Kenyan Conservationists Work to Save Giraffe as Population Plummets

Reticulated giraffe herd in the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. (Snakes3yes / Flickr)

In the last two decades the reticulated giraffe population has plummeted and if action isn’t taken to reverse their calamitous decline, they could be eliminated from the wild within a generation. Two Kenyan conservationists join us to discuss the threats these giraffes face and efforts to save them.

Weekend Events: Chicago Improv Festival, Beer Classic, Mother's Day

Horatio Sanz & The All-Stars of Comedy at the 2014 Chicago Improv Festival (John Abbot)

Get a laugh or two from one of the dozens of groups performing at the Chicago Improv Festival, have a pint at the Chicago Beer Classic and celebrate mom on Mother's Day.

Has Friends of the Parks’ Opposition Cost Chicago the Lucas Museum?


After Friends of the Parks declared its opposition to any lakefront site for the Lucas Museum, Mellody Hobson, wife of movie mogul George Lucas and board member of the Lucas Museum, said they were “seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago.” 

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Challenges Facing the Church

Archbishop Blase Cupich

Faced with major, ongoing financial pressure, the Archdiocese of Chicago is looking hard at its mission and membership. Archbishop Blase Cupich talks about the Chicago Catholic Church's money woes and how it might reorganize and revitalize itself.

Coalition of Social Service Agencies Files Lawsuit Against Governor, State Agencies

Andrea Durbin: "Collectively [the agencies] are owed over $100 million to date. That number grows every day. We're just trying to be paid for the work we've done."

On Wednesday, a coalition of 64 Illinois-based human and social service agencies and companies filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bruce Rauner and the directors of six statewide agencies seeking payment for work performed since July 1, 2015.

In the Fight Against Invasive Plant Species, Fire a Worthy Weapon


How local forest preserves are using fire to maintain the Chicago area's natural ecosystem, much like Native Americans did prior to European settlement.

Crain’s Roundup: Can Gondolas Lift Chicago Tourism?


Can aerial gondolas proposed for tours along the Chicago River lift tourism business in the city? Crain's managing editor Ann Dwyer joins us to discuss this story and more.

Broadway Star Kate Baldwin on Chicago Roots, ‘The King and I’

15 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The King and I’

Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban in 'The King and I' (Courtesy of the Lyric Opera)

The star of "The King and I," now on stage at the Lyric Opera, talks about her Evanston roots and performs songs from the production.

Local Scientists, Institutions Join Global Fight to Save Coral Reefs

Great Barrier Reef (Lock the Gate Alliance / Flickr)

Coral reefs evolved 240 million years ago, but now scientists say coral reefs could be gone before the end of this century. They say the biggest threat is the warming ocean water. Three major institutions in Chicago are now actively engaged in the fight to save the coral reefs.  

Ald. Burke's Law Firm Helps Trump Trim $11.7M Off Property Taxes

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) and Ald. Ed Burke

Donald Trump has racked up a number of victories in his presidential bid, but he's also been a big winner in Chicago. Hear from the Sun-Times reporters who've uncovered Trump's big tax breaks thanks to Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward).

Indiana Primary: Front-Runner Trump, Cruz in War of Words


The barbs turned personal during Tuesday's primary battle in Indiana. Trump claimed another victory, and Cruz suspended his campaign. What will these results mean for the big picture?

Grand Budget Bargain Progress in Springfield


We have the latest on action from Springfield, including whether or not a secret budget working group has a grand bargain in the works to finally break the budget stalemate.

Lucas Museum ‘Seriously Pursuing Locations Outside of Chicago’

Friends of the Parks pauses lawsuit, opposes any lakefront site


“We are now seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago,” Mellody Hobson, wife of movie mogul George Lucas and board member of the Lucas Museum, said in a statement. “If the museum is forced to leave, it will be because of the Friends of the Parks and that is no victory for anyone.”

Master of Painting Brings Art from Bronzeville to the World

“Past Times,” 1997. (Courtesy of the MCA)

From his studio in Bronzeville, Kerry James Marshall creates large-scale canvases that are prized in museums around the world. A 1997 winner of a MacArthur "genius" grant, Marshall spoke with “Chicago Tonight” at the opening of his career retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art. 

Chef Curtis Duffy, Alinea Among Top Winners at 2016 James Beard Awards

Curtis Duffy, chef and owner of Grace, accepts the James Beard Award for best chef of the Great Lakes region. (Brandis Friedman)

More than a dozen Chicago chefs and restaurants were nominated for the 2016 James Beard Awards. Among them was chef Curtis Duffy, who was awarded Best Chef Great Lakes. He joins Gary D. Obligacion, director of operations of The Alinea Group, to talk about their wins.

Lori Lightfoot, Dean Angelo Come Face-to-Face on Task Force Report


Police union president Dean Angelo denies racism in the ranks. He faces off with Police Accountability Task Force chair Lori Lightfoot over the group's scathing report.