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Sep 18, 2020

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

Sep 18, 2020

The Week in Review: State Budget Cuts Loom

Big state budget cuts are on the horizon. The Big Ten is back, but youth sports remain on hold. In Springfield, the Madigan inquiry moves forward. And the White Sox are going to the playoffs.

Sep 18, 2020

Father Gets 30 Years After Plea in Death of Illinois Boy, 5

A northern Illinois man who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son, Andrew “AJ” Freund, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. 

Sep 18, 2020

Black Lives Matter in Children’s Books, Too. That’s Why This Couple Started a Nonprofit

Young, Black & Lit provides free books that feature Black main characters to children. The organization has distributed more than 5,000 books in the Chicagoland area through book fairs, community groups and schools.

Sep 18, 2020

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing

Who can get a test? Where can you get one? And how much do tests costs? Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus testing in Illinois.

Sep 18, 2020

US Bans WeChat, TikTok From App Stores, Threatens Shutdowns

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S.

Sep 18, 2020

CDC Drops Controversial Testing Advice That Caused Backlash

U.S. health officials on Friday dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested.

Sep 18, 2020

‘We Cannot Normalize This Behavior,’ Lightfoot Says After Spike in Juvenile Shooting Victims

On the same day a funeral was held for the 8-year-old girl who was shot and killed last week while riding in a vehicle with her family, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city must do more to protect its juveniles during a historic uptick in violence.

Sep 18, 2020

Indoor Dining Returns to Will, Kankakee Counties After Drop in Positivity Rate

Restaurants and bars in Will and Kankakee counties — Region 7 of the state, as outlined in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan — can once again offer indoor dining and service beginning Friday evening.

Sep 18, 2020

Head of Police Oversight Agency Defends Operations After Critical Audit

The head of COPA said the agency had “never intentionally withheld” information from the public after an audit by the city’s watchdog found it had failed to release video and audio recordings of use-of-force incidents within 60 days.

Sep 18, 2020

Want To See a Really Big Bird? Pelicans Are Enjoying a Layover in Chicago on Annual Migration

Join a hike Sunday in Will County, where a flock of American white pelicans, one of North America’s largest birds, is hanging out during its annual fall migration.

Sep 18, 2020

How a Piece of Plumbing Hardware Threw a Wrench Into Chicago’s Urban Ag Movement

Community gardens and urban farms were left scrambling to comply with a new city policy related to hydrant access that left some without water throughout the entire 2020 growing season. 

Sep 17, 2020

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Mount Greenwood

How one of Chicago’s Far Southwest Side neighborhoods is coping with the coronavirus.

Sep 17, 2020

Celebrating Mexican Independence Day Amid the Pandemic

Mexican Americans didn't let the pandemic stop their celebrations. Was there a better way?

Sep 17, 2020

Inside a Family Owned Record Store Open Since the ‘60s

For more than 50 years, a family business in West Garfield Park has persevered in good times and bad. They run a record shop that sells music in many formats – and pretty much anything else that will sell.