DePaul Professor Discovers New Prehistoric Shark

Species Relative of Great White, Megalodon Sharks

A newly identified species of shark, Megalolamna paradoxodon, lived about 20 million years ago and measured roughly 13 feet in length. (Kenshu Shimada / DePaul University)

About 20 million years ago, a 13-foot predator swam in warm, shallow seas across the globe. This extinct shark was recently discovered by an international team of researchers led by a DePaul University professor.

CTU Delegates Overwhelmingly Support Tentative Labor Agreement

CTU President Karen Lewis said she's confident the union's 28,000 members will approve a tentative labor agreement with Chicago Public Schools next week. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

The union's full membership will vote to approve or reject the tentative agreement with CPS inside schools across the district next week.

Human Service Backlog Leaves Mentally Ill Sitting in Jail


Twenty Cook County defendants deemed unfit to stand trial are to be placed in a mental health facility. So why are they sitting in jail instead?

Trump, Clinton Face Off: Debate Prep, Tactics and Possible Pitfalls


Donald Trump attacks the media, and his accusers, as Hillary Clinton finds herself with a lead in national polls. A preview of what might be in store for Wednesday's final debate.

Chicago Ranked No. 2 Travel Destination in U.S. by Conde Nast

Chicago River (Tim Emerich)

Chicago bumped San Francisco from its number two spot in this year’s ranking of U.S. travel destinations by Conde Nast Traveler.

Augmented Reality App Offers New Look at Eastland Disaster


A remarkable new app brings us face-to-face with the 1915 Chicago tragedy.

In East Chicago, Fallout from Toxic Soil Runs Deep in Community


East Chicago residents are getting the toxic soil dug out of their yards. But why has it taken the EPA so long to begin cleaning up these neighborhoods?

Civil Rights Icon on America’s Racial Divide, Then and Now

Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With.”

Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon at the age of 6, when she became the first African-American child to attend a previously all-white elementary school in New Orleans. She joins us in discussion.

Ask Geoffrey: What’s the Plan for Lake Calumet?

Lake Calumet (Tom Kort /

Lake Calumet has changed shape and purpose many times over the years. Geoffrey Baer takes a look at its past and future in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

10 Things to do This Weekend: Oct. 20-23

Artists of the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns can spend up to 15 hours on a single gourd. (Courtesy of Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns)

A plethora of pumpkins, eerie mind games and Dr. Ruth usher in the weekend – and Halloween. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

UNO Charter School Network, Teachers Prevent Strike With Early Morning Deal

(Chicago Tonight)

The United Educators of UNO reached a tentative agreement early Wednesday morning with the UNO Charter School Network to stave off what would have been the nation’s first-ever charter school teacher strike.

Field Museum Turns to Public to Help Digitize Collection

The Field Museum’s Matt von Konrat says that more than 3 million plant specimens have yet to be digitally cataloged. "We still have a ton of undiscovered diversity locked away," he said. (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

It's home to an estimated 30 million objects from across the globe, but only about 25 percent of the Field Museum's collection has been cataloged in a digital database. Starting Thursday, volunteers can help grow that percentage.

Local Officials Scoff at Trump’s Claims of ‘Rigged Election’

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

How difficult is large-scale voter fraud, and how are Illinois officials assuring the integrity of the upcoming election?

Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride


A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

IPRA Chief on Police Accountability, New Oversight Agency

Sharon Fairley

Sharon Fairley, the head of the city's Independent Police Review Authority, is here to talk about the new police oversight agency set to replace it.

Field Museum Offers to Ink Visitors for $250

A sign spotted at the Field Museum’s new “Tattoo” exhibition. (Chicago Tonight)

In conjunction with “Tattoo,” the museum's latest exhibition on the history of the tattoo which opens Friday, it has opened a pop-up shop. Learn more.