CPS Data Show Minority Students More Likely to be Suspended, Expelled

More than 96 percent of district suspensions and 99 percent of expulsions affected minority students last school year. (Max Klingensmith / Flickr)

More than 96 percent of district suspensions and 99 percent of expulsions affected minority students last school year.

Weekend Best Bets: Gourmet Fare, Jazz Fest, Day of the Dead

Events in and around Chicago the weekend of Sept. 22-25

Sound the horns: The 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival returns to the neighborhood this weekend. (Marc Monaghan / Flickr)

Chicago Gourmet returns with Rick Bayless at the helm, the 10th annual Hyde Park Jazz Fest offers a weekend soundtrack and the National Museum of Mexican Art celebrates its 30th Day of the Dead exhibition. Those events and more in this weekend's roundup.

Viewer Feedback: ‘Let’s Talk Jobs and Education Equity’


We got a flood of reaction to our Tuesday special about solutions to violence in Chicago. Hear what viewers had to say when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Chicago Police Department to Boost Force by 1,000


The ranks of the Chicago Police Department are about to swell. Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Wednesday the hiring of 1,000 new police officers, detectives and sergeants.

Education Funding in Illinois: How the Evidence-Based Model Works


One way to achieve the goal of providing an “adequate” education to all Illinois school children? Spending much more money per child. We crunch the numbers.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Cooking Up a Big Change


Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is adding a major new investor to its recipe for success. We serve up the latest with Crain's Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer. 

How Federal Authorities Assess Risk in a Post-9/11 World

(FBI / Wikimedia Commons)

We look at what the recent bombings in New York and New Jersey say about counterterrorism efforts in the U.S.

Fed Leaves Interest Rates Unchanged, Janet Yellen Responds to Trump

The Eccles Building in Washington D.C. serves as the headquarters of the Federal Reserve. (AgnosticPreachersKid / Wikimedia Commons)

Federal Reserve chief Janet Yellen rejects the notion that the Fed plays politics when deciding interest rate policy.

CTU Voting Underway to Authorize New Strike

CTU teachers protest outside a Chicago Public Schools Board of Education meeting on Aug. 24. Teachers and schools across Chicago will spend the rest of this week voting whether or not to authorize a possible strike later this year. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Teachers say they feel the Chicago Board of Education has forced them into a possible strike with repeated staff cuts.

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘In the Heights,’ ‘Wonderful Town,’ More


“In the Heights” hits the stage in a homegrown Chicago production. Hedy Weiss reviews the first show by the creator of “Hamilton,” plus musicals at the Goodman Theatre and three suburban theaters.

U of C Researchers Develop Therapy to Treat Lethal Cancers


A new form of cancer treatment developed by University of Chicago scientists was so effective in studies that one researcher said it’d be a “breakthrough” if it were replicated in humans. 

Dry Ice: Chicago’s New Weapon Against Rats

New York and Boston have also experimented with dry ice as a rodent control technique. (Dry ice: Shawn Henning / Rat: National Park Service)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Streets and Sanitation on Tuesday announced a pilot program that uses dry ice to curb rodent infestations.

Violence in Chicago: A Special Edition of ‘Chicago Tonight’

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Community leaders from around Chicago join us for an hourlong conversation about the root causes of Chicago's violence, and what can be done to stop it.

‘Not Forgotten’ Tells Stories Behind Chicago’s Roadside Memorials

A mural memorial in South Lawndale is part of the exhibition "Not Forgotten: Chicago Street Memorials." (Courtesy of Thomas Ferrella)

An upcoming photography exhibition at the Gage Gallery at Roosevelt University shines a light on these organic works of art and the stories behind them.

Arne Duncan to Springfield: Change School Funding Model

Arne Duncan (Chicago Tonight)

Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan talks about education funding, a new University of Chicago program helping more students earn bachelor's degrees, and a potential teachers strike in a one-on-one interview with Chicago Tonight.

Ouster of CSU President, Steep Severance Raise Questions

Chicago State University

What's behind the $600,000 severance package for the president of cash-strapped Chicago State University? And why was the president asked to leave after just nine months?

Garry McCarthy Says He Was Against Releasing Laquan McDonald Video

Garry McCarthy speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, Sept. 19.

Chicago's former top cop speaks out and raises some eyebrows by saying how he would have handled the Laquan McDonald situation.

London Mayor talks Trump, Clinton and the Politics of Inclusion

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan in conversation with Phil Ponce on Sept. 16. (Chicago Tonight)

London Mayor Sadiq Khan on being elected the first Muslim to lead a major Western capital, and what he makes of U.S. presidential politics.

CPS Head Investigator Claims District Auditors Interfered in Theft Probe

Nicholas Schuler (Chicago Tonight)

Internal auditors reportedly ignored multiple warnings from the CPS inspector general against conducting its own probe into the theft of tens of thousands of CTA transit passes, which the OIG says jeopardized a possible criminal prosecution and hindered its investigative efforts.

Chicago Ideas Week Announces 2016 Lineup

From left: Abby Wambach, Ari Emanuel and Michael Morell take part in this year's Chicago Ideas Week. (Courtesy of Chicago Ideas Week)

The annual Chicago Ideas Week festival returns next month with more than more than 250 presenters, including U.S. soccer star Abby Wambach, talent agent Ari Emanuel and former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell.

Online Comments: Dumping Ground for Trolls or Useful Tool for Readers?


More and more news organizations are putting an end to comment sections on their websites. We have a discussion with two local editors and a Chicago Tribune columnist who recently wrote about the topic.

Chicago Ranked Best US City for Biking

A cyclist rides a Divvy bike along Chicago's lakefront. (Antonio Delgado / Flickr)

In its rankings published Monday, Bicycling magazine applauded the city’s commitment to adding new bike lanes and improving access to bike-share resources for underserved communities.

Share Your Questions for a ‘Chicago Tonight’ Special on Violence


Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to deliver a major address on violence and public safety. On Tuesday, “Chicago Tonight” will spend the full hour discussing what we know so far about Emanuel’s plan, how to address the root causes of violence and what work is already being done in Chicago’s communities. 

Chicago Education Activists Plan Protest at Presidential Debate

Jitu Brown appears on “Chicago Tonight” in September 2015.

In an election cycle hitting on high notes such as hairdos, walls and mishandled emails, the topic of public education seems to have been left by the wayside.

Mayor of London Talks Tech in Chicago, Signs Alliance with Emanuel

"A city that is going to be a global city can't stand still, you've got to constantly evolve it," said Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Sadiq Khan, the recently elected Mayor of London, is in Chicago to stoke business relations between the two cities.

Chicago State Trustees Face Heat After $600,000 Breakup with President


Chicago State University Trustees voted 6-1 to accept the resignation of President Thomas Calhoun after only nine months on the job, and OK’d a $600,000 severance package for him.

Former State Rep. Ron Sandack Sent Alleged Extortion Money to Philippines

Ron Sandack appears on "Chicago Tonight" on June 2.

Former Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), who resigned abruptly in July, sent extortion money via Western Union to the Philippines after being threatened online and over Skype, according to a police report released Friday to “Chicago Tonight” by the Downers Grove Police Department.

The Week in Review: 3,000 Gunshot Victims in Chicago This Year


City water bills soar. Sen. Mark Kirk's health report is released. Chicago shooting victims now total 3,000. The Chicago Cubs plan for the playoffs. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Chicago State University Parting with President After Only 9 Months

Thomas Calhoun

More drama at financially strapped Chicago State University: The president is out after only nine months on the job. Why students and faculty members say they are livid, and why they believe political patronage is the culprit.

Tutor Group Helps Principals Transition from PARCC to ‘New’ SAT Exam


As high school juniors across Illinois prepare to take the SAT exam next April, a local tutoring group is helping school leaders prepare for a shift away from the maligned Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers test.

Death Knell Tolling for McMansions


A look at what's behind the rise and fall of the great big McMansions. Why aren't they selling?

Chicago Family Band Makes Beautiful Music as Cielito Lindo


Remember the very musical von Trapp family from “The Sound of Music”? Last summer, my daughter and I met a group you might call the Chicago von Trapps. Together with their father they call themselves Cielito Lindo, which means “beautiful heaven.”