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

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Geoffrey Baer investigates why the Loop’s streets honoring presidents don’t honor the order of their terms, returns to a North Side bridge to nowhere, and relates the sad story of the “radium girls” of Ottawa, Illinois.

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool on Civil Rights Lawsuit Against State


On Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools and five families of students filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state of Illinois. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool joins us to discuss the suit and the huge budget shortfall facing the district.

State Lawmaker Renews Call for Elected Chicago School Board

State Rep. Rob Martwick, D-Chicago (Chicago Tonight)

Calls for an elected Board of Education in Chicago are nothing new, but a pair of current and former politicians are continuing their efforts to end mayoral control over the city's seven-member board.

Not My President’s Day Rally to Protest Trump Policies, Values


While Presidents Day serves to honor America’s presidents, thousands in Chicago are expected to mark the Feb. 20 holiday with protests against the current administration. “It’s a protest of policy,” said one organizer.

Increasing News Literacy in an Age of Fake News


Get tips for separating fact from fiction in the age of fake news.

BuzzFeed Editor: How to Live in a World of Misinformation and Fake News


BuzzFeed editor Craig Silverman talks about the consequences of living in a world of misinformation and fake news, and discusses how media platforms, businesses and individuals can begin countering it.

Two Young Girls Shot by Stray Bullets on Chicago's South Side

Kanari Gentry Bowers (left) and Takiya Holmes were shot in separate incidents on Saturday (Courtesy Gentry Bowers family and Holmes family)

In another disturbing chapter of Chicago’s gun violence epidemic, two young girls were shot in the head within 30 minutes of each other Saturday night on the South Side.

I’ll Have What She’s Having: Shared Plates, Experiences Can Lead to Love

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A University of Chicago Booth School of Business professor talks about how your romantic relationships can affect your decision-making.

Fossil Hunt Leads University of Chicago Professor to Antarctica


Neil Shubin has traveled the world in search of fossils to help better understand evolutionary origins. He tells us about his latest research on Earth’s southernmost continent.

CPS, Parents Claim Civil Rights Violations in New Suit Against State

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools and five local families announced Tuesday they have filed suit against the state of Illinois in an effort to force equitable funding for the cash-strapped school district.

Civic Federation: Hike Income Tax 40 Percent

Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation shares his reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s state of the state address on Jan. 25 on “Chicago Tonight.”

The state of Illinois will not get out of its budget hole without a significant income tax hike, according to a new report issued by the Civic Federation, a fiscal watchdog group.

Parents, Teachers Call on CPS to Take Budget Matters Into Its Own Hands


Chicago parents on Monday called for an end to the finger-pointing between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool, saying the sides need to find common ground to solve the district's ongoing financial issues.

Immigration Under Trump: Raids and the Future of Executive Order


What’s been the impact of the immigration raids – and the travel ban – and what’s next?

For Caregivers, Dealing with Dementia Can Be Tough Reality

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More than 5 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016. We discuss some of the issues that family and caregivers face.

Immigration Raid Has Chicago Businesses, Residents on Edge

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The crackdown on undocumented immigrants has some Chicago residents on edge, while business leaders say it’s impacting the local economy.

‘Passion for French Posters’ on Display at Driehaus Museum


When fine art and advertising joined forces: We check out a new exhibition of posters from late 19th century France.