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Aug 15, 2020

Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges Writes Children’s Book

Civil rights activist Ruby Bridges has written a children’s book with a candid telling of the past and positive message for the future, inspired by the Black Lives Matter protests.

Aug 15, 2020

Former Illinois Gov. James Thompson, ‘Big Jim,’ Dies at 84

Former Illinois Gov. James R. Thompson, whose prosecutions of public officials — including a predecessor — helped catapult him to become the state’s longest-serving chief executive, has died. He was 84. 

Aug 15, 2020

Health Care Workers Hit the Streets to Volunteer Their Time, Care During Protests

As protests and rallies sprung up across the U.S. in the wake of George Floyd’s death, health care workers showed their support for the movement by volunteering as street medics to treat protesters. 

Aug 15, 2020

COVID-19 Weekend Update: 1,828 New Cases, 5 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health says the preliminary seven-day statewide positivity rate is 4%. Fourteen counties, including Kane and Will counties, are considered to be at a warning level for the virus, according to officials.

Aug 15, 2020

Q&A: What’s Happening at the US Postal Service, and Why?

The U.S. Postal Service is warning states it cannot guarantee that all ballots cast by mail for the Nov. 3 election will arrive in time to be counted, even if ballots are mailed by state deadlines. 

Aug 14, 2020

The Week in Review: City Officials Vow to Crack Down on Looting

Mayor Lightfoot announces a plan to prevent looting as the Chicago Police Department seeks the public’s help in apprehending additional suspects. As Election Day draws closer, the Postal Service issues a warning about mail-in ballots.

Aug 14, 2020

Postal Service Warns Illinois Some Mail-In Ballots Might Not Be Counted

Under Illinois law, a voter can request a mail-in ballot up to five days before Election Day. But the USPS warns that voters who wait until that deadline are at high risk of being disenfranchised, due to the Postal Service’s delivery capabilities.

Aug 14, 2020

Study Hints, Can’t Prove, Survivor Plasma Fights COVID-19

Mayo Clinic researchers reported a strong hint that blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors helps other patients recover, but it’s not proof and some experts worry if, amid clamor for the treatment, they’ll ever get a clear answer.

Aug 14, 2020

‘We Are United’: Lightfoot, Local Officials Announce Plans to Prevent Further Looting

The mayor announced a five-point plan to protect businesses and better identify and respond to looting through analytics, additional police deployments and faster lockdowns in areas where businesses are being burglarized.

Aug 14, 2020

Biden Calls for Nationwide Mask Mandate

Joe Biden is calling for a nationwide protective mask mandate, citing health experts’ predictions that it could save 40,000 lives from coronavirus over the next three months.

Aug 14, 2020

2,264 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois, 25 Additional Deaths

The Illinois Department of Public Health on Friday reported 2,264 new coronavirus cases and said 14 counties have reached a warning level for the virus.

Aug 14, 2020

Bulls Fire Coach Jim Boylen After Missing Playoffs Again

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Jim Boylen on Friday, the new front office beginning its remake of a team that missed the playoffs again. 

Aug 14, 2020

R. Kelly’s Manager Charged With Phone Threats to Theater

R. Kelly's manager has been arrested on charges that he threatened a shooting at a Manhattan theater two years ago, forcing an evacuation and the cancellation of the screening of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly” series.

Aug 13, 2020

Chicago Archdiocese Plans to Provide In-Person Classes This Fall

CPS will start the school year with an all-remote learning plan, but Catholic schools in the city and suburbs are taking a different approach. How will the school system keep everyone safe, and are teachers and parents on board?

Aug 13, 2020

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Englewood

After a tumultuous week, neighbors tell us what they think is good in Englewood.

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