Anger Over $40M Red Light Camera Settlement

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Ald. Anthony Beale, 9th Ward, says motorists are likely to receive only half of what they might have if they’d been allowed to contest their fines.

Kushner Talks to Senate Investigators as Russia Questions Persist

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Jared Kushner, son-in-law and special adviser to the president, is questioned by congressional investigators about his Russia contacts.

Center of Attention: Obama Foundation on Presidential Center Progress

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Michael Strautmanis

An update from the Obama Foundation’s Michael Strautmanis on plans for the South Side Presidential Center.

Chicago Pastry Chef Awarded France’s Highest Civilian Honor

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Words of culinary wisdom from master pastry chef Jacquy Pfeiffer, co-founder of The French Pastry School.

Judy Collins On A Life in Music

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Stephen Stills and Judy Collins

The award-winning singer-songwriter talks about her late friend Leonard Cohen and an upcoming tour with Stephen Stills launching this week at Ravinia.

Rauner Calls Lawmakers Back to Capitol for Education Funding Battle

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Lawmakers will have much to discuss during yet another special session, this time on education spending. Three Illinois teachers weigh in.

Behind the Scenes at Lincoln Park Zoo’s New Penguin Encounter

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Aje, a 2-year-old male penguin at Lincoln Park Zoo. (Todd Rosenberg / Lincoln Park Zoo)

For the first time, Lincoln Park Zoo is offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with their African penguins. We meet three waddling, webbed-feet bachelors.

Education Funding Fight Could Prompt Special Session

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Schools are caught in the crossfire between Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who said Friday he’ll call legislators back to Springfield if they don’t release Senate Bill 1 to him by noon Monday.

Chicago Leads Nation in Reducing Racial Disparity in Breast Cancer Deaths

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(Giuseppe Milo / Flickr)

For black women in Chicago, a breast cancer diagnosis in 2003 meant you were 68 percent more likely to die from the disease than a white woman. A new study shows that gap is closing.

Judge to Rule July 28 on Cook County Soda Tax

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A Cook County judge will rule on the controversial penny-per-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax next week.

2 California Sea Lion Pups Debut at Brookfield Zoo

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(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

After spending their first weeks learning to swim and bonding with their mothers, Lucy and Taylor make their public debut.

Durbin Pushes for Release of Plan to Keep Asian Carp Out of Great Lakes

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A hefty Bighead carp, one of several types of Asian carp, caught in a net near Morris, Illinois. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

A plan to fortify a barrier against Asian carp was set to be released in February but has been stalled by the Trump administration. 

The Week in Review: Layoffs Hit After Pop Tax Fizzles

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Cook County layoffs spark a war of words. Chicago drivers get red-light ticket relief. Shakeup in the governor’s office. Revived Cubs are winning again, and the Sox go on a trade tirade.

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Alice Peurala

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For decades, the steel industry forged Chicago’s industrial spine. Now, we forge a no-nonsense drink for the no-nonsense lady who brought the titans of steel to their knees.

New Book Celebrates Classic Images of Chicago

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(Photo: James Blair)

Richard Cahan and Michael Williams spend a lot of time digging through old photos of Chicago, and together have created 14 stunning books. Take a look at their latest, “Chicago: Classic Photographs.”

Heavy Rain Drenches Northern Illinois, Raises Concerns of Flooding

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Heavy rainfall drenched northern Illinois Wednesday night and Thursday morning. And more is on the way. The Des Plaines and Fox Rivers have seen water levels rise and remain areas of concern.