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The number of detainees within the Cook County Jail is reaching historic lows during the COVID-19 pandemic. But as that number drops, the number of those being held on electronic monitoring devices has steadily risen.

In this Tuesday, April 28, 2020, photo Zach Stafford, left, shows his mother, Debra Mize, a news alert on his phone as they watch a livestream of the daily coronavirus briefing by Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on a television just out of view inside their home in Belleville, Illinois. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson)

Sixty-eight percent of Americans say they highly trust the information that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is providing about the virus, 66% trust their doctor or health care provider, and 52% said the same about their state or local government, according to a recent poll.

A person walks along a nearly empty street Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Boston. Job cuts have escalated across the U.S. economy in recent days that remains all but shut down due measures taken to halt the spread of the virus. (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

The layoffs amount to 1 in 6 American workers and encompass more people than the entire population of Texas, or more people than live in the New York and Chicago metropolitan areas combined.

White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx listens as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Dr. Anthony Fauci speaks during a meeting between President Donald Trump and Gov. John Bel Edwards, D-La., about the coronavirus response, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, April 29, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The nation’s top infectious disease expert said Thursday that new cases of the coronavirus are a certainty as states begin to roll back restrictions. 

Watch the April 30, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, California. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull, File)

The 2-1 ruling by a panel of the appeals court extends a nationwide injunction blocking the Department of Justice from withholding the Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant from sanctuary cities like Chicago.

Police Superintendent David Brown: “Chicagoans deserve policing excellence”

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The Chicago Police Department says the expansion will help streamline operations and control in order to meet public safety needs and increase collaboration between detectives and patrol officers. 

New statewide totals: 52,918 cases, 2,355 deaths

The drive-thru testing facility at 6959 Forest Preserve Drive in Chicago. (WTTW News)

A day before a modified stay-at-home order takes effect in Illinois, officials used their daily press briefing to discuss efforts to ramp up coronavirus testing across the state, and to urge residents to stay home and wash their hands frequently.

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A onetime tree nursery became a bucolic place of rest and recovery for tuberculosis patients on Chicago’s North Side. Geoffrey Baer has the story of a decadeslong battle against a contagion.

Supplies to fight the spread of COVID-19 are donated at United Center on Saturday, April 25, 2020 in Chicago. The city started a face mask drive before a statewide order requiring face coverings in public takes effect May 1. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

The city is asking residents to donate handmade face masks for the city’s most vulnerable populations ahead of a statewide requirement for people to keep their faces covered in public.

As part of our series of virtual art tours, we visit a collection of artwork that highlights the richness of Mexican art in Chicago.

From left: Chicago Alds. Scott Waguespack, Jason Ervin, Gilbert Villegas and Matt Martin appear on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Thursday, April 30, 2020. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot faces a divided City Council determined to help shape the city’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that has likely created a financial crisis for Chicago, four aldermen said Thursday during an interview for “Chicago Tonight.”

Crowded hallways are a thing of the past in the era of remote learning. (WTTW News)

What are high school students really learning during this time of stay-at-home orders and remote learning? Maybe more than lesson plans intended.

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With remote learning in place through the rest of the school year, the district is telling students they won’t be negatively impacted by “circumstances beyond their control” as in-person instruction has been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dr. Roland Walker appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, April 30, 2020. (WTTW News)

The coronavirus has permeated every aspect of Dr. Roland Walker’s life. As health commissioner of Gary, Indiana, he oversees the city’s response to the pandemic. But it has taken a toll on his personal life, too.

Gary, Indiana (WTTW News)

The city of Gary has struggled mightily, even in economic good times. The COVID-19 pandemic and statewide shutdown have only exacerbated existing problems. 

Gary Mayor Jerome Prince appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, April 30, 2020. (WTTW News)

Elected in 2019, Gary Mayor Jerome Prince promised to bring much-needed economic development and growth to the struggling Northwest Indiana city. But just a few months into his first term, things have changed.

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