Illinois Made It Easier to Vote, But Obstacles Remain

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The election is just weeks away and early voting is in full swing. How ready are voters and election authorities?

Winning Ugly: Bears Reach 4-1 Record But Fail to Convince

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The Bears have a 4-1 record after eking out a 1-point win over the Buccaneers on Thursday, but that record may flatter them. Former Bears offensive lineman James "Big Cat" Williams gives us his take.

Day of the Dead Exhibit Honors Those Who Died from COVID-19, Celebrates Life

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(Sólo un poco aquí: Day of the Dead, National Museum of Mexican Art)

The exhibit would normally feature authentic artwork from Mexican artists, including traditional ofrendas, or altars. This year, the artwork comes from both the museum’s personal collection and local artists.

As COVID-19 Cases Rise 32% in a Week, Chicago’s Top Doctor Voices ‘Grave Concern’

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Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady talks Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020 about rising coronavirus cases in the city.

“This has not been a good week in Chicago,” said Dr. Allison Arwady, urging people to avoid gatherings, wear masks and keep 6 feet of distance from others. 

Ex-Top Cop Eddie Johnson Sued For Sexual Harassment By Female Officer

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 9, 2018.

Cynthia Donald, who filed the lawsuit Thursday in Cook County Court, claimed that for more than three years, she was subjected to “unwanted and uninvited sexual advances” from Johnson inside his office at CPD headquarters.

CPS To Bring Back Pre-K, Some Special Education Students For In-Person Learning: Sources

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(WTTW News)

Under the district’s plan, pre-K and cluster program students would return for full-day learning, five days a week beginning next quarter.

Ask Geoffrey: What to See at This Year’s Reimagined Open House Chicago

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Austin Town Hall (WTTW News)

Geoffrey Baer takes a look at the redesigned event in the latest Ask Geoffrey.

Preckwinkle Vows to Protect Provident Hospital as Union Blasts Layoffs

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Provident Hospital (Google Maps Streetview)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle plans to consolidate two clinics into Provident Hospital and change its full-service emergency room to a stand-by emergency department. “We are strengthening Provident Hospital. It is here to stay. Period,” she said.

South Side Market Box Program Tackles Food Insecurity By Tapping Into Network of Small Farms

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Volunteers at Star Farm pack bags of fresh produce, purchased from small farms, to be delivered for free to South Side residents through the Market Box program. (Davon Clark)

Each week, 200 South Side households receive a free delivery of fresh produce, thanks to a collaboration between Star Farm and Experimental Station. To keep the program running through October, organizers need to raise $20,000.

October 15, 2020 - Full Show

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

Drugstore Chain Walgreens Rebounds With $373M Profit in 4Q

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(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The Deerfield, Illinois-based drugstore chain said Thursday it made $373 million in the final quarter of fiscal 2020 after losing $1.7 billion the previous quarter, when millions of shoppers stayed home to avoid the rapidly spreading pandemic.

US Jobless Claims Rise to 898,000 With Layoffs Still High

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In this Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, a customer leaves a Pier 1 retail store, which is going out of business, during the coronavirus pandemic in Coral Gables, Fla. The Labor Department reported unemployment numbers Thursday, Sept. 3. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Thursday’s report from the Labor Department coincides with other recent data that have signaled a slowdown in hiring. The economy is still roughly 10.7 million jobs short of recovering all the 22 million jobs that were lost when the pandemic struck.

Preckwinkle Unveils Plan to Close $410M Budget Gap in 2021 Without Raising Taxes

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

The economic collapse caused by the coronavirus pandemic presented an “extraordinarily challenging” set of circumstances to the county’s finance team, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said a day before unveiling her $6.9 billion spending plan.

Spotlight Politics: Pritzker Family Feud Over ‘Fair Tax’

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks with the media on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

Billionaire Pritzker cousins are hurling cash at opposing sides of the “fair tax” amendment. Our politics team tackles that story and more — including the battle over the Supreme Court — in this week’s roundtable.

Expanded Early Voting Kicks Off in Chicago

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What you need to know about mail-in voting and voting in person as Nov. 3 — Election Day — approaches.

Takeaways: Pardon Power, Silent Mics on Barrett’s Final Day

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Michael Reynolds / Pool via AP)

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett faced a second day of questions Wednesday from the Senate Judiciary Committee as Democrats kept up their focus on health care three weeks before the Nov. 3 presidential election. 

Former Trauma Surgeon Using Tech to Cure What Ails US

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Dr. William Yates speaks with “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

Dr. William Yates has made public safety through technology his business, first by developing metal detectors to prevent gun violence, and now, by developing no-contact thermal scanners to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

Transportation Advocates Seek Guarantee Transit Won’t Shut Down In Event of Post-Election Unrest

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(WTTW News)

With a heated election drawing to a close and concerns about possible post-election unrest, transportation advocates are calling on the Lightfoot administration and Chicago-area transit systems to pledge they’ll continue operations during protests.

Earth Breaks September Heat Record, May Reach Warmest Year

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In this Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020 file photo, people crowd the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., as the state swelters under a heat wave. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

Earth sweltered to a record hot September last month, with U.S. climate officials saying there’s nearly a two-to-one chance that 2020 will end up as the globe’s hottest year on record.

Vision 2020: Will Mailed-In Ballots Be Delivered on Time?

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In this July 31, 2020, file photo, letter carriers load mail trucks for deliveries at a U.S. Postal Service facility in McLean, Va. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite, File)

If you plan on voting by mail, election officials say it’s best to do it as early as possible so your ballot gets to its destination well before Election Day, which is Nov. 3.

Mother of 2 Boys Accusing Jerry Harris of Sexual Exploitation Asks Judge to Keep Netflix Star in Jail Pending Trial

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Dirksen United States Courthouse (Ken Lund / Flickr)

A federal judge will decide whether “Cheer” star Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris will be held in jail or released as he awaits trial on a single count of producing child pornography.

Candidate Forum: Fricilone, Newman Vying to Replace Lipinski in 3rd District

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For the first time in decades, a candidate with a name other than Lipinski will represent Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District in Congress. We hear from Republican Mike Fricilone and Democrat Marie Newman.

October 14, 2020 - Full Show

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

Holidays During COVID-19: Officials Issue Guidelines for Safer Celebrations

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(Image by vivienviv0 from Pixabay)

With the holidays fast approaching and positivity rates rising throughout the state, health officials released guidelines to help families celebrate safely amid the coronavirus pandemic.  

As Property Tax Hike Looms, Officials Expect Surge in Those Who Don’t Pay

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A residential street in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood. (WTTW News)

In a typical year, approximately 3% of property owners do not pay their taxes, according to Chicago officials. But in 2021, a projected 10% of property owners won’t pay their tax bills, which would cost the city $65.2 million.

Illinois’ Top Doctors Prepare for Winter as COVID-19 Rates Climb

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(WTTW News)

As temperatures drop and the statewide positivity rate climbs, we discuss the coronavirus pandemic with top public health officials Dr. Ngozi Ezike and Dr. Allison Arwady.

Barrett Unscathed By Tough Democratic Confirmation Probing

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Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett speaks during a confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, Pool)

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett batted back Democrats’ skeptical questions on abortion, health care and a possible disputed election in a lively Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday.

Good Government Groups Scold Legislators for Putting Ethics on the Back Burner

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(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

It’s been more than six months since a state commission was supposed to issue a report on proposed ethics reforms and nearly a year since the bipartisan commission was first formed.

Injustice Watch Launches Judicial Voting Guide for 2020 Election

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(WTTW News)

It might just seem like names at the end of the ballot, but voting for judges in Cook County has serious consequences. How voters can make educated decisions about the dozens of judges listed on the 2020 ballot.

The Author as Superhero: Ernest Hemingway in Comic Books

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An illustration from DC’s “Weird War Tales” #68 (October 1978)

In the comic book world there is the Marvel universe and the DC universe. Less well-known is the Ernest Hemingway universe. But the Oak Park-born writer, a towering figure in 20th century literature, was a popular figure in comics.

Method Behind the Madness: Experts Weigh In on Political Polling Process

What the latest numbers do (or don’t) mean for the 2020 election

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President Donald Trump, left, and former Vice President Joe Biden. (WTTW News via CNN)

As Nov. 3 draws near, Americans may be paying more attention to the latest polling numbers — but after the 2016 election, some people wonder just what those numbers really mean. 

Supreme Court Halts Census In Latest Twist of 2020 Count

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

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday stopped the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident from continuing through the end of October.