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CPS Hopes to Repair Community Trust After Special Education Issues

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson speaks about the district budget on April 17, 2018.

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson is asking for community support as the district attempts to fix “systemic problems” with its special education programming.

At Nearly 7 Feet, Corpse Flower Spike Sets Botanic Garden Record

(Courtesy Chicago Botanic Garden)

Remember Spike the corpse flower? The plant made famous in 2015 for being the first of its kind to (nearly) bloom in Chicago is on the comeback trail – and climbing to new heights.

Ask Geoffrey: What Happened to ‘Chicago’s Most Famous Restaurant’?


What became of the Loop restaurant where Mayor Richard J. Daley had his power breakfasts? Geoffrey Baer has the story.

Northwestern Project to Study What Local News Readers Want

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With local news facing staff cuts and shrinking content, can a new project at Northwestern University be the lifeline it needs?

Illinois’ Budget Impasse Leads to ‘Out of Control’ Interest Payments

(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Illinois may have a budget (for another few months anyway), but the two-year stalemate continues to put a drag on the state’s finances.

Ja’Mal Green: 22-Year-Old Activist Sets Sights on City Hall


The community organizer and entrepreneur is making history as the youngest candidate to run for mayor. A conversation with Ja’Mal Green.

State Sen. Sam McCann Challenging Primary Winners in Governor’s Race


There’s a new candidate in the race for governor. A conversation with state Sen. Sam McCann.

‘The Fox Hunt’ a Story of 4 Strangers, 3 Faiths and 1 Remarkable Escape

(Courtesy Mohammed Al Samawi)

A refugee’s harrowing escape from war-torn Yemen is also a remarkable story of interfaith cooperation.  

Brookfield Zoo Performs CT Scan on 2,300-Pound Black Rhinoceros

(Courtesy Chicago Zoological Society)

Hoping to identify the source of an infection, veterinarians performed what is thought to be the first ever CT scan on a rhinoceros.

Illinois Woman’s Death Linked to Synthetic Marijuana Use


Synthetic cannabinoid use has now been linked to four deaths in Illinois since late March, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Chicago-Style Magic Reappears in Andersonville


Chicago has a style of magic? It does. We check out a North Side lounge that aims to recreate the spirit of Chicago-style close-up magic.

Michael Madigan Wins 6th Term as Head of Illinois’ Democratic Party

(Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

He first became head of the Democratic Party of Illinois in 1998. Despite his longevity, House Speaker Michael Madigan isn’t a beloved figure.

Downtown to O’Hare in 32 Minutes: On Board a Little-Used Metra Line


While talk of building a new express train to O’Hare heats up, we explore a little-known line that already goes there.

Chicago Cellist Ifetayo Ali-Landing, 15, Makes Symphony Center Debut


The young musician joins us in conversation and performance ahead of her Chicago professional debut with the Chicago Sinfonietta next month. 

Russians Hacking Routers in the US and UK, Officials Warn

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Government officials from the U.S. and the United Kingdom warn that Russian hackers are targeting consumer and business routers. How to protect your devices.

Dorothy Brown Announces 2nd Bid for Chicago Mayor


The Cook County circuit court clerk talks about her surprise run for mayor of Chicago.