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The Illinois Legislative Ethics Commission has chosen a permanent inspector general to investigate complaints against lawmakers. Former prosecutor and circuit judge Carol Pope was recommended Tuesday. 

The grant will pay for software for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln to track hundreds of thousands of documents related to the 16th president.

A modified Tesla Model X drives in the tunnel entrance before an unveiling event on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 for the Boring Co. Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, Calif. (Robyn Beck / Pool Photo via AP)

Elon Musk unveiled his underground transportation tunnel on Tuesday. Musk said he thinks the Chicago project that would take travelers from downtown to O’Hare Airport has the most potential to open the soonest.

Court will issue finding only days before Van Dyke sentencing

Chicago police Officer Thomas Gaffney, left, ex-Officer Joseph Walsh and their attorneys approach the bench in a post-trial hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A verdict was expected Wednesday in the bench trial of three Chicago police officers charged with conspiring to cover up details of the fatal 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald. The defendants will instead learn their fate in January, just days before Jason Van Dyke is scheduled to be sentenced.

Chicago police Officers Conrad Gary, left, and Eduardo Marmolejo (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

The Chicago Police Department says services for Officer Conrad Gary will be held Thursday and Friday, while services for Officer Eduardo Marmolejo will be held Friday and Saturday.

Cold and snow sends many of us indoors this time of year, but some adventurous souls welcome nasty weather so they can hit the waves.

Sue the T. Rex inside a new “private suite” at the Field Museum (Photos by Alex Ruppenthal / WTTW)

Sue’s new digs present the dinosaur in a more authentic light using technology that has come a long way since the T. Rex skeleton arrived in Chicago more than 20 years ago.

A pair of photography exhibitions offer a side of celebrity but focus on one man’s view of the struggle for civil rights.

“Nothing will deter us from doing what we think is the right thing to do,” Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018.

The Federal Reserve hikes its benchmark interest rate for the fourth time this year, by one-quarter of 1 percent to 2.5 percent. We discuss the outlook for the markets and the economy.

Plaintiff Burl F. speaks to the media about the class-action lawsuit on Dec. 13, 2018.

A new lawsuit claims DCFS is keeping Illinois children in psych wards beyond medical necessity. We hear from the plaintiff in that case.

Watch the Dec. 19, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

A major detente in the race for Chicago mayor. We take a deep dive into the 2019 election and other top political headlines in our weekly roundtable.

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A viewer says her uncle used to swipe eggs from a factory in Bronzeville in the 1940s or ‘50s. Chicago history eggs-pert Geoffrey Baer has the surprising answer to that and other questions.

Fifth Third Bank Winter WonderFest (Credit: Nick Ulivieri Photography).

Trains, tubas, TV parodies and a winter wonderland usher in the long holiday weekend. Here are a dozen things to do in and around Chicago.