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April 2020 Trial Date Set in R. Kelly’s Federal Case in Chicago

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In this June 6, 2019 file photo, musician R. Kelly departs the Leighton Criminal Court building after pleading not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

A judge has set an April 27, 2020 trial date in R. Kelly’s federal case in Chicago that accuses the R&B star of child pornography and obstruction of justice.

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In this June 6, 2019 file photo, musician R. Kelly departs the Leighton Criminal Court building after pleading not guilty to 11 additional sex-related charges in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

Walmart Introduces New Gun Restrictions But Will They Help?

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A customer pushes a shopping cart Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, outside a Walmart store, in Walpole, Massachusetts. (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

Walmart has won praise from gun control advocates for its decision to discontinue sales of certain gun ammunition and request that customers no longer openly carry firearms in its stores. But whether the moves will translate into fewer guns on the street remains an open question.

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A customer pushes a shopping cart Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019, outside a Walmart store, in Walpole, Massachusetts. (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

Facebook Face Recognition Feature to Replace Tag Suggestions

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This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook moniker on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

Facebook says it is ending its practice of using face recognition software to identify users’ friends in uploaded photos and automatically suggesting they “tag” them. Facebook was sued in Illinois over the feature.

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This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook moniker on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

Grammy-Winning Guitarist Isaiah Sharkey on John Mayer Tour, Family Legacy

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He’s been playing the guitar for as long as he can remember. The musical journey that’s led Isaiah Sharkey to share the stage with some of the world’s most prominent stars.

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Civil Rights Attorney to Lead New Office of Equity and Racial Justice

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Candace Moore appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 3, 2019.

A new office aims to examine policy with equity and racial justice in mind. We speak with Candace Moore, who is leading the office.

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Candace Moore appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 3, 2019.

Aldermen React to Mayor’s ‘Hard Choices’ in ‘State of the City’ Speech

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City Council members are still digesting Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s “State of the City” address, in which she revealed an $838 million budget shortfall. We get reaction from Alds. Raymond Lopez and Nicholas Sposato.

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CPS Unveils Englewood STEM High School After Controversial Closures

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The new Englewood STEM High School welcomes its inaugural class of students for the 2019-20 school year. (WTTW News)

On Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools will welcome the inaugural class of students to Englewood STEM High School, 18 months after the district voted to close four other local high schools.

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The new Englewood STEM High School welcomes its inaugural class of students for the 2019-20 school year. (WTTW News)

Social Worker Shares Intimate Stories from Chicago’s Mental Health System

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What is the connection between mental health, trauma and Chicago’s high homicide rate? A new book by Jonathan Foiles aims to answer that question.

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Exhibit Digs Up Satire and Skeletons of ‘Legendary Printmaker’ Posada

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A Mexican artist who died 100 years ago still influences popular culture. Inside the exhibit “Jose Guadalupe Posada: Legendary Printmaker of Mexico.”

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From Tunnel to Tap: Field Exhibit Explores Hidden Beauty of Water Systems

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In a photograph titled “West Bull Nose,” Brad Temkin depicts one of the exits of Chicago’s Deep Tunnel. (Brad Temkin / The Field Museum)

Chicago photographer Brad Temkin offers a rare look at the hidden network of tunnels and infrastructure designed to deliver water, including Chicago’s 109-mile Deep Tunnel.

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In a photograph titled “West Bull Nose,” Brad Temkin depicts one of the exits of Chicago’s Deep Tunnel. (Brad Temkin / The Field Museum)

Chicago Dance Crash’s Wonderfully Fresh ‘Lil Pine Nut’ Deserves a Remount

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From left: Porscha Spells, KC Bevis and Kelsey Reiter in the Chicago Dance Crash world premiere production of “Lil Pine Nut: The Learning Curve of Pinocchio.” (Photo by Ashley Deran)

As highly animated as the show might be, “Lil Pine Nut: The Learning Curve of Pinocchio” is no Disney-style version of a universally popular story. 

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From left: Porscha Spells, KC Bevis and Kelsey Reiter in the Chicago Dance Crash world premiere production of “Lil Pine Nut: The Learning Curve of Pinocchio.” (Photo by Ashley Deran)

September 3, 2019 - Full Show

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Watch the Sept. 3, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Humanitarian Crisis Unfolds in Hurricane-Stricken Bahamas

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Cars sit submerged in water from Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)

Hurricane Dorian pounded away at the Bahamas for a day and a half, devastating thousands of homes, trapping people and crippling hospitals. Atmospheric scientist Scott Collis of Argonne National Laboratory weighs in.

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Cars sit submerged in water from Hurricane Dorian in Freeport, Bahamas on Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. (AP Photo / Ramon Espinosa)

Willie Wilson to Run as Independent for US Senate Against Dick Durbin

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Willie Wilson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 28, 2018.

Wealthy businessman and Chicago pastor Willie Wilson announced Tuesday he’ll run as an independent against U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. “As an independent Democrat I want to go into the belly of the beast in Washington, D.C.,” Wilson said.

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Willie Wilson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 28, 2018.

Police: Shootings, Murders Fall in August

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More than 40 people were shot in Chicago, eight fatally, over Labor Day weekend. Despite that, police say the total number of shootings and murders for August are at their lowest point since 2011.

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Opioid Settlement Would Divide Money Based on Local Impact

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This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont. (AP Photo / Toby Talbot, File)

The multibillion-dollar settlement that the maker of OxyContin is negotiating to resolve a crush of lawsuits over the nation’s opioid crisis contains formulas for dividing up the money among state and local governments across the country, The Associated Press has learned.

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This Feb. 19, 2013 file photo shows OxyContin pills arranged for a photo at a pharmacy in Montpelier, Vermont. (AP Photo / Toby Talbot, File)

Suit Settled in Teen Suicide that Led to Illinois Law Change

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This undated photo provided by the Walgren family shows 16-year-old Corey Walgren.  (Photo Courtesy the Walgren Family via AP, File)

The suicide of Corey Walgren, a suburban honor-roll student, raised sensitive questions about how to confront students suspected of recording and sharing sexual images and helped spur changes in Illinois law. 

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This undated photo provided by the Walgren family shows 16-year-old Corey Walgren.  (Photo Courtesy the Walgren Family via AP, File)
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