Illinois Idling on Spending Plan for Volkswagen Settlement Money

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Legislation filed this week would give Illinois officials a deadline for deciding how the state will spend $108.7 million from a national settlement with Volkswagen over the German automaker’s emissions scandal. 

The Week in Review: City Remembers Slain CPD Commander

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Chicago reels after highly regarded Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer is killed. House Speaker Michael Madigan comes under fire. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget pitch to lawmakers falls flat. 

Police: Carjacking Suspect Faces Murder Charge After Fatal Crash

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A 29-year-old Streamwood man faces felony murder charges after he allegedly stole and crashed a taxi, killing a 69-year-old Lincoln Park woman.

Photos: Animals at Brookfield Zoo Get Valentine’s Treats

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Nora, a 4-year-old western lowland gorilla, eats a heart-shaped treat at Brookfield Zoo. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Date or no date, single or taken, animals at Brookfield Zoo experienced Valentine’s Day with the best kind of gift: food.

Critics of O’Hare Express Train Say Emanuel on Wrong Track

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants everyone to get on board with an ambitious plan for an express train between downtown and O’Hare, but would taxpayers be the ones taken for a ride?

Stephen Warde Anderson: One-of-a-Kind Painter Has One-Man Show

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Stephen Warde Anderson (American, b. 1953). “The Jinni,” 1995. (Courtesy of private collection)

Weird and wonderful artwork created far outside the mainstream. We meet up with a most unusual painter from Rockford.

Florida School Shooting Spotlights Need for Mental Health Services

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Students are evacuated from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018 after a gunman opened fire.

The 19-year-old suspected of opening fire Wednesday inside a Florida high school had a troubled past. A pair of experts discuss mental health issues and how the threat of violence impacts young people.

West Town Textile Studio Finds Common Threads with Community

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On Chicago’s West Side, an artist-run production weaving mill and a social service agency work together to weave adults with intellectual disabilities into the fabric of their community. 

Chinese New Year is Here: What’s in Store for the Year of the Dog?

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Chinese New Year celebrations take place around the globe each year, including London. (Paul / Flickr)

Friday marks the start of the Chinese New Year and ushers in the Year of the Dog. We discuss the history and traditions of the vibrant holiday and festival.

Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Police Commander Bauer Held Without Bond

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Shomari Legghette (Chicago Police Department)

A Cook County judge has denied bond for Shomari Legghette, a four-time felon charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Chicago Police Department Commander Paul Bauer this week.

Rauner Re-election Budget Plan Puts Burden on Local Governments

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Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday laid out a $37.6 billion spending plan that heavily relies on the income tax increase he constantly bemoans and calls for balancing the budget largely by shifting costs to local governments.

Adler’s Popular ‘What is a Planet?’ Exhibit Returns This Week

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(Courtesy Adler Planetarium)

Starting Friday, planetarium visitors will have another chance to explore the ever-evolving way humans view the universe.   

Von Steuben Robotics Team Leads the Way for Girls in Science

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(Courtesy Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center)

Meet the team from Von Steuben High School that’s on its way to the prestigious U.S. Open Robotics Championship.

What Does Illinois’ Fiscal Watchdog Think of Rauner’s Budget Plan?

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, shares his thoughts on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s $37.6 billion spending plan.

Chicago’s 2018-19 Dance Season Already Spinning Into View

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English National Ballet. Alina Cojocaru in Akram Kham’s “Giselle.” (© Laurent Liotardo)

Chicago is dancing up a storm this season, and plans for an exceptionally strong 2018-2019 season are already being announced. A preview of what’s to come.

Police: Man, 44, Charged in CPD Commander’s Shooting Death

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Shomari Legghette (Chicago Police Department)

Shomari Legghette, 44, was charged a day after the fatal shooting of Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer. He was allegedly wearing body armor and carrying a firearm containing an extended-round magazine.

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