Solar Eclipse Buzz Good Sign for Science in US, DePaul Expert Says

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(Neal Herbert / National Park Service)

Participating in the eclipse is a way for “people to demonstrate that they want to understand the world scientifically,” DePaul sociologist Roberta Garner says. 

Green Job Training, Conservation Efforts Threatened by Federal Cuts

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Along Wolf Lake on Chicago’s Southeast Side lies the only Illinois state park within city limits, where visitors can find fishing spots, biking trails – and invasive species.

State Rep. Steven Andersson to Step Down

Exclusive: Andersson explains why he’s not running for re-election

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State Rep. Steven Andersson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 11.

The Republican legislator who was instrumental to the passage of Illinois’ first budget in more than two years is leaving state politics. Find out why.

Solar Eclipse 2017: Share Your Photos With Us

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Share your photos of the eclipse with us and we’ll add them to our online gallery. They may also be shared on the air on “Chicago Tonight.”

Jesse White to Run for Re-election in 2018

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White (Daniel X. O’Neil / Wikimedia Commons)

The 83-year-old Illinois secretary of state said last year that he would retire at the end of his current term. Thursday, he said will run for a sixth term in 2018.

Rauner, Republicans Denounce Trump

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(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Republicans meet at the Illinois State Fair while the House convenes to hammer out a compromise on school funding. 

Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Comments Draw Harsh Local Reaction

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Harsh local reaction Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that “both sides” are to blame for the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Hanging Out With Jeanne Nolan in Her ‘Happy Place’

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The founder of The Organic Gardener says she always felt a strong connection to nature. “My garden is really a big part of where I like to spend my time and to feed my soul,” she said.

Solar Eclipse Chicago: 12 Watch Parties on Aug. 21

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A total solar eclipse, which is when the Moon completely covers the Sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. on Aug 21, 2017. (Credit: NASA)

You don’t need to trek all the way to southern Illinois to revel in the solar event of the century. Here are 12 places in and around Chicago where you can celebrate the eclipse.

New Shedd Shark Expert on Aquarium’s Conservation Efforts

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(Albert Kok / Wikimedia Commons)

Jumping into ocean waters teeming with sharks doesn’t sound like much fun, but for researchers working on shark conservation, it’s a way to gather important and sometimes surprising information. Meet Steve Kessel, the Shedd Aquarium’s new director of marine research.

New Group to Promote Humane Farming, Expose Animal Cruelty in Illinois

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(Humane Society of the United States / Creative Commons)

Illinois farmers and animal welfare experts say they will promote farms where animals are raised humanely, following a Chicago Tribune investigation last year on the state’s biggest pork companies.

Federal Feedback Lists Concerns With Illinois’ Education Accountability Plan

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(Chicago Tonight)

In its initial feedback on the state’s Every Student Succeeds Act proposal, the U.S. Department of Education has raised concerns over how the plan deals with graduation rates and tracks English-language learner progress.

Education Funding Unresolved as Illinois House Returns for Vote

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As Gov. Bruce Rauner’s supporters rally Wednesday for “Governor’s Day” at the Illinois State Fair, representatives will be returning to the capitol to take an ax to his vision for education funding.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal Cook County Soda Tax

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More trouble for the Cook County sweetened beverage tax.

Examining Charlottesville and the Culture of Hate

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A look at domestic terrorism and hate groups following the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend.

Cook County Jail Expands Family Planning, Birth Control Services

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Most women in U.S. prisons and jails lack access to birth control. But for many of these women, incarceration is not the only obstacle to such care. A new program in Chicago is trying to change the trend.