Minimum Wage Hike, Scheduling Ordinance Set to Take Effect Wednesday

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(WTTW News)

Most Chicago workers who earn the minimum wage will see their paychecks rise — and get more notice before they are expected to clock in for a shift, as two of Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s top priorities take effect this week.

Fauci: US ‘Going in Wrong Direction’ in Coronavirus Outbreak

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (Kevin Dietsch / Pool via AP)

The U.S. is “going in the wrong direction” with the coronavirus surging badly enough that Dr. Anthony Fauci told senators Tuesday some regions are putting the entire country at risk.

AP Sources: White House Aware of Russian Bounties in 2019

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 In this March 27, 2019, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, File)

Top officials in the White House were aware in early 2019 of classified intelligence indicating Russia was secretly offering bounties to the Taliban for the deaths of Americans, a full year earlier than has been previously reported.

Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership Wins $56M Contract to Track COVID-19 Infections

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Using state and federal funds, the local nonprofit will hire 600 people to conduct community-level contact tracing efforts to stamp out the coronavirus.

Chicago Police, Feds Seek Help to Identify Persons of Interest in 53 Arson Investigations

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(Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)

“Business owners throughout Chicago saw their hopes and dreams go up in flames with these fires,” Police Superintendent David Brown said of dozens of arsons that took place during recent protests in Chicago.

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‘Neighbor Pass’ Gives Locals First Access as Garfield Park Conservatory Reopens

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Garfield Park Conservatory is reopening its 10 acres of outdoor gardens in phases. (Courtesy of Garfield Park Conservatory)

Taking a phased approach, the conservatory is reopening its outdoor grounds to neighbors on July 1, members on July 8 and everyone else starting July 15.

How Risky is Flying During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

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(Illustration by Peter Hamlin / AP)

Flying can increase your risk of exposure to infection, but airlines are taking some precautions and you can too. 

Europe Restricts Visitors From the US Amid Virus Resurgence

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Passengers arrive at the Barcelona airport in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. (AP Photo / Emilio Morenatti)

Americans make up a big share of Europe’s tourism industry, and summer is a key period. More than 15 million Americans travel to Europe each year, while some 10 million Europeans head across the Atlantic.

Kim Foxx Declining to Prosecute ‘Minor Offenses’ Stemming From Recent Protests

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 18, 2020. (WTTW News)

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx on Tuesday issued a new policy instructing prosecutors to dismiss cases involving a handful of misdemeanor charges tied to recent protests, including disorderly conduct and curfew violations. 

The Field Museum Is Recruiting Citizen Scientists To Study the Monarch Butterfly

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A monarch butterfly feeds on milkweed, which is the sole food source for monarch caterpillars. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

Scores of Chicagoans have planted milkweed — the monarch’s host plant — in their yards and other green spaces, but how effective are those efforts? The Field Museum is recruiting citizen scientists to find out.

Gambling Gets a Green Light in Illinois

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Come Wednesday, Rivers Casino and others across the state will once again be able to open their physical doors to gamblers, although with COVID-19 precautions in mind, like masks and social distancing.

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Where We’ve Been, What We Learned

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Paris Schutz reports from Chinatown on June 25, 2020 as part of our series, COVID-19 Across Chicago. (WTTW News)

Chicago has 77 official community areas. Over the past three months, Paris Schutz and our news team have visited 42 of them, as well as suburbs, cities and towns in Illinois and four other states. Why we did it. And what we learned.

How ‘Mural Moves’ is Using Art to Invest in Communities

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A family of artists is encouraging communities to reclaim their neighborhoods through the art of storytelling. We check out their work at 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard in South Shore.

‘Black People Eats’ Showcases Black-Owned Restaurants in Chicago and Beyond

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percent loss in revenue during the pandemic. Food blogger Jeremy Joyce films Krissy Harper, owner of Cleo’s Southern Cuisine, for his social media account Black People Eats on June 27, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Restaurants have not had it easy the past few months. But in Chicago, a food blogger is doing his best to elevate Black-owned restaurants through social media. We meet up with Jeremy Joyce, the founder of Black People Eats.

City Releases Bodycam Video Showing Ex-Top Cop Eddie Johnson Asleep in Car

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Body camera footage released Monday shows Chicago’s former Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, right, asleep behind the wheel of his vehicle on Oct. 17, 2019. The incident led to his eventual termination by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. (City of Chicago)

The video and documents come more than eight months after the encounter between police officers and the former superintendent, who was found asleep behind the wheel of his SUV after a night of drinking. 

Lightfoot Announces $11M to Fund Projects Addressing Health Care Deserts on South, West Sides

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces $11 million in investments in the South and West Sides on Monday, June 29, 2020. (Screenshot via Chicago Mayor’s Office / Facebook)

The Auburn Gresham Healthy Lifestyle Hub and the North Lawndale Surgical and Ambulatory Care Center will address structural disparities in health care, which have been exacerbated by COVID-19. 

Top Cop David Brown Again Decries Lack of Consequences for Chicago Gun Offenders

CPD to deploy 1,200 additional officers each day of Fourth of July weekend

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Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown speaks about weekend violence at a press conference Monday, June 29, 2020. (WTTW News via Chicago Police Department)

“As a dad ... I struggle to make sense of the reckless gun violence that continues to take the lives of our young people throughout the city,” Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown said after 14 people were killed over the weekend.

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Supreme Court Strikes Down Louisiana Abortion Clinic Law

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Terrisa Bukovinac, founder of Pro-Life San Francisco, holds a model of a fetus as she and other anti-abortion protesters wait outside the Supreme Court for a decision, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

A divided Supreme Court on Monday struck down a Louisiana law regulating abortion clinics, reasserting a commitment to abortion rights over fierce opposition from dissenting conservative justices in the first big abortion case of the Trump era.

‘Black Lives Matter’ Wine? Teddy Bears? Trademark Law Shows You Can’t Always ‘Just Do It’

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Protesters gather in Chicago on Saturday, May 30, 2020 following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. There are now several pending attempts to trademark the phrase “Black Lives Matter.” (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)

Black Lives Matter is a burgeoning cultural and political movement — and it appears that people are ready to cash in on it.

371 Complaints Lodged About Chicago Police Response to Protests; 56% for Excessive Force

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Chicago Police officers and protesters clash during a protest over the death of George Floyd in Chicago, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Floyd died after being taken into custody and restrained by Minneapolis police on Memorial Day in Minnesota. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The Chicago Police Department’s Bureau of Internal Affairs and the Civilian Office of Police Accountability are investigating hundreds of complaints filed against officers for their response to recent protests, records show.

Illinois to Begin Screening Newborns for Rare Genetic Disease

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By the time parents notice anything out of the ordinary – their baby is “floppy” or isn’t able to roll – it’s too late to reverse the damage done by spinal muscular atrophy, or SMA.

Fireworks Are Booming Before July 4, But Why the Ruckus?

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In this Friday, June 19, 2020 photo, fireworks explode during Juneteenth celebrations above the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo / John Minchillo, File)

They’ve become a nightly nuisance ringing out from Connecticut to California, angering sleep-deprived residents and alarming elected officials. All of them want to know: Why the fascination with fireworks?

Trump Tweets Video With ‘White Power’ Chant, Then Deletes It

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President Donald Trump walks on the South Lawn after arriving on Marine One at the White House, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Washington. Trump is returning from Wisconsin. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

President Donald Trump on Sunday tweeted approvingly of a video showing one of his supporters chanting “white power,” a racist slogan associated with white supremacists. He later deleted the tweet.

Shootings Across Chicago Kill 3 Kids; Cops Ask Public’s Help

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Activists and local leaders called for more state and federal support Sunday as weekend shootings across Chicago left three children dead, including a 10-year-old who was struck by a stray bullet that came through an apartment window. 

‘Reclaim Pride’ March Honors Roots of LGBTQ Movement, Sets Goals for Future

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Chicago’s 51st annual Pride Parade was canceled, but LBGTQ activists and allies took over the streets of Boystown on Sunday for a community-driven march organizers described as a “protest, not a party.”

Care Kits for COVID-19 Patients Aim to Ease Anxiety

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A local health center is giving COVID-19 patients tools to monitor their blood oxygen levels as they recover at home. 

Young Novice Protest Leaders Help Drive US Wave of Dissent

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In this June 3, 2020 file photo, Stefan Perez, second from left, addresses a crowd at a rally in Detroit over the death of George Floyd. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

Many are new to organizing, but have seen a drumbeat of deaths of police-brutality cases captured on video since they were children. 

Lightfoot’s Emergency Powers to End Tuesday

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot presides over the city’s first virtual City Council meeting on April 15, 2020. (@chicagosmayor / Twitter)

In another sign that Chicago has passed the peak of the pandemic, Mayor Lori Lightfoot will not move to extend the emergency powers she used to respond to the coronavirus without the approval of the City Council. 

US Health Officials Estimate 20M Americans Have Had Virus

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Cars are lined up at a United Memorial Medical Center COVID-19 testing site Wednesday, June 24, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo / David J. Phillip)

U.S. officials estimate that 20 million Americans have been infected with the coronavirus since it first arrived in the United States, meaning that the vast majority of the population remains susceptible. 

US Officials Change Virus Risk Groups, Add Pregnant Women

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In this Thursday, May 7, 2020 file photo, a pregnant woman wearing a face mask and gloves holds her belly as she waits in line for groceries with hundreds during a food pantry sponsored by Healthy Waltham for those in need due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak, at St. Mary's Church in Waltham, Mass. (AP Photo / Charles Krupa)

The nation’s top public health agency on Thursday revamped its list of which Americans are at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness, adding pregnant women and removing age alone as a factor.