Chicago virus cases creeping higher

Chicago’s public health commissioner says virus cases in the city are gradually rising. She says Chicago was at about 200 cases a day a month ago but now is at around 270 cases a day. (Aug. 4)

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Two virus survivors get double lung transplants

A young paralegal and a car mechanic received lifesaving double lung transplants at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago after COVID-19 destroyed their lungs. (July 30)

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Chicago Police: Violence drop is tenuous progress

Chicago Police reported a drop in weekend homicides and shooting incidents after the department rolled out two units designed to combat gun violence and ensure protests remain peaceful. (July 27)

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Chicago rooftop rare view: Major League Baseball

The rooftops neighboring Chicago’s Wrigley Field are allowing fans a rare opportunity to see games in person at a time when teams are playing without spectators in the stands due to the coronavirus pandemic. (July 26)

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Christopher Columbus statue removed in Chicago overnight operation | AFP

Small groups of people gather around the area where a statue of Christopher Columbus is wrapped and removed in Chicago. “It feels great seeing the statue come down” one witness said.

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Two Columbus statues removed from Chicago parks

Two statues of Christopher Columbus that stood in Chicago parks have been taken down at the direction of Mayor Lori Lightfoot, a week after protesters trying to topple one of the monuments to the Italian explorer clashed with police. (July 24)

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Trump announcement on federal agents draws ire from Chicagoans | AFP

“That’s what we call tyranny and dictatorship — and we are not having it in Chicago”, says Lori Lightfoot, Mayor of Chicago in reaction to Donald Trump announcement that he will deploy more federal agents to help battle a jump in gun violence and shooting deaths.

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Community leaders react to violence in Chicago

Some community leaders in Chicago say the city needs more resources and not federal troops as gun violence surges in the city. (July 22)

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Trump announces ‘surge’ of feds to more US cities

President Donald Trump says he’s sending federal agents into Chicago and Albuquerque to help combat rising crime, expanding the administration’s intervention in local enforcement as he runs for reelection under a “law-and-order” mantle. (July 22)

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Police: Gang revenge fuels latest Chicago violence

Chicago police say the eruption of gunfire outside a funeral home that left 15 people wounded is part of an ongoing gang rivalry. (July 22)

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AP Top Stories July 22 A

Here’s the latest for Wednesday July 22nd: More negotiations over COVID-19 relief deal; Authorities and protesters clash in Portland; 14 shot outside Chicago funeral home; Colorado Gov. tells bars and restaurants to stop serving drinks earlier.

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14 hurt in shooting outside Chicago funeral home

Fourteen people were injured, one person was being questioned and multiple suspects were being sought after gunfire erupted outside a funeral home on Chicago’s South Side, police said Tuesday. (July 22)

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Mayor: Chicago won’t be punching bag for Trump

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the city will be ready if the Trump administration goes back on its promise not to deploy federal agents who would arrest or detain residents without cause. (July 21)

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Trump politicizes city violence, sends more feds

President Donald Trump is planning to deploy federal agents to Chicago and possibly other Democrat-run cities as he continues to assert federal power and use the Department of Homeland Security in unprecedented, politicized ways. (July 21)

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Chicago restaurateur helps feed the hungry

As the pandemic continues, restaurateurs like Manish Mallick in Chicago are stepping up to help feed the hungry. The model, funded by non-profit World Central Kitchen, also helps some restaurants and farmers stay in business. (July 21)

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Chicago worker: Support Black lives on front lines

Dozens of Chicago protesters joined the national “Strike for Black Lives” to protest systemic racism and economic inequality they say has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. (July 20)

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Mayor: Trump could help stem flow of Chicago guns

Chicago’s mayor says if President Trump is sincere about wanting to halt violence in her city, then he should act to stem the flow of illegal guns. Lori Lightfoot says she doesn’t want federal agents without insignia deployed in Chicago. (July 20)

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‘Black Ink: Chicago’ self-shot much of season due to pandemic

Ryan Henry, star of “Black Ink Crew: Chicago” said COVID-19 forced the show to shutdown during filming, and forced cast to self-shoot much of this season. Charmaine Walker also discusses the blurry line between reality TV and real life. (July 17)

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Today in History for July 14th

Highlights of this day in history: Bastille prison stormed during the French Revolution; Outlaw ‘Billy the Kid’ gunned down; Richard Speck murders student nurses in Chicago; Mariner 4 probe flies by Mars; Folk singer Woody Guthrie born. (July 14)

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Michael Epps says ‘The Chi’ shows Chicago in a positive light

Teen actor Michael Epps, who plays Jake on Showtime’s “The Chi,” says he’s happy to work on a hit show about his hometown. He also discusses the on-screen chemistry between him, Alex Hibbert and Shamon Brown Jr. (July 10)

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