$2M Bond for Chicago Man Accused of Intentionally Running Over Pedestrian

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Edgar Roman (Chicago Police Department)

After striking two women with his car Monday night in downtown Chicago, Edgar Roman allegedly circled back, targeted them and ran over one of the women a second time, dragging her body down the street and killing her.

Prosecutors Charge 3 With Threatening Women in R. Kelly Case

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In this June 26, 2019 file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

Federal prosecutors announced charges Wednesday against three men accused of threatening and intimidating women who have accused R&B singer R. Kelly of abuse, including one man suspected of setting fire to a vehicle in Florida.

Lightfoot Launches Review of Chicago Monuments After Controversy Over Columbus Statues

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An empty pedestal in Grant Park where a statue of Christopher Columbus stood recently. (WTTW News)

After protests forced Mayor Lori Lightfoot to remove the city’s statues of Christopher Columbus, the city will launch an effort to “provide a vehicle to address the hard truths of Chicago’s racial history,” the mayor’s office announced Wednesday. 

Big Ten, Pac-12 Pull Plug on Fall Football Amid Pandemic

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In this Dec. 8, 2019, file photo, Ohio State players celebrate the team’s 34-21 win over Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship NCAA college football game, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo / AJ Mast, File)

A crumbling college football season took a massive hit Tuesday when the Big Ten and Pac-12, two historic and powerful conferences, succumbed to the pandemic and canceled their fall football seasons.

Tens of Thousands Still Without Power, Possibly Until Saturday, ComEd Says

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Neighbors with power have set up charging stations for those without in the Lincoln Square community. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The physical destruction caused by Monday’s powerful storm, which saw a tornado touch down in Rogers Park, was as devastating as a hurricane, according to ComEd. Now some neighbors are leading the charge on helping out.

Looting, Unrest Give Way to Another Phase of Recovery in Chicago

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Windows at a Sephora in downtown Chicago are boarded up following looting on Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (WTTW News)

Businesses and residents are bracing for the possibility of future upheaval following widespread theft and property damage on Sunday night. How police are responding — and what else is being done to address systemic issues.

Illinois Universities, Colleges Prepare for Fall Classes Amid COVID-19

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Colleges and universities are preparing for a semester unlike any other. For many, the welcome back won’t be to campus — but to computers.

Art Deco Inspires Ambitious New Mural on Chicago Riverwalk

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A close-up look at the new mural “The Radiance of Being” along the Chicago Riverwalk. (WTTW News)

Summer is the season for public art, and it seems like every week a colorful new mural blooms. We get up close to a massive new work of public art taking flight along the Chicago Riverwalk. 

Lawmakers Approve Pritzker’s Rules Targeting Businesses That Flout COVID-19 Regulations

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Visitors to Navy Pier take advantage of blue skies Friday, June 12, 2020. The popular tourist attraction reopened, with restrictions, on Wednesday, June 10. (WTTW News)

Lawmakers on Tuesday approved new rules crafted by Gov. J.B. Pritzker to reduce the spread of the coronavirus despite opposition from Illinois Republicans and the Illinois Retail Merchants Association.

Share of City Property Tax Revenues Claimed by TIF Funds Grew 5% in 2 Years: Report

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

The growing share of city property taxes sent to tax increment finance districts is sure to fuel the argument over whether the districts actually spur redevelopment and eradicate blight or exacerbate growing inequality in Chicago.

Chicago Youth Organize Open Mic in South Side Garden

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Tyrell Jerry, a student at the Chicago High School for the Arts, performs at the first open mic held at a South Side community garden on Aug. 5, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

A community garden and farmers market in Auburn Gresham is now the venue of an open mic hosted for young Chicago artists. We go for a look to learn more.

Despite ‘Comparatively’ Quiet Night, Lightfoot to Keep Downtown Blocked Off

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Chicago Police vehicles are seen on an otherwise quiet State Street in Chicago on Monday Aug. 10, 2020, hours after looting and property damage swept through downtown streets. (WTTW News)

Access to downtown Chicago will be restricted “for the foreseeable future,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know.

Lightfoot: It Was ‘Highly Problematic’ That Officers Who Shot Man in Englewood Did Not Have Body Cameras

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A 2017 file photo shows a Chicago police officer wearing a body camera. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

“We can't have people out on the street interfacing with the public without body cameras,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Tuesday, just days after officers responded to a call about a man with a gun that led to a shooting and touched off unrest across the city.

Q&A: What’s Up With Trump’s Orders on TikTok and WeChat?

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A visitor to an Apple store wears a T-shirt promoting TikTok in Beijing on Friday, July 17, 2020. (AP Photo / Ng Han Guan)

President Donald Trump has ordered sweeping but vague ban on dealings with the Chinese owners of popular apps TikTok and WeChat, saying they are a threat to U.S. national security, foreign policy and the economy.

Biden Selects California Sen. Kamala Harris as Running Mate

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In this June 27, 2019, file photo, then-Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., listens to questions after the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art in Miami. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson, File)

Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, making history by selecting the first Black woman to compete on a major party’s presidential ticket.

August 11, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Aug. 11, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Tornado Confirmed in Rogers Park, Storm Blasts Chicago with 85 MPH Wind Gust

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Monday's storm caused widespread damage, including in Chicago’s Lincoln Square, where a Weatherbug station recorded an 85 mph wind gust. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The National Weather Service has confirmed that a tornado touched down in Rogers Park during Monday’s powerful storm. Thousands of Chicagoans remained without power Tuesday morning. 

Lightfoot Removes Iowa, Kansas and Utah From Quarantine Order

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Dubuque, Iowa. (David Mark / Pixabay)

Visitors to Chicago from Iowa, Kansas and Utah will no longer have to quarantine for two weeks, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Tuesday. The three states are the first to be removed from Chicago’s quarantine order.

Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Tuesday Night: How to Catch the Best Views

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The Perseid meteor shower will peak Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. (Mike Lewinski / Flickr)

Be on the lookout for Perseids on Tuesday night and early Wednesday as the meteor shower hits its peak. Here’s how to maximize your chances of seeing these fireballs streak across the sky.

GOP Congressman Says Chicago May Need National Guard If Looting Continues

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Illinois U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis appears Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom. (WTTW News)

Illinois U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says Chicago may have to call the National Guard back to the city if it is unable to prevent further looting. Davis and U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat, join us in conversation.

Powerful Derecho Leaves Path of Devastation Across Midwest

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A group of neighbors surveys the damage to vehicles on their block after a severe thunderstorm battered Chicago neighborhoods, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (Tyler LaRiviere / Sun-Times / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A rare storm packing 100 mph winds and with power similar to an inland hurricane swept across the Midwest on Monday, blowing over trees, flipping vehicles, causing widespread property damage and leaving hundreds of thousands without power.

Alderman, Restaurant Owner React After Unrest Turned to Theft and Violence

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Gene & Georgetti’s restaurant is “hanging off the edge of a cliff by our fingernails,” co-owner Michelle Durpetti said. (WTTW News)

The unrest that followed a police-involved shooting Sunday in Englewood was a blow to many areas of the city that were still recovering from protests earlier this summer and the economic fallout from the pandemic.

$10M Chicago Prize Awarded to Auburn Gresham Team to Build Health Hub, Urban Farm

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A pair of ambitious projects are coming to Auburn Gresham, thanks to a $10 million grant from the Chicago Prize. (Pritzker Traubert Foundation / YouTube)

The inaugural $10 million Chicago Prize grant was awarded last week to a team from Auburn Gresham, which has ambitious plans to bring transformational change to the community.

Chicago Aldermen, Activists Reflect on Police Shooting, Unrest

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An SUV drives past a boarded-up Macy’s on State Street in Chicago, hours after widespread looting and property damage spread across parts of the city. (WTTW News)

After a police officer shot and wounded a 20-year-old man in Englewood, Chicago police officials say social media posts led to widespread, coordinated looting across the city. We get reaction from local activists and aldermen.

After Night of Looting, Lightfoot Blocks Off Downtown

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An Old Navy store in downtown Chicago is boarded up Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 after a night of looting and unrest. The city will restrict access to downtown streets Monday night. (WTTW News)

City officials will “temporarily restrict” access to downtown Chicago beginning at 8 p.m. Monday and ending at 6 a.m. Tuesday, officials said. Mayor Lori Lightfoot has not issued an official city curfew order.

August 10, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Aug. 10, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Crain’s Headlines: Former McDonald’s CEO Takes Another Hit

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A McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago. (WTTW News)

McDonald’s files a lawsuit against its former CEO, who was ousted last fall. That story and more with Crain’s Chicago Business Editor Ann Dwyer.

Foxx Pushes Back on Criticism From Lightfoot, Brown After Looting

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks to the media Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 after a night of unrest in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Decrying “blame games” in the wake of widespread destruction, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx says her office would prosecute people accused of looting — but not those arrested for exercising their First Amendment rights. 

Tough Mom Lightfoot Scolds Rogue Beachgoers: ‘It’s Called a Pandemic, People’

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Crowd gathered at Montrose Harbor. (Mayor Lori Lightfoot / Twitter)

A large crowd gathered over the weekend along the lakefront, prompting the city to install fencing at Montrose Beach — and the mayor to issue a stern message.

McDonald’s Sues Ousted CEO, Alleging Employee Relationships

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In this Wednesday, July 26, 2017, file photo, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook is interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

McDonald’s says it’s suing Stephen Easterbrook, the CEO it ousted last year over an inappropriate relationship with an employee, alleging Monday that he covered up relationships with three other employees and destroyed evidence. 

‘An Improvement Over Target.’ Congressman Lauds New Health Center Built on Site Abandoned by Retailer

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A rendering of the new BCBS center in Morgan Park. (Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois / Facebook)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois opened a new health and wellness center in Morgan Park on Monday after renovating a building abandoned by Target.  

Pritzker Anticipates ‘Tremendous Need’ as Application Period Opens for Rental Assistance

Governor says he will lobby federal government for additional funds

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The state is providing $300 million in assistance to renters and homeowners struggling to meet ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic, but those funds won’t reach everyone who deserves help, Gov. J.B. Pritzker acknowledged.