‘Arguing with Zombies’: Paul Krugman on Economic Ideas That Won’t Die

Paul Krugman appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020. (WTTW News)

A conversation with with the Nobel Prize-winning economist and New York Times opinion columnist about his new book, “Arguing With Zombies: Economics, Politics, and the Fight for a Better Future.”

Chicago’s FBI Chief on Tackling Corruption, ‘Our Highest Criminal Priority’

FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. appears on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

Chicago’s FBI office is in the midst of several high-profile political corruption cases that appear to be targeting politicians. Since last fall, those investigations have been overseen by Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr.

Debating Illinois’ Proposed Graduated Income Tax

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks with Amanda Vinicky of “Chicago Tonight” on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

Supporters argue a new tax structure proposed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker will even the playing field between the wealthy and everyone else. But opponents say it could drive more residents and businesses out of Illinois.

New Punk Rock Musical ‘Verboten’ Tells True Story of ‘80s Chicago Band

The Chicago band Verboten in the 1980s. (Courtesy of Jason Narducy)

A new rock musical from the House Theatre of Chicago tells the incredible story of a teenage punk band from Evanston. We meet the cast of “Verboten” and an original member of the band.

A Passion for Art Collecting, Appreciation Drives Diasporal Rhythms

Patric McCoy shows WTTW arts correspondent Angel Idowu his art collection. (WTTW News)

What was started almost 20 years ago by a small group of friends with a passion for art collecting is now 80 members strong. We visit the art-filled home of Patric McCoy of Diasporal Rhythms.

Crain’s Headlines: United Pulls Profit Forecast, Citing Coronavirus Uncertainty

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United Airlines has withdrawn its guidance to Wall Street on full-year 2020 revenue and earnings. The Chicago-based airline cited heightened uncertainty over duration and spread of the coronavirus and its potential effect on overall air travel demand.

Proposed CPS Calendar for 2020-21 Has Students in School into Late June


Students at Chicago Public Schools have headed back to class earlier and earlier in recent years, but the proposed schedule for next year has classes begin well into September and end late in June.

New State Law Aims to Bridge Racial, Economic Divide in Drug Trials


A recent review of government-funded cancer research studies found that the participants were disproportionately white. A new state law attempts to fix that.

Coalition Works Toward 20% Reduction in Chicago Gun Violence

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What’s behind the spike in gun violence this year? And what can be done to stanch it? As part of our WTTW Firsthand initiative, we take a closer look at the problem – and possible solutions.

Meet the Chicago Artist Behind ‘Grace and Frankie’

Nancy Rosen (WTTW News)

Lily Tomlin plays an artist on the popular Netflix series “Grace and Frankie,” but she isn’t creating the art. It’s actually made in Chicago by artist Nancy Rosen. We visit her studio to learn more.

How ‘Hood Feminism’ Picks Up Where Mainstream Feminism Fails

Author Mikki Kendall appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 24, 2020. (WTTW News)

In her new book, Chicago native and author Mikki Kendall offers a critique of mainstream feminism. She joins us to discuss “Hood Feminism: Notes From the Women That a Movement Forgot.”

Survey: 81% of Illinois Residents Worry About Future Cost of Health Care

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According to a new survey, four out of five Illinois residents are concerned about being able to afford some aspect of health care in the future, such as prescription drugs and health insurance.

Crain’s Headlines: Dow Plunges 1,000 Points Amid Coronavirus Fears

Monday’s market reaction to the coronavirus signaled concern that stricter methods to control its spread would further throttle global supply chains. (WTTW News via CNN)

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down more than 1,000 points Monday — the worst one-day performance in two years for the blue-chip index, as fears increased over the global economic shock of coronavirus.

Young Musicians Keep Civic Orchestra Vital on its 100th Birthday

A rehearsal of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. (WTTW News)

Chicago is home to the only training orchestra in North America. And while it’s blooming with youth, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago is turning 100 this season. We sit in on a rehearsal to hear the dynamic sound that only an orchestra can make.

‘Mlima’s Tale’ Traces Global Trail of Destruction of a Grand, Endangered Creature

David Goodloe, center, with Lewon Johns, back left, and Michael Turrentine in Griffin Theatre Company’s Midwest premiere of “Mlima’s Tale.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Lynn Nottage’s 2018 play about the savage slaughter and potential decimation of Africa’s “big tusk” elephant population, and the illicit trade in ivory that drives it, is a stunning piece of work – equal parts poetry, ritual and an anatomy of corruption.

Crackdown on Immigrants Who Use Public Benefits Takes Effect

In this Jan. 31, 2019, file photo, hundreds of people overflow onto the sidewalk in a line snaking around the block outside a U.S. immigration office with numerous courtrooms in San Francisco. (AP Photo / Eric Risberg, File)

The guidelines that aim to determine whether immigrants seeking legal residency are likely to become a government burden are part of the Trump administration’s broader effort to reduce immigration, particularly among poorer people.

Jussie Smollett Pleads Not Guilty to New Disorderly Conduct Charges

Former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives for an initial court appearance Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago, on a new set of charges alleging that he lied to police about being targeted in a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago early last year.  (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

The former “Empire” star appeared at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Monday, almost a year to the day after he first entered a similar plea in the initial case against him.

Local Teens Say High School Class Prepared Them to Respond to Emergencies

Sarah Touhy, left, a 2019 graduate of McHenry High School’s East Campus and Breanna Darcy, a senior at McHenry High School’s West Campus, pose for a picture on Jan. 15 in the biomedical science classroom at the east campus. (Courtesy of McHenry High School)

Two students who took a biomedical science class in the northwest suburbs say the program prepared them for stressful real-life situations. “Everyone should know what goes on in the body and how things work,” said Sarah Touhy.

Karenna Gore Has Some Inconvenient Truths of Her Own to Share About Climate Change

Karenna Gore, founder of the Center for Earth Ethics, will appear in Chicago next week as part of a forum on climate change. (Center for Earth Ethics / Facebook)

The daughter of former Vice President Al Gore is founder of the Center for Earth Ethics, which frames the environmental crisis in moral terms. She tells us about her work ahead of her appearance this week at a climate change forum in Chicago.

The Week in Review: Blagojevich Returns Home as ‘Freed Political Prisoner’


Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich is boisterous and unrepentant as he returns home, singing the praises of President Trump. Meanwhile, Gov. J.B. Pritzker pushes a progressive tax in his budget address.

Cook County Cold-Related Deaths Rise to 32

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On Friday, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office reported four new cold-related deaths in the county.

CPS Watchdog Finds ‘Unusual Patterns’ in District’s NWEA Testing Practices

District contends findings don’t “call into question the accomplishments of our students”

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CPS Inspector General Nicholas Schuler said analyses conducted by his office found possible “gaming and cheating techniques,” including longer than average test durations and high numbers of pauses.

Inmate Dubbed the ‘Starved Rock Killer’ Freed After 59 Years

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An 80-year-old man who spent nearly 60 years in prison after being convicted of killing one of three suburban Chicago women whose brutalized bodies were found in a state park walked out of prison Friday.

CSO Infuses Beethoven Classics With New Energy and Captures Ophelia’s Descent Into Madness

Zell Music Director Riccardo Muti conducts the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring Beethoven’s Second and Fifth Symphonies on Feb. 20, 2020. (Credit: Todd Rosenberg)

What Maestro Riccardo Muti and the orchestra have made continually clear throughout this year of celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth is how thrillingly modern the composer’s work can feel. 

Lincoln Park High School Staffer Removed After ‘Altercation’ With Student

Lincoln Park High School (WTTW News)

This marks the latest incident at a school that has already seen multiple administrators removed and several investigations launched in recent weeks.

Gloves Come Off in Democratic Debate Over Medicare for All

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks as former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo / John Locher)

One particular issue keeps rising to the top of voters’ concerns this primary season. Medicare for All took center stage at the democratic debate in Las Vegas this week – and the candidates pulled no punches.

A Summit at UIC Aims to Make Progress on Poverty

The STEP Summit in Chicago on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. (WTTW News)

Poverty was front and center at a summit Thursday at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where local policymakers, union leaders, employers and academics focused on how to end poverty in Chicago within a generation.

MSI Chicago Celebrates 50 Years of African American Artists

Artists Arthur Wright, left, and Blake Lenoir speak with WTTW News about the Black Creativity exhibit.

Chicago artists talk about the long-term impact of the museum’s annual Black Creativity exhibit.

Lightfoot: Revised Chicago Casino Proposal ‘Good for Illinois’

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks with WTTW News on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020.

A one-on-one with Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who spent part of the week in Springfield lobbying lawmakers to approve a bill that would ease some of the casino taxes and fees. We discuss that and more with the mayor.

Creating the State Street of the Future, Again

State Street in Chicago (WTTW News)

Every year, millions of people visit State Street in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. But is the street working the way it should? That’s the question the Chicago Loop Alliance is asking as it considers what State Street could be.

New Visa Rules Set Off ‘Panic Wave’ in Immigrant Communities

In this Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, photo, Sai Kyaw, an immigrant from Myanmar, also known as Burma, stands for a photograph in Boston at his restaurant called Yoma. Kyaw said new travel restrictions are preventing his brother, sister and their families from joining him in Massachusetts after nearly a dozen years in the visa application process. (AP Photo / Steven Senne)

A Trump administration policy is expected to all but shut down family based immigration from Myanmar, also known as Burma, as well as Nigeria, Kyrgyzstan and Eritrea. The policy also restricts visas from Sudan and Tanzania.

Creator of the 1619 Project Discusses the Legacy of Slavery

 Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones appears on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

This year, the U.S. marks the 400th year since the Pilgrims arrived. But the year before that, a much darker period began with the sailing of the White Lion. We speak with New York Times Magazine journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones about The 1619 Project.