Windy City Times to End Print Edition, Publish Online Only

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A screenshot shows the homepage of the Windy City Times website on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020.

After 35 years, the Windy City Times will end its print edition and move forward as an online-only publication in October. We discuss the news with the publication’s co-founder and publisher, Tracy Baim.

Pritzker Pushes Residents to Complete Census: ‘We Have 21 Days Remaining’

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks Wednesday, Sept., 9, 2020 at a press conference in Decatur, urging residents to fill out the 2020 Census. (Gov. J.B. Pritzker / Twitter)

A census undercount of just 1% in Illinois could result in the loss of $195 million in federal funds, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday as he urged residents to participate in the once-a-decade count.

Stephen Douglas Name Officially Removed From Park, But There’s a New Wrinkle To Renaming It for Frederick Douglass

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After a three-year, student-led grassroots campaign, the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners voted to officially remove the name of Stephen Douglas from what’s now temporarily known as Park 218. 

Lightfoot Blasts Barr’s ‘Victory Lap’ as ‘Factually Inaccurate’

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday blasted Attorney General William Barr for claiming that President Donald Trump’s decision to send approximately 100 federal agents to Chicago was responsible for a drop in homicides.

Barr Touts Fed’s Role in Decreasing Chicago’s Violent Crime, But Homicides Still Up 50%

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U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks about Operation Legend in Chicago on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020. (Pool camera)

U.S. Attorney General William Barr said 500 arrests have been made and 124 defendants charged in federal court in connection with Operation Legend, a partnership between federal and local law enforcement agencies aimed at combating violent crime.

Pritzker: No Set Date for Phase 5 of Reopening Plan

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People wearing face masks walk along a street in downtown Chicago on Sept. 2, 2020. (WTTW News)

With the race for a vaccine underway and President Donald Trump claiming one could be available before the November election, Gov. J.B. Pritzker reiterated Wednesday that safety would guide the state’s reopening.

Plan to Keep Woodlawn Residents In Their Homes Near Obama Center Approved

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Chicago’s Woodlawn community. (WTTW News)

The City Council on Wednesday approved a $4.5 million package designed to prevent the planned Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park from supercharging gentrification in Woodlawn.

Teen Denied Bond in ‘Methodical’ Stabbing of Walgreens Employee

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Walgreens, 1372 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Google Street View)

A Cook County judge has denied bond for the 18-year-old high school student who is accused of calmly and methodically stabbing a Walgreens employee to death Sunday inside the Wicker Park store where she worked.

DuPage Resident Marks 1st Case of West Nile Virus in Illinois This Year

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With people spending more time outdoors to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the state’s top doctor is urging people to protect themselves from the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

Aldermen Approve Scaled-Back Ban on Flavored Tobacco Products

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The Chicago City Council voted 46-4 Wednesday to ban the sale of most flavored liquid nicotine products in Chicago, after an effort to prohibit the sale of all flavored tobacco products failed to advance.

September 9, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Sept. 9, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Halt of Coronavirus Trial is ‘Safety Valve’ at Work: Fauci

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This July 18, 2020, file photo, shows the AstraZeneca offices in Cambridge, England. (AP Photo / Alastair Grant, File)

The top U.S. infectious disease expert said AstraZeneca’s suspension of final testing of its COVID-19 vaccine candidate shows “one of the safety valves” built into the studies to spot any potential problems.

Is Chicago’s Historic Building ‘Bible’ Out of Date and Out of Touch?

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From left: Emmett Till’s childhood home (WTTW News), Historic Resource Survey cover (courtesy of Preservation Chicago), and Muddy Waters’ house (Ward Miller / Preservation Chicago).

The Chicago Historic Resource Survey, completed in 1995, has been an invaluable tool for preservationists. But it’s beginning to show its age, and the lack of sites of significance to the Black and Latino communities is notable.

Renée Fleming on Virtual Lyric Concert, Performing During COVID-19

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Renee Fleming appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. (WTTW News)

The coronavirus has shuttered concert venues around the world, but that hasn’t stopped artists and musicians from finding new ways to share their work. Soprano Renee Fleming tells us about Lyric’s upcoming concert.

Will a Coronavirus Vaccine Be Available By November? Health Experts Weigh In

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What you need to know about the race for a coronavirus vaccine.

Emmett Till’s Family Home Given Preliminary Landmark Status

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The former home of Emmett Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, at 6427 S. St. Lawrence Ave. in Chicago’s Woodlawn community. (WTTW News)

The Chicago Commission on Landmarks unanimously approved preliminary landmark status for Emmett Till’s former home, calling the red brick two-flat a “modest home that is monumentally important.”

Tech’s Sudden Sell-Off Continues; Nasdaq Sinks 10% in 3 Days

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The Charging Bull statue is shown in New York’s financial district, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020. More sharp declines for big tech stocks are dragging Wall Street toward a third straight loss on Tuesday. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan)

Big technology stocks tumbled again on Tuesday, continuing the Icarus-like flight path for companies that just a week ago were the high-flyers carrying Wall Street to record heights. 

Appeals Court Agrees R&B Singer R. Kelly Should Stay Jailed

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In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R. Kelly can remain behind bars awaiting multiple trials on child pornography and other charges in three states, an appeals court in New York said Tuesday.

Teen Suspect Charged in Fatal Stabbing of Walgreens Employee Inside Store

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Walgreens, 1372 N. Milwaukee Ave. (Google Street View)

Chicago police have charged Sincere Williams, 18, with first-degree murder in the fatal stabbing of a Walgreens employee as she was stocking shelves inside a Northwest Side store Sunday.

More than $31M Distributed by Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker talks Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 about the final round of funding distributed by the Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund. (WTTW News)

More than 1,650 organizations throughout the state have received grants through the fund, which distributed $7.5 million in its final round of funding to organizations primarily serving Black and Latino communities.

September 8, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Sept. 8, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Crain’s Headlines: $10 Million Condo Buyer Sues Vista Tower

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The developer for what will be Chicago’s third-largest tower is getting sued by a prospective buyer. Crain’s Chicago Business Editor Ann Dwyer joins us with the stories behind the headlines.

Get Your Oktoberfest in a Box From Chicago’s German American Cultural Center. Just Add Beer

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DANK Haus is offering all the fixings for a classic German feast this weekend, in lieu of what would have been the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s annual German Day celebration.

Preckwinkle Urges Municipalities to Apply for ‘Use It or Lose It’ COVID-19 Funds

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020 at a press conference in Oak Lawn. (Toni Preckwinkle / Facebook)

Cook County officials are urging suburban municipalities to apply for $51 million in CARES Act funds before the Sept. 30 deadline. “This is a use-it-or-lose-it proposition,” said Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

8-Year-Old Girl Killed in Drive-By Shooting One of 53 People Shot in Chicago Over Holiday Weekend

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(WTTW News)

The girl was killed Monday evening after gunshots were fired into an SUV she was traveling in, Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said at a press conference.

Effort to Expand O’Hare Cargo Operations With City Borrowing Stalls Amid Questions About Diversity Goals

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An effort by city officials to finish a project to expand cargo operations at O’Hare Airport by borrowing $55.6 million stalled amid objections from aldermen angry that the company that would benefit from the funds failed to hire enough Chicagoans.

Chicago Puppeteer Brings Theater to Your Door with Pop-Up Show

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(WTTW News)

A local theater artist goes on house calls and takes his puppets on the road in Chicago neighborhoods.

Teachers Excited, Anxious About New School Year as Remote Learning Resumes in Chicago

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Beyond first-day jitters, Chicago educators expressed concerns over stable internet connections and checking in with students about COVID-19 as classes in Chicago Public Schools resumed Tuesday for a fall unlike any other.

Chicago Adds Kentucky to Quarantine Order; Removes California, Puerto Rico

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Starting Friday, Chicago’s quarantine order will apply to 21 states, but visitors from California and Puerto Rico will no longer be required to quarantine for two weeks, officials announced Tuesday. 

Winter Design Challenge a Hail Mary for Outdoor Dining Once the Cold Hits

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Chicago is looking for creative ways to extend outdoor dining into winter. (JillWellington / Pixabay)

In a bid to keep restaurants open once cold weather hits, the city has launched a competition aimed at generating creative, yet feasible, ways to extend outdoor dining into Chicago’s winter. 

The Summer of COVID-19 Ends With Health Officials Worried

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A jet skier passes a patriotic shanty-boat owned by AJ Crea on Pontoosuc Lake on Labor Day in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Ben Garver / The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others.

Harris Meets Blake Family, Trump Goes on Attack in Labor Day Blitz

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Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a tour of the IBEW 494 training facility Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo / Morry Gash)

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris met the family of Jacob Blake to kick off her Labor Day visit to the critical swing state of Wisconsin, while President Donald Trump assailed the Democratic ticket.