Should Recorder of Deeds be Combined with Clerk’s Office?


Cook County voters will also decide whether to eliminate the Recorder of Deed’s office in a binding referendum. We hear from both sides of this contentious debate.

Forum: Cook County State’s Attorney Candidates


The two candidates aiming to replace Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez make their case in our latest candidate forum.

Preservation Group Launches Ambitious Plan to Save House of Tomorrow


It was once the vision of the future. Now a major campaign is underway to save the House of Tomorrow from becoming a memory of yesteryear.

Daytime Exercise Could Be More Effective, Study Suggests

Muscles’ Internal Clocks Control Response to Activity

Research by Northwestern Medicine suggests humans may be better suited to exercise during the day. (Pixabay)

Working out during the day may be more effective than cramming in a late-night session, according to a Northwestern Medicine study.

EPA to Shut Down 2 Chicago Vehicle Emissions Test Facilities


Motorists will be without a single testing center within Chicago city limits starting Nov. 1.

New Report Finds Student Debt on the Rise Across Illinois, US

Student debt for Illinois grads has increased by more than $5,400 since 2010, according to a new national report.

One Illinois state representative hopes to stem the tide of rising student debt by making public colleges and universities free for all in-state residents.

The Week in Review: Trump Continues Claims of Rigged Election


Donald Trump refuses to say he’ll concede the election as Hillary Clinton climbs in national polls. Chicago shootings continue at a record pace. And the Cubs take game five of the NLCS. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

New Program to Stem Chicago’s Violence Epidemic Starts in Jail


For many young men inside the Cook County Jail, violence on the streets is a daily reality. But a new program based at the jail aims to change that reality.

Forum: Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Candidates


The candidates for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk square off and talk integrity, amnesty and modernization in our first candidate forum.

Are City Employees Abusing Medical Leave?


Nearly half of 911 dispatchers are taking sick leave on a day-to-day basis. We examine why that's happening and how much it may be costing taxpayers in overtime costs.

New Sculpture by Yoko Ono Seeks to ‘Give Peace a Chance’


Artist and activist Yoko Ono visits Chicago and provides Jackson Park with a new public sculpture that’s being called “a landmark for peace.”

Final Section of Chicago Riverwalk to Open This Weekend

Mayor Rahm Emanuel leads a tour of a new section of the Chicago Riverwalk, which will be open to the public Saturday. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

The completion of the three-block stretch marks the end of construction on the 1.25-mile promenade, providing pedestrian and bike access along the south bank of the river.

Sniff it Out: New Book Follows Dogs ‘Into a World of Smell’


From service dogs to household companions, a new book looks inside the complex world of a dog’s nose.

Final Debate a Contentious, Ill-Tempered Affair


Donald Trump refuses to say he whether he will accept the results of the election. PBS “NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins joins us with the latest news from a contentious campaign.

Viewer Feedback: ‘There Are Far More Pressing Needs for Money’


An alderman’s plans for extending the 606 bike trail got viewers talking. Hear what they had to say when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages

DePaul Professor Discovers New Prehistoric Shark

Species Relative of Great White, Megalodon Sharks

A newly identified species of shark, Megalolamna paradoxodon, lived about 20 million years ago and measured roughly 13 feet in length. (Kenshu Shimada / DePaul University)

About 20 million years ago, a 13-foot predator swam in warm, shallow seas across the globe. This extinct shark was recently discovered by an international team of researchers led by a DePaul University professor.