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Chicago Advocates Call Out McDonald’s for Treatment of Chickens

Opening day on April 25, 2018, of the McDonald’s restaurant inside the company’s new West Loop headquarters.

Animal welfare advocates will gather next week at McDonald's new West Loop headquarters to present a petition with more than 200,000 signatures calling on the company to improve conditions for chickens in its supply chain. 

Northwestern Rocket Launches Sunday to Explore ‘Star Stuff’

The Northwestern-built Micro-X rocket will carry a high-powered X-ray device to capture unprecedented images of astronomical objects. (Northwestern University / Instagram)

Scientists are preparing to launch a rocket in New Mexico that’s equipped with a new high-powered device that will capture unprecedented images of astronomical objects. 

Parties Near Agreement on Chicago Police Consent Decree

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

The Illinois attorney general’s office says it has nearly reached an agreement with all parties on a consent decree to provide independent oversight of the Chicago Police Department. 

243 Cases of Foodborne Illness Reported in Illinois

(valelopardo / Pixabay)

A new outbreak this week of an intestinal illness has prompted an expanded investigation of possible sources of contamination.

Community Pushback to $5 Billion Lincoln Yards Proposal

Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

Community reaction comes in for the new Lincoln Yards proposal slated to be a city-within-a-city.

Black Sailors in Chicago Chart a New Course

Producer Jay Shefsky and cameraman Felix Mendez pose with the crew of Mise en Place at Jackson Park Harbor.

Sailing is a mostly white, male sport. On the eve of the Race to Mackinac, we visit one crew that bucks both of those trends. 

As Deadline Approaches, Attorneys Offer Insight on Immigrant Family Reunification


The Trump administration can’t say whether it will meet a July 26 deadline to reunite 2,500 migrant children with their parents.

Ald. Pawar Drives Initiative to Test Universal Basic Income in Chicago


A new resolution to bring universal basic income to Chicago may soon be making its way to City Council for a vote.

Chicago Tribune Food Critic Phil Vettel Comes Out of the Shadows

Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel (Courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

After 29 years of trying to stay anonymous, the Chicago Tribune’s restaurant critic has decided to reveal his face.

Chicago Remembers 1968 Special Olympics with Anniversary Celebration

Justice Anne Burke, one of the leading forces behind the first games, stands with volunteers at the 1968 Games. (Courtesy of Special Olympics Chicago)

The Special Olympics celebrates 50 years. How it all began – right here in Chicago.

Sheriff Tom Dart Launches Podcast About Opioid Epidemic

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 13, 2017.

“This crisis touches the lives of so many – almost everyone knows someone struggling with an opioid addiction,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. “I hope this podcast opens eyes and minds to how easily an opioid addiction can happen and how hard it can be to stop.”

Elvis Makes a Faustian Bargain in ‘Heartbreak Hotel’

From left: Matt Codina, Eddie Clendening, Jamie Pittle and Zach Lentino in “Heartbreak Hotel” at the Broadway Playhouse. (Credit: Brett Beiner)

Too often this Elvis Presley-focused prequel to “Million Dollar Quartet” homes in on material that might have been cut from that earlier show. But on the plus side, it infuses the story with much that was omitted from “Quartet.”

How Transparent and Accountable Are Chicago, Cook County Governments?

Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson takes questions from the media on July 18, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago and Cook County have sometimes-spotty reputations when it comes to how they run government operations. But they have taken steps to clean up their acts.

Luxury Property Sales Booming in Chicago, But So Are Foreclosures


Chicago is still the second city when it comes to foreclosures, but at the other end of the real estate spectrum, luxury property sales are booming.

Task Force Aims to Reduce Number of Women in Illinois Prisons

Members of a task force on Wednesday, July 18, 2018, announce a new initiative to reduce the number of women in Illinois prisons.

One hundred women – including former inmates, corrections officials, judges and prosecutors – are calling for a 50-percent reduction in the number of women behind bars in Illinois. We speak with Deanne Benos, who is leading the initiative.

The Rise of College Dorm-Style Co-Living in Chicago

Co-living facility Quarters is located in the Fulton Market district. (Chicago Tonight)

In Chicago’s Fulton Market district, a new co-living space offers shared accommodations for an all-inclusive price. And the company is looking to aggressively expand.