Illinois’ Chief Information Officer on Cybersecurity

(Christopher Schirner / Flickr)

Joining us to talk about cybersecurity, and about overhauling outdated state computer systems is Illinois’ Chief Information Officer Hardik Bhatt.

Ask Geoffrey: What’s With the Out-of-Order Presidents?

(Ken Lund / Flickr)

Geoffrey Baer investigates why the Loop’s streets honoring presidents don’t honor the order of their terms in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”

Governor’s Race Heats Up, Emanuel Unveils Municipal ID Program


Carol Marin sits down with Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago-Sun Times, Lauren Chooljian of WBEZ and Heather Cherone of DNAinfo to discuss political activity in Springfield and Chicago.

The Surprising Story Behind ‘Whistler’s Mother’

James McNeill Whistler. “Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 (Portrait of the Artist's Mother),” 1871. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, RF 699. © RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY.

A rarely seen icon of American art has returned to Chicago. 

Paul Vallas and CSU Board Chairman Discuss Struggling School’s Future


Paul Vallas and Chicago State University Board Chairman Marshall Hatch discuss the ongoing search for university leadership and what lies ahead for the beleaguered school.

Traffic Fatalities on the Rise Despite More Car Safety Features

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With fatalities from motor vehicle crashes on the rise, could driverless cars steer us toward a safer future?

Report: City Misuses Affordable Housing Funds

The Altgeld Gardens Homes on Chicago’s Far South Side provide affordable housing to low-income households. (Zol87 / Wikimedia)

The city of Chicago has a fund paid for by big developers that helps subsidize low-income residents who need help paying rent. But is all of that money going where it's supposed to? 

Plan for Transformation: WBEZ Examines Progress of CHA Redevelopment

Demolition of Cabrini-Green homes (Joe M500 / Wikimedia Commons)

Seventeen years after Mayor Daley launched his plan to transform the Chicago Housing Authority, WBEZ examines promises kept – and broken.

Saul Bellow Archives Reveal ‘Softer Side’ of Nobel Laureate

(Courtesy of University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center)

The archives of the award-winning author who spent 30 years teaching at the University of Chicago offer a window into his personal life and creative process.

Brookfield Zoo Addresses Ethics of Animal Captivity

(Brookfield Zoo / Chicago Zoological Society)

The ethical debate over zoos – and whether animals belong in them – has resurfaced over the past year, and now Brookfield Zoo is joining the discussion.

Viewer Feedback: ‘These Politicians Will be OK’


Viewers weigh in on Lincoln Park Zoo’s urban wildlife monitoring program, a judge's order to pay Illinois legislators' salaries and state Rep. Will Guzzardi’s proposal to bar financially troubled schools from opening new charter schools.

Field Museum Offers Behind-the-Scenes Look at ‘Encyclopedic’ Collections

(Courtesy of the Field Museum)

More than 30 million objects are stored behind the scenes at the Field Museum. A new exhibition addresses how scientists from all over the world are using the vast collections to make new discoveries.

Remembering a Forgotten Photographer of Chicago History

Jun Fujita (Courtesy of Graham and Pamela Lee)

One hundred years ago he took unforgettable photos of Chicago in turbulent times. Exploring the life of Jun Fujita, a Japanese immigrant who captured city history.

Report: Segregation Costs Chicago, Residents Billions Annually

(Allen McGregor / Flickr)

Racial and economic segregation across Chicago impacts economic growth, educational attainment and crime rates, according to a report released Tuesday by the Metropolitan Planning Council and Urban Institute.

What’s Next for US Health Care


A look at what’s next for Obamacare and what happened to the Republican bill to replace it.

Chicago State University Postpones Decision on Administration Changes


It was widely expected that Paul Vallas would get a top job at Chicago State University on Monday. But that is not what happened.