UChicago Scientists Track First X-Rays From Mysterious Supernovas

(Vikram Dwarkadas / Chandra X-ray Observatory)

A discovery by Chicago scientists could lead to new understanding about the largest explosions in outer space. 

Cash-Strapped Gary Schools Under Emergency Management

(Marc Chase / nwi.com)

WBEZ’s Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente joins to discuss the start of the new school year in Gary.

New Mural Brightens Lake Shore Drive Underpass


A look at the creation of the latest mural from the Chicago Public Art Group.

Ask Geoffrey: Why No Ketchup on Hot Dogs, Chicago?


Geoffrey Baer explores why hot dogs and ketchup don’t mix in Chicago in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”

After Publicly Criticizing Trump, Chicago CEO Faces Racist Backlash


Ravin Gandhi denounced the president’s comments on Charlottesville in an op-ed, and now finds himself the target of racist invective. What he hopes will come out of the experience.

Cook County Urges Vaccination of Pets After Rabid Kitten Found


Pet owners should not panic, local health officials say, but take precautions after a rabid kitten was found in Carroll County.

New Law Paves the Way for Noise Monitors on Lake Shore Drive

(Jason Mrachina / Flickr)

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed a measure this week allowing the city to install noise monitors along the scenic expressway, following resident complaints.

Legislators Condemn Rauner’s Reaction to Political Cartoon

(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Top legislators spent hours Monday working on an education funding package, and reaction to a political cartoon is still simmering. 

‘Hopeful’ Madigan Cancels Eduction Funding Vote ‘In Light of Progress’

House Speaker Michael Madigan talks about education funding on Aug. 16, 2017. “We're not going to walk away from Senate Bill 1,” he said.

A marathon private session between Illinois’ top legislative leaders was evidently productive enough that House Speaker Michael Madigan is canceling the chamber’s expected vote on a contentious education funding plan Wednesday as talks continue. 

Civic Federation: TIFs Are Good for Chicago Public Schools


The governor says Chicago could solve a lot of CPS’ financial problems by getting rid of TIF districts, but the mayor and other budget watchdogs say that doing away with them could actually cost public schools money.

Rauner Spokeswoman Confirms Governor to Sign Immigration Bill


Gov. Bruce Rauner may be set to sign legislation limiting cooperation between officials in Illinois and federal immigration authorities.

Toni Preckwinkle Discusses Cook County Soda Tax Pushback


The Cook County sweetened beverage tax has had a challenging rollout, but Toni Preckwinkle doesn’t appear to be backing down. And she’s found a deep-pocketed supporter of the tax who’s helping with a media campaign.

Zachary Fardon on Violence, Police Reform and His New Job

Zachary Fardon appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 23, 2017.

The former U.S. attorney, who was asked to resign by the Trump administration in March, joins us in discussion.

Bill Graham, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Who Escaped Nazi Germany

Bill Graham between takes during the filming of “A '60s Reunion with Bill Graham: A Night at the Fillmore,” 1986. (Courtesy of Ken Friedman)

He helped to define rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s—and his life was a forged as a child in Nazi Germany. We explore an exhibition about Bill Graham at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Eclipse Trips to Carbondale Come With Traffic Jam Hangovers

(Elizabeth Brackett / Chicago Tonight)

Thousands of people swarmed to Carbondale to watch the solar eclipse on Monday. And thousands hit the road as soon as the celestial event was over.

Emanuel, CPS Using Student Achievement in Fight for Funding

(Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools says its English language learners have significantly trimmed the achievement gap compared to native English speaking students – a data point Mayor Rahm Emanuel and district officials want to use in their ongoing fight for adequate funding from Springfield.