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Chicago Portrait: Dr. Everywoman

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Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald works in her downtown Chicago medical office on July 27, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

During the day, Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald sees patients at her obstetric and gynecological practice in Chicago. But after work, she entertains and educates the public through song parodies.

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Dr. Wendy Goodall McDonald works in her downtown Chicago medical office on July 27, 2020. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

The Greatest of the Great Lakes Has a Twitter Account With a Superiority Complex

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(Jolene / Flickr; inset: Twitter / @lakesuperior)

The “greatest lake of all time” has a Twitter account to match its swagger, run by a human who speaks not on behalf of the lake but as the lake in a brash, anthropomorphic way. And we can’t get enough of it.

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(Jolene / Flickr; inset: Twitter / @lakesuperior)

‘The Jury is Still Out’: Police Superintendent David Brown Marks 100 Days Amid Multiple Crises

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David Brown is sworn in as police superintendent by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after unanimous approval by the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Brown’s wife and daughter are also pictured. (@Chicago_Police / Twitter photo)

After nearly 100 days at the helm of the Chicago Police Department, the superintendent’s tenure has been anything but average, as he faces an ongoing pandemic, protests and a surge in gun violence. 

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David Brown is sworn in as police superintendent by Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot after unanimous approval by the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, April 22, 2020. Brown’s wife and daughter are also pictured. (@Chicago_Police / Twitter photo)

CPS: More Than 400 Daily COVID-19 Cases Could Trigger Full-Time Remote Learning

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(Don Harder / Flickr)

In order for schools to move to fully remote instruction this fall, the city of Chicago must hit a rolling average of 400 new COVID-19 cases per day, according to new guidance from Chicago Public Schools.

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Worried About Democracy? Angry About Police Brutality? Fill Out the Census, Lightfoot Says

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot urges Chicagoans to complete the 2020 census during a Wednesday, July 29, 2020 press conference at the DuSable Museum in Hyde Park. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot delivered a full-throated defense of American democracy Wednesday before urging Chicagoans to safeguard the freedoms enshrined in the Bill of Rights by responding to the 2020 census.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot urges Chicagoans to complete the 2020 census during a Wednesday, July 29, 2020 press conference at the DuSable Museum in Hyde Park. (WTTW News)

US Is Expected to Report a Record-Breaking Economic Plunge

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In this July 13, 2020 file photo, a For Rent sign hangs on a closed shop during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

Having endured what was surely a record-shattering slump last quarter, the U.S. economy faces a dim outlook as a resurgent coronavirus intensifies doubts about any sustained recovery the rest of the year.

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In this July 13, 2020 file photo, a For Rent sign hangs on a closed shop during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

Trump Administration Won’t Accept New DACA Applications

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

The Trump administration said Tuesday that it will reject new applications and shorten renewal periods for an Obama-era program that shields young people from deportation.

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President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference at the White House, Tuesday, July 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Could ComEd Customers Get Reimbursed for ‘Wrongfully Inflated Rates’?

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Commonwealth Edison must pay a $200 million fine to the federal government as part of its deal with the U.S. attorney’s office. That fine will go to federal coffers — not ComEd customers. But a lawsuit is seeking to change that.

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

A Virtual Tour of the Union League Club of Chicago

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Inside the Union League Club of Chicago. (WTTW News)

It’s home to a massive art collection that includes a Monet and a passel of Paschkes. The latest in our series of virtual tours: a private club with a public focus — and an eye for artwork.

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Inside the Union League Club of Chicago. (WTTW News)

Evanston Artist Transforms Neighborhood, One Garage Door at a Time

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Evanston artist Teresa Parod paints a mural on a garage door. (WTTW News)

Alleys serve many purposes, but they’re not typically used as the backdrop for public art. Enter Teresa Parod, who is using house paint to elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary.

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Evanston artist Teresa Parod paints a mural on a garage door. (WTTW News)

Chicago Tribune Moves Columnists to Reinforce Line Between Opinion and News

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The Chicago Tribune announced changes to its print edition to clarify the difference between news and opinion on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Rebecca Palmore / WTTW News)

How should local newspapers and the media industry at large differentiate between news and opinion? What the Chicago Tribune is doing to clarify its content.

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The Chicago Tribune announced changes to its print edition to clarify the difference between news and opinion on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (Rebecca Palmore / WTTW News)

Secret Service Agent Shot in Reagan Assassination Attempt Retires as Orland Park Police Chief

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Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (WTTW News)

The Secret Service agent who took a bullet to protect President Ronald Reagan has spent the last 26 years as chief of police in Orland Park. We speak with Tim McCarthy ahead of his Aug. 1 retirement.

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Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (WTTW News)

Barr Defends Aggressive Federal Response to Protests

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Attorney General William Barr listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Justice as a video plays in the background on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla / Pool via AP)

Attorney General William Barr defended the aggressive federal law enforcement response to civil unrest in America as he testified for the first time before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday.

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Attorney General William Barr listens during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Justice as a video plays in the background on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, July 28, 2020 in Washington. (Chip Somodevilla / Pool via AP)

July 28, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the July 28, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime or Quarter? US Mint Asks People to Get Coins Back in Circulation

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(Jason Rogers / Flickr)

Whether piled up in change jars, cup holders or couch crevices, coins are not circulating, and that makes it difficult for businesses to deal in cash, the U.S. Coin Task Force says. Here’s how to help.

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(Jason Rogers / Flickr)

Northwestern Seeking 5,000 Volunteers for COVID-19 Prevention Trials

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(Credit: Northwestern Medicine)

Northwestern Medicine is seeking 5,000 people who are at risk of exposure to the coronavirus and are interested in participating in vaccine studies to join its newly launched COVID Prevention Trials Registry.

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As Coronavirus Cases Continue to Increase, State and City Officials Disagree on Key Metric

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(WTTW News)

Illinois and Chicago officials disagree on how to calculate the single most important benchmark for tracking the spread of the coronavirus, even as the number of confirmed cases of the virus continues to rise statewide.

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