Spotlight Politics: New Investigation of Ex-Alderman with Madigan Ties

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Why the federal probe into a former Chicago alderman could spell trouble for House Speaker Michael Madigan. Our politics team takes on that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

Reflections on the Life of Justice John Paul Stevens

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John Paul Stevens, U.S. Supreme Court justice. (Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Photographer: Steve Petteway)

John Paul Stevens was a born-and-bred Chicagoan who rose to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Legal scholars, historians and attorneys who worked with Stevens reflect on his life.

Keya Trammell Was Bullied for Alopecia. Now She is Bald and Proud.

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Keya Trammell

Sometimes, the very thing that brings a person the most trouble in life can become a source of joy and inspiration. Meet local singer – and mentor – Keya Trammell.

Ask Geoffrey: What’s the History of the Chicago Huskies?

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The Chicago Huskies (Credit: Japanese American Service Committee)

A youth basketball league from the 1940s and ‘50s is a reminder of Japanese American internment during World War II. Geoffrey Baer has that story and more in this edition of Ask Geoffrey.

How Exposure to Violence Impacts Young Children in Chicago

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(Tony Webster / Wikimedia Commons)

New analysis of Chicago homicide data by the Erikson Institute underscores the effect violent crime can have on young children.

Open-Water Swim in Chicago River Delayed, New Goal September 2020

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(Chicago Tonight file photo)

A bold plan to get hundreds of people into the Chicago River for a 2.4-mile swim remains docked for a year or so after organizers struggled to secure permits and coordinate with a number of city agencies.

Myths and Risks in App That Gives You a Peek Into Older Self

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FaceApp is displayed on an iPhone Wednesday, July 17, 2019, in New York. The popular app is under fire for privacy concerns. (AP Photo / Jenny Kane)

Is a peek into the future worth your privacy in the present? That concern was pushed to the spotlight this week with the resurgence of a smartphone app that uses artificial intelligence to transform your current face into your younger and older selves.

John Paul Stevens Emerged as Supreme Court’s Leading Liberal

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In this April 30, 2014 file photo, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens prepares to testify on the ever-increasing amount of money spent on elections as he appears before the Senate Rules Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo, File)

John Paul Stevens moved left as the Supreme Court shifted to the right during his nearly 35 years as a justice. That’s how the bow-tie wearing Republican from the Midwest emerged as the leader of the high court’s liberal wing.

Apple, Google Continue Inclusive Push with New Emoji

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These images provided by Apple shows new emoji released by Apple. (Apple via AP)

Apple and Google are rolling out dozens of new emoji that of course include cute critters, but also expand the number of images of human diversity.

Despite Grounding of Boeing Plane, United 2Q Profit Rises

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In this Jan. 23, 2019, photo employees walk up a ramp toward a ramp where a United Airlines jet is parked at a gate Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey. (AP Photo / Julio Cortez)

United said Tuesday that its second-quarter profit soared 54%, to $1.05 billion. The results beat expectations, and United slightly raised its forecast of full-year profit.

5 Chicago Theater Recommendations: ‘Music Man,’ ‘True West’ and More

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Monica West (Marian Paroo) in “The Music Man” with music and lyrics by Meredith Willson and a book by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey, directed by Mary Zimmerman. (Photo by Liz Lauren)

There’s a parade of new shows on stage in Chicago. Theater critic Hedy Weiss recommends her current favorites.

Former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Dies at 99

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In this May 20, 2013 file photo, retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens talks about his views and career during a forum at the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. (AP Photo / Michael Dwyer, File)

John Paul Stevens, the bow-tied, independent-thinking, Republican-nominated justice who unexpectedly emerged as the Supreme Court’s leading liberal, died Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, after suffering a stroke Monday.

What Illinois Offers Undocumented Immigrants

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Even as President Donald Trump cracks down on undocumented immigrants, Illinois is expanding services available to them. What services are – and aren’t – on offer.

How Illinois Employers Might Handle Recreational Marijuana

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(Martin Alonso / Flickr)

Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Illinois on Jan. 1, but there are a lot of unanswered questions about how employers will react – and adapt – to the law. 

Veterans, Lawmakers Push to Overturn Transgender Service Ban

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Jennifer Pritzker appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 16, 2019.

The House passes an amendment to reverse President Donald Trump’s ban on most transgender people serving in the military. Retired Col. Jennifer Pritzker joins us.

First Black Female AMA President Talks Policy, Health Equity

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Dr. Patrice Harris appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

Meet Dr. Patrice Harris, the new leader of the Chicago-based American Medical Association, the country’s largest association of doctors and medical students.

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