State Lawmakers Preview Upcoming Legislative Session

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The Illinois primary is just eight weeks away. Will state lawmakers dodge controversial issues before the March 20 election?

Illinois DCFS Director on ‘Toughest Job in State Government’

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Beverly Walker, acting director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, talks about running the controversial agency charged with protecting Illinois’ children. 

US Warns of North Korean Threat Amid Winter Olympic Diplomacy

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Protests erupt in South Korea as a delegation from North Korea arrives ahead of the Winter Olympics. Can Olympic diplomacy defuse the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula?

Courtroom Artist Tom Gianni Has His Day in a Gallery Exhibition

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Away from the courtroom, local artist Tom Gianni employs his talents in far different and impressive ways. We explore his solo show, “Art that Works for a Living.”

Brookfield Zoo’s Oldest Animal Turns 50

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Ramar, a 50-year-old western lowland gorilla, is the oldest animal at Brookfield Zoo. (Courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society)

Ramar, one of the oldest gorillas in the country, celebrated a milestone birthday this month with a frozen “cake” filled with fruit and raisins. 

Chicago Women’s March to the Polls Draws Estimated Crowd of 300K

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Crowds gather in Grant Park on Saturday for the 2018 March to the Polls. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

On the anniversary of President Donald Trump’s inauguration—and as a federal government shutdown commenced—an estimated 300,000 people in Chicago gathered to express their dissatisfaction with his leadership as part of the Chicago Women’s March to the Polls.

Feds Seeking Death Penalty Against Man Accused in U. of I. Student Death

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Yingying Zhang disappeared on June 9, 2017. (University of Illinois Police Department). Inset: Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff’s Department)

In a five-page filing Friday afternoon, U.S. Attorney John Childress says a “sentence of death is justified” against Brendt Christiansen if he is convicted in the death of 26-year-old Yingying Zhang.

CPS Releases Space Utilization Data After Yearlong Gap

Find out how the space is being used at your school

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Nearly 230 Chicago Public Schools are underutilized, according to new district data. That’s nearly equal to the number of schools the district says are operating efficiently.

The Week in Review: Celebrating Joel Weisman

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A special hourlong presentation celebrates Joel Weisman’s 40th anniversary as host – and his final appearance at the helm of the show he helped create. “For four decades, Fridays have always been my favorite day of the week,” he says.

EPA’s Pruitt Wants Lead-Free Drinking Water, But Offers No Plan

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks April 19 after meeting with residents of East Chicago’s lead-contaminated neighborhoods. (Alex Ruppenthal / Chicago Tonight)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told representatives of a children’s health group last week that he wants to eliminate lead from drinking water within 10 years, but he has yet to offer a strategy to meet the goal.

What Would a Nuclear Threat Alert Look Like in Illinois?

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How would Illinois residents be notified of a nuclear threat – and where should they seek shelter if an alert was issued? We speak with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. 

Chicago Makes the Amazon HQ2 Short List. What Now?

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Chicago has made it to the second round of cities for Amazon’s HQ2. The question now: What will it take for the city to make it to the final four?

At DePaul Art Museum, A Pair of Shows Offer Power to the People

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Vivid colors bring to life messages of hope, and resistance. A pair of new art shows on the campus of DePaul University look at the power of the people through the power of printmaking.

Local Soprano Janai Brugger Makes Lyric Opera Debut

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Janai Brugger

She is taking the opera world by storm, and she’s here to show us why. Janai Brugger of Darien joins us in conversation and performance.

Government Shutdown Looms Ahead of Trump’s 1-Year Anniversary

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President Donald Trump could begin his second year in office with a government shutdown. An assessment of his first year, and a look ahead.

Rent Control in Chicago: The Cases For and Against It

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(Stephen M. Scott / Flickr)

Should Chicago follow the lead of New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to enact rent control? We hear from both sides of the debate.