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CPS Takes ‘Unprecedented Step’ of Redoing Employee Background Checks


Tens of thousands of adult employees who interact with students must undergo background rechecks this summer as Chicago Public Schools works to improve safety and restore community trust after a sexual abuse scandal.

The Week in Review: Musk Promises 12-Minute O’Hare Express


Elon Musk’s Boring Company wins a bid to build high-speed transportation from downtown Chicago to O’Hare. How technologically and economically feasible is the plan? That story and more with Paris Schutz and guests Steve Daniels, Derrick Blakley, Becky Vevea and Rick Telander.

Family Hopes to Learn Identity of Good Samaritans Who Helped Elizabeth Brackett

Elizabeth Brackett

Veteran “Chicago Tonight” correspondent Elizabeth Brackett remains in critical but stable condition at Stroger Hospital following an incident Wednesday morning while riding her bicycle.

Chicago is Dancing Up a Storm

Hubbard Street Dance Chicago in “Decadance/Chicago” by Ohad Naharin. (Photo by Todd Rosenberg)

Recent performances by a number of major Chicago dance companies suggest that in a city renowned for its theater scene, an impressive component of drama also can be found in the work of its dancers.

New Arts Club Show Explores Chicago as ‘A Home for Surrealism’

Harold Noecker. “The Genius?” c. 1943. (Collection of Bernard Friedman, Chicago)

An unusual new art show looks at fantastic and strange paintings made by Chicago and Midwestern artists in the mid-20th century. We visit the Arts Club of Chicago.

Elon Musk’s Boring Company on Track to Build O’Hare Express Train

Each pod would hold 8-16 people. (Credit: The Boring Company)

The concept sounds like it was lifted straight out of science fiction, but billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk says he is going to make it happen.

No Arrest in 74 Percent of Chicago Homicides, Analysis Finds


Chicago has one of the worst homicide arrest rates in the nation, according to a Washington Post analysis. What the effect of that low rate is – and how it can be improved.

Emanuel, Johnson Depositions Released in LeGrier Wrongful Death Case

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is deposed in March as part of an investigation into the 2015 shooting death of West Side teen Quintonio LeGrier and his neighbor Bettie Jones by a Chicago police officer. (Courtesy City of Chicago)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he hasn’t interfered with the investigation into the 2015 shooting death of a West Side teen and his neighbor by a Chicago police officer, according to newly released transcripts of his March deposition.

Elizabeth Brackett, Longtime WTTW Journalist, Critically Injured in Bicycle Accident

Elizabeth Brackett in 2015 (Well-Fit Performance / Facebook photo)

Longtime “Chicago Tonight” reporter and host Elizabeth Brackett, 76, is in critical but stable condition following a Wednesday morning bicycle accident that left her with at least one fractured vertebra in her neck.

UChicago Drops SAT/ACT Requirements, Adds Financial Aid For More Families

Julius Rosenwald Hall at the University of Chicago (Czmurio / Wikimedia Commons)

High schoolers looking to attend the prestigious Hyde Park university no longer need to worry about submitting ACT or SAT test scores on their undergrad applications.

Erin’s Law Meant to Protect Students from Sexual Abuse. What Happens When It’s Not Enforced?


A state law passed in 2011 requires public schools to educate students about sexual abuse prevention. But the woman behind Erin’s Law says dozens of CPS teachers have told her these lessons aren’t being taught.

Landmark Supreme Court Decision Coming, And Illinois is Center Stage


As soon as Thursday, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue an opinion on Janus v. AFSCME – a case with roots in Illinois that could have consequences nationwide.

Bird Blood and Banding: Tracking Egrets in Cook County


Once a year, scientists and veterinarians check on nesting birds at Baker’s Lake in Cook County, where they can also learn a lot about the environment – and predict possible health concerns for humans.

AMA Members Want Further Review of Policy Against Assisted Suicide


Could the American Medical Association’s official position on physician-assisted suicide be changing?

Former Madigan Operative Accused of Sexual Harassment Speaks Out

Alaina Hampton, right, speaks to the media Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 with her spokesperson Lorna Brett.

Accusations of sexual harassment against Kevin Quinn started the #MeToo avalanche in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office. Now, the former Madigan operative is making public statements for the first time since he lost his job in January.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 14-17

(Anthony Meade)

Celebrations of pride, feats of athleticism, art fairs and global fare usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.