Weekend Best Bets: Chicago Triathlon, Dog Show, Bucktown Art Fest

A wave of swimmers start their race in Lake Michigan at the 2015 Chicago Triathlon. (Courtesy of Transamerica Chicago Triathlon)

Cheer on Chicago athletes, shop for fall accessories, take in an outdoor movie, sip sangria on a sprawling lawn, run through mud, watch dashing dogs and more this weekend.

Attorney for Brendan Dassey of ‘Making a Murderer’ on Overturned Conviction

Footage from the interrogation of Brendan Dassey, as seen in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” (Courtesy Netflix)

Brendan Dassey, whose confession to involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach was depicted in the wildly popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” may be released from prison by Thanksgiving. We hear from his post-trial attorney on the judge's ruling.

Rain Barrels to Fight Flooding Distributed to Underserved Areas

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District provided 500 rain barrels for the environmental organization Faith in Place to distribute. (Ramont Bell)

Free barrels for collecting rainwater are being distributed to South and West Side communities prone to flash flooding.

Back to School Parade a Chance to Showcase the ‘Good in Englewood’

The South Shore Drill Team performs at the 2015 Englewood Back to School Parade. (Courtesy of Nicole Vaughn)

For the 54th year, the Englewood Back to School Parade celebrates education and pride on the South Side. 

Budget Watchdog Group Rejects ‘Optimistic’ $5.4B CPS Proposal

Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation

The day before Chicago Public Schools board members are set to vote on the district’s budget for fiscal year 2017, some analysts are expressing concerns.

Law Aims to Reduce Campus Sexual Assault, Better Protect Victims

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan speaks about campus sexual assault.

As the fall semester begins, a new law goes on the books in Illinois to deal with sexual assault on campus. Just how does it make colleges safer?

Could Evidence-Based Model Fix Broken Education Funding Formula?

Five other states currently rely on evidence-based school funding, but it remains to be seen how effective it would be in Illinois. (Pexels)

Facing the largest equity gap in the country, Illinois state leaders are considering an evidence-based approach designed to ensure every student has the opportunity to succeed in the classroom.

Labor Day Weekend Traffic Predicted to be Deadliest Since 2008


Labor Day traffic could be the deadliest in nearly a decade. The National Safety Council tells us why–and how to reverse the deadly trend.

Walgreens Opens Kiosks for Safe Drug Disposal in Illinois

A nationwide opioid epidemic is fueling the need for safe disposal of prescription drugs.

A nationwide opioid epidemic is fueling the need for safe disposal of prescription and over-the-counter drugs. What you should know before tossing out your unused medications.

A Closer Look at Push to Fire Officers in Laquan McDonald Shooting


Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson wants seven officers fired over their reports on the Laquan McDonald shooting. We discuss how likely that is–and why the police union says Johnson's move is out of bounds.

Gourmet Mushrooms Grow in Old Meatpacking Plant


In this food-crazy town, more and more chefs are looking for locally grown produce for their menus. Now they can get gourmet, specialty mushrooms grown in the heart of Chicago. Jay Shefsky went to check it out.  

Voters to Decide on Downsizing Cook County Government


This fall, voters will get to decide whether or not to eliminate an entire branch of Cook County government that some say could save $1 million per year. Why other county officials are urging voters to keep it around.

Actions Seen as More Intentional in Slow Motion, Study Finds

Watching a slow motion replay of a violent football tackle or surveillance video of a fatal robbery can cause viewers to perceive the action as more intentional, according to a new study. (Pixabay)

Watching a slow-motion replay of a violent football tackle or surveillance video of a fatal robbery can cause viewers to perceive the action as more intentional, according to a new study.

CPS Looking to Increase Line of Credit up to $1.5 Billion

CPS is asking the Chicago Board of Education to approve an increase to its line of credit by nearly $500 million. (Publicdomainpictures)

On top of a $5.4 billion proposed budget and nearly $950 million in long-term borrowing, Chicago Public Schools is also seeking to increase its line of credit for the upcoming school year by nearly $500 million.

Free Running Series Returns to Neighborhood Parks This Fall


Lace up your running shoes and kick off your weekend on the right foot this fall with a morning community run. Get the full 'Go Run schedule.

Speakers Question TIF Dollars, Special Ed Funding at CPS Budget Hearings

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool speaks on Aug. 8 about cash-strapped district's proposed 2017 budget. On Friday, Claypool attended a pair of public hearings on the proposal.

Nearly two dozen speakers attended a pair of hearings Friday to voice their concerns about the district's proposed 2017 budget, questioning the morality and legality of funding cuts and staff layoffs within the cash-strapped district.