Independent Maps Group Responds to Lawsuit


Days after a bipartisan group filed a constitutional amendment that would take redistricting out of the hands of state lawmakers, a lawsuit was filed to get the proposal thrown out.

Long Lines, Missed Flights: Inspecting the TSA’s Airport Crisis


Pack a book because those long, soul-crushing lines at O’Hare and Midway airports aren’t going away any time soon. We look at what this means for the future of the TSA.

Will Americans Digest New Nutrition Labels?

(Courtesy of Foodfacts / Flickr)

The Food and Drug Administration announced its first major change to food nutrition labels since the early 1990s. Will the new information about sugar, calories and serving sizes help people with their diets, or do most people ignore food labels? 

World’s Most Expensive Spice Puts Afghan Farmers, Chicagoans to Work


Ninety percent of the world's opium originates in Afghanistan. In Chicago, three war veterans are hoping to give Afghan farmers a viable alternative to growing poppy for opium. Learn how their business, Rumi Spice, is connecting farmers to the international marketplace.

Solar System Symphony Melds Music with Astronomy

Dark, narrow streaks on Martian slopes such as these at Hale Crater are inferred to be formed by seasonal flow of water on contemporary Mars. (NASA)

A Northwestern University graduate student is combining his love of music and astronomy to stage a solar system-inspired concert.

Study on Aging Challenges Common Perceptions of What ‘Healthy’ Means

Impact of obesity on health contingent on physical, mental health


By most medical standards, being healthy means you’re not battling a major disease like cancer, diabetes or cardiovascular disease. But a new study from the University of Chicago questions this traditional method of measuring health.

Will Dick Durbin Run for Governor in 2018?

Dick Durbin

It may be the worst-kept political secret in Springfield, and now the chatter has reached fever pitch.

Original Chicago Cocktail: Lord of the Levee


Last week, we introduced you to the Hinky Drink. For our second installment, we’re saying “cheers” with the Lord of the Levee drink, inspired by Aldermen “Bathhouse” John Coughlin and Michael “Hinky Dink” Kenna.

The Week in Review: Push Is On For Elected Airport Authority


Joel Weisman and his panel discuss the week's news, including the agonizingly slow TSA screening lines at O'Hare and Midway which have prompted calls to wrest airport control from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and create an elected airport authority.

1970s David Bowie Photos Unveiled in New Book from Chicago-Based Artist

David with cigarette on a break from filming “The Man Who Fell to Earth” in New Mexico 1975. This became a Rolling Stone cover and a popular image. (Steve Schapiro / powerHouse Books)

On Saturday, photographer Steve Schapiro visits the Ed Paschke Art Center. The 81-year-old Chicago transplant will speak about his new book, “Bowie.”

1st Successful Camel Birth at Lincoln Park Zoo Since 1998


With fewer than 1,000 Bactrian camels estimated to be living in the wild, the species is classified as critically endangered. On May 9, a Bactrian camel calf was born in Chicago.

Lorraine Hansberry Day Honors Celebrated Chicago Playwright

Lorraine Hansberry (Courtesy of The Goodman Theatre)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel proclaimed May 19 "Lorraine Hansberry Day" in Chicago. We take a look at various events around the city honoring the Chicago playwright and her legacy.

As Primaries Wind Down, Trump Seems Assured, Clinton and Sanders Scuffle


With less than a month until the end of the presidential primaries and caucuses, Donald Trump appears confident he'll pick up the Republican nomination. Despite Hillary Clinton’s commanding lead in pledged and unpledged delegates, Sen. Bernie Sanders pushes on.

CPS Braces for Cuts as Education Funding Reform Stalls


Chicago Public Schools is bracing to implement devastating budget cuts of as much as 25 percent, blaming what they say is a state school-funding formula that shortchanges Chicago children. So, is there any prospect of movement on the issue in Springfield?

‘Super Slimy’ Granddad at Shedd the World’s Oldest Aquarium Fish

Granddad is an Australian lungfish believed to be a century old that arrived at the Shedd Aquarium 83 years ago. (Shedd Aquarium)

Granddad is believed to be the oldest fish in captivity at any public aquarium or zoo in the world. The Shedd estimates he’s at least a century old and that an “excess of 100 million visitors” have passed through the aquarium since his arrival.

Downtown Development Could Generate Funds for Struggling Neighborhoods


City Planning and Development Commissioner David Reifman discusses two big redevelopment projects and the mayor's neighborhood investment initiative to help struggling neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.