Solar Eclipse 2017: ‘Business as Usual’ for Animals at Lincoln Park Zoo

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(Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

About a dozen different species were under close watch during the event as scientists looked for any changes in behavior. 

Crain’s: Cook County Union Lauds Preckwinkle for New Contract

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As the fight over the Cook County sweetened beverage tax enters yet another round, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is getting some praise from one of the county's biggest unions.

Dick Gregory, Comedian and Activist, Dies at 84

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(Dick Gregory / Facebook)

The comedian and civil rights activist died on Saturday. He was 84. 

Chicagoans Come Together to View Eclipse

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Chicagoans from all neighborhoods and walks of life came out of the shadows to fix their appropriately covered eyes on the skies.

Thousands Catch Eclipse Fever at Adler Planetarium

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The last time a total solar eclipse spanned the continental United States from coast to coast was 99 years ago. Thousands joined in the Adler Planetarium’s celestial celebration to mark the occasion.

Former Neo-Nazi on White Supremacy: ‘It’s Terrorism’

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“Until the government starts to call it what it is – and that’s terrorism – I’m not sure the point will fully come across as to how dangerous of a problem this is,” said Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi, of far-right extremism.

Solar Eclipse Sparks ‘Festival’ Atmosphere in Carbondale

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Onlookers were treated to a clear view of the solar eclipse in Carbondale. “It was a festival sort of atmosphere,” Amanda Vinicky said. “You literally had a beer tent, carnival rides, and band, a whole lot of very excited people wearing garb for the solar eclipse.”

Adler Astronomer: ‘Absolutely Phenomenal’ Solar Eclipse in Carbondale

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Adler Planetarium astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz joins us from the eclipse epicenter in Carbondale. 

Dragons, Demons and Omens of Death: A History of Human Eclipse Watching

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Over the course of civilization, eclipses have been met with fear and superstition. How humans have reacted to—and explained—eclipses throughout history.

CPS Officials Hope Charlottesville Can Offer Teachable Moment

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In the wake of widespread protests, Chicago Public Schools officials are hoping educators can use the events of Charlottesville, Virginia, as a teaching moment when classes resume next month.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Live Coverage

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Videos of the eclipse from Chicago’s Adler Planetarium and multiple spots across the U.S. from NASA, plus safety tips, Chicago watch parties and more.

Pediatricians Warn About Rapid Weight Changes in Youth Athletes

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“Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful,” said Dr. Rebecca Carl. “Unless they have a healthy strategy to work toward their goals, however, they can end up defeating themselves and causing health problems.”

Solar Eclipse Offers Unique Lens for Studying Animal Behavior

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(Peter Roome / Flickr)

Like scientists across the country, Lincoln Park Zoo’s animal experts will spend Monday’s solar eclipse carefully observing the zoo’s residents for changes in behavior.

State Board to Begin Measuring Kindergarten Readiness

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School districts across the state already track how prepared students are to enter high school, but beginning this fall they’ll also start measuring their development before they enter elementary school.

S.H. Bell Must ‘Reduce or Eliminate’ Manganese Emissions, Says City

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A Chicago company has until Sept. 6 to submit a plan for reducing brain-damaging manganese dust that has been found nearby in a primarily low-income, minority neighborhood on the Southeast Side.

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Esther Saperstein

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This week, we raise a glass to the moms who hold it down in the House (and the Senate) with a concoction as American as apple pie—fragrant applejack, tough whiskey and snappy lemon and ginger.