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. 

Unpacking Trump’s Tax Plan

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

President Donald Trump’s tax plan was formally rolled out Wednesday. As promised on the campaign trail, the plan includes several business-friendly tax measures.

House Passes ‘Abortion Bill,’ Puts Governor in Political Pickle


After two hours of debate this afternoon, the Illinois House passed a measure that paves the way for more taxpayer-funded abortions. The legislation allows for Medicaid recipients to use that government health insurance to cover an abortion. Likewise, for state employees.

CPS Adding New Course on History of Jon Burge Torture Cases

Darrell Cannon, one of the Burge torture victims, speaks before the Chicago City Council in 2015. (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago teachers will spend the coming weeks preparing for a new course on the history of the disgraced former Chicago Police Department commander who, for two decades, systematically abused and tortured suspects on the South Side to force confessions.

How Gubernatorial Candidate Alex Paterakis Plans to Revive the State


A long-shot candidate for governor tells us why he thinks he’s got what it takes to lead the state.

Trump Executive Order Sparks Questions Over Future of H-1B Visa Program


The debate over President Trump’s executive order on skilled foreign workers.

Museum of Science and Industry Sits Out Chicago’s Science March

March for Science Chicago organizers said 60,000 people attended the April 22 event. (Susan Wigodner / Twitter)

According to organizers, an estimated 60,000 people attended the March for Science Chicago, making it the largest of those that took place Saturday in 400-plus cities worldwide. But some area institutions did not officially support the event.

Viewer Feedback: ‘I Want No Part of Being Annexed To Chicago’


Author Ted McClelland’s idea of annexing suburbs to Chicago to boost the city’s population had viewers talking.

Fairy Tale Exhibition Aims to Level the Playing Field

The exhibition “Once Upon a Castle” avoids imposing gender stereotypes and norms onto children. (Courtesy of Chicago Children's Museum)

By eschewing traditional tiaras, thrones and knightly armor, a fairy tale-minded exhibition at the Chicago Children’s Museum hopes to spark children’s imaginations without imposing gender stereotypes.   

Doomsday Squad at Argonne National Laboratory Prepares for Chaos


Disaster scenarios near and far are daily considerations for a group of local scientists and engineers. We meet two members of the Global Security Sciences division at Argonne, nicknamed the Doomsday Squad.

Chicago Researchers Pushing For Expanded Social Emotional Learning


Officials from a Chicago-based education collaborative looked at years of studies on social and emotional learning and found consistent, positive effects on student behavior and outcomes.

From Homeless Pasts, a New Crop of Public Speakers

Laura Doss, 68, was homeless for 16 years. She recently graduated from a public speaking program. (Courtesy of Speak Up)

A program called Speak Up connects formerly homeless individuals with seasoned storytellers so they can learn how to speak more effectively about their life experiences. We meet a recent graduate of the program.