City Council Votes to Raise Water Tax


The debate over water and sewer taxes is over in Chicago: they are going to go up. But what do aldermen want to do about driverless cars in Chicago? The latest from Wednesday's meeting.

What Causes the Flu to Spread Globally?

University of Chicago Study Analyzes Geographical Origins of Seasonal Flu

A new study by researchers at the University of Chicago analyzes the geographical origins of the seasonal flu.

The changing leaves signal not only the approach of fall but also the flu season. A new study shines a light on where most seasonal flu strains originate each year.

Wanted: Mysterious Natural Objects for Identification by Scientists

Field Museum research associate Noé de la Sancha shows a mammal skull to visitors at the museum’s Identification Day in 2015. (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

Field Museum scientists are ready to identify your strangest natural possessions this weekend. Learn more about Identification Day.

UIC Hoping to Boost STEM Inclusion Through New Grant Program

(Nicholas James / Wikimedia Commons)

A new two-year grant program will seek out new community-based methods of getting minorities and women involved in science, technology, engineering and math careers.

East Chicago Lead Contamination Forces Nearly 1,200 from Homes


Nearly 1,200 people are being forced to move from their homes in East Chicago, Indiana, after high levels of lead were found in the soil. WBEZ’s Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente joins us with the story.

Ask Geoffrey: What’s the Story with Ebony Films in Logan Square?


An African-American movie studio in Logan Square made silent films that got people talking, but for all the wrong reasons. Geoffrey Baer shares the story of Ebony Films and more in this week's encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Saffron Caravan Uses Music to Build Bridges Between Cultures


A world music group that uses the arts as a vehicle for peace-building. We have a performance by the ensemble Saffron Caravan.

Are Political Power Brokers Influencing Chief Judge Election?

Tim Evans, Chief Judge of Cook County Circuit Court

A quiet election is about to take place that could have major reverberations. Why two judges are trying to knock Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans out of his job.

NASA: August Ties with July as Hottest Month on Record

The 2016 global temperature is on track to break the annual record for the third year in a row, according to Gavin Schmidt, director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies. (NASA)

The average global temperature in August tied with July as the hottest month since record keeping began in 1880, according to NASA. 

Countdown to Election Day 2016


The presidential election is exactly eight weeks away. We break down the campaigns and what the candidates need to do in the final push.

Rwandan Genocide Survivor, Advocate on Holocaust, Modern-Day Genocide

(Courtesy of Clemantine Wamariya)

It was one of the most brutal massacres of our generation: hundreds of thousands killed during the Rwandan genocide. Survivor Clemantine Wamariya shares her story and her work to make sure it never happens again.

Tougher Gun Laws Won’t Stop Violence, Says Cook County Public Defender

(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

In a recently published op-ed, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli warns that a “war on guns that focuses solely on punishment” will fail. She joins us in discussion.

Study: College Students’ PTSD, Depression Linked to Childhood Bullying

Childhood bullying can cause female college students the same long-lasting psychological distress as severe childhood physical or sexual abuse, according to a new study. (Twentyfour Students / Flickr)

For female college students, peer victimization appears to inflict the same long-term distress associated with severe childhood physical or sexual abuse, according to a new study.

Mary Zimmerman Revives Adventurous ‘Wonderful Town’ at Goodman Theatre

Director Mary Zimmerman leads a rehearsal for “Wonderful Town,” on stage at Goodman Theatre Sept. 10 through Oct. 16, 2016. (Liz Lauren / Goodman Theatre)

It's been more than a  decade since there's been a major revival of the Tony Award-winning musical comedy. Director Mary Zimmerman tells us about the show.

Notebaert Nature Museum Raises 131 Endangered Baby Turtles

The Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum is raising endangered turtles in captivity until they grow large enough to fend for themselves. (Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

Blanding's turtles, an endangered species in Illinois and a half-dozen other states, are getting a head start on survival at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum.

University of Chicago Ranked Among Top Colleges in US

Julius Rosenwald Hall at the University of Chicago (Chuck Szmurlo / Wikimedia)

The University of Chicago tied for third place in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 collegiate rankings, up one spot from where it stood in each of the previous two years.

Report: Park Forest 3rd Most Affordable Housing Market in US

Survey shows renters 'relatively satisfied' with Chicago

In a report released last week, Coldwell Banker ranks the most and least affordable housing markets in the U.S. (Courtesy Coldwell Banker)

According to a report released last week from real estate company Coldwell Banker, Park Forest is the most affordable market in Illinois and the third most affordable nationwide. 

Aldermen, Public Make Voices Heard on Proposed TIF Funding For CPS

(Parents 4 Teachers)

A proposed change to city law that could divert tens of millions in tax incremental financing (TIF) dollars to the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools will likely undergo some additional changes before it comes to City Council for approval.

Political Analyst Paul Green Remembered

Paul Green, right, and Mayor Richard M. Daley (City Club of Chicago)

Some of Paul Green's closest colleagues are dealing with the shock of his sudden death Saturday of complications from an aortic aneurysm.

Prevent Teen Obesity, Eating Disorders with Family Meals, Exercise

New guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics advise parents to have family dinners to prevent teen obesity and eating disorders. (Pixabay)

When it comes to preventing teen obesity and eating disorders, parents and health officials should avoid focusing on teens’ weight or diet, according to new guidelines. Healthy eating and lifestyle habits should be encouraged instead.

A Walk in the Woods? Try a Flying Leap at New Zip Line Course


There's something new to do in the Forest Preserves of Cook County, but it will test the upper body strength of anyone brave enough to try it–and it might put a dent in your pocketbook.

A Look at Muslims in the US 15 Years After 9/11

The “Tribute in Light” art installation in New York City serves as a remembrance of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (Anthony Quintano / Flickr)
As Muslims celebrate one of their holiest days and Americans commemorate the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a look at how Muslims in the U.S. have been treated over the last 15 years.

Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Build on Tradition at U of C Campus

The University of Chicago’s Campus North Residential Commons and Frank and Laura Baker Dining Commons. (Tom Harris Photography / University of Chicago)

Architect Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang unveil their new Commons building and courtyard at the University of Chicago. We speak with the architect and get a tour.

Who Are the Hobos? Trial Gets Underway for ‘Renegade Group’ of Gangs


Federal prosecutors say the Hobos street gang terrorized the South and West Sides. We look at this so-called "super gang" as some alleged members stand trial for murder.

PBS Doc ‘All the Difference’ Follows Dreams of 2 Young Men

Krishaun Branch at Urban Prep Graduation (Tod Lending / Courtesy POV)

A pair of ambitious teenagers rise above the challenges of coming of age in Englewood. We preview an inspiring documentary called “All the Difference.”

Report: Chicago’s West Side is ‘Epicenter’ of Heroin Crisis in Illinois

(Eric Molina / Flickr)

A study from Roosevelt University titled, “Hidden in Plain Sight,” analyzes the state’s heroin crisis. One of the report’s co-authors pinpoints Chicago’s West Side as the “epicenter” of the state’s crisis.

State Appeals Brendan Dassey’s Overturned Conviction

Brendan Dassey (Tracy Symonds-Keogh / Wikimedia Commons)

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Friday he has filed a notice to appeal a federal judge’s decision to overturn Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction, a case documented in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”

Former CPS Buildings Getting New Life As Residential Apartments

The former Mulligan Elementary School in Lincoln Park has been transformed into residential apartments as part of the city's plan to redevelop shuttered CPS buildings. (Courtesy of Chicago Department of Planning and Development)

Shuttered classrooms and long-closed gymnasiums will soon give way to multi-bedroom suites and rooftop decks overlooking the city skyline as area developers work to resurrect buildings that once served as Chicago Public Schools.

Public Spaces on Chicago’s South, West Sides Get $10 Million Investment

An artist’s rendering of plans for St. Laurence school, where children and adults will be able to take free art classes. (Chicago Arts + Industry Commons / Place Lab)

An investment of more than $10 million will help transform unused buildings and vacant lots on Chicago’s South and West Sides into centers for arts and culture that offer free community programs.

New Law Requires Student Drivers to Learn How to Interact With Police

Chicago police make an arrest. (grendelkhan / Flickr)

A new Illinois law mandates that driver’s education instructors teach students how to behave if pulled over by law enforcement.

The Week in Review: Chicago’s Top Cop Asks for Help


Crime statistics continue to soar. Police arrest 77 in a gun and drug raid. Chicago schools open without a teachers' contract. Cub playoff tickets go on sale, and is there any hope for the Bears? These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

NFL Players’ Careers Most Impacted by Certain Knee Injuries

NFL players who had knee surgeries such as ACL reconstruction or patellar tendon repair experienced the most significant decline in performance, according to a new study. (Pixabay)

The Chicago Bears open the season Sunday with several players sidelined by injuries. A new study analyzing common orthopedic surgeries NFL players receive could shed some light onto when fans can expect them back.