White House: Trump Condemns Violent Parody, Hasn't Seen It

President Donald Trump speaks at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

The video, which depicts a likeness of Trump shooting and stabbing opponents and members of the news media, was played during a conference held by conservative supporters of the president at his Miami golf resort last week. 

Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day? Chicago Groups Weigh In

Statue of Christopher Columbus (Kenneth C. Zirkel / Wikimedia Commons)

In the wake of criticism directed at Columbus and his treatment of indigenous people, a movement to supplant Columbus Day with another holiday – Indigenous Peoples’ Day – has emerged.

Trump’s Syria Withdrawal Draws Fire From All Sides


President Donald Trump’s decision to immediately withdraw all U.S. troops from northern Syria has prompted criticism from politicians, military leaders and others. 

Powerful Writing: Presidential Speechwriters Discuss Their Craft

President Bill Clinton gives his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1997. (Renee Humble / Wikimedia Commons)

Former speechwriters for Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush discuss the current state of presidential messaging. 

Cathy Marston’s Adaptation of ‘Jane Eyre’ Heads to the Joffrey Ballet


In “Jane Eyre,” Cathy Marston said she creates movement based on quotes taken directly from Charlotte Bronte’s 19th century novel. 

As Scooter Pilot Ends, A Call For Keeping Them Around – With Changes


A report from the Active Transportation Alliance says Chicago should develop a long-term e-scooter program across the entire city. 

Crain’s Headlines: Boeing Removes CEO From Chairman Role

Boeing Chief Executive Dennis Muilenburg speaks during a news conference after the company’s annual shareholders meeting at the Field Museum in Chicago, on Monday, April 29, 2019. (AP Photo / Jim Young, Pool)

Boeing announced that it has stripped CEO Dennis Muilenburg of his title as chairman of the board, a move the company says will allow him to focus more on fixing its troubled 737 Max jets. 

WTTW Viewers Need to Rescan Their TVs This Week


The station will be off the air for two to three hours starting at 12 a.m. Tuesday as the station puts in a new transmitter and changes frequencies. If you watch WTTW stations over the air, you’ll need to rescan your TV.

‘Evil on Steroids’: Bail Denied For Man Charged With Murder of 5 Neighbors

Krysztof Marek (Chicago Police Department)

The man who allegedly gunned down five neighbors in a rampage inside a Dunning condo building Saturday had planned out his attack, according to letters found inside his home in which he said he would have “no mercy” for the victims.

AP Explains: Columbus, Once Immigrant Hero, Now Heel to Some

This undated portrait attributed to Rodolfo Ghirlandaia shows Italian explorer Christopher Columbus. (AP Photo)

The image and story of Christopher Columbus, the 15th century navigator who began European incursions into the Americas, have changed in the U.S. over the decades. 

Ex-National Security Council Official Testifying to Congress

Former White House advisor on Russia, Fiona Hill, arrives on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, as she is scheduled to testify before congressional lawmakers as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.  (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Fiona Hill, a former top National Security Council expert on Russia, was testifying to Congress behind closed doors Monday, the latest former Trump administration official to be subpoenaed as part of the House impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

2019 Chicago Summer Festival Guide

Taste of Lincoln Avenue (Special Events Management)

Coming up:  Night of 1,000 Jack-o'-Lanterns, Arts in the Dark, Cider and Ale Festival, Nightmare on Chicago Street and more.

Kenya’s Brigid Kosgei Sets World Marathon Record in Chicago

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, poses with her time after winning the Women’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon while setting a world record of 2:14:04, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Paul Beaty)

Brigid Kosgei of Kenya won the Chicago Marathon on Sunday in 2 hours, 14 minutes, 4 seconds to break the world record in the event.

What Chicago Families Need to Know About Possible Teachers Strike

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)

How will a possible walkout affect classrooms, building access and after-school activities across the city?

The Week in Review: Teachers Strike Looms, McDonald Records Released


A teachers strike could be just days away. Illinois Republicans break from President Trump over Syria. New details on federal raids of the suburbs. And the Bears lick their wounds after a loss in London.

As Teachers Strike Nears, CPS and CTU No Closer to Contract Deal

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey appear on “Chicago Tonight,” separately, on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2019.

After another day of bargaining, negotiators for Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union appear no closer to averting a planned Oct. 17 teachers strike.

Illinois Officials Launch Anti-Vaping Campaign as More Illnesses Reported

(Vaping360 / Flickr)

As vaping-related illnesses continue to rise, Illinois health officials are urging people to stop vaping, pointing out the potentially dangerous consequences in a new social media campaign. 

A Smashing Debut by Pianist Sunwook Kim at Thrilling CSO Concert

Pianist Sunwook Kim plays Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in his CSO debut at Symphony Center on Oct. 10, 2019. (Photo by Anne Ryan)

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra was at its rip-roaring best Friday as award-winning pianist Sunwook Kim made a simply smashing debut with the orchestra. 

What the Feds Were Searching for When they Raided Sandoval’s Office

In this file photo, state Sen. Martin Sandoval speaks with WTTW News.

Besieged Illinois Sen. Martin Sandoval resigned his post chairing the chamber’s transportation committee Friday, the same day the Senate released an uncensored version of a search warrant for Sandoval’s office in Springfield.

Illinois AG Raoul, Chicago Intervene in Lawsuit Over Coal-Plant Emissions


A group of 30 states and cities are taking legal action to defend the federal government’s authority to regulate emissions from coal-fired power plants. 

Mom Says Illinois Boy Charged with Murder is ‘Not a Monster’

This photo taken April 7, 2019, shows a fence and caution tape surrounding a trailer home that was destroyed by fire in the Timberline Mobile Home Park northeast of Goodfield. (Matt Dayhoff / Journal Star via AP)

The mother of a 9-year-old Illinois boy who is charged with murder in connection with a mobile home fire that killed five people says the child is “not a monster.” The 28-year-old mother says her son suffers from schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and ADHD, and takes medication daily.

Republican Rep. Shimkus: Trump’s Syria Decision ‘Despicable’

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Republican U.S. Rep. John Shimkus of Illinois says he no longer supports President Donald Trump after his “terrible and despicable” decision to pull American troops from Syria.

No New Taxes in Cook County Budget

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

Two years after Cook County implemented and hastily repealed a notorious tax on sugary drinks, Board President Toni Preckwinkle proposed a $6.18 billion budget that’s balanced.

Can Illinois Save $1M a Day by Consolidating Pension Funds? Governor Says Yes

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

Consolidating scores of local firefighter and police pension funds could save Illinois taxpayers between $820 million and $2.5 billion in the next five years, according to a report published Thursday by a state task force.

Former Tattoo Artist Leaves Indelible Marks on Canvas

Photos of work by Chicago artist George Klauba. (Marc Vitali / WTTW News)

George Klauba is back on the scene, but he no longer inks people. These days, he’s an acclaimed painter sought after by collectors locally and abroad. And his new series of paintings features tattoo art.

Monarch Migration Leads to Some Dead Butterflies on Chicago Lakefront

A healthy monarch butterfly spotted in downtown Chicago in 2007. (Greg Robbins / Flickr)

This week, a number of dead monarch butterflies were found along the lakefront. The sight alarmed some members of the public who spotted the insects. But one local expert says it’s par for the course as the butterflies retreat south for the winter.

Local Nun Leads Chicago Marathon Team

Sister Stephanie Baliga runs past the Our Lady of the Angels church in Chicago. (Jay Shefsky / WTTW News)

In college, Stephanie Baliga was the sixth-fastest freshman in the nation. Now 31, the local nun is still running, but her goal isn’t the Olympics. It’s raising money for the religious community she serves.

Chicago Marathon Director Carey Pinkowski Reflects on Evolution of Race

Carey Pinkowski appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

On Sunday, the Chicago Marathon will host around 45,000 participants and an estimated 1.7 million spectators across the city. For 30 years, Carey Pinkowski has been at the helm of the massive event.

Crain’s Headlines: Another Federal Subpoena for ComEd

(Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

Commonwealth Edison and its parent Exelon have received a grand jury subpoena requiring records of communications with state Sen. Martin Sandoval, among others.  

Study: Doctors ‘Losing Ground in Battle’ Against Heart Disease

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For years, the U.S. saw a steep decline in the number of deaths from heart disease, stroke, diabetes and hypertension – known collectively as cardiometabolic disease. But that downturn has mostly leveled off since 2011, according to researchers.

Florida Men Tied to Giuliani Arrested on Campaign Charges

This combination of photos provided by the Alexandria Sheriff’s Office shows booking photos of Lev Parnas, left, and Igor Fruman. (Alexandria Sheriff's Office via AP)

Two Florida businessmen tied to President Donald Trump’s lawyer and the Ukraine investigation were charged Thursday with federal campaign finance violations. 

Report: Climate Change Threatens Survival of Most North American Birds

A piping plover (Lorraine Minns / Audubon Photography Awards)

Hundreds of bird species in North America are at risk of extinction from climate change, according to an alarming new report from the National Audubon Society.