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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.

Debating the Transportation Fund Lockbox Amendment

Illinois voters will decide whether the state's transportation funds will be locked away solely for transportation spending. A look at what’s at stake.

Nobel Prize Awarded to Northwestern University Chemistry Professor

Northwestern University chemistry professor Sir Fraser Stoddart, left, raises his glass at a ceremony celebrating his Nobel Prize win. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Sir Fraser Stoddart was one of three scientists awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry on Wednesday for developing the world’s smallest machines.

Venomous Illinois Rattlesnake Gets Federal Protection

The eastern massasauga rattlesnake, also known as the “swamp rattler,” produces venom more toxic than most other rattlesnakes.

Shedd Urges President Obama to Sign Wildlife Trafficking Bill

The Shedd Aquarium is calling on President Barack Obama to sign legislation that aims to curb the highly lucrative, international business of illegally trading endangered and threatened animals.

Endangered African Penguins Flock to Lincoln Park Zoo

The Lincoln Park Zoo gave journalists a sneak peek of the new African penguin exhibit, which aims to replicate the birds' natural habitat in southern Africa.

Chicago Conservation Group: Help Save 12 Vulnerable Species

The Lincoln Park Zoo is breeding and releasing smooth green snakes, a species that's harmless to humans, in their preferred moist, marshy habitats. (squamatologist / Flickr)

A Chicago conservation alliance is asking for the public’s help to save a dozen native species, including the endangered Blanding's turtle.

Brookfield Zoo Donates Black Rhino Horn to Feds for Training

The Brookfield Zoo donated this piece of black rhino horn to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for its dog training program to catch wildlife contraband. (Kelly Tone / Chicago Zoological Society)

On Thursday, World Rhino Day, the zoo donated a piece of horn from one of its black rhinos to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The agency will use the sample to train its canine unit that sniffs out contraband at O’Hare International Airport.

Local Scientists Name New Mushroom Species After Chicago

The Chicago chanterelle is smaller than other chanterelle mushrooms and is practically odorless compared to the distinctive fruity smell emitted by other types. (Field Museum)

A restaurant-worthy mushroom was identified by researchers from the Field Museum and Chicago Botanic Garden. Meet the Chicago chanterelle.

Dry Ice: Chicago’s New Weapon Against Rats

New York and Boston have also experimented with dry ice as a rodent control technique. (Dry ice: Shawn Henning / Rat: National Park Service)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Streets and Sanitation on Tuesday announced a pilot program that uses dry ice to curb rodent infestations.

Chicago Ranked Best US City for Biking

A cyclist rides a Divvy bike along Chicago's lakefront. (Antonio Delgado / Flickr)

In its rankings published Monday, Bicycling magazine applauded the city’s commitment to adding new bike lanes and improving access to bike-share resources for underserved communities.