Rauner Calls Lawmakers Back to Capitol for Education Funding Battle

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Lawmakers will have much to discuss during yet another special session, this time on education spending. Three Illinois teachers weigh in.

Behind the Scenes at Lincoln Park Zoo’s New Penguin Encounter

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Aje, a 2-year-old male penguin at Lincoln Park Zoo. (Todd Rosenberg / Lincoln Park Zoo)

For the first time, Lincoln Park Zoo is offering visitors a chance to get up close and personal with their African penguins. We meet three waddling, webbed-feet bachelors.

Education Funding Fight Could Prompt Special Session

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Schools are caught in the crossfire between Democrats and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, who said Friday he’ll call legislators back to Springfield if they don’t release Senate Bill 1 to him by noon Monday.

Judge to Rule July 28 on Cook County Soda Tax

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A Cook County judge will rule on the controversial penny-per-ounce sugar-sweetened beverage tax next week.

2 California Sea Lion Pups Debut at Brookfield Zoo

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(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

After spending their first weeks learning to swim and bonding with their mothers, Lucy and Taylor make their public debut.

Durbin Pushes for Release of Plan to Keep Asian Carp Out of Great Lakes

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A hefty Bighead carp, one of several types of Asian carp, caught in a net near Morris, Illinois. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

A plan to fortify a barrier against Asian carp was set to be released in February but has been stalled by the Trump administration. 

The Week in Review: Layoffs Hit After Pop Tax Fizzles

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Cook County layoffs spark a war of words. Chicago drivers get red-light ticket relief. Shakeup in the governor’s office. Revived Cubs are winning again, and the Sox go on a trade tirade.

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Alice Peurala

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For decades, the steel industry forged Chicago’s industrial spine. Now, we forge a no-nonsense drink for the no-nonsense lady who brought the titans of steel to their knees.

New Book Celebrates Classic Images of Chicago

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(Photo: James Blair)

Richard Cahan and Michael Williams spend a lot of time digging through old photos of Chicago, and together have created 14 stunning books. Take a look at their latest, “Chicago: Classic Photographs.”

Heavy Rain Drenches Northern Illinois, Raises Concerns of Flooding

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Heavy rainfall drenched northern Illinois Wednesday night and Thursday morning. And more is on the way. The Des Plaines and Fox Rivers have seen water levels rise and remain areas of concern.

Where Do School Funding and Reforms Stand in Springfield?

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Illinois State Sens. Heather Steans and Karen McConnaughay report on the status of school funding and which reforms were passed this session.

City Settles Red Light Camera Lawsuit for $38.75 Million

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The city has settled a massive lawsuit with more than a million drivers and will partially reimburse those tickets. Here’s what you need to know.

Speeding Toward the Future of Driverless Cars

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(Steve Jurvetson / Wikimedia Commons)

You won’t find driverless cars whizzing through the streets of Chicago today. But behind the scenes, companies are testing and implementing technology for cars to navigate sans human input.

Enrollment Down, Per-Pupil Spending Inches Up in New CPS Budgets

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Despite the fight in Springfield over education funding, Chicago Public Schools leaders say they will open to students in the fall—but with fewer students.

CPS Making ‘Major Changes’ to Special Ed Funding

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Teachers and principals spent the past year criticizing the way Chicago Public Schools handles special education funding. The district now says it’s planning major changes in the new fiscal year.

Meet the Athletic Artists Behind Cirque du Soleil’s ‘Luzia’

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(Photo: Matt Beard © 2017 Cirque du Soleil)

The French Canadian circus rolled into town this week, and Chicago Tonight got a backstage pass to meet the performers.