How Chicago ‘Hacktivist’ Derek Eder Uses Public Data for Good


The man behind a weekly gathering of Chicago web developers tells us how they use their tech skills for good.

Ken Burns on ‘Vietnam War’ Series: ‘There Is No One Truth in War’

A still image from “The Vietnam War” series from documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

On Sunday, “The Vietnam War,” a new 10-part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiered on WTTW. Burns and Novick were in Chicago last week and sat down with “Chicago Tonight” to talk about the epic work.

Potential Candidates Scramble After Lisa Madigan Announces Retirement


Carol Marin talks about the latest in state politics with Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago Sun-Times, Dave McKinney of WBEZ and Chicago Tonight’s Amanda Vinicky.

New Law Requires Illinois to Track Food Deserts

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Research shows that hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans live in food deserts. According to a 2006 report, most of those in Chicago were made up entirely of African-American residents. 

Chicago Says It Has Met 40 Percent of Paris Climate Agreement Goals

(Courtesy Chicago Mayor's Office)

A new analysis of citywide carbon emissions data shows that Chicago is 40 percent of the way to meeting emission reduction targets set under the Paris climate deal. 

#BackOffColonCancer Doctor Urges Colon Cancer Screening

Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center gastroenterologist Dr. Andrew Albert rides home wearing a sign urging people to be screened for colon cancer after one of his patients died and another who had never had a colonoscopy was found to have a tumor. (Courtesy of Dr. Andrew Albert)

After losing a patient to colon cancer, a local doctor strapped a sign to his back urging people to get screened for the disease. The reaction to his unusual move was instant – and widespread.

Octopuses Might Not Be Loners, Study Shows

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While little is known about the typically solitary lives of octopuses, new evidence out of Australia suggests that octopuses can congregate and socialize under the right conditions.

Preckwinkle, Other Officials to Jump In Chicago River on Saturday

Ping Tom Memorial Park at the Chicago River (Courtesy Metropolitan Planning Council)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and about a dozen other elected officials will take part in a fundraiser aimed at boosting efforts to improve the quality of the river’s water.

Study: Vessels that Spread Cancer Can Also Boost Immunotherapy

A lymphatic vessel (green) inside a Braf-driven primary mouse melanoma tumor. (Manuel Fankhauser and Maria Broggi / EPFL)

University of Chicago researchers have discovered that lymphatic vessels, which are often blamed for enabling cancer to spread, can also boost a type of cancer treatment. 

The Week in Review: Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich Breaks Silence


The battle to repeal the Cook County soda tax is prolonged. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich breaks his silence from behind bars. The hard sell for Amazon’s huge headquarters is underway. And the Cubs hang on to a division lead.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Step Down

Madigan will ‘seek a new challenge’ after end of 4th term

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces a lawsuit against the city of Chicago on Aug. 29, 2017. “As the state attorney general, we are essentially stepping into the shoes of the Department of Justice,” she said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday that she will not seek another term in office in 2018, but declined to say whether or not she would run for another office.

PARCC Results Stable, Exam Likely Sticking Around


On top of announcing its 2017 PARCC results, the Illinois State Board of Education says it plans to stick with the exam that critics have called confusing and unreliable.

Chicago Actors Use Talents to Support Groups Threatened Under Trump

Donica Lynn performs at the Chicago Actors’ Call to Action’s May event. (Ingrid Bonne)

Actors take action by taking the stage once a month to raise money for organizations that could lose funding under the Trump administration. Meet the program’s founder and find out what’s on tap in September.

‘Hunting Charlie’ Seeks to Find the Elusive Enemy in the War in Vietnam


Propaganda and political cartoons show different perspectives of Vietnam at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library.

Governor’s Race: Chris Kennedy Selects Ra Joy as Running Mate

Chris Kennedy, left, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 22. Ra Joy is his running mate, Kennedy announced Thursday. (Ra Joy / Facebook)

Addressing violence is at the top of the ticket for a newly minted Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

Chicago Architecture Biennial ‘Showcases the Newest Thinking’


The Chicago Architecture Biennial returns for a second year to highlight the work of contemporary architects from around the globe. We get a preview.