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“America, to me, is a history wasteland,” said Chicago State University history professor Lionel Kimble Jr. “We don’t talk about things that are painful … because it doesn’t make Americans feel good about the atrocities that we’ve done as a nation.”

Cook County Jail started offering the COVID-19 vaccine to corrections staff this week, but experts say it could be a challenge to convince the majority of workers to take it.

Illinois cities with at least 1,000 residents and less than 10% affordable housing must submit affordable housing plans to the state. But resistance is rampant, and the board created to provide oversight has never heard a case.

An additional 650,000 Chicagoans will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting next week, but there’s still a lot of confusion about how to get in line for the shot. Here’s what we know so far 👇

President Biden is calling for unity to address the COVID-19 pandemic, the economy, race relations and climate change. But in a country as divided as ever, that won’t be easy. Here are six numbers that illustrate the challenges he faces:

In Chicago, there’s no mass sign-up to get the coronavirus vaccine. Here’s what we know about the city’s distribution plan — and when it might be your turn to roll up your sleeve ⬇️

Chicago bars and restaurants could reopen tomorrow. Meanwhile, health experts are worried new coronavirus variants could spread faster than they can distribute vaccines. Here’s what else you need to know today.

As tension escalates over a possible mass refusal by Chicago Public Schools staff to return to classrooms on Monday, new enrollment figures show few students are actually choosing in-person learning.

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Right now seems like a good time to remember that a Haitian is widely considered to be the founder of Chicago.

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Chicago police union president John Catanzara expressed sympathy with pro-Trump extremists who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday: “If the worst crime here is trespassing, so be it. But to call these people treasonous is beyond ridiculous and ignorant.”

One Chicago hospital found that paying rent for homeless patients who frequent the ER improves health and saves money.

Chicago police plan to arrest teens on “drug corners” this week to help reduce an expected spike in gun violence during the July 4th weekend. Critics say the preemptive move will only worsen relations with police in some areas of the city.

"Hannity" viewers are 30% more likely to have COVID-19 than viewers of other Fox News shows. A new study stays that's related to how the host downplayed the coronavirus in the early weeks of the pandemic.

Today is the last day to register to vote *online* in Illinois. You can register to vote in person up through election day.

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