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Keith Haring’s Chicago Mural Speaks to Youth, Artists


Nearly 30 years ago, artist Keith Haring enlisted the help of 500 Chicago students to paint a 488-foot long mural. Chicago Tonight caught up with a trio of those teens who grew up to be artists themselves. 

Music of ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood’ Inspires Chicago Jazz Singer


A local jazz singer joins us for her take on the musical compositions of Fred Rogers, the late host of the eponymous children’s show “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” 

Report: Illinois Solar Market Set to Boom Over Next 5 Years


Despite the industry’s recent decline and new tariffs, Illinois’ solar market is expected to grow significantly in the coming years, according to a new report. 

Cook County Primary: Preckwinkle, Commissioners Hope to Knock Out Challengers

Cook County Board President and former Ald. Bob Fioretti appear on “Chicago Tonight” on March 7, 2018.

After backing a widely reviled – and quickly repealed – beverage tax, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and several Cook County Commissioners are facing contested primaries in Tuesday’s primary election.

2018 Primary: 6 Congressional Districts to Watch


It’s a tumultuous election cycle across the nation as Americans wait to see how President Donald Trump’s policies may impact local races. Six congressional primary races to watch.

Crowded Field Competes to Be Next Illinois Attorney General

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces a lawsuit against the city of Chicago on Aug. 29, 2017.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s decision to not seek re-election triggered a frenzied race to replace her. Now, eight Democrats and two Republicans are vying to be the state’s top lawyer.

Chaotic Cook County Assessor’s Race Under Cloud

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, left, Fritz Kaegi and Andrea Raila.

Ballot challenges, voting confusion, a broken assessment system, and a progressive challenge to an old-school machine politician – the Cook County assessor’s race has had no shortage of controversy. 

2018 Governor’s Race: A Battle of the Billionaires in November?

Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

Illinois residents have been subjected to more than 46,000 ads at a cost of roughly $30 million, making it the most expensive race in the nation “by far,” according to the Wesleyan Media Project. On Tuesday, the battle moves from the airwaves to the ballot box.

Cook County Assessor’s Race: Andrea Raila in the Running After All


A conversation with on-again, off-again Cook County assessor candidate Andrea Raila, now that she’s on the ballot.

Triumphant Loyola Prepares for Sweet 16 Matchup


The Loyola Ramblers get ready for their Sweet 16 matchup after Saturday’s stunning last-second victory.

Political Reporters on the Illinois Primary Races to Watch

(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Voters across the state are heading to the polls. Three political reporters give us their takes on noteworthy primary races.

Foxconn Seeks 7M Gallons of Lake Michigan Water Daily


The Chinese tech company Foxconn wants to withdraw 7 million gallons of water a day from Lake Michigan for its proposed new Wisconsin plant. But would that violate the compact to protect the Great Lakes?

Early Voting Surges in Chicago and Suburban Cook County

“It used to be there was one day when you’d vote, and nowadays we’ve been voting for a long time,” said Cook County Clerk David Orr on Monday, March 19, 2018.

The Chicago Board of Elections says nearly 86,000 city residents cast ballots between Feb. 21 and March 18, surpassing the number of early voters in the 2010 and 2014 midterm primary elections combined. 

Police: Men Sought in String of Northwest Side Robberies

More than a dozen robberies reported early Monday morning


A group of men carried out more than a dozen armed robberies in the Albany Park neighborhood early Monday, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Activists Say ‘No Amazon,’ Call on Mayor to Restore Shuttered CPS Schools

(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Community organizers opposing a new wave of school closures criticized Chicago’s pursuit of landing Amazon’s second headquarters, saying minority residents are being pushed aside to make way for the tech giant.

Photos: Brookfield Zoo Animals Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

St. Patrick’s Day festivities kicked off a day early at Brookfield Zoo last week, where seals, camels, lemurs, orangutans and gorillas got shamrock-shaped and green-colored treats.