McDonald’s Workers Say Anti-Harassment Efforts Fall Short

In this June 25, 2019 file photo a sign is displayed outside a McDonald's restaurant in Pittsburgh. McDonald's got tough on its former CEO, who was fired last week for having a consensual relationship with an employee. Now, some workers say, the company needs to get tougher on sexual harassment in its restaurants. On Tuesday, Nov. 12 former McDonald's employee Jenna Ries filed a class-action lawsuit against the company and one of its Michigan franchisees. Ries says she and female colleagues were subjected t

At least 50 workers have filed sexual harassment charges against the company with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or in state courts over the past three years.

Trump to Release April Call with Ukraine Leader This Week

President Donald Trump speaks before the New York City Veterans Day Parade at Madison Square Park in New York, Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump’s promise to release an account of his first conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy comes a day before House impeachment investigators begin public hearings.

Winter Already? Snow, Deep Freeze from Rockies to East Coast

A woman clears off a Divvy bike as a winter weather advisory is issued for the Chicago area on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019, in Chicago. (Rich Hein / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

An arctic air mass that brought snow and ice to an area stretching from the Rocky Mountains to northern New England on Monday was poised to give way to record-breaking cold temperatures.

Gumball Machine Pays Tribute to Art-O-Mat With a Poetic Twist


If you spent any time as a child at the Chicago Cultural Center, you might remember the Art-o-mat machine that dispensed a piece of art in exchange for two tokens. That same machine has inspired a new concept for storytelling through poetry.

Interim Police Superintendent Pick Sounds Alarm Bells for Activists

Aislinn Pulley of Black Lives Matter Chicago says the group has a number of problems with Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s appointment of an interim police superintendent. (WTTW News)

As former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck prepares to take over the top job at the Chicago Police Department – at least temporarily – his appointment is sparking criticism. What activists have to say.

Crain’s Headlines: Boeing’s Stock Jumps as Optimism Grows

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 still believes it can get permission before the end of the year to fly the 737 Max again.

Police Board Prepares Search for Eddie Johnson’s Permanent Replacement

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson announces his retirement during a press conference at police headquarters on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (WTTW News)

As Chicago’s top cop prepares to retire at the end of the year, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s pick to replace him on an interim basis is already drawing fire. But what about finding Johnson’s long-term replacement? That task falls to the Chicago Police Board.

Illinois Earns a ‘D+’ on March of Dimes’ Premature Birth Report Card

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Preterm birth rates have been increasing in Illinois since 2013, according to a new report from the nonprofit March of Dimes.

Temperatures in Chicago Expected to Hit Record Lows Overnight

Cold and snow blasted Chicago on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. (WTTW News)

While it’s still technically fall for another six weeks, you wouldn’t know it by looking outside. WGN meteorologist Demetrius Ivory tells us what’s ahead.

WTTW Launches New Digital Series ‘Firsthand: Gun Violence’

A scene from the new WTTW digital series “Firsthand: Gun Violence.” (WTTW)

A new documentary series from WTTW looks at how gun violence affects Chicagoans – and what some of them are doing to stem it. We speak with “Firsthand” director and producer Dan Protess.

1 Dead, 3 Others Stabbed After Argument Over Minor Car Crash

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Chicago police say a 28-year-old man is dead after he was stabbed in the chest during a confrontation on the 5300 block of West Irving Park Road just after 2 a.m. Monday morning.

Lobbying by Sitting Illinois Lawmakers Under Scrutiny

In this April 16, 2013 file photo, Illinois Rep. Luis Arroyo, D-Chicago, speaks on the House floor during session in Springfield, Illinois. (AP Photo / Seth Perlman)

A federal bribery charge against an Illinois state legislator has led to questions about whether lawmakers should be allowed to lobby other units of government.

FBI: Cybercrimes on the Rise Because of Sophisticated Scams

In this Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, photo, FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge George Chamberlin, from left, speaks as Gabriel Gundersen, an FBI supervisory special agent with the Oregon Cyber Task Force, center, and Loren Cannon, FBI special agent in charge of the Portland Division, in Portland, Oregon to reporters about the rise of cybercrime in Oregon. (AP Photo / Andrew Selsky)

In 2015, $220 million was lost to wire fraud in the United States. In 2019, losses will surpass $1.5 billion, according to WFG National Title Insurance Company.

Trump Impeachment Inquiry Heads to Live TV Coverage

In this Aug. 3, 1973, file photo, the Senate Watergate Committee hearings continue on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / File)

When the House impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump begins its public phase on Wednesday, people will be watching on screens large and small. 

Like January in November: Much of US Braces for Record Lows

Reflections of a snowy city are seen in the 110-ton stainless steel Anish Kapoor sculpture called “Cloud Gate” at Millennium Park in Chicago, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Air from Siberia — yes, Siberia — is heading toward a huge chunk of the United States and it could set record-low temperatures from Texas to New England.

Trump Launches Black Outreach Effort for 2020

President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the launch of “Black Voices for Trump” at the Georgia World Congress Center, Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

During the 2016 campaign, candidate Donald Trump stood in front of largely white crowds and asked black voters to consider, “What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump offered that same message Friday as he launched a black voters coalition in Atlanta, Georgia. 

The Week in Review: Top Cop to Retire, Former LAPD Chief to Step In


Eddie Johnson will make way for interim Superintendent Charlie Beck at the end of the year. Lawmakers talk up lobbying reforms amid a ComEd investigation. And can the Bears salvage their season?

Facebook is Deleting the Name of Potential Whistleblower

This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook moniker on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions.

Facing Lawsuit, Devos Erases Student Loans for 1,500

In this June 5, 2018, file photo, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies during a Senate Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations in Washington. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster, File)

Facing a federal lawsuit and mounting criticism, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday said she will forgive certain student loans for more than 1,500 borrowers who attended a pair of for-profit colleges that shut down last year, including the Illinois Institute of Art.

Muti and CSO Bring a Touch of Italian Heat to Works of 3 German Romantics


What happens when a conductor steeped in the Italian tradition takes hold of three works by quite different 19th century German Romantic composers? The answer could be heard as Maestro Riccardo Muti led the CSO in works by Wagner, Brahms and Schumann.

CPS Enrollment Declines By 6,000 Students


Fewer students are enrolled at Chicago Public Schools this year compared to last year, according to figures released by the district Friday. But CPS says the drop-off is “significantly” smaller than declines in recent school years.

Ex-LAPD Top Cop Charlie Beck Named Interim Chicago Police Superintendent

Charlie Beck, right, speaks during a press conference in 2018 while Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, left, looks on. On Friday, the former LAPD chief was named Chicago’s interim police superintendent. (Eric Garcetti / Flickr)

Charlie Beck, who led the Los Angeles Police Department for nearly a decade, has been tabbed to serve as the interim Chicago police superintendent following Eddie Johnson’s retirement at the end of the year.

People Puzzled By Peculiar Texts, and No One Can Say Why

In this Oct. 24, 2013, file photo, a person checks their smartphone in Glenview, Ill. A mysterious wave of texts swept America’s phones overnight Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, delivering unintelligible messages that left many people mildly confused when they woke up on Thursday. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

If you woke up Thursday to a weird text that seemed totally out of place, you aren’t alone. A mysterious wave of missives swept America’s phones overnight, delivering largely unintelligible messages from friends, family and the occasional ex.

Former Interim Police Superintendent Weighs in on Johnson’s Retirement

In this file photo, John Escalante speaks with WTTW News in March 2016 when he served as the interim Chicago police superintendent. (WTTW News)

What lies ahead for Chicago’s next top cop? And what’s the job like? We asked John Escalante, who served as interim Chicago police superintendent following the ouster of Garry McCarthy in 2015. 

Chicago Sinfonietta Celebrates Diwali, the Festival of Lights


The nation’s most diverse orchestra is working to push the boundaries of how classical music is presented by incorporating dance into its next concert.

Tough Challenges Ahead for Chicago’s Next Top Cop


Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she’ll announce her plan to find an interim successor to police Superintendent Eddie Johnson in the coming days. We discuss Johnson’s legacy and the challenges that await the city’s next top cop.

Chicago’s Bloodshot Records Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Chicago-based musician Jon Langford speaks with WTTW News about long relationship with Bloodshot Records. (WTTW News)

The independent record label sets the gold standard for roots music in Chicago and beyond. We visit the headquarters of Bloodshot Records on the eve of its silver anniversary – and get an earful.

Bears, Lions Hope to Salvage Seasons in Divisional Showdown


The Chicago Bears (3-5) look to snap a four-game losing streak when they face the Detroit Lions (3-4-1) on Sunday. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us a preview.

Crain’s Headlines: Bill Daley Lands at Wells Fargo Bank

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff Bill Daley appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 17, 2018. (WTTW News)

The former Chicago mayoral candidate was picked by Wells Fargo’s new CEO, Charles Scharf, to oversee matters including government relations at the scandal-scarred bank.

‘Shared Street’ Model in Uptown is Here to Stay. Will it Be Replicated?


Four years ago, Argyle Street in Uptown was dramatically reimagined. How the single-level streetscape, now permanent, is working – and whether it can serve as a model in other neighborhoods.

How a Small-Town City Employee Stole Nearly $54M in Public Money


It’s one of the most outrageous cases of municipal fraud in modern times. We discuss “All the Queen’s Horses” with the documentary’s director, Kelly Richmond Pope.

More Than 2,000 in US Diagnosed in Vaping Illness Outbreak

In this Friday, Oct. 4, 2019 file photo, a woman using a vaping device exhales a puff of smoke in Mayfield Heights, Ohio. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak, File)

New government figures show more than 2,000 people have been diagnosed with vaping illnesses in the still-unsolved U.S. outbreak.