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.

A Look Inside the Complicated System of U.S. Immigration

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The political debate over immigration has come to the fore yet again as a government shutdown looms, with the standoff due in large part to failed immigration reform negotiations.

ISBE Doubles Budget Request, Seeks $15B to Fund Evidence-Based Model

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State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 11.

Approving a new evidence-based funding model for public education last year was the first step in improving Illinois’ long-broken formula. Now the state has to find a way to pay for it.

Meteor Fireball Seen Across Midwest, Sonic Boom Shakes Michigan Homes

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An image taken from a video shows a meteor flash on Jan. 16, 2018. (T. Masterson / International Meteor Organization)

A fireball streaked across the Midwestern sky Tuesday night, creating a sonic boom. An Adler Planetarium astronomer tells us more about this rare celestial fireworks display.

Women’s March to the Polls: What You Need to Know

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A crowd estimated at 250,000 participated in the 2017 Women’s March on Chicago. (Alexandra Silets / Chicago Tonight)

Nearly a year to the day that an estimated quarter of a million people gathered in the Loop for the Women’s March on Chicago, activists are set to fill downtown streets again for a March to the Polls this Saturday.

Chicago Teacher Pension Payday: Top Earners in 2017

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As Chicago property owners pay more money toward teacher pensions, a look at where exactly the money is going.

Blair Kamin on Obama Presidential Center Design Tweaks

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Obama Presidential Center rendering (Courtesy Obama Foundation)

After many meetings with the community and a lot of pushback, the Obama Presidential Center design has undergone a number of changes. But do the plan revisions make it better? 

Motor Vehicle Deaths Claim 40,000 Americans in 2016

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(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert / Released)

Deaths from distracted driving are rising sharply. We talk with a transportation safety expert about what can be done to bring the number of fatalities down.

Bigger than Bitcoin: The Revolutionary Potential of Blockchain Technology

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International speaker Taylor Gerring explains how Bitcoin’s blockchain technology could revolutionize multiple industries.

‘Ugly’ Produce Delivered to Your Door

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(Colette Krey / Imperfect)

Roughly 20 percent of the produce grown in this country is never eaten, and a lot of it never even makes it off the farm because it doesn’t look right. Now, Chicagoans can buy that perfectly good (but unattractive) produce. 

What’s In a Name? At Buffalo Grove High School, Grief – and Solace

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Buffalo High School Orchestra Director Elizabeth Bennett

A suburban high school struggling with the death of three teachers commissions an orchestral work to help the healing process.

Durbin Grills Homeland Security Chief on Trump’s Use of Vulgar Language

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Tuesday she “did not remember” the specific vulgarities used by President Donald Trump in a meeting last week, saying profanity was used by almost everyone in the room. 

Inside the World’s Only Button Museum

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We visit a Chicago museum that presents history in an unexpected way: as told by buttons.

Defense Seeks Dismissal, New Venue in Case of Missing U. of I. Student

Potential capital case scheduled for trial next month

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Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff's Department)

Attorneys for Brendt Christensen have filed new motions challenging the federal jurisdiction over the potential capital case and seeking to have the top count thrown out.

Civil Rights Leaders React to Trump While Honoring MLK

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Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. speaks Monday.

On a day honoring a man devoted to racial harmony, many leaders and activists are reacting to assertions from President Donald Trump that he is not a racist.

Will Changes to the Obama Presidential Center Appease Activists?

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Obama Presidential Center campus rendering (Courtesy Obama Foundation)

The Obama Foundation revised its plans for the Jackson Park project after criticism, but activists still have significant concerns over roadwork, traffic and community engagement.