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CSO, Union Accept Emanuel’s Offer to Help End Strike

Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra go on strike and walk the picket line outside the doors of Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue, Monday, March 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages.

Police: Slain Illinois Boy Was Beaten, Put in Cold Shower

Mourners gather outside the home of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund for a vigil Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Andrew's body was found in a wooded area in Woodstock Wednesday, and the boy's parents have been charged with his murder. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Police believe the Illinois couple killed 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund by beating him and forcing him to stand in a cold shower for an extended period of time.

37 Hurt, Including 7 Critical After Chicago-Area Gas Leak

In this still image from video provided by ABC7 Chicago, a fire engine sprays water on a container of the chemical that farmers use for soil after anhydrous ammonia leaked Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Beach Park, Illinois. (ABC7 Chicago via AP)

A chemical leak that caused a toxic plume to hang for hours over a northern Chicago suburb Thursday sickened dozens of people, including seven who are in critical condition, officials said.

George Freeman Tells Us How to Lead a Life in Jazz


At age 92, the jazz guitarist is a living legend from Chicago’s first family of music. We pay him a visit.

The Hatchery Chicago Cooking Up Food and Jobs on the West Side


There’s a new business incubator in Chicago that's cooking up some innovative food products on the West Side. And it’s the home for a culinary wizard’s passion project.

‘Hesburgh’ Studies Life, Work of Notre Dame’s Iconic ‘Father Ted’


A new documentary examines the legacy of legendary Notre Dame President Father Ted Hesburgh. We speak with the film’s director and producer.

Former Illinois Legislative Inspector General Says Office is ‘Broken’


Former Illinois Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter called the office she used to run “broken” and said without changes the legislative inspector general is “a powerless role.”

Is Ageism the Last Socially Acceptable ‘Ism?’ A New Book Argues Yes


What does ageism look like in the workplace, and how much of a problem is it in the U.S.? A new book uncovers that and more.

1,000-Pound Brookfield Polar Bear Gets 1st CT Scan

Pair of Brookfield Polar Bears Involved in Artificial Insemination

Chicago Zoological Society veterinary staff position Hudson, Brookfield Zoo’s 12-year-old male polar bear, in preparation for a CT scan. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Hudson, a 1,000-pound male polar bear at Brookfield Zoo, underwent a historic checkup this week when he received a CT scan and had semen collected, which was used to inseminate two female polar bears. 

‘Chicago Tonight’ Turns 35


On this date, 35 years ago, “Chicago Tonight” was born. Watch the premiere episode, featuring an interview with John Callaway and Mayor Harold Washington.

Pritzker: ‘No Concerns’ About Investigation of Property Tax Appeal


A novel approach to receiving a property tax break didn’t flush Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s chances at winning the 2018 election down the toilet. But he now faces a federal investigation into his property taxes.

Report: NATO, at 70, Is ‘An Alliance in Crisis’


Earlier this month the North Atlantic Treaty Organization turned 70. A recent report says the alliance is in “crisis,” and a former U.S. ambassador to NATO says the biggest threat to the alliance may be the U.S. itself.

Supreme Court Hears Arguments Over Census Citizenship Question

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The Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the 2020 census should ask about citizenship. Observers say the justices appear divided along ideological lines, giving an edge to the proposed change.

Is It Time to Cut The Cord and Leave Cable TV?

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With more and more alternatives to cable television, is it time for you to cut the cord?

Joffrey Ballet Reaches ‘Across the Pond’ for Latest Program

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The venerable Chicago dance company got a creative boost from across the pond for the closing show of its season. Meet the Brit who made his own Britney Spears video and is now working with the Joffrey Ballet.

Missing Crystal Lake Boy's Buried Body Found, Parents Charged

This undated photo provided by the Crystal Lake, Illinois Police Department shows Andrew “AJ” Freund. (Crystal Lake Police Department via AP)

Crystal Lake police Chief James Black said at a news conference Wednesday that police dug up what they believe is Andrew "AJ" Freund’s body in a field and that it was wrapped in plastic.