Jim DeRogatis: Parents Claim R. Kelly is Holding Women in a ‘Cult’

Timothy Savage speaks at a press conference on July 17, 2017.

Parents accuse singer R. Kelly of keeping their daughter and other women in a cult. We speak with the journalist who broke the story.

‘We Teach, We Don’t Preach’: Public School Teachers Find Space for Religion in the Classroom

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Dozens of Chicago-area public school teachers are getting a taste of several world religions this week as part of a course designed to increase their religious literacy.

Hedy Weiss Reviews an Eclectic Mix of Summer Shows


The national tour of “An American in Paris” visits Chicago starting next week. Hedy Weiss joins us with a preview of that Tony Award-winning production. 

Looking for a New Hobby? Just Axe


A Portage Park range takes a whack at bringing axe-throwing to Chicago.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 20-23

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Lush gardens, craft beer, gallery tours and the Bard—reimagined—usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago. 

What Does It Cost to Run for Governor in Illinois?

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Although the primary isn’t until March 2018, fundraising puts the governor’s race on pace to be one of the most expensive such races in the country’s history. It may even break that record.

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios Grilled on Property Tax System


Is the property tax assessment system in Cook County institutionally racist? Assessor Joseph Berrios addressed that question and others before a packed Cook County Board room on Tuesday. 

Ald. Dowell Voices Support to Merge 2 South Loop Elementary Schools


The 3rd ward alderman says she believes combining the schools will create a more diverse and just-as high performing elementary school, and high-quality neighborhood high school for South Loop residents. 

Techniques for Harvesting Your Garden


Summer is in full swing, and the WTTW garden is in full bloom. Lots of vegetables are ready to pick and to eat.

Meet Edwin Eisendrath, the New Chicago Sun-Times CEO


Learn more about the new CEO and the unlikely group that just purchased the beleaguered Chicago Sun-Times.

Dennis Hastert Relocated to Illinois to Serve Remaining Prison Sentence

(Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni)

The disgraced former U.S. House speaker, sentenced last year to 15 months in prison, returns to Chicago to serve the remainder of his sentence.

Celebrating 30 Years of Art at a Chicago Museum Without Borders


Contemporary art with Mexican roots: Celebrating 30 years at Chicago’s National Museum of Mexican Art.

Report: Ameren Looking to Circumvent New Illinois Energy Law

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Efficiency plans filed by Ameren Illinois fail to comply with the state’s new energy law and could prevent the creation of additional jobs, according to a new report. 

WTTW’s ‘Weekend in Havana’ a Look Beyond City’s Vintage Glamour


In his new PBS special, Geoffrey Baer is immersed in the city’s vibrant culture—architecture, music, dance and history—with three native Cubans as his guides.

Study Details Possible Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Treatment


With one in 10 women reporting drinking during pregnancy and no cure for the disorder, researchers are hopeful two treatments that reversed memory and learning deficits in rats can do the same in humans.

Radio Flyer: Riding and Rolling in Chicago for 100 Years


In 1917, Woodrow Wilson was president. Telegrams were a popular way to communicate across long distances. World War I began. And a Chicago company got its rolling start.