Artist Builds Effigy Mounds to Honor Indigenous People in Cook County

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Artist Santiago X discusses his work Serpent Mound, a group of effigy mounds in Schiller Woods reminiscent of the earthwork built by Indigenous people, on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Indigenous artist Santiago X showcased Serpent Mound, a group of effigy mounds in a Cook County forest preserve, as part of the county’s Racial Equity Week on Tuesday.

September 15, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Sept. 15, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

From ‘Nosh Pods’ to ‘Dibs Dining,’ City Receives 600+ Mostly Serious Ideas for Winter Outdoor Dining

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Chicago's winter dining design challenges drew more than 600 submissions. (Courtesy of Edward Peck Design)

The city asked for creative winter outdoor dining ideas, and Chicagoans delivered, offering 643 submissions ranging from the practical to the ridiculous. 

Officials Are Failing to Release Video, Documents Swiftly After Police Use Force: Watchdog

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(WTTW News)

The agency charged with investigating allegations of police misconduct has failed to promptly release video and audio recordings of use-of-force incidents, as required by city law, according to a new audit by Chicago’s watchdog.

As MLB Plays On, The Businesses It Feeds Fight for Survival

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Patrons at the Big Star Wrigleyville restaurant Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, are seated in a social distant manner on West Patterson Ave., across from Wrigley Field during a baseball game between the Cubs and St Louis Cardinals in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

As MLB sprints through two months, the businesses in the neighborhoods surrounding the stadiums that rely so heavily on thousands making their way through the turnstiles 81 times a year are struggling, their futures murky at best.

Chicago is Making ‘Definite Progress’ in Coronavirus Fight as Utah Joins Quarantine Order

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Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, provides an update on the city’s quarantine order on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (WTTW News)

The Midwest is now the center of the coronavirus pandemic, Dr. Allison Arwady said Tuesday, but Chicago has begun making “definite progress” against a surge of infections among young adults and Latinos.

Petalo, Not Charmin: Virus Brings Mexican Toilet Paper to US

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This Sept. 4, 2020, photo, shows Regio, a Mexican toilet paper brand, on the shelf at a CVS in New York. (AP Photo / Joseph Pisani)

Demand for toilet paper has been so high during the pandemic that in order to keep their shelves stocked, retailers are buying up foreign toilet paper brands, mostly from Mexico.

Pritzker: ‘We’ve Reached a Critical Juncture For Our Own State Finances’

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker talks about the need for the federal government to provide relief to state and local governments impacted by the coronavirus pandemic on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020. (WTTW News)

Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Tuesday warned of looming cuts to state government, including potential layoffs, without help from the federal government.

Thousands of UIC Hospital Workers Walk Off the Job

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UIC hospital workers strike on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

They’ve been on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. Now they’re on the picket lines. Why University of Illinois and UIC health care workers, including about 800 nurses, are on strike.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Racial Equity Week

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

Cook County’s second annual Racial Equity Week began Monday. This year’s theme: acknowledging past harm, its impact today and a vision for the future. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle tells us more.

Globetrotting Hikers Learn to Love Chicago Nature During the Pandemic

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Alison Newberry and Matt Sparapani in Mount Kinabalu, Borneo. (Courtesy of Alison Newberry and Matt Sparapani)

Matt Sparapani and Alison Newberry weren’t planning to be in Chicago this summer. But like many of us, they had to rethink their plans. What the local teachers have learned about the natural areas of Chicago.

A Big Day for Chicago Sports Fans Who May Have Needed It

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(WTTW News)

Amid uncertainty in Chicago and across the nation, a ray of hope: Chicago’s baseball teams are in first place, and the city’s beloved Bears pulled off a miracle comeback. Can professional sports actually be a tonic for tough times?

Chicago’s Sustainability Officer on Legacy Pollution and Neighborhood Priorities

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Chicago’s Southeast Side. (WTTW News)

We speak with Angela Tovar, the city’s recently named sustainability officer, about a new air quality ordinance and improving Chicago’s environment.

Social Media Misinformation a Major Challenge for Election Authorities, Voters

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(WTTW News)

In an age when false information can be disseminated to millions with a single tweet or Facebook post, combatting that misinformation is all the more important. What election officials are doing to dispel misleading myths.

Lightfoot Calls on Investigators to Finish Probe Into Officers Who Lounged, Napped in US Rep. Rush’s Office as Looting Swept South Side

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A screenshot from a video shown to the media on Thursday, June 11, 2020 shows a Chicago police officer lying down inside the office of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush. (WTTW News via City of Chicago)

It is past time for investigators to complete their probe into the conduct of 13 officers who lounged, slept and snacked in the burglarized office of U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush as unrest swept the city in June, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Monday.

Crain’s Headlines: Amazon Begins Hiring Binge in Chicago

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(WTTW News)

The e-commerce giant is opening more distribution centers in Chicago — and plans to hire thousands. Crain’s Chicago Business Editor Ann Dwyer joins us with the stories behind the headlines.

September 14, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Sept. 14, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Durbin Raises COVID-19 Testing Concerns, Shortfalls in Letter to HHS

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(WTTW News)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is raising concerns about coronavirus testing at the nation’s schools, colleges and universities in the wake of incidents in which he says the federal government “commandeered” supplies.

Salvation Army Kicks Off Red Kettle Fundraiser in September to Rescue Christmas

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(The Salvation Army Chicago Metropolitan Division / Facebook)

The unmistakable sound of the Salvation Army’s bell-ringers could be heard Monday morning along Michigan Avenue as the organization announced an unprecedented September kickoff to its annual Red Kettle fundraiser.

Anti-Inflammatory Drug May Shorten COVID-19 Recovery Time

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The Eli Lilly corporate headquarters is pictured April 26, 2017, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / Darron Cummings, File)

A drug company says that adding an anti-inflammatory medicine to a drug already widely used for hospitalized COVID-19 patients shortens their time to recovery by an additional day.

Effort To Track COVID-19 Infections With New Workforce Behind Schedule

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(Andrés Rodríguez / Pixabay)

A push to build a first-of-its-kind workforce to conduct community-level contact tracing is months behind schedule, even as health officials brace for a surge in infections at the start of the traditional flu season.

‘It’s Beyond Frustrating,’ Top Cop Says After Man Out on Bail for Gun Offense Charged in Fatal Shooting

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(WTTW News)

Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown again criticized a perceived lack of consequences for gun offenders after a weekend in which 53 people were shot in the city, 10 fatally.

West Coast Wildfire Smoke Reaches Chicago, Creating Hazy Sky

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Hazy skies over Chicago are due to smoke from West Coast wildfires. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Smoke from the West Coast wildfires has drifted into northern Illinois, creating milky white or gray skies over what should be a sunny Chicago, according to the National Weather Service.

Chicago Must Build More Affordable Housing That Black, Latino Chicagoans Can Actually Afford: Task Force

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(WTTW News)

The city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance created just 1,049 homes in 13 years by requiring some developers to set aside units for low- and moderate-income Chicagoans, but that has barely dented the city’s affordable housing gap, according to a new report.

2 California Deputies Shot in Apparent Ambush in Patrol Car

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A screen grab from a security camera video released the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department shows a gunman walking up to sheriff’s deputies and opening fire without warning or provocation in Compton, Calif., on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020. (Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department via AP)

Authorities searched Sunday for a gunman who shot and critically wounded two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were sitting in their squad car — an apparent ambush that drew a reward for information and an angry response from the president.

Parades Give Way to Caravans, Virtual Celebrations for Mexican Independence Day Amid COVID-19

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The Mexican Independence Day Parade in South Chicago. (Courtesy of the Mexican Patriotic Club)

Mexican Independence Day celebrations are a community staple across many communities in Chicago and beyond. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, those celebrations are looking very different this year.

Black Voices: The Debut Episode

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Chicago Public Schools students talk about their first week of virtual classes. We explore the history of police in schools, and the local connections of the NFL’s first Black team president.

Black Voices: First Week in 2020 School Year Tests CPS

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How did the first week of virtual school go at Chicago Public Schools? We speak with a panel of CPS students about their experiences.

Black Voices: Northwestern, Booth Alum Named NFL Team President

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From the football field to the front office: We speak with Jason Wright, the NFL’s first Black team president.

COVID-19 in Illinois: 1,462 New Cases, 14 Additional Deaths

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Pedestrians in Chicago’s Boystown neighborhood on a September day. (WTTW News)

More than 1,400 new cases of the coronavirus and 14 deaths were reported Sunday by state health officials, bringing statewide totals to 261,371 cases and 8,309 deaths since the first infection was reported in Illinois in late January.

He Was Wrongfully Imprisoned for 8 Years. Now He’s a Defense Lawyer

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(ErikaWittlieb / Pixabay)

Jarrett Adams is a criminal defense lawyer who has dedicated his career to bringing justice to those who are underserved. But his first experience with the law came with trying to prove his own innocence.

$50,000 Reward Offered After USPS Employee Is Critically Injured in Shooting

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A file photo of a Chicago crime scene. (WTTW News)

A 24-year-old letter carrier was “shot multiple times while working” Thursday on the South Side around noon, the Chicago Police Department said in an incident release.

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