CTU Delegates Overwhelmingly Support Tentative Labor Agreement

CTU President Karen Lewis said she's confident the union's 28,000 members will approve a tentative labor agreement with Chicago Public Schools next week. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

The union's full membership will vote to approve or reject the tentative agreement with CPS inside schools across the district next week.

Human Service Backlog Leaves Mentally Ill Sitting in Jail


Twenty Cook County defendants deemed unfit to stand trial are to be placed in a mental health facility. So why are they sitting in jail instead?

Trump, Clinton Face Off: Debate Prep, Tactics and Possible Pitfalls


Donald Trump attacks the media, and his accusers, as Hillary Clinton finds herself with a lead in national polls. A preview of what might be in store for Wednesday's final debate.

Chicago Ranked No. 2 Travel Destination in U.S. by Conde Nast

Chicago River (Tim Emerich)

Chicago bumped San Francisco from its number two spot in this year’s ranking of U.S. travel destinations by Conde Nast Traveler.

Augmented Reality App Offers New Look at Eastland Disaster


A remarkable new app brings us face-to-face with the 1915 Chicago tragedy.

In East Chicago, Fallout from Toxic Soil Runs Deep in Community


East Chicago residents are getting the toxic soil dug out of their yards. But why has it taken the EPA so long to begin cleaning up these neighborhoods?

Civil Rights Icon on America’s Racial Divide, Then and Now

Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With.”

Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon at the age of 6, when she became the first African-American child to attend a previously all-white elementary school in New Orleans. She joins us in discussion.

Ask Geoffrey: What’s the Plan for Lake Calumet?

Lake Calumet (Tom Kort / boatnerd.com)

Lake Calumet has changed shape and purpose many times over the years. Geoffrey Baer takes a look at its past and future in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 20-23

Artists of the New York-based company Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns can spend up to 15 hours on a single gourd. (Courtesy of Rise of the Jack O’Lanterns)

A plethora of pumpkins, eerie mind games and Dr. Ruth usher in the weekend – and Halloween. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

UNO Charter School Network, Teachers Prevent Strike With Early Morning Deal

(Chicago Tonight)

The United Educators of UNO reached a tentative agreement early Wednesday morning with the UNO Charter School Network to stave off what would have been the nation’s first-ever charter school teacher strike.

Field Museum Turns to Public to Help Digitize Collection

The Field Museum’s Matt von Konrat says that more than 3 million plant specimens have yet to be digitally cataloged. "We still have a ton of undiscovered diversity locked away," he said. (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

It's home to an estimated 30 million objects from across the globe, but only about 25 percent of the Field Museum's collection has been cataloged in a digital database. Starting Thursday, volunteers can help grow that percentage.

Local Officials Scoff at Trump’s Claims of ‘Rigged Election’

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

How difficult is large-scale voter fraud, and how are Illinois officials assuring the integrity of the upcoming election?

Vintage Sculpture ‘Concrete Traffic’ Goes for a Joyride


A concrete Cadillac goes for a spin. We look at the restoration of this unusual work of art–and how it cemented its reputation.

IPRA Chief on Police Accountability, New Oversight Agency

Sharon Fairley

Sharon Fairley, the head of the city's Independent Police Review Authority, is here to talk about the new police oversight agency set to replace it.

Field Museum Offers to Ink Visitors for $250

A sign spotted at the Field Museum’s new “Tattoo” exhibition. (Chicago Tonight)

In conjunction with “Tattoo,” the museum's latest exhibition on the history of the tattoo which opens Friday, it has opened a pop-up shop. Learn more.

Challenge and Change at The Second City

Peter Kim performs in The Second City e.t.c.’s 40th revue, “A Red Line Runs Through It.” (Todd Rosenberg / The Second City)

Second City cast members report racist audience outbursts, and some cast and management have left the venerable theater. We take a closer look at recent changes with theater critic Chris Jones.

SUPES Co-Owner Pleads Guilty in Byrd-Bennett Bribery Scandal

Courtroom sketch from October 2015 depicts Gary Solomon, right, and Thomas Vranas, left, in federal court. (Thomas Gianni)

SUPES Academy CEO Gary Solomon pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud in federal court Tuesday, opening the door for co-defendants Tom Vranas and Barbara Byrd-Bennett to be sentenced for their bribery scheme.

Paralyzed Man Regains Sense of Touch with Robotic Arm

U of C Research Provided ‘Blueprint’ for Study

Rob Gaunt from the University of Pittsburgh prepares Nathan Copeland, who was paralyzed in 2004, for a brain computer interface sensory test using a robotic arm. (UPMC / Pitt Health Sciences Media Relations)

A paralyzed man is able to experience the sense of touch through the use of a robotic arm controlled by his brain. The breakthrough was made possible, in part, by years of research by a University of Chicago professor.

Eighth Blackbird Takes Flight at Arts Club of Chicago

(Saverio Truglia / Eighth Blackbird)

The Grammy Award-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird performs this weekend at the Arts Club of Chicago. We hear from them in conversation and performance.

Alderman’s Plan to Extend 606 Trail Faces Numerous Challenges


Chicago’s 606 trail is only a little over a year old and already there is an ambitious proposal to extend it. 

Strike Deadline Looms for UNO Charter School Network, Teachers Union


The city narrowly missed a massive teachers’ strike last week, but another is brewing for parents at a major charter school operator.

Yoko Ono Unveils ‘Sky Landing’ in Jackson Park

Yoko Ono unveils “Sky Landing” in Chicago’s Jackson Park on Monday. (Chicago Tonight)

Yoko Ono on Monday morning debuted her first public art installation in the Americas on Jackson Park’s Wooded Island.

U.S. High School Grad Rate Reaches Record Mark

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Illinois students are outpacing the U.S. average, while Chicago Public Schools says its graduation rate is growing at three times the national rate.

Local Crafting Group Knits Refugees, Immigrants Together

Bahra Puskar

Immigrant and refugee women find joy, companionship and healing in knitting. Jay Shefsky takes us to their workshop.  

Last of Summer Crops Come Out, Winter Planting Begins


It's time to harvest the last of the summer crops in the WTTW garden before the first frost.

Toni Preckwinkle on 2017 Budget Goals, Soda Tax


A penny-per-ounce soda tax could be coming to Cook County. We talk with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle about that and her 2017 budget goals.

Inside Out: New Book Spotlights Great Chicago Interiors


A new book gives the inside scoop on some of Chicago’s most beautiful buildings.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Horror Flick or a Crime Thriller?’


Just what genre is the new movie about House Speaker Michael Madigan? Hear what viewers had to say when we read feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

City Sets Aside $1 Million for Municipal ID Program


Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Wednesday a new program that will provide city municipal photo ID cards to Chicago residents.  

Field Museum Fossil Identified as Early Relative of Dogs, Bears

Discovery Results in Creation of 2 New Genera

The jawbone of a newly reclassified beardog fossil (Field Museum specimen no. PM423), left, is shown in comparison with the jawbone of a larger beardog (specimen No. P12029) that lived approximately 22 million years later. (© Susumu Tomiya / The Field Museum)

Thanks to an inquisitive Field Museum researcher, a nearly 40-million-year-old fossil housed at the institution has been identified as one of the earliest relatives of dogs, bears and foxes known as a beardog. 

The Week in Review: Teachers Strike Averted


A costly deal averts a teachers strike. The mayor paints a rosy picture of city finances, but the county budget is grim. Donald Trump threatens to sue the New York Times. And the Cubs advance to the NLCS. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Michael Madigan: The Movie


A new documentary about Michael Madigan is playing now in select theaters. What it reveals about the powerful House speaker, and who is behind it.