Jul 27, 2021

Chicago Police Defend Use of Gang Database, More than 2 Years After Watchdog Called it ‘Deeply Flawed’

For the first time since a damning 2019 audit was released by the city’s watchdog, police officials defended their continuing use of records that list approximately 135,000 Chicagoans as members of gangs, citing their need for the data to prevent “retaliatory violence.”

Jul 27, 2021

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Hearings for the Capitol insurrection probe get underway. Chicago prepares for climate refugees. And has a local scientist found a solution to food insecurity?

Jul 27, 2021

How Climate Change Impacts US and Global Migration

As rising sea levels, destructive floods, droughts and wildfires threaten communities in the U.S. and around the globe, some say governments need to prepare for more migration.

Jul 27, 2021

‘This is How I’m Going to Die’: Officers Tell Jan. 6 Stories

Capitol Police Officer Aquilino Gonell told House investigators Tuesday he could feel himself losing oxygen as he was crushed by rioters — supporters of then-President Donald Trump — as he was defending the Capitol during the Jan. 6 insurrection. 

Jul 26, 2021

University of Chicago Examines Connection Between Poverty and Child Welfare

Families living in poverty are more likely to be involved with the child welfare system, according to a recent brief from the University of Chicago. As part of our “Firsthand: Living in Poverty” series, we look at the barriers facing families that need financial assistance.

Jul 26, 2021

How the Lipizzan Stallions Learn to Dance

At a farm just north of the city, trainers are working to preserve an art form on display at the Tokyo Olympics. We visit Tempel Farms to see the Lipizzan stallions they’re teaching to dance.

Jul 26, 2021

Dr. Arwady on Lollapalooza: ‘We’re Not in a Place to be Shutting Things Down Yet’

The four-day music festival is expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people to Grant Park, and many are concerned it could become a “superspreader” event. But city officials say it will go on as planned. 

Jul 26, 2021

Winds Stoke California’s Largest Fire as Blazes Scorch West

Erratic winds and the potential for dry lightning added to the challenges facing firefighters battling California’s largest wildfire, one of numerous blazes burning Monday across the U.S. West.

Jul 26, 2021

Crain’s Headlines: Aon, Willis Towers Watson Scrap $30B Merger Deal

A merger that would have created the world’s largest insurance brokerage falls through. Crain’s Chicago Business editor Ann Dwyer takes us behind the headline of that story and more business news.

Jul 26, 2021

Biden Administration Announces Resources to Support People With Long COVID

On the 31st anniversary of the ADA, the Biden administration released guidance and resources to support people experiencing long-term effects of COVID-19, known as “long COVID,” as the condition shapes up to be a major, long-term public health issue.

Jul 26, 2021

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Chicago’s top doctor on the rising number of COVID-19 cases. Western wildfires mean hazy Chicago skies. The anniversary of the ADA. And preserving an equestrian art form.

Jul 24, 2021

CPS Will Require Students, Staff to Wear Masks Indoors When School Resumes Next Month

Chicago Public Schools students and staff must continue wearing masks inside facilities and maintain 3 feet of social distancing where possible when in-person learning resumes at the end of August.

Jul 22, 2021

Photographer’s ‘Scream Sessions’ Aim to Challenge Stereotypes

Since January 2018, Whitney Bradshaw has photographed more than 375 women who participated in her “Scream Sessions.” All portraits are now on display together for the first time in a new exhibit at the McCormick Gallery called “Outcry.”

Jul 22, 2021

Paralyzed Man’s Brain Waves Turned Into Computer Text

Researchers have developed technology that enabled a man unable to speak because of paralysis to communicate by translating his brain waves into text on a computer screen. Rabiah Mayas of the Museum of Science and Industry has details on that story and others making headlines.

Jul 22, 2021

Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program Will Soon Be Citywide

The city is expanding a program that works to keep people from getting a drug offense and, instead, places them into treatment. Eleven police districts are currently eligible for the program, but officials say it will be available in all districts by the end of the year.