Rauner Pushing New Pension Alternative to Restore CPS Funding

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(Chicago Tonight)

Facing an ongoing lawsuit brought by Chicago Public Schools and increasing calls to restore vetoed funding to the cash-strapped school district, Gov. Bruce Rauner is urging “swift action” to enact statewide pension reform in a new Republican-led bill.

Bulls, Cubs Lose Key Architects of Past Success

Jerry Krause, Dallas Green Ushered in New Eras for Chicago Teams

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Jerry Krause died Tuesday. He was 77 years old. (Courtesy of Chicago Bulls)

There was a time when Chicago sports teams were synonymous with losing. This week, the city lost two men who helped change that perception.

Local Restaurants ‘Go Blue’ to Raise Awareness, Funds for One Hope United

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A kickoff event for the Go Blue Chicago Restaurant Collective will be held Tuesday, March 28 at Nellcote. (Element Collective)

Throughout the month of April, nearly two dozen Chicago-area restaurants will offer special menu items to raise awareness and funds for child abuse prevention programs.

Gary Solomon, Former SUPES CEO, Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

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Courtroom sketch from October 2015 depicts Gary Solomon, right, and Thomas Vranas, left, in federal court. (Thomas Gianni)

The former SUPES Academy chief charged in connection with the Barbara Byrd-Bennett fraud scandal was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison after pleading guilty last year.

The Week in Review: Budget Battle Between Rauner, Mendoza Heats Up

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The governor’s race gets crowded. Sears’ future is in doubt. Red-light cameras may become more forgiving. And Bulls fans say goodbye to Jerry Krause. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Republican Health Care Reform Bill on Life Support

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Without enough votes to pass, the House of Representatives postpones a vote on the Republican’s bill to repeal Obamacare.

Judge Orders Comptroller Mendoza to Pay Illinois Lawmakers

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Comptroller Susana Mendoza is processing $8.6 million worth of delayed paychecks, following a Thursday order by Judge Rodolfo Garcia.

‘Extreme Ice’ at MSI Takes Dramatic Look at Climate Change

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A meltwater river formed by glacier melt in Greenland. (James Balog / Museum of Science and Industry)

The changing face of glaciers around the world is the topic of a new exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Cook County Population Shrinks for 3rd Consecutive Year

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WBEZ data reporter Chris Hagan

Cook County is shrinking again – and the 2016 drop in population is the biggest of any county in the entire country. Is this just a statistical blip or the beginning of an alarming trend?

Former US Attorney Zachary Fardon Speaks Out

Fardon sits down for exclusive first interview since leaving office

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Recently departed U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, who brought down former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, joins us for an exclusive interview.

Firearm Proposal Advances in Springfield, Triggering Pushback

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A controversial bill that would allow for the confiscation of firearms under certain circumstances made progress last week in Springfield.

LSC Members Call on Rauner to Restore CPS Pension Funding

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(Chicago Tonight)

Local School Council members from across Chicago hand-delivered a letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner this week, urging “immediate action” from the state.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 23-26

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Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

Dance performances and festivals, Bon Jovi and street markets. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

Bald Eagles Spotted Near O’Hare Signal a Comeback

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In the early 1960s, bald eagles were nearly extinct in the lower 48 states. But government protections and conservation measures have had a huge impact on their numbers. “I think it’s an incredible success story,” said biologist Chris Anchor.

Survey Reveals ‘Alarming’ Health Disparities in Chicago Neighborhoods

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Several South and Southwest Side communities lag behind national health and wellness benchmarks, according to a new community health survey.

Art Institute Expands Display of Arms, Armor and Medieval Art

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“Armor for Man and Horse,” about 1520 with modern costume. South German, Nuremberg. The Art Institute of Chicago, George F. Harding Collection.

The Art Institute of Chicago unveils new galleries of medieval and Renaissance art – including the re-installation of the popular arms and armor collection. We get a sneak peek.