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Effort to Expand O’Hare Cargo Operations With City Borrowing Stalls Amid Questions About Diversity Goals

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An effort by city officials to finish a project to expand cargo operations at O’Hare Airport by borrowing $55.6 million stalled amid objections from aldermen angry that the company that would benefit from the funds failed to hire enough Chicagoans.

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Chicago Puppeteer Brings Theater to Your Door with Pop-Up Show

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A local theater artist goes on house calls and takes his puppets on the road in Chicago neighborhoods.

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Teachers Excited, Anxious About New School Year as Remote Learning Resumes in Chicago

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Beyond first-day jitters, Chicago educators expressed concerns over stable internet connections and checking in with students about COVID-19 as classes in Chicago Public Schools resumed Tuesday for a fall unlike any other.

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Chicago Adds Kentucky to Quarantine Order; Removes California, Puerto Rico

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Starting Friday, Chicago’s quarantine order will apply to 21 states, but visitors from California and Puerto Rico will no longer be required to quarantine for two weeks, officials announced Tuesday. 

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Winter Design Challenge a Hail Mary for Outdoor Dining Once the Cold Hits

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Chicago is looking for creative ways to extend outdoor dining into winter. (JillWellington / Pixabay)

In a bid to keep restaurants open once cold weather hits, the city has launched a competition aimed at generating creative, yet feasible, ways to extend outdoor dining into Chicago’s winter. 

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Chicago is looking for creative ways to extend outdoor dining into winter. (JillWellington / Pixabay)

The Summer of COVID-19 Ends With Health Officials Worried

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A jet skier passes a patriotic shanty-boat owned by AJ Crea on Pontoosuc Lake on Labor Day in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Ben Garver / The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

The Lost Summer of 2020 drew to a close Monday with many big Labor Day gatherings canceled across the U.S. and health authorities pleading with people to keep their distance from others.

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A jet skier passes a patriotic shanty-boat owned by AJ Crea on Pontoosuc Lake on Labor Day in Pittsfield, Mass., Monday, Sept. 7, 2020. (Ben Garver / The Berkshire Eagle via AP)

Harris Meets Blake Family, Trump Goes on Attack in Labor Day Blitz

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Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a tour of the IBEW 494 training facility Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo / Morry Gash)

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris met the family of Jacob Blake to kick off her Labor Day visit to the critical swing state of Wisconsin, while President Donald Trump assailed the Democratic ticket.

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Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks during a tour of the IBEW 494 training facility Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo / Morry Gash)

New Campaign Aims to Raise Awareness of Restorative Justice

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The coronavirus pandemic is highlighting systemic racism that Black and Brown communities have faced for decades, including systemic racism in the prison and criminal justice system. 

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September 7, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Sept. 7, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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Join the Hunt for Illinois’ Big Trees, And Track Down the Next State Champ

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The state champ bald cypress on the Illinois Big Tree Register. (University of Illinois Extension-Forestry / Facebook)

Of Illinois’ 183 native tree species, nearly 140 are represented on the Illinois Big Tree Register as a state “champ,” leaving 46 species still in need of a big discovery. Here’s how to nominate a tree for inclusion on the list.

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The state champ bald cypress on the Illinois Big Tree Register. (University of Illinois Extension-Forestry / Facebook)

How Illinois Universities Are Handling COVID-19 on Campus

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A file photo of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (WTTW News)

Some college campuses are seeing alarming spikes in the number of COVID-19 cases. Many schools have launched widespread testing efforts, but reports of student parties and gatherings have led to increased restrictions.

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A file photo of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. (WTTW News)

A Farmer Planted Over 2 Million Sunflowers to Provide a Respite During This Rough Year

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Thompson Strawberry Farm has been around for 70 years, but this is the first year it is decorated with sunflowers. (Courtesy Scott Thompson)

Everyone could use a little sunshine in their life right now, so a Wisconsin farmer decided that’s what he was going to do, and planted more than 2 million sunflowers in his fields.

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Thompson Strawberry Farm has been around for 70 years, but this is the first year it is decorated with sunflowers. (Courtesy Scott Thompson)

10 Colorful Fridges and Counting: Fighting Food Insecurity One Fridge at a Time

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Allie Mae Miller stands next to the refrigerator she painted and donated to the Love Fridge project in Avondale. (Ariel Parrella-Aureli / WTTW News)

Painted fridges stocked with free, fresh food and drinks have been popping up across Chicago for the past two months. Find out how the Love Fridge project is helping those in need during the pandemic.

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Allie Mae Miller stands next to the refrigerator she painted and donated to the Love Fridge project in Avondale. (Ariel Parrella-Aureli / WTTW News)

Census Bureau Must Temporarily Halt Winding Down Operations

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This April 5, 2020, photo shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

The U.S. Census Bureau for now must stop following a plan that would have it winding down operations in order to finish the 2020 census at the end of September, according to a federal judge’s order. 

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This April 5, 2020, photo shows a 2020 census letter mailed to a U.S. resident in Detroit. (AP Photo / Paul Sancya)

75th Street Boardwalk Celebrates Grand Opening in Chatham

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Brown Sugar Bakery employees hand out free cupcakes as part of the 75th Street Boardwalk grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Plywood used to board up businesses in the wake of civil unrest this summer is now a sign of economic growth and engagement in one South Side community.

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Brown Sugar Bakery employees hand out free cupcakes as part of the 75th Street Boardwalk grand opening on Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Jacob Blake Speaks Out For First Time Since Police Shooting

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In this September 2019 selfie photo taken in Evanston, Ill., Adria-Joi Watkins poses with her second cousin Jacob Blake. He is recovering from being shot multiple times by Kenosha police on Aug. 23. (Courtesy Adria-Joi Watkins via AP)

Jacob Blake has spoken publicly for the first time since a Kenosha, Wisconsin, police officer shot him seven times in the back, saying he’s in constant pain from the shooting, which doctors fear will leave him paralyzed from the waist down.

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In this September 2019 selfie photo taken in Evanston, Ill., Adria-Joi Watkins poses with her second cousin Jacob Blake. He is recovering from being shot multiple times by Kenosha police on Aug. 23. (Courtesy Adria-Joi Watkins via AP)

University of Chicago Students End 7-Day Occupation Outside Provost’s Home

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Activists in support of defunding the University of Chicago Police Department participate in a march on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)

Student activists calling for the disbandment of the University of Chicago Police Department ended their weeklong occupation of the 4900 block of South Greenwood Avenue in Kenwood on Friday.

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Activists in support of defunding the University of Chicago Police Department participate in a march on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. (Grace Del Vecchio / WTTW News)
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