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Gov. Bruce Rauner, flanked by Republican and Democratic legislators alike, did something Monday for the first time in his nearly 3.5 years as governor: he signed into law a new state budget.

“Empower” performance May 31, 2018 at the Lyric Opera House. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg)

It’s one thing to star in your local high school musical. It’s a very different thing to take possession of the internationally renowned stage of Lyric Opera of Chicago. That’s just what these students did.

Claiming the Board of Education knew a Hubbard High School security guard posed a “significant threat” to students but did nothing to remove him, two former students are now suing the board.

(Courtesy Chicago Zoological Society)

The latest member of Brookfield Zoo’s four-generation family of western lowland gorillas was born June 1, the third offspring of Koola, the newborn’s 23-year-old mother. 

(Seney Natural History Association / Flickr)

Why the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum wants you to keep your eye out for baby turtles on the move.

Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater appears on “Chicago Tonight” in 2008.

Alligator recording artist and 2016 Blues Hall of Fame inductee Edward Harrington, aka Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater, died Friday of heart failure, his family reports. He was 83 years old.

An explosive Chicago Tribune investigation reveals sexual abuse of students and failures to respond at Chicago Public Schools. We speak with one of the lead reporters on the series.

Watch the June 4, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Jalen Gilbert and Heather Chrisler in “Mies Julie” at Victory Gardens Theater. (Photo credit: Liz Lauren)

Yael Farber’s blistering contemporary South African version of “Miss Julie,” the 1888 August Strindberg classic, is far and away the most brilliant play to arrive on a Chicago stage this season.