Former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett Sentenced to 4 1/2 Years

Former SUPES co-owner Thomas Vranas receives 18-month sentence

Courtroom sketch of Barbara Byrd-Bennett pleading and crying in front of U.S. District Judge Edmond Chang. (Thomas Gianni)

The disgraced former Chicago Public Schools CEO will spend 54 months in prison after a federal judge sentenced her Friday for the yearslong kickback scheme she ran while chief of the cash-strapped district.

5,000 Chicago-Area Nursing Home Workers Threaten Strike

A member of SEIU Healthcare Illinois protests in early April. (Courtesy of SEIU Healthcare Illinois Facebook)

Thousands of nursing home workers at 53 Chicago-area facilities have threatened to go on strike beginning next week, according to an announcement from SEIU Healthcare Illinois.

Safely Dispose of Prescription Drugs on Saturday

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Do you have old prescription medicines in your cabinet? Safely dispose of them at drop-off sites set up by the DEA for Saturday’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Rauner, Madigan Meet for the First Time in 2017


The ringleaders of Illinois’ partisan impasse – Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan – met Thursday morning for the first time since before Christmas.

United Reaches Settlement with Passenger Dragged Off Plane

(Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia Commons)

The attorneys for Dr. David Dao have announced an “amicable settlement with United Airlines for the injuries he received in his April 9 ordeal.”

Threats to Great Lakes Topic of Summit at UIC’s Freshwater Lab

(U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

With nearly $300 million in federal funding on the chopping block, leaders from across the Great Lakes region will convene next month in Chicago to address lead poisoning, oil pipelines and other threats to the area’s waters.

CPS Aims to Simplify High School Applications With New ‘GoCPS’ Model


Chicago Public Schools is hoping to simplify its rigorous high school application process with a new plan promising to save time and limit headaches for families and students.

Chicago Celebrates Independent Bookstore Day

Volumes Bookcafe is one of two dozen bookstores participating in #MyChicagoBookstore Challenge in honor of Independent Bookstore Day. (Courtesy of Volumes Bookcafe)

This Saturday, bookstores across the country will celebrate their status as indie shops, including two dozen stores across the Chicago area. “It’s like a pub crawl for bookstores,” said Lynn Mooney, co-owner of Women & Children First. 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: April 27-30


Independent bookstores, wine tastings, James Beard-inspired menus and hundreds of artists usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Chicago Teens Ponder Big Questions in Graphic Novel ‘No Small Plans’


In a new graphic novel from the Chicago Architecture Foundation, teens – past, present and future – traipse through Chicago neighborhoods to ponder some big questions, such as: What makes a community?

‘13 Reasons Why’ Raises Suicide Awareness, But Critics Are Cautious

The Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” follows the fictional story of Hannah Baker. (13 Reasons Why / Facebook)

It’s a TV show everyone is talking about, but with suicide a leading cause of death among youth, mental health experts are concerned about the message “13 Reasons Why” is sending.

North Korean Missile Test, Military Exercises Have Region on Edge

“We have to look at North Korea as if Kim Jong-un will do what he says,” said Adm. Harry Harris.

Could heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula lead to a confrontation with North Korea?

Celebrating 30 Years of Art at a Chicago Museum Without Borders


Contemporary art with Mexican roots: Celebrating 30 years at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art.

Chicago Aldermen Consider ‘Textalyzer’ to Curb Distracted Driving


New technology lets police investigate whether drivers were using their cell phones moments before an accident. Could it curb texting while driving?

Ask Geoffrey: Is North-South Divide Between Baseball Fans Real?

(Credit from left: SecretName101 / Wikimedia Commons; Geoff Livingston / Flickr)

Many believe there is a fault line that divides Chicago, pitting brother against brother in a long-standing crosstown rivalry. But a viewer wonders if that historic boundary is a myth.

Northwestern Expert Devises Method for Quantifying Impact of Global Warming


A study co-authored by Northwestern University climate expert Daniel Horton outlines a framework for measuring the impact of global warming on extreme weather events.