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Stories by Daniel Hautzinger

Protesters confront a line of police officers at State and 35th streets, about 3 miles south of the Loop, where police set up a blockade. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)
November 23, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
2020 has been a year unlike any other in memory, with a worldwide pandemic, a recession, racial reckoning, and a presidential election. As COVID-19 turned life upside down, Chicagoans were left with more questions than answers, and WTTW News had to innovate as they tried to provide them.
Hugh Laurie as Peter Laurence in 'Roadkill.' Photo: The Forge
November 22, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
If Peter can continue to charge through scandals and practice politics on his own terms, his political career is looking bright, in the finale of Roadkill.
The Trouble with Maggie Cole. Photo: Joss Barratt for Genial Productions Limited/ITV Studios Limited
November 22, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
Maggie only has two more people to apologize to for gossiping, but events have spiraled beyond her control, leading to some frightening encounters during Thurlbury's anniversary party. It's the finale of The Trouble with Maggie Cole.
An illustration from the 1909 'Plan of Chicago' of the city from above, looking west. Image: Typ 970U Ref 09.296, Houghton Library, Harvard University/Wikimedia Commons
November 19, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
The 1909 Plan of Chicago recommended the lakefront be public parkland, extensive parks and forest preserves throughout the city, and other proposals that helped make Chicago the city we know today. 
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
November 18, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving airs Sunday, November 22 at 6:30 pm. A Charlie Brown Christmas airs Sunday, December 13 at 6:30 pm.
Ballerina Maria Tallchief on WTTW's 'Callaway Interviews' in 1978
November 16, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
Maria Tallchief, a half-Osage dancer considered one of the epitomes of American ballet in the twentieth century, was recently honored in a Google Doodle that featured footage from WTTW's archive, in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
Northwestern Professor Michael R. Wasielewski works with students to tune an ultrafast laser system used for solar energy research. Photo: Institute for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern University
November 16, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
Researchers at places like Northwestern University's Institute for Sustainability and Energy are working on creating liquid fuels using solar technology as well as developing more efficient, inexpensive, flexible solar cells. 
Julia Blythe in 'Roadkill.' Photo: The Forge/Nick Wall
November 15, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
No one is reliably loyal as political careers hit rough patches. Julia considers jumping ship from Dawn, while Peter faces a grilling from his family and others close to him. Investigations into his court case continue, unbeknownst to him. 
Peter in 'The Trouble with Maggie Cole.' Photo: Joss Barratt for Genial Productions Limited/ITV Studios Limited
November 15, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
Peter ends up in an awkward situation when Maggie decides to spend the night at the pub to have time to process the revelation of a secret about Jamie, and to apologize to Brian for spreading rumors. Alex becomes frantic in his search for his money.
Solar panels. Photo: iStock.com/MonthiraYodtiwong
November 13, 2020 | Daniel Hautzinger
Illinois's solar industry has rapidly expanded in the past few years, but as governmental funding runs out and the COVID-19 pandemic lowers business, the future is looking uncertain. "Without immediate legislation, our company is going to look very, very different next year,” says the CEO of a solar installation company. 
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