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Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on Chicago’s Violent 2016

“The violence in this city is more about what the bad guys are doing and not so much about what the police are or are not doing,” Chicago Police Superintendent said during an interview with Eddie Arruza. Hear the full conversation.

Term Limits: Would They Help or Hurt Illinois?

(Daniel Schwen / Wikimedia Commons)

Despite apparent public support, the question of whether term limits should be imposed on legislators hasn’t made it onto the ballot in Illinois. We discuss the pros and cons.

Critically Endangered Ape Born at Brookfield Zoo

Sophia, a 35-year-old Bornean orangutan, gave birth to a female ape on Dec. 20. (Chicago Zoological Society)

The newborn female Bornean orangutan joins five other orangutans living at the Brookfield Zoo.

Chicago-Area Doctors Recognized for Humanitarian Work in Aleppo

(Courtesy of Dr. Zaher Sahloul)

Two Chicago-area doctors who recently traveled to Aleppo share their stories.

Unpacking the President’s Cabinet, Past and Present

Donald Trump shakes the hand of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis. (Courtesy of CNN)

Looking back on U.S. history in addition to contemporary politics, what does the president-elect’s choices for Cabinet positions so far say about how he might lead as president?

Budget Standoff Stiffens as General Assembly Nears End of Session

The budget standoff is not over as the General Assembly’s fall session draws nearer to a close and to a possible doomsday scenario.

Inspector General: Chicago Restaurants Falling Behind on Health Inspections

More than half of Chicago’s high-risk food establishments, which mainly include restaurants, were not inspected as frequently as required by city law in 2015, according to a report released Tuesday.

Tensions Flare Between Protesters and Residents in Mount Greenwood

What's being done to quell friction in one South Side community following the fatal police-involved shooting of a 25-year-old African-American man.

Illinois Trump Supporters on the President-Elect’s Transition

Donald Trump was elected barely a week ago and there are already reports of shake-ups and signs of disarray within his transition team.

Communication Breakdown Follows Leadership Meeting in Springfield

Republican and Democratic state leaders are not seeing eye to eye after a meeting in Springfield. Amanda Vinicky joins us with the latest from the state capitol.

Madigan Takes a Rain Check on Rauner’s Meeting

House Speaker Michael Madigan cancels a meeting with Gov. Bruce Rauner. Is Springfield back to business as usual as lawmakers get set for the fall veto session?

Amateur Photographer Explains Why He Risks Life for ‘Adrenaline Rush’

A self-described “rooftopper” dangles his feet, a familiar perspective for such photographers, while sitting atop a Chicago skyscraper. (Courtesy Andrew Fitzsimmons)

A recent post on a social news sharing website caught our attention. In the image, a pair of legs dangle above the Chicago River, seeming to float above Wacker Drive. We had to find out who was behind the lens.

Polar Bear Makes a Splash at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Newest Exhibit

The newest resident of the Lincoln Park Zoo weighs 1,000 pounds and stands 9 feet tall. Meet Siku, a 6-year-old polar bear.

What Will a Donald Trump Presidency Look Like?

Will the policies of president-elect Trump mirror some of the controversial and divisive issues he spoke of on the campaign trail?

Mendoza Beats Munger in Illinois Comptroller Race

Susana Mendoza delivers her acceptance speech as Illinois' next comptroller. (

In her victory speech Tuesday night, Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza said she would protect the "fiscal and moral health" of Illinois as the state's check-writer.

Photos: Cubs World Series Rally, Parade

Cubs players Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant joke with the crowd before the team is introduced at the World Series rally in Grant Park. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Scenes from the massive celebrations Friday in honor of the historic Chicago Cubs win.

Obama Ramps Up Anti-Trump Rhetoric in Election’s Final Days

President Barack Obama takes jabs at Donald Trump on the campaign trail. The latest on the presidential campaign.

Trump Closes in on Clinton’s Lead in Polls with Election Days Away

Recent polls indicate Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is closing in on Hillary Clinton’s national lead of about 3 to 4 percentage points. “PBS NewsHour” correspondent John Yang joins us with the latest.

City Council Says ‘So Long’ To Donald Trump Street Sign

The Chicago City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to remove a Trump Plaza sign located outside the Republican nominee's 98-story skyscraper.

How Everyday Home Devices Were Used to Shut Down Major Websites

A map shows internet outages caused by the Oct. 21 DDoS attack. (Courtesy of DownDetector)

A massive cyberattack temporarily takes down major websites. Find out how hackers use household devices to wreak havoc online.

Developers, Community Group Feud Over Pullman National Monument Plan

An artist’s rendering of Pullman Artspace Lofts, a mixed-use housing development slated for construction in historic Pullman. (PullmanArts)

Plans to build an affordable, mixed-use housing development in historic Pullman are under fire from a small group of community members.

Should Recorder of Deeds be Combined with Clerk’s Office?

Cook County voters will decide whether to eliminate the Recorder of Deeds office in a binding referendum. We hear from both sides of this contentious debate.

IPRA Chief on Police Accountability, New Oversight Agency

Sharon Fairley

Sharon Fairley, the head of the city's Independent Police Review Authority, is here to talk about the new police oversight agency set to replace it.

Trump Responds to Misconduct Allegations, Clinton Campaign Emails Leaked

Donald Trump responds to allegations of misconduct from multiple women. “PBS NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins weighs in on this and more.

CTU President Karen Lewis on the Deal That Stopped the Teachers Strike

The Chicago Teachers Union President talks about the union's tentative agreement with Chicago Public Schools.