Ask Geoffrey: Neptune’s Follies Make a Splash at Century of Progress

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Geoffrey Baer takes a peek at a 1930s burlesque-style show and remembers the Chicago Daily News sporting events of yesteryear in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”

Remembering Harold Washington, Chicago’s 1st African-American Mayor

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As we approach the 30th anniversary of his death, a discussion about the legacy of former Chicago Mayor Harold Washington with local filmmaker Joe Winston and former news anchor Robin Robinson.

BGA: Illinois Nuclear Plants Leak, Spill Radioactive Water

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Byron Generating Station just south of Byron, Illinois. (Ben Jacobson / Wikimedia Commons)

Radioactive water leaking from Illinois nuclear power plants, despite promised safeguards—an investigative reporter on what’s been done.

Words and Wisdom About ‘Aging Thoughtfully’ in New Book

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(Hugo Chisholm / Flickr)

In a culture obsessed with youth and beauty, aging can be an ugly topic. The co-authors of a new book discuss retirement, romance, wrinkles and more.

State Creates Program to Find Missing People with Alzheimer’s Disease

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The new Silver Search program provides education and resources to help locate people who have Alzheimer’s disease or dementia when they go missing.

Cook County Jail Population Down 15 Percent After Bond Reforms

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Reforms to Cook County’s bond system have led to a 15 percent decrease in the county’s jail population. “Our judges are in fact not setting bonds higher than people can afford,” said Chief Judge Tim Evans.

Indiana Agency Hasn’t Turned Over Records on Toxic Spill, Chicago Says

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U.S. Steel's Gary Works plant (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Records related to an April spill of a toxic metal into a Lake Michigan tributary have not been given to Chicago. The city is now threatening to sue U.S. Steel.

Todd Stroger to Challenge Toni Preckwinkle

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The field to take on Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is growing. Todd Stroger, who formerly held the post, is announcing plans to run for his old office next year.

Environmentalist Ma Jun: Millions Exposed to Pollution in China

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China’s most prominent environmental activist talks about the country’s pollution crisis.

New UChicago Course Examines Legacy of Nuclear Age

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(Walter Albertin / Wikimedia Commons)

The days when Americans fretted over an imminent U.S.-Soviet nuclear showdown might be over, but the consequences of a new nuclear age are still reverberating today.

Exploring the Technology Behind IIT’s Microgrid

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A new mini power grid supplied by wind and solar helps the Illinois Institute of Technology meet its 21st century power needs.

Roskam on GOP Tax Bill: ‘Best Way to Grow Economy’

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Illinois Republican Congressman Peter Roskam says that criticisms of the recently passed House GOP tax cut bill are “hyperbole.”

‘Hamilton’ Star Begins ‘My Shot at Epilepsy’ to Raise Awareness, Funds

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“Hamilton” star Miguel Cervantes and a group of children demonstrate the “My Shot” pose used in the viral campaign started by Cervantes and his wife, Kelly, to raise awareness and funds for epilepsy research. (CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy / Facebook)

Inspired by the song “My Shot,” from the blockbuster musical, actor Miguel Cervantes is challenging the public to take their “shot” and help raise awareness and funds to find a cure for epilepsy. 

Chuy Garcia Sole Cook County Commissioner Iffy on Budget

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Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia (D-Chicago) speaks with “Chicago Tonight” in February 2017.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle can expect easy passage of a revised spending plan, though Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia said he hasn’t made up his mind about how he’ll vote.

Nearly $1M in Grants Awarded to Improve Chicago-Calumet Waterways

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Calumet River (Courtesy Friends of the Chicago River)

A new $960,000 grant will improve 2.5 miles of streams for nearly 20 species of fish and create 10 acres of neighborhood green space in the Chicago-Calumet region. 

The Week in Review: Record Wave of Exonerations Tied to Rogue Cop

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A mass exoneration in Cook County clears 15 men. Proposed layoffs in the wake of the failed soda tax. And controversy over playmaking decisions by Bears coach John Fox.