Tips for Terrific Tomatoes, from Soil Prep to Staking


Plump, sun-ripened tomatoes are indisputably the crown jewel of home vegetable gardens, and a successful tomato crop means giving them the best start possible. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan shares her tomato tips.

Michael McDonald Talks Solo Career, Collaboration


The Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter talks about his solo career and his work with the Doobie Brothers and Steely Dan.

US Household Debt Exceeds Peak Levels of 2008 Recession


After nearly a decade, household debt in the U.S. has surpassed its peak levels of the 2008 Great Recession.

Chicago Earns 4 of 5 ‘Park Benches’ in Ranking of Urban Park Systems


Chicago didn’t quite crack the top 10, but the city did receive four out of five “park benches” and moved up to No. 11 in the latest ranking of park systems in the nation’s 100 biggest cities.

Survivors of Torture Under Jon Burge Find a Place of Respite

“I still have my nightmares from what Burge did to me,” said Anthony Holmes.

This week, the city of Chicago is coming through on a promise made two years ago to survivors of torture.

Passages Charter Teachers Reach Late-Night Deal to Avert Strike

Becomes third Chicago charter network to avoid strike this school year


Following a “marathon” bargaining session Wednesday night, educators at Passages Charter School announced they have reached a tentative three-year contract agreement with school management. 

UIC Expands Rapid Water Testing at Chicago Beaches

(Flickr / Eric Allix Rogers)

Same-day water testing conducted at UIC's School of Public Health will give Chicagoans more timely alerts about water quality at their favorite beaches this summer. 

Chicago Tops Nation in Population Loss for Second Straight Year

Some 8,638 Chicago residents left the city in 2016. (Bert Kaufmann / Wikimedia)

For the second consecutive year, the city of Chicago experienced higher levels of population loss than any other city in the nation, according to 2016 data released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Civic Groups to Lawmakers: Don’t Come Back Without Budget

Andy Shaw, Better Government Association

Some high-profile civic groups are getting together to pressure state lawmakers to finally get a full-year budget done. 

Illinois Budget Now in Madigan’s Court


Illinois representatives Wednesday are beginning to vet the $37.3 billion spending plan – as well as the tax hike that would support it – passed a day prior by their Senate peers.

$100M Gift to UChicago to Study the ‘New Science of Wellness’


Harnessing the power of the human body to prevent illness – that’s the goal behind a $100 million gift to the University of Chicago Medicine.

Chicago Bird Sanctuary is Best Place in State to See Spring Migration

A warbling vireo photographed at Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary by Rob Curtis.

Here’s something that might surprise you: The best place in the entire state of Illinois to see birds during their spring migration is in the city of Chicago. 

Study: Intermarriages on the Rise 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia


Fifty years after Loving v. Virginia, depicted last year in the film “Loving,” a new study examines interracial marriages.

Claypool on CTU, Rauner Criticisms: ‘We’re Doing Something Right’


A day after a CTU vote revealed a widespread lack of confidence in the school district chief, Claypool defended himself before the Chicago Board of Education, comparing objections from union critics to those coming from the governor.

Growing Clean Economy Can Bring More Jobs to Chicago, Report Says


The clean economy: What is it, and how is Chicago faring? A new report tells the story.

Brookfield Zoo Welcomes the Pangolin, World’s Most Trafficked Animal

For the first time, Brookfield Zoo is exhibiting a pangolin, a rare animal native to Africa and Asia. (Courtesy of Chicago Zoological Society)

For the first time, Brookfield Zoo is exhibiting a pangolin, a rare animal native to Africa and Asia.