Is Chicago Really the ‘False Confession Capital’?

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(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

According to data from the National Registry of Exonerations, Illinois has a false confession rate more than three times higher than the national average. Is there “a culture in Chicago of solving cases by confession?”

UChicago Study Reveals Tectonic Shift in Chronology of Earth’s History

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(Basil Greber / University of Chicago)

A new study suggests that Earth’s tectonic plates began moving 3.5 billion years ago – about half a billion years earlier than previously thought.

The Week in Review: Governor, Mayor Work Together on Amazon Bid

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel set aside their differences to lure Amazon’s  second headquarters. Candidates line up for Illinois attorney general. And Obamacare rates in Illinois are set to soar. 

Dennis Hastert Victim Scott Cross Speaks Out

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A law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last month eliminates the statute of limitations for criminal sexual assault against children. Fighting for that change was personal for Scott Cross. He joins us in discussion.

Use-of-Force Training Begins for Chicago Police Officers

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Mental health awareness, cultural competency and human rights are just a handful of the new training requirements for Chicago police officers as part of the city’s efforts at police reform.

Better Batteries Hold Promise for a Sustainable Future

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(Kārlis Dambrāns / Flickr)

Scientists around the world are working to develop the next generation of batteries. We speak with one who is leading the charge at Argonne National Laboratory.

Michelle Obama’s Former Chief of Staff Returns to Chicago

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Tina Tchen, center, speaks with Michelle Obama. (Pete Souza / The White House)

Tina Tchen shares her memories and unique perspective from working in the White House for eight years.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, Grammy-Winning Violinist, Returns to Chicago

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Anne-Sophie Mutter (Credit: Bastian Achard)

The world-renowned violinist joins us in conversation and performance.

In Pilsen, Monarch Butterflies a Source of Joy and Education

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How a Chicago community organization cultivates the scientific and cultural aspects of monarch butterflies.

What the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Would Mean for Illinois

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(Bjoertvedt / Wikimedia Commons)

GOP officials seem optimistic that the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare can succeed, but critics say it will kick millions off the insurance rolls and drastically spike premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. We discuss the bill.

Illinois Supreme Court Affirms Drew Peterson Murder Conviction

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The former Bolingbrook police officer had appealed his conviction in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Photos: Shedd Debuts Giant Sea Life Sculptures Made From Ocean Trash

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Sea creatures made from flip-flops, beach toys, water bottles and other plastic garbage that washed ashore are part of a new exhibit illuminating the proliferation of pollution in the world’s waterways.

Brookfield Zoo to Unveil Statue of Beloved Cookie the Cockatoo

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(Courtesy Chicago Zoological Society)

The colorful bird who lived to the ripe old age of 83 had a global fan base and seemed to enjoy being the center of attention. A year after his death, Brookfield Zoo is set to unveil a statue in his honor.

Illinois and Amazon: A Test for the State’s Leaders

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A joint Chicago-Illinois delegation has returned from a scouting trip to Seattle, as the city and state attempt to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Chicago.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul Announces Bid for Attorney General

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State Sen. Kwame Raoul

Lisa Madigan’s bombshell announcement that she won’t run for a fifth term has ignited the race to replace her.

Mueller Probe Intensifies as Former Trump Campaign Manager Targeted

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The pressure rises on former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as the Russia investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller heats up.