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Gov. J.B. Pritzker Restores Pay Increases for State Union Employees

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks during a press conference on Jan. 15, 2019.

On his first full day in office, new Illinois. Gov. J.B. Pritzker moved to give approximately 20,000 state employees raises they’d been denied by former Gov. Bruce Rauner since 2015. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Reflects on Lessons in Education

(Chicago Tonight file photo)

Although his tenure has been marked by several school controversies, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is touting his achievements at both Chicago Public Schools and the City Colleges of Chicago. 

As Trump Mulls National Emergency, 31 Active Emergencies Continue

President Donald Trump speaks the press about acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in November 2018.

A law passed in 1976 gives the president authority to declare a national emergency using more than 130 statutory powers. 

Chicago Artist Edo Wants to Light Up the World With Color

Chicago artist Edo

From clothing to digital art to painting, Chicago artist Edo sees color in all forms. 

Historic Black Marines In Danger of Losing South Side Veterans Hall

James A. Reynolds, left, and John Vanoy joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943, becoming among the first African Americans in the previously white-only military branch.

The Chicago chapter of the country’s first group of African-American Marines, the Montford Point Marines, fears it could soon lose its veterans hall in Englewood. 

Journalists Discuss ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ and Impact on #MeToo Movement

This June 13, 2008 file photo shows R&B singer R. Kelly arriving at the Cook County Criminal Court Building. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Kathy Chaney and Mary Mitchell, who were featured in the documentary, weigh in on the latest allegations against R. Kelly.

Burnt-out Theater Critic Succumbs to Seductive Offer in ‘St. Nicholas’

Brendan Coyle in "St. Nicholas" (Photo by Helen Maybanks)

It takes an actor of formidable technique to bring this two-act, two-hour monologue to vivid, active, almost cinematic life. From the moment Brendan Coyle emerges from the shadows, the spell is cast.

Report: Americans More Likely to Die of Opioid Overdose Than Car Crash

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

The odds of dying from an opioid overdose are one in 96, while the odds of dying from a motor vehicle crash are one in 103, according to a new analysis by the National Safety Council.

Prosecutors Seek More Time to Indict Ald. Ed Burke

Ald. Ed Burke, 75, walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The request was filed hours after Ald. Burke waived his right Monday to a preliminary hearing to determine whether there was probable cause for the criminal complaint against him filed Jan. 3.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Unveils Ethics Reform Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago Tonight file photo)

In the wake of an attempted extortion charge against longtime Ald. Ed Burke, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled a number of ethics reforms. Ald. Nick Sposato weighs in.

One-on-One With New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker sat down for an interview with Amanda Vinicky on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, a day before he was sworn in as Illinois’ new governor.

On the eve of his inauguration as Illinois’ 43rd governor, J.B. Pritzker sits down for an interview with Amanda Vinicky and talks about his plans for the state.

An In-Depth Look at the Life of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, then Democratic candidate for governor, fields questions from high school students during a special episode of “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 8, 2018.

From a childhood marked by privilege and tragedy to a life of business success and philanthropy, we bring you an original, in-depth look at the life of new Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Gunman Gets 84-year Term in Hadiya Pendleton Murder

In this Aug. 23, 2018 file photo, defendant Micheail Ward appears just before closing arguments during the trial for the fatal shooting of Hadiya Pendleton at the Leighton Criminal Court Building. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune /Pool, File)

Cook County Judge Nicholas Ford handed down the sentence to 24-year-old Micheail Ward on Monday, five months after Ward was convicted of murder and aggravated battery in the killing of Hadiya Pendleton.

Special Prosecutors: Jason Van Dyke Should Spend 18 Years or More in Prison

Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens in during his hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building, Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / pool)

The former Chicago police officer will be sentenced Friday. He was convicted last fall of second-degree murder in the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.

‘La Boheme’ Sings of Love, Lust and Starving Artists

Adrian Sampetrean, Michael Fabiano, Maria Agresta, Ricardo Jose Rivera and Zachary Nelson in “La Boheme.” (© Todd Rosenberg Photography 2018)

Lyric Opera’s production of Giacomo Puccini’s popular romantic tragedy features singers who not only fit their roles ideally but also know how to act. 

Barbara Gardner Proctor, Advertising Trailblazer, WTTW Trustee, Dies at 86


She launched the first advertising agency owned and managed by an African-American woman in the 1970s. Barbara Gardner Proctor died on Dec. 19, 2018 at the age of 86.