Progressive Aldermen Renew Push to Create Elected Board to Oversee CPD

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In the wake of the outcry prompted by a grand jury’s decision not to indict three police officers for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor, the City Council’s Progressive Caucus called for the “creation of complete civilian oversight of the police.”

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Records: Mail Delivery Lags Behind Targets as Election Nears

In this May 5, 2020, file photo, absentee ballots to be counted are moved at City Hall in Garden City, Mich. Data obtained by The Associated Press shows Postal Service districts across the nation are missing the agency’s own standards for on-time delivery as millions of Americans prepare to vote by mail. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Data obtained by The Associated Press shows postal districts are missing by wide margins the Postal Service's goals for on-time delivery, raising the possibility that scores of mailed ballots could miss deadlines for reaching local election offices.

City Extends Dates for Several Farmers Markets to Expand Access to Fresh Food

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City-run farmers markets in the Austin, West Humboldt Park and Bronzeville neighborhoods have been extended further into fall in order to expand access to fresh food, officials said.

Spotlight Politics: Chicago Responds to Breonna Taylor Decision

The Rev. Michael Pfleger speaks with a Chicago police officer outside St. Sabina Church during a protest over the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

The Breonna Taylor decision. Chicago’s massive budget shortfall. A Supreme Court battle ahead. Our politics team has the latest on those stories and more in this week’s roundtable.

In Breonna Taylor Case, Limits of Law Overcome Calls for Justice

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (AP Photo / Timothy D. Easley)

“Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief,” Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American elected to the job in Kentucky, told reporters after the grand jury announced its decision on Wednesday.

Police Officers Not Charged For Killing Breonna Taylor

This undated photo provided by Taylor family attorney Sam Aguiar shows Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky. (Courtesy of Taylor Family attorney Sam Aguiar via AP, File)

A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid gone wrong.

Trump Won’t Commit to Peaceful Transfer of Power if He Loses

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump on Wednesday again declined to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.

Study: Vitamin D Deficiency May Raise Risk of Getting COVID-19

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Researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine have found an apparent link between vitamin D deficiency and the likelihood of getting COVID-19. Paleontologist Neil Shubin has details on that story and more.

Durbin Warns of Obamacare’s Fate Ahead of Supreme Court Battle

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg – just weeks before the U.S. presidential election – has thrown national politics into a tailspin. Sen. Dick Durbin is bracing for impact.

Lightfoot Calls for Moment of Silence in Chicago to Honor Breonna Taylor

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a press conference after a Kentucky grand jury released its findings on the police shooting of Breonna Taylor on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot urged Chicagoans to observe a moment of silence at 7 p.m. Wednesday to honor Breonna Taylor, hours after a Kentucky grand jury declined to indict three police officers for their role in her death.

Prosecutors: Horse Ridden by ‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ on Dan Ryan May Not Survive

The “Dreadhead Cowboy” is seen on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. (Courtesy Vashon Jordan Jr. / @vashon_photo)

The horse ridden on the Dan Ryan Expressway during an impromptu protest Monday by a man known as the “Dreadhead Cowboy” would not have survived without immediate treatment and may still be euthanized, according to prosecutors.

Halloween, Holidays May Look Different This Year, But There Are Safe Ways to Celebrate

“We are not canceling Halloween,” said Dr. Allison Arwardy, Chicago’s top doctor.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released guidelines Tuesday to help people understand the potential risks associated with common fall and winter traditions, like trick-or-treating and holiday travel.

Cook County Forest Preserves Has Loads of Fun Planned for National Public Lands Day

Celebrate National Public Lands Day on Sept. 26 by taking part in activities at select Cook County Forest Preserves. (Forest Preserve District of Cook County / Facebook)

Visitors can choose from a slew of free activities at more than a dozen sites Saturday. Among the options, you can take a nature walk, learn the basics of camping, build a toy boat, meet some critters or join a scavenger hunt.

COVID-19 Positivity Rates Declining in Most of State, But Rising in Rockford Area

Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives an update on the coronavirus on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker provided an update on the coronavirus pandemic in Illinois on Wednesday, touting the state’s success with testing for the virus — and noting one particular geographic area that’s at risk of tighter restrictions.

6 Chicagoans Infected with West Nile Virus Mark City’s 1st Cases This Year

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Chicago has reported its first cases of West Nile virus this year. Earlier this month, a DuPage County woman became the first known person in Illinois to contract the virus, which is transmitted through mosquito bites.

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Gale Sayers, Bears Hall of Fame Running Back, Dies at 77

This is a 1970 file photo showing Chicago Bears football player Gale Sayers. (AP Photo / File)

Nicknamed “The Kansas Comet” and considered among the best open-field runners the game has ever seen, Gale Sayers died Wednesday, according to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Pot Entrepreneurs Get Another Shot From the State

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Illinois’ already-delayed marijuana expansion is on pause, but many of the entrepreneurs trying to be part of the industry are hoping that good things will come to those who wait.

House Easily Passes Stopgap Funding Bill, Averting Shutdown

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

In a sweeping bipartisan vote that takes a government shutdown off the table, the House passed a temporary government-wide funding bill Tuesday night, shortly after President Donald Trump prevailed in a behind-the-scenes fight over his farm bailout.

What’s It Like to Be a Black Cop in Chicago in 2020? We Ask 3 CPD Officers

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In the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and other police killings of Black Americans, calls to defund and reform the police have intensified. At the same time, Chicago is grappling with the coronavirus and a drastic increase in shootings.

Senate GOP Lines Up With Trump to Quickly Fill Court Seat

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House, Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, before leaving for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then onto Ohio for rallies. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Votes in hand, Senate Republicans are charging ahead with plans to confirm President Donald Trump’s pick to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s  Supreme Court seat before the Nov. 3 election.

ComEd Announces It Won’t Resume Power Shut-Offs Under Pressure From Lightfoot

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Commonwealth Edison announced Tuesday it will not shut off electricity in homes amid the coronavirus and recession — quickly meeting a key condition set by Mayor Lori Lightfoot if the utility giant is to extend its city contract.

City Clarifies Outdoor Dining Guidelines: Fire Pits Are Not Permitted ‘Heaters’

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The city’s guidelines for 2020’s unprecedented outdoor fall-to-winter dining season allow for several types of heaters, but fire pits aren’t one of them.

As Summer Turns to Fall, Extreme Weather Wracks US

Trees crashed onto cars and into streets during storms in Chicago on Aug. 10, 2020. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

As Chicago gets ready for cooler weather, many parts of the country are being hit by wildfires, hurricanes and the aftermath of last month’s destructive derecho. We learn more with atmospheric scientist Scott Collis.

Illinois Tech’s New Innovation Hub Leader Aims to Make Entrepreneurship Accessible to All

Maryam Saleh speaks with “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (WTTW News)

Maryam Saleh, an entrepreneur and Chicago-based computational neuroscientist, tells us about her new role leading the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Chicago’s Top Lawyer Warns Aldermen to Be Careful When Pushing Diversity Goals

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The city’s top lawyer bluntly warned aldermen to be careful when demanding that firms do more to meet goals set by city officials designed to encourage them to work with firms owned by female, Black and Latino Chicagoans.

Next Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Must Improve Public Access, Accountability, Legal Groups Say

Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown speaks with WTTW News on Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. (WTTW News)

With Dorothy Brown deciding not to run for a fifth term, Cook County will have a new circuit court clerk this fall for the first time in 20 years. And legal advocates have some recommendations for whoever wins that seat in November.

Chicago Set to Order Visitors From Wisconsin to Quarantine, Again

Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Leroy_Skalstad / Pixabay)

Wisconsin’s infection rate is now averaging 31 new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, per day, over seven days. A minimum of 15 cases per 100,000 residents triggers Chicago’s quarantine order.

Preckwinkle Urges Residents to Register, Vote in ‘Most Important Election of Our Lifetimes’

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“If you’re not registered to vote, it’s not too late,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said Tuesday as she urged people to participate in the November election.

Set Your Sights on the ‘Chicagohenge’ Equinox Sunset

Chicago's east-west streets are the best place to view the fall equinox sunset. (Patty Wetli / WTTW)

During the fall equinox, the sun rises due east and sets due west, creating an effect dubbed “Chicagohenge” (in reference to Stonehenge), when the sunset is strikingly framed on east-west streets by the city’s skyscrapers.