The Changing Role of the American President

The north side of the White House is seen covered in snow Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour / The White House / Flickr)

Much has been said about the ways President Donald Trump is changing the presidency. On this Presidents Day, we look back at the ways the presidency evolved before Trump moved into the White House. 

Jeff Bezos Commits $10 Billion to Fight Climate Change

In this Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019 file photo, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks off stage after holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington to announce the Climate Pledge, setting a goal to meet the Paris Agreement 10 years early. (AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

The world’s richest man, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, said in an Instagram post that he’ll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofits working to protect Earth.

Lightfoot Says Chicago Won’t Be ‘Bullied’ as ICE Ramps Up Immigration Enforcement

New York Times reports specialized ICE Agents being sent to Chicago, sanctuary cities

In this July 8, 2019, file photo, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officer looks on during an operation in Escondido, California. (AP Photo / Gregory Bull, File)

President Donald Trump will deploy specialized U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement tactical units to nearly a dozen so-called sanctuary cities, including Chicago, according to The New York Times.  

Study: ‘No Clear Rationale’ for 45% of Medicaid Antibiotic Prescriptions

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A new report from Northwestern Medicine suggests Medicaid patients are being prescribed too many antibiotics. What that could mean for public health.

At The WasteShed, One Person’s Trash is Another’s Inspiration

The WasteShed in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood. (WTTW News)

When it comes to recycling, Chicago doesn’t have the best track record. But one nonprofit on the city’s West Side is working to change that – and in the process, offer a wide range of art supplies and materials at an affordable price.

FDA Wants to Know More About E-Cigarettes Linked to Lung Illnesses

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Vaping-related illnesses have killed more than 60 people across the U.S. since March – including five in Illinois – and hospitalized 2,758 others, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All-Star Weekend, as Expected, Was About Honoring Kobe

Jennifer Hudson sings a tribute to former NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, who were killed in a helicopter crash Jan. 26, before the NBA All-Star basketball game Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Huh)

It has become one of the NBA’s most revered traditions: On the morning of the NBA All-Star Game, the league pays tribute to retired players with what is called the Legends Brunch.

The Week in Review: Jussie Smollett Indicted Again


Jussie Smollett faces new criminal charges. State’s Attorney Kim Foxx faces political fallout. Mayor Lori Lightfoot addresses rising crime numbers. And the NBA All-Star game descends on Chicago.

Nike Lab Pays Tribute to Picasso Sculpture with a Chicago Twist

“Chicago Bulls Remix” (Angel Idowu / WTTW News)

Art installations with a Chicago sporty twist are on display throughout the Navy Pier exhibition as part of the NBA All-Star weekend.

Chicago to Begin Testing Patients with Flu-Like Symptoms for Coronavirus

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Chicago is among five U.S. cities that will test patients who exhibit flu-like symptoms for the novel coronavirus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The First Fan: Obama Appears at All-Star NBA Cares Event

New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson grabs a rebound during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo / Matthew Hinton)

Zion Williamson and Trae Young are used to meeting fans who are typically a bit nervous during those interactions. This was different. This time, they were nervous to meet the fan.

Watching These Insanely Cute Animals Enjoy Their Valentine’s Treats Will Warm Your Cold Heart

Charger the sea lion cozies up to a Valentine’s Day cake. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

From gorillas chomping on heart-shaped biscuits to sea lions digging into a gelatin cake, Brookfield Zoo’s Valentine’s Day celebration has warmed our hearts.


R. Kelly Hit With New Federal Indictment in Ongoing Sexual Abuse Case

In this June 26, 2019, file photo, R&B singer R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for an arraignment on sex-related felonies in Chicago. (AP Photo / Amr Alfiky, File)

Already facing the possibility of three separate trials in 2020, the R&B singer was hit with a new federal indictment this week alleging he engaged in sexual activity with a minor in the late 1990s.

Senn High School Staffer Removed Amid Investigation Into Racial Discrimination Allegations

Senn High School (Wikimedia Commons)

The teacher who was accused by a Hispanic student of telling her to “go back to your country” after she refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance has been removed from the school.

Kim Foxx Allowed to Continue Use of Outside Lawyers in Jussie Smollett Case

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 17, 2019. (WTTW News)

Judge Michael Toomin denied a petition from Sheila O’Brien, who argued that Kim Foxx’s hiring of attorneys from outside her office should not be allowed under state statutes.

We *Heart* These Vintage Valentines Shared by the Newberry Library

Vintage valentine from the Andrew McNally collection at the Newberry Library. (Courtesy of the Newberry Library)

The Newberry’s collection of vintage valentines is spreading old-fashioned romance across the internet.

Would a ‘Fair Map’ Halt Corruption?

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Previous attempts to end gerrymandering in Illinois have come up short, but a coalition of advocacy groups are at it once again.

Former WBBM News Anchor Serves Up Memorable Meals, Conversation on PBS

Kate Sullivan appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (WTTW News)

Following journalism jobs in Indiana, Arkansas, New York and Chicago, Kate Sullivan was hungry to blaze her own trail. Now, she’s the host and executive producer of “To Dine For,” a show combining Sullivan’s two passions: food and conversation.

Chicago Gospel Group Brings New Energy to Old Spirituals

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They are making music with a mission. A rousing Chicago gospel group brings a modern approach to traditional spirituals as they work toward social justice. We catch up with the Adrian Dunn Singers.

In ‘Keeping Hope Alive,’ Jesse Jackson Reflects on a Lifetime of Speeches, Sermons

The Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks with WTTW News.

A look back at the words of the Rev. Jesse Jackson, whose latest book has been decades in the making.

Teachers Unions Decry ‘Traumatizing’ Active Shooter Drills

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Active shooter drills are as common as reading, writing and arithmetic in American schools. But a new report says they are traumatizing students.

Local Health Officials: Couple with Coronavirus Now ‘Free and Clear’

Chicago’s Chinatown neighborhood has been struggling economically since the virus started making headlines. (WTTW News)

At a press conference Thursday in Chinatown, state and local health officials sought to reassure the public that the risk of contracting the deadly virus is low, and that Chicagoans should go about their daily lives.

NBA All-Star Weekend Hits Chicago. Here’s What You Need to Know

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The NBA’s All-Star Game is in Chicago for the first time since 1988 and the city is bouncing with NBA events all weekend. Here’s a preview.

Crain’s Headlines: Clayco Finalizing Big Buy in Fulton Market District

Chicago’s Fulton Market District in 2015. (Seth Anderson / Flickr)

A fast-growing construction and design firm is buying almost a full city block near the eastern end of the Fulton Market District.

Ask Geoffrey: A Long-Lost State Street Hot Spot


A viewer’s photo of her mother at a glamorous restaurant in 1940s Chicago left her wondering where the photo was taken. And we finally address an elephant in the room at Marshall Field’s.

Expanded Drug Takeback Program Aims to Keep Pharmaceutical Pollutants Out of Our Water

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Flushing unused or expired prescription drugs down the toilet is “neither safe nor responsible,” says one local official. A new bill would establish convenient statewide locations for their collection instead.

Senn High School Students Hold Sit-In After Racial Discrimination Allegations

Female student said teacher told her to “go back to your country”

Senn High School (Wikimedia Commons)

Students inside a North Side high school staged a sit-in Wednesday following allegations that a school staffer told a female student to “go back to (your) country” after she refused to stand for the pledge of allegiance.

New Solar Telescope Reveals Sun’s Surface in More Detail than Ever Before

The Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope (Photo courtesy of NSO / NSF / AURA)

A local scientist talks about his work to help capture the most detailed images ever of the sun’s bubbling surface.

Discovery Partners Institute Gets Long-Awaited State Cash

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks about funding for the Discovery Partners Institute on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (WTTW News)

The 78 megadevelopment gets a big boost as Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces $500 million in funding for the University of Illinois tech hub that will make its home on the Near South Side.

Spotlight Politics: Foxx Fight, Preckwinkle Aide Trouble


Actor Jussie Smollett is facing a fresh set of charges for allegedly staging a hate crime on himself. Our politics team digs into that and more in our weekly roundtable.

Aviation Training Returns to One Chicago Vocational High School

An undated photo shows Cornelius Coffey

You may have heard of Bessie Coleman, the pioneering African American pilot from Chicago. But there is much more to the history of black aviation in this town. And though that story has been largely forgotten, it’s now inspiring a new generation of aviators.

How Chicago Schools Handle Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Lincoln Park High School (WTTW News)

The father of a Lincoln Park High School student is suing the Chicago Board of Education for allegedly not protecting his daughter from sexual assault. It’s the latest twist in a story for which few details have been released.