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Blackhawks Stun Oilers 6-4 in Series Opener

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Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks’ Dominik Kubalik (8) during third-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP)

Rookie winger Dominik Kubalik scored two goals and added three assists, leading the Chicago Blackhawks to a 6-4 win over the host Edmonton Oilers in the opener of their best-of-five qualifying round series on Saturday.

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Edmonton Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen (19) makes a save against Chicago Blackhawks’ Dominik Kubalik (8) during third-period NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game action in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2020. (Jason Franson / The Canadian Press via AP)

Amid Surge in Homicides and Shootings, CPD Points to Overall Crime Reduction

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(WTTW News)

According to data released by the Chicago Police Department, the city saw 105 homicides in July — an increase of 138% compared to July 2019. Despite that increase, police say overall crime numbers are trending down.

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Rent’s Due, Again: Monthly Anxieties Deepen as Aid Falls Off

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Roushaunda Williams poses for a photo in Chicago on Thursday, July, 23, 2020. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Another month passes. The coronavirus pandemic marches on. And Americans struggling amid the economic fallout once again have to worry as their next rent checks come due Aug. 1.

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Roushaunda Williams poses for a photo in Chicago on Thursday, July, 23, 2020. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Returning to Work? Here’s How to Prepare Your Pets for Alone Time

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(Michael Siebert / Pixabay)

The coronavirus has upended daily routines around the globe, but it’s not just humans who have been impacted. Our pets have grown accustomed to us being home around the clock.

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The Week in Review: Pritzker Issues Stern Warning

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday, July 31, 2020: “We’re at a danger point, everybody. Pay attention.”

The governor warns of a “danger point” as COVID-19 cases rise. Three cops are injured in a shooting. ComEd gets a grilling from aldermen, while House Speaker Madigan says he isn’t going anywhere.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Thursday, July 31, 2020: “We’re at a danger point, everybody. Pay attention.”

Students Tell Story of Bronzeville Neighborhood Through Their Eyes in ComEd Sponsored Film Festival

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Harold Washington Cultural Center on 47th and King Drive, as seen in the student film, “Bronzeville Documentary.”

This weekend, the portrayal of Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood will be on display during the Bronzeville Film Festival.

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Harold Washington Cultural Center on 47th and King Drive, as seen in the student film, “Bronzeville Documentary.”

Bars Forced to Stop Indoor Service Amid Coronavirus Increase Can Apply For Sidewalk Cafe Permit: Lightfoot

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Chicago bars ordered to stop serving customers indoors as part of a rollback ordered by Mayor Lori Lightfoot following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases can apply to open a sidewalk cafe, city officials announced Friday.

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Pritzker Unveils Plan to ‘Transform’ Juvenile Justice in Illinois By Closing Large Facilities

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Illinois will close five large juvenile detention centers as part of a plan unveiled Friday by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in an effort to “transform” the current system, which Pritzker called “too punitive and too ineffective.”

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Summer Road Trip? Quarantines Are Crimping Some US Travelers

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Passengers boards a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State officials reported more cases of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Families trying to squeeze in a summer vacation before school starts better do some homework on COVID-19 restrictions before loading up the minivan.

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Passengers boards a Casco Bay Lines ferry bound for Peaks Island, Thursday, July 30, 2020, in Portland, Maine. State officials reported more cases of COVID-19. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Man Charged With 6 Counts of Attempted Murder After Shootout With Chicago Police

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Chicago Police investigate at the 25th District station on the Northwest Side, after several officers were shot outside the station, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times)

The man accused of wounding three Chicago police officers in a shootout outside a Northwest Side police station Thursday morning has been charged with six counts of attempted murder and multiple other felonies.

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Chicago Police investigate at the 25th District station on the Northwest Side, after several officers were shot outside the station, Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Chicago Sun-Times)

‘We Love Baseball’: Wrigley Ballhawks Stay on During Pandemic

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Chicago Cubs fans wait for a ball outside of Wrigley Field before the Opening Day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

While Major League Baseball is beginning this season without fans in its stadiums, the famed ballhawks of Wrigley Field remain at their post amid the coronavirus pandemic.

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Chicago Cubs fans wait for a ball outside of Wrigley Field before the Opening Day baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and the Milwaukee Brewers in Chicago, Friday, July 24, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

1,500 Businesses Struggling to Recover from Unrest, Pandemic Get City Grants: Lightfoot

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A business is boarded up in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood on the city’s South Side on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, following unrest over the killing of George Floyd. (WTTW News)

“Our small businesses play a large role in contributing to the vibrancy of our city which is why it is essential that we continue to offer them assistance during what may be the most difficult time that many of them face,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot in a statement.

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A business is boarded up in Chicago’s Chatham neighborhood on the city’s South Side on Wednesday, June 3, 2020, following unrest over the killing of George Floyd. (WTTW News)

Some Educators of Color Resist Push For Police-Free Schools

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Karen Calloway, principal of Kenwood Academy in Chicago, poses Tuesday, July 28, 2020, for a portrait outside the Hyde Park neighborhood campus. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

School districts nationwide are working to remove police officers from campuses, but some Black and Indigenous educational leaders are resisting the push prompted by the national reckoning over racial injustice and police brutality.

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Karen Calloway, principal of Kenwood Academy in Chicago, poses Tuesday, July 28, 2020, for a portrait outside the Hyde Park neighborhood campus. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan: ‘No Plans to Resign’

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(WTTW News)

“I have no plans to resign,” Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan said Thursday in a statement as a growing number of Democrats encourage him to step down due to his entanglement in Commonwealth Edison’s bribery scandal.  

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‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Austin

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Bordering the western suburb of Oak Park, community leaders say Austin often grapples with violence and disinvestment – as of late it’s struggled with COVID-19 and an uptick opioid overdoses.

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How ‘Situation Chicago’ Is Working to Save Chicago Music Venues

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Local musicians and business owners are joining forces to help music venues in Chicago withstand the pandemic through a new album, “Situation Chicago.”

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Virtual Film Screening, Discussion Focuses on ‘Outdoors While Black’

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Faith E. Briggs, in a scene from “This Land,” part of a virtual screening event. (YouTube)

The organization Environmentalists of Color is teaming up with the One Earth Film Fest to screen a pair of films focusing on the theme of “Outdoors While Black: Unpacking History, Reframing Safety & Taking Action.”

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Faith E. Briggs, in a scene from “This Land,” part of a virtual screening event. (YouTube)
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