Stories by paul caine

State Lawmakers at Odds Over Gov. Pritzker’s Recovery Plan

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s recently unveiled five-phase plan to gradually reopen the state is already getting pushback. Joining us to share their views are state Reps. Deanne Mazzochi, a Republican, and Mike Zalewski, a Democrat.

Pandemic Creates Hard Choices for Low-Income Essential Workers

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The pandemic has laid bare how existing inequalities can magnify the impact of the virus on low-income workers, who are disproportionately women and people of color. And now, many of those workers are being designated as essential.

Cook County Jail’s Response to COVID-19 Could Spur Far-Reaching Bail Reform

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A look at what’s being done at Cook County Jail to keep people safe and the pandemic’s impact on the criminal justice system. Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli and State’s Attorney Kim Foxx join us.

Infectious Disease Expert Says CDC Limits on Early Testing Likely ‘A Big Mistake’

Dr. Emily Landon of UChicago Medicine joins “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, April 27, 2020. (WTTW News)

Dr. Emily Landon’s job is to prepare for outbreaks like COVID-19. She joins us to discuss the effectiveness of testing and the statewide stay-at-home order.

Earth Day Turns 50 But Celebrations Muted by COVID-19 Pandemic

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We discuss the history of Earth Day and the environmental challenges the planet is facing today with Denis Hayes, the organizer of the very first event in 1970, and local environmental activist Kim Wasserman.

Congress Expected to Replenish Paycheck Protection Fund This Week

A small business in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on April 7, 2020. (WTTW News)

A new bill to replenish a multibillion-dollar fund aimed at helping small businesses keep workers on the payroll failed to materialize Monday. We get a status check on the Paycheck Protection Program.

Argonne Scientists Enlisted in Fight Against COVID-19

The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory. (Image courtesy Argonne National Laboratory)

Scientists and engineers across the planet are desperately searching for ways to combat the new coronavirus. A significant part of that effort is taking place just west of Chicago.

CPS Chief Education Officer Spells Out Goals for Remote Learning Plan

Chicago Public Schools Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade speaks via Zoom with “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, April 14, 2020. (WTTW News)

This week, Chicago Public Schools families are learning a new lesson: how remote learning works. We check in on the district’s remote learning plan with LaTanya McDade, CPS chief education officer.

West Ridge Leads City in Virus Cases, But Black Communities Disproportionately Impacted

A map displays data confirmed cases of COVID-19 by zip code. (Illinois Department of Public Health)

The West Ridge neighborhood on Chicago’s North Side has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the city, but a cluster of zip codes on the South Side are not far behind, according to newly released data.

Right-wing Terrorists Looking to ‘Weaponize’ Pandemic, Says U of C Expert

An overcrowded hospital in Brooklyn deals with COVID-19 cases. (WTTW News via CNN)

Could hospitals and supermarkets become targets for terror groups looking to exploit the pandemic to advance their racist agenda? We speak with international terrorism expert Robert Pape.

Illinois Hospitals Strained But Largely Coping Ahead of Anticipated COVID-19 Surge

An emergency room at a New York hospital deals with coronavirus cases. (WTTW News via CNN)

With cases of COVID-19 expected to peak in Illinois later this month, are hospitals and health care workers in the state going to have what they need when they really need it?

Environmental Impact of COVID-19 Lockdowns Seen from Space

Side-by-side comparisons show a decrease in nitrogen dioxide over France. (Credit: European Space Agency)

It’s estimated that roughly two billion people around the globe are now under some form of stay-at-home order. This significant slowdown in economic activity has also led to an environmental impact, particularly in the air.

An Infectious Disease Expert Answers Your COVID-19 Questions

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The spread of COVID-19 has sparked fear and apprehension — and misinformation can elevate those emotions. To help answer your questions about the new coronavirus, we turned to infectious disease specialist Dr. Susan Bleasdale of UI Health.

What the Federal Stimulus and Relief Bill Means for You and the Economy

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The U.S. House is expected to pass a $2 trillion stimulus and relief package — the largest bailout in American history. But will it be enough to save workers and businesses ravaged by the virus?

Grocery Stores Battling to Keep Shelves Stocked Amid Panic-Buying

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Panic-buying is taking hold of shoppers across the country. Already, toilet paper and hand sanitizer are flying off store shelves. How are grocery stores maintaining their supplies? And will their supply chains hold up under the strain of the crisis?

How Will Pritzker’s Stay-at-Home Order Be Enforced in Communities of Color?

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced a stay-at-home order for the entire state just a few days ago, but there are already concerns over how it will be enforced – particularly in communities of color.

COVID-19 Pandemic a Massive Challenge to American Economy

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Facing what could be the biggest challenge to the American economy since the Great Depression of the 1930s, Congress is now urgently trying put together a relief package to keep U.S. households afloat.

Humans and Viruses: A Long and Complicated Relationship

We discuss viruses and the role they’ve played in shaping who we are with University of Chicago paleontologist and author Neil Shubin.

Stocks in Free Fall Amid Coronavirus Panic Selling

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U.S. stocks plunged nearly 13% Monday. As bars and restaurants in Illinois close to dine-in customers, we analyze the economic impact of the coronavirus.

US Stocks Plunge as Coronavirus Uncertainty Ravages Market

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U.S. stocks on Thursday recorded their biggest single-day fall since the notorious Black Monday crash of 1987 as coronavirus fears accelerated.

Candidate Forum: GOP Candidates for Cook County State’s Attorney Face Off

Republican candidates for Cook County state’s attorney Patrick O’Brien, left, and Christopher Pfannkuche appear on a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum. (WTTW News)

With violent crime in Chicago of huge concern to voters, we hear from the two GOP candidates aiming to be the next Cook County state’s attorney.

National Geographic Live Comes to Chicago to Highlight Plight of Orangutans

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For the past 25 years, Cheryl Knott and her husband Tim Laman have dedicated their lives to the orangutans that live in Borneo’s Gunung Palung National Park. On Tuesday, they’ll highlight the great ape’s plight with a talk.

Supreme Court Hears Oral Arguments on Louisiana Abortion Law

Abortion rights activists rally in Chicago on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (WTTW News)

Abortion rights activists rally downtown as the Supreme Court considers a restrictive abortion law in Louisiana.

Fired Leaders of Lincoln Park High School Speak Out

Former Lincoln Park High School interim Principal John Thuet and the former assistant Principal Michelle Brumfield appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 27, 2020. (WTTW News)

Former school administrators John Thuet and Michelle Brumfield were ousted amid “multiple allegations of serious misconduct.” But in an exclusive interview with “Chicago Tonight,” they say CPS has told them nothing about those allegations.

Search for ET Gets Boost From a Very Special Telescope

The Very Large Array (VLA) is a collection of 27 radio antennas located at the NRAO site in Socorro, New Mexico. Each antenna in the array measures 82 feet in diameter and weighs about 230 tons. (Photo: Luke Jones / Flickr)

Are we really alone in the universe? A new effort to search for extraterrestrial life is underway.