Deadline Looms to Change Income Tax Law, Legislative Mapping Process

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Will Illinois move to a graduated income tax from a flat tax, and will it end the practice of gerrymandering legislative maps? Tuesday marks the deadline in the Illinois General Assembly to pass laws to change these practices.

Lyric’s ‘King and I’: A Sumptuous, Crowd-Pleasing Clash of Cultures

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Lyric Opera of Chicago's "The King and I" (Todd Rosenberg)

Epic yet intimate Rodgers and Hammerstein revival earns an opening night standing ovation at the Civic Opera House.

From Vietnam to Michelin: The Journey of Chef Ryan McCaskey

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Chicago chef Ryan McCaskey

In the final days of the Vietnam War, an effort to rescue thousands of babies from the country brought one of them to Chicago. Brandis Friedman shares the story of how he rose to become a Michelin-starred chef.

American Bison a Step Closer to Becoming National Mammal of US

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The National Bison Legacy Act aims to put the largest land mammal in America on the same level as the bald eagle, the country's national bird and a cultural symbol of independence.

Art in Motion Showcases Talents, Progress of RIC Patients

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Mouth painter Antonio Davis at the 2015 Art in Motion fundraiser. (Jeffrey Ross Photography)

The 14th annual Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago fundraiser features artwork by 23 of their patients, including art by two mouth painters who will show off their skills during Thursday's opening reception. 

Orphaned Ducks Adopted by Injured Turkey at Wildlife Center

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(Fox Valley Wildlife Center)

An injured turkey is raising mallard ducklings at a wildlife center in west suburban Elburn after a red-tailed hawk killed the ducklings' mother.

The Week in Review: Dennis Hastert Confirms Predatory Past

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Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the news of the week, including the bombshell twists in the sentencing of Dennis Hastert.

Virtuoso Photo-Realist Painter Returns to Chicago

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Jeanette Pasin Sloan, Teapot Small. (Courtesy Jeanette Pasin Sloan)

Meet the onetime stay-at-home mom who painted everyday kitchen objects before emerging as a sought-after artist.

Dennis Hastert Case Renews Questions About Nature of Sexual Predators

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Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni shows Dennis Hastert standing with the aid of a walker while U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin asks him questions about molestation.

In court, Dennis Hastert admitted to being a sexual abuser. We hear from some professionals who treat victims of sexual predators about detecting the signs of child sexual abuse.

Chicago Celebrates Legacy of Playwright, Activist Lorraine Hansberry

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Lorraine Hansberry (Courtesy of The Goodman Theatre)

The award-winning playwright behind "A Raisin in the Sun" packed an impressive career into a short life. Now, a local theater wants to celebrate the South Side native’s work that extends beyond the stage.

Arianna Huffington’s Wake-Up Call Prompted ‘The Sleep Revolution’

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She's the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and a syndicated columnist. Arianna Huffington talks about the wake-up call that led her to write her 15th book, "The Sleep Revolution."

CPS Testing Lead Levels in Water at 28 Schools

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Lead levels in the water supply are getting nationwide attention after the ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan came into the spotlight. Now, CPS says it will test for lead in the water at 28 schools, even though it's not legally required to.

James Beard Awards Gala Pays Homage to Role of TV Dinner

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James Beard (Dan Wynn)

Brandis Friedman takes a look at the inspiring dishes being served after next week's James Beard Awards – and how television is a main ingredient this year.

Cool-Weather Crops and Hot Reasons to Grow Your Own

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It’s time to start planting! The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan returns to WTTW's organic garden to plant cool-season crops selected by viewers and tackle an early flush of weeds. Also, we need your help picking the next round of crops to plant.

Weekend Events: NFL Draft Town, Rum Festival, Cinco de Mayo Parade

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(Crystin Immel)

Raise a glass to the NFL draft, bacon-infused dishes, rum cocktails and the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Little Village. 

The ‘Burning Man of Bacon’ Returns to Chicago

Pig out at this weekend’s Baconfest Chicago

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(Anne Petersen / Flickr)

Baconfest Chicago is back for its eighth year with plenty of bacon-inspired dishes, and it’s grown into a large event with a charitable twist since its quirky beginnings.