City of Gary Considers State Government Takeover of Public Schools

(Courtesy of Michael Puente / WBEZ)

WBEZ reporter Michael Puente joins us to discuss funding problems surrounding the public school system in Gary, Indiana.

Chicago Urban League, ISBE Reach Tentative Settlement in Yearslong Suit


Days after CPS filed a lawsuit against the state claiming discriminatory school funding, the Illinois State Board of Education announced it has reached a tentative settlement in a similar case after a yearslong legal battle with the Chicago Urban League.

Augmented Reality App Sharpens Focus on St. Valentine’s Day Massacre

The Chicago History Museum partnered with Alan Rhodes to present historical events like the Valentine's Day Massacre through virtual and augmented reality. (Courtesy of Chicago History Museum)

Last fall, 21st century technology was used to tell the story of a 20th century tragedy: the Eastland Disaster. The team behind that project is set to launch a second installment of its augmented reality app. Learn more.

Chicago Ranked As One of the Healthiest Cities in the US


The Windy City is the gold standard for health and well-being, according to an assessment of city policies aimed at improving residents’ health.

The Week in Review: Rauner Lays Out ‘Grand Bargain’ Parameters


Gov. Rauner wants reforms in exchange for tax hikes. CPS sues the state over discrimination. Chicago violence takes center stage again. And players report to spring training. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Day Without Immigrants Protests Trump Policies


In Chicago, hundreds of protesters held a rally on the Near West Side Thursday morning before heading to the Federal Plaza in the Loop.

Tips and Tricks from New Hosts of ‘America’s Test Kitchen’


Ever wondered how you can supercharge your pepper grinder? The new hosts of “America’s Test Kitchen” are here with some of their favorite tips and tricks.

Chicago Students Join in Day Without Immigrants Protest


Classrooms across the city were left half-empty Thursday as students took the day to join in citywide Day Without Immigrants protests.

Judge Denies AG Madigan’s Request to Stop State Workers’ Pay

(Amanda Vinicky /Chicago Tonight)

A shutdown of Illinois government has been averted thanks to a decision Thursday by St. Clair County Judge Robert LeChien that permits state employees to continue getting paid.

CTU President Karen Lewis on CPS Funding, ‘Fake Fight’ of Lawsuit


The leader of the powerful Chicago Teachers Union joins us to talk lawsuits and funding for schools.

Understanding Illinois’ Workers’ Comp System


The governor again pitches changing the workers’ comp system in his budget speech. Where does Illinois stand, and what reforms are on the table?

Hot Young Choreographer Shakes Things up at Joffrey Ballet

Justin Peck

The Joffrey Ballet recently reimagined Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker”– and the company is now moving to the pulse of popular music.

Alzheimer’s Study Findings a ‘Double-Edged Sword’ for Women


Women perform better than men on memory tests used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study. But could this mental advantage be masking early markers of the disease in women?

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 16-19

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Mavis Staples, a roller skating party and spirited festivals usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

‘Public Health Hazard’ in Ohio Has Chicago Community Concerned

Part 2 of our series examining pollution on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side


The carefully documented history of manganese emissions in a small Ohio city serves as a warning for those concerned about newly discovered manganese concentrations on Chicago’s Far Southeast Side.

Rauner Lays Out Budget Plan; Democrats Not Impressed


Even as Illinois staggers on, rudderless without a budget, Gov. Bruce Rauner was faced Wednesday with laying out a fiscal path forward. Read the governor’s address, annotated.