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(Courtesy of South Side Irish Parade Committee)

An early St. Patrick’s Day parade, thousands of orchids and a new take on Homer’s “Odyssey” usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson says principals won’t have to worry about early school year cuts this fall, and that CPS will give them “more time, predictability, and support during the budget process.”

Voters this month will be tasked with electing Cook County Circuit Court judges. To help navigate the options, two Chicago bar associations screened and ranked each candidate. Here are their recommendations.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former Ald. Bob Fioretti appear on “Chicago Tonight” in October and November 2017, respectively.

A candidate forum ahead of the March 20 primary features the incumbent and her challenger, a former Chicago alderman.

Ivory seized Feb. 2 from poachers convicted of killing 11 elephants in and around Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. (Z. Labuschagne / Wildlife Conservation Society)

How local scientists played a key role in the arrest of three well-known elephant poachers in the Republic of Congo. 

Watch the March 7, 2018 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting for a new AT&T call center on the Northwest Side. (Chicago Tonight)

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s been clear about his stance on guns. But he won’t say whether he’ll sign recently passed legislation that would require Illinois gun dealers to be licensed by the state.