Debating the Ruling on Election Day Registration


A federal judge blocks Election Day voter registration in Illinois, but Attorney General Lisa Madigan says she will appeal the ruling. We hear arguments on both sides of the case.

Plan to Merge Kellogg, Sutherland Schools Met With Parent Scorn

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A proposal designed to eliminate overcrowding at Mount Greenwood Elementary by shuffling around neighboring schools has been met with disdain by local parents.

Federal Lawsuit Prompts End of ‘Mind Boggling’ Cook County Practice

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Four parents sued Cook County because their sons were held in juvenile detention for days without a hearing. Now that common practice is changing. Assessing the impact of that move.

See the McDonald’s of the Future in Present-Day Chicago


Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer reports on the McDonald's of the future, Rick Bayless's new business recipe and why online retailing giant Amazon is partnering with Merz Apothecary.

Gourmet Mushrooms Grow in Old Meatpacking Plant


In this food-crazy town, more and more chefs are looking for locally grown produce for their menus. Now they can get gourmet, specialty mushrooms grown in the heart of Chicago. Jay Shefsky went to check it out.  

Oak Park Church to Sell Iconic Billiards Tables


When Oak Park Billiards closed 10 years ago, the vintage Brunswick pool tables remained. But with a new tenant moving in, those iconic tables, along with hundreds of other items, are up for sale to the general public this weekend.

Story of Curtis Mayfield Told by Son in ‘Traveling Soul’


The son of Chicago native Curtis Mayfield tells the musical great's story in the new book “Traveling Soul.” Todd Mayfield tells us about his talented father's turbulent life.

Chicago Conservation Group: Help Save 12 Vulnerable Species

The Lincoln Park Zoo is breeding and releasing smooth green snakes, a species that's harmless to humans, in their preferred moist, marshy habitats. (squamatologist / Flickr)

A Chicago conservation alliance is asking for the public’s help to save a dozen native species, including the endangered Blanding's turtle.

Tim Schneider on Future of GOP, Trump’s Debate Performance

Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, Sept. 27. (Chicago Tonight)

The head of the Illinois Republican Party looks ahead to the future of his party and evaluates Donald Trump's performance in Monday’s presidential debate.

Supreme Court Preview: Former Supreme Court Clerks on New Term

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The U.S. Supreme Court is about to begin its new term–with only eight justices on the bench. Three former Supreme Court clerks preview some of the upcoming hot-button cases.  

Looking at the Intersection of Comedy and Politics

Kate McKinnon and Larry David portray Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders in a “Saturday Night Live” sketch that aired in May 2016. (Courtesy NBC)

Monday's presidential debate sparked some laughs. We look at how comedians have tackled this election, what's resonated and what has fallen flat. 

Report: Chicago Companies Struggle with Diversity in Top Positions


A recent survey of the top 50 Chicago public companies reveals a lack of minority representation among senior leadership positions, with 19 showing no ethnic diversity within their executive ranks.

New Managing Editor at Chicago Sun-Times on What’s Ahead for Newspaper

Chris Fusco, left, and Jim Kirk of the Chicago Sun-Times.

The Chicago Sun-times has a new managing editor. We'll talk with him and the paper's publisher and editor-in-chief about what's ahead for the city's oldest continuously published daily newspaper.  

Library’s Artifacts Offer Behind-the-Scenes Look at Alexander Hamilton


The runaway hit musical "Hamilton" premieres Tuesday in Chicago, but the Founding Father has been well represented here for a long time. We show you some original artifacts pertaining to Alexander Hamilton.

Discussing the Future of Autonomous Automobiles


The arrival of driverless cars is shifting into high gear. They've already pulled into Pittsburgh–should Chicago give them the green light? A transportation engineer tells us about the future of autonomous automobiles.   

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon Speaks Out on Police Misconduct

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, Sept. 26. (Chicago Tonight)

Will there be federal charges against the police officers involved in the potential Laquan McDonald cover-up? Find out what U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon has to say about his office's role in prosecuting police misconduct.