Exploring the Mysteries of Anesthesia in ‘Counting Backwards’


A new book from a Northwestern medical school professor delves into the history of the common—yet still mysterious—world of anesthesia.

61 EPA Staff Have Left Chicago Office in 2017, And They’re Missed

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks April 19 after meeting with residents of East Chicago’s lead-contaminated neighborhoods. (Alex Ruppenthal / Chicago Tonight)

Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, dozens of employees have left the EPA’s Region 5 office in Chicago. Current and former employees say the loss of staff is already putting a strain on operations. 

Imperfect to Deliver ‘Ugly’ Fruits, Vegetables to Chicagoans

(Courtesy of Imperfect)

Fruits and vegetables come in all shapes and sizes, but only those that meet strict cosmetic requirements end up in grocery stores, while “ugly” produce goes to waste. Imperfect, a new produce delivery service, hopes to change that.

Ride-Sharing Fees, Amusement Tax Advance in City Council

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The City Council on Monday advanced the mayor’s 2018 budget proposal, but not without some trepidation from aldermen.

Democrats Hoping for ‘Blue Wave’ In 2018

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A year after what for many Democrats was unthinkable—losing the presidential election to Donald Trump—there are signs they may be getting their mojo back.

Former Alderman Bob Fioretti Challenging Toni Preckwinkle


In the wake of the much-maligned sweetened beverage tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s re-election no longer appears certain. Why Bob Fioretti believes Cook County needs new leadership.

‘Race’ Exhibition Challenges Visitors to Rethink the Concept

Chicago History Museum curator Joy Bivins

What does race mean to you? A new exhibit at the Chicago History Museum asks visitors to consider how much all of us focus on race every day, whether we realize it or not.

‘All The Queen’s Horses’ Tells the Story of Rita Crundwell


A city treasurer with a love of horses managed to embezzle nearly $54 million from a small town of just 16,000 people. The new documentary “All The Queen’s Horses” looks at the case of Rita Crundwell.

New Book Profiles Chicagoans Who Changed History

(Courtesy of N’DIGO)

From the obvious game changers to the surprising—and controversial—a new book by the publisher of N’DIGO profiles the biggest Chicago icons.

FBI: Hate Crimes on Rise for Second Straight Year


The number of hate crimes recorded across the country rose nearly 5 percent last year, according to new data from the FBI. In Chicago, the number of recorded incidents rose 34 percent over 2015.

Chicago Teen Birth Rate Drops to New Low


Teen birth rates in Chicago have reached a new low, according to city officials. In 2015, there were 27.5 births per 1,000 girls ages 15-19, a 67-percent drop from 1999.

UChicago’s Chuan He Awarded 2017 Paul Marks Prize in Cancer Research

University of Chicago professor Chuan He (Lloyd DeGrane for the University of Chicago)

The biennial award is bestowed upon three promising researchers under the age of 45 making significant contributions to understanding the disease or improving treatments. 

COPA Releases Footage of Pinned Officer Shooting Teen Driver


Oversight officials released several clips showing the shooting death of teen Juan Flores after he pinned an officer between his SUV and a squad car in September.

The Week in Review: Lawmakers Get Serious About Sexual Harassment


Sexual harassment takes the focus in Springfield and City Council. Aldermen approve a new police training center on the West Side. Sears plans to shutter more stores. And the Bears take on the weakened Packers. 

Family Tragedy Prompts Local Woman to Fight Opioid Epidemic

Prescription pain pills are dumped out on a table. (U.S. Air Force photo illustration / Tech. Sgt. Mark R. W. Orders-Woempner)

The opioid epidemic in Illinois is more acute than in many other states, according to the National Safety Council. We discuss the crisis and a new memorial that highlights the human toll of opioid addiction.

Emerging Rap Artist Taylor Bennett on Chicago Roots


Taylor Bennett talks about his rising rap career, and the inevitable comparisons with his brother, Chance the Rapper.