The Week in Review: Record Wave of Exonerations Tied to Rogue Cop


A mass exoneration in Cook County clears 15 men. Proposed layoffs in the wake of the failed soda tax. And controversy over playmaking decisions by Bears coach John Fox.

House Democrats Move to Impeach Trump. What Are Their Chances?

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Illinois U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez on Wednesday was one of six House Democrats who formally moved to impeach President Donald Trump, though they acknowledge the Republican-controlled House is unlikely to proceed with hearings.

Family Secret Inspires Graphic Novel ‘The Hunting Accident’


Imagine learning your father was prison pals with notorious murderer Nathan Leopold. That’s the true story told in a new graphic novel.  

Brookfield Zoo Wolf Released into Wild Found Healthy in New Mexico

(Mexican Wolf Interagency Field Team / Chicago Zoological Society)

A Mexican wolf pup born this spring at Brookfield Zoo and released into the wild as part of a species recovery program was tracked down in New Mexico and is healthy, the zoo announced this week.

WTTW’s ‘Nutcracker’ Documentary Goes Backstage at Joffrey Ballet

Temur Suluashvili and Lucia Connolly in rehearsal for “The Nutcracker.” (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

The new documentary “Making a New American Nutcracker” premieres on WTTW. We speak with the Joffrey Ballet’s artistic director and the film’s producer.

Police, Community Must Have ‘Mutual Respect,’ Says Author

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How can citizens avoid trouble when getting pulled over by the police? We speak with Dwayne Bryant, the author of a manual that explains how to safely handle a traffic stop.

Letter: Extend Federal Funds for Children’s Health Insurance Program


More than 50 organizations are urging the Illinois congressional delegation to reauthorize funding for programs that provide health insurance to children and support for low-income and at-risk families, before it becomes a crisis in the state.

Putin Playing a ‘Long Game’ to Restore Russian Pride, Influence


As evidence mounts that Russia did meddle in the 2016 election, we speak with a Russia expert about what Vladimir Putin’s strategic goals might be.

Lawsuit: Public Defenders ‘Forced to Endure Heinous Sexual Misconduct’


Carol Marin discusses a court appearance by attorneys for Cook County public defenders who filed suit over detainees exposing themselves.

Cautionary Tales of City Life by Chicago Painter Bill Walker


A new exhibition looks at rare works of art that are powerful—and sometimes graphic. The historic work was made by an artist with a strong connection to Chicago public art.

Global Warming’s Impact on Lake Effect Snow: Fewer Flurries, More Rain

Streaks of snow stretching across the Great Lakes captured by a NASA satellite on Dec. 9, 2006. (NASA)

Lake Michigan is getting warmer, and eventually it will mean winters with less snow in Chicago. But don’t plan yet for winters free of the white stuff.

Chicago Tops 600 Homicides for Second Year in a Row


Shooting deaths are down across Chicago in 2017 after last year’s unexpected spike, but this week the city homicide totals crossed another grim milestone.

Cook County Settles Suit With Injured Detainee for $4.5M


Michael Borys was in jail for less than a day when he had a seizure and fell from his bunk, resulting in vision loss and multiple brain surgeries. Three years later, Cook County has agreed to settle a federal lawsuit 

Ilyasah Shabazz on the Legacy of Her Father, Malcolm X


To many, the legacy of activist Malcolm X is that of a fiery counterpart to the pacifist Martin Luther King, Jr. But to one of his daughters, that analysis overlooks his complexities and contributions to the fight for human rights.

Large-as-Life Dinosaurs Frighten and Fascinate at ‘Jurassic World’

(Courtesy of The Field Museum)

An exhibition at the Field Museum aims to be an immersive experience that brings the 2015 movie and its gigantic reptilian stars to life. 

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to the Hamilton Statue?


What happened to the Alexander Hamilton statue in Lincoln Park? Geoffrey Baer tells his story in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”