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Report: Streets & Sanitation Inefficient in Clearing Weeds from Vacant Lots

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The Office of Inspector General has released a report on Streets & San's weed-cutting performance. (Bart Everson / Flickr)

An audit by the Inspector General’s Office found numerous flaws in the Department of Streets and Sanitation’s system of clearing weeds from vacant lots, including the lack of an up-to-date list of city-owned vacant property.

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The Office of Inspector General has released a report on Streets & San's weed-cutting performance. (Bart Everson / Flickr)

Local Researchers Develop Wearable Sensor to Monitor COVID-19 Symptoms

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Researchers at Northwestern University and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab have developed a wearable sensor to monitor and interpret key symptoms of the novel coronavirus. (Credit: Northwestern University)

Worn 24/7, the soft, flexible sensor is being used to monitor cough, shortness of breath and fever in a small number of patients and front-line health care workers. Researchers hope the device can provide more insight about the coronavirus.

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Researchers at Northwestern University and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab have developed a wearable sensor to monitor and interpret key symptoms of the novel coronavirus. (Credit: Northwestern University)

July 23, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the July 23, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Opening Day Amid Virus: Masks, Empty Parks, Social Justice

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New York Yankees’ Clint Frazier, left, watches his two-run home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning of a baseball spring training game Saturday, July 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo / Adam Hunger)

A baseball season that was on the brink before it ever began because of the virus outbreak is set to start Thursday night.

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New York Yankees’ Clint Frazier, left, watches his two-run home run against the New York Mets during the fourth inning of a baseball spring training game Saturday, July 18, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo / Adam Hunger)

Pritzker Extends Ban on Evictions to Aug. 22; Applications for Rental Assistance Open Aug. 10

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A residential street in Wicker Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)

The three-week reprieve ordered by Gov. J.B. Pritzker allows state officials time to set up a program to distribute more than $300 million in help to landlords and tenants struggling to make ends meet during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A residential street in Wicker Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Activists File Suit to Protect Protesters With Federal Agents Coming to Chicago

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Federal officers use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Attorneys representing Black Lives Matter Chicago and several other groups filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking an injunction to halt the feds from interfering with peaceful protests or making arrests without probable cause.

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Federal officers use crowd control munitions to disperse Black Lives Matter protesters outside the Mark O. Hatfield United States Courthouse on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

WTTW News Seeking Freelance Reporters for Weekend Coverage

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Interested in contributing to WTTW News? We are seeking experienced, motivated news reporters for weekend coverage of Chicago news and events. Learn more.

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Trump Deploys More Federal Agents Under ‘Law-And-Order’ Push

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President Donald Trump speaks during an event on “Operation Legend: Combatting Violent Crime in American Cities,” in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump is expanding the administration’s intervention in local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a “law-and-order” mantle.

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President Donald Trump speaks during an event on “Operation Legend: Combatting Violent Crime in American Cities,” in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

Chicago Pastor on Mass Shooting: ‘I Haven’t Seen a Scene Like This’

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Pastor Donovan Price (WTTW News)

Chicago police say Tuesday’s mass shooting is a chilling example of gang revenge and retaliation — a cycle that needs to end. They are pleading with witnesses for help, while residents deal with the trauma.

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Pastor Donovan Price (WTTW News)

Spotlight Politics: Trump Weighs in on Chicago’s Violence

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Gun violence in Chicago is again taking the national spotlight. Our politics team weighs in on President Donald Trump’s plans to send 100 federal agents to the city and more.

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‘It’s Affecting Everyday Live’: Community Leaders Respond to Gun Violence

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A mass shooting injures at least 15 people outside a funeral home in the city’s Auburn Gresham neighborhood. How community leaders are responding to the gun violence crisis.

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Attorney to Sheriff Dart: Protect Jail Detainees, Not Your Reputation

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Cook County Jail (WTTW News)

The Cook County sheriff says an advocate for detainees is lying about what the jail has done to curb the coronavirus. She responds on “Chicago Tonight.”

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Cook County Jail (WTTW News)

Park District Board Says of Douglas Park Name Change: ‘It Will Be Done’

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Someone took matters into their own hands and unofficially changed the name of Douglas Park on signage earlier in 2020. (WTTW News)

Students leading the movement to change the name of Douglas Park said they were frustrated to have been left out of the board’s meeting Wednesday, and for their broader campaign to have been ignored. 

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Someone took matters into their own hands and unofficially changed the name of Douglas Park on signage earlier in 2020. (WTTW News)

Trump Sends More Than 100 Federal Agents to Chicago to Fight Violence

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to the media following a meeting of the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (WTTW News)

President Donald Trump will send “more than 100” federal agents to crack down on surging crime in Chicago — but will not order a Portland-style paramilitary strike force to patrol the city.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks to the media following a meeting of the Chicago City Council on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. (WTTW News)

July 22, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the July 22, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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A Tour of the ‘Notorious RBG’ Exhibition With Son James Ginsburg

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“Notorious RBG” book cover illustration by Adam Johnson. Courtesy of HarperCollins. Photographs: Crown © by Hurst Photo/Shutterstock; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

A look at the life and legal work of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, with family stories from her son.

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“Notorious RBG” book cover illustration by Adam Johnson. Courtesy of HarperCollins. Photographs: Crown © by Hurst Photo/Shutterstock; Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Some Tenants to Get More Notice Before Evictions Under New Law

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(Samuel A. Love / Flickr)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has repeatedly said 30 days’ notice is not nearly enough time for a single person, let alone a family, to find a new place to live and move. Now, long-term renters will get more notice of an eviction without cause.

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