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You’ve Got Mail: 5 Things to Know About Voting by Mail

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Voting by mail in Illinois isn’t new, but amid the pandemic, the state is encouraging voters to cast their ballots by mail rather than in person. But how do you go about that — and is it safe? Here’s what you need to know.

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Lightfoot Mural Creates Landmark for South Side Neighborhood

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot is featured in a mural created by Chicago artist Rahmaan Statik. (WTTW News)

When a local real estate agent decided to commission a mural, he chose to include a prominent figure who has made history as the first black woman to become mayor of Chicago. We visit South Shore for a look.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot is featured in a mural created by Chicago artist Rahmaan Statik. (WTTW News)

CPS Planning All-Remote Learning For Fall, Sources Say

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Sources tell WTTW News that CPS will announce an all-remote learning plan for the fall as soon as Wednesday, reversing plans for a hybrid model of at-home and in-person learning. Two Chicago aldermen weigh in on this and more.

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Life After COVID-19: What Will it Look Like?

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What will life, concerts, the workplace and education look like in a post-COVID-19 world? A futurist and a University of Chicago epidemiologist weigh in.

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Democrats, Republicans ‘Miles Apart’ on Unemployment Insurance Deal, Says Bustos

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

As cities and states across the nation struggle to get control of COVID-19, members of Congress butt heads over another stimulus package. Illinois U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos weighs in on those topics and more. 

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Mercy Hospital’s Plans to Close Resurface Concerns on South Side

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Mercy Hospital (WTTW News)

Mercy Hospital announced plans to shut its doors by June 2021. Now, concerns of a health care desert on the South Side are resurfacing as residents prepare to find new providers.

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Mercy Hospital (WTTW News)

Local Guitarists Make Good Use of Downtime

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Goran Ivanovic plays guitar at a Chicago park. (WTTW News)

2020 was supposed to be the Year of Chicago Music. Now, the vast and vibrant local music scene lies dormant. We check in on a Chicago family that can play guitars – and make them too. 

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Goran Ivanovic plays guitar at a Chicago park. (WTTW News)

August 4, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Aug. 4, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Preckwinkle: 2020 on Pace to be Worst Year for Suicides in Black Community in a Decade

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks about the rise in deaths by suicide in the Black community at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (Toni Preckwinkle / Facebook)

More African Americans in Cook County have died by suicide this year than during all of 2019, with a notable increase among young people, according to county officials. “This is horrifying,” Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle talks about the rise in deaths by suicide in the Black community at a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (Toni Preckwinkle / Facebook)

Controversy Brews Over Plan for More Affordable Housing on Far Northwest Side

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A rendering of the proposed apartment complex near Lawrence and Austin avenues in Jefferson Park. (Credit: Full Circle Communities)

A plan to transform a long-vacant lot in Jefferson Park into an apartment complex has reignited the furious debate surrounding Chicago’s massive affordable housing shortfall.

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A rendering of the proposed apartment complex near Lawrence and Austin avenues in Jefferson Park. (Credit: Full Circle Communities)

Open House Chicago Is Still Happening In October. Here’s What Will Be Different

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Open House Chicago will be slight less, well, open, in 2020, but still plenty of spectacular architecture on view. (Chicago Architecture Center / Facebook)

The Chicago Architecture Center’s popular event, now in its 10th year, will stick to the outdoors and offer online programming, with a focus on Chicago’s South and West sides.

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Open House Chicago will be slight less, well, open, in 2020, but still plenty of spectacular architecture on view. (Chicago Architecture Center / Facebook)

‘That Boy Was Loved’: Family, Friends Gather to Remember Slain Teen Activist Caleb Reed

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Family and friends of teen activist Caleb Reed gather outside Mather High School Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Reed, 17, died Sunday after he was shot days earlier. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

The 17-year-old worked as a youth leader with Voices of Youth in Chicago Education and had sought the removal of police officers from Chicago schools. He died Sunday, two days after he was shot in Rogers Park.

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Family and friends of teen activist Caleb Reed gather outside Mather High School Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. Reed, 17, died Sunday after he was shot days earlier. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Murder Charge Filed in Slaying of 9-Year-Old Chicago Boy

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The man accused of gunning down Janari Ricks last week was “hunting” for a victim, Cook County prosecutors said, after he was seen on surveillance footage peering over fences in the area while “looking for somebody to shoot.”

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City Likely to Give General Iron OK to Restart Shredding Within Days. ‘Unconscionable,’ Alderman Says

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Following a May explosion, General Iron has put appropriate controls in place to resume its metal shredding operation, experts say. Neighbors say they have little faith in the company’s commitment to compliance.

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Pritzker: COVID-19 Pandemic is Now Worse in Carbondale Than Chicago

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives an update Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020 on the coronavirus in Carbondale. (WTTW News)

When the coronavirus pandemic struck Illinois in the spring, Cook County was hit hard while areas downstate were largely spared. But that’s changing. “We’re seeing troubling signs,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker gives an update Tuesday, Aug, 4, 2020 on the coronavirus in Carbondale. (WTTW News)

City Orders Visitors From Puerto Rico to Quarantine As Officials Warn, Again, That Virus is Spreading

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San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AndPon / Pixabay)

Visitors to Chicago from Puerto Rico will be required to quarantine for two weeks starting Friday in an effort to stop the increasing spread of the coronavirus in Chicago, city officials announced Tuesday.

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San Juan, Puerto Rico. (AndPon / Pixabay)

Progress Slow on Virus Relief Bill as Negotiations Continue

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, speaks as she stands next to Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Negotiators on a huge coronavirus relief bill reported slight progress after talks resumed Monday afternoon in the Capitol, but multiple obstacles remain.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., left, speaks as she stands next to Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
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