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Broadcaster Bruce DuMont Celebrates 40 Years on the Air

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The original “Inside Politics” team, 1980. From left: Sheldon Gardner, Bruce DuMont, Ald. Clifford Kelley, Marilyn D. Clancy, Tom Roeser and Phil Krone. (Courtesy Bruce DuMont)

His radio show that looks at politics from the inside is about to mark it’s 40th anniversary. And he was one of the creators of “Chicago Tonight” in 1984. Bruce DuMont reflects on 40 years of “Beyond the Beltway” and more.

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The original “Inside Politics” team, 1980. From left: Sheldon Gardner, Bruce DuMont, Ald. Clifford Kelley, Marilyn D. Clancy, Tom Roeser and Phil Krone. (Courtesy Bruce DuMont)

As City Enters Phase 4, COVID-19 Positivity Rate Remains High in 60639 ZIP Code

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An analysis of city data shows the majority of Chicago ZIP codes have positivity rates at or below those needed move into phase four, but one has a rate of 15.3%. We discuss metrics and reopening with Chicago’s top doctor.

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COVID-19 Across Chicago: Chinatown

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Restaurants and businesses in Chinatown prepare to reopen on Thursday, June 24, 2020, the eve of Chicago’s transition into phase four. (WTTW News)

It was the first neighborhood to feel the economic impact of COVID-19. Months later, on the eve of the city’s move into phase four, the enduring message is that Chinatown is still here, and it is open for business.

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Restaurants and businesses in Chinatown prepare to reopen on Thursday, June 24, 2020, the eve of Chicago’s transition into phase four. (WTTW News)

Ask Geoffrey: The Weird, Wild and Wacky Days of the WTTW Auction

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Charlie Finley participates in the WTTW auction in 1976. (WTTW)

Longtime viewers might remember a time when for one wild week a year, they could buy everything from spark plugs to mink coats right here at our studios. Geoffrey Baer revisits that era.

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Charlie Finley participates in the WTTW auction in 1976. (WTTW)

Illinois EPA Issues Permit Allowing General Iron to Move to Southeast Side

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General Iron's Lincoln Park facility. (WTTW News)

Over the objections of environmental activists, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday issued a construction permit to General Iron, allowing the company to move its metal-shredding operation from Lincoln Park to the Southeast Side. 

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General Iron's Lincoln Park facility. (WTTW News)

Landlords Sue Pritzker Over Illinois’ Ban on Evictions

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker is again facing legal action for allegedly exceeding his executive authority in reaction to the coronavirus crisis. 

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After City Truck Hits Cyclist, Advocates Warn of Wider Safety Issues

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The intersection of Belmont and Milwaukee avenues in Chicago, where a cyclist and city truck collided on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

A crash involving a city-owned vehicle and a cyclist this week in Avondale points to larger problems within the city’s biking infrastructure, cycling advocates say.

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The intersection of Belmont and Milwaukee avenues in Chicago, where a cyclist and city truck collided on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. (WTTW News)

Forest Preserves to Loosen Restrictions in a Big Way, But Not Until After July 4th

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Grilling will be allowed again at Forest Preserves, as of July 9. (Pixabay)

The Forest Preserves of Cook County announced it will reopen Swallow Cliff Stairs, nature centers and bathrooms, plus allow grilling and lift restrictions on parking lots at popular sites — but not until after the Fourth of July.

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Grilling will be allowed again at Forest Preserves, as of July 9. (Pixabay)

Officials Praise Residents, Urge Caution as Illinois Enters Phase 4

New statewide totals: 139,434 cases, 6,810 deaths

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A cyclist enters the 606 trail in Chicago on its reopening date Monday, June 22, 2020. On Friday, the city and state will move into phase four of reopening plans. (WTTW News)

It’s official: Illinois will move into the next phase of its reopening plan Friday. “Illinois is being touted across the country for getting it right,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike.

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A cyclist enters the 606 trail in Chicago on its reopening date Monday, June 22, 2020. On Friday, the city and state will move into phase four of reopening plans. (WTTW News)

State Preservation Agency Finally Weighs In on Obama Center, Calls for Design Review

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Design rendering of the Obama Presidential Center. (Courtesy of The Obama Foundation)

The ongoing federal review of plans to construct the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park hit a minor speed bump when the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office weighed in. What does it mean for the controversial project?

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Design rendering of the Obama Presidential Center. (Courtesy of The Obama Foundation)

100,000 CPS Students to Get Free Internet Through $50M ‘Chicago Connected’ Program

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the launch of "Chicago Connected" on Thursday at Evergreen Middle School. (City of Chicago)

With the possibility of remote learning returning this fall, Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Thursday announced the launch of a $50 million program that will provide free high-speed internet to students over the next four years.

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot announces the launch of "Chicago Connected" on Thursday at Evergreen Middle School. (City of Chicago)

June 25, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the June 25, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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CDC: Growing Number of Salmonella Outbreaks Linked to Backyard Chickens, Ducks

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More than 460 people across the country, including 16 in Illinois, have become ill after coming in contact with poultry in backyard flocks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Virus Cases Surge Among the Young, Endangering Older Adults

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In this Thursday, June 18, 2020 file photo, people sit outdoors to watch a movie as part of a program offered by the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

Coronavirus cases are climbing rapidly among young adults in a number of states where bars, stores and restaurants have reopened.

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In this Thursday, June 18, 2020 file photo, people sit outdoors to watch a movie as part of a program offered by the Miami Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo / Lynne Sladky)

Spotlight Politics: The Debate Over Police in Schools

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Demonstrators march in Chicago on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to show their support for removing police officers from schools. (WTTW News)

A contentious vote on police in schools. The next phase of reopening for the city and state. A plan for in-person instruction at schools in the fall. Those stories and more in this week’s roundtable.

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Demonstrators march in Chicago on Wednesday, June 24, 2020 to show their support for removing police officers from schools. (WTTW News)

Report Sheds Light on Home Lending Disparities Across Chicago

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A residential street in Wicker Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)

We discuss the alarming findings of a recent report by City Bureau and WBEZ that analyzed home lending data in Chicago from 2012 to 2018.

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A residential street in Wicker Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)

COVID-19 Across Chicago: Elgin

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A protest outside of Elgin City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, over the fatal police shooting of Decynthia Clements in 2018. (WTTW News)

The west suburban city is preparing to ramp up its reopening as the state moves into phase four on Friday. At the same time, Elgin is facing unrest of its own over a police-involved shooting in 2018. 

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A protest outside of Elgin City Hall on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, over the fatal police shooting of Decynthia Clements in 2018. (WTTW News)
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