Emmett Till’s Family Reacts to Accuser’s Confession, 60 Years Later


A stunning confession in the most notorious civil rights case of the 20th century.

Chicago River Cleanup Efforts Bolstered by Phosphorus Agreement


The Chicago River is a lot cleaner than it used to be. And after years of litigation, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and environmental groups have agreed to a settlement and will work together to make the river even cleaner. 

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘Sweeney Todd,’ ‘Uncle Vanya,’ ‘Game Changers,’ More

Paul-Jordan Jansen and Bri Sudia in Paramount Theatre’s “Sweeney Todd-The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” (Liz Lauren / Paramount Theatre)

The Paramount Theatre in Aurora is serving up a gothic new staging of the Stephen Sondheim hit “Sweeney Todd.” We discuss that show and other new productions, with the Chicago Sun-Times dance and theater critic.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Feb. 23-26

Chicago blues artist Toronzo Cannon plays in his hometown this weekend. (Courtesy of Chris Monaghan)

Live blues, a jazz fest and a vintage pop-up show usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

‘Sleep In’ Spotlights Youth Homelessness in Chicago


With nearly 20,000 homeless youth in Chicago, an all-night benefit aims to raise awareness and funds for 13 homeless agencies, shelters and drop-in centers. Learn more.

Lakefront Fishing a Break from ‘Hustle and Bustle’ of City


In the depths of a Chicago winter – and especially when there's a winter heat wave – sometimes you just have to get outside. But what if you’re not one for skiing or skating? We decided to go fish.

NASA Discovers 7 Earth-Size Planets Orbiting Dwarf Star

An artist’s interpretation of what the surface of the exoplanet TRAPPIST-1f could look like. (NASA / JPL-Caltech)

NASA said earlier this week it had a major announcement coming Wednesday. What an announcement it turned out to be.

4th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Square Off Ahead of Special Election


Five candidates are vying for the position of 4th Ward alderman in the Feb. 28 special election. They join us to discuss their platforms.

City Council, Police Union Gird for Battle


Aldermen say they are prepared to go to battle against the police union to get rid of contract provisions they say lead to a culture of cover-up.

Researchers Discover Cell Potentially Linked to Nearsightedness

(Northwestern University)

Northwestern scientists have discovered a new cell in the retina which may cause nearsightedness, or myopia, when disrupted.

Ask Geoffrey: The Warrior Walls of General Jones Armory


The walls of a South Side armory tell the history of warriors throughout the ages. Geoffrey Baer shares that story and more in this week’s Ask Geoffrey.

Majority of CPS Latino Council Resigns Amid Budget Cuts

(Chicago Tonight)

Nearly all members of a Chicago Public School advisory council turned in resignation letters to the city's Board of Education on Wednesday morning, citing the disproportionate effect of district budget cuts on Latino schools.

A Portrait of Michael Madigan


Reuters reporter Dave McKinney takes an in-depth look at House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in Illinois' budget woes.

ASPIRA Charter Teachers to Call Strike Vote Wednesday

(A Council of Educators / Twitter)

Teachers in the ASPIRA charter network – comprised of three Chicago high schools and one middle school – say they will vote on a strike Wednesday night after months of contract negotiations.

Local Republicans React to President Trump’s First Month


In a little more than four weeks, President Donald Trump has shattered presidential conventions, created controversy and legal battles, and energized his base with executive orders aimed at meeting campaign promises.

Neighborhood Project Aims to Grow Chicago’s Public Art Profile

The 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project aims to bring more public art to all of Chicago's neighborhoods, including murals like this one in Bronzeville. (Courtesy of the City of Chicago)

New murals, sculpture and other works of public art are coming to each of Chicago’s 50 wards as part of the city’s Year of Public Art initiative.