Man Accused of Stealing $7M from Elderly Homeowners Pleads Not Guilty


A Chicago businessman pleads not guilty in federal court to charges he stole $7 million from elderly homeowners in a reverse mortgage scheme.

As End of Fiscal Year Nears, Little Progress in Springfield

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The end of the fiscal year is a week from Friday. Is Illinois any closer to getting a budget passed by that deadline?

Preckwinkle Expects 2018 County Budget to be Nearly $100M Short


Cook County is projecting a budget shortfall of $97.6 million. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to discuss county finances, health care and the controversial soda tax.

Chris Kennedy Making a Name for Himself in Governor’s Race


In the crowded race for governor, businessman Chris Kennedy’s making a name for himself by bucking Democratic Party leaders.

New Illinois Guidelines Aim to Boost College and Career Readiness

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New state guidelines adopted this month will help kids get ready for life after 12th grade – whether that means picking a college or finding a job.

Stones Retrospective ‘Exhibitionism’ Rolls Into Chicago

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From handwritten lyrics to vintage instruments to iconic outfits, a new look at 50 years of the Rolling Stones.

Groups Seek Investigation into Cook County Property Tax System

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

A coalition of community groups is asking for an investigation into the Cook County property tax assessment system run by Assessor Joseph Berrios.

In Springfield, Special Session Off to a Slow Start

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The 10-day special session called by Gov. Bruce Rauner got off to a slow start Wednesday, with legislators spending none of their short time on the House and Senate floors debating material fiscal matters. 

Should Illinois School Districts Hire More Minority Teachers?


In an affluent suburb, a school district is engaged in a bold experiment to help minority students perform better—or a misguided form of bureaucratic overreach, depending on your point of view.

Trump Administration in Foreign Territory as Global Crises Mount


The list of foreign policy issues in President Donald Trump’s inbox seems to be growing by the day.

‘Ugly Prey’ Tells Story of First Woman Sentenced to Hang in Chicago


Before Sabella Nitti was sentenced to hang in 1923 for the murder of her husband, no other woman in Chicago had received such a fate. But Nitti’s case was different in more ways than one.

Austin Community Leaders Kick Off Summer with Parade, Festival

A festival in Columbus Park wraps up a day of activities celebrating opportunity in the Austin community this Friday. (MrHarman / Wikimedia)

Hundreds of summer jobs are cause for celebration. “We want to make sure people know there are a lot of great things happening in this neighborhood besides bullets,” said one organizer of Friday’s event.

CDC: Nearly 1,300 Kids Die from Gunshot Wounds Annually


“Too many children have died or are traumatized by gun violence,” said Dr. Mark Slidell of Comer Children’s Hospital. “The impact of gun violence on children is a serious public health problem.”

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to the Hamilton Statue?


What happened to the Alexander Hamilton statue in Lincoln Park? Geoffrey Baer tells his story.

Program Gives Voice to Chicago’s Misunderstood, ‘Forgotten’ Youth

Brittany Shepherd, left, Kelly Fair, center, and Tara Campbell, right, of mentoring program Polished Pebbles. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

Young women from Chicago’s South and West Sides can face the same roadblocks as young men, but their struggles often go unnoticed. How one mentoring program is communicating its message to girls—and teaching self-expression.

New Book Tracks Peregrine Falcon’s Return From Near-Extinction

(Courtesy of Peggy Macnamara)

‘The Peregrine Returns’ is not just a story of recovery, but adaptability, exploring how the cliff-dwelling bird has made a home in an urban environment.