Chicagoan in Italy Discusses Everyday Life Under Quarantine

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Florence, Italy (Paolo Palazzi-Xirinachs / Facebook photo)

Paolo Palazzi-Xirinachs was about four weeks into his post-retirement studies at the University of Florence when Italy went into full quarantine. Now he’s stuck in a country with the highest reported coronavirus death toll in the world.

Transit Union Says CTA Isn’t Doing Enough to Protect Bus, Train Drivers

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A person wearing a face mask boards a CTA Foster bus on Thursday, April 2, 2020. (WTTW News)

Ridership on city bus and train lines is down, but the CTA is still operating its regular schedule. What the agency is – and is not – doing to protect riders and operators during the pandemic.

Environmental Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns Seen from Space

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Side-by-side comparisons show a decrease in nitrogen dioxide over France. (Credit: European Space Agency)

It’s estimated that roughly two billion people around the globe are now under some form of stay-at-home order. This significant slowdown in economic activity has also led to an environmental impact, particularly in the air.

How Suburban Highwood is Adapting to COVID-19

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Downtown Highwood (WTTW News)

The North Shore community is home to dozens of restaurants and bars, but since the COVID-19 outbreak and ensuing stay-at-home order in Illinois, the city’s businesses have had to make some major changes. 

CTA Ridership Drops Nearly 80% as Chicagoans Stay Home

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The city’s buses and trains are largely empty these days, as many Chicagoans heed calls from Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker to stay home.

Step Away From ‘Tiger King’ and Meet the New Lions at Brookfield Zoo

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Brookfield Zoo recently welcomed a new pair of lions. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Brutus and Titus, 4-year-old brothers, arrived at their new home in mid-March. Learn more about the African lions during a Facebook Live chat on Thursday.

How an Evanston Artist is Using Portraits to Help Small Business Owners

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Portraits by Evanston artist Chris Froeter. (WTTW News)

Evanston-based artist Chris Froeter is using his paintbrush to find creative ways to attract customers and support small businesses during the statewide stay-at-home order. 

Coronavirus Across Chicago: East Garfield Park

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(WTTW News)

All Chicago neighborhoods have been hit hard by shutdowns related to the coronavirus, but lower-income communities that rely on social service organizations are facing a unique set of challenges.

How a Garfield Park Social Service Provider is Adapting to COVID-19

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Yolanda Fields, chief program officer of Breakthrough, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

Breakthrough Fresh Market food pantry in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood usually provides groceries to about 70 people a day, three times a week. But in recent weeks, the pantry has seen its numbers spike at least 25%.

A Look at the Ethical Dilemmas Facing Hospitals as Virus Cases Rise

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust a host of ethical dilemmas out of the classroom and into emergency rooms and hospitals. Is it ethical to ask providers to reuse masks? Or to prioritize testing? Or to ration ventilators? We speak with two doctors on the front lines.

Video: Making Sense of the 2020 Census

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The 2020 Census count is underway. Here’s everything you need to know about the massive, far-reaching project – in less than four minutes. In English and Spanish.

Police Board Announces 3 Finalists for Chicago’s Next Top Cop

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(WTTW News)

Two police chiefs from outside Chicago with experience handling mass shootings and a Chicago native who’s risen to the rank of deputy chief are finalists in the city’s search for its next top cop. We profile each of the finalists.

Tenants, Landlords at Odds Over Call for Statewide Rent Freeze

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(Stephen M. Scott / Flickr)

In just the past month, Illinois unemployment claims ballooned to more than 133,000 as people lost their jobs in the midst of the pandemic – and it could be just the beginning. Is a rent freeze the right answer?

Pritzker: Consider Illinois’ Future and ‘Take 10 Minutes’ for Census

Governor, Chicago mayor also announce arts relief fund

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces a shelter-in-place rule to combat the spread of the Covid-19 virus, during a news conference Friday, March 20, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

Amid a global pandemic that has grown to include 6,980 cases in Illinois and 141 deaths, Gov. J.B. Pritzker is calling on Illinois residents to think about the future on National Census Day.

Trump Resists National Shutdown, Leaving it up to States

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President Donald Trump pauses during a briefing about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump is resisting calls to issue a national stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the new coronavirus despite his administration’s projections that tens of thousands of Americans are likely to be killed by the disease.

3 CTA ‘L’ Stations to Close This Weekend Amid Modernization Efforts

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(Eric Fischer / Flickr)

Customers still riding the CTA Red Line won’t be able to get on or off the “L” at Granville, Thorndale and Bryn Mawr this weekend as part of the CTA’s Red and Purple Line Modernization project.

Lightfoot Shares ‘Sobering Moment’: City Worker Dies of COVID-19

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Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appears on “Chicago Tonight” on location in the East Garfield Park neighborhood on Wednesday, April 1, 2020. (WTTW News)

A Chicago city employee has died of COVID-19, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday. “This sobering moment should remind us that the numbers we report every day are not mere statistics,” the mayor said.

April Fools’ Day is Canceled. No Prank Could Top Reality

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(Jonny Hughes / Flickr)

As one person succinctly summed it up on social media: “We don’t need no April fools jokes … we living in one.”

April 1, Rent’s Due: Many Struggle to Pay in Virus Outbreak

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Jade Brooks at her apartment, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Boston. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola)

It’s the first of the month, and everybody knows the rent’s due. For millions of Americans, Wednesday is the first time the landlord is knocking on the door since the coronavirus outbreak turned the economy upside down.

Police: Homicides Increase, But Total Crime Down in Chicago

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(WTTW News)

Citywide crime was down in March compared to last year, but Chicago is currently on pace for more shootings and homicides in 2020.

How Medical Suppliers Are Dealing With Increased Demand

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(Courtesy of Medline)

Northfield-based Medline Industries bills itself as the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies in the U.S. We talk with CEO Charles Mills about the company’s efforts to address the pandemic.

Chicago Music Scene Pivots in the Face of Enormous Change

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Jack Swain (WTTW News)

Making a career in music and the arts is tricky in the best of times. These days, the struggle is surreal. Here’s our latest check-in with a few players on Chicago’s music scene where, to quote a famous Chicago soul singer, “Only the Strong Survive.”

Could New ‘Rapid’ Ventilators Meet Illinois’ Looming Shortage?

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(Courtesy of the University of Illinois)

COVID-19 patients are currently using about 24% of ventilators available statewide, but there’s concern that supplies could run out. To address that possibility, University of Illinois engineers invented a ventilator that can be reproduced on a rapid scale.

An Infectious Disease Expert Answers Your COVID-19 Questions

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(WTTW News)

The spread of COVID-19 has sparked fear and apprehension — and misinformation can elevate those emotions. To help answer your questions about the new coronavirus, we turned to infectious disease specialist Dr. Susan Bleasdale of UI Health.

COVID-19 Policy: Ald. Cappleman on Precautions, City Action During Pandemic

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Ald. James Cappleman, 46th Ward, appears on “Chicago Tonight” from Uptown. (WTTW News)

How is the coronavirus impacting residents and businesses in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood? We ask 46th Ward Ald. James Cappleman, who represents much of the North Side neighborhood.

Chicago’s Uptown Neighborhood Grapples with Coronavirus, Shutdowns

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(WTTW News)

With the announcement of an extended stay-at-home order, an already difficult situation becomes more challenging. We report from Uptown, one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods, both by income and ethnicity. 

Baseball Blues: Sox, Cubs Broadcasters Talk About Delayed Season

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White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti, left, and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper preview the season on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 4, 2020. (WTTW News)

There is no joy in Mudville (or in Chicago for that matter) as the coronavirus pandemic has struck out Major League Baseball. Jason Benetti and Len Kasper talk about what might have been — and what may happen in the weeks to come.

How COVID-19 is Impacting Businesses in Chicago’s Uptown Neighborhood

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(WTTW News)

We speak with Martin Sorge of Uptown United, the neighborhood’s chamber of commerce, to see how area businesses and local nonprofits are making ends meet during the pandemic.

This 5-Year-Old’s Coronavirus Podcast is Just What We Needed

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(Courtesy Andrew Gill)

These days, it’s as important as ever to stay informed. But the glut of coronavirus content can, at times, be overwhelming. A new, locally produced podcast offers a much different perspective on the pandemic.

Pritzker Extends Illinois’ Stay-at-Home Order to April 30

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Empty benches in Logan Square on March 24, 2020. (WTTW News)

The expected three-week extension of the governor’s order mirrors a move Sunday by President Donald Trump to lengthen social distancing guidelines to April 30. Illinois now has 5,994 COVID-19 cases, and 99 deaths.

Farmers Markets Rally to Create Virtual Hubs for Hard-Hit Local Growers. Here’s a Roundup

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Virtual farmers markets aim to prop up local food producers during the COVID shutdown. (Gemma Billings / Flickr)

From Green City Market’s spanking new app to McKinley Park’s Google spreadsheet, farmers market organizers are working overtime to support growers and get fresh, local food in the hands of Chicagoans.

Report: Illinois Again Leads Nation in Exonerations

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(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

For the second year in a row, Illinois saw the highest number of criminal exonerations last year, and once again, that total was driven largely by false convictions tied to a corrupt former Chicago sergeant, according to a new report.