Live Coverage: Demonstration in Chicago’s Union Park Leads to March

Demonstrators in Chicago’s Union Park on Saturday, June 6, 2020. (@EvanRGarcia / Twitter)

Thousands gathered in Chicago’s Union Park on Saturday for the ninth straight day to protest the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Biden Formally Clinches Democratic Presidential Nomination

In this Jan. 5, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden high-fives a member of the audience during a campaign rally at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport, Iowa. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

“It was an honor to compete alongside one of the most talented groups of candidates the Democratic party has ever fielded,” Biden said in a statement Friday night, “and I am proud to say that we are going into this general election a united party.”

Prosecutors Seek Right Mix of Charges in George Floyd Case

Protesters march along Dearborn Street while holding a sign honoring George Floyd on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Eric Russell, right, an activist with the Tree of Life Justice League, joins them. He also spoke at the protest. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

As damning as video evidence in the George Floyd case appears to be, prosecutors know they must bring the right charges underpinned by sound legal logic if they hope to convict a Minnesota officer in Floyd’s May 25 death.

The Week in Review: Tensions Rise Between Community, Police Amid Protests

Protesters and police officers wearing riot girl have a standoff near Daley Plaza on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for the firing of the Chicago police officer who flipped off protesters. A citywide curfew will remain in place even though most recent protests have been peaceful.

Lightfoot Rules Out Removing Police Officers from Chicago Schools

A protester faces off against police in Chicago on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)

“Yeah we’re not gonna do that,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a Friday morning press conference when asked if she would consider canceling CPS’ existing contract with the Chicago Police Department. “Unfortunately, we need security in our schools.”

Cook County Health: Number of Gunshot Victims Up 20% in 2020

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Speaking on National Gun Violence Awareness Day, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Friday there has been a marked increase in gun violence in 2020, despite a stay-at-home order that was in place statewide for more than two months during the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 1 Million COVID-19 Tests Performed in Illinois

New statewide totals: 125,915 cases, 5,795 deaths

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the milestone was the result of the “incredible work of so many people behind the scenes.”

Trump Hails Jobs Report, But Unemployment Rate Still High

President Donald Trump speaks as he signs the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, June 5, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump took a victory lap Friday morning after the government reported surprising job gains for last month, seizing on the data to predict that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and its economic disruption was in the rear-view mirror.

Study on Safety of Malaria Drugs for Coronavirus Retracted

This April 7, 2020 file photo shows a bottle of hydroxychloroquine tablets in Texas City, Texas. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip, File)

Several authors of a large study that raised safety concerns about malaria drugs for coronavirus patients have retracted the report, saying independent reviewers were not able to verify information that’s been widely questioned by other scientists.

Having the Talk: What to Say to Kids About Protests, Racism and Violence

Jahan James, 8, sits on the shoulders of his father, Jonathan James, who addresses the crowd during a protest on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 in Old Town. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

As images of police brutality and cities on fire saturate the media, keeping kids in the dark may not be an option. Here are tips for talking to children about difficult topics.

Pride With No Parade: LGBTQ Organizations Celebrate Amid Pandemic

The 2014 Chicago Pride Parade. (Jamie Bernstein / Flickr)

With a global pandemic and ongoing protests against police brutality, LGBTQ organizations are returning to their revolutionary roots as they celebrate Pride Month.

Mayor Denounces Vigilantism as Reports of Racial Tension, Harassment Resurface

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a livestreamed press briefing on Thursday, June 4, 2020. (Chicago Mayor’s Office / Facebook)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she supports neighbors being vigilant but that she won’t tolerate people taking up arms. “We’ve seen that end with tragic results across the country,” she said.

Forest Preserves in Phase 3: What’s Open, What’s Not

The treetop adventure course at Bemis Woods boasts 2,837 feet of zip line. (Courtesy of Go Ape)

You can camp, golf and — starting next weekend — even go zip lining, but plenty of closures and restrictions remain in effect. Here’s a look at what you can and can’t do in the preserves, and when.

Report: 1 in 6 Chicago COVID-19 Cases Can Be Tied to Cook County Jail

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According to a new study, cycling through Cook County Jail — a facility once dubbed the “largest-known source” of COVID-19 in the U.S. — is associated with roughly 16% of all documented cases of the virus in Illinois and Chicago through mid-April.

‘Strategic’ Well-Orchestrated Heists Seen Amid Protest Chaos

In this June 1, 2020, file photo, a man leaves a vandalized Home Depot store in Oakland, Calif.(AP Photo / Noah Berger, File)

Caravans of burglars have capitalized on chaos, communicating with each other via messaging apps during heists and using both the protests over the death of George Floyd and other tactics to throw police off their trail. 

Want to Create Jobs and Fund Social Services on the South and West Sides? Buy Flowers

Southside Blooms grows it own flowers, on farms in Englewood, West Woodlawn and West Garfield Park. (Southside Blooms / Facebook)

These days, buying flowers might seem like the very definition of a nonessential luxury purchase. But dozens of struggling nonprofits are in fact relying on flower sales to fund the vital social services they provide.

Northwestern Study of Pregnant Women with COVID-19 Finds Placenta Injuries

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The placenta provides nutrients and oxygen to a developing fetus, among other things. In a small study, researchers found the placentas from pregnant women with COVID-19 showed signs of injury.

Floyd Mourned, Celebrated as Death Used as Call to Action

Martin Luther King III takes a moment by George Floyd’s casket Thursday, June 4, 2020, before a memorial service for George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo / Bebeto Matthews)

The mural of George Floyd projected above his golden coffin, where mourners knelt and cried, paused and prayed at his memorial service Thursday had a simple message: “I can breathe now.”

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Stalled by Pandemic, Push to Create Elected Board to Oversee CPD Gets New Life Amid Protests

A line of Chicago police officers watch the demonstration at Division and Larrabee streets on June 2, 2020. Protesters assembled in front of a fire station and adjacent to the police department’s 18th District station. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Efforts to put an elected board of Chicago residents in charge of the Chicago Police Department — stalled by the coronavirus pandemic — could get new life amid a renewed nationwide push to hold police officers accountable for misconduct.

Chicago Restaurants, Retail Stores Reopen Amid Challenges


We get a taste of what some restaurant industry players experienced Wednesday as Chicago moved info phase three of its reopening plan.

Communities in Conflict: Little Village Quiets After Days of Anger, Violence

A unity march in Little Village follows days of unrest and reports of racially motivated violence. (WTTW News)

How Chicago communities came together to push past tensions that were feeding a racial divide. 

Tensions Ease as Community Leaders Work to Change Narrative on Southwest Side

A solidarity march in Little Village on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (WTTW News)

There was a message of unity Wednesday as solidarity marches replaced fears of racially motivated violence. We visited Pilsen, Little Village and the suburb of Cicero for a view from the ground.

Chicago Businesses Start to Reopen — But Not Everyone is Ready

Nonna’s pizza and sandwich shop on Randolph Street in Chicago’s West Loop. (WTTW News)

Despite days of protests, some which turned destructive, Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the message from business owners is clear: they want to reopen. 

Chicago Cautiously Reopens. What it Could Mean for Public Health

Dr. Allison Arwady, commisioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Wednesday, June 3, 2020. (WTTW News)

Chicago has officially moved into phase three of its reopening plan. We discuss the public health implications of reopening with Dr. Allison Arwady, commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

A Grieving Community Again Calls for Police Reform in Chicago

Laquan McDonald’s great-uncle, the Rev. Marvin Hunter, appears on “Chicago Tonight” in 2018. (WTTW News)

A conversation with the Rev. Martin Hunter, the great uncle of Laquan McDonald, whose fatal shooting by a Chicago police officer in 2014 sparked widespread calls for police reform.

What You Need to Know About Chicago Parks in Phase 3 of City’s Reopening

Playgrounds remain closed, awaiting public health guidance. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Chicago parks may be “reopening” next week — though technically the outdoors was never “closed,” except along the lakefront — but access to facilities and equipment will remain limited.

Lightfoot Again Defends Call to Block Off Downtown as Unrest Swept South, West Sides

A business is boarded up in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood on the city’s South Side on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, following unrest over the killing of George Floyd. (WTTW News)

An increasing number of complaints that Chicago officials decided to protect downtown at the expense of neighborhoods on the South and West sides are “not true and illogical,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday.

Chicago Man Charged After Dozens of Windows Smashed at CPS School

Michael Mangan (Chicago Police Department)

Cook County prosecutors claim Michael Mangan, 36, broke a total of 82 windows at a Northwest Side elementary school, valued at $16,400, and did so because “the school ruined his life.”

After Relatively Quiet Night, Police Superintendent Optimistic That Worst is Over

A peaceful protest in Bronzeville on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 was organized by faith leaders in Chicago. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Looting and unrest has largely subsided in Chicago as large peaceful protests against police misconduct continue, Chicago Police Supt. David Brown told reporters Wednesday.

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Dance for Life’s 2020 Benefit Rechoreographed For the Times

Dance for Life (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Dancers, perhaps more than any other group of performing artists, have been hit hardest, both artistically and financially, by the fallout from the coronavirus. So this year’s Dance for Life 2020 event will feature a new virtual format.