Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source to Get $815 Million Upgrade

The Advanced Photon Source at Argonne National Laboratory (Courtesy Argonne National Laboratory)

Since 1995, researchers in Chicago and from around the world have used Argonne National Laboratory’s Advanced Photon Source to create super bright X-rays to probe everything from dinosaur bones to atomic particles. But the APS has an even brighter future.

‘Into the Woods’ a Musical Reminder to Be Careful What You Wish For

Michael Mahler, left, Brianna Borger, center and Bethany Thomas in “Into the Woods.” (Photo: Michael Brosilow)

One of Stephen Sondheim’s most popular works is now on stage at Writers Theatre in a sophisticated, powerfully sung, environmentally enveloping production directed by longtime Sondheim aficionado Gary Griffin.

Shedd Sea Lion Dies After Complications from Acute Liver Failure

(Courtesy Shedd Aquarium)

Ty, an 18-year-old California sea lion, had been living at the aquarium since 2005. Animal caretakers and veterinarians began monitoring him last week after noticing an uncharacteristic decline in his appetite.

Illinois Resident Who Was Hospitalized After Vaping Dies

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An Illinois resident who was hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness after vaping has died, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. It may be the first death in the country linked to vaping. 

City Reaches Settlements with 16 E-Cigarette Retailers for Selling to Minors

(Diedra Laird, MCT Campus)

The settlement requires the retailers to pay more than $540,000 in fines for illegally selling and marketing e-cigarette products to minors, according to city officials.

Feds to Revamp Confidentiality Rules for Addiction Treatment

In this March 13, 2019 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar testifies before a House Appropriations subcommittee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said the goal is to make it easier to share a patient’s drug treatment history with doctors treating that person for other problems. 

FAA Puts Out a Call for Pilots to Test Changes in Boeing Jet

In this Wednesday, May 8, 2019 file photo, workers stand near a Boeing 737 MAX 8 jetliner being built for American Airlines prior to a test flight in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Federal safety officials are recruiting pilots from airlines around the world to test changes that Boeing is making to the flight-control software on the grounded 737 Max jet, according to two people briefed on the situation.

Mayor, Labor Groups Push for $15 Minimum Wage by 2021


Chicago has seen its minimum wage steadily rise in the last several years, from a hourly rate of $8.25 in 2014 to $13 today. But labor activists and some public officials say it’s not nearly enough.

Tiger Woods’ Jackson Park Project: Where the Proposed Merger Stands


It’s been nearly three years since pro golfer Tiger Woods announced his plan to restore and merge two historic golf courses on the South Side. We discuss the proposal and the varying reactions to it.

Chicago’s Music Box Theatre Celebrates 90th Anniversary

The Music Box Theatre, 1993. (Credit: Jerry Vasilatos / Music Box Theatre)

On Aug. 22, 1929, the North Side theater opened its doors as the first dedicated “talkie” house in Chicago. What makes this old movie house unique today.

New Study Finds Chicago Scooter Rides Peak During Rush Hour

In this file photo, riders use electric scooters on the campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago. The city started its four-month scooter pilot program in June 2019. (WTTW News)

A new “snaphshot” study conducted by DePaul University researchers finds electric scooters in Chicago are proving popular, especially during morning and evening commutes.

Field Museum, Evanston Brewery Introduce Beer Inspired by 1893 World’s Fair

(Courtesy The Chicago Brewseum)

A new dry-hopped cream ale is made from the same types of barley and corn found in the museum’s original collections from 1893, the same year more than 27 million visitors flocked to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition.

Lightfoot Launches Task Force to Combat Sexually Transmitted Infections

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In 2018, Chicago saw an uptick in the number of cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis. A new task force will work to develop strategies to curb STIs across the city, starting with syphilis. 

Illinois Attorney General Expands Lawsuit Against Purdue Pharma

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

For years, OxyContin maker Purdue engaged in deceptive marketing practices, according to a lawsuit filed in April by Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Now, Raoul’s office is seeking to add members of the company’s founding family as defendants.

Transgender Woman Suing Circle K Over Alleged Discrimination

Judi Brown (ACLU of Illinois)

Judi Brown filed a federal lawsuit this week claiming she was discriminated against and ultimately fired from a Bolingbrook convenience store because of her race and gender identity.

Sarah Sanders Heads to Fox News as a Contributor

In this June 11, 2019 file photo, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders talks with reporters outside the White House in Washington.  (AP Photo / Evan Vucci, File)

Fox News said Thursday that Sanders has been hired to provide political commentary and analysis across all its properties, including Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network and the radio and podcast division.