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Jan 26, 2021

The Science Behind Chicago’s First Major Snowstorm

The Chicago area finally got its first true snowstorm of the season — about two to four weeks behind schedule. But climatologist Trent Lord said in other ways, the storm is a textbook example of the range of precipitation a major winter weather event can produce.

Jan 26, 2021

3 Former Tribune Critics Reflect on Past, Future of Journalism

Blair Kamin, Phil Vettel and Howard Reich have taken voluntary buyouts at the Chicago Tribune after decadeslong careers at the newspaper. They discuss their experiences at the paper and what comes next.

Jan 26, 2021

‘Latino Voices’ Community Conversation: COVID-19

The coronavirus pandemic has exacerbated existing inequities in Chicago and across the country. Check out our virtual discussion about COVID-19 with Hugo Balta, host of “Latino Voices,” and a panel of guests.

Jan 26, 2021

How Service Industry Workers Feel About the Return of Indoor Dining

Indoor dining and drinking is again allowed at bars and restaurants in Chicago and Cook County. The move could bring businesses much-needed cash during the pandemic, but some in the industry think the risks outweigh the benefits.

Jan 26, 2021

CPS Tells Families to Keep Kids Home From School Wednesday Amid Impasse with Teachers

In a letter to parents, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson said the district has “no choice but to ask parents to keep your children home” after the teachers union instructed its members not to report for in-person work Wednesday ahead of a possible strike.

Jan 26, 2021

After Summer Unrest and COVID-19 Shutdowns, Chicago’s Loop is Down — But Not Out

The Loop has been eerily quiet over the past year. COVID-19 has forced thousands of downtown office workers to stay home, while performing arts venues have retreated into hibernation. But many of the Loop’s small businesses and cultural institutions are still kicking. 

Jan 26, 2021

Harris Makes History: First Black, South Asian Woman to be VP

Vice President Kamala Harris has spent her career breaking barriers. We discuss the significance of Harris holding the second-highest office in the nation, and what challenges may lie ahead. 

Jan 26, 2021

First Biden-Putin Call Shows Both Cautious on Big Concerns

U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian leader Vladimir Putin held their first phone conversation as counterparts Tuesday in a phone call that underscored troubled relations and the delicate balance between the former Cold War foes. 

Jan 26, 2021

Chicago Man Charged With Stealing, Selling CARES Act Checks

Akeem Kosoko is facing federal charges after he allegedly conspired with a local postal carrier and others in a scheme to steal and sell coronavirus relief checks.

Jan 26, 2021

Aldermen Advance Measures to Protect Two-Flats in Effort to Slow Gentrification

Two measures that would make it harder to convert some small apartment buildings into single-family homes in rapidly gentrifying neighborhoods advanced Tuesday as part of a renewed effort from city officials to boost Chicago’s supply of affordable housing.

Jan 26, 2021

Foot of Snow Blankets Parts of Midwest, Disrupts Travel

A major winter storm dumped more than a foot of snow on parts of the middle of the country while another system blanketed parts of the Southwest with snow, disrupting travel for a second consecutive day Tuesday and shuttering many schools.

Jan 26, 2021

January 26, 2021 - Full Show

Watch the Jan. 26, 2021 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Jan 26, 2021

CPS Partnering With Community Groups to Rethink School Safety Without Resource Officers

The district on Tuesday announced it had entered into partnerships with five community organizations to “reimagine” school safety strategies as new alternatives to the existing school resource officer program.

Jan 26, 2021

Chicago Cites 1 Business for Violating COVID-19 Restrictions as Indoor Dining Resumes

Since March, city inspectors have conducted more than 8,236 investigations and cited 417 businesses for violating COVID-19 regulations, officials said.

Jan 26, 2021

Biden More Bullish on Vaccines, Open to 1.5M Daily Shot Goal

President Joe Biden signaled his increasing bullishness on the pace of vaccinations after signing an executive order to boost government purchases from U.S. manufacturers. 

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