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Lincoln Park Zoo Names Megan Ross as First Female Director

Megan Ross (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

The zoo’s former curator of birds becomes the first woman to hold the position of director in the zoo’s 150-year history, and the first zoo director since the institution privatized in 1995.

The Week in Review: Preckwinkle Enters Chicago Mayor’s Race


J.B. Pritzker and Gov. Bruce Rauner rumble in their only TV debate. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins the race for Chicago mayor. Explosive testimony in the Jason Van Dyke murder trial. And the Cubs and Brewers go down to the wire in the NL Central.

After Firing Previous CACC Director, Emanuel Names Permanent Head

Kelley Gandurski (Kelley Gandurski / Facebook)

Nearly three months after the controversial firing of Susan Russell, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named Kelley Gandurski as executive director of Chicago Animal Care and Control.

Candidates for Illinois Governor Face Off in First Debate

Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker traded barbs Thursday evening in their first matchup heading into the Nov. 6 general election, some 6.5 weeks away.

2018 Chicago Fall Festival Guide

Oktoberfest Chicago (Special Events Management)

Fall officially begins this weekend, but the changing of the season doesn’t mean the outdoor fun has to end. Gear up for fall festivals, nature walks, art shows and more. 

Toni Preckwinkle Announces Bid for Chicago Mayor

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle takes questions from the media after announcing her mayoral campaign on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Chicago Tonight)

A major new candidate is in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago, but her announcement comes amid controversy over the conduct of one of her top staff members.

What Will Be Emanuel’s Architectural and Urban Planning Legacy?


How will Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be remembered when it comes to the city’s built environment? Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin weighs in.

Kavanaugh Allegations Ignite Debate Over Decades-Old Claims

Judge Brett Kavanaugh discusses Roe v. Wade during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

With a Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation in question, a nationwide debate has ignited over how much weight should be given to a decades-old allegation.

‘Schoolhouse Gate’ Highlights Supreme Court’s Power Over Schools


As the makeup of the Supreme Court shifts, a timely new book examines how the court has influenced America’s public schools.

Live Bait Shop at Montrose Harbor a Relic of Chicago’s Fishing Heyday

Stacey Greene is the owner of Park Bait Shop at Montrose Harbor. (Jay Shefsky / Chicago Tonight)

Once upon a time in Chicago, so many people fished to feed their families that there were bait shops up and down the lakefront. The oldest one has been owned by the same family for 60 years.

Illinois to Receive $43.5 Million to Fight Opioid Crisis

(The Javorac / Flickr)

The state of Illinois is getting a boost in its efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, thanks to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

Play With Dogs in River North ‘Bark(ing) Spots’ on Friday

A rendering of the dog-friendly green space planned for two parking spaces in River North on Friday, Sept. 21. (Courtesy of The Anti-Cruelty Society)

Two parking spaces in River North will be transformed into a temporary dog-friendly area as part of PARK(ing) Day, a global movement calling attention to the need for more open space in cities. 

State Rests its Case Against Van Dyke as Week 1 of Murder Trial Concludes

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens during the fourth day of trial on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

After four days of testimony from two dozen witnesses, special prosecutors rested their case against Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke in his murder trial for the shooting of teen Laquan McDonald. 

Embattled US Attorney General Sessions Slams Chicago Police Reform

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

Speaking before a group of law enforcement officials in Waukegan, the nation’s top law enforcement official pulled no punches when speaking about the police reform process taking place in Chicago.

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art ‘Lions’ Exhibit Taps into Its Roots


A jewel of a museum in Chicago’s Ukrainian Village has emphasized contemporary art for more than 40 years. We visit the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art for a look at its past – and future.

On Eve of CSO Season Opener, a Conversation with Riccardo Muti


Chicago Symphony Orchestra music director Riccardo Muti joins Hedy Weiss in conversation.