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Piles of coal ash after a 2008 spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. (Brian Stansberry / Wikimedia Commons)

A group of U.S. senators are trying to preserve regulations for the disposal of coal ash generated by coal-burning power plants, a mixture that can pollute drinking water if disposed of improperly. 

Samantha Hill, center, as Nellie in “South Pacific” at Drury Lane Oakbrook Theatre. (Photo by Brett Beiner)

There seems to be an unofficial renaissance of Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals by way of three classics from the 1940s. Is this mere coincidence, or a a much-needed balm?

John von Rhein (Courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

“It’s been a great ride, but the time has come to move off into other ventures,” longtime critic John von Rhein wrote in a letter to readers Wednesday.

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A Star Wars-themed skate, spring festivals, colorful kites and mint juleps usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

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Test results from soil samples collected at 27 homes near a bulk storage facility along the Calumet River reveal high levels of manganese.

Jo Lampert in Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” (Photo credit: Todd Rosenberg)

Jo Lampert and Michael Cunio, who currently appear in “Jesus Christ Superstar” at Lyric Opera of Chicago, join us in performance and discussion.

Sydney Roberts appears on “Chicago Tonight” on May 2, 2018.

The new head of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability talks about building trust with skeptical communities.

With a little more than nine months until the Chicago mayoral election, a seventh candidate has entered the race.

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Meet the Libertarian candidate for Illinois governor who says he’ll end corruption and restore financial stability in Springfield.

Watch the May 2, 2018 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

Barbara Crane, “Little Darlings,” 2012 (Courtesy Catherine Edelman Gallery)

She’s been photographing Chicago for nearly 70 years. Meet artist Barbara Crane.

“House Democrats will continue to work to provide for a fair tax,” House Speaker Michael Madigan said Wednesday.

An income tax rate that would rise or fall based on your income level: Is that playing politics with your paycheck?