Dennis Hastert Case Renews Questions About Nature of Sexual Predators

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Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni shows Dennis Hastert standing with the aid of a walker while U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin asks him questions about molestation.

In court, Dennis Hastert admitted to being a sexual abuser. We hear from some professionals who treat victims of sexual predators about detecting the signs of child sexual abuse.

Chicago Celebrates Legacy of Playwright, Activist Lorraine Hansberry

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Lorraine Hansberry (Courtesy of The Goodman Theatre)

The award-winning playwright behind "A Raisin in the Sun" packed an impressive career into a short life. Now, a local theater wants to celebrate the South Side native’s work that extends beyond the stage.

Arianna Huffington’s Wake-Up Call Prompted ‘The Sleep Revolution’

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She's the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and a syndicated columnist. Arianna Huffington talks about the wake-up call that led her to write her 15th book, "The Sleep Revolution."

CPS Testing Lead Levels in Water at 28 Schools

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Lead levels in the water supply are getting nationwide attention after the ongoing crisis in Flint, Michigan came into the spotlight. Now, CPS says it will test for lead in the water at 28 schools, even though it's not legally required to.

James Beard Awards Gala Pays Homage to Role of TV Dinner

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James Beard (Dan Wynn)

Brandis Friedman takes a look at the inspiring dishes being served after next week's James Beard Awards – and how television is a main ingredient this year.

Cool-Weather Crops and Hot Reasons to Grow Your Own

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It’s time to start planting! The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan returns to WTTW's organic garden to plant cool-season crops selected by viewers and tackle an early flush of weeds. Also, we need your help picking the next round of crops to plant.

Weekend Events: NFL Draft Town, Rum Festival, Cinco de Mayo Parade

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(Crystin Immel)

Raise a glass to the NFL draft, bacon-infused dishes, rum cocktails and the Cinco de Mayo Parade in Little Village. 

The ‘Burning Man of Bacon’ Returns to Chicago

Pig out at this weekend’s Baconfest Chicago

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(Anne Petersen / Flickr)

Baconfest Chicago is back for its eighth year with plenty of bacon-inspired dishes, and it’s grown into a large event with a charitable twist since its quirky beginnings.

NFL Draft 2016 Kicks Off in Grant Park

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Legions of football fans descend on Chicago for the second year in a row. Is the massive event worth the headache – and will it be back next year?

Free Event at DuSable Museum, Concert Promote Diversity in Modern Music

Roundtable talk Thursday afternoon, weekend performance focus on efforts to bring new voices to new music

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Internationally renowned composer and percussionist Kahil El’Zabar, who has played alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, joins a discussion about inclusion among modern composers of color. On Friday, he performs with Fulcrum Point New Music Project.

Analyzing Dennis Hastert’s Sentencing and the Legal Questions Raised

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While Dennis Hastert admitted to sexual abuse allegations in court Wednesday, he did not see any related charges because the statute of limitations had passed. If the sexual abuse allegations factored into Hastert’s sentencing on charges he skirted banking laws, should the statute of limitations even exist?

Mayor Announces Efforts to Increase Water Safety Monitoring

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(Steve Johnson / Flickr)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Wednesday initiatives and services to reassure residents that Chicago's water is safe and lead-free.

Ask Geoffrey: Any ‘Magic Finger’ Beds at ‘60s Motel in River North?

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Geoffrey Baer visits a retro motel in River North, a towering turtle on the Near West Side and a vanishing South Side lake in this week's encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Upscale Resale: Glencoe Shop is Designed to Donate

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Jay Shefsky visits an upscale consignment shop on the North Shore that has generated nearly half a million dollars for charity by selling designer clothes, accessories and furniture.

First Bison Born This Year at Fermilab

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The bison herd at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory (Fermilab) just got a little bigger. On Tuesday, the first bison calf of 2016 was born at the particle physics laboratory located in suburban Batavia, roughly 35 miles from Chicago.

New Book Builds Recognition of Forgotten Chicago Architect

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It could be said that the work of Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall has been hiding in plain sight for a century. A new book reveals Marshall as an architect whose work helped refine and modernize young Chicago.