Ilyasah Shabazz on the Legacy of Her Father, Malcolm X


To many, the legacy of activist Malcolm X is that of a fiery counterpart to the pacifist Martin Luther King, Jr. But to one of his daughters, that analysis overlooks his complexities and contributions to the fight for human rights.

Large-as-Life Dinosaurs Frighten and Fascinate at ‘Jurassic World’

(Courtesy of The Field Museum)

An exhibition at the Field Museum aims to be an immersive experience that brings the 2015 movie and its gigantic reptilian stars to life. 

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to the Hamilton Statue?


What happened to the Alexander Hamilton statue in Lincoln Park? Geoffrey Baer tells his story in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.” 

CTA Fare Hike Could Be on the Way


The Chicago Transit Authority hasn’t raised fares since 2009. Now, the head of the Regional Transit Authority says “the time has come” to change that. 

Cook County Proposes Nearly 600 Layoffs in Lieu of Soda Tax


With the penny-per-ounce pop tax fizzled out, new plans to come up with the $200 million Cook County says it needs.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines a ‘Signal to Take Action’


Many doctors have long believed the threshold for high blood pressure needed to be lower. On Monday, that change was made.

Paradise Papers Offer Insight into Strategies to Minimize Tax Burden


Bermuda is more than a lovely vacation destination. Apparently, it’s also one of the places very wealthy people—and companies—stash their cash to lower their taxes.

Voice of America Still Mission-Driven at 75

The Wilbur J. Cohen Federal Building in Washington, D.C., where Voice of America is headquartered. (PersianDutchNetwork / Wikimedia Commons)

It began as an effort to combat Nazi propaganda, but in these highly partisan times can the taxpayer-funded Voice of America remain free from bias?

Hiplet Is Not Your Grandmother’s Ballet

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They’ve strutted across high-end runways and for fast-fashion TV commercials. Now, the Hiplet dancers are showing Chicago Tonight how they’ve worked for their success.

Exploring the Mysteries of Anesthesia in ‘Counting Backwards’


A new book from a Northwestern medical school professor delves into the history of the common—yet still mysterious—world of anesthesia.

61 EPA Staff Have Left Chicago Office in 2017, And They’re Missed

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

Since the inauguration of President Donald Trump, dozens of employees have left the EPA’s Region 5 office in Chicago. Current and former employees say the loss of staff is already putting a strain on operations. 

Imperfect to Deliver ‘Ugly’ Fruits, Vegetables to Chicagoans

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Fruits and vegetables come in all shapes and sizes, but only those that meet strict cosmetic requirements end up in grocery stores, while “ugly” produce goes to waste. Imperfect, a new produce delivery service, hopes to change that.

Ride-Sharing Fees, Amusement Tax Advance in City Council

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The City Council on Monday advanced the mayor’s 2018 budget proposal, but not without some trepidation from aldermen.

Democrats Hoping for ‘Blue Wave’ In 2018

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A year after what for many Democrats was unthinkable—losing the presidential election to Donald Trump—there are signs they may be getting their mojo back.

Former Alderman Bob Fioretti Challenging Toni Preckwinkle


In the wake of the much-maligned sweetened beverage tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s re-election no longer appears certain. Why Bob Fioretti believes Cook County needs new leadership.

‘Race’ Exhibition Challenges Visitors to Rethink the Concept

Chicago History Museum curator Joy Bivins

What does race mean to you? A new exhibit at the Chicago History Museum asks visitors to consider how much all of us focus on race every day, whether we realize it or not.