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‘What Are We Going To Have Left In Our Community?’ Aldermen React with Panic, Sorrow to Unrest

A chaotic scene in Chicago on Saturday, May 30, 2020. (Hugo Balta / WTTW News)

As unrest swept the city Sunday, aldermen pleaded with Mayor Lori Lightfoot to help them protect their communities from roving bands of criminals clashing with police and looting businesses.

Before She Was Mayor: An In-Depth Profile of Lori Lightfoot

From humble beginnings in Massillon, Ohio, to a high-powered federal prosecutor – to mayor of Chicago. Our in-depth profile of the events that shaped the life of Lori Lightfoot.

Federal Judge Approves Historic Chicago Police Consent Decree

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

U.S. District Judge Robert Dow called the historic decree “an important first step toward needed reforms of the Chicago Police Department and its policies.”

Activists, Local Business Leaders Push Back Against Lincoln Yards

An artist’s rendering of the Lincoln Yards master plan released in January 2019. (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

A master plan for the $6 billion Lincoln Yards development is released. The developer says it has taken community concerns to heart, but critics say the plan is being pushed too fast.

Spotlight Politics: What’s Coming in 2019

Catch up on what you may have missed over the holidays – and get a look at what’s to come in 2019 – with our political correspondents in this weekly roundtable.

Spotlight Politics: Preckwinkle Drops Petition Challenge

A major detente in the race for Chicago mayor. We take a deep dive into the 2019 election and other top political headlines in our weekly roundtable.

Census 2020: Illinois Joins Suit to Block Citizenship Question

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Why the 2020 census could include a question about citizenship – and why there’s a legal effort to block it.

2020 Census Citizenship Question ‘Politically Motivated,’ Say Officials

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The United States Census is not often a hot-button issue, but it’s recently been thrust into the center of controversy.

Garry McCarthy Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

Garry McCarthy appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 20, 2018.

Garry McCarthy is officially in. “It’s time for new leadership in City Hall that’ll fix our problems and pull us together,” the former Chicago Police superintendent said in a video announcing his bid for Chicago mayor.

Chicago Cubs Win Game 5, Send World Series Back to Cleveland

Chicago Cubs fans celebrate Sunday night’s win over the Cleveland Indians. (Credit: MLB / Twitter)

The Cubs face another do-or-die game Tuesday night in Cleveland. What did this weekend's home games mean for the local economy?

Violence in Chicago: A Special Edition of ‘Chicago Tonight’

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Community leaders from around Chicago join us for an hourlong conversation about the root causes of Chicago's violence, and what can be done to stop it.

Emanuel Says He Plans ‘Major Address’ on Gun Violence

Acknowledging the historically high murder rate in Chicago this month, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Tuesday told “Chicago Tonight” that he is planning a major address in mid-September to deal with violence.

CTU Prepping Teachers for ‘Strong Possibility’ of Strike

Email claims teachers union is "likely to strike" as it continues negotiating a new contract with Chicago Public Schools.

An email sent to Chicago teachers this week claims the union is “likely to strike” and advertises a strike training session this weekend.

Unanimous Vote Gives Waukesha Access to Lake Michigan Drinking Water

The city of Waukesha on Tuesday was given a green light to divert water from Lake Michigan for its drinking water supply after eight representatives from the states that border the Great Lakes voted unanimously to allow the diversion.

Funeral Held for Bettie Jones

Bettie Jones, the 55-year-old woman who was accidentally shot and killed by police on Dec. 26, was laid to rest Wednesday. Jones’ family recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Chicago. Joining us to talk about Jones and the lawsuit is attorney Larry Rogers Jr.

Emanuel Eyes $500 Million Property Tax Increase, Sources Say

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a $500 million property tax hike—one of the largest in the city’s history—to help pay police and fire pensions and construction projects for Chicago Public Schools. The tax increase is expected to be included in the mayor’s 2016 budget. We examine what’s reportedly in Emanuel’s budget and what it means for city residents.

Mayoral Runoff Candidate Post-Forum News Conference

Chicago mayoral candidates Rahm Emanuel and Jesús "Chuy" García gave a brief news conference following the forum.

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