‘Word Warrior’ Traces Uncommon Life of Chicago Writer Richard Durham

Richard Durham working on series “Destination Freedom,” 1949. (Courtesy Clarice Durham)

Meet author Sonja Williams, who tells the story of a pioneering Chicago writer—and the lives he chronicled—in the book “Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom.”

Grammy-Winning Vocalist Catherine Russell Reflects on Musical Memories

Catherine Russell (Credit: Stefan Falke)

As one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of today, she has worked with David Bowie, Steely Dan and Wynton Marsalis. Catherine Russell joins us in conversation and performance.

Exhibit Reveals ‘Undefinable’ Nature of Women’s Health in America

“Is It Mine” by Caren Helene Rudman (Courtesy of Caren Helene Rudman)

With the national spotlight on issues surrounding women’s health, a newly opened exhibit explores how a woman’s body is connected with health and wellness.  

DOJ to Chicago: Drop ‘Sanctuary City’ Laws or Lose Federal Funding

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The Department of Justice issued a “last chance” warning to Chicago, Cook County and others to get in compliance with federal laws or risk losing grant dollars.

Women’s March on Chicago Organizers Planning January 2018 Rally

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Organizers of the Women’s March on Chicago, which drew 250,000 people downtown in January, will mark the one-year anniversary of the event with another march and rally designed to engage and empower voters.

Ameya Pawar Out of the Governor’s Race: What that Means for Democrats

Ameya Pawar appears on Chicago Tonight in April.

Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar is ending his bid for Illinois governor, saying he came too short in the race for cash to have a chance at winning the contest for the Democratic nomination. 

Cubs Lose Water-Logged Game 4


The Cubs and Nationals finally got Game 4 in under a steady cold drizzle at Wrigley Field.

Marketing Justice: ‘Law-Mart’ Examines For-Profit Law Schools


A new book questions whether for-profit law schools benefit students, or just investors. A discussion with author Riaz Tejani.

Controversial Photo Prompts Demand for Water Department Hearings

 A noose is shown hanging in a Water Department truck. (Courtesy of Ald. David Moore)

A Chicago alderman demands hearings into the city’s Water Department after a photo surfaced of a noose hanging in a department truck. 

In Woodlawn, a Ground-Up Approach to a Healthier, Safer Community


A group of residents is getting back to its roots—literally—by partnering with the Morton Arboretum to harness the positive impact of trees on everything from the crime rate to the business community.

Attorneys: IDOC Inmate Psychiatric Care in ‘State of Emergency’

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Thousands of Illinois inmates are asking a federal judge to take action and help resolve a “human rights disaster” they say is taking place inside state prisons.

Rare Herons Thriving But Keep Falling Out of Their Nests, Zoo Says

Black-crowned night herons average about 2 feet in length and weigh nearly 2 pounds. (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

The black-crowned night heron is one of the rarest birds in Illinois. Lincoln Park Zoo now hosts a colony of more than 600 herons, but things have getting a bit crowded. 

Why Sexual Harassment and Assault Happen, And How to Stop Them


As accusations mount against Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein, a look at sexual harassment and assault.

Cook County Soda Tax Repealed


Come December, Cook County shoppers and diners will no longer have to pay a much-reviled tax on sugary drinks after the county board voted Wednesday to repeal it.

Ask Geoffrey: Neptune’s Follies Make a Splash at Century of Progress


Geoffrey Baer takes a peek at a 1930s burlesque-style show and remembers the Chicago Daily News sporting events of yesteryear.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 12-15

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Dazzling interiors, new movies, German lagers, Chicago blues and political satire usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.