Chicago Pushes Charging Stations as Electric Car Sales Rise in Illinois

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Chicago is offering grant funding to cover up to 30 percent of equipment and installation costs for new direct current fast-charging stations, which can charge electric vehicles in 20 to 30 minutes. 

The Science and Ethics of Editing Human Embryos


Earlier this month, an influential group backs editing the genes in human embryos to eliminate disease. Chicago Tonight guests discuss human gene editing and some of the ethical issues it raises.

CPS Receives Proposals to Open up to 20 New Charters


Days after Chicago Public Schools' deadline to submit charter school Letters of Intent, the district announced it had received word from more than a dozen operators looking to open up to 20 new schools across Chicago.

Will Trump Unify or Defy in His First Address to Congress?


A senior White House official says President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday will have an optimistic tone and follow a “renewal of the American spirit” theme. 

Eliza Fournier: How to Garden When the Weather Gets Weird

Spring 2016 at the Chicago Botanic Garden (Courtesy of the Chicago Botanic Garden)

The master gardener joins us to share some gardening tips for warm winter weather.

Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards Highlight Progress, Positivity

Raven Smith is the youngest leadership award recipient in decades. (Courtesy of Reina Smith)

The 18-year-old founder of a Chicago clothing line will be the youngest recipient of a leadership award at the Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards on Tuesday. Meet Raven Smith and learn about her brand, Straight From The Go.

Trump’s Russia Policy Sends Mixed Messages as Investigations Mount


As a House committee chair says no special prosecutor is needed to investigate Trump- Russia ties, a look at the evolving U.S.-Russia relationship.

Cash-Strapped CPS Files Motion, Threatens Shorter School Year

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools students could be in for a shorter school year.

Rauner Unveils New Health Care Plan

Governor Says He’ll Meet Trump ‘Any Time’


Gov. Bruce Rauner is back in Illinois after a quick trip to Washington D.C. He did not meet with President Donald Trump, but the two chatted by phone.

Rauner Backs Bill to Test Groundwater Near Quarries


Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner is supporting a bill that would require testing of groundwater near quarries where construction debris is dumped.

Judge Tosses Former Governor’s Lawsuit Seeking Elected School Board

(Chicago Tonight)

A second judge has tossed a case brought by former Gov. Pat Quinn calling for the Chicago Board of Education to be transformed into an elected body.

Hollywood Plot Twist: Epic Mix-Up Makes Oscars History

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins at the Academy Awards on Sunday. (Courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Hollywood produced its biggest plot twist ever at the Academy Awards featuring a best picture winner with Chicago ties.

Former CPS Leader Calls Out Cuts to Low-Income, Minority Schools

Jesse Ruiz

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz on how the district lost its “moral high ground” because of school budget cuts.

Viewer Feedback: ‘A Change is Needed!’


We share some of your reactions to our 4th Ward aldermanic forum.

Chicago Ideas Asks Panel, Audience to ‘Reimagine Prison’

(Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

The nation’s prison system was in the spotlight last week at an event hosted by Chicago Ideas and the New York-based Vera Institute of Justice.

Rauner Crushes Prospect of Further Union Negotiations

Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down for an interview with Chicago Tonight political correspondent Paris Schutz on Jan. 4, 2017.

The heightened potential of a state employee strike did nothing to sway Gov. Bruce Rauner, who on Friday swiftly dismissed the notion of returning to the bargaining table with AFSCME.