‘Stroll to the Polls’: Black Sororities Lead the Way to Get Out the Vote

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Kamala Harris, a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, makes history by accepting the Democratic nomination for vice president. (WTTW News via CNN)

The Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority has fought for voting rights for more than a century. We talk with AKA member Kimberley Egonmwan about what they’re doing to get the vote out today.

CTU Files Complaint Over School Reopening, Quality of Ventilation System

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(WTTW News)

“We all want to return to our students. We don’t want to die doing our jobs, and we don’t want to be vectors for spreading illness or death to our students and their families,” CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates said.

Senate Votes to Advance Barrett; Confirmation Expected Monday

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Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court, arrives for closed meetings with senators, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

Senate Republicans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to advance Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett toward final confirmation despite Democratic objections, just over a week before the presidential election. 

COVID-19 in Illinois: 4,062 New Cases, 24 Additional Deaths

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(WTTW News)

A day after reporting a record number of new COVID-19 cases over a 24-hour period in Illinois, state health officials said another 4,000-plus residents had become infected with the virus.

Surging Coronavirus Colors White House Race in Closing Days

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President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Robeson County Fairgrounds, Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Lumberton, N.C. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump assured supporters packed shoulder to shoulder at weekend rallies that “we’re rounding the turn” on the coronavirus and mocked challenger Joe Biden for raising alarms about the pandemic.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Oct. 24, 2020 - Full Show

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What you need to know about the so-called fair tax amendment. A win for Southwest Side residents fighting gentrification. Why Dia de los Muertos is a family reunion. And we visit a Peruvian kitchen.

Ballot Referenda Allow Voters to Weigh In on Taxation, Broadband, Assault Weapons

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(WTTW News)

Chicagoans are casting their votes for political candidates and making their voices heard on political ideas. A group of journalists walks us through the referenda on the ballot.

Sabor Latino: Tanta Restaurant in River North

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Chef Jesus Delgado speaks with “Latino Voices” host Hugo Balta. (WTTW News)

Chef Jesus Delgado talks about making Peruvian plates for Chicago palates.

Washington State Discovers First ‘Murder Hornet’ Nest in US

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In photo provided by the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, an Asian Giant Hornet wearing a tracking device is shown Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 near Blaine, Wash. (Karla Salp / Washington Dept. of Agriculture via AP)

Scientists in Washington state have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials said.

Chief: Illinois Officer Who Shot Black Couple in Car Fired

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Tafara Williams’s mother Clifftina Johnson speaks during a protest rally Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 for Marcellis Stinnette, who was killed by Waukegan Police on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020 in Waukegan, Ill. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

A suburban Chicago police officer who shot a Black couple inside a vehicle — killing a 19-year-old man and wounding his girlfriend — has been fired, the police chief announced late Friday.

Senate GOP Marches Ahead on Barrett Over Democrats’ Blockade

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives for a closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

The Senate is poised for a rare weekend session as Republicans race to put Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court  and cement a conservative majority before Election Day.

The Week in Review: COVID-19 Restrictions Return to Chicago

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(WTTW News)

COVID-19 rollbacks hit Chicago and the collar counties. Tax hikes, borrowing and layoffs are in Mayor Lightfoot’s budget. A state supreme court race gets political. A recap of the final presidential debate.

Battleground Postal Delays Persist with Mail Voting Underway

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In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, a forklift operator loads absentee ballots for mailing at the Wake County Board of Elections as preparations for the upcoming election are ongoing in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo / Gerry Broome, File)

U.S. Postal Service records show delivery delays have persisted across the country as millions of Americans are voting by mail, raising the possibility of ballots being rejected because they arrive too late. 

Half of Illinois’ Counties Now at Warning Level for COVID-19

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Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike speaks Friday, Oct. 23, 2020 during Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 press briefing. (WTTW News)

“The way we work, the way we live, the way we play have all changed,” Dr. Ngozi Ezike, the state’s top doctor, said Friday. “The harsh reality is that the sacrifices we’ve made and that we continue to make do not have a future expiration date.”

Trump, Biden Fight Over the Raging Virus, Climate and Race

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President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden participate in the final presidential debate at Belmont University, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, in Nashville, Tenn. (Jim Bourg/Pool via AP)

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden fought over how to tame the coronavirus during the campaign's closing debate, largely shelving the rancor that overshadowed their previous face-off.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Ashburn

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(WTTW News)

Located 14 miles from the Loop, the middle-class Ashburn community has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest this summer.

Face to Face: Trump, Biden to Meet For Final Debate

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President Donald Trump, left, at a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Oct. 20, 2020; and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Michigan on Oct. 16, 2020. (AP Photos by Gene J. Puskar, Carolyn Kaster)

President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden are set to square off in their final debate Thursday, one of the last high-profile opportunities for the trailing incumbent to change the trajectory of an increasingly contentious campaign.

Bears Start Season with Best Record Since 2012

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Debating the merits of the Bears 5-1 record is all the rage, but we should know if it’s for real over the next several weeks, as they face some tough teams.

GOP-Led Senate Panel Advances Barrett as Democrats Boycott

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds / Pool via AP)

Democratic senators refused to show up in protest of the GOP’s rush to install Trump’s nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. 

Relative: Black Couple Didn’t Provoke Shooting by Police

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Rayon Edwards speaks on a megaphone as he marches with protesters during a protest rally for Marcellis Stinnette who was killed by Waukegan Police Tuesday in Waukegan, Ill., Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The mother of a Black woman who was injured in a police shooting in suburban Chicago that left a Black man dead said the couple did nothing to provoke the officer.

Flossmoor Trustee Resigns So He Can Keep Lobbying Chicago City Hall

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(Manne1409 / Pixabay)

Mayor Paul Braun said he and the Flossmoor Village Board were “extremely disappointed” that Gyata Kimmons resigned his seat.

Can We Eat Our Way Out of the Looming Asian Carp Eco-Disaster? It’s Worth a Try

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A bighead carp, a type of Asian carp, caught in the Illinois River, the principal tributary of the Mississippi River. There are no North American fish large enough to eat Asian carp, according to the Asian Carp Regional Coordinating Committee. (Photo courtesy U.S. Geological Survey)

Efforts to increase demand for Asian carp as a food are aimed at buying time for development of a long-term solution to the threat posed by the invasive fish.

‘It Is Very Serious Right Now’: Pritzker Warns Upcoming COVID-19 Peak Could Be Worse Than Spring

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(WTTW News)

Speaking on a day when Illinois reported nearly 5,000 new COVID-19 cases, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said the state will act to punish businesses and establishments that fail to abide by mandated coronavirus mitigation requirements.

Chicago to Return to ‘Scoop-And-Toss’ Borrowing, Chief Financial Officer Acknowledges

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(Jürgen Polle / Pixabay)

“There are points in time when scoop and toss is appropriate” and that is now the case since Chicago is facing a $1.2 billion budget gap, Chief Financial Officer Jennie Huang Bennett said.

North Lake Shore Drive’s in Line for an Overhaul, and Planners Want Your Input

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(Courtesy Redefine the Drive)

Lake Shore Drive is iconic, but with that status comes aging infrastructure. Transportation officials have come up with potential ways to overhaul the Drive and they’re looking for feedback.

Lightfoot Orders Bars to Stop Indoor Service, Businesses to Close at 10 p.m. Amid Coronavirus Increase

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces new restrictions Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 to curb the spread of the coronavirus. (WTTW News)

“We are taking these measures to avoid potential catastrophic impacts later,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Thursday announcing new restrictions in the wake of an increase coronavirus cases.

CPS Expanding Voting Options For Upcoming Local School Council Elections

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(WTTW News)

With local school council elections coming next month, Chicago Public Schools has announced it will let families choose between voting in person at their school, submitting their ballot by mail or dropping off their mail-in ballot at their school.

Open House Chicago Extends Its Run By a Week, Adds Virtual Programming

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The Forum in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood. (Zachary Whittenburg / Chicago Architecture Center)

Open House Chicago will now run through Nov. 1, with additional online programming to be made available during the seven-day extension.

October 22, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Oct. 22, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

CTA To Roll Out PPE Vending Machines at Six Rail Stations

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PPE vending machines, like this one installed at a New York subway station, are coming to six CTA stations. (Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Facebook)

Disposable face masks, hand sanitizer, sanitizing wipes and disposable gloves will be available for purchase later this year at vending machines at CTA stations on the Red, Orange, Blue and Green lines.

Pritzker, Lightfoot Split on Approach to Bars, Restaurants During COVID-19 Surge

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(Photo by Lightscape / Unsplash)

As officials scramble to cope with a significant increase in the number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus, Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot are at odds over the role that bars and restaurants are playing in fueling the spread.

Illinois Towns Ask Pritzker: Where’s Our Money?

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Towns and cities can’t access COVID-19 relief funding allocated to them by the federal government because the state is holding onto it instead, the Illinois Municipal League said Wednesday as it called on Pritzker’s administration to release the money.