Dese, Dose and Dibs: the Midwest’s Weird Word World


How do you pronounce “Chicago”? Meet the author of a new book about how to speak Midwestern.

Susana Mendoza on New Role as Comptroller, Future of State Finances

Susana Mendoza delivers her acceptance speech as Illinois' next comptroller. (

Illinois’ backlog of unpaid bills exceeds $11 billion. Does Comptroller Susana Mendoza think the state can ever catch up?

Trump’s Day One Executive Order Begins Dismantling of Obamacare


Just hours after taking the oath of office, President Donald Trump delivered on a campaign promise. What are the implications of his executive order?

Craig Hodges’ New Memoir Outlines Experiences as ‘NBA Freedom Fighter’


The two-time Chicago Bulls champion talks about his new book, and the price of being outspoken.

Survival Stories, Photos Commemorate Dark Chapter in US History

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A new book and a Chicago-area survivor recall the infamous internment of Japanese-Americans that took place 75 years ago.

Chicago’s 7-Cent Bag Tax to Start Feb. 1

A city ordinance intended to curb disposable bags will go into effect Feb. 1. (Walmart / Flickr)

Shopping trips may become additionally taxing for Chicagoans starting in February as the checkout bag tax is set to go into effect on the first of the month.

Thousands of Demonstrators Flood Loop for Women’s March on Chicago

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Chants of “this is what democracy looks like” echoed Saturday through the streets of downtown Chicago as an estimated 250,000 individuals flooded the area to take part in the Women’s March on Chicago.

CTU Post Claims Furlough Dates Could Violate Labor Contract

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The ink has barely dried on the labor contract between Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union, but with a wave of upcoming furlough days announced, one side has made the claim that deal may have been violated already.

Meet Patsy McNasty, Notebaert Nature Museum’s Alligator Snapping Turtle

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum's alligator snapping turtle, Patsy McNasty, moved into a bigger tank Jan. 19. (Alex Ruppenthal / Chicago Tonight)

Alligator snapping turtle Patsy McNasty moved into a new 300-gallon tank this week at Chicago's Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, where visitors attended a “housewarming” event for the 14-pound turtle. 

The Week in Review: Donald Trump Takes Oath of Office


Illinois lawmakers join scores of others in sitting out Donald Trump’s inauguration as protests abound. More fallout from the Laquan McDonald shooting. And the Cubs visit the biggest Sox fan at the White House. These stories and more with Eddie Arruza and guests.

UIC Students Hold Protest During Trump Inauguration


Students at the University of Illinois at Chicago walked out of classrooms Friday morning to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump.

Study Offers Cancer Patients More Access to Targeted Drugs

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For some cancer patients who have run out of treatment options, a nationwide study may be a beacon of hope by providing them with more access to targeted anti-cancer drugs.

Obama Library to be ‘Center for Citizenship’

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Hours before the inauguration of Donald Trump, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama released a video outlining their plans for the future Obama Presidential Center.

6 Illinois Democrats Skipping Out On Swearing-In


At Donald Trump’s inauguration Friday as the 45th president of the United States, some of Illinois’ congressional representatives will be most noticeable for their absence.

Summit to Decrease Violence Addresses Kids’ Sense of Hopelessness


How can Chicago stem the surge of violence? Police, prosecutors, and judges offered ideas Thursday for dealing with troubled youth, some of whom offered ideas of their own. 

Behind the Scenes at Chicago’s Puppet Festival

Lookingglass Theatre presents "Mr. and Mrs. Pennyworth" (Liz Lauren / Lookingglass Theatre)

Chicago Tonight goes behind the scenes at the Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival to find out who is pulling the strings.