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Aug 12, 2020

Spotlight Politics: Kamala Harris Makes History as VP Pick

Likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has formally announced Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate. Our politics team takes on that story and other national and local news in this week’s roundtable.

Aug 12, 2020

Is Illinois Prepared for Mail-In Voting Boom? We Ask County Clerks

November’s election is sure to be unlike any other — and not just because of who is on the ballot, but because of how people are expected to cast their ballots.

Aug 12, 2020

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Celebrates 27 Years on Supreme Court

She is known as the “Notorious RBG.” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is celebrating a work anniversary this week. We reflect on her career with her son, James Ginsburg, and local attorneys.

Aug 12, 2020

The Future of Retail: Where Do Stores Stand After Pandemic, Looting?

There’s a very real anxiety that Chicago’s main shopping districts are on the precipice of falling apart. And without the revenue generated from those areas, the city faces a potentially disastrous fiscal future.

Aug 12, 2020

City Hopes 2nd Scooter Pilot Can Boost Transportation Equity

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, electric scooters are back on Chicago streets. What you need to know about this year’s program. 

Aug 12, 2020

Park District Board Moves to Change Rules Surrounding How Park Names Are Changed

In a move prompted by the controversy surrounding Douglas(s) Park, the Park District Board of Commissioners voted to begin the process of amending its code in order to establish a clearer two-step policy for renaming parks.

Aug 12, 2020

Lightfoot to Keep Downtown Blocked Off Through Weekend; Restrictions Set to End Monday

City officials will restrict access to downtown Chicago through the weekend, even though the city has not seen widespread looting in two days.

Aug 12, 2020

$46M in Grants Awarded to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Grants of $10,000 to $20,000 have been awarded to more than 2,600 small businesses throughout the state that have experienced financial loss or disruptions as a result of coronavirus-related closures.

Aug 12, 2020

As CPD Officials Vow to Catch Up on Missed Consent Decree Deadlines, Aldermen Are Losing Patience

The Chicago Police Department is struggling to reform the way it trains, supervises and disciplines officers. What’s being done to address the slow pace of reforms.

Aug 12, 2020

August 12, 2020 - Full Show

Watch the Aug. 12, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Aug 12, 2020

Map: Which CPS Schools Have Voted to Keep or Remove Police Officers?

Chicago Public Schools leaders have left it up to local school councils to decide whether they want to continue or eliminate resource officer programs at their respective schools. Here’s where things stand as the voting deadline approaches.

Aug 12, 2020

Study: Electric Cooker Sanitizes N95 Masks

With limited supplies of critical protective equipment, University of Illinois researchers have found a new way to decontaminate N95 masks using a common kitchen appliance. 

Aug 12, 2020

$2M Bond for Chicago Man Accused of Intentionally Running Over Pedestrian

After striking two women with his car Monday night in downtown Chicago, Edgar Roman allegedly circled back, targeted them and ran over one of the women a second time, dragging her body down the street and killing her.

Aug 12, 2020

Prosecutors Charge 3 With Threatening Women in R. Kelly Case

Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida.

Aug 12, 2020

Lightfoot Launches Review of Chicago Monuments After Controversy Over Columbus Statues

After protests forced Mayor Lori Lightfoot to remove the city’s statues of Christopher Columbus, the city will launch an effort to “provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history,” the mayor’s office announced Wednesday. 

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