US Steel Says Surfrider Lawsuit ‘Unnecessary’

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A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

An environmental nonprofit represented by University of Chicago lawyers filed a suit Wednesday against U.S. Steel over Lake Michigan pollution.

City Council in a Tiff Over Abortion

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Tensions flared Wednesday at a City Council meeting over a government subsidy to a Catholic hospital that opposes abortion and contraception, causing a rift along social and racial lines before a close vote. 

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to Andy Frain Ushers?

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For many years, sports fans in Chicago were welcomed to games by clean-cut and friendly Andy Frain ushers. The story of the man behind the house of ushers in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Together for Decades, 5 Men Aim for Independence

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Jay Shefsky with the men of Amundsen House. Clockwise, from top left: Jay Shefsky, Allan Rehwinkel, Bill Rogers, Louis Kaufman, Jim Kearns, George Minasian.

How independently can adults with intellectual disabilities live as they age? We visit a group of men who have shared a home for decades. 

What Role Should Data Analysis Play in Health Care Policy?

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(agilemktg1 / Flickr)

How evidence-based health care policy can get more value out of the health care system. A discussion with Katherine Baicker, dean of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

A Look Inside the Complicated System of U.S. Immigration

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The political debate over immigration has come to the fore yet again as a government shutdown looms, with the standoff due in large part to failed immigration reform negotiations.

ISBE Doubles Budget Request, Seeks $15B to Fund Evidence-Based Model

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State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 11.

Approving a new evidence-based funding model for public education last year was the first step in improving Illinois’ long-broken formula. Now the state has to find a way to pay for it.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Jan. 18-21

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(Chicago Polar Bear Club, NFP / Facebook)

An icy dip in the lake, a massive gathering in the Loop, personal stories and Mexican pastries usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

Women’s March to the Polls: What You Need to Know

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A crowd estimated at 250,000 participated in the 2017 Women’s March on Chicago. (Alexandra Silets / Chicago Tonight)

Nearly a year to the day that an estimated quarter of a million people gathered in the Loop for the Women’s March on Chicago, activists are set to fill downtown streets again for a March to the Polls this Saturday.

Chicago Teacher Pension Payday: Top Earners in 2017

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As Chicago property owners pay more money toward teacher pensions, a look at where exactly the money is going.

Blair Kamin on Obama Presidential Center Design Tweaks

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Obama Presidential Center rendering (Courtesy Obama Foundation)

After many meetings with the community and a lot of pushback, the Obama Presidential Center design has undergone a number of changes. But do the plan revisions make it better? 

Motor Vehicle Deaths Claim 40,000 Americans in 2016

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert / Released)

Deaths from distracted driving are rising sharply. We talk with a transportation safety expert about what can be done to bring the number of fatalities down.

Bigger than Bitcoin: The Revolutionary Potential of Blockchain Technology

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International speaker Taylor Gerring explains how Bitcoin’s blockchain technology could revolutionize multiple industries.

‘Ugly’ Produce Delivered to Your Door

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(Colette Krey / Imperfect)

Roughly 20 percent of the produce grown in this country is never eaten, and a lot of it never even makes it off the farm because it doesn’t look right. Now, Chicagoans can buy that perfectly good (but unattractive) produce. 

What’s In a Name? At Buffalo Grove High School, Grief – and Solace

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Buffalo High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Bennett

A suburban high school struggling with the death of three teachers commissions an orchestral work to help the healing process.

Durbin Grills Homeland Security Chief on Trump’s Use of Vulgar Language

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday she “did not remember” the specific vulgarities used by President Donald Trump in a meeting last week, saying profanity was used by almost everyone in the room. 

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