Chicago Scientists Represent US in Competition to Improve Water Quality

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Chicago data scientists competed against teams from Canada and the Netherlands in an annual event that highlights the innovative use of technology to improve the water quality of the Great Lakes. 

‘I Lost My Wedding Ring’ and Other Stories of Chicago’s Accidental Trash


From lost jewelry to criminal evidence, a Pontiac landfill that receives trash from Chicago has plenty of bizarre waste stories. 

Illinois in ‘Dire Straits’ and Leaders, Governor Can’t Even Agree to Meet

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An updated “doomsday” picture offered by Comptroller Susana Mendoza: Without a budget in place soon, she won’t be able to write checks to pay for the most basic of services come August.

Outsider to Review Cook County Assessment Process


Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says embattled Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, a close political ally, has agreed to an outside evaluation of the property tax assessment process.

Teachers Union Merger Could Give Educators a Leg Up in Negotiations

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Who wins and who loses if a local charter teachers union merges with CTU? Local labor education professor Robert Bruno takes a look at the proposed merger—and the possible impact on CPS.

Asian Carp Caught 9 Miles from Lake Michigan

A silver carp was captured Thursday in the Illinois Waterway below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam, about 9 miles from Lake Michigan. (Courtesy of Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

An 8-pound Asian carp was discovered Thursday beyond an electric barrier designed to prevent the invasive fish from reaching Lake Michigan. 

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Clara Lipman


We salute the sparkling stage presence of a turn-of-the-century star with a cocktail made with Prosecco, limoncello and summer fruit.

Women Who Code Relaunches Chicago Chapter

The Chicago chapter of Women Who Code wants to help shape the culture of the city’s technology industry.

The international nonprofit Women Who Code boasts 100,000 members worldwide. This week, it’s relaunching its Chicago chapter and plans to offer meet-ups and other networking opportunities.

The Week in Review: Illinois’ Budget Crisis Deepens


Still no budget out of Springfield. Shootings and murders dip in May. The Chicago Bulls ship Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a rare allergy puts Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa out the for season—and perhaps permanently.

Man Accused of Stealing $7M from Elderly Homeowners Pleads Not Guilty


A Chicago businessman pleads not guilty in federal court to charges he stole $7 million from elderly homeowners in a reverse mortgage scheme.

As End of Fiscal Year Nears, Little Progress in Springfield

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The end of the fiscal year is a week from Friday. Is Illinois any closer to getting a budget passed by that deadline?

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Mulling Bid for Cook County Clerk


Democratic sources tell Chicago Tonight that Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is mulling a run for the post, contingent on whether he can garner enough Democratic support.

Preckwinkle Expects 2018 County Budget to be Nearly $100M Short


Cook County is projecting a budget shortfall of $97.6 million. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to discuss county finances, health care and the controversial soda tax.

Chris Kennedy Making a Name for Himself in Governor’s Race


In the crowded race for governor, businessman Chris Kennedy’s making a name for himself by bucking Democratic Party leaders.

New Illinois Guidelines Aim to Boost College and Career Readiness

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New state guidelines adopted this month will help kids get ready for life after 12th grade – whether that means picking a college or finding a job.

Stones Retrospective ‘Exhibitionism’ Rolls Into Chicago

(Courtesy Paul Natkin)

From handwritten lyrics to vintage instruments to iconic outfits, a new look at 50 years of the Rolling Stones.