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Jan 21, 2021

‘Chicago Tonight’ in Your Neighborhood: Archer Heights

The Southwest Side community is home to many essential workers and has been a hot spot for the coronavirus throughout the pandemic.

Jan 21, 2021

Breaking Down Illinois’ COVID-19 Mitigations

Metrics. Warnings. Phases. Tiers. What does it all mean? We break it all down.

Jan 21, 2021

Big Brothers Big Sisters Seeking Black, Latino Mentors

The more than 50-year-old organization is seeking to make cultural connections that help kids achieve their full potential.

Jan 21, 2021

Distribution Centers Are Growing Fast, But Some Worry About Inequitable Impact

The number of distribution centers being built in the Chicago area is on the rise. Supporters say they can create jobs in places that have long faced disinvestment and unemployment. But critics say they aren’t always good jobs.

Jan 21, 2021

‘Just Move On’: Republicans Grapple with Post-Trump Future

The shift to minority status is always difficult, prompting debates over who is to blame for losing the last election. But the process is especially intense as Republicans confront profound questions about what the party stands for without Donald Trump in charge. 

Jan 21, 2021

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Jan 21, 2021

Chicago’s Top Doctor Pleads with Chicagoans to be Patient While Waiting for Vaccine

“My word for you is patience,” Dr. Allison Arwady, the commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health, said Thursday. “I know a lot of you will be frustrated.”

Jan 20, 2021

Spotlight Politics: A Peaceful, Historic Inauguration

A solemn and somber Inauguration Day for President Joe Biden, as well as a historic day for Vice President Kamala Harris — and the nation. Our politics team breaks it all down in this special edition of our weekly roundtable.

Jan 20, 2021

Demands, Hopes, Expectations: Illinois Leaders on Biden Agenda

Now that President Joe Biden is officially in the Oval Office, it’s time to get down to work. Interest groups — made of supporters and critics alike — have a lot of expectations for the country’s 46th president. Here’s a sampling.

Jan 20, 2021

Biden Takes the Helm as President: ‘Democracy Has Prevailed’

Joe Biden was sworn in as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, declaring that “democracy has prevailed” and summoning American resilience and unity to confront the deeply divided nation’s historic confluence of crises.

Jan 20, 2021

Speechwriters Discuss Biden’s Inaugural Address, Call for Unity

President Joe Biden calls for unity while warning against violent dissent in his inaugural address. Political speechwriters Mari Maseng Will and Jason DeSanto share their thoughts.

Jan 20, 2021

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Jan 19, 2021

Federal Court Rules Illinois’ Panhandling Law Unconstitutional

A federal judge has permanently banned Illinois’ panhandling law from being enforced on the basis the statute violates the First Amendment. The case was part of a yearlong effort by advocates, including the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, to eliminate such laws.

Jan 19, 2021

McConnell: Trump ‘Provoked’ Capitol Siege, Mob Was Fed Lies

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday explicitly blamed President Donald Trump for the deadly riot at the Capitol, saying the mob was “fed lies” and that the president and others “provoked” those intent on overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s election.

Jan 19, 2021

Lawmakers Discuss Pros, Cons of Ending Cash Bail

A  massive criminal justice bill is heading to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's desk. Approved last week by the Illinois Senate and House, the measure covers everything from police use of force to body cameras. It would also end the practice of cash bail.