Federal Law Enforcement Helps Chicago Fight Crime

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The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is lending the city access to technology that police hope will help close thousands of gun cases opened every year.

Supreme Court Hands President Trump a Partial Victory

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The Supreme Court has given President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban a split decision. Analysis of that and other big decisions at the court.

‘Passion for French Posters’ on Display at Driehaus Museum

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When fine art and advertising joined forces: We check out an exhibition of posters from late 19th century France.

CPS Offering Free Lunches to Students All Summer

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Students ages 18 and under can pick up a free lunch on weekdays at school sites across the city, through Aug. 25. Find a location near you.

Senate Republicans Push for Vote on Health Care Bill

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Before they break for a July Fourth recess next week, Senate Republicans are trying to rally support and votes for a bill intended to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Hedy Weiss Deserves Our Respect’

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Viewers react to our discussion about the Chicago Sun-Times theater critic.

Chicago Scientists Represent US in Competition to Improve Water Quality

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Chicago data scientists competed against teams from Canada and the Netherlands in an annual event that highlights the innovative use of technology to improve the water quality of the Great Lakes. 

‘I Lost My Wedding Ring’ and Other Stories of Chicago’s Accidental Trash

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From lost jewelry to criminal evidence, a Pontiac landfill that receives trash from Chicago has plenty of bizarre waste stories. 

Chicago’s Trash Doesn’t Go to Waste at Pontiac Landfill

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About 5,000 tons of trash from the Chicago area is dumped every day at a landfill in Livingston County, but hardly any of it goes to waste. How yesterday’s trash becomes tomorrow’s energy.

Madigan Introduces New Set of Demands as Preconditions for Budget Deal

Leaders Meet for the First Time in 2017, but Without Rauner

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As Illinois faces an end-of-month deadline to pass a budget, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan has introduced a new set of preconditions to a compromise.

Illinois in ‘Dire Straits’ and Leaders, Governor Can’t Even Agree to Meet

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An updated “doomsday” picture offered by Comptroller Susana Mendoza: Without a budget in place soon, she won’t be able to write checks to pay for the most basic of services come August.

Outsider to Review Cook County Assessment Process

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says embattled Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, a close political ally, has agreed to an outside evaluation of the property tax assessment process.

Teachers Union Merger Could Give Educators a Leg Up in Negotiations

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Who wins and who loses if a local charter teachers union merges with CTU? Local labor education professor Robert Bruno takes a look at the proposed merger—and the possible impact on CPS.

Asian Carp Caught 9 Miles from Lake Michigan

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A silver carp was captured Thursday in the Illinois Waterway below the T.J. O’Brien Lock and Dam, about 9 miles from Lake Michigan. (Courtesy of Illinois Department of Natural Resources)

An 8-pound Asian carp was discovered Thursday beyond an electric barrier designed to prevent the invasive fish from reaching Lake Michigan. 

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Clara Lipman

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We salute the sparkling stage presence of a turn-of-the-century star with a cocktail made with Prosecco, limoncello and summer fruit.

Women Who Code Relaunches Chicago Chapter

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The Chicago chapter of Women Who Code wants to help shape the culture of the city’s technology industry.

The international nonprofit Women Who Code boasts 100,000 members worldwide. This week, it’s relaunching its Chicago chapter and plans to offer meet-ups and other networking opportunities.