The Week in Review: CPS Watchdog Recommends Firing Schools CEO

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The Chicago Public Schools watchdog recommends firing CPS CEO Forrest Claypool. Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s not the one “in charge” of Illinois. And losing streaks persist for the Bulls and Hawks.

Asian Carp Expert to Lead New Shedd Research Team

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Dr. Andrew Casper, Shedd Aquarium's new director of freshwater research (Courtesy © Shedd Aquarium)

A new team led by biologist Andrew Casper will expand Shedd Aquarium’s research of animals that live in local waterways—and how to protect them.

Researchers Seek to Find Cause of Fibromyalgia via Genetic Testing

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Fibromyalgia affects up to 6 percent of the world’s population, yet little is known about the cause of the disorder, characterized by widespread pain and fatigue. University of Illinois at Chicago researchers now hope to uncover its origins.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives Calls for Repeal of Sanctuary State Law

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Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Republican primary opponent is calling on him to repeal a law that gives undocumented immigrants sanctuary status in Illinois. 

Trump Sets Off Middle East Protests Over Jerusalem Announcement

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President Donald Trump’s announcement this week that the U.S. is formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital rocked the Middle East. We discuss the future of Jerusalem and the peace process.

Rauner Silent on Committing Illinois to Paris Climate Goals

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Gov. Bruce Rauner has thus far ignored calls to commit Illinois to meeting goals set in the Paris climate agreement, which aims to slow global warming through reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.

CPS Watchdog: Claypool Should be Fired For ‘Cover-Up,’ ‘Repeatedly Lying’

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CPS CEO Forrest Claypool speaks to the media on April 19, 2017. (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools’ Inspector General Nicholas Schuler says CPS CEO Forrest Claypool engaged in a “cover-up” and “repeatedly lied” during a 16-month ethics investigation.

Van Dyke Attorneys Want Reporter to Reveal Sources

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“I’m a writer, a journalist,” said Jamie Kalven in court Wednesday. (Courtesy of WGN)

Should Jamie Kalven, the reporter who broke the story of the Laquan McDonald shooting, be forced, under oath, to reveal his sources? 

Bitcoin Price Soars Ahead of Launch of Futures Trading In Chicago

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The Chicago Futures Exchange is set to start trading bitcoin, which has seen its value rise more than 1,000 percent since the start of the year. Just what is bitcoin?

‘Hunting Charlie’ Seeks to Find the Elusive Enemy in the War in Vietnam

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Propaganda and political cartoons show different perspectives of Vietnam at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

Citypak Provides Cover, Storage for Those With No Place to Call Home

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Designed with the homeless, for the homeless: How a durable, simple backpack is meeting a basic need.

City Eyes Affordable Housing in East Garfield Park

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Chicago is looking to transform two vacant lots into affordable housing, a proposal that’s part of an international sustainability contest the city hopes will help boost interest among potential developers.

Claypool Blasted by Rapper’s Dad Over Plan to Close Englewood Schools

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Ken Bennett previously served under Rahm Emanuel and former President Barack Obama. (Ken Bennett / Facebook)

Ken Bennett has served as an aide under Barack Obama, Harold Washington and Rahm Emanuel. On Wednesday, he called out the Chicago Public Schools CEO for the district’s plan to close four Englewood high schools next year.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Dec. 7-10

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Holiday markets, late-night shopping, jousting bouts and classic Christmas flicks usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Cancer Survivor Pushing for State Law on Dense Breast Notifications

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Patti Beyer (Jon Hillebrand / NorthShore University HealthSystem)

Glenview resident Patti Beyer is advocating for a state law that would require mammography reports to inform women if they have dense breast tissue, a risk factor for cancer. “It’s already in the lab report to the doctor but unless the doctor tells you, it’s kept from you,” she said.

North Korea, US ‘In Game of Nuclear Chicken’

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White House national security adviser H.R. McMaster believes the U.S. is inching closer to war with North Korea.