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Jan 25, 2021

5 Things to Know About Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine in the Chicago Area

It’s another benchmark in the rollout of the coronavirus vaccine: Chicago has entered phase 1B. But what does that mean? And how can you sign up to get a shot? We’ve got answers to some common questions.

Jan 25, 2021

What Chicago is Doing to Address a Spike in Carjackings

After a surge in carjackings last year, Chicago has seen more than 160 already in 2021. We hear from an alderman, a police officer and a community organizer about their efforts to end the spike.

Jan 25, 2021

CTU Vice President on Negotiations With CPS Over In-Person Learning

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said as Illinois moves into Phase 1B of vaccinations, a category that includes teachers, city leadership should prioritize staff at Chicago Public Schools.

Jan 25, 2021

The Science Behind the Speed of COVID-19 Vaccine Development

It took less than a year for pharmaceutical companies to successfully develop vaccines for COVID-19. The unprecedented time frame has raised questions for some about the vaccine’s safety. We learn about the science behind the shots.

Jan 25, 2021

Trump Impeachment Goes to Senate, Testing His Sway Over GOP

Democrats marched the impeachment case against Donald Trump to the Senate on Monday night for the start of his historic trial, but Republican senators were easing off their criticism of the former president and shunning calls to convict him over the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.

Jan 25, 2021

8 New Cases of More Transmissible COVID-19 Variant Discovered in Chicago, Cook County: Officials

Eight more cases of a COVID-19 variant first discovered in the United Kingdom and believed to be more transmissible have been discovered in Chicago and suburban Cook County, state health officials announced Monday.

Jan 25, 2021

Lakefront Bracing for Wind Gusts, High Waves as Winter Storm Bears Down

A winter storm is forecast to deliver wind gusts up to 40 miles per hour and waves as high as 13 feet, creating hazardous conditions along Chicago's lakefront through Tuesday, the National Weather Service is warning. 

Jan 25, 2021

Effort to Expand O’Hare Cargo Operations With City Borrowing Advances After 4-Month Delay

An effort by city officials to finish a project to expand cargo operations at O’Hare Airport by borrowing $55.6 million advanced Monday after a monthslong delay prompted by concerns that the effort failed to meet the city’s self-imposed diversity goals.

Jan 25, 2021

NEIU Wanted These Properties Badly Enough to Invoke Eminent Domain. They’re Still Vacant, So Now What?

Five years after acquiring a block of properties on Bryn Mawr Avenue through eminent domain, Northeastern Illinois University has officially scrapped its plan to build student housing on the site and is casting about for other uses.

Jan 25, 2021

67% of Chicagoans Vaccinated Are White, Asian: City Data

Mayor Lori Lightfoot vowed to redouble efforts to get the vaccine to those in neighborhoods hit hardest by the coronavirus pandemic by earmarking doses for those Black and Latino communities as the state begins the second phase of its vaccination effort.

Jan 25, 2021

Parties Behind Bill to End Cash Bail in Illinois Say it Can be Model For Other States

Illinois is poised to become one of the first states to eliminate cash bail after the state legislature passed a sweeping criminal justice reform bill earlier this month. Now proponents who pushed for that change hope the measure can be used to reform pretrial services elsewhere.

Jan 25, 2021

Crain’s Headlines: Rebranding for WGN America

WGN America is changing its name and focus. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer has details on that story and more business news.

Jan 25, 2021

Biden Orders COVID-19 Travel Restrictions, Adds South Africa

President Joe Biden on Monday reinstated COVID-19 travel restrictions on most non-U.S. travelers from Brazil, Ireland, the United Kingdom and 26 other European countries that allow travel across open borders. He also added South Africa to the list.

Jan 25, 2021

Cook County Launches COVID-19 Vaccine Website, 1st Mass Vaccination Site

A year after the first coronavirus case was reported in Illinois, officials launched a new mass coronavirus vaccination site, website and hotline for those who live and work in Cook County. But demand for the vaccine still far outweighs supply.

Jan 25, 2021

January 25, 2021 - Full Show

Watch the Jan. 25, 2021 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”