Pilots Criticize Boeing for Mistakes on its Grounded Jet

Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, accompanied by, from left, Sharon Pinkerton with Airlines for America, Captain Dan Carey with the Allied Pilots Association, Sara Nelson with the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, and former Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Randy Babbitt, speaks during a House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure hearing on the status of the Boeing 737 MAX on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 19, 2019. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Airline union leaders and famed former airline pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger say that Boeing made mistakes while developing the 737 Max, and the biggest was not telling anybody about new flight-control software so that pilots could train for it.

Ask Geoffrey: A 1917 Army Parade on Michigan Avenue


What do a train ride and an army parade have in common? Geoffrey Baer investigates two Chicago publicity stunts in the latest installment of Ask Geoffrey.

Pritzker Announces Help for Flood-Hit Farmers, Aims for Emergency Declaration

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Much of Illinois’ farmland is too wet to seed. Assessing the fallout from excessive rain – and what Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to do about it.

Question of Balance: Analysts Talk State Budget, Pension Reform

Gov. J.B. Pritzker appears at a signing ceremony for the $40 billion spending plan Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

Does Illinois really have a balanced budget? Local analysts weigh in.

EPA Defies Climate Warnings, Gives Coal Plants a Reprieve

In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyoming. (AP Photo / J. David Ake, File)

The Trump administration on Wednesday completed one of its biggest rollbacks of environmental rules, replacing the landmark Obama-era Clean Power Plan with a replacement rule.

Meet the Artist Behind ‘The Obama Paintings’ As They Debut in Chicago

Artist Rob Pruitt compiled a display of 2,922 images of former President Barack Obama, one for each day of Obama’s presidency.

Artist Rob Pruitt created a painting for each of the 2,922 days of Barack Obama’s presidency. His project is now on display in Chicago. 

10 Things to Do this Weekend: June 20-23

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Celebrations of pride, music fests, pop-up theater, craft beers and dragon boats usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Endangered Baby Rhino Makes First Public Appearance

A critically endangered black rhino calf made its first public appearance Tuesday, June 18, 2019 at the Lincoln Park Zoo. (Christopher Bijalba / Lincoln Park Zoo)

“Our new rhino calf is thriving. He is exceeding all of our expectations,” said Mike Murray of Lincoln Park Zoo. “He’s a pretty incredible little guy that, just behaviorally, is doing everything a rhino calf should.”

White Sox Plan to Extend Netting at Guaranteed Rate Field

In this Monday, June 10, 2019, file photo, Emergency personal keep a towel on the face of a person who was struck by a line drive by Chicago White Sox’s Eloy Jimenez during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

The Chicago White Sox plan to extend the protective netting to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, becoming the first major league team to take that step.

AP Explains: Juneteenth Celebrates End of Slavery in the US

In this June 19, 2018, file photo, Zebiyan Fields, 11, at center, drums alongside more than 20 kids at the front of the Juneteenth parade in Flint, Michigan. (Jake May / The Flint Journal via AP, File)

 A holiday that is spreading across the U.S. and beyond, Juneteenth is considered the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. Here’s a look at the holiday and its history.

In ‘Hedwig,’ Divided Cold War-Era Germany Gives Birth to Even More Divided Identity

Will Lidke in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.” (Photo by Austin D. Oie Photography)

Arriving at Theo Ubique as the final show of the theater’s first season in its spacious new Evanston home, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” serves as definitive proof that this company can finesse anything and everything in the musical theater repertory.

Hospital Largely Cleared in Newborn Cut from Womb Case

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Investigators have largely cleared Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn for how it dealt with a Chicago woman accused of cutting a baby from his mother’s womb and claiming him as her own.

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?