Dating in the Digital World: How Matchmaking Sites Are Changing Society


While it may have seemed taboo 15 or 20 years ago, online dating is now a courtship commonplace. We explore the growing prominence of dating in the digital world.

Proposed Legislation Targets Illinois Gun Retailers


President Donald Trump again says Chicago has the nation’s toughest gun laws. While that’s not true, local prosecutors and gun control advocates say it’s because of holes in the law that getting a gun here is so easy. Lawmakers are now considering tighter regulations in Illinois.

Lincoln Park Zoo Welcomes Newborn Goeldi’s Monkey

(Julia Fuller / Lincoln Park Zoo)

You’ll need to look closely to spot Lincoln Park Zoo’s new baby monkey. The infant, born Oct. 15 to first-time parents, is barely visible as it clings to its mother’s neck.

Tax Overhaul, New Fed Policy Could Chart New Course for U.S. Economy

(Bjoertvedt / Wikimedia Commons)

Tempers flare in Congress as House Republicans move quickly to overhaul the nation’s tax system. A look at the economic politics and policies at play.

How to Predict Mass Shootings? Look For Domestic Violence, Says Professor


Could the deadly mass shooting inside a Texas church on Sunday have been predicted? Yes, a Northwestern professor argues, if only more attention had been paid to the gunman’s history of domestic violence.

Author: Trump’s Election Won’t Stop ‘End of White Christian America’


Robert P. Jones on why the election of President Donald Trump was the “death rattle” of white Christian America.

Wheaton Military Museum Expands Historic Mission


Marching through 100 years of military history in the recently expanded First Division Museum at Cantigny Park.

State Lawmakers Scramble to Tackle Charges of Sexual Harassment


Legislators return to Springfield on Tuesday for the second half of the annual veto session. Front and center: What’s being done in the capital about sexual harassment. 

DNAinfo and the Challenge of Hyperlocal News


Coverage of local news took a giant step backwards with the closing of hyperlocal news websites DNAinfo Chicago and Chicagoist. A look at the changing media landscape.

New Watchdog to Investigate Ethics Complaints in Springfield


After three years without a legislative inspector general, a former federal prosecutor has been tapped to temporarily fill the watchdog position. Former federal prosecutor Julie Porter discusses her new role.

‘Saturday Night Live’ Exhibit Offers Behind-the-Scenes Peek at TV Show

(Credit: Premier Exhibitions)

At the Museum of Broadcast Communications, a new exhibition looks at a television phenomenon with strong ties to Chicago.

First Frost Signals Time to Put WTTW Garden to Bed


This week, Chicago will see its first hard frost of the season—and that means it’s time to prepare our WTTW garden for winter. Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan leads the way.

New Book ‘Cuz’ Traces a Troubled Life, Cut Short by Prison

Michael Allen (Courtesy of Laura Slatkin)

How a decade in prison derailed the life of a 15-year-old, and how a devoted cousin struggled to help him re-enter society. Author Danielle Allen discusses her new book.

Regulations Unclear on Air Pollution Limits for Chicago Storage Company

An overhead view of Watco’s storage terminal in Chicago at 2926 E. 126th St. (Google)

Environmental advocates say a Southeast Side storage company violated city standards for air pollution earlier this year. But the company disagrees, asserting that the state’s more lenient law applies. 

Local Salon Owner Seeks Blow-Dry Only State License


A North Shore salon owner says cosmetology licenses should not be required for employees of salons specializing in styling hair, rather than cutting it. But not everyone in the industry agrees that a blow-dry license is a good idea.

Brookfield Zoo Mourns Death of Matriarchal Giraffe, Mithra, 27

(Courtesy Brookfield Zoo)

One of the oldest giraffes in a North American zoo died last week. At 27, she had surpassed the median life expectancy for giraffes, which is about 17-20 years.

Police: Man Charged After False Report of Missing Girl in Stolen Car

Cleadus J. Taylor (Chicago Police Department)

A 33-year-old man sparked a brief manhunt Sunday afternoon after he phoned a Chicago dispatcher claiming his vehicle had been stolen with an 8-year-old girl inside.

Cook County Democrats Back Kwame Raoul for Attorney General


Illinois’ largest county – and the Democrats who run its politics – will work to get state Sen. Kwame Raoul elected as the state’s next attorney general.

Chicago Professor Leads NASA Balloon Mission to Study ‘Ghost Particles’

A team led by University of Chicago professor Angela Olinto will use a NASA super pressure balloon to study mysterious cosmic rays coming from beyond our own galaxy. (Angela Olinto / University of Chicago)

A team led by University of Chicago professor Angela Olinto will use a NASA super pressure balloon to study mysterious cosmic rays that could offer groundbreaking new insights about the universe. 

Chicago Police, Family Still Seeking Answers in Unsolved 2004 Homicide

(Photos courtesy Ron Clewer, Chicago Police Department)

More than a decade after Kevin Clewer was stabbed to death inside his Lakeview apartment, his family and Chicago police are once again asking for help identifying his killer.

Woolsey Withdraws Fracking Permit, Citing ‘Burdensome’ Illinois Law


Two months after becoming the first company approved for fracking in Illinois, Woolsey Operating Company has withdrawn its permit. 

The Week in Review: Chicago Lawmaker Says Trump Impeachment Imminent


U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez says President Trump is “unfit to be president.” Security is stepped up in the wake of a fatal truck attack in New York City. Sex abuse allegations shake up Springfield. And Rod Blagojevich appeals to the Supreme Court.

Sexual Harassment Allegations Shine Light on Gaps in State Law

(Jim Bowen / Flickr)

As Springfield grapples with allegations of rampant sexual misconduct and harassment, lapses and flaws in the system for dealing with charges of harassment and other unethical behavior are rising to the surface.

Can Custom-Fit Football Helmets Protect Athletes From Brain Trauma?


Football may be America’s favorite sport, but with the rising fear of brain injury and CTE, it’s taken a bruising. We visit a Chicago-area helmet maker to see how it’s tackling the issue. 

Are We Alone? Giant New Telescopes Could Spot Alien Life

(NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope / Flickr)

Thousands of planets orbiting alien suns, giant new telescopes coming online: Could we finally answer the question “Are we alone in the Universe?”

The Science Behind Fall Colors, Football and More


Autumn is not just pumpkin spice lattes and apple picking. Learn about the science behind the season with physicist Dr. Olivia Castellini.

Local News Site DNAinfo Shuts Down


The local news websites DNAinfo Chicago and Chicagoist on Thursday ceased publication and abruptly shut down. 

Cook County Jail Adapts to Better Address Mental Illness


Cook County Jail wasn’t designed to be a psychiatric facility, but it’s turned into one of the largest mental health institutions in the country, says Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Fall Theater Highlights from Hedy Weiss: Goodman, Black Ensemble, More

Michael Perez (Sam) and Laura Crotte (Sara) in “Yasmina’s Necklace” at Goodman Theatre. (Photo by Liz Lauren)

Chicago Sun-Times theater and dance critic Hedy Weiss shares her recommendations from Porchlight Music Theatre, Lookingglass, Goodman, Black Ensemble Theater and BoHo Theatre.

Ethics Commission Reports ‘No Cases’ Despite Dozens of Complaints

(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Complaints against state lawmakers and legislative staff have been sitting in a binder for as long as three years, according to a legislator who sits on the commission charged with ruling on misconduct.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Visits Chicago, Pleads for Help for Puerto Rico


A Broadway superstar returns to Chicago to plea for help for his Puerto Rican homeland, and addresses a controversial tweet about the president.

Navy Pier Flyover Won’t Be Completed Until 2019. Why?


Chicagoans have watched the Navy Pier Flyover begin to take shape over the last three years. But the city recently pushed back the completion date to 2019. Frustrated cyclists and pedestrians are beginning to ask why.