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Sep 22, 2020

Pot Entrepreneurs Get Another Shot From the State

Illinois’ already-delayed marijuana expansion is on pause, but many of the entrepreneurs trying to be part of the industry are hoping that good things will come to those who wait.

Sep 22, 2020

House Easily Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Averting Shutdown

In a sweeping bipartisan vote that takes a government shutdown off the table, the House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night, shortly after President Donald Trump prevailed in a behind-the-scenes fight over his farm bailout.

Sep 22, 2020

What’s It Like to Be a Black Cop in Chicago in 2020? We Ask 3 CPD Officers

In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and other police killings of Black Americans, calls to defund and reform the police have intensified. At the same time, Chicago is grappling with the coronavirus and a drastic increase in shootings.

Sep 22, 2020

Senate GOP Lines Up With Trump to Quickly Fill Court Seat

Votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s  Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election.

Sep 22, 2020

ComEd Announces It Won’t Resume Power Shut-Offs Under Pressure From Lightfoot

Commonwealth Edison announced Tuesday it will not shut off electricity in homes amid the coronavirus and recession — quickly meeting a key condition set by Mayor Lori Lightfoot if the utility giant is to extend its city contract.

Sep 22, 2020

City Clarifies Outdoor Dining Guidelines: Fire Pits Are Not Permitted ‘Heaters’

The city’s guidelines for 2020’s unprecedented outdoor fall-to-winter dining season allow for several types of heaters, but fire pits aren’t one of them.

Sep 22, 2020

As Summer Turns to Fall, Extreme Weather Wracks US

As Chicago gets ready for cooler weather, many parts of the country are being hit by wildfires, hurricanes and the aftermath of last month’s destructive derecho. We learn more with atmospheric scientist Scott Collis.

Sep 22, 2020

Illinois Tech’s New Innovation Hub Leader Aims to Make Entrepreneurship Accessible to All

Maryam Saleh, an entrepreneur and Chicago-based computational neuroscientist, tells us about her new role leading the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Sep 22, 2020

Chicago’s Top Lawyer Warns Aldermen to Be Careful When Pushing Diversity Goals

The city’s top lawyer bluntly warned aldermen to be careful when demanding that firms do more to meet goals set by city officials designed to encourage them to work with firms owned by female, Black and Latino Chicagoans.

Sep 22, 2020

Next Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Must Improve Public Access, Accountability, Legal Groups Say

With Dorothy Brown deciding not to run for a fifth term, Cook County will have a new circuit court clerk this fall for the first time in 20 years. And legal advocates have some recommendations for whoever wins that seat in November.

Sep 22, 2020

Chicago Set to Order Visitors From Wisconsin to Quarantine, Again

Wisconsin’s infection rate is now averaging 31 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, per day, over seven days. A minimum of 15 cases per 100,000 residents triggers Chicago’s quarantine order.

Sep 22, 2020

‘Unfathomable’: US Death Toll From Coronavirus Hits 200,000

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.

Sep 22, 2020

Illinois Law Enforcement Officials Say More Funding Needed for Programs That Protect Children from Abuse, Neglect

Despite an overall drop this spring in felony charges like assault and narcotics possession, Kane County State’s Attorney Joe McMahon said his jurisdiction saw a 139% increase in the number of child abuse and neglect cases.

Sep 22, 2020

Preckwinkle Urges Residents to Register, Vote in ‘Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes’

“If you’re not registered to vote, it’s not too late,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday as she urged people to participate in the November election.

Sep 22, 2020

Set Your Sights on the ‘Chicagohenge’ Equinox Sunset

During the fall equinox, the sun rises due east and sets due west, creating an effect dubbed “Chicagohenge” (in reference to Stonehenge), when the sunset is strikingly framed on east-west streets by the city’s skyscrapers.