Local Scientists, Institutions Join Global Fight to Save Coral Reefs

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Great Barrier Reef (Lock the Gate Alliance / Flickr)

Coral reefs evolved 240 million years ago, but now scientists say coral reefs could be gone before the end of this century. They say the biggest threat is the warming ocean water. Three major institutions in Chicago are now actively engaged in the fight to save the coral reefs.  

Indiana Primary: Front-Runner Trump, Cruz in War of Words

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The barbs turned personal during Tuesday's primary battle in Indiana. Trump claimed another victory, and Cruz suspended his campaign. What will these results mean for the big picture?

Grand Budget Bargain Progress in Springfield

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We have the latest on action from Springfield, including whether or not a secret budget working group has a grand bargain in the works to finally break the budget stalemate.

Lucas Museum ‘Seriously Pursuing Locations Outside of Chicago’

Friends of the Parks pauses lawsuit, opposes any lakefront site

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“We are now seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago,” Mellody Hobson, wife of movie mogul George Lucas and board member of the Lucas Museum, said in a statement. “If the museum is forced to leave, it will be because of the Friends of the Parks and that is no victory for anyone.”

Master of Painting Brings Art from Bronzeville to the World

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“Past Times,” 1997. (Courtesy of the MCA)

From his studio in Bronzeville, Kerry James Marshall creates large-scale canvases that are prized in museums around the world. A 1997 winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant, Marshall spoke with “Chicago Tonight” at the opening of his career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Chef Curtis Duffy, Alinea Among Top Winners at 2016 James Beard Awards

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Curtis Duffy, chef and owner of Grace, accepts the James Beard Award for best chef of the Great Lakes region. (Brandis Friedman)

More than a dozen Chicago chefs and restaurants were nominated for the 2016 James Beard Awards. Among them was chef Curtis Duffy, who was awarded Best Chef Great Lakes. He joins Gary D. Obligacion, director of operations of The Alinea Group, to talk about their wins.

Lori Lightfoot, Dean Angelo Come Face-to-Face on Task Force Report

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Police union president Dean Angelo denies racism in the ranks. He faces off with Police Accountability Task Force chair Lori Lightfoot over the group's scathing report.

#MoreThanMean Highlights Online Abuse Women Face

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A sports fan reads hateful tweets to Julie DiCaro in a viral video. (YouTube)

A new video featuring two local journalists unveils the hostility some female sports reporters face online. One of the journalists, Julie DiCaro, joins us to talk about the attacks she faces and how she fights back.

Deadline Looms to Change Income Tax Law, Legislative Mapping Process

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Will Illinois move to a graduated income tax from a flat tax, and will it end the practice of gerrymandering legislative maps? Tuesday marks the deadline in the Illinois General Assembly to pass laws to change these practices.

Lyric’s ‘King and I’: A Sumptuous, Crowd-Pleasing Clash of Cultures

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's "The King and I" (Todd Rosenberg)

Epic yet intimate Rodgers and Hammerstein revival earns an opening night standing ovation at the Civic Opera House.

From Vietnam to Michelin: The Journey of Chef Ryan McCaskey

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Chicago chef Ryan McCaskey

In the final days of the Vietnam War, an effort to rescue thousands of babies from the country brought one of them to Chicago. Brandis Friedman shares the story of how he rose to become a Michelin-starred chef.

American Bison a Step Closer to Becoming National Mammal of US

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The National Bison Legacy Act aims to put the largest land mammal in America on the same level as the bald eagle, the country's national bird and a cultural symbol of independence.

Art in Motion Showcases Talents, Progress of RIC Patients

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Mouth painter Antonio Davis at the 2015 Art in Motion fundraiser. (Jeffrey Ross Photography)

The 14th annual Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago fundraiser features artwork by 23 of their patients, including art by two mouth painters who will show off their skills during Thursday's opening reception. 

Orphaned Ducks Adopted by Injured Turkey at Wildlife Center

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(Fox Valley Wildlife Center)

An injured turkey is raising mallard ducklings at a wildlife center in west suburban Elburn after a red-tailed hawk killed the ducklings' mother.

The Week in Review: Dennis Hastert Confirms Predatory Past

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Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the news of the week, including the bombshell twists in the sentencing of Dennis Hastert.

Virtuoso Photo-Realist Painter Returns to Chicago

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Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Teapot Small. (Courtesy Jeanette Pasin Sloan)

Meet the onetime stay-at-home mom who painted everyday kitchen objects before emerging as a sought-after artist.