Rauner, Madigan Meet for the First Time in 2017

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The ringleaders of Illinois’ partisan impasse – Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan – met Thursday morning for the first time since before Christmas.

United Reaches Settlement with Passenger Dragged Off Plane

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(Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia Commons)

The attorneys for Dr. David Dao have announced an “amicable settlement with United Airlines for the injuries he received in his April 9 ordeal.”

Threats to Great Lakes Topic of Summit at UIC’s Freshwater Lab

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(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

With nearly $300 million in federal funding on the chopping block, leaders from across the Great Lakes region will convene next month in Chicago to address lead poisoning, oil pipelines and other threats to the area’s waters.

CPS Aims to Simplify High School Applications With New ‘GoCPS’ Model

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Chicago Public Schools is hoping to simplify its rigorous high school application process with a new plan promising to save time and limit headaches for families and students.

Chicago Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day

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Volumes Bookcafe is one of two dozen bookstores participating in #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. (Courtesy of Volumes Bookcafe)

This Saturday, bookstores across the country will celebrate their status as indie shops, including two dozen stores across the Chicago area. “It’s like a pub crawl for bookstores,” said Lynn Mooney, co-owner of Women & Children First. 

Chicago Teens Ponder Big Questions in Graphic Novel ‘No Small Plans’

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In a new graphic novel from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, teens – past, present and future – traipse through Chicago neighborhoods to ponder some big questions, such as: What makes a community?

‘13 Reasons Why’ Raises Suicide Awareness, But Critics Are Cautious

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The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” follows the fictional story of Hannah Baker. (13 Reasons Why / Facebook)

It’s a TV show everyone is talking about, but with suicide a leading cause of death among youth, mental health experts are concerned about the message “13 Reasons Why” is sending.

North Korean Missile Test, Military Exercises Have Region on Edge

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“We have to look at North Korea as if Kim Jong-un will do what he says,” said Adm. Harry Harris.

Could heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula lead to a confrontation with North Korea?

Celebrating 30 Years of Art at a Chicago Museum Without Borders

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Contemporary art with Mexican roots: Celebrating 30 years at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art.

Chicago Aldermen Consider ‘Textalyzer’ to Curb Distracted Driving

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New technology lets police investigate whether drivers were using their cell phones moments before an accident. Could it curb texting while driving?

Ask Geoffrey: Is North-South Divide Between Baseball Fans Real?

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(Credit from left: SecretName101 / Wikimedia Commons; Geoff Livingston / Flickr)

Many believe there is a fault line that divides Chicago, pitting brother against brother in a long-standing crosstown rivalry. But a viewer wonders if that historic boundary is a myth.

Northwestern Expert Devises Method for Quantifying Impact of Global Warming

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(NASA)

A study co-authored by Northwestern University climate expert Daniel Horton outlines a framework for measuring the impact of global warming on extreme weather events. 

Parents, Advocates Want Details On CPS Plan For End of School Year

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CPS CEO Forrest Claypool speaks in Dec 2016 at a Chicago Board of Education meeting. During Wednesday’s meeting, he offered no new details on the district’s plan for the end of the school year. (Chicago Tonight)

“This could be a critical week for the future of our schools,” CPS CEO Forrest Claypool said Wednesday at a Chicago Board of Education meeting. “Ending school early would be a tragedy for Chicago students.”

Unpacking Trump’s Tax Plan

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

President Donald Trump’s tax plan was formally rolled out Wednesday. As promised on the campaign trail, the plan includes several business-friendly tax measures.

Rauner Gives Illinois a Grade A

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(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Gov. Bruce Rauner sits down with Chicago Tonight correspondent Amanda Vinicky to discuss his agenda for public schools, the state budget crisis and why he drops the “g” when he speaks.

House Passes ‘Abortion Bill,’ Puts Governor in Political Pickle

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After two hours of debate this afternoon, the Illinois House passed a measure that paves the way for more taxpayer-funded abortions. The legislation allows for Medicaid recipients to use that government health insurance to cover an abortion. Likewise, for state employees.