1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends
It is the 20th straight week that at least 1 million people have sought jobless aid. Before the pandemic hit hard in March, the number of Americans seeking unemployment checks had never surpassed 700,000 in a week.
Meet the Chicago Woman Who Spent 800 Hours Swimming With Sharks, Without Leaving Home
Shedd Aquarium volunteer Betty Goldberg took citizen science to the next level, contributing a massive number of hours to a global survey of reef sharks.
Clean Energy Advocates Hope to Capitalize on ComEd Backlash
A major clean energy package had been one of Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s goals for 2020, but that got pushed aside because of the pandemic, and waylaid after a bribery scheme involving Commonwealth Edison came to light.
Spotlight Politics: Chicago Public Schools Goes Remote
Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday that Chicago Public Schools is moving to a fully remote schedule this fall. Our politics team of Amanda Vinicky, Paris Schutz and Heather Cherone digs into that story and more in this week’s roundtable.
US Rep. Rodney Davis Tests Positive For COVID-19
A central Illinois congressman who’d planned to spend all week touring communities across his district will instead finish it in self-isolation after testing positive Wednesday for COVID-19.
Chicago’s Manual Cinema Animates Spooky Trailer for ‘Candyman’
A trailer for the film uses only handmade animation – not scenes from the movie – to set up the story of a supernatural killer in a Chicago housing project and his horrifying backstory. We meet the artists behind the work.
State Rep. Calls for Pause on Teaching History in Illinois Schools
Is it time to abolish, or radically alter the way history is taught in Illinois schools? A debate over how the subject is taught.
Preckwinkle: 2020 on Pace to be Worst Year for Suicides in Black Community in a Decade
More African Americans in Cook County have died by suicide this year than during all of 2019, with a notable increase among young people, according to county officials. “This is horrifying,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.
Advocates Host Virtual Vigil to Honor Slain Homeless Man, Demand Housing Resources
Advocates hosted a virtual candlelight vigil Wednesday morning to honor Aaron Curry, who was killed last month while living in Grant Park, and to call on the city of Chicago to dedicate an additional $100 million annually to housing resources.
City Officials Begin Using State’s Method to Calculate Key Metric Used to Track Coronavirus
Chicago officials have begun using the state’s method to calculate the single most important benchmark for tracking the spread of the coronavirus — positivity rates — as confirmed cases of the virus continue to rise statewide.
Pritzker: Without Local Action to Stop COVID-19 Spread, More Restrictions Could Come
With coronavirus cases rising, Gov. J.B. Pritzker implored local officials to take action to stop the spread of the virus and warned if they don’t, more stringent regulations could be on the way, including another stay-at-home order.
Biden Won’t Go to Milwaukee to Accept Democratic Nomination
Joe Biden will not travel to Milwaukee to accept the Democratic presidential nomination because of concerns over the coronavirus, party officials said Wednesday, signaling a move to a convention that essentially has become entirely virtual.
August 5, 2020 - Full Show
Watch the Aug. 5, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”
CPS Will Start School Year on Sept. 8 With Remote Learning, Officials Announce
Chicago Public Schools will start the school year on Sept. 8 the same way they ended the last academic year — with all students taking classes remotely, officials announced Wednesday.
Massive Beirut Blast Kills More Than 70, Injures Thousands
A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the city’s port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.