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A last second agreement averted a second major strike in four years for the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools. (Matt Masterson/Chicago Tonight)

A strike by Chicago Teachers Union members has been averted after the union reached a tentative agreement with Chicago Public Schools and the Board of Education.

Mark Kelly of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Free events like the Chicago Blues Festival are evolving. We speak with Chicago’s new commissioner of cultural affairs and special events about the future of city celebrations.

(Scott Smith)

A Chicago alderman dropped his controversial plan to combine two elementary schools within his ward, but some parents are still concerned about what the rest of his proposal could mean for other schools in the community.

The Cook County Department of Animal and Rabies Control is urging pet owners to vaccinate their cats, dogs and ferrets against rabies after two outdoor cats tested positive for the virus in Illinois and Missouri.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Aug. 23 announces a new state law that requires universities in Illinois to respond more quickly to sexual assault reports. (Chicago Tonight)

The Illinois Attorney General’s office announced last week a $750,000, three-year grant from the U.S. Department of Justice that will help fund a new program that aims to improve the state's response to sexual assault crimes.

We get reaction from aldermen to the eleventh hour deal that averted a Chicago teachers strike, as well as the mayor’s budget, police oversight reform and more.

Displaced farmers–refugees from other countries–get more than food for their hard work at an urban garden in Chicago's Albany Park neighborhood.

Illinois voters will decide whether the state's transportation funds will be locked away solely for transportation spending. A look at what’s at stake.

Watch the Oct. 11, 2016 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

Is the fiscal tide finally turning for Chicago? The mayor lays out the coming year's spending plan.

Chicago Teachers Union Vice President Jesse Sharkey (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago teachers were back in schools Tuesday instead of on the picket line. We take a closer look at the eleventh hour contract agreement between the district and teachers union.