Why ‘Dirt is Good’ For a Child’s Developing Immune System

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For many parents, questions of hygiene and health weigh heavily on their minds. A new book argues that a fixation on cleanliness won’t lead to healthier children.

Illinois State Reps Discuss Budget Ahead of Special Session

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The pressure is on for Illinois lawmakers to strike a budget deal before July 1. We speak with two members of the Illinois House as they prepare for this week’s special session.

Madigan Joins Coalition of Attorneys General in Opioid Investigation

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(David Kessler / Flickr)

Attorney General Lisa Madigan will join a bipartisan effort to investigate the role opioid manufacturers may play in contributing to the country’s opioid epidemic. 

Illinois Expecting Feedback on Education Guideline Proposal ‘Very Soon’

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(Chicago Tonight)

Illinois is one of more than a dozen states awaiting a federal peer review from the U.S. Department of Education on its Every Student Succeeds Act plan.

Heroin Use Costs Society $51.2 Billion, Says UIC Study

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Heroin use has more than doubled in young adults over the past decade. A new study evaluates the cost of that addiction on society at large.

Chicago Techweek Throws Away Old Script, Doubles Down on Mission

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Chicago Techweek takes place from June 19-23. (Courtesy of Motion PR)

The technology festival Chicago Techweek returns for a sixth year. We speak with the Techweek CEO about this year’s “radical shift” in programming.

The Week in Review: Belleville Gunman Killed After Shooting Congressman

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Police kill the Belleville gunman who fired on GOP congressmen. A lawsuit aims to force federal oversight of Chicago Police reform. And Dwyane Wade could make a deal to return to the Bulls. 

Piglets Born to American Guinea Hog at Lincoln Park Zoo

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(Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

For the first time in two years, Lincoln Park Zoo welcomed the birth of piglets. Visitors can see the seven baby pigs, along with their mother, at the Farm-in-the-Zoo exhibit.

Rauner Calls for Special Legislative Session

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is calling for a special 10-day legislative session. It will run from Wednesday to the end of the month. 

Parents, Community Split Over CPS Plan for New South Loop High School

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(National Teachers Academy / Facebook)

Why a proposal to convert a Near South Side elementary school into a neighborhood high school has won support from local residents, but drawn the ire of some parents.

CPS Works to Address Student Trauma, Mental Health

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Chicago Public Schools began certifying schools for their social emotional learning supports two years ago. We visit one school that’s achieved the highest certification – exemplary.

J.B. Pritzker Battles Crowded Democratic Field, Rauner

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The billionaire businessman and venture capitalist is the early front-runner in the Democratic race for governor. He joins us in discussion.

Rhymefest Reminds Chicago Bike Riders to ‘Stay in Your Lane’

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Che “Rhymefest” Smith appears on Chicago Tonight on Aug. 29, 2016.

When Hyde Park resident Connie Spreen wrote song lyrics about bicycle safety a few years ago, her children begged her not to produce them. Now, she’s a co-producer alongside Rhymefest for “Stay in Your Lane.”

Outcome Health Aims to Improve Patient Experience

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Chicago-based health care technology firm Outcome Health just raised $500 million, making it the biggest Chicago startup since Groupon. We meet one of the company's founders.

‘Shattered’ the Inside Story of What Sunk Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

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It was arguably the biggest political upset in American history. Political journalist Jonathan Allen joins us with his insight and to discuss the book he co-authored, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”

The Spectacular Art World of Takashi Murakami

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Takashi Murakami (Maria Ponce Berre, © MCA Chicago)

The MCA celebrates its 50th anniversary with a new exhibition by a colorful contemporary artist.