Learning in Limbo: Summer Bridge Programs Go Online

(Nenad Stojkovic / Flickr)

Summer education enrichment programs have taken to Zoom. Are they working?

Chicago Man Accused of Killing 1, Wounding 2 Who Tried to Stop Looting

Andrew Sneed (Chicago Police Department)

“These victims, I’m just going to classify them as good community members who were trying to do the right thing,” Chicago police Chief of Detectives Brendan Deenihan said of the three men who were shot on May 31.

How ‘Rita’s Quilt’ Is Connecting Women Around the World


While at an estate sale last September, Chicago artist Shannon Downey found an unfinished quilt and knew she had to complete it, but would need help. 

A Virtual Visit to the Chicago Architecture Center

The headquarters of the Chicago Architecture Center are currently closed, but the CAC is offering a variety of online programs. (WTTW News)

The home of the Chicago Architecture Center is both a gallery and a hub for dozens of tours. The space recently reopened to visitors – how you can explore Chicago architecture – and get a tour – from home. 

CDC Head Sticking to School-Opening Guides Trump Criticized

Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield, speaks during a White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing at the Department of Education building Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Federal health officials won’t revise their coronavirus guidelines for reopening schools despite criticism from President Donald Trump, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday. 

Chicago Man Charged in Fatal Pitchfork Stabbing of Elderly Grandmother

Dujuan Randle (Chicago Police Department)

Dujuan Randle, 41, was held without bond Thursday on charges of first-degree murder and attempted first-degree murder, two days after allegedly carrying out the fatal attack in broad daylight in front of neighbors.

EPA: Hegewisch Little League Field Contaminated with Lead, Arsenic

Lead and arsenic were discovered in the soil beneath the Hegewisch Little League field. (Google Streetview photo)

The EPA began cleaning up the site this week, stating the hazardous substances found in the soil posed an “imminent and substantial endangerment” to “public health, welfare, and the environment.”

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Walgreens Lost $1.7B in 3Q as Global Pandemic Tightened Grip

In this March 26, 2020 file photo, a woman leaves a Walgreens pharmacy that is enforcing social distancing rules by allowing only a certain numbers of people in as customers line up on the sidewalk outside the store in New York. The coronavirus pandemic pushed the drugstore chain to a $1.7-billion loss in its fiscal third quarter, as customers stayed home to avoid the virus or consolidated their shopping to grocery stores. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

The Deerfield, Illinois-based drugstore chain said Thursday that the rapidly spreading coronavirus took a bite of between $700 million and $750 million from sales, with much of the damage coming from outside the United States.

Kim Foxx’s Office Creates Online Process to Report Police Misconduct Allegations

(WTTW News)

The Police Criminal Misconduct Complaint form, launched Tuesday, will allow residents to submit claims of criminal misconduct against law enforcement officers and upload photo and video evidence of any alleged incident.

Video Gaming Kingpin ‘Not a Target’ of Federal Probe

(WTTW News)

A partial release of Illinois companies that received loans from the Paycheck Protection Program has turned up some big names, including some who are politically connected — and some connected to ethics scandals.

‘Their Songs Will be Sung Again’: Exhibits on Native Americans Wait to Reopen

“Sacred Under the Cliff of Yellowstone” (Credit: Ben Pease / The Field Museum)

On March, a day after the mayor canceled St. Patrick’s Day parades, another parade celebrated the opening of twin exhibitions on Native American people. The shows opened ... and then closed one day later.

Racism in Health Care: Providers Address a Public Health Crisis

(Photo by Artur Tumasjan on Unsplash)

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Black and Brown communities has made recent headlines, but racial disparities within health care have been studied and reported on for years.

‘Master Bedroom’? ‘Boystown’? Changing Terms Critics Call Outdated

The Lakeview neighborhood known as Boystown. (WTTW News)

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police, many Americans have been rethinking everyday language — and how it may contribute to systemic racism.

Trump to America’s Schools: Reopen or You May Lose Federal Funds

President Donald Trump listens as Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during an event in the Rose Garden at the White House, Wednesday, July 8, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Determined to reopen America’s schools despite coronavirus worries, President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to hold back federal money if school districts don’t bring their students back in the fall.

Mobile COVID-19 Testing Teams to be Deployed to Hard-Hit Communities

New statewide COVID-19 totals: 149,432 cases, 7,099 deaths

(WTTW News)

A dozen new mobile testing teams will offer drive-thru and walk-up services across the state, free of charge.

Mural With a Message Promotes Mental Health Awareness, Optimism

A mural by Myron Laban on Chicago’s West Side. (WTTW News)

“You deserve to be happy.” That’s the message artist Myron Laban believes people really need to hear in the midst of today’s uncertainties. We check out one of his latest murals on Chicago’s West Side.

Flower Power: Farm-to-Vase Movement Takes Root on Chicago’s South and West Sides

Eco House’s Englewood farm site. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Eco House is planting the seeds for a homegrown flower industry on vacant lots in Englewood, Woodlawn and West Garfield Park. We learn about the mission behind this slow flowers movement.

Northside College Prep LSC Votes to Pull School Resource Officers

Northside College Prep (Facebook)

A Chicago public high school on the Northwest Side has voted to remove its school resource officers amid a nationwide push to rethink police in schools following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

New Rules: Foreign Pupils Must Leave US if Classes Go Online

In this Aug. 13, 2019 file photo, students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa, File)

International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines issued Monday by federal immigration authorities.

July 8, 2020 - Full Show


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United Sending Layoff Notices to Nearly Half of US Employees

In this March 25, 2020 file photo, United Airlines planes are parked at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip, File)

United Airlines is warning 36,000 employees — nearly half its U.S. staff — they could be furloughed in October, the clearest signal yet of how deeply the virus pandemic is hurting the airline industry.

AP Exclusive: ‘Strike for Black Lives’ to Highlight Racism

In this June 19, 2020, file photo, people demonstrate in Chicago, to mark Juneteenth. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

A national coalition of labor unions, along with racial and social justice organizations, will stage a mass walkout from work this month, as part of an ongoing reckoning on systemic racism and police brutality in the U.S.

Wanna Beat the Heat? Some Splash Pads Are Open, But Check Before You Go

The Park District has opened some of its splash pads during the heatwave. (Chicago Park District)

The Chicago Park District has turned the water on at some, but not all, of its splash pads.

Gov. Pritzker: ‘We Need a National Masking Mandate’

Gov. J.B. Pritzker testifies Wednesday before the U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security. (Courtesy U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security)

Testifying before a U.S. House committee on Wednesday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker outlined steps the federal government can take to respond to the worsening coronavirus pandemic, including a mandate on wearing face masks.

City Allows General Iron to Partially Reopen After Explosions That Rattled North Side

General Iron’s metal-shredding operation in Lincoln Park. (WTTW News)

Five weeks after two explosions rattled General Iron, city officials allowed the North Side metal recycler to partially reopen June 24 — but its shredding facility remains shut down as investigations continue into the May 18 blasts.

Small Business Aid Went Beyond Hard-Hit Companies, Data Show

In this June 30, 2020 file photo, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin testifies during a House Financial Services Committee hearing on the coronavirus response on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Tasos Katopodis / Pool via AP, File)

A federal program designed to soften job losses from the coronavirus also benefited wealthy, well-connected companies and some celebrity owned firms. Which companies benefited in Illinois?

Activity in Services Sector Shows Record Rebound in June

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Activity in the U.S. services sector rebounded strongly last month, but those gains are now being threatened by the resurgence of coronavirus cases in many parts of the country. Local economists weigh in.

Coalition Calls on Governor to Move Nursing Home Residents to Hotels

(Photo by Stefano Ferrario / Pixabay)

Advocacy groups are calling on Gov. J.B. Pritzker to move residents from nursing homes and other congregate care settings into community settings, like hotels, to allow for proper social distancing and to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Chicago Writer, Shooting Victim: Treat Crime Scenes Like Trauma Scenes

Charles Woodhouse Jr. appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

As the city mourns victims of gun violence, we talk with Charles Woodhouse Jr., a survivor calling for healing.

How a Community Group is Using Art to Help Children Heal


A community art center is making sure kids have an outlet to express themselves as the pandemic not only limits their activities, but also their resources. We visit the nonprofit SkyArt.

Former Neo-Nazi Christian Picciolini on Combating the Rise of Extremism

Christian Picciolini appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, July 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

Since 2017, the number of white nationalist hate groups has increased by 55%, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. What’s behind the resurgence? We ask a former skinhead.