Douglas Statue Comes Down, But Lincoln Had Racist Views, Too

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With the nation racing to come to grips with centuries of racial sins, officials plan to remove the Capitol lawn statue of Stephen A. Douglas, whose forceful 19th century politics helped forge modern-day Illinois but who also profited from slavery.

New Book ‘Boarded Up Chicago’ Explores Mural Movement Amid Unrest

A mural in Chicago featured in the new book “Boarded Up Chicago: Storefront Images Days After the George Floyd Riots.” (WTTW News)

A father and son documenting the city’s reaction to the police killing of George Floyd turn their images into a new book.

How a Chicago Native is Helping Kids Put Stock Into Themselves

Rendel Solomon speaks with “Chicago Tonight: Black Voices” via Zoom. (WTTW News)

Rendel Solomon tells us about his nonprofit initiative One Stock One Future, which aims to turn one million youth into public company shareholders via workshops and donated funds. 

COVID-19 in Illinois: 1,402 New Cases, 14 Additional Deaths

People wearing face masks walk in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, where a spate of recent shootings have added to concerns about public safety. (WTTW News)

New cases of the coronavirus reported Sunday by state health officials bring statewide totals to 274,258 cases and 8,450 deaths since the first infection was reported in Illinois in late January.

Trump Backs Proposed Deal to Keep TikTok Operating in US

In this July 21, 2020 file photo, a man opens social media app TikTok on his cell phone, in Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo / Anjum Naveed, File)

President Donald Trump said Saturday he’s given his “blessing” to a proposed deal that would see the popular video-sharing app TikTok partner with Oracle and Walmart and form a U.S. company. 

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Sept. 19, 2020 - Full Show


Efforts to increase affordable housing. The third anniversary of Hurricane Maria that devastated Puerto Rico. Celebrating the contributions of Latinos as Hispanic Heritage Months gets underway. 

Chicago’s Lack of Affordable Housing Hurting Latino Families

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A task force released recommendations this week to help Chicago increase its affordable housing stock. We ask two housing activists to share their thoughts on that guidance.

3 Years After Hurricane Maria, Some Evacuees Still Struggling

The aftermath of Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in September 2017. (WTTW News via CNN)

Since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, the U.S. territory has suffered greatly. Hundreds of Puerto Ricans who made the wrenching decision to move to Chicago after the hurricane have also struggled to recover.

Trump to Senate: Vote ‘Without Delay’ on His High Court Pick

President Donald Trump speaks about the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg after a campaign rally at Bemidji Regional Airport, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Bemidji, Minn. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump on Saturday urged the Republican-run Senate to consider “without delay” his upcoming nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg just six weeks before the election.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Dies at 87

In this Feb. 10, 2020, file photo U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks during a discussion on the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a diminutive yet towering women’s rights champion who became the court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was 87.

The Week in Review: State Budget Cuts Loom

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Big state budget cuts are on the horizon. The Big Ten is back, but youth sports remain on hold. In Springfield, the Madigan inquiry moves forward. And the White Sox are going to the playoffs.

Father Gets 30 Years After Plea in Death of Illinois Boy, 5

Andrew Freund is led into the courtroom for a hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse, Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Woodstock, Ill. Freund, who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. (Matthew Apgar/Northwest Herald via AP, Pool)

A northern Illinois man who was charged with murder for his role in the beating death of his 5-year-old son, Andrew “AJ” Freund, pleaded guilty Friday to reduced charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. 

Black Lives Matter in Children’s Books, Too. That’s Why This Couple Started a Nonprofit

An elementary class in Evanston, Illinois, receives free books from the nonprofit Young, Black & Lit, whose mission is to give away books with Black main characters. (Courtesy of Young, Black & Lit)

Young, Black & Lit provides free books that feature Black main characters to children. The organization has distributed more than 5,000 books in the Chicagoland area through book fairs, community groups and schools.

What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Testing

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Who can get a test? Where can you get one? And how much do tests costs? Here’s what you need to know about coronavirus testing in Illinois.

US Bans WeChat, TikTok From App Stores, Threatens Shutdowns

Icons for the smartphone apps TikTok and WeChat are seen on a smartphone screen in Beijing, in a Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 file photo. (AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein, File)

The U.S. Commerce Department said Friday it will ban Chinese-owned TikTok and WeChat from U.S. app stores on Sunday and will bar the apps from accessing essential internet services in the U.S.

CDC Drops Controversial Testing Advice That Caused Backlash

In this Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 file photo, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield pauses while speaking at a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on a “Review of Coronavirus Response Efforts” on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, Pool)

U.S. health officials on Friday dropped a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and said anyone who has been in close contact with an infected person should get tested.

‘We Cannot Normalize This Behavior,’ Lightfoot Says After Spike in Juvenile Shooting Victims

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a press conference on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (WTTW News via Mayor’s Office)

On the same day a funeral was held for the 8-year-old girl who was shot and killed last week while riding in a vehicle with her family, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city must do more to protect its juveniles during a historic uptick in violence.

Indoor Dining Returns to Will, Kankakee Counties After Drop in Positivity Rate

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Restaurants and bars in Will and Kankakee counties — Region 7 of the state, as outlined in Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois Plan — can once again offer indoor dining and service beginning Friday evening.

Head of Police Oversight Agency Defends Operations After Critical Audit

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The head of COPA said the agency had “never intentionally withheld” information from the public after an audit by the city’s watchdog found it had failed to release video and audio recordings of use-of-force incidents within 60 days.

Want To See a Really Big Bird? Pelicans Are Enjoying a Layover in Chicago on Annual Migration

The wingspan of the American white pelican is second only to the California condor. (Skeeze / Pixabay)

Join a hike Sunday in Will County, where a flock of American white pelicans, one of North America’s largest birds, is hanging out during its annual fall migration.

How a Piece of Plumbing Hardware Threw a Wrench Into Chicago’s Urban Ag Movement

A Reduced Pressure Zone valve, attached to hydrant, is designed to prevent backflow, but it also prevented many gardeners from accessing water this growing season. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Community gardens and urban farms were left scrambling to comply with a new city policy related to hydrant access that left some without water throughout the entire 2020 growing season. 

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Mount Greenwood


How one of Chicago’s Far Southwest Side neighborhoods is coping with the coronavirus.

Celebrating Mexican Independence Day Amid the Pandemic

(Courtesy @theMariague via Twitter)

Mexican Americans didn't let the pandemic stop their celebrations. Was there a better way?

Inside a Family Owned Record Store Open Since the ‘60s


For more than 50 years, a family business in West Garfield Park has persevered in good times and bad. They run a record shop that sells music in many formats – and pretty much anything else that will sell.

Bears vs. Giants Preview: Chicago Looks to Build on Last Week’s 4th Quarter, Start 2-0


After a come-from-way-behind victory against Detroit, the Bears now face the New York Giants in the home opener on Sunday. Former Bears player James “Big Cat” Williams has this preview.

US Judge Blocks Postal Service Changes that Slowed Mail

In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial Postal Service changes that have slowed mail nationwide, calling them “a politically motivated attack on the efficiency of the Postal Service” before the November election.

Ask Geoffrey: Seawall or Railway Tracks?


Geoffrey Baer on a mysterious lakefront structure in this week's Ask Geoffrey. 

Monarchs Are on the Move. Catch One Last Colorful Look Before They Flit Away

Monarch butterflies have started their 2,000-mile migration south to Mexico. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The annual migration of monarch butterflies is currently at its peak in the Chicago area. Several roosting sites have been spotted around town as the creatures use the city as a pit stop on their 2,000-mile journey to Mexico.

Systemic Racism to Blame for 9-Year Life Expectancy Gap Between Black, White Chicagoans: Report

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Mayor Lightfoot called the life expectancy gap between Black and White residents “unacceptable,” as the Chicago Department of Public Health issued a new report that found systemic racism pervades nearly every aspect of civic life.

Here’s How to Cut $55M from the $1.7B Chicago Police Budget: Office of Financial Analysis

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The office designed to help aldermen keep tabs on how the city spends tax dollars detailed a proposal on Thursday that finds savings by cutting “perks” and things that are “nice to have, but need not have.”

Netflix Series Star Jerry Harris Charged With Producing Child Pornography

Harris, of Naperville, was arrested Thursday

Dirksen United States Courthouse (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, known for his role on Netflix’s cheerleading reality show “Cheer,” has been charged in federal court with producing child pornography after he allegedly enticed underage children to send him sexually explicit photos and videos.

Chicago Police Seek Community Feedback on Officer Interactions, Other Issues

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The CPD launched a series of public surveys, with the goal of hearing what Chicagoans have to say about several policing policies and making adjustments based on those responses.