In Joliet, Commercial Fishers Join the Fight Against Asian Carp

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Illinois Department of Natural Resources biologist Justin Widloe holds a bighead carp. (Chad Merda / Forest Preserve District of Will County)

If Asian carp invade the Great Lakes, experts say the fish would have a devastating effect on the marine food chain and the region’s $7 billion fishing industry. We get a look at efforts to keep them out of Illinois waterways.

Crain’s Headlines: Amazon Adds 400 Jobs to Chicago Office

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The retail giant is roughly doubling the number of employees in its Loop office. But these aren’t warehouse jobs – the new hires that will work in fields including cloud computing, advertising and business development. 

At the Driehaus Museum, a Chance to Look at Old Material in a New Light

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A Tiffany and Company window on display as part of the “Eternal Light” exhibition at the Driehaus Museum in Chicago. (Marc Vitali / WTTW News)

Louis Comfort Tiffany led an all-star team of artists and designers who could create almost anything out of glass: lamps, jewelry, mosaics and also artwork of a spiritual nature. We visit the exhibit “Eternal Light.” 

Author Paul Tough on ‘How College Makes or Breaks Us’

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College admissions have been major news in recent months after a bribery scam came to light. A new book explores how the higher education system is failing many low-income students and students of color.

New Book Pegs Trump’s Rise to Evolution of Modern Television

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Author James Poniewozik appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 16, 2019.

A conversation with “Audience of One” author James Poniewozik, the chief television critic for the New York Times.

Business is Buzzing This Summer for a Chicago Beekeeper on Wheels

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It’s a job as old as time, but one Chicagoan is beekeeping in her own unique way. Meet graphic designer-turned-beekeeper Jana Kinsman.

Allison Arwady Nominated to Become CDPH Commissioner

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Dr. Allison Arwady appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 20, 2019.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot has nominated Dr. Allison Arwady to become the next commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. Arwady has been serving as acting commissioner since June.

Lightfoot Proposes Citywide Ban on Flavored E-Cigarette Products

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As underage vaping and hospitalizations linked to vaping continue to rise, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is calling for a citywide ban on flavored e-cigarette products. “The dangers are manifesting themselves literally every day. We must act and we will,” she said.

Rocker Ric Ocasek, Frontman of The Cars, Dead at 75

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In this April 14, 2018, file photo, Ric Ocasek, from the Cars, performs during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in Cleveland. (AP Photo / David Richard, File)

Ric Ocasek, The Cars frontman whose deadpan vocal delivery and lanky, sunglassed look defined a rock era with chart-topping hits like “Just What I Needed,” was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in his Manhattan apartment.

After Bankruptcy Filing, Purdue Pharma May Not be Off Hook

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In this April 2, 2018, file photo, a pharmacist in San Francisco poses for photos holding a bottle of OxyContin. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu, File)

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma and its owners expressed sympathy but not responsibility for the nation’s opioid crisis as the company filed for bankruptcy protection late Sunday night.

Pineiro’s 53-Yard Field Goal Lifts Bears Past Broncos 16-14

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Chicago Bears kicker Eddy Pineiro (15) celebrates his field goal with punter Pat O’Donnell (16) during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo / David Zalubowski)

Eddy Pineiro won Chicago’s nerve-wracking kicking competition. Now, he’s winning over Bears fans and teammates who suffered through the double-doink miss by Cody Parkey that sent them home from the playoffs.

2019 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

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Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Special Events Management)

Up next: Goose Island Block Party, Garfield Park Harvest Day, Lakeview Taco Fest, Andersonville Arts Fest, Englewood Jazz Fest, Taste of Clark Street, Oaktoberfest, Long Grove Apple Fest, Lisle Ale Fest and more.

Chicago Teachers Inch Closer to Possible Strike

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This Sept. 10, 2012 file photo shows Chicago teachers walking a picket line outside a school in Chicago, after they went on strike for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

After rejecting the district’s latest offer, Chicago educators are back at the bargaining table negotiating issues including pay, staffing shortages and class size.

The Week in Review: Anne Burke Named Chief Justice of Illinois Supreme Court

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Anne Burke is elevated to chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. CPS is hit with another scathing report on sexual abuse. Uber’s CEO bets big on Chicago. And the Bears try to reverse fortune against the Broncos.

Suburban Teen With Severe Lung Damage Files Lawsuit Against E-Cigarette Maker Juul

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Gurnee resident Adam Hergenreder, 18, right, talks about how he began using e-cigarettes at a Friday, Sept. 13 press conference alongside his attorney Antonio Romanucci. (Kristen Thometz / WTTW News)

Adam Hergenreder, 18, looks like a typical teenager, but his lungs tell a different story. “I’ve been told by medical professionals that my lungs are that of a 70-year-old,” the Gurnee resident said Friday at a press conference.

‘Be Here Now’ a Tragicomic Gem About Seizing the Day

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From left: Deanna Reed-Foster, Rebecca Jordan and Demetra Dee in Shattered Globe Theatre’s Chicago premiere of “Be Here Now.” (Photo by Evan Hanover)

Playwright Deborah Zoe Laufer, whose play “Be Here Now” is receiving its Chicago premiere in a bravura production by Shattered Globe Theatre, has an exceptional gift for being at once sharp-witted and compassionate.

10,000 Cabbages Growing in Garfield Park for New ‘Living Exhibit’

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A field of 10,000 cabbages in one of the Garfield Park Conservatory’s outdoor gardens is the centerpiece of a new “living exhibit” as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial. (Brian Kinyon / Chicago Park District)

A pair of Danish architects hope to make a statement and spark conversations about food production with their new exhibit that’s part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

Family: Eddie Money, ‘Two Tickets to Paradise’ Singer, Dies

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In this Jan. 25, 2010 file photo, Eddie Money sings the national anthem before an NCAA college basketball game between Kansas and Missouri in Lawrence, Kansas. Family members have said Eddie Money has died on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. (AP Photo / Charlie Riedel, File)

A publicist for Eddie Money says the rock star has died after he recently announced he had stage 4 esophageal cancer.  He was 70.

US Officials Revise Vaping Illness Count to 380 in 36 States

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In this Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018 file photo, a woman takes a puff from a cannabis vape pen in Los Angeles. (AP Photo / Richard Vogel)

The U.S. government has refined how it is measuring an outbreak of breathing illnesses in people who vape, now counting only cases that are most closely linked to electronic cigarette use.

Health Officials: Hospitalizations in Illinois Linked to Vaping Climbs to 52

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The number of people hospitalized with a severe respiratory illness linked to vaping continues to grow in Illinois, with 52 confirmed cases since May, according to new figures released by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

High School Bands Ready for Battle at Chicago Football Classic

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The Chicago Football Classic brings historically black colleges and universities to Solider Field for a football game – and so much more. We introduce you to two of the schools competing in a battle of the bands.

Comedy Series ‘South Side’ Highlights Chicago Talent, On and Off Camera

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Actor LaRoyce Hawkins of “South Side” appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 12, 2019.

A new scripted comedy series set in and around Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood is lighting up the small screen. We speak with one of the stars of the show, Harvey native LaRoyce Hawkins.

Cook County’s Chief Judge Fends off Opposition to Keep Top Spot

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Chief Judge Timothy Evans appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 8, 2019.

By a vote of 143-102, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans’ peers on Thursday voted for him to keep the job he’s held since 2001 for another three years.

Bears Face Fangio, Broncos in Week 2 Matchup

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The Bears head to Denver in search of their first win after a lackluster season opener. Former Bears player James “Big Cat” Williams has this preview.

Will Illinois Become the Next State to Pass Rent Control Laws?

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Rent control has been barred in Illinois since 1997 but is once again under consideration. How does it work, and is it the answer to Chicago’s affordable housing crisis?

Revisiting Farnsworth House, a Masterpiece of Modern Architecture

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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois.

It is an international destination for architecture fans. We visit Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Plano, Illinois, with a photographer from Berlin.

Crain’s Headlines: US-China Trade War Signals Trouble for Boeing

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In this April 10, 2019, file photo a Boeing 737 MAX 8 airplane being built for India-based Jet Airways lands following a test flight at Boeing Field in Seattle. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Boeing 787 Dreamliners once praised as “beautiful” by President Donald Trump could become a casualty of his escalating trade war with China. That and other business news from Crain’s Chicago Business.

Lyric Opera Names Its Next Music Director: Enrique Mazzola

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Enrique Mazzola, music director designate at Lyric Opera of Chicago. (Photo: Jean-Baptiste Millot)

The Italian conductor has been named as “music director designate” at Lyric Opera Chicago, where Sir Andrew Davis will retire as music director at the end of the 2020-2021 season.

Chicago Rolls Out Plan to Curb Deadly Traffic Accidents

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Can Chicago eliminate deadly traffic crashes? It’s trying. (Petr Kratochvil / Public Domain Pictures)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the city plans to act with a sense of urgency on it’s just-announced Vision Zero safety plan, a $6 million effort to eliminate the number of traffic-induced serious injuries and deaths.

Report: Obesity Rates Rising in Illinois, Across the Country

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Nearly a third of adults in Illinois were obese in 2017, compared to roughly 28% seven years ago, according to a new report that offers recommendations to curb the trend – including a sugar-sweetened beverage tax.

CPS Ordered to Overhaul Sexual Violence Policies After Scathing Federal Review

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One of the most comprehensive investigations undertaken by federal authorities revealed widespread violations in the way Chicago Public Schools handles and investigates sexual violence cases. “The findings were deeply disturbing,” one federal education official said. “We cannot permit this to recur in Chicago or anywhere else.”

Protest Planned Ahead of Sean Spicer’s Visit to NEIU

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Sean Spicer served as White House press secretary under President Donald Trump. (whitehouse.gov)

A group of Northeastern Illinois University students, faculty, staff and alumni plan to protest a sold-out event Thursday featuring former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

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