Trump Seems Ready, Willing to Bypass Lawmakers on Virus Aid

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, right, walk to speak to reporters after meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. and Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y. as they continue to negotiate a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The White House signaled Saturday that the president was soon expected to sign four executive orders, contending Washington's gridlock had compelled him to act as the pandemic undermined the country's economy and the November election nears.

Biden Risks Alienating Young Black Voters After Race Remarks

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In this July 28, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a campaign event at the William "Hicks" Anderson Community Center in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Joe Biden’s gaffes concerning Black Americans risk exacerbating his challenges with young Black voters who have been more skeptical of him than their older counterparts. 

Entire Cubs-Cards Series Postponed After More Positive Tests

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In this July 24, 2020, file photo, members of the St. Louis Cardinals wait to be introduced before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

The entire three-game series between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis at Busch Stadium was postponed Friday night after two more Cardinals players and a staff member tested positive for the coronavirus.

The Week in Review: Rising COVID-19 Cases Prompt New Rules from Pritzker

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Mayor Lightfoot tests negative for COVID-19 after appearing with an alderman who later tested positive. Gov. J.B. Pritzker takes aim at businesses flouting public health guidance with new rules designed to enforce capacity limits and the state’s mask mandate.

Crestwood Mayor Lou Presta Indicted in Red-Light Camera Bribery Scheme

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(WTTW News)

The mayor of south suburban Crestwood is facing federal bribery charges, according to an indictment made public Friday. He’s also charged with filing false income tax returns, and lying about it to the IRS.

Kanye West Short 1,300 Signatures: Illinois Elections Officials

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This Nov. 17, 2019, file photo shows Kanye West on stage during a service at Lakewood Church in Houston. (AP Photo / Michael Wyke, File)

Superstar Kanye West fell short of qualifying for the Illinois ballot as an independent presidential candidate by 1,300 signatures, according to the official review on Friday of the nominating petitions submitted by the Illinois native.

Chicago Police Name First Americans with Disabilities Act Compliance Officer

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(WTTW News)

The CPD has named Deborah Pascua as its ADA compliance officer. In that role she’ll be tasked with ensuring “meaningful access to CPD programs, services and activities” for individuals with disabilities.

State Kicks in $2M to Transform South Side Brownfield Into Hub for Green Innovation

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A $2 million investment from the state pushed funding for an urban farming campus over the top, paving the way for Friday’s groundbreaking. (Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity / Twitter)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced $2 million in state funds for the Green Era Urban Farming Campus, pushing financing for the project over the top and paving the way for Friday’s groundbreaking in Auburn Gresham.  

US Reports Show Racial Disparities in Kids with COVID-19

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In this July 23, 2020 file photo, health care workers prepare a COVID-19 test sample before a person self-administered a test at the COVID-19 drive-thru testing center at Miami-Dade County Auditorium in Miami. (David Santiago / Miami Herald via AP)

Racial disparities in the U.S. coronavirus epidemic extend to children, according to two sobering government reports released Friday. 

Cardinals’ Game Against Cubs Postponed After Positive Test

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In this July 24, 2020, file photo, members of the St. Louis Cardinals wait to be introduced before the start of a baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Louis. (AP Photo / Jeff Roberson, File)

The Cardinals have been off since last Friday, when two players returned positive coronavirus tests. Eight players in total have tested positive, including star catcher Yadier Molina. 

This Virtual Walking Tour of Printers Row Has a Twist: An Old School Printing Demo

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Printers Row history will spring to life during virtual walking tours featuring a live printing demo. (Payton Chung / Flickr)

Brick of Chicago’s virtual tours of Printers Row, set for Saturday and Sunday, will bring the history of printing to life with a demonstration from Starshaped Press.

Pritzker Targets Businesses Flouting COVID-19 Regulations With New Rules

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(Shelby L. Bell / Flickr)

“This is a make or break moment for the state of Illinois, for making sure people are doing everything they can to mitigate, to reduce the spread,” the governor said. “This is a moment for us to enforce the masking requirement across the state.”

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: West Ridge

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(WTTW News)

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.

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

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

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

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A pair of ambitious projects are coming to Auburn Gresham, thanks to a $10 million grant from the Chicago Prize. (Pritzker Traubert Foundation / YouTube)

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.

US Rescinds Global ‘Do Not Travel’ Coronavirus Warning

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Travelers make their ways to the south security checkpoint in the main terminal of Denver International Airport Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski, File)

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. 

‘Ducks on the Mag Mile’ Celebrates Special Olympics Illinois

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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.  

Coronavirus Pandemic Not Slowing Pedestrian Deaths in Chicago

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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

Ask Geoffrey: Chicago’s Coach Houses

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

City Colleges Staffers Threaten Strike Over In-Person Learning Plan

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Malcolm X College (Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

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.

August 6, 2020 - Full Show

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

1.2 Million Seek Jobless Aid After $600 Federal Check Ends

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In this Feb. 5, 2019, file photo, Alaska Airlines planes are parked at a gate area at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle. Alaska Airlines said over 300 employees among the company's workforce in Anchorage may lose their jobs on Oct. 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

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.

Meet the Chicago Woman Who Spent 800 Hours Swimming With Sharks, Without Leaving Home

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The Global FinPrint project is the first-ever worldwide survey of reef sharks. (Global FinPrint / Facebook)

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. 

Clean Energy Advocates Hope to Capitalize on ComEd Backlash

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(WTTW News)

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.

Spotlight Politics: Chicago Public Schools Goes Remote

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(WTTW News)

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.

US Rep. Rodney Davis Tests Positive For COVID-19

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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on July 21, 2020. (WTTW News)

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.

Chicago’s Manual Cinema Animates Spooky Trailer for ‘Candyman’

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A still image from Manual Cinema’s trailer for “Candyman.” (WTTW News via Manual Cinema)

A trailer for the film uses only handmade animation – not scenes from the movie – to set up the story of a supernatural killer in a Chicago housing project and his horrifying backstory. We meet the artists behind the work.

State Rep. Calls for Pause on Teaching History in Illinois Schools

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(WTTW News)

Is it time to abolish, or radically alter the way history is taught in Illinois schools? A debate over how the subject is taught.

Preckwinkle: 2020 on Pace to be Worst Year for Suicides in Black Community in a Decade

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks about the rise in deaths by suicide in the Black community at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (Toni Preckwinkle / Facebook)

More African Americans in Cook County have died by suicide this year than during all of 2019, with a notable increase among young people, according to county officials. “This is horrifying,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.

Advocates Host Virtual Vigil to Honor Slain Homeless Man, Demand Housing Resources

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A virtual candlelight vigil is held Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 for Aaron Curry, who was killed in July while living in Grant Park. Advocates for homeless individuals are calling on the city to dedicate additional resources to housing. (WTTW News screenshot via Zoom)

Advocates hosted a virtual candlelight vigil Wednesday morning to honor Aaron Curry, who was killed last month while living in Grant Park, and to call on the city of Chicago to dedicate an additional $100 million annually to housing resources. 

City Officials Begin Using State’s Method to Calculate Key Metric Used to Track Coronavirus

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(WTTW News)

Chicago officials have begun using the state’s method to calculate the single most important benchmark for tracking the spread of the coronavirus — positivity rates — as confirmed cases of the virus continue to rise statewide.

Pritzker: Without Local Action to Stop COVID-19 Spread, More Restrictions Could Come

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives an update Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 about the coronavirus and implores local officials to take action to stop the virus from spreading in their communities. (WTTW News)

With coronavirus cases rising, Gov. J.B. Pritzker implored local officials to take action to stop the spread of the virus and warned if they don’t, more stringent regulations could be on the way, including another stay-at-home order. 

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