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Former First Lady Comes Home to Kick Off International Book Tour

Michelle Obama discusses life in the White House at the United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 as part of her “Becoming” book tour.

Two of Chicago’s most famous women sit down for an intimate chat. What Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey – and 18,000 of her closest friends – to kick off her book tour.

Where Do Illinois Republicans Go From Here?

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his concession speech on Nov. 6, 2018 after being defeated in the general election by Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

President Donald Trump has been vocal on the topic of where the GOP stands, but where do Republicans in Illinois think they’re headed?

Is Rent Control the Fix for Affordable Housing in Chicago?


Chicago voters overwhelmingly favor lifting the state’s ban on rent control, but is it really the way to more affordable housing?

Lawmakers Vote to Raise Smoking Age, Despite Rauner’s Objections

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Gov. Bruce Rauner – once known for exerting an iron grip over Republican legislators that had them follow him in lockstep – got a taste Wednesday of his lame-duck status.

All Clear After Bomb Threat at State Capitol

Police and K-9 units investigate a reported bomb threat at the Illinois Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. No bomb was found. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

Legislative activity has resumed at the Illinois Capitol on Wednesday afternoon, following a threat of a bomb in the upper chambers of the statehouse.

Illinois Senate Weighs Bill to Limit Antibiotics in Meat

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Lawmakers are set to consider legislation this week that would limit the use of antibiotics in food-producing animals, a practice that has been shown to fuel drug-resistant bacteria that can be dangerous to humans.

Things to Know About Michelle Obama’s Book, Arena Tour

Michelle Obama, right, discusses her new book with Oprah Winfrey during an intimate conversation to promote “Becoming” at the United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Photo by Rob Grabowski / Invision / AP)

Oprah Winfrey joined Michelle Obama on Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, as she begins the tour touting the already best-selling “Becoming.” Here’s what to know about the tome and the tour.

Security Guard Killed by Midlothian Cop Ignored Orders to Drop Gun: Report

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State investigators say the armed security guard fatally shot by a Midlothian police officer outside a south suburban bar early Sunday was not wearing anything that identified him as security and ignored repeated orders to drop his weapon.

Ask Geoffrey: The History of Houseboats on the Chicago River


Geoffrey Baer floats through a bygone colony of houseboats that once populated our city’s favorite Y-shaped waterway in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Veto Session Begins; Madigan on Board With Pritkzer’s Plans for Pot, Taxes

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A week after Illinois Democrats’ decisive general election victories, Illinois lawmakers returned to the capitol Tuesday for the start of the annual fall veto session.

Former NATO Ambassador Says Trump Abdicating Global Leadership


In his new book, Ivo Daalder argues that President Donald Trump has chosen to abandon America’s leadership role in the world just as China is becoming more assertive on the global stage.

Hats and ‘Bracelets’ Gone Berserk: The Wildly Creative Wares of John Koch

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He’s been making hats and gloves for 45 years, but they’re not designed to keep us warm. Meet the man behind some eye-catching creations.

Landmark Musical ‘Miss Saigon’ Returns to Chicago, Turns 30

From left: “Miss Saigon” stars Christine Bunuan, Anthony Festa and Emily Bautista appear on “Chicago Tonight.”

Decades after it premiered in London, the mega-musical “Miss Saigon” is still captivating audiences around the world. Meet three of the stars from the new touring production.

New Exercise Guidelines: Move More, Sit Less, Start Younger

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New federal guidelines stress that any amount and any type of exercise helps health. “Doing something is better than doing nothing,” said Dr. Donald Lloyd-Jones of Northwestern University.

Uber’s Top Lawyer on ‘Concrete Actions’ to Curb Sexual Misconduct


Ride-hailing giant Uber releases a comprehensive plan to document – and ultimately curb – incidents of sexual misconduct within its ranks. We speak with the company’s chief legal officer Tony West.

Chicago Loses Amazon Bid, HQ2 to be Split Between NY, VA

In this Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, photo, a rusting ferryboat is docked next to an aging industrial warehouse on Long Island City's Anable Basin in the Queens borough of New York. (Mark Lennihan /AP Photo)

Chicago was one of 20 finalists vying for Amazon’s second headquarters. The company announced Tuesday it will be splitting its second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.