Cancer Diagnosis Leads to Donation of 400 Rare, Valuable Books

Bob Connors (Credit: University of Chicago)

In recent years, Bob Connors found a new passion and expertise. Now, he’s offering it to the world.

New Community Garden Aims to Shed Light on Urban Indians


The First Nations Garden in Albany Park was created by the American Indian Center and the Chi-Nations Youth Council in partnership with the city of Chicago. “It’s become a beacon for native people,” said 17-year-old Adrien Pochel.

State Leader Defends Personal Stake in Illinois’ Gambling Industry

Illinois Senate Republican Leader Bill Brady speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (WTTW News)

A recent investigation revealed that Illinois Senate Minority Leader Bill Brady has a “business interest” in Midwest Electronics Gaming, a prominent video gaming company. On Tuesday, Brady commented on the business.

Illinois’ Gaming Expansion Could Be a Losing Bet for Problem Gamblers

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As Illinois prepares to expand gambling to every corner of the state – including slot machines at O’Hare and Midway airports – supporters tout the generation of much-needed revenue to help plug a massive budget deficit. But at what cost?

‘16 Shots’ Documentary Examines Fatal Shooting of Laquan McDonald

A still image from police dashcam footage that captured the shooting of Laquan McDonald, center, on a Southwest Side street in 2014.

The murder of Laquan McDonald and ensuing public outrage in Chicago are the focus of a new documentary on Showtime. We speak with “16 Shots” writer and director Rick Rowley.

Lightfoot: Independent Commission Should Redraw City’s 50 Wards

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The decennial redrawing of Chicago’s 50 ward boundaries is messy and anything but transparent. Mayor Lori Lightfoot calls the current map an obvious case of gerrymandering, and says it’s bad for Chicago residents.

Hospital Cleared in Handling of Newborn Cut from Mom’s Womb

Clarisa Figueroa (Chicago Police Department)

Officials have cleared Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for its handling of a baby who was cut from his mother’s womb and later died.

US Sending Troops to Mideast Amid Gulf Tensions over Iran

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks in a ceremony at Imam Khomeini International Airport some 25 miles south of the capital Tehran, Iran, Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

The U.S. is sending 1,000 more troops to the Middle East as tensions in the Persian Gulf mounted over Iran’s announcement it will not comply with the international agreement that keeps it from making nuclear weapons. 

High Court Avoids New Case over Same-Sex Wedding Cake

This Feb. 5, 2013, file photo, shows exterior of the now closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon.  The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. (Everton Bailey Jr. / The Oregonian via AP)

The Supreme Court decided Monday against a high-stakes, election-year case about the competing rights of gay and lesbian couples and merchants who refuse to provide services for same-sex weddings.

State Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke Angers Some with Judicial Pick


Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke received blowback from faith and community leaders on Chicago’s West Side for appointing a white woman to fill a vacancy formerly held by a black woman.

Ready or Not, Electric Scooters Arrive on Chicago’s West Side


Dockless electric scooters – 2,500 of them – arrive in Chicago as the city launches its pilot program, but will riders stay safe?

Move of Beachside Music Fest Prompts Pushback Over Endangered Birds

A piping plover on Waukegan Beach in 2018. (Ethan Ellis / Flickr)

Organizers of Mamby on the Beach want to move the music festival to Montrose Beach, but conservationists are pushing back because of two endangered birds living at the site. 

Another ‘Empire’ Actor Arrested, But on Traffic Offense

In this Jan. 10, 2016 file photo, Bryshere Y. Gray arrives at the 73rd annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP File)

A Chicago police spokeswoman said that Bryshere Gray, who plays a younger brother of Jussie Smollett’s character on the Chicago-based Fox TV show, was pulled over Thursday.

Brendt Christensen Researched Rape Fantasies Before Kidnapping Scholar

Yingying Zhang disappeared on June 9, 2017. (University of Illinois Police Department). Inset: Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff’s Department)

“I want to test my limits and experience everything,” Brendt Christensen wrote in his profile on, a social media site for adults with alternative sexual interests, weeks before Yingying Zhang disappeared.

Art Institute Show Explores ‘Iconic Photographs’

Paul Strand. Young Boy, Gondeville, Charente, France, 1951. Collection of Robin and Sandy Stuart. © Aperture Foundation, Inc. Paul Strand Archive.

Photography has long been used to make images of iconic works of art. Sometimes the photographs themselves become icons. A new show explores a collection of famous pictures from the 20th century.

Tracing the National Security Council’s ‘Unprecedented Evolution’


The National Security Council is an integral part of U.S. foreign policy, despite the fact that most Americans know little about what it actually does. In a new book, author John Gans traces the council’s “unprecedented evolution.”