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Illinois More Prepared for Health Emergencies Than in 2013

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The state is better equipped to deal with natural disasters, disease outbreaks and other large-scale emergencies than it was six years ago, according to the latest edition of an annual report.

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Developer Seeking State Funds for Transit Hub in One Central Megaproject

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A rendering of One Central (Courtesy Landmark Development)

A proposed new development just west of Soldier Field is seeking major state subsidies. Meet the developer and the local alderman – and hear about the plans for One Central.

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A rendering of One Central (Courtesy Landmark Development)

Midwest Rivers Recede, But Flooding Danger Lingers

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Ryan Lincoln maneuvers his boat through floodwater in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt / Quad City Times via AP)

The swollen Mississippi River and its tributaries were receding in many flood-ravaged communities on Monday, but concerns remained high because of the threat of heavy rain over the next few days.

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Ryan Lincoln maneuvers his boat through floodwater in downtown Davenport, Iowa, on Thursday, May 2, 2019. (Kevin E. Schmidt / Quad City Times via AP)

How the Legalization Debate is Playing Out Across the US

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This March 22, 2019 file photo shows a bud on a marijuana plant at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez, File)

Illinois, like many states, is grappling with legalization of recreational marijuana. In the first of a series, Brenda Flanagan of PBS member station NJTV News reports on how racial disparities impact the discussion in New Jersey.

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This March 22, 2019 file photo shows a bud on a marijuana plant at Compassionate Care Foundation's medical marijuana dispensary in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez, File)

Former Federal Prosecutors Say Trump Obstructed Justice

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President Donald Trump speaks during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point football team in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Political wrangling continues on Capitol Hill as Attorney General William Barr faces contempt charges and hundreds of former prosecutors sign a letter stating their belief that the president obstructed justice.

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President Donald Trump speaks during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point football team in the Rose Garden of the White House, Monday, May 6, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Ex-Chicago Police Sergeant Charged With Felonies After Bar Attack

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Former Chicago police Sergeant Eric Elkins, left, and Giovanni Rodriguez both face multiple felony charges. (Chicago Police Department)

Former Chicago police Sergeant Eric Elkins was implicated last year after he and others allegedly beat a group of men outside a gay bar in a brutal attack that left three victims hospitalized.

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Former Chicago police Sergeant Eric Elkins, left, and Giovanni Rodriguez both face multiple felony charges. (Chicago Police Department)

Former Homeland Security Chief Asks, ‘How Safe Are We?’

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Janet Napolitano (Credit: University of California)

How safe is America from terror attacks and other threats? Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talks about whether the U.S. has gotten safer since the 9/11 terror attacks.

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Janet Napolitano (Credit: University of California)

Chicago Zoo, Brewery to Release Beer Inspired by Red Fox’s Diet of Wild Berries

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A red fox in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska (Katherine Belcher / U.S. National Park Service)

Lincoln Park Zoo and DryHop Brewers are teaming up again in support of conservation. The new fruited sour beer will be made with a blueberry purée complimented by a lemon and citrus tartness, according to DryHop.

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A red fox in Denali National Park and Preserve, Alaska (Katherine Belcher / U.S. National Park Service)

2 Wisconsin Men Identified as Victims of Waukegan Explosion

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Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee and Waukegan. The explosion happened Friday, May 3. (John Starks / Daily Herald via AP)

Officials identified two more victims of a deadly northern Illinois explosion as crews continued searching for a fourth worker whose body hasn’t been recovered.

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Emergency personnel work at the scene of an explosion at AB Specialty Silicones on Sunset Ave. and Northwestern Ave. on the border between Gurnee and Waukegan. The explosion happened Friday, May 3. (John Starks / Daily Herald via AP)

May 7, 2019 - Full Show

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Watch the May 7, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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R. Kelly Attorney Waiting on Alleged Sex Tape, Avenatti Communications

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R. Kelly appears at a hearing Tuesday, May 7, 2019 before Judge Lawrence Flood at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Prosecutors have turned over hundreds of pages of discovery documents, but R. Kelly’s attorney said he’s still waiting to get a copy of an alleged sex tape of Kelly and a 14-year-old victim.

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R. Kelly appears at a hearing Tuesday, May 7, 2019 before Judge Lawrence Flood at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Chicago’s 2019 James Beard Award Winners

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Brandis Friedman talks with James Beard Award winners Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute on Monday, May 6, 2019 before the awards ceremony.

Greg Wade of Publican Quality Bread won Outstanding Baker, while Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute won Best Chef Great Lakes at the 2019 James Beard Awards. 

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Brandis Friedman talks with James Beard Award winners Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark of Parachute on Monday, May 6, 2019 before the awards ceremony.

Sandra Bland’s Own Video of 2015 Texas Traffic Stop Surfaces

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This undated file handout photo provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office shows Sandra Bland. (Waller County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Cellphone video recorded by Illinois motorist Sandra Bland, a black woman found dead in a Texas jail in 2015 following a confrontational traffic stop, shows for the first time her perspective.

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This undated file handout photo provided by the Waller County Sheriff's Office shows Sandra Bland. (Waller County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Judge Sentences Would-Be Chicago Bar Bomber to 16 Years

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Adel Daoud, 25, appears before Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Chicago. (Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni)

A federal judge on Monday handed an Illinois man a 16-year prison sentence for trying to kill hundreds of people by detonating what he thought was a car bomb outside a crowded Chicago bar in 2012.

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Adel Daoud, 25, appears before Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman on Monday, May 6, 2019 in Chicago. (Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni)

May 6, 2019 - Full Show

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Watch the May 6, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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High Time or Half-Baked? Illinois Looks to Legalize Weed

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Illinois residents could buy and use weed legally as soon as January should a measure backed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker be passed into law – but there’s no guarantee that will happen.

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Chicago is Getting Electric Scooters – But Are They Safe?

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WTTW News takes a test ride on a pair of electric scooters by the company Lime.

Chicago is rolling out an electric scooter pilot program this summer, but a recent government study of the shared scooter system in Austin, Texas, underscores the importance of riders wearing helmets. 

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WTTW News takes a test ride on a pair of electric scooters by the company Lime.
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