to a recent report. What’s driving that exodus, and what can be done to reverse the trend?

“Flamingo,” a sculpture by Alexander Calder, looms over Federal Plaza in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Details on how a proposed Trump administration order could limit the design of future federal buildings.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to reporters in Springfield on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020. (WTTW News)

Even as cities like Rockford and Waukegan move forward with their fresh authority to host casinos, Chicago is at a standstill.