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‘It’s Not the Critics That Count.’ Chicago’s Mayor Remains Optimistic After Turbulent 2 Years

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is past her halfway point as mayor, leading the nation’s third largest city. (Credit: CNN)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has been criticized as “racist” — even as a Black woman — and she’s been called “notoriously thin-skinned” but she remains determined to leave a legacy far beyond her time in office.

What to Know About DACA Being Ruled Illegal

People hold signs during a DACA rally in California on June 18, 2020. (Sandy Huffaker / AFP / AFP via Getty Images)

A federal judge in Texas on Friday ruled that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful. For now, however, those currently in the DACA program will be allowed to stay in it. Here’s a breakdown of what the decision means.

Lyft is Bringing Back a Version of Shared Rides

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Shared rides were a key part of how the founders of Uber and Lyft envisioned disrupting transportation. Back in 2014, the companies raced each other to be first to announce their carpooling options. Then the pandemic hit, and the companies swiftly suspended their shared offerings.

Illinois Becomes First State to Require Asian American History to be Taught in Public Schools

Illinois Gov. J.B. Prtizker signed the Teaching Equitable Asian American History Act on Friday, July 9, requiring public K-12 schools to teach Asian American history. (Pool via CNN)

In the midst of a right-wing attack on creating a more inclusive education in the U.S., Illinois just became the first state to require Asian American history to be taught in public schools.

Delta Variant Now Makes Up More Than Half of Coronavirus Cases in US, CDC Says

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The delta variant, a more transmissible and possibly more dangerous strain of coronavirus, now makes up more than half of all new COVID-19 infections in the U.S., according to estimates from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More Than 230 People Fatally Shot in Shootings Over 4th of July Weekend in US

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In Chicago, 100 people were shot and 18 people were killed from 6 p.m. Friday to 11:59 p.m. Monday, according to the Chicago Police Department. There were 69 shooting incidents during that period, police said.

Tyson Recalls 8.5 Million Pounds of Chicken Products Due to Possible Listeria Contamination

Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products because they may be contaminated with Listeria, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced June 3. (David Paul Morris / Bloomberg / Getty Image)

Tyson Foods Inc. is recalling nearly 8.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat chicken products because they may be contaminated with Listeria, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service announced Saturday.

4 People Shot in Chicago Drive-By Shooting as City Grapples With Violent Weekend

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Chicago’s “challenging” holiday weekend turned more violent overnight after four people were shot in a drive-by shooting.

With the More Contagious Delta Variant, Some Officials Are Issuing New Mask Guidance

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The more transmissible delta variant is expected to become the dominant coronavirus strain in the U.S., the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. And with half the U.S. still not fully vaccinated, doctors say it could cause a resurgence of COVID-19 in the fall.

Some Fully Vaccinated People May Still Get Sick if Exposed to Variants, CDC Warns

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the agency is tracking the Delta coronavirus variant, among others — and warned that there is a small chance a fully vaccinated person could still get infected if they’re exposed.

Chicago is Throwing its ‘Whole Government’ at Summer Violence

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says relying primarily on law enforcement to fight crime, without other support for communities, doesn't work. (Leonel Mendez / CNN)

Through mid-June, the city has recorded more than a 30% increase in murders compared to 2019, and a nearly 60% jump over the same period when it came to shootings, according to data released by the Chicago Police Department.

Most Major Metropolitan Areas Have Become More Racially Segregated, Study Shows

Chicago’s Woodlawn community. (WTTW News)

Some of the nation’s largest metropolitan regions have become increasingly segregated in the last 30 years, underscoring racial inequalities that have led to poorer life outcomes in Black and brown neighborhoods, according to a study released Monday.

An Estimated 2,600 Latinos Were Killed by Police or in Custody in Past 6 Years, Preliminary Report Says

A memorial of candles and flowers for 13-year-old Adam Toledo sits near the alley where he was killed March 29 by a Chicago police officer. (WTTW News)

A report released last week indicates that deaths of people of color are severely undercounted and much more needs to be done to produce an accurate database that collects ethnicity information.

Violence in Texas, Georgia and Illinois Brings Number of US Mass Shootings to 270 So Far This Year

Downtown Austin, Texas, had a shooting with at least 13 victims. (Credit Metro Video Services, LLC.  Austin Division)

As the nation marks the fifth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando on Saturday, it has a staggering and grim new statistic to contend with for 2021.

2 Chicago Police Officers, Suspect Shot on City’s West Side

In this image taken from video, Chicago police Superintendent David Brown is joined by Mayor Lori Lightfoot to speak about two officers shot earlier Sunday, May 16, 2021. (Chicago Police Department / Facebook)

Two Chicago police officers were shot on the West Side of the city Sunday morning and have been released from the hospital, and the suspected gunman was also shot, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Heart Disease, Fentanyl Contributed to George Floyd’s Death But Were Not Main Cause, Medical Examiner Says

Crucial testimony is expected April 9, 2021 when the medical examiner who performed George Floyd’s autopsy takes the stand. Defense attorney Eric Nelson, left, and defendant former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin are seen during the trial proceedings on April 8, 2021. (CNN Pool)

Hennepin County Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew Baker’s testimony could be crucial, as Baker ruled Floyd’s death last May a homicide and identified the cause as “cardiopulmonary arrest” that occurred during “law enforcement subdual, restraint, and neck compression.”

Illinois Bar Opening Event Linked to 46 COVID-19 Cases, a School Closure and Hospitalization: CDC Report

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A rural Illinois bar opening event in February was linked to a COVID-19 outbreak of at least 46 cases, a school closure and the hospitalization of a long-term care facility resident, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Baltimore Will No Longer Prosecute Drug Possession, Prostitution and Other Low-Level Offenses

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the city will no longer prosecute for prostitution, drug possession and other low-level offenses. (Brendan Beale / Unsplash)

Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby says the city will no longer prosecute for prostitution, drug possession and other low-level offenses.


Durbin: ‘I Think I’m Close’ to Getting Senate Votes Needed to Advance DREAM Act

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that he thinks he is “close” to securing the Republican votes needed to overcome a Senate filibuster to advance a key immigration measure that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children. (Credit: CNN)

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin said Sunday that he thinks he is “close” to securing the Republican votes needed to overcome a Senate filibuster to advance a key immigration measure that would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children.

Biden Condemns ‘Skyrocketing’ Hate Crimes Against Asian Americans in Wake of Deadly Shooting

President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris traveled to Atlanta on Friday to meet with Asian American leaders in the wake of deadly shootings that killed eight people, including six women of Asian descent. (Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images)

President Joe Biden on Friday condemned rising hate crimes against Asian Americans in the wake of the mass shooting in the Atlanta area that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent.

Trump Urges Americans to Get COVID-19 Vaccine: ‘I Would Recommend It’

Donald Trump (Erin Schaff / Pool / Getty Images)

Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday urged Americans to get vaccinated to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic, calling it “safe” and “something that works.” 

Back to School: How You Can Support Students and Teachers During the Pandemic

Desks in the classroom are doubled to provide extra spacing at Wilson High School in West Lawn, Pennsylvania, on October 22, 2020. (Ben Hasty / Getty Images)

After a year of online or hybrid learning, educators continue to juggle a variety of roles — including providing tech support to some students — all while trying to keep safe from coronavirus. Meanwhile, on the other side of the screen, some students and their families have struggled to keep up.

Millions are Under Winter Storm Advisories as Blizzards and Heavy Rain Move Across the US

Parts of Wyoming and Nebraska are under blizzard warnings while there are Winter Storm Warnings and Advisories in effect for other parts of the region, CNN meteorologist Tyler Mauldin said.

Snow through central portions of the US is expected to ramp up Saturday, but likely won’t reach its peak until Sunday. Flood alerts are also a big concern for this system in the Midwest. With some rivers nearing flood stage, the anticipated heavy rain could take the rivers to dangerous levels.

Chicago Surprises the City with Green River for St. Patrick’s Day After Saying Event was Canceled

An aerial picture shot with a drone shows the Chicago River as it flows through downtown after it was dyed green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. (Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Even with the second straight year of no parades in honor of the Irish inspired holiday, at least one Chicago tradition broke through.

Kinzinger is on a Mission to Save the Republican Party. The Question is Whether the Party Wants Saving

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (CNN)

As he settles into his role as one of the fiercest Republican critics of former President Donald Trump, U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger is embracing the political risks he’s facing by openly confronting Trump and his loyal base of supporters. It’s the latest front in the simmering GOP civil war that threatens to divide the party.

Some Children’s Hospitals See a Surge in Rare COVID-19 Complication MIS-C

Children wearing face masks wait in a queue with others to take swab samples to test for the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Kolkata on July 28, 2020. (DIBYANGSHU SARKAR / AFP / AFP via Getty Images)

In an update released Friday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said there have been 2,617 MIS-C cases in the United States before March 1, and 33 children have died. That’s up from early February, when 2,060 cases and 30 deaths had been reported.