Civic Federation: Illinois Needs $9.4 Billion in New Taxes by 2019 to Survive

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New taxes – and lots of them. That's what Illinois will need to dig out of its current fiscal mess, according to a new report from the Civic Federation.

Aldermen Sound Off On Inspector General Ordinance

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Efforts to pass a stronger plan making the City Council more accountable were sidelined yesterday. Aldermen tells us what happened behind the scenes.

Weekend Events: Black Restaurant Week, Orchid Show, New Year Parade

It’s the Weekend Agenda: Feb. 12-14

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Celebrate the Year of the Monkey or surround yourself with colorful flowers (or shiny new cars) this Valentine's Day weekend. We've got something for everyone in our weekend to-do list.

‘Rocket Docket’ Sends Low-Level Jail Inmates Home

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The Cook County Sheriff's Office is finding a way to keep certain criminal defendants at home and on the job, instead of in jail while they await trial. Brandis Friedman takes a look at how a two-year pilot program designed to release inmates jailed for low-level offenses is working so far.

Study: Loneliness Linked to Adverse Health Effects

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It's the weekend for love, but Valentine's Day can leave some feeling awfully lonely. A University of Chicago neuroscientist joins “Chicago Tonight” to discuss the science of loneliness and its potential health hazards.   

‘Monster Roster’ Exhibit Spotlights 1950s Chicago Artists

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In the 1950s, a loose affiliation of Chicago artists haunted by World War II tried to capture emotional intensity in their creations. Dubbed "The Monster Roster," a collection of their work is on display at the Smart Museum of Art on the campus of the University of Chicago. We take a tour.

New Book Serves Up Eli’s Cheesecake History, Recipes

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Eli’s Cheesecake is synonymous with Chicago desserts. The long and delicious history of the company is told in a new book, “The Eli’s Cheesecake Cookbook: Remarkable Recipes from a Chicago Legend.” Maureen Schulman, one of the book’s authors, shares this sweet tale and tips for making the perfect cheesecake.

‘Van Gogh's Bedrooms’ Opens Valentine’s Day at the Art Institute

The museum also created a real-life replica of Van Gogh's bedroom on Airbnb

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Starting Sunday, the Art Institute of Chicago will exhibit all three of Van Gogh's "bedroom paintings," the famous series the Dutch artist painted of his own bedroom while living in the provincial town of Arles, France.

Trump, Sanders Emerge Stronger from New Hampshire Primary

Hillary Clinton Looks to Hit Reset Button

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Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) and Bernie Sanders (Michael Vadon / Flickr)

With Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders winning convincingly in their respective Republican and Democratic primaries on Wednesday, one thing is clear: Voters on both sides of the political spectrum seemingly want little to do with establishment candidates or politics. Our panel of political experts weighs in on the race and where it's headed.

Obama Urges Bipartisanship in Address to Illinois General Assembly

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President Barack Obama addressed a joint session of the Illinois General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon—nine years to the day after he announced his run for the White House on the steps of the Old State Capitol. In a return to his old stomping grounds as a state senator, the president invoked many of the same themes from his 2007 speech.

Crain’s Roundup: More Sears Stores Closing, New Stakeholder at Tribune

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Sears writes down the value of its trade name and the Sun-Times owner buys a stake in Tribune Publishing. We get the latest on these stories and more business headlines with Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer.

Ask Geoffrey: The Story Behind an Iconic 1940s Bronzeville Photo

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A famous photo taken in 1940s Bronzeville features the faces of five young African-American men, but their identities have remained a mystery for generations. Local history expert Geoffrey Baer is here with the story behind one of Bronzeville's most enduring images in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Former Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan Speaks Out

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Faisal Khan

As aldermen debate who should be allowed to investigate them, former City Council watchdog Faisal Khan talks about his time at City Hall and why he billed the city for a flat-screen TV.

Exploring a Tent City Along the Chicago River

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(Evan Garcia)

After reading about people living in tents on a large plot of abandoned property along the Chicago River, I grabbed my camera and set out for the South Loop to investigate.

Play Some Adult Twister with Faye Driscoll at the MCA

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Nothing says Valentine's Day like a bunch of bodies twined together. You'll get that and more at this weekend with "Thank You for Coming: Attendance," an interactive dance show that explores the "conflict and comedy" that comes with interacting with other human beings.

State Owes Catholic Charities $25 Million and Growing Due to Budget Impasse

Social Service Agency ‘In Crisis Mode,' says CEO

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Catholic Charities Chicago (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

The head of the state's largest social service organization says the state's ongoing budget impasse has now reached a crisis level that could impact the lives of hundreds of thousands vulnerable citizens. Paris Schutz has the exclusive story.