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‘Don’t Panic’: Chicago Officials Hope to Save Lives With Safe Haven Law


April is “Save Abandoned Babies Month” in Illinois. Chicago police and fire officials hope to raise awareness of the state’s safe haven law in the hopes of saving infant lives.

Adler to Honor NASA Volcanologist With Women in Space Science Award

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NASA research scientist and volcano specialist Rosaly Lopes will be recognized this week at an event celebrating women in space science. 

Dreams, Drama Drive CSO’s Concert of Works by Debussy and Tchaikovsky

Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program of works by Debussy and Tchaikovsky in the final weekend of his April residency at Symphony Center. (© Todd Rosenberg)

The work of both composers shares the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s current program led by Maestro Riccardo Muti. And the result is a most winning mix of opposing musical temperaments.

New Chicago Law Requires Health Warning Signs at Tobacco Dealers


The Windy City is the first in the nation to require tobacco health warning signs at the doors of all tobacco dealers. The new law also prohibits all free sampling of tobacco products.

Chicago Gets ‘F’ Grade in 2018 Air Pollution Report

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Chicago is the country’s 22nd most polluted city, according to a new study of air pollutants by the American Lung Association. 

The Week in Review: Dorothy Brown Enters Mayoral Race


Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown joins the race for mayor. A federal appeals court says the federal government may not withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities. And the U.S. Supreme Court denies an appeal from Rod Blagojevich.

Chicago Police Board to Review LeGrier Shooting After Member Sides With COPA


The Chicago Police Board may seek to fire an officer who shot and killed two people during a domestic disturbance call in 2015.

Parkland Shooting Survivor Wants Fresh Focus on ‘Never Again’ Movement


May-Ling Ho-Shing is a survivor of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The 17-year-old shared a message Thursday with students at Thornwood High School in South Holland.

‘Daughter of the Cold War’ on George Kennan, Russia and Remarkable Life

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Grace Kennan Warnecke, the daughter of legendary American diplomat George Kennan, talks about her new memoir.

Rainn Wilson at Steppenwolf Theater In a Farce to be Reckoned With


The actor known for his role as Dwight Schrute on NBC’s “The Office” talks about his dual roles in Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s new play “The Doppelganger.”

Third Candidate Enters Race for Illinois Governor

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State Sen. Sam McCann enters the race for Illinois governor as a Conservative Party candidate.

Celebrity Shout-Outs for Sale via Chicago-Based Company Cameo

Fans can a buy a shout-out from Dennis Rodman for $1,000 on Cameo.

Are selfies the new autograph? A local company connects celebrities with their fans through personalized videos.

Advocates Respond to Special Education Investigation at CPS


CPS CEO Janice Jackson talks with us about school funding and investigations into special education and school cleanliness. 

White Sox to Ditch Plastic Straws at Guaranteed Rate Field

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In an effort to reduce plastic waste, the White Sox have become the first team in Major League Baseball to get rid of disposable straws for nearly an entire season.

Appeals Court Backs Chicago in Federal Immigration Case

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Chicago won’t have to give up its “sanctuary city” policies in order to receive federal grant money, an appeals court ruled Thursday.

In ‘The Doppelgänger,’ Insiders and Outsiders Greedily Savage an African Nation

Rainn Wilson and Celeste M. Cooper in “The Doppelgänger (an international farce)” by Matthew-Lee Erlbach. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

A sort of equal-opportunity snake pit of corruption, violence and ridiculous sex-capades, Matthew-Lee Erlbach’s play is now receiving its world premiere at Steppenwolf Theatre.