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Loyola Ramblers’ 1963 NCAA Win Also a Story of Racial Justice

Jerry Harkness, Loyola basketball (1960-1963)

Loyola University Chicago’s stunning last-second, buzzer-beating victory Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament put the Ramblers in the national spotlight once again. We remember the 1963 championship team.

Photos: Lincoln Park Zoo Welcomes New Polar Bear Talini

Lincoln Park Zoo recently welcomed Talini, a 14-year-old female polar bear who lived previously at the Detroit Zoo. (Roy Lewis / Detroit Zoo)

The 14-year-old female polar bear who recently arrived in Chicago is expected to mate with 8-year-old Siku, who has lived at the zoo since 2016. 

Source: Garry McCarthy to Announce Bid for Chicago Mayor

Garry McCarthy appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 20, 2018.

Chicago’s former top cop is expected to formally announce plans to run for the city’s top job next week, a source says. “It’s just killing me to be on the sidelines and watching what’s happening in the city,” Garry McCarthy told us last month.

ISBE Announces Hearings on CPS Special Education Practices


State education officials interested in examining Chicago Public Schools’ special education offerings will hold open hearings this month after families, stakeholders and a media report stoked concerns last year of possible “systemic issues.”

Progressive Democrats: Madigan Offered Deal to Keep Power

Elizabeth Lindquist

A feud is brewing within the state Democratic Party. Why progressives running for office in the Democratic Party say House Speaker Michael Madigan is waging all-out war against them.

All The World’s a Stage for Chicago Shakespeare’s 2018-19 Season

The National Theatre of Great Britain’s award-winning production of J.B. Priestley’s thriller “An Inspector Calls.” (Photo by Mark Douet)

With its three major venues on Navy Pier, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater is a nonstop operation. Evidence of that can be seen in the just-announced season: 14 productions, a slew of guest directors and a mix of shows created both here and abroad.

‘Talk It Out’ Series Seeks to End Sexual Harassment, Gender Bias

(Cozendo / Pixabay)

Next week, more than 120 groups in the Chicago region will discuss how to end gender bias and sexual harassment against women as part of the “Talk It Out” series spearheaded by the Chicago Foundation for Women.

4th Congressional District Forum: Gonzalez, Flores, Garcia


Democrats Richard Gonzalez, Sol Flores and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez. What solutions do they envision for problems impacting this predominantly Hispanic district?

Pritzker’s Offshore Holdings Under Fire in Final Governor’s Race Forum

Candidates J.B. Pritzker, left, Chris Kennedy, center, and Daniel Biss appear on “Chicago Tonight” on March 14, 2018.

Democratic gubernatorial front-runner J.B. Pritzker came under intense scrutiny during an hourlong candidate forum Wednesday on “Chicago Tonight” – the final such event before the March 20 primary election. Watch the discussion and videos from a post-event press conference.

Chicago Students Call for Gun Reform in Massive Walkout

Students at Lake View High School joined their peers across the city and the nation Wednesday in a walkout protest demanding an end to gun violence. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Thousands of students from Chicago schools, including Lake View High School, joined in the nationwide protest held one month after a shooting left 17 dead inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.

How 11,000 Citizen Scientists Helped Unlock Decades of Biological Data

More than 11,000 people worldwide studied digital images of the liverwort plant as part of a Field Museum-led study that linked research professionals with citizen scientists. (Courtesy Field Museum)

From kindergartners to college professors, citizen scientists helped Field Museum researchers examine more than 100,000 plant samples that could hold clues to key scientific questions. 

10 Things to Do This Weekend: March 15-18

March 17, 2012 (Max Talbot-Minkin / Flickr)

A green river, St. Patrick’s Day parade, historical scavenger hunt and oodles of pancakes topped with fresh maple syrup usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

2018 Governor’s Race Forum: Democratic Candidates

Candidates J.B. Pritzker, left, Chris Kennedy, center, and Daniel Biss appear on “Chicago Tonight” on March 14, 2018.

In their final meeting before the primary, the top three Democratic candidates for governor explain why they should represent their party in November. J.B. Prizker, Chris Kennedy and Daniel Biss join us. 

Blistering Grand Opera ‘Sweeney Todd’ at Theo Ubique’s Tiny Storefront

Jacquelyne Jones as Mrs. Lovett (Credit: Cody Jolly Photography)

This is a scorching production that is all the more potent for its extreme, immersive intimacy. Read the full review.

Rauner Vetoes ‘Onerous’ Gun Dealer Licensing Bill

(Jim Bowen / Flickr)

A bill that would have placed more regulations on gun dealers goes down with the stroke of a pen in Springfield.

Rare Comet Moth Emerges From Cocoon at Notebaert Nature Museum

(Courtesy Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

A brightly colored moth rarely seen in the U.S. (and bigger than a human hand) emerged from its cocoon Friday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum – but you better get there fast if you want to see it.