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City College Valedictorians Reflect on 2020-2022 Experience

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Seventeen hundred students from the City Colleges of Chicago walked across the stage at the Wintrust Arena in the first in-person commencement ceremony for the colleges since the pandemic began.  (Courtesy City Colleges of Chicago)

Seventeen hundred students from the City Colleges of Chicago walked across the stage at the Wintrust Arena in the first in-person commencement ceremony for the colleges since the pandemic began.

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Seventeen hundred students from the City Colleges of Chicago walked across the stage at the Wintrust Arena in the first in-person commencement ceremony for the colleges since the pandemic began.  (Courtesy City Colleges of Chicago)

Love Purse Carries Necessities, Inspiration to Women in Need

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The pandemic sparked an idea for local woman Maria Castro. She found a way to get everyday necessities — plus a touch of inspiration — to women in need. (WTTW News)

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated housing insecurity, substance abuse, human trafficking, and domestic violence, often leaving women struggling with those issues with virtually no resources to move forward. But the pandemic also sparked an idea for local woman Maria Castro. She found a way to get everyday necessities — plus a touch of inspiration — to women in need.

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The pandemic sparked an idea for local woman Maria Castro. She found a way to get everyday necessities — plus a touch of inspiration — to women in need. (WTTW News)

Red Moon Rising: Total Lunar Eclipse Coming to Chicago May 15

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“All you need are your eyes, a comfortable chair and a blanket to enjoy,” Chicago astronomer Joe Guzman said. “Those who have telescopes set them up and share this experience with your family as we observe one celestial object get in the way of another!” (WTTW News)

A celestial show is coming to Chicago next weekend - on the evening of Sunday, May 15, a lunar eclipse will grace the night skies. Chicago astronomer Joe Guzman says it's a great reason to spend an evening moongazing.

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“All you need are your eyes, a comfortable chair and a blanket to enjoy,” Chicago astronomer Joe Guzman said. “Those who have telescopes set them up and share this experience with your family as we observe one celestial object get in the way of another!” (WTTW News)

Condition of Some US Dams Kept Secret in National Database

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Water flows out of the Rockwall-Forney Dam in Forney, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo / LM Otero)

For much of the past couple of decades, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers declined to reveal the conditions of dams in the National Inventory of Dams — which it maintains — citing security concerns stemming from the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

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Water flows out of the Rockwall-Forney Dam in Forney, Texas, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022. (AP Photo / LM Otero)

New Reparations Focus: Black Enclaves Lost to Development

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In this still frame from circa 1961 WJAR-TV newsreel footage, provided by the Rhode Island Historical Society, an armored military vehicle is used to demolish a residential building in what was then known as the Lippitt Hill neighborhood, in Providence, R.I. (WJAR-TV / Rhode Island Historical Society via AP)

The approach builds off the blueprint in Evanston, a Chicago suburb that became the first in the nation to begin paying reparations last year with a program providing Black residents grants for mortgage payments and home repairs, in acknowledgement of the historic discrimination Black people endured when trying to buy homes.

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In this still frame from circa 1961 WJAR-TV newsreel footage, provided by the Rhode Island Historical Society, an armored military vehicle is used to demolish a residential building in what was then known as the Lippitt Hill neighborhood, in Providence, R.I. (WJAR-TV / Rhode Island Historical Society via AP)

COVID Coverage for All Dries up Even as Hospital Costs Rise

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A room is empty in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center sits empty, in Lebanon, N.H., Jan. 3, 2022.  (AP Photo / Steven Senne, File)

Things are reverting to the way they were as federal money for COVID care of the uninsured dries up, creating a potential barrier to timely access. But the virus is not contained, even if it’s better controlled. And safety-net hospitals and clinics are seeing sharply higher costs for salaries and other basic operating expenses. 

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A room is empty in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center sits empty, in Lebanon, N.H., Jan. 3, 2022.  (AP Photo / Steven Senne, File)

The Week in Review: Lightfoot Selects Bally’s Bid for Long-Awaited Casino

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An aerial view of the proposed Bally’s casino site. (WTTW News)

The Mayor rolls the dice on a casino proposal, will alderpeople buy-in? The abortion bombshell rocks politics. Boeing takes off from Chicago. And the Bears complete the first draft under their new GM.

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An aerial view of the proposed Bally’s casino site. (WTTW News)

Meet the Lumpsuckers. Shedd’s Newcomer Is a Fish That Can Barely Swim, Is Covered in Teeth

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Lumpsuckers at the Shedd Aquarium. (Shedd Aquarium)

The Shedd Aquarium recently welcomed a group of lumpsuckers, a fish that’s weird in so many ways, it’s hard to know where to start.

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Lumpsuckers at the Shedd Aquarium. (Shedd Aquarium)

Suburban Starbucks Unionization Vote Fails, First Chicago-Area Loss for Organizing Effort

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Workers at more than 250 Starbucks locations around the U.S. have filed to join a union, and about 50 have voted in favor of unionization. Organizers and their supporters have accused Starbucks of aggressive “union-busting” tactics, including cutting hours, disciplining, and firing pro-union employees. 

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Step Aside, Iowa, New Hampshire: Illinois Democrats to Compete for Early Presidential Primary

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Illinois’ population closely represents the nation as a whole, whether measured by race, age, income or education, U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Chicago), the chair of the Democratic Party of Illinois, wrote to Democratic National Committee Chair Jaime Harrison, adding that Illinois not only includes Chicago, but also rural areas devoted to agriculture dotted by small towns.

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COVID-19 Poses ‘Medium’ Risk Across Chicago, Cook County: Federal Health Officials

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Residents of seven northeast Illinois counties — McHenry, Lake, Cook, Kendall, DuPage, Will and Grundy — face a medium level of COVID-19 risk, according to the CDC. Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said Chicagoans should consider the CDC’s medium level of risk warning as “a yellow light of caution.”

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May 5, 2022 - Full Show

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The cards are on the table with the Mayor’s pick for the city’s only casino. How the state handled a COVID-19 outbreak at a veterans home. Plus the state’s DCFS director

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‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Old Town

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Located two miles north of downtown, and about a mile from the lake, Old Town a neighborhood that has undergone a lot of change in the past decade. Residents have fought to preserve historic buildings in the area.

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How Higher Fed Rates Stand to Affect Americans’ Finances

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This May 4, 2021, file photo shows the Federal Reserve building in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

The substantial half-point hike in its benchmark short-term rate that the Federal Reserve announced Wednesday won’t, by itself, have much immediate effect on most Americans’ finances. But additional large hikes are expected to be announced at the Fed’s next two meetings, in June and July, and economists and investors foresee the fastest pace of rate increases since 1989.

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This May 4, 2021, file photo shows the Federal Reserve building in Washington. (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky, File)

Chuoy the Buoy Reports for Duty on Lake Michigan, Filling a Chicago-Sized Gap in Monitoring Capabilities

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Chuoy the buoy, reporting for data-monitoring duty in Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline. (Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant)

Anchored a mile off Navy Pier, Chuoy the Buoy fills a Chicago-sized gap in shoreline monitoring. Swimmers, boaters, anglers, researchers and meteorologists alike will benefit from data collected close to the city’s lakefront.   

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Chuoy the buoy, reporting for data-monitoring duty in Lake Michigan off the Chicago shoreline. (Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant)

Veterans Died Without Attention from Illinois’ Health Department

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Thirty-six residents of the LaSalle Veterans’ Home died in November 2020 as part of a COVID-19 outbreak. A new report from the state’s auditor general finds that IDPH neglected to respond to the outbreak at the state-run facility until for many, it was too late.

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Rebuild Foundation Breaks Ground for New Arts Incubator in Greater Grand Crossing

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Work is underway at a former Catholic school in Greater Grand Crossing that Rebuild Foundation is turning into an arts incubator. (WTTW News)

After being closed for more than 20 years, a former Catholic school in Greater Grand Crossing is being rebuilt into a new arts incubator for the Rebuild Foundation. Arts Correspondent Angel Idowu takes us to that groundbreaking for an inside look at the city’s newest cultural hub. 

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Work is underway at a former Catholic school in Greater Grand Crossing that Rebuild Foundation is turning into an arts incubator. (WTTW News)