CPS Releases Space Utilization Data After Yearlong Gap

Find out how the space is being used at your school

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Nearly 230 Chicago Public Schools are underutilized, according to new district data. That’s nearly equal to the number of schools the district says are operating efficiently.

EPA’s Pruitt Wants Lead-Free Drinking Water, But Offers No Plan

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt speaks April 19 after meeting with residents of East Chicago’s lead-contaminated neighborhoods. (Alex Ruppenthal / Chicago Tonight)

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt told representatives of a children’s health group last week that he wants to eliminate lead from drinking water within 10 years, but he has yet to offer a strategy to meet the goal.

What Would a Nuclear Threat Alert Look Like in Illinois?

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How would Illinois residents be notified of a nuclear threat – and where should they seek shelter if an alert was issued? We speak with the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. 

Chicago Makes the Amazon HQ2 Short List. What Now?

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Chicago has made it to the second round of cities for Amazon’s HQ2. The question now: What will it take for the city to make it to the final four?

At DePaul Art Museum, A Pair of Shows Offer Power to the People

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Vivid colors bring to life messages of hope, and resistance. A pair of new art shows on the campus of DePaul University look at the power of the people through the power of printmaking.

Local Soprano Janai Brugger Makes Lyric Opera Debut

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Janai Brugger

She is taking the opera world by storm, and she’s here to show us why. Janai Brugger of Darien joins us in conversation and performance.

Government Shutdown Looms Ahead of Trump’s 1-Year Anniversary

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President Donald Trump could begin his second year in office with a government shutdown. An assessment of his first year, and a look ahead.

Rent Control in Chicago: The Cases For and Against It

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(Stephen M. Scott / Flickr)

Should Chicago follow the lead of New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to enact rent control? We hear from both sides of the debate.

Joel Weisman Looks Back on 40 Years as Host of ‘The Week in Review’

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“Chicago Week in Review,” 1980 (Chicago Tonight)

The award-winning journalist talks about his astonishing four decades at the helm of his groundbreaking show on WTTW.

Englewood High School Plan Proving to Be Tough Sell for Some Residents

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A rendering of the proposed 1,200-student Englewood high school building. (Chicago Public Schools)

Chicago Public Schools’ plan to build a new $85 million high school in Englewood, and shutter four existing schools, is proving to be a hard sell for several area residents.

US Steel Says Surfrider Lawsuit ‘Unnecessary’

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A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

An environmental nonprofit represented by University of Chicago lawyers filed a suit Wednesday against U.S. Steel over Lake Michigan pollution.

City Council in a Tiff Over Abortion

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Tensions flared Wednesday at a City Council meeting over a government subsidy to a Catholic hospital that opposes abortion and contraception, causing a rift along social and racial lines before a close vote. 

What’s Next for DACA after Court’s Decision

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Understanding a federal court’s decision to keep the much-debated DACA program that protects young immigrants.

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to Andy Frain Ushers?

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For many years, sports fans in Chicago were welcomed to games by clean-cut and friendly Andy Frain ushers. The story of the man behind the house of ushers in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Together for Decades, 5 Men Aim for Independence

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Jay Shefsky with the men of Amundsen House. Clockwise, from top left: Jay Shefsky, Allan Rehwinkel, Bill Rogers, Louis Kaufman, Jim Kearns, George Minasian.

How independently can adults with intellectual disabilities live as they age? We visit a group of men who have shared a home for decades. 

What Role Should Data Analysis Play in Health Care Policy?

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(agilemktg1 / Flickr)

How evidence-based health care policy can get more value out of the health care system. A discussion with Katherine Baicker, dean of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy.

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