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

|
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

|

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

|

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

|

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

|
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

|
(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

|
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.

Latino Voices: The Debut Episode

|

A new school year begins. Is CPS making the grade? Presidential candidates vie for Latino votes. A photography exhibit in the Loop is closing soon — we visit “Temporal: Puerto Rican Resistance.” Watch the full show.

Latino Voices: Is CPS Making the Grade With Remote Learning?

|
(WTTW News)

After a long holiday weekend, Chicago Public Schools students logged in Tuesday for their first week of remote learning to open the 2020 school year amid the pandemic. The pluses and minuses of week one.

Latino Voices: Perspectives on the 2020 Election

|

A record 32 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in 2020, making Latinos the largest ethnic or racial group this election. Have the candidates done all they can to garner support from Latino voters? 

UIC Nurses Launch 7-Day Strike, SEIU Workers to Join Forces Monday

|
Nurses strike outside the University of Illinois Hospital on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2020, the first day of a planned seven-day strike. (Alma Campos / WTTW News)

Hundreds of nurses at the University of Illinois Hospital took to the picket line Saturday for a weeklong strike amid contract negotiations between their union, the Illinois Nurses Association, and the hospital system.

Trump’s Virus Debate: Project Strength Or Level With Public

|
In this Sept. 11, 2020, file photo President Donald Trump clasps his hands as he speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik, File)

In times of crisis, effective leaders strike a balance between inspirational rhetoric and leveling with the public about the tough times ahead. Facing the coronavirus, President Donald Trump chose a different path.

The Week in Review: Probe Into Madigan’s Conduct Begins

|
Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (WTTW News)

Illinois Republicans probe Michael Madigan. U.S. Attorney General Barr touts a drop in Chicago crime. Recordings reveal President Trump knew about COVID-19 dangers while publicly saying the opposite.

Eric Trump to Mayor Lightfoot: ‘We Truly Appreciate You’ Amid Unrest: Texts

|
(Quinn Kampschroer / Pixabay)

Eric Trump, the president’s son, twice texted Mayor Lori Lightfoot to thank her for taking steps to protect Trump Tower in downtown Chicago after violent protests.

2 Ex-Child Welfare Workers Face Charges in AJ Freund Case

|
This undated photo provided by the Crystal Lake, Illinois Police Department shows Andrew “AJ” Freund. (Crystal Lake Police Department via AP)

Two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving AJ Freund face child endangerment charges accusing them of failing to protect him from harm, according to an indictment filed Friday.

Fauci Says Normal Life May Not be Back Until the End of 2021

|
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool / Getty Images)

“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday.

2,145 New COVID-19 Cases in Illinois, 32 Additional Deaths

|
(WTTW News)

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases remained steady in the two regions of the state where officials have increased restrictions after a surge in infections. The statewide positivity rate is 3.9%, officials said Friday.

Proposed 21st Century Civilian Conservation Corps Could Benefit Chicago’s Economy, Environment

|
The original Civilian Conservation Corps planted billions of trees. A renewed CCC could do the same. (Openlands / Facebook)

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin is proposing the creation of a modern-day Civilian Conservation Corps as a way to put Americans to work while also directing resources toward the nation’s long neglected conservation projects.

CPS: ‘Overwhelming Majority’ of Students Attend First Day of Remote Classes, But Rate Down Over Past Years

|
(ArtisticOperations / Pixabay)

Chicago Public Schools said 84.2% of its students attended remote learning classes Tuesday, the first day of the new year. That figure is down about 10% over each of the past four school years.

$10K Reward for Information About Labor Day Killing of 8-Year-Old Dajore Wilson

|
(WTTW News)

“We need help,” CPD Area One Commander Jarrod Smith said Friday. “So whatever you can do … if you have information, give us a call. There’s no such thing as too much information in a criminal investigation.”

Poll: Pandemic Takes Toll on Mental Health of Young Adults

|
In this June 1, 2020 file photo, a woman looks through a window at a near-empty terminal at an airport in Atlanta. The coronavirus pandemic has taken a harsh toll on the mental health of young Americans, according to a new poll. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

A majority of Americans ages 18 through 34 say they've sometimes felt isolated in the past month, compared with about 4 in 10 older Americans, according to a new COVID Response Tracking Study conducted at the University of Chicago.

In A Year of Restrictions, Virus Changes Sept. 11, Too

|
In this Sept. 11, 2017, file photo, the Tribute in Light illuminates in the sky above the Lower Manhattan area of New York, as seen from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, N.J. (AP Photo / Jason DeCrow, File)

In a year when the coronavirus pandemic has reshaped countless American rituals, even the commemoration of 9/11 could not escape unchanged.

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Maywood

|
(WTTW News)

The west suburban community is full of history, with monuments to WWI and WWII veterans, and home to a legendary musician. It has struggled with higher rates of poverty and lack of access to health care, making it particularly susceptible to COVID-19.

US EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Regulations that Protect Lake Michigan Water

|
Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (WTTW News)

Will new EPA regulations allow a Wisconsin power plant to dump more toxic metals into Lake Michigan? Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne explains.

Evanston Artist Transforms Neighborhood, One Garage Door at a Time

|
Evanston artist Teresa Parod paints a mural on a garage door. (WTTW News)

Alleys serve many purposes, but they’re not typically used as the backdrop for public art. Enter Teresa Parod, who is using house paint to elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary.

Madigan Under the Microscope: Special Investigative Hearings Begin

|
(WTTW News)

Six state representatives – three Democrats and three Republicans – got to work Thursday tackling whether Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan engaged in conduct “unbecoming” of a legislator. 

Virus Bill Blocked in Senate as Prospects Dim for New Relief

|
Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., left, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., speaks during a news conference, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin)

The mostly party-line vote capped weeks of wrangling that gave way to election-season political combat and name-calling over a fifth relief bill that all sides say they want but are unable to deliver. 

Ask Geoffrey: The Fritz Reuter Monument

|

Two famous Germans take up permanent residence in Chicago, only to witness the evolution of a West Side neighborhood. Geoffrey Baer goes long on two enduring Humboldt Park statues.

James ‘Big Cat’ Williams on the Bears Opener and the Season Ahead

|
(WTTW News)

Football is back. The Chicago Bears are set to kick off the regular season Sunday against the Detroit Lions. It’ll be the first time the Bears face an opponent this year, since the NFL skipped the preseason due to COVID-19.

Return of Football Renews Fears Over More Virus Spread

|
In this Aug. 29, 2020, file photo, fans walk through a parking lot at Arrowhead Stadium marked with traffic cones to keep fans from parking too close together during NFL football training camp for the Kansas City Chiefs in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel, File)

The kickoff of the NFL season Thursday with 17,000 fans in the stadium illustrates the nation’s determination to resume its most popular sport in the middle of a pandemic that has already killed nearly 200,000 Americans.

States Ask Judge to Reverse Changes at US Postal Service

|
In this April 2, 2020 file photo, a United States Postal Service worker makes a delivery with gloves and a mask in Warren, Mich. I(AP Photo / Paul Sancya, File)

A group of states suing over service cuts at the U.S. Postal Service is asking a federal judge to immediately undo some of them, saying the integrity of the upcoming election is at stake.

Chicago Police Run Training Exercises Aimed at Improving Response to Looting

|
(WTTW News)

Police Superintendent David Brown said the so-called “tabletop exercises” involved officers responding to hypothetical looting reports to test the effectiveness and quickness of their response.