Paul Vallas and CSU Board Chairman Discuss Struggling School’s Future

|

Paul Vallas and Chicago State University Board Chairman Marshall Hatch discuss the ongoing search for university leadership and what lies ahead for the beleaguered school.

Traffic Fatalities on the Rise Despite More Car Safety Features

|
(ruimc77 / Flickr)

With fatalities from motor vehicle crashes on the rise, could driverless cars steer us toward a safer future?

Report: City Misuses Affordable Housing Funds

|
The Altgeld Gardens Homes on Chicago’s Far South Side provide affordable housing to low-income households. (Zol87 / Wikimedia)

Residential developers in Chicago can build affordable housing in multi-unit projects or pay into a fund that subsidizes low-income renters. But is that money going where it’s supposed to?

Plan for Transformation: WBEZ Examines Progress of CHA Redevelopment

|
Demolition of Cabrini-Green homes (Joe M500 / Wikimedia Commons)

Seventeen years after Mayor Daley launched his plan to transform the Chicago Housing Authority, WBEZ examines promises kept – and broken.

Saul Bellow Archives Reveal ‘Softer Side’ of Nobel Laureate

|
(Courtesy of University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center)

The archives of the award-winning author who spent 30 years teaching at the University of Chicago offer a window into his personal life and creative process.

Viewer Feedback: ‘These Politicians Will be OK’

|

Viewers weigh in on Lincoln Park Zoo’s urban wildlife monitoring program, a judge's order to pay Illinois legislators' salaries and state Rep. Will Guzzardi’s proposal to bar financially troubled schools from opening new charter schools.

Field Museum Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Encyclopedic’ Collections

|
(Courtesy of the Field Museum)

More than 30 million objects are stored behind the scenes at the Field Museum. A new exhibition addresses how scientists from all over the world are using the vast collections to make new discoveries.

Remembering a Forgotten Photographer of Chicago History

|
Jun Fujita (Courtesy of Graham and Pamela Lee)

One hundred years ago he took unforgettable photos of Chicago in turbulent times. Exploring the life of Jun Fujita, a Japanese immigrant who captured city history.

What’s Next for US Health Care

|

A look at what’s next for Obamacare and what happened to the Republican bill to replace it.

Chicago State University Postpones Decision on Administration Changes

|

It was widely expected that Paul Vallas would get a top job at Chicago State University on Monday. But that is not what happened.  

Cook County Democrats Consider Who They Want for Governor

|

The primary for governor is a year away. But already, it's quite a contest. Limits on campaign contributions have been lifted. And this morning, six potential candidates made their pitches to Cook County Democratic committeemen. 

Urban Wildlife Monitoring Program Expanded by Lincoln Park Zoo

|
A group of coyotes captured by a motion-detected camera in Chicago. (Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Since 2010, the zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute has used motion-detecting cameras and acoustic monitoring equipment to record and document animals roaming through the city.

TechGirlz Announces Expansion to Chicago

|
TechGirlz is “dedicated to reducing the gender gap in technology occupations,” according to its website. (Courtesy of Tracey Welson-Rossman)

An organization dedicated to teaching technology to middle school-age girls is coming to Chicago this spring.

Proposed Museum Wants to Use Sports As ‘Bait’ For Learning

|
(Courtesy of the American Sports Museum)

The American Sports Museum would teach visitors about everything from physics to history. Founder Marc Lapides shares his vision for the space.

New Bill Bars CPS, Cash-Strapped Districts From Opening New Charters

|
(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

“If your district is broke, take care of the schools that you have before you open new schools. We think it’s a pretty straightforward idea,” said state Rep. Will Guzzardi, who introduced the legislation.

Chicago Lawmaker Proposes Urban Agriculture Zones

|
(Linda from Chicago / Creative Commons)

“The whole idea is to use our vacant land as a way to adjust the issue of food access by encouraging urban farms and community gardens in certain areas,” said state Rep. Sonya Harper.