Rauner Calls for Compromise Ahead of Special Session


On the eve of a special legislative session, Gov. Bruce Rauner took a rare step to draw attention to the state budget situation, with a short, but – highly publicized – speech Tuesday evening.

Duckworth Urges Trump to Obey Emoluments Clause


U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is joining several other members of the Senate and House in a lawsuit to compel President Trump to obey the Constitution's emoluments clause.

Art Conservation Expert Does Museum Work for Free


Art conservation can cost thousands of dollars. Meet one man who’s dedicated to restoring works of art pro bono.

New Book Unearths Role, Influence of Museum Curators


Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Field Museum, and the role and influence of the curators that put the Field's incredible collection together.

34 Pre-K Assistants Laid Off as CPS Revises Programming


Chicago Public Schools says the move is not due to spending cuts, but because it is transitioning to a new "universal preschool model."

CPS Borrowing More Money, But Mayor Says Schools Will Open on Time


Tuesday marked the final day of classes for CPS students, and despite lingering questions about district finances and the state budget, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising school will resume on time this fall.

Scott Drury, the Anti-Madigan Democratic Candidate for Governor


There are eight Democratic candidates vying to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but one is gaining traction as the anti-Madigan candidate.

Nurse’s Passion Leads Her to Patient Advocacy

(Courtesy of Teri Dreher)

Navigating the ever-changing landscape of health care can be difficult. Meet a local patient advocate who’s made it her life’s work to help others.

All Cooped Up: Renting Chickens in Chicago


The backyard chicken trend gets a leg up with the prospect of temporary ownership – and farm-fresh eggs.

Politics and Prog Rock with Dave Weigel of the Washington Post

Kansas (Courtesy of David Weigel)

Politics and progressive rock may not sound like a natural pairing. But for most of 2016, they dominated Dave Weigel’s life.

Recruiting America’s Future Hackers – On Chicago’s West Side

Students participate in the U.S. CyberPatriots competition, sponsored by the U.S. Air Force and Air Force Association. (U.S. Air Force)

Can a collectible card game teach cybersecurity skills to middle school students? A UIC professor wants to get young people excited about computer science and interested in high-demand, high-paying careers.

State Moves to Cut Off IDOT Construction


If a budget isn’t in place by July 1, the Illinois Department of Transportation says all contractors must stop any roadwork. What this may mean for your morning commute.

Robert Steele, Cook County Commissioner, Dies at 55


Residents of North Lawndale and the Cook County Board are mourning the loss of one of their own. Second District Commissioner Robert Steele died Monday from complications of diabetes.  

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Budget Stalemate

Senate President John Cullerton talks about plans for a temporary state budget in June 2016. “I want to work with this governor, but that requires him to start working and stop campaigning,” he said.

The state has been without a budget for 719 days. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton joins Carol Marin to talk about how the state can finally get a budget.

Fermilab Celebrates 50 Years of Scientific Discovery

Herman White has been working at Fermilab for more than 40 years.

Since 1967, a laboratory just outside Chicago has been pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. We go for a look.

‘Paula’ Avatar to Ease Communication between the Hearing and Deaf

Researchers are working on “Paula,” the American Sign Language avatar that will automatically translate English into ASL. (Courtesy of DePaul University School of Computing)

A team of researchers at DePaul University is working to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing communities. Meet “Paula,” the American Sign Language avatar they created that translates English into ASL.