Illinois Shuts Down ‘The Fire Ball’ Rides


The Illinois Department of Labor has joined other states in shutting down carnival rides similar to the one that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday.

School Funding Standoff Continues on Day 2 of Special Session


Gov. Bruce Rauner called on Democrats to send him Senate Bill 1, while Illinois Senate President John Cullerton says he’ll wait till Monday to send the bill to the governor.

Why NASA is Seeking Origami Designs


Rabiah Mayas returns to explain why NASA needs your origami skills and other stories from the world of science.

Transgender Veteran on Trump’s Tweet Announcing Military Ban

(Senior Airman Kamaile O. Chan / Flickr)

There are varying estimates on how many transgender people actively serve in the military, but a 2016 study done by the policy think tank RAND Corporation found there were between 1,320 and 6,630 transgender individuals on active duty.

Study Links Changes in Kids’ Sleep, Cortisol to Community Violence


“Both sleep and cortisol are connected to the ability to learn and perform academic tasks,” said researcher Jennifer Heissel. “Our study identifies a pathway by which violent crime may get under the skin to affect academic performance.”

Cash for Carbon: Paying People to Conserve Trees Works, Study Finds


A first-of-its-kind study shows that giving people a financial incentive to save trees is an effective strategy for fighting climate change.

Shedd Researchers: Shark Eats Fishing Spear, Pushes it Out Through Skin

(© Joanne Fraser)

Just in time for “Shark Week,” researchers published a study this month that highlights the unique recovery capabilities of sharks.

Center Aims to Provide ‘Softer Landing’ for Some Released Inmates


Some Cook County jail detainees will be getting a little extra help when leaving the jail.

Local Republicans React to the Turmoil in Washington


President Donald Trump lashes out at Jeff Sessions, his attorney general and long-time supporter. How are Republicans feeling about the Trump presidency so far?

Cullerton, Rauner Dispute Escalates on Day 1 of Special Session

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on the governor’s frame of mind: The latest on the special education funding session in Springfield.

Study of Deceased Football Players Finds Widespread CTE


A new study offers the latest and perhaps most dramatic evidence of the neurological toll of football on those who play it.

City Approves Big Changes to Chicago River’s North Branch District


Big changes are coming to the North Branch of the Chicago River. Why some are up in arms over the plan.

NTA Student: ‘As Kids we Shouldn’t Have to Worry About Our Second Home’

Debate continues over controversial plan to convert elementary into new South Loop high school

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A trio of town halls wasn’t enough for National Teachers Academy parents and South Loop-area residents, who filled a Board of Education meeting Wednesday to continue talks over a controversial plan for a new high school.

CPS Renews Call on Rauner to Sign SB1 as Special Session Begins

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool speaks to the press in April 2017. (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool once again criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner, saying Wednesday the governor is putting his own politics ahead of the needs of Illinois students.

Summer Movies: What’s Hot and What’s Not?

Director Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” portrays the evacuation and rescue of more than 300,000 stranded soldiers during WWII. (Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures)

Three Chicago film critics sound off on the best—and worst—of summer movies.

Ask Geoffrey: Was There a Panda at Lincoln Park Zoo?


Geoffrey Baer solves the mystery of a viewer’s “vague memory” from the 1940s, revisits the Century of Progress and opens the door to the Evanston History Center in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”