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For First Time in 30 Years, Vinyl Records Being Made in Chicago

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Smashed Plastic in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Ten years ago, less than 2 million records were purchased in the U.S. But last year, nearly 17 million were sold. And now there are records being made in Chicago for the first time in decades. We stop by to see how it’s done.

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Smashed Plastic in Chicago. (WTTW News)

More than 165K Inclined Baby Sleepers Recalled Due to Risk of Suffocation

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While no infant fatalities or injuries have so far been reported, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says consumers should stop using the recalled products immediately. 

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January 30, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Jan. 30, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Crain’s Headlines: United Scales Back Flights to China

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The Chicago-based airline is reducing flights from the U.S. to China as the coronavirus outbreak worsens.

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1st Case of Person-to-Person Spread of Coronavirus in US Stems from Chicago

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The announcement from local health officials came just hours before the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency.

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Tips to Keep Your Super Bowl Party From Being Super Trashy — We’re Looking at You, Pizza Boxes

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Hosting a more sustainable Super Bowl party can be as easy as buying snacks from the bulk bin and using cloth napkins instead of paper. Oh, and split the difference on pizza boxes.

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Charlie Beck Announces ‘Transformative Overhaul’ of CPD Organization

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Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (WTTW News)

A massive restructuring plan for the Chicago Police Department aims to streamline operations and put the department in a better position to comply with the federal consent decree.

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Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (WTTW News)

Three Edgewater Red Line Stations Closed This Weekend

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For the second weekend in a row, three CTA Red Line stations on the North Side will be closed from Friday night through Monday morning.

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How Will Chicago Meet Its 100% Clean Energy Goal? Join the Kickoff Conversation This Weekend

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Chicago has a target date of 2035 to transition to clean energy. On Saturday, the first of several planned community forums will gather residents’ input on how to achieve that goal.

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Trump’s Defense Shifts to Not ‘Impeachable’ Even if True

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In this image from video, Alan Dershowitz, an attorney for President Donald Trump, answers a question during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

In a striking shift from President Donald Trump’s claim of “perfect” dealings with Ukraine, his defense asserted at his Senate trial that a trade of U.S. military aid for political favors — even if proven — could not be grounds for his impeachment.

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In this image from video, Alan Dershowitz, an attorney for President Donald Trump, answers a question during the impeachment trial against Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Spotlight Politics: Sandoval Guilty Plea Has Repercussions

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Beyond Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s State of the State address, the guilty plea of yet another former public official is the talk of Springfield and Chicago. Our politics team digs into that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

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Local Violin-Making School Draws Students from Around the World

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If you want to become a professional violin-maker, there are three places in the U.S. where you can learn how to do it: Boston, Salt Lake City and the Chicago suburb of Skokie.

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Chicago’s Pullman: A Model for Neighborhood Revitalization?

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In 2015, Pullman was designated Illinois’ first national monument. The Far South Side neighborhood scored another victory with the Amateur Athletic Union. And a 40-acre Amazon warehouse may be on the horizon.

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In State of the State, Pritzker Frames Illinois in Positive Light Despite Cloud of Corruption

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his second State of the State address in Springfield on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (WTTW News via Blue Room Media)

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker pointedly used his State of the State address Wednesday to frame Illinois in a positive light thanks to the burst of laws passed during the first year of his administration.

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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker delivers his second State of the State address in Springfield on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (WTTW News via Blue Room Media)

Porchlight Sets the Stage on Fire With Duke Ellington Revue ‘Sophisticated Ladies’

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From left: Chuckie Benson, Terri K. Woodall, Joey Stone, Madison Piner and Tristan Bruns in “Rockin’ in Rhythm” from “Sophisticated Ladies” by Porchlight Music Theatre. (Photo by Michael Courier)

This knockout revival could easily be airlifted onto a New York stage without a single alteration. Come and see it if you can.

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From left: Chuckie Benson, Terri K. Woodall, Joey Stone, Madison Piner and Tristan Bruns in “Rockin’ in Rhythm” from “Sophisticated Ladies” by Porchlight Music Theatre. (Photo by Michael Courier)

Chicago Releases 2019 Electric Scooter Program Data

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The city’s four-month pilot program saw more than 820,000 electric scooter trips and reports of nearly 200 scooter-related injuries. What else the data tells us as the city gears up for a new scooter program.

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‘America the Beautiful and Violent’ Tackles Structural Issues in Chicago

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Violence in Chicago sometimes leads to descriptions of the city as a “battleground” or “war zone.” But author Dexter Voisin says those narratives ignore the structural issues behind the violence in many communities.

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