Banned Books Week Puts Spotlight on Diversity in Literature

The Dr. Seuss book "The Lorax" was banned in a California school district in the late 1980s. (Carissa Rogers / Flickr)

Readings and discussions with a focus on this year’s theme of diversity will take place in libraries and bookstores across Chicago.

New Student Health Center Announced at Bronzeville School

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Friday announced plans for the city's 33rd school-based student health care center at Drake Elementary.

Emanuel: Chicago Gun Violence is ‘Not Beyond Our Ability to Solve’


Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers one of the most anticipated speeches of his tenure at Malcolm X College on the city's Near West Side.

Ask Geoffrey: What is the Status of the Former Spire?


In this week's edition of “Ask Geoffrey,” find out the “hole” story about the spire that was not to be.

Aldermen React to Mayor Emanuel’s Speech on Violence


As the city faces its worst spate of violence in many years, will the mayor's new proposals and initiatives turn the tide of Chicago's violent crime once and for all?

Storytelling Gives New Strength to Couple Dealing with Alzheimer’s


A couple dealing with Alzheimer's finds strength and rekindled love in a storytelling workshop for dementia patients at Northwestern University. 

Lawmakers Considering How to Pay for an Education Funding Overhaul


Though the state is spending more money on education this year than in the past seven years at least, some advocates argue it's still not enough, and the way we spend that money is inequitable. Thursday, we report on how lawmakers are working to change that.

Local Scientists Name New Mushroom Species After Chicago

The Chicago chanterelle is smaller than other chanterelle mushrooms and is practically odorless compared to the distinctive fruity smell emitted by other types. (Field Museum)

A restaurant-worthy mushroom was identified by researchers from the Field Museum and Chicago Botanic Garden. Meet the Chicago chanterelle.

‘Hamilton’ Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda: Chicago is Best Theater Town

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Chicago Tonight)

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda talks about Chicago, “Sesame Street” and his theatrical blockbuster.

Pediatricians: Stop Giving Kids Codeine


Children under the age of 18 should not be given codeine, says the American Academy of Pediatrics in a new report that cites life-threatening events and even deaths linked to the drug.

CPS Data Show Minority Students More Likely to be Suspended, Expelled

More than 96 percent of district suspensions and 99 percent of expulsions affected minority students last school year. (Max Klingensmith / Flickr)

More than 96 percent of district suspensions and 99 percent of expulsions affected minority students last school year.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Let’s Talk Jobs and Education Equity’


We got a flood of reaction to our Tuesday special about solutions to violence in Chicago. Hear what viewers had to say when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Chicago Police Department to Boost Force by 1,000


The ranks of the Chicago Police Department are about to swell. Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Wednesday the hiring of 1,000 new police officers, detectives and sergeants.

Education Funding in Illinois: How the Evidence-Based Model Works


One way to achieve the goal of providing an “adequate” education to all Illinois school children? Spending much more money per child. We crunch the numbers.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Cooking Up a Big Change


Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is adding a major new investor to its recipe for success. We serve up the latest with Crain's Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer. 

How Federal Authorities Assess Risk in a Post-9/11 World

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We look at what the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey say about counterterrorism efforts in the U.S.