Illinois State Museum May Reopen

Rauner pushes for compromise, which includes continued closure of Thompson Center art gallery

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On Monday, the state of Illinois announced the reopening of the Illinois State Museum, a 138-year-old institution closed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last September. But it's not exactly that easy. 

New Book ‘In a Different Key’ Tells the History, Politics of Autism

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, an estimated one in 68 American children has Autism Spectrum Disorder. A new book tells the story of some of those parents as it takes a look back at autism’s dark history of institutionalization, questionable therapies and plain bad science. 

Chicago Tonight Puzzle: February Challenge

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Our puzzle pro Sandy Weisz returns with a new video puzzle and photo puzzles. Submit your answer by 10 a.m. Monday for a chance to win our puzzle prize package!

As the Strandbeests Invade Chicago, an Interview with their Creator

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A new exhibition featuring dizzyingly complex kinetic creations opens Saturday at the Chicago Cultural Center. Meet Theo Jansen, the Dutch engineer-slash-artist whose been behind these "beach animals" since the early 1990s.

Should City Government Set a Minimum Tobacco Price?

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Tucked into a new ordinance that would tax smokeless and other non-cigarette tobacco products is a provision that would set a minimum price on cigarettes, cigars and chew tobacco.

The Week in Review: Battle Between CPS, CTU Escalates

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Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union are at virtual war over the teachers' contract. Distrust of police runs high. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job approval tanks. And Gov. Bruce Rauner wants a toll lane on the Stevenson Expressway. Joel Weisman and our panel discusses these stories and more in this edition of "The Week In Review."

Urban Coyotes Pose a Threat to Pets During Mating Season

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A coyote in Lincoln Park, near Belmont Harbor. (John Picken)

A viewer's video, shared with "Chicago Tonight," shows his encounter with a coyote in Columbus Park while walking his two dogs. Coyote mating season has begun, which means the urban animals may behave aggressively.

Chicago Aviation Commissioner on O’Hare Noise, Expansion

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Ginger Evans

The expansion of O'Hare Airport will move forward with a new runway in an agreement announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But noise issues and no new terminals leave critics of the plan confounded. The City's Aviation Commissioner is here to explain.

Chicago Scientists Prepare Ultra-Sensitive Camera for South Pole Telescope

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Scientists at the University of Chicago are hoping a new, highly sensitive camera they're developing for the South Pole Telescope will reveal new information about the early universe. The camera measures something that's nearly 14 billion years old: radiation left over from the Big Bang.

Chicago Teachers Union Rallies Against Cuts

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Chicago teachers took to the streets Thursday to protest $100 million in new cuts being made by the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools that is struggling to close a $480 million budget gap.

President Obama Praises Local Leader in Calls for Religious Tolerance

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday visited a U.S. mosque for the first time during his presidency. We speak with a Chicagoan who was one of 10 Muslim-Americans invited to sit down and talk with the president before he delivered a speech on religious tolerance.

The Rise and Fall of Chicago's Influential Black Comedy Club

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Steve Harvey was just one of the comedians who made All Jokes Aside one of the most influential black comedy clubs ever. We talk with the club's owner, who tells his story in a new book.  

Case Against Lucas Museum Moves Forward

Federal judge sides with preservation group at Thursday's hearing

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The city's move to dismiss a case against the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was thrown out Thursday in federal court, paving the way for a longer fight and potentially delaying the museum's spring construction plans. 

Evanston Artist, 97, Mixes Passion for Social Activism with Painting

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Peggy Lipschutz is passionate about painting. She is perhaps best known as a painter of social and political causes. This past fall an exhibit at the Noyes Cultural Center showcased her decades-long career. We revisit Jay Shefsky's tour of the exhibit and talk with this prolific painter.

Viewer Feedback: 'State Should Take Over CPS'

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Hear what viewers had to say about Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger’s warning about state taxes, Carol Marin’s interview with CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Chicago’s high-rise boom when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Schools Chief Forrest Claypool Addresses CPS' Shaky Finances

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool on Wednesday spoke passionately about the need for education funding reform, calling the current system by which CPS is funded "separate but unequal." Watch our full interview.