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Wife of Slain CPD Commander Bauer Thanks Chicago for Support

Erin Bauer: ‘One man almost stole my faith in humanity, but City of Chicago, nation restored it’

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Flowers and balloons are left as a makeshift memorial to CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer outside his 18th District precinct. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

“I saw each and every one of you from the darkened window of my car,” Erin Bauer wrote in an open letter Tuesday. “The good people in this world far outnumber the bad. Grace and I are humbled, as Paul would be.”

Emanuel, Mayors Send Letter to EPA Opposing Repeal of Clean Power Plan

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(Jeremy Atherton / Wikimedia Commons)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined 230-plus mayors Tuesday in formally opposing the Trump administration’s proposed repeal of the Clean Power Plan, which aims to reduce carbon emissions that contribute to climate change.

Democratic Candidates for Governor Want Madigan to Resign

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Democratic candidates for governor Daniel Biss, left, and Chris Kennedy participate in a candidate forum at WTTW on Monday.

Republicans have spent years trying to thwart House Speaker Michael Madigan. As allegations of sexual harassment by those in Madigan’s inner circle continue to swirl, leading Democrats are joining that chorus.

2018 Governor’s Race: Democratic Candidates Face High School Students

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Democratic candidates for governor (seated in the order they appear on the ballot, from left): J.B. Pritzker, Chris Kennedy, Daniel Biss, Bob Daiber, Tio Hardiman and Robert Marshall.

During a special edition of Chicago Tonight, all six Democratic candidates for governor join us to answer questions from an audience of 50 high school students and discuss issues facing Illinois’ young people. 

NIU Shooting Survivors Reflect on 10th Anniversary: ‘We’re Still Dealing With It’

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Patrick Korellis places a rose on the memorial at Northern Illinois University. (Courtesy of Patrick Korellis)

Hundreds gathered Wednesday in suburban DeKalb to mark the 10th anniversary of a shooting at Northern Illinois University that left five people dead.

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.

Property Tax System ‘More Regressive’ in Cook County, Report Finds

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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios (File footage / Chicago Tonight)

A bombshell report on Cook County’s property tax system exposes flaws in how the assessor determines how much residents owe in property taxes. 

In ‘Bunny Bunny,’ Tapping Into Gilda Radner’s Sad Clown

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Jackson Evans as Alan Zweibel and Dana Tretta as Gilda Radner in “Bunny Bunny” (Photo: Brett A. Beiner)

You will catch only a brief glimpse of the big explosion of hair, but in “Bunny Bunny” at Mercury Theater Chicago you will fully feel the manic energy and rapid-fire comic responses of Gilda Radner.

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.