EPA to Shut Down 2 Chicago Vehicle Emissions Test Facilities


Motorists will be without a single testing center within Chicago city limits starting Nov. 1.

New Report Finds Student Debt on the Rise Across Illinois, US

Student debt for Illinois grads has increased by more than $5,400 since 2010, according to a new national report.

One Illinois state representative hopes to stem the tide of rising student debt by making public colleges and universities free for all in-state residents.

New Program to Stem Chicago’s Violence Epidemic Starts in Jail


For many young men inside the Cook County Jail, violence on the streets is a daily reality. But a new program based at the jail aims to change that reality.

Forum: Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Candidates


The candidates for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk square off and talk integrity, amnesty and modernization in our first candidate forum.

New Sculpture by Yoko Ono Seeks to ‘Give Peace a Chance’


Artist and activist Yoko Ono visits Chicago and provides Jackson Park with a new public sculpture that’s being called “a landmark for peace.”

Final Section of Chicago Riverwalk to Open This Weekend

Mayor Rahm Emanuel leads a tour of a new section of the Chicago Riverwalk, which will be open to the public Saturday. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

The completion of the three-block stretch marks the end of construction on the 1.25-mile promenade, providing pedestrian and bike access along the south bank of the river.

Sniff it Out: New Book Follows Dogs ‘Into a World of Smell’


From service dogs to household companions, a new book looks inside the complex world of a dog’s nose.

Final Debate a Contentious, Ill-Tempered Affair


Donald Trump refuses to say he whether he will accept the results of the election. PBS “NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins joins us with the latest news from a contentious campaign.

Viewer Feedback: ‘There Are Far More Pressing Needs for Money’


An alderman’s plans for extending the 606 bike trail got viewers talking. Hear what they had to say when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages

DePaul Professor Discovers New Prehistoric Shark

Species Relative of Great White, Megalodon Sharks

A newly identified species of shark, Megalolamna paradoxodon, lived about 20 million years ago and measured roughly 13 feet in length. (Kenshu Shimada / DePaul University)

About 20 million years ago, a 13-foot predator swam in warm, shallow seas across the globe. This extinct shark was recently discovered by an international team of researchers led by a DePaul University professor.

CTU Delegates Overwhelmingly Support Tentative Labor Agreement

CTU President Karen Lewis said she's confident the union's 28,000 members will approve a tentative labor agreement with Chicago Public Schools next week. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

The union's full membership will vote to approve or reject the tentative agreement with CPS inside schools across the district next week.

Human Service Backlog Leaves Mentally Ill Sitting in Jail


Twenty Cook County defendants deemed unfit to stand trial are to be placed in a mental health facility. So why are they sitting in jail instead?

Trump, Clinton Face Off: Debate Prep, Tactics and Possible Pitfalls


Donald Trump attacks the media, and his accusers, as Hillary Clinton finds herself with a lead in national polls. A preview of what might be in store for Wednesday's final debate.

Chicago Ranked No. 2 Travel Destination in U.S. by Conde Nast

Chicago River (Tim Emerich)

Chicago bumped San Francisco from its number two spot in this year’s ranking of U.S. travel destinations by Conde Nast Traveler.

Augmented Reality App Offers New Look at Eastland Disaster


A remarkable new app brings us face-to-face with the 1915 Chicago tragedy.

In East Chicago, Fallout from Toxic Soil Runs Deep in Community


East Chicago residents are getting the toxic soil dug out of their yards. But why has it taken the EPA so long to begin cleaning up these neighborhoods?