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Chicago voters hit the polls on primary election day, Tuesday, March 17, 2020. (WTTW News)

The Illinois State Board of Elections told federal officials they planned to use the funds to help local elections officials prepare for an expected “considerable increase” in the number of ballots cast by mail.

Wiley Alexander, of Chicago, speaks to Lakeview Food Pantry volunteers at Wrigley Field’s temporary food pantry site on April 18, 2020. Alexander says he was laid off amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

One of America’s most iconic baseball parks is doubling as a food pantry as a growing number of Chicagoans struggle to provide for themselves and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Relaxed EPA enforcement is a license to pollute, environmentalists say. (mvpdv0ra / Flickr)

Environmental organizations have petitioned the EPA to establish rules requiring companies to minimally disclose to the public that they’ve stopped monitoring and reporting pollution during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this Thursday, April 16, 2020, photo, wearing a protective mask and gloves, budtenders prepare orders for customers to pick-up at The Higher Path cannabis dispensary in the Sherman Oaks section of Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Richard Vogel)

For businesses, 4/20 is usually their once-a-year Black Friday, when sales soar. Instead, they are reporting up-and-down buying and pondering an uncertain future.

In this March 16, 2020, file photo, a bread delivery is made to a Shake Shack restaurant in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo / John Minchillo, File)

Some big restaurant chains have obtained loans from the government under a small-business relief program, leading business groups to cry foul even though the loans are within the guidelines of the lending program.

Watch the April 20, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

A screenshot from a Red Kite Camp meeting via Zoom. (Courtesy Chicago Children’s Theatre)

Described as a unique learning experience with theater as the focal point, The Red Kite Project specifically works with children on the autism spectrum.

Acting Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown attends a virtual Chicago City Council committee meeting on Monday, April 20, 2020. (WTTW News via City of Chicago)

Aldermen unanimously advanced Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pick to lead the Chicago Police Department on Monday, after quizzing him on his promises to rebuild trust in the police.

New statewide totals: 31,508 cases, 1,349 deaths

People walk along a busy street in Garfield Park on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s stay-at-home order is set to expire April 30. And while he has yet to announce his plans for the state come May 1, he says he’s “looking at every aspect of the order” on a daily basis.

Former sportswriter Melissa Isaacson joins “Chicago Tonight” for a virtual interview on Monday, April 20, 2020. (WTTW News)

On Sunday night, Chicago sports fans were treated to the much-anticipated premiere of an ESPN documentary. Former Bulls beat writer Melissa Isaacson shares her take on the 10-part series.

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Newly released data offers a look at the scope of the coronavirus outbreak at long-term care facilities throughout Illinois. It’s a population officials have been working to protect since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

In this June 6, 1999 file photo, actor Brian Dennehy, left, applauds playwright, Arthur Miller, before awarding him the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tony Awards in New York. (AP Photo / Kathy Willens, File)

The burly actor who started in films as a macho heavy and later in his career won plaudits for his stage work in plays by William Shakespeare, Anton Chekhov, Eugene O’Neill and Arthur Miller, died last week at age 81.

A small business in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

A new bill to replenish a multibillion-dollar fund aimed at helping small businesses keep workers on the payroll failed to materialize Monday. We get a status check on the Paycheck Protection Program.

Participants in rallies in several U.S. states calling for the reopening of the economy have ignored social distancing guidelines. (WTTW News via CNN)

Calls to reopen the state’s economy are fueling a nationwide protest. We talk with an organizer behind a local effort.

The Blue Island Police Department (WTTW News)

Blue Island Mayor Domingo Vargas said his move last month to have the city’s police force stand down was a matter of public safety—and that he’d do it again if need be.

Memorial Park in Blue Island (WTTW News)

Amid stay-at-home orders, park leaders are wondering how to help residents while keeping them safe. Thomas Wogan, executive director of the Blue Island Park District, says he’s trying to stay optimistic.

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When MetroSouth closed down last year, residents worried about the impact on their community. Now, the hospital is set to reopen as an alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients—and many hope it will stay open for good.