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State Party Leaders Rally the Base at Illinois State Fair on Democrat Day

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a brunch featuring speeches by Illinois Democrat at the Illinois State Fair’s Democrat Day on Aug. 17, 2022. (WTTW News)

Democrats hold all of Illinois’ statewide offices and super-majorities in the legislature, and they’re looking to not only keep it that way come November, but to also tighten their stronghold, including by tipping suburban contests, like the DuPage and Kane County boards.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a brunch featuring speeches by Illinois Democrat at the Illinois State Fair’s Democrat Day on Aug. 17, 2022. (WTTW News)

Deadly 24 Hours on Lake Michigan With Multiple Drownings

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Chicago police and fire departments conducted multiple water rescues in a less than 24-hour period on Lake Michigan, with at least two people dead.

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Aug. 17, 2022 - Full Show

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We’re live at the Illinois State Fair and it’s Democrat Day. Plus, opening statements in the R. Kelly trial. Why insulin is so expensive. And earning a bachelor’s degree in a maximum security prison.

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Spotlight Politics: Illinois Dems Focus on Unity, Target GOP Nominee Darren Bailey at State Fair

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other state Democrats wave to the crowd at the Illinois State Fair’s Democrat Day on Aug. 17, 2022. (WTTW News)

Highland Park calls for a ban on semi-automatic weapons. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker and other state Democrats wave to the crowd at the Illinois State Fair’s Democrat Day on Aug. 17, 2022. (WTTW News)

Law Caps Monthly Insulin Cost for Medicare Users, But Cost Remains High For Others

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President Joe Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law at the White House on Aug. 16, 2022. (CNN)

President Joe Biden signed the Inflation Reduction Act into law this week, which among other things, puts a $35 cap on insulin prices. But that will only apply to Medicare recipients, leaving the rest of Americans who depend on the life-saving medication to continue paying huge prices.

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President Joe Biden signs the Inflation Reduction Act into law at the White House on Aug. 16, 2022. (CNN)

Through Unique Program, Men in Prison Overcome Challenges to Earn Degrees from Northwestern University

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Men at Stateville Correctional Center participate in a class through Northwestern University’s Prison Education Program on Aug. 15, 2022. (WTTW News)

While many schools will offer classes for credit to prison inmates, Northwestern University says its the only top 10 school that grants degrees to prisoners. And next spring, students at Stateville Correctional Center, a maximum-security prison in Will County, will be the first to receive their bachelor's degrees from Northwestern while in prison.

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Men at Stateville Correctional Center participate in a class through Northwestern University’s Prison Education Program on Aug. 15, 2022. (WTTW News)

New City College Program Aims to Fill Health Care Shortage With Immigrant Professionals

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The Chicago Welcome Back Center launched Aug. 16, 2022, at the Arturo Velasquez Institute at Richard J. Daley College. (WTTW News)

The Chicago Welcome Back Center launched Tuesday at Richard J. Daley College and will serve as a resource center for individuals trained internationally in health care fields who are working to receive licensure in the U.S. 

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The Chicago Welcome Back Center launched Aug. 16, 2022, at the Arturo Velasquez Institute at Richard J. Daley College. (WTTW News)

Ethics Board Clears Lightfoot’s Use of City Vehicles, Aides, Security Detail on Campaign Trail

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot hits the campaign trail on June 7, 2022, as her security detail looks on. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

The unanimous advisory opinion issued Monday and signed by Chair William Conlon represents the first time the board has addressed the issues that surround the decision by an incumbent mayor to run for re-election.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot hits the campaign trail on June 7, 2022, as her security detail looks on. (Heather Cherone / WTTW News)

R. Kelly, Co-Defendants Worked to Hide Singer’s ‘Dark Side’ From Public: Prosecutors

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In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Opening statements got underway at the Dirksen Federal Building on Wednesday in R. Kelly’s second federal trial, where he stands accused of multiple child pornography-related charges, as well as conspiracy to obstruct justice and enticing a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity.

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In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

43-Year-Old Man Dies After Being Pulled From Water at Diversey Harbor

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The man was pulled from the water early Wednesday morning. More than 30 people have drowned in Lake Michigan so far in 2022.

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U.S. Midterms Bring Few Changes from Social Media Companies on Misinformation Efforts

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Platforms like Facebook and Twitter are generally staying the course from the 2020 voting season, which was marred by conspiracies and culminated in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Video app TikTok, which has soared in popularity since the last election cycle, announced Wednesday it is launching an election center.

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Scientists Warn of Dire Effects as Mediterranean Sea Heats Up; Temperatures Spike 5 to 9 Degrees Above Norm

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People cool off on Puerto de Sagunto beach, east Spain on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (AP Photo / Alberto Saiz)

From Barcelona to Tel Aviv, scientists say they are witnessing exceptional temperature hikes ranging from 5.4 degrees Fahrenheit to 9 degrees Fahrenheit above the norm for this time of year. Water temperatures have regularly exceeded 86 degrees on some days.

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People cool off on Puerto de Sagunto beach, east Spain on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022. (AP Photo / Alberto Saiz)

Liz Cheney Ponders 2024 Presidential Bid After Losing Wyoming GOP Primary

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, at an Election Day gathering in Jackson, Wyo. Challenger Harriet Hageman has defeated Cheney in the primary. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

Speaking to NBC in the wake of her loss, the third-term congresswoman called Trump “a very grave threat and risk to our republic,” and said defeating him will require “a broad and united front of Republicans, Democrats and independents — and that’s what I intend to be part of.”

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Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., speaks Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2022, at an Election Day gathering in Jackson, Wyo. Challenger Harriet Hageman has defeated Cheney in the primary. (AP Photo / Jae C. Hong)

Aug. 16, 2022 - Full Show

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President Biden signs his signature piece of legislation. The state’s top doctor on COVID and more. An Afghanistan war interpreter’s fight for citizenship. And the Morton Arboretum turns 100.

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New State Health Director Starts Tenure with Challenges Around COVID-19, Monkeypox and Polio

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Dr. Sameer Vohra took over the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month. (WTTW News)

Dr. Sameer Vohra took over the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month.

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Dr. Sameer Vohra took over the Illinois Department of Public Health earlier this month. (WTTW News)

Marine From Chicago Documents Friendship with Afghan Interpreter and Struggle to Secure His Safety

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“Always Faithful: A Story of the War in Afghanistan, the Fall of Kabul, and the Unshakable Bond Between a Marine and an Interpreter,” by Major Tom Schueman and Zainullah “Zak” Zaki.

A dual memoir by a Chicago-native U.S. Marine and an Afghan interpreter offers insight into the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan one year later and the Afghans who are still trying to find safety and security.

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“Always Faithful: A Story of the War in Afghanistan, the Fall of Kabul, and the Unshakable Bond Between a Marine and an Interpreter,” by Major Tom Schueman and Zainullah “Zak” Zaki.

After 100 Years, Morton Arboretum Just Keeps Growing

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This year marks the centennial of the Morton Arboretum in DuPage County. Fifty years before it was established, the founder’s father started Arbor Day.  (WTTW News)

This year marks the centennial of the Morton Arboretum in DuPage County. Fifty years before it was established, the founder’s father started Arbor Day. Producer Marc Vitali visited the 1,700-acre public garden for a bit of history and to meet a photographer who has explored the place since his first visit in the 1960s.

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This year marks the centennial of the Morton Arboretum in DuPage County. Fifty years before it was established, the founder’s father started Arbor Day.  (WTTW News)