U of C Alum Helps Unlock Clues to Giant Squid’s Mysterious Ways

A model of a giant squid in Glover’s Harbour, Newfoundland. (Robert Hiscock / Flickr)

Biologist Carrie Albertin helped sequence the genome of the octopus while earning her Ph.D. at the University of Chicago. Now she’s made surprising discoveries about the elusive giant squid.

‘Punk’d’ to Be Revived with Chance the Rapper Doing Pranks

In this Sept. 4, 2016, file photo, Chance the Rapper performs at The Budweiser Made In America Festival in Philadelphia. (Photo by Michael Zorn / Invision / AP, File)

MTV Studios and Quibi said Friday they are teaming up to revive the show with Grammy-winner Chance the Rapper pranking unsuspecting A-listers.

Too Soon to Tell if New Virus as Dangerous as SARS Cousin

In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, a staff member moves bio-waste containers past the entrance of the Wuhan Medical Treatment Center in Wuhan, China, where some people infected with a new virus are being treated. (AP Photo / Dake Kang, File)

The new virus from China has the world on edge because it’s a close cousin to viruses that killed hundreds in separate outbreaks. While it’s too early to tell if this latest threat will prove as deadly, health authorities are drawing on lessons from that grim past.

US Imposes Visa Rules for Pregnant Women on ‘Birth Tourism’

In this Sept. 2017 file photo, a flag is waved outside the White House, in Washington. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

The Trump administration is imposing new visa rules aimed at restricting “birth tourism,” in which women travel to the United States to give birth so their children can have U.S. citizenship.

Von Steuben Staffer Removed Amid Allegation of Inappropriate Contact with Student

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“Please know that we are taking this situation seriously, and we remain committed to providing your children with a safe, positive learning environment where they can reach their full potential,” the school’s principal wrote in a letter Thursday.

Should You Give Your Pet CBD? Research is Hazy, Says Vet Group

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CBD pet products claim to treat pain, anxiety and even seizures, but do they work? And are they even safe? The chief veterinary officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association weighs in.

R. Kelly Girlfriend Can Return to Kelly Home for Belongings

Joycelyn Savage, one of R&B singer R. Kelly’s girlfriends, walks out of the Cook County Domestic Violence Courthouse, Thursday morning, Jan. 23, 2020, in Chicago. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

A judge on Thursday agreed to allow a girlfriend of R. Kelly to retrieve her belongings from the singer’s home in Trump Tower, where authorities say she assaulted one of Kelly’s other girlfriends earlier this month.

No Slam Dunk, but Sports Wagering Possible by March Madness

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When a massive gambling expansion package was signed into law in June, early hopes were that Illinois gamblers would be able to wager on the Super Bowl. Such bets are off, but new rules move the ball forward.

U of C Paleontologist Explores How an Ancient Fish Came to Walk on Land

An illustration of Tiktaalik by Flick Ford. (Courtesy of the University of Chicago)

Sixteen years after making a key discovery with two colleagues, University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin and others are deepening their understanding of an extraordinary, ancient fish.

Impeachment Analysis: House Managers Make Case for Abuse of Power

House Democratic impeachment managers, from left, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., arrive for the start of the third day of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

It’s day two of opening arguments in the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, and House managers are laying out their case for abuse of power. A former Supreme Court clerk offers his take on the proceedings so far.

New Play Tells Story of Nancy Pelosi, ‘The Adult in the Room’

An image from video of Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. (WTTW NEWS via C-SPAN)

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was center stage in the House impeachment hearings. Now she is on stage, in a sense: a new play about Pelosi is receiving its world premiere in Chicago. We drop by an early rehearsal.

Crain’s Headlines: 4 South Side Hospitals Agree to Merge

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Advocate Trinity Hospital, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center, South Shore Hospital and St. Bernard Hospital plan to create a single system with one leadership team.

Added Sugars, Serving Sizes: What You Need to Know About New Nutrition Label

A nutrition fact label for vanilla yogurt shows a 6-ounce serving contains 20 grams of sugar – of which 18 grams are added sugars. (Kristen Thometz / WTTW News)

If you regularly check nutrition fact labels, you may have noticed some recent changes – namely, the addition of added sugars and realistic serving sizes. Those changes and others went into effect Jan. 1 per new FDA guidelines. A local registered dietitian explains.

Newly Found Photos Highlight Breadth, Depth of Joseph Sterling

Photographs from the Archive of Joseph Sterling (Courtesy Stephen Daiter Gallery)

Sixty years ago, a young photography student aimed his camera at Chicago teens. His name was Joseph Sterling, and we visited an old classmate of his for a closer look at the process of capturing youth culture and Chicago in the mid-20th century.

Chicago Man Arrested for Red Line Attack, Robbery

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Chicago police say surveillance photos released earlier this month helped detectives identify the offender.

‘PBS NewsHour’ Co-Founder Jim Lehrer Dead at 85

Jim Lehrer speaks at the Miller Center of Public Affairs in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2011. (Steven Morgan / Wikimedia Commons)

Jim Lehrer’s longtime colleague and current “NewsHour” anchor and managing editor Judy Woodruff announced the news in a release, saying Lehrer died peacefully in his sleep at home.

Doomsday Clock Moves 20 Seconds Closer to Midnight

The Chicago-based Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced Thursday that the clock will now be set at 100 seconds to midnight. (Lexey Swall Photography / Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)

The world is closer to global catastrophe today than at any point since World War II, according to a group of international nuclear and climate scientists.  

Spotlight Politics: Hundreds Erroneously Registered to Vote


Why 574 people in Illinois were erroneously registered to vote. Our politics team digs into that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

Illinois’ New Senate President Don Harmon Leaving Law Firm Job

Illinois Senate President Don Harmon appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (WTTW News)

At a time when leading legislators’ private side jobs are increasingly under scrutiny, newly elevated state Senate President Don Harmon will step down as a partner at the law firm Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. to focus full-time on his new leadership position.

U. of I. President Tim Killeen Talks Tuition Hikes, Enrollment

University of Illinois President Tim Killeen appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 22, 2020. (WTTW News)

His contract was just renewed – and came with a 40% pay hike. University of Illinois President Tim Killeen lays out his priorities for the system and talks about the challenges it faces.

Lawmakers, Neighbors Debate Fixes as Beaches Shrink, Shoreline Erodes

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High lake levels, fluctuating temperatures and winter storms have battered Chicago’s lakefront in recent weeks. Emergency projects are in the works to ward off further damage, but is a bigger redesign of the lakefront needed?

Husband-and-Wife Duo Opens Design Center on South Side

Chicago artist Gerald Griffin, owner of Gerald Griffin Gallery. (WTTW News)

A Chicago couple are turning their dreams into reality with a design center on the city’s South Side. It houses everything you need to recreate your home, from appliances to artwork and everything in between.

With $900K Grant, Big Improvements Coming to Big Marsh Park — Including City’s 1st Campground

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A grant from the state will help fund creation of the Chicago Park District’s first campground and a fully accessible 3-mile trail at Big Marsh, a natural area rising up from the waste of big steel on the city’s Southeast Side.

Crain’s Headlines: New York Investor Buys ‘Big Red’ for $370M

The CNA Center in 2010. (Antoine Taveneaux / Wikimedia Commons)

One of the standouts on Chicago’s skyline is changing hands.

AP-NORC poll: Public Doubts Senate Trial Will be Revealing

In this image from video, presiding officer Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts speaks during the impeachment trial against President Donald Trump in the Senate at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (Senate Television via AP)

Americans are sharply divided along party lines about whether President Donald Trump should be removed from office, and they doubt the Senate impeachment trial will do anything to change their minds, according to a new poll.

Trump: Travel Ban Expansion Coming, Nations Aren’t Yet Final

U.S. President Donald Trump leaves the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo / Markus Schreiber)

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the U.S. would soon be imposing visa restrictions on more countries — though it’s not clear yet how many nations will be affected by his expansion of the travel ban.

US Seeks to Tighten Rules Covering Service Animals on Planes

In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Oscar the cat, who is not a service animal, sits in his carry on travel bag after arriving at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin, File)

The days of passengers bringing rabbits, turtles and birds on planes as emotional-support animals could be ending.

Lawsuit: Convicted CPD Officers Used ‘Bogus’ Warrants to Raid Women’s Homes

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In separate incidents, two Chicago women say multiple Chicago police officers fabricated evidence in order to unlawfully search their homes and make arrests for drug violations that were later dismissed.

Cook County Jail Inmates Turn Vegetable Oil into Diesel Fuel

Cook County Jail inmate Harris Coteus, standing, fills the biodiesel processor with used vegetable oil from the jail’s officer dining hall. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

A small group of detainees are learning how to make biodiesel fuel from reclaimed cooking oil. Hundreds of gallons have so far been produced – and thousands of dollars saved – but officials also tout the program’s rehabilitative value.

R. Kelly Will Face Trial in Alleged Sex Assault of Former Hairdresser

R. Kelly appears at a hearing Tuesday, May 7, 2019 before Judge Lawrence Flood at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

The woman says she was 24 years old and working for R. Kelly when the R&B singer allegedly tried to make her perform oral sex on him in 2003.

CPS Seeking to Combat Truancy Through Attendance Tracking Program

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Chicago Public Schools is proposing a new agreement with a South Side nonprofit to help monitor attendance at nine high schools through home visits and other services in an effort to ward off truancy.

Does Illinois Have the Energy to Opt out of FERC?

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A Federal Energy Regulatory Commission ruling issued in December could lead to a spike in your energy bills – but then again, maybe not. It’s the latest energy battle set to play out in Springfield.