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Mayor Appoints New Chicago Board of Education Member

Austan D. Goolsbee appears on “Chicago Tonight” in April 2013.

University of Chicago economics professor Austan D. Goolsbee, a former Cabinet member to former President Barack Obama, will serve as the newest member of the Chicago Board of Education.

Michigan Governor Reaches Final Deal on Great Lakes Pipeline

This July 19, 2002, file photo, shows the Mackinac Bridge that spans the Straits of Mackinac from Mackinaw City, Michigan. (Carlos Osorio / AP File Photo)

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's administration said Thursday it had wrapped up negotiations with Enbridge Inc. on building a tunnel to contain an oil pipeline beneath a Great Lakes waterway.

Trump Hotel Chicago Transforms Elevator into Gingerbread Express

The Trump Hotel Chicago transforms one of its elevators into the Gingerbread Express each holiday season. Pictured is the 2015 elevator. (Kristen Thometz / Chicago Tonight)

Gingerbread cookies and houses are synonymous with Christmas, but one Chicago hotel takes the seasonal staple to the next level with the Gingerbread Express—an elevator dressed head to toe in gingerbread. 

Packers Fan Loses Bid to Wear Team Colors at Soldier Field

Soldier Field (Tony / Flickr)

The Mount Pleasant, Wisconsin, resident argues the Bears' rule prohibiting fans from wearing opposing team gear on the sidelines violates his rights to free speech.

Christopher Kimball Shares Quick Weeknight Recipes in ‘Tuesday Nights’


The chef, author, television and radio host talks about his latest cookbook, “Milk Street: Tuesday Nights.” Plus: Get his recipes for orecchiete with sausage and paprika-rubbed pork tenderloin.

Plan Proposes Moving $100M Workers’ Comp Program to New Hands

In this May, 4, 2011 file photo, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke speaks at a City Council meeting in Chicago. (AP Photo /M. Spencer Green, File)

Some City Council members want to put the $100 million-a-year workers’ compensation program in new hands. We hear from the alderman leading the charge. 

Chicago Artist’s Caricatures a New Yorker Staple

Barack Obama and the Constitution by Tom Bachtell (Courtesy of the artist)

Meet Tom Bachtell, a longtime contributor to The New Yorker whose caricatures of famous people in popular culture go around the world.

Critic Who Dissed Chicago’s Food Scene Defends His Article

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John Kessler served up five criticisms of the city’s restaurant and food culture in a Chicago magazine article this week – and he’s facing some heat for it. Do you think Chicago’s dining scene has “lost its luster”?

NASA Reaches New Heights: Mars, Asteroid Bennu and Ultima Thule

NASA InSight’s first full “selfie” on Mars, taken Dec. 6, 2018, displays the lander’s solar panels and deck. On top of the deck are its science instruments, weather sensor booms and UHF antenna. (Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech)

From amazing new vistas of Mars to a little rover bouncing on a distant asteroid, an exploration of recent achievements in outer space with Adler Planetarium astronomer Lucianne Walkowicz.

Northwestern Researchers Discover Ebola-Fighting Protein in Human Cells

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There is no cure for Ebola, the severe and often fatal illness that killed more than 11,000 people between 2014 and 2016. But researchers believe their discovery could pave the way for the development of an effective treatment.

IDPH Reports 6 New Cases of Hepatitis A, Urges Vaccination

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Within the past week, the Illinois Department of Public Health has identified six new cases of hepatitis A, including two in suburban Cook County. Health officials say the newly infected individuals are among those at greater risk for the illness.

Regulators Test Water at 70 Homes Near Sterigenics in Willowbrook

John Berg, an environmental health specialist with the DuPage County Health Department, runs water from a private well in Willowbrook on Thursday as part of testing for levels of cancer-causing ethylene oxide. (Alex Ruppenthal / WTTW)

Water testing at homes in suburban Willowbrook is the latest step in the response to concerns over the release of dangerous ethylene oxide gas by Sterigenics International. 

New Lawsuit Accuses DCFS of ‘Warehousing’ Children in Psych Hospitals

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In a class-action lawsuit, the state’s child welfare agency is accused of keeping children confined to psychiatric hospitals beyond their discharge dates because it doesn’t have the necessary facilities to house them.

Suburban Police Chief Fired After Sex Video Charges

Christian Daigre (Chicago Police Department)

The Chicago Heights Park District's action against 41-year-old Christian Daigre follows his suspension as chief after he was charged in late October with non-consensual dissemination of a private sexual image and intimidation.

Illinois Investment Board Says Airbnb West Bank Action is Illegal

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Illinois officials say that Airbnb's ban on lodging listings in the disputed West Bank violates state law.

United CEO: No More Pilot Training Needed on New Boeing Jet

In this May 2, 2017 file photo, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a House Transportation Committee oversight hearing. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP File Photo)

The CEO of United Airlines says his pilots don't need any additional training on the new Boeing jet that is at the center of the investigation into a deadly crash in Indonesia.