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Hardworking Canines at O’Hare Sniff Out Drugs, Contraband

Rusty, an agriculture detection dog, sits next to contraband found on July 24, 2018 at an Air France cargo warehouse at O’Hare International Airport. (Courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The opioid crisis in the United States is being fought on many fronts. And one is at O’Hare airport. Meet some of the best four-legged customs enforcers in the world.

After Italian Tragedy, Concern for Illinois’ ‘Structurally Deficient’ Bridges


In Illinois last year, more than 2,300 bridges were classified as “structurally deficient” – including three spanning Lake Shore Drive. We talk aging infrastructure in Chicago and beyond.

‘Midnight Years’ Memoir a Story of Surviving Jon Burge


Ronald Kitchen met former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge in 1988. He would go on to spend two decades in prison – including a dozen years on death row – before his exoneration in 2009.

News Anxiety: How to Stay Plugged In Without Getting Stressed Out

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Stressed out by the news? You’re not alone. We speak with a clinical psychologist about ways to manage anxiety amid the 24-hour news cycle.

New Illinois Law Bans Sale of Ivory, Rhinoceros Horn

Ivory seized Feb. 2, 2018 from poachers convicted of killing 11 elephants in and around Nouabale-Ndoki National Park in the Republic of Congo. (Z. Labuschagne / Wildlife Conservation Society)

As part of a growing movement to undermine the bloody practice of elephant and rhino poaching, Illinois has become the ninth state to ban the sale of ivory and rhino horn.

Van Dyke Case: Prosecutors Cannot Refer to McDonald as ‘Victim’ at Trial

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke approaches the judge’s bench at a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Because Jason Van Dyke’s attorneys claim he was justified in shooting teen Laquan McDonald, prosecutors may not refer to McDonald as a “victim.” However, they may refer to his death as a homicide.

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 in this encore edition of “Ask Geoffrey.”

Precious Meddling: The Impact of Trump’s Tariffs on Steel


Gone are the days of leaving it to the World Trade Organization to deal with allegations of “dumping” and other disputes – President Trump is using tariffs instead. A local steel company weighs in.

What Would a US Space Force Look Like? Don’t Expect ‘Starship Troopers’

Vice President Mike Pence: “The space environment is fundamentally changed in the last generation.”

The president proposes a new branch of the military for space defense. Local experts weigh in on Space Force.

Chicago’s Connection to the Paul Manafort Trial

Paul Manfort (File photo)

Defense lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, rested their case Tuesday without calling a single witness.

Celebrating Tom Skilling’s 40th Anniversary on WGN

Meteorologist Tom Skilling appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2018.

From the top of the Sears Tower to the top of Alaskan mountains, Tom Skilling looks back on some of the highs from his 40-year career.

New Book Shares Stories of ‘Rad Girls’ to Inspire Youth


Meet the author and illustrator behind the new “Rad Girls Can” book about young women who are “bold, brave and brilliant.”

Towering Trolls Keep a Watchful Eye on Morton Arboretum


We take you on a visit to the west suburban forest under the watchful eye of six suspicious – and sizable – trolls.

Revised Law Frees Police in Illinois to Rescue Suffering Cats and Dogs

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A recently passed revision to Illinois’ Humane Care for Animals Act clarifies the right of police to take custody of dogs or cats suffering from extreme heat, cold or other life-threatening conditions. 

Van Dyke Case: McDonald’s Mother Must Appear in Court or Face Trial Ban

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke stands and heads toward the judge’s bench at a hearing for the shooting death of Laquan McDonald at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018. At right is his attorney Tammy Wendt. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

If the mother of Laquan McDonald wants to attend the murder trial of the police officer who shot and killed her son, a judge said Tuesday, she will need to respond to a defense subpoena and show up to court this week.

Northwestern Memorial Named No. 1 Hospital in City, State

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For the seventh consecutive year, Northwestern Memorial Hospital has been named by U.S. News & World Report as the best hospital in both the Chicago metro area and the state.