More Fallout Over Incendiary Emails at Chicago Water Department

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Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson says emails distributed among employees at the city Water Department suggest a culture of overtly racist and sexist behavior.

Massive Overhaul in Governor Rauner’s Administration

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The exodus continues in Gov. Bruce Rauner's office as old staff members leave and new ones come in. A look at who’s out, and who’s in.

New Series ‘All My Penguins’ Captures Drama of Zoo’s Penguin Colony

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(Lincoln Park Zoo)

Lincoln Park Zoo recently launched a web series to chronicle the latest crushes, power struggles and other dramatic twists and turns surrounding the lives of its 15 African penguins.

Rauner Calls on Legislators to Send Him School Funding Bill

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Gov. Bruce Rauner insists on removing what he calls a Chicago “bailout” from a state school funding plan.

Superintendents Face Down School Year Without Funding Agreement

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(Courtesy of Stand for Children)

Without an agreement, school superintendents across the state are tasked with figuring out how long their schools can stay open this school year. We speak with superintendents from two suburban districts.

CPS: Rauner’s SB1 Veto ‘Exceeds the Power of the Governor’

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(Chicago Tonight)

As districts across the state face the possibility of a delayed start to the school year this fall, Gov. Bruce Rauner and Chicago Public Schools are squaring off over what to do with a potential fix for the state’s broken education funding formula.

Cardinal Blase Cupich Takes on Chicago Violence

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Cardinal Blase Cupich talks about a new anti-violence initiative and other issues facing the Catholic Church.

How a Controversial Chicago Astronomer Influenced ‘Close Encounters’

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Dr. J. Allen Hynek was a highly respected scientist for decades before he received a credit as a technical adviser on Steven Spielberg’s 1977 movie. His life and legacy are explored in a new biography.

Program Aims to Address Disparities in House Fires, Violence in Austin

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Young adults practice installing smoke detectors on a piece of dry wall. (Maya Miller / Chicago Tonight)

Young adults from Chicago’s Austin community are learning about fire safety as part of a pilot program aiming to address high crime rates, unemployment and other issues facing residents.

Project Examines Pregnancy in Illinois, Cook County Prisons

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Women are the fastest-growing segment of the incarcerated population in the U.S., but data on pregnancies and births in prisons is either outdated or nonexistent. Illinois is now among 22 states participating in the first large-scale, comprehensive study of pregnancy in American prisons.

CPS Principals to Receive New School Budgets Next Week

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In a letter sent Friday to principals, CPS officials admit the budget distribution process is taking place “later than anyone can remember.” They put blame for the setback on Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Testing Reveals High Lead Levels in U-46 District Schools

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(Jason Gillman / Pixabay)

Elevated lead levels have been found in hundreds of water fixtures in Illinois’ second largest public school district following an initial round of testing earlier this year.

AG Madigan Issues Guidelines for Responding to Sexual Assault Crimes

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Medical professionals learn how to use the Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kit, which has several packets to collect evidence from a suspect and a patient of a sexual assault case. (Sgt. Rebecca Linder / Wikimedia Commons)

Law enforcement agencies have a new set of guidelines for responding to reports of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

Snowy Owl Chicks Hatch at Lincoln Park Zoo

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(Lincoln Park Zoo)

Visitors can expect snow flurries on their next trip to the zoo, even in the middle of summer. Four snowy owl chicks hatched last month are already flapping their wings and will soon attempt to fly. 

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Marion Mahony Griffin

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We raise a glass to one of the first female architects in the U.S. with a rum-based sipper that creates beauty from the sour, the bitter and the strange.

The Week in Review: Rauner Cleans House After Budget Veto Override

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A staff shakeup in the Rauner administration. Big layoffs predicted after Cook County’s soda tax is blocked in court. New owners at the Chicago Sun-Times. Big changes ahead for Lake Shore Drive. And in sports, a major crosstown trade.