Barrett Could Be Ginsburg’s Polar Opposite on Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett speaks after President Donald Trump announced her as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Amy Coney Barrett paid homage to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in her White House speech Saturday as a shatterer of glass ceilings. She said she would be mindful of the woman whose place she would take on the Supreme Court.

Firsthand Gun Violence: Accessing Violence Recovery on Chicago’s South Side

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Following one of Chicago’s most violent summers in recent history, officials and advocates are stressing the importance of mental health care for victims of violence and their families — but access to those services can be difficult.

Could Ranked-Choice Voting Reduce Partisanship in Politics?

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Voters are about to go to the polls to choose one candidate for each race on the ballot. But what if they could pick multiple candidates for each race, ranked in order of their preference?

NY Times: Trump Paid $750 in US Income Taxes in 2016, 2017

President Donald Trump speaking during a news conference at the White House, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

Trump, who has fiercely guarded his tax filings and is the only president in modern times not to make them public, paid no federal income taxes in 10 of the past 15 years.

Protesters Call for Divestment from Animal Agriculture, Closure of Slaughterhouses

Animal rights activists protest Sunday, Sept. 27 in Belmont Cragin. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Protesters lined the corner of Austin Boulevard and Fullerton Avenue on Sunday, holding signs linking animals to viral outbreaks, like Ebola and COVID-19. One sign simply read: “We are one pandemic away from collapse.”

Chicago Tonight: Black Voices, Sept. 27, 2020 - Full Show


Boosting the census response in hard-to-count communities. Black Chicago police officers tell us what the job is like right now. And a visit to a West Side record store that sells a little bit of everything.

Boosting Chicago’s Stubborn Census Response Rate


Community leaders and elected officials have been making a big push to get the city’s and state’s response rates up.

With Anger at Police High, Officers Face Greater Danger

Police stand guard on the perimeter of a crime scene after a police officer was shot, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo / John Minchillo, File)

“I think it’s more than a suggestion that people are seeking to do harm to cops,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown told reporters at a recent briefing. 

COVID-19 in Illinois: 1,604 New Cases, 14 Additional Deaths

Summer during the pandemic: A cyclist wearing a mask rides along the 606 trail in Chicago. (WTTW News)

New coronavirus cases reported by state health officials bring statewide totals to 287,930 cases and 8,601 deaths since the first infection was reported in Illinois in late January.

Nearly 1M Who Died of COVID-19 Also Illuminated Treatment

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Through desperate efforts to save their lives, scientists now better understand how to treat and prevent the disease — and millions of others may survive.

People’s Budget of Chicago Seeks to Educate, Get Community Input on City Budget

Community members participate in a budget game outlining their priorities Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020 in Austin’s Moore Park. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Each year, city officials define a budget for Chicago. While the city budget process includes public hearings, an event Saturday sought to get community input on their budget priorities.

Trump Picks Conservative Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett applauds as President Donald Trump announces Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court, in the Rose Garden at the White House, Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump hailed Judge Amy Coney Barrett as “a woman of remarkable intellect and character,” saying he had studied her record closely before making the pick.

Chicago Latino Film Festival Director on Going Virtual, Latino Representation in Hollywood

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Latinos are easy to spot at movie theaters, but not so much on the big screen. A one-on-one conversation with the director of the Chicago Latino Film Festival.

Chicago Tonight: Latino Voices, Sept. 26, 2020 - Full Show


More time for the census count, but will it matter? Straight talk about Latino representation in Hollywood. How some Southwest Siders are helping people stay connected during the pandemic.

State, City Census Leaders on Counting Hard-to-Reach Residents

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A federal judge has ordered the 2020 census schedule to continue until the end of October. We discuss efforts to boost response rates and get as accurate a count as possible.

Amy Coney Barrett, Likely High Court Pick, Is Scalia’s Heir

This image provided by Rachel Malehorn shows Judge Amy Coney Barrett in Milwaukee, on Aug. 24, 2018. (Rachel Malehorn,, via AP)

President Donald Trump is planning to announce his choice of the 48-year-old Indiana judge at a Saturday afternoon press conference, setting Barrett on the path to help conservatives hold sway over the court for decades to come.

Mushrooms Linked to Salmonella Outbreaks in 10 States

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More than 40 people have gotten sick and four have been hospitalized, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Thursday.

Virus Cases Rise in US Heartland, Home to Anti-Mask Feelings

In this July 14, 2020, file photo, a health worker performs a COVID-19 test at a Test Iowa site at Waukee South Middle School in Waukee, Iowa. (AP Photo / Charlie Neibergall, File)

The U.S. is averaging more than 40,000 new confirmed cases a day. While that number is dramatically lower than the peak of nearly 70,000 over the summer, the numbers are worrisome nonetheless. 

Trump Expected to Announce Conservative Barrett for Court

President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., as he returns from campaign stops in Florida and Georgia Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Trump said Friday he had made up his mind and it was “very exciting,” without giving away the name, aiming to maintain some suspense around his personal announcement. 

The Week in Review: Republicans Prepare for Supreme Court Nomination

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A Supreme Court confirmation battle rages. President Trump won’t commit to a peaceful transfer of power should he lose. Chicago reacts to the Breonna Taylor decision, and Bears fans mourn the death of the legendary Gale Sayers.

Ginsburg Makes History at Capitol Amid Replacement Turmoil

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state in Statuary Hall of the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. (Shawn Thew / Pool via AP)

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lay in state Friday at the U.S. Capitol as the first woman ever so honored, making history again as she had throughout her extraordinary life.

Aldermen Press Officials to Use Reserves to Fill Massive Budget Shortfall

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Several aldermen on Friday urged Chicago’s chief financial officer to dip into the city’s $900 million savings account to wipe out the massive budget shortfall caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Says 2020 Census Must Continue for Another Month

This April 5, 2020, photo shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at month’s end and suspended a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each state gets in Congress.

Chicago Police Announce Arrests From Operation Targeting Mid-Level Drug Traffickers

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Superintendent David Brown said the charges came as part of “Operation Split Corners,” a three-month Chicago Police Department undertaking in the 15th (Austin) and 25th (Grand Central) Districts.

Illinois Records 2,500 New Coronavirus Cases as Infection Total Continues to Climb

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

State health officials also reported 25 coronavirus-related deaths, including seven in Cook County.

Teen Charged in Kenosha Shootings Fights Extradition

In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP, File)

Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday fought his return to Wisconsin to face homicide charges that could put him in prison for life.

Ald. Cardenas: Inspector General Found I Took Improper Campaign Contributions

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Ald. George Cardenas (12th Ward) told WTTW News that Inspector General Joseph Ferguson determined he had accepted improper campaign contributions, and he planned to return the funds.

Bears Undefeated But Questions Remain After 1st Two Games


The Bears are 2-0 but they barely beat the Giants last week after dominating the first half. What do the Bears need to remain undefeated?

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Little Village


Little Village on Chicago’s Southwest Side is known for its rich Mexican culture. But some residents and business owners fear a neighborhood staple could be in danger.

Chicago Portrait: Kweli Kwaza


Each Chicago neighborhood is built of out blocks. Those blocks are the bricks of the community, and the mortar is often the president of blocks. Kweli Kwaza is one of those presidents and heads a network of block clubs on the South Side.  

‘Unfathomable’: US Death Toll From Coronavirus Hits 200,000

In this July 31, 2020, file photo, Romelia Navarro, right, is comforted by nurse Michele Younkin as she weeps while sitting at the bedside of her dying husband, Antonio, in St. Jude Medical Center's COVID-19 unit in Fullerton, Calif. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong, File)

The U.S. death toll from the coronavirus topped 200,000 Tuesday, hitting the once-unimaginable threshold six weeks before an election that is certain to be a referendum in part on President Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.

Democrats to Redraft Virus Relief in Bid to Jump-start Talks

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. speaks during a news conference Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana)

House Democrats are going back to the drawing board on a huge COVID-19 relief bill, paring back the measure in an attempt to jump-start negotiations with the Trump administration.