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Six Flags Plans to Open all of its Amusement Parks for 2021 Season

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation says it is planning to open all 26 of its amusement parks and water parks for the 2021 season, including five that were not able to operate last year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Justin Sullivan / Getty Images)

Six Flags Entertainment Corporation says it is planning to open all 26 of its amusement parks and water parks for the 2021 season, including five that were not able to operate last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Scam Artists Lurking on Dating Apps and Social Media Made Away With a Record Haul in 2020

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We expect love to have an emotional impact on us, but a new report released by the Federal Trade Commission revealed it’s also hurting wallets. A record $304 million was reported lost to romance scams in 2020.

A Woman Who Lost Her Wedding Ring 50 Years Ago Got It Back on Valentine’s Day

Robert and Karen Autenrieth on Valentine’s Day with the wedding ring. (Courtesy Autenrieth family)

The improbable story began during the winter of 1973, when Karen Autenrieth lost her wedding band at her grandmother’s house in Chicago. It’s a memory she clearly recalls decades later.

Rev. Jesse Jackson Leaves the Hospital for Rehab Center After Surgery

The Rev. Jesse Jackson has left the hospital for a rehabilitation center after surgery. Jackson is pictured here at SiriusXM Studios on Feb. 27, 2020 in New York City. (Jason Mendez / Getty Images)

The 79-year-old civil rights leader was admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for abdominal discomfort on Jan. 29, according to a statement from the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the Chicago-based organization that he heads.

Snow is Forecast for Drought-Stricken West While Showers Head to the South

Winter storm headed for Midwest

More than 25 million people are under winter weather alerts from California through Michigan. (CNN Weather)

More than 25 million people are under winter weather alerts from California through Michigan due to a winter storm developing in the Golden State and heading for the Midwest. A swath of very heavy snow will extend from northern Kansas to northern Illinois through Monday. 

Gunman Kills at Least 3 in Multiple Shootings in Chicago Area, Police Say

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A gunman killed at least three people and wounded several others in a series of shootings in the Chicago area Saturday before being shot and killed by police, authorities said.

Prosecutors ‘Looking at All Actors,’ Including Trump, As Charges Are Filed Against Capitol Rioters

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.(Brendan Smialowski / AFP / Getty Images)

Federal investigators are looking at everyone involved in the unrest at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, including the role President Donald Trump played in inciting the crowd, the acting U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C., said Thursday.

United Airlines Latest to Require Negative Coronavirus Test For Flights From London

United Airlines passengers from Heathrow to five US destinations will have to show a negative test result. (Jason Alden/Bloomberg / Getty Images)

United Airlines on Thursday became the fourth major airline with routes between London and the New York metropolitan area to require passengers show proof they have been tested negative recently for the novel coronavirus.

Behind the Mistaken Raid By Chicago Police On An Innocent Social Worker’s Home

“This was so terrifying to me that two years later, I'm still dealing with it,” Anjanette Young said during a press conference Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020. (WTTW News)

Increased scrutiny over the Chicago Police Department’s mistaken raid comes as police face national calls for reform over how they do their jobs following a reckoning that has swept the country in response to the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and other allegations of police brutality.

Pete Buttigieg Emerging As Leading Contender for Transportation Secretary

Pete Buttigieg (Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

The possible nomination would vault the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate into the federal government, getting the former South Bend, Indiana, mayor what many Democrats see as needed experience should he want to run for president again.

Chicago Couple Canceled Their Big Wedding But Used $5,000 Catering Deposit To Feed People In Need

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Most brides and grooms-to-be have had to scale back wedding plans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. But Emily Bugg and Billy Lewis of Chicago had an idea to pivot their wedding celebrations to something even better.

COVID-19 Claims Beloved Chicago Dispatcher: ‘His Pride Was Going To Work’

Guadalupe Lopez at the 911 dispatch center where he worked for more than 30 years. (Credit: Family photo)

Guadalupe Lopez died earlier this month of COVID-19. He was 58 and among the essential workers who must show up to work, and one of the more than 9,100 people who have died from the disease in the Chicago area.

Thanksgiving Vandalism: ‘Land Back’ Sprayed on US Statues

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says the Pioneers Statue has been controversial. (Credit: Minneapolis Park and Recreation)

Statues of three United States Presidents, a “Pioneers Statue” and numerous storefronts were targeted by vandals on Thanksgiving, with “land back” graffitied on some of the property.

Michael Jordan Donates $2 Million From Hit Documentary to Feed America’s Hungry

Michael Jordan addresses reporters in Paris on January 24, 2020. (Franck Fife / AFP / Getty Images)

“The Last Dance” was filled with hot dishes about Michael Jordan’s time with the six-time champion Chicago Bulls. Now, some proceeds from the Emmy-winning documentary will go toward hot dishes for the nation’s hungry.

Multiple Storm Systems May Impact Your Thanksgiving Plans This Week

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Typically, Thanksgiving is deemed the beginning of the celebratory holiday season. But this year will be different amid the worsening COVID-19 pandemic. Will Mother Nature cooperate with your plans?

Rain, Snow, Wind and Even Tornadoes Possible This Weekend

Sstorms are making their way from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes region. (Credit: CNN Weather)

A series of storms is making its way from the Pacific Northwest to the Great Lakes region Sunday, and they will be bringing everything but the kitchen sink with them.

Chicago is the ‘Rattiest City’ in America For the Sixth Year in a Row

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Chicago is the six-time holder of a title that no city wants.

Killings By Police, Like the Breonna Taylor Case, Rarely End in Trials or Convictions

Protesters march against police brutality in Los Angeles, on Sept. 23, 2020, following a decision on the Breonna Taylor case in Louisville, Kentucky. (Apu Gomes / AFP / Getty Images)

About eight officers a year have been arrested and charged with murder or manslaughter for killings in the U.S. since 2005. Around 1,000 people a year are shot and killed by law enforcement across the country.

‘Dreadhead Cowboy’ Arrested for Riding His Horse on a Chicago Highway

The “Dreadhead Cowboy” is seen on the Dan Ryan Expressway in Chicago. (Courtesy Vashon Jordan Jr. / @vashon_photo)

The Dreadhead Cowboy, a local celebrity whose real name is Adam Hollingsworth, said he rode down the Dan Ryan Expressway in support of the #KidsLivesMatter movement.

Black Lives Matter in Children’s Books, Too. That’s Why This Couple Started a Nonprofit

An elementary class in Evanston, Illinois, receives free books from the nonprofit Young, Black & Lit, whose mission is to give away books with Black main characters. (Courtesy of Young, Black & Lit)

Young, Black & Lit provides free books that feature Black main characters to children. The organization has distributed more than 5,000 books in the Chicagoland area through book fairs, community groups and schools.

He Was Wrongfully Imprisoned for 8 Years. Now He’s a Defense Lawyer

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Jarrett Adams is a criminal defense lawyer who has dedicated his career to bringing justice to those who are underserved. But his first experience with the law came with trying to prove his own innocence.

$50,000 Reward Offered After USPS Employee Is Critically Injured in Shooting

A file photo of a Chicago crime scene. (WTTW News)

A 24-year-old letter carrier was “shot multiple times while working” Thursday on the South Side around noon, the Chicago Police Department said in an incident release.

Fauci Says Normal Life May Not be Back Until the End of 2021

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies before a House Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch-Pool / Getty Images)

“If you’re talking about getting back to a degree of normality which resembles where we were prior to Covid, it’s going to be well into 2021, maybe even towards the end of 2021,” Dr. Anthony Fauci said Friday.

‘Play It Down’: Trump Admits to Concealing True Threat of Coronavirus in New Woodward Book

President Donald Trump admits to concealing the true threat of coronavirus in a new book written by Bob Woodward. (Credit: Simon & Schuster)

President Donald Trump admitted he knew weeks before the first confirmed U.S. coronavirus death that the virus was dangerous and that he repeatedly played it down publicly, according to journalist Bob Woodward in his new book “Rage.”

8-Year-Old Girl Killed in Drive-By Shooting One of 53 People Shot in Chicago Over Holiday Weekend

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The girl was killed Monday evening after gunshots were fired into an SUV she was traveling in, Police Chief of Operations Brian McDermott said at a press conference.

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

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.