How Ameya Pawar Plans to Stay Involved in State Politics


Chicago’s 47th Ward alderman has ended his bid for Illinois governor after failing to raise enough money. “I’m a regular person,” he said. “If people like me get essentially priced out of the Democratic process, I believe we’re headed to a really scary place.”

Hebru Brantley’s New Art Show Takes Flight in Elmhurst


His artwork is in the collections of George Lucas, Jay-Z and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. We get a preview of the show “Hebru Brantley: Forced Field” at the Elmhurst Art Museum.

Weekend Storm Overwhelms Chicago’s Sewer, Deep Tunnel System


Chicago’s sewer and deep tunnel system couldn’t handle this weekend’s rain, allowing untreated sewage and stormwater into Lake Michigan.

Mayor Promises Tax Relief for Homeowners in 2018 City Budget Proposal


Some fee hikes and tax relief in the upcoming city budget. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising tax relief for homeowners as part of his 2018 city budget proposal.

Toni Preckwinkle on Soda Tax Repeal, County Budget Shortfall


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on why the soda tax failed—and what’s next.

How Plastic Cutlery is Bringing Hope, Jobs to a South Side Community


A training program and manufacturing plant are not only providing high-demand plastic products, but giving community residents hands-on experience in specialized jobs that are the future of manufacturing.

UChicago Poll: Most Americans Want Government to Address Climate Change

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A new poll on climate and energy reveals surprising attitudes from Americans. We talk with the leader of the University of Chicago study group.

Where Does Chicago’s Yard Waste Go?


Many Illinois residents are unaware of a 1990 state law making it illegal to mix lawn waste with household garbage. WBEZ reporter Monica Eng has the dirt on Chicago’s yard waste disposal program.

Chicago Law Firm Retained by Las Vegas Shooting Victims

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Romanucci & Blandin, a civil practice based in the River North neighborhood, announced Monday it is among a trio of law firms that will represent victims of the shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas.

Obama Science Adviser to Give Lecture on Climate Change

Former President Barack Obama with Science and Technology Adviser John P. Holdren (U.S. National Archives)

President Barack Obama’s science and technology adviser will deliver a lecture on climate change this week in Chicago. John P. Holdren was the longest-serving science adviser in the history of the position. 

UIC Creates Health Equity Research Center

The University of Illinois at Chicago campus in 2012 (University of Illinois at Chicago / Facebook)

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago will investigate how social determinants like poverty and living in a food desert contribute to the health of marginalized groups. 

Astronomers Detect Colliding Neutron Stars in Historic Observation

A NASA animation shows the pending collision of two neutron stars. (NASA)

An international team that includes Chicago astronomers recently observed the collision of two high-density neutron stars, a historic discovery that confirms decades of scientific work. 

Jesse Ruiz to Run for Illinois Attorney General: Sources

Jesse Ruiz

A Latino attorney with connections to high-powered politicians, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is expected join the field of Democrats running for Illinois attorney general.

Chicago Police Ramping Up Rollout of Largest Body Camera Program in US

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By the end of this year, the Chicago Police Department believes it will have the nation’s largest collection of officer-worn body cameras in use.

Healing Heels Strives to Empower, Support Women Battling Cancer

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One woman’s “chemo shoes” inspired two friends to create a Chicago-based shoe and apparel company designed to empower women battling cancer.

The Week in Review: Soda Tax Fizzles Out


The despised soda tax is repealed after just two months. Another property tax hike passes. Mike Ditka denies racial oppression. And the Cubs gear up for another dramatic postseason.