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Aug 6, 2020

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: West Ridge

For a time, the ZIP code that comprises much of West Ridge had the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases – but not anymore. The community’s positivity rate is now below the city average.

Aug 6, 2020

A Look at Voting Issues On the Voting Rights Act’s 55th Anniversary

Thursday marks the 55th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act. Where the fight for ballot access goes next.

Aug 6, 2020

Chicago-Area Transit Agency Bosses on COVID-19’s Impact on Transportation

Ridership across CTA trains and buses, Metra commuter trains and Pace buses are down about 70% compared to this time last year. With that dramatic decline in ridership comes lower revenue and strains on operational funding.

Aug 6, 2020

$10M Chicago Prize Awarded to Auburn Gresham Team to Build Health Hub, Urban Farm

The inaugural $10 million Chicago Prize grant was awarded to a team from Auburn Gresham, who have ambitious plans to bring transformational change to the community.

Aug 6, 2020

US Rescinds Global ‘Do Not Travel’ Coronavirus Warning

The Trump administration on Thursday rescinded its warnings to Americans against all international travel because of the coronavirus pandemic, saying conditions no longer warrant a blanket worldwide alert. 

Aug 6, 2020

‘Ducks on the Mag Mile’ Celebrates Special Olympics Illinois

The pandemic is forcing Special Olympics Illinois to conduct their annual Duck Derby a little bit differently this year. But there is one tradition that remains the same.  

Aug 6, 2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Not Slowing Pedestrian Deaths in Chicago

So far this year, 21 pedestrians have been killed by drivers, according to city data and media reports. That puts Chicago on pace to match last year’s 40 pedestrian deaths

Aug 6, 2020

Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Coach Houses

Geoffrey Baer shares the history of Chicago’s original tiny houses – coach houses – in this installment of Ask Geoffrey. 

Aug 6, 2020

City Colleges Staffers Threaten Strike Over In-Person Learning Plan

The Cook County College Teachers Union Local 1600, which represents nearly 2,000 CCC staffers, has an emergency meeting Friday to discuss a no-confidence vote, which could lead to a safety strike later this month.

Aug 6, 2020

August 6, 2020 - Full Show

Watch the Aug. 6, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Aug 6, 2020

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.

Aug 6, 2020

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. 

Aug 5, 2020

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.

Aug 5, 2020

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.

Aug 5, 2020

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.