Republican Health Care Reform Bill on Life Support


Without enough votes to pass, the House of Representatives postpones a vote on the Republican’s bill to repeal Obamacare.

‘Extreme Ice’ at MSI Takes Dramatic Look at Climate Change

A meltwater river formed by glacier melt in Greenland. (James Balog / Museum of Science and Industry)

The changing face of glaciers around the world is the topic of a new exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Cook County Population Shrinks for 3rd Consecutive Year

WBEZ data reporter Chris Hagan

Cook County is shrinking again – and the 2016 drop in population is the biggest of any county in the entire country. Is this just a statistical blip or the beginning of an alarming trend?

Former US Attorney Zachary Fardon Speaks Out

Fardon sits down for exclusive first interview since leaving office

Zachary Fardon appears on “Chicago Tonight” in February 2016. At the time, he was serving as U.S. Attorney.

Recently departed U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, who brought down former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, joins us for an exclusive interview.

Firearm Proposal Advances in Springfield, Triggering Pushback


A controversial bill that would allow for the confiscation of firearms under certain circumstances made progress last week in Springfield.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 23-26

Alvin Ailey Dance Theater brings its unique, mixed-dance style to Chicago. (Courtesy of Paul Kolnik)

Dance performances and festivals, Bon Jovi and street markets. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago this weekend. 

Survey Reveals ‘Alarming’ Health Disparities in Chicago Neighborhoods


Several South and Southwest Side communities lag behind national health and wellness benchmarks, according to a new community health survey.

Art Institute Expands Display of Arms, Armor and Medieval Art

“Armor for Man and Horse,” about 1520 with modern costume. South German, Nuremberg. The Art Institute of Chicago, George F. Harding Collection.

The Art Institute of Chicago unveils new galleries of medieval and Renaissance art – including the re-installation of the popular arms and armor collection. We get a sneak peek.

How Rising Interest Rates Will Affect Consumers and the Economy


Last week’s rate hike is a sign of optimism over growth in the U.S. economy. But how will it impact borrowing, like mortgage and credit card rates?

Hardware Store With a Jazzy Past Prepares to End its 95-Year Run


While the end of Meyers Ace Hardware is certainly a loss to its South Side community, it’s also leaving a piece of Chicago’s jazz history hanging in the balance.

Chicago Scholar Tackles ‘Sex and the Constitution’


From gay marriage to contraception: how sex, religion and morality shape U.S. law.

Illinois Lawmaker Wants to Protect Animals from Lead Poisoning


A state senator has proposed legislation that would partially ban the use of lead-based ammunition, but one gun rights group is calling the bill “a blatant attack” on the rights of hunters.

Chicago Singer Bethany Thomas Releases ‘First’ EP


Next week, the Jeff Award-winning actress and singer releases her first recording, called “First.” She joins us in performance and discussion.

Chicago Teachers Having ‘Hard Discussion’ Before Upcoming Strike Vote

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Teachers Union delegates are taking this month to discuss the possible May 1 strike with the union’s rank-and-file members before a vote on the action, scheduled for April 5.

Chicagoan Wants Tampons, Pads for Birthday to Donate to Homeless

Never Go Without Founder Jesseca Rhymes (Courtesy of Rebecca Healy)

For the third consecutive year, Jesseca Rhymes is asking for feminine hygiene products for her birthday. Not for herself but for women experiencing homelessness.

US Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Grilled on Day 2 of Hearings


Former U.S. Supreme Court clerks weigh in on the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch.