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Garry McCarthy Announces Run for Chicago Mayor

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

Garry McCarthy is officially in. “It’s time for new leadership in City Hall that’ll fix our problems and pull us together,” the former Chicago Police superintendent said in a video announcing his bid for Chicago mayor.

Top Trump Administration Brass on Fighting Opioid Addiction

“The scourge of drug addiction in America will stop,” President Donald Trump said March 19, 2018.

Health and Human Services Deputy Secretary Eric Hargan discusses his agency’s role in combating the opioid crisis.   

Trump’s Tariffs on China Stoke Trade War Fears


China faces steep tariffs for allegedly stealing U.S. intellectual property. Is a trade war in the offing?

During Chicago’s Pothole Season, City Crews Work Around the Clock


One thing we can all count on in Chicago is the late winter and early spring pothole season. We catch up with some city crews trying to make life a little less bumpy.

Cook County Jail Warden On Her Way Out

Nneka Jones Tapia appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 2, 2017.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart drew national attention when he appointed a psychologist to be the jail’s executive director. After almost three years on the job, Nneka Jones Tapia is moving on. 

Driehaus Prize: Architects Focus on Public Housing With Classical Style

A still image from the documentary “Architects Marc and Nada Breitman: Talk of the Town.”

Geoffrey Baer travels to France to meet this year’s winners of the Driehaus Prize for architecture.

Former Staffer Sues Madigan, Democratic Party for Sexual Harassment

“This is not simply about standing up for myself and my own career. It is also about the countless other women who have been subject to this type of harassment,” Alaina Hampton said Thursday.

Alaina Hampton, a former political and legislative staffer in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political organization, is taking her ex-boss to federal court.

At CPS, Playing Chess About Strategy Both On and Off the Board


The Chicago Public Schools K-8 chess championship is this weekend. We visit two schools whose students hope to capture the prize.

Chicago-Area Population Drops for 3rd Straight Year

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Of the top 10 most populous cities in the country, the Chicago metro area was the only one to see a decline. Chicago demographer Rob Paral says a “complex stew” of factors is behind the drop.

Humboldt Penguin Chick Born at Brookfield Zoo

(Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

The yet-to-be-named chick is healthy and being hand-reared by animal care staff, the zoo said this week.

Mudslinging Begins as Democrats Look to Take Back Governor’s Mansion

J.B. Pritzker speaks to the media after a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum on March 14, 2018.

With the race for governor winnowed down, Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are wasting no time in going after one another. 

Casten, Bennett Take on Incumbent Reps. Roskam, Schneider in November

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Meet the primary winners set to take on suburban incumbent U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam and Brad Schneider in the November general election.

2018 Primary Results: Analyzing Political Power Shifts

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A big-picture look at what the primary results say about where November’s election might be headed.

Raoul Emerges From Crowded Field to Be Democrats’ AG Pick


State Sen. Kwame Raoul emerged from a crowded field to win the Democratic nomination for attorney general – beating former Gov. Pat Quinn and six others in the process. He joins us in discussion.

Backed by Rauner, Former Miss America Harold is GOP Pick for AG


Erika Harold is a Harvard-trained lawyer and former Miss America. Strongly backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, she is also the Republican candidate to replace Lisa Madigan as Illinois’ next attorney general. Harold joins us in discussion.

Fritz Kaegi Beats Democratic Machine in Cook County Assessor’s Race

Fritz Kaegi appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 6, 2018.

A political newcomer takes down one of the most powerful men in Chicago politics: Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. We speak with Fritz Kaegi.