Pediatricians Warn About Rapid Weight Changes in Youth Athletes

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“Sometimes, children and teens in certain sports believe they need to achieve a particular body type to be successful,” said Dr. Rebecca Carl. “Unless they have a healthy strategy to work toward their goals, however, they can end up defeating themselves and causing health problems.”

Solar Eclipse Offers Unique Lens for Studying Animal Behavior

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(Peter Roome / Flickr)

Like scientists across the country, Lincoln Park Zoo’s animal experts will spend Monday’s solar eclipse carefully observing the zoo’s residents for changes in behavior.

State Board to Begin Measuring Kindergarten Readiness

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School districts across the state already track how prepared students are to enter high school, but beginning this fall they’ll also start measuring their development before they enter elementary school.

S.H. Bell Must ‘Reduce or Eliminate’ Manganese Emissions, Says City

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A Chicago company has until Sept. 6 to submit a plan for reducing brain-damaging manganese dust that has been found nearby in a primarily low-income, minority neighborhood on the Southeast Side.

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Esther Saperstein

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This week, we raise a glass to the moms who hold it down in the House (and the Senate) with a concoction as American as apple pie—fragrant applejack, tough whiskey and snappy lemon and ginger. 

CDC: Teen Drug Overdose Deaths Increased in 2015

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Following years of steady decreases, a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a significant rise in teen overdose deaths in 2015. “It’s disappointing,” said Renee Manworren, a local researcher.

The Week in Review: Gov. Rauner Breaks Silence on Donald Trump

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Rauner slams Trump’s response to the violence in Charlottesville. The battle over school funding ramps up. Lawmakers try to stamp out the soda tax. And the Cubs hold a slim lead in the National League Central division. 

Question Over Controversial Public Monuments Comes to Chicago

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As the debate over Confederate monuments heats up following the Charlottesville tragedy, some Chicago aldermen want to get rid of a name with a fascist history.

Solar Eclipse Buzz Good Sign for Science in US, DePaul Expert Says

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(Neal Herbert / National Park Service)

Participating in the eclipse is a way for “people to demonstrate that they want to understand the world scientifically,” DePaul sociologist Roberta Garner says. 

Green Job Training, Conservation Efforts Threatened by Federal Cuts

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Along Wolf Lake on Chicago’s Southeast Side lies the only Illinois state park within city limits, where visitors can find fishing spots, biking trails – and invasive species.

State Rep. Steven Andersson to Step Down

Exclusive: Andersson explains why he’s not running for re-election

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State Rep. Steven Andersson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 11.

The Republican legislator who was instrumental to the passage of Illinois’ first budget in more than two years is leaving state politics. Find out why.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Share Your Photos With Us

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Share your photos of the eclipse with us and we’ll add them to our online gallery. They may also be shared on the air on “Chicago Tonight.”

Jesse White to Run for Re-election in 2018

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (Daniel X. O’Neil / Wikimedia Commons)

The 83-year-old Illinois secretary of state said last year that he would retire at the end of his current term. Thursday, he said will run for a sixth term in 2018.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Aug. 17-20

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Chicago Air and Water Show 2015 (Scott L / Flickr)

Soaring planes, food fests, an all-night flea market and a Chicago love story usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.   

Rauner, Republicans Denounce Trump

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(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Republicans meet at the Illinois State Fair while the House convenes to hammer out a compromise on school funding. 

Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Comments Draw Harsh Local Reaction

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Harsh local reaction Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that “both sides” are to blame for the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.