Potency of Wisconsin THC Cartridges May be Higher than Claim

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth talks about the THC-infused vaping cartridges that were part of a large-scale marijuana operation during a news conference in Kenosha Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (Paul Williams / The Kenosha News via AP)

A Wisconsin operation that manufactured thousands of vaping cartridges a day may have been packing them with far more THC oil than the packaging claimed, authorities said Wednesday.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Sept. 12-15

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Art fairs, rock bands, sweet treats and an early Thanksgiving celebration usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Spotlight Politics: Illinois Has a New Supreme Court Justice


Ald. Ed Burke faces federal corruption charges, but his wife is in line for a promotion. Our politics team takes on that story and more in our weekly roundtable.

Local Rehab Hospital Turns Gun Violence Victims into Able Survivors

Jonathan Annicks works with staff at Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital. (WTTW News)

Chicago police say shootings and homicides last month were at their lowest point since 2011. But for many survivors of gun violence, physical injuries and trauma can last a lifetime. We visit a local hospital treating many of those victims.

New Series ‘We Are Witnesses’ Explores Criminal Justice in Chicago


A new short film series debuting this week explores the nature of crime, punishment and forgiveness through the voices of Chicagoans impacted by the criminal justice system.

For First Time in 30 Years, Vinyl Records Being Made in Chicago

Smashed Plastic in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Ten years ago, less than 2 million records were purchased in the U.S. But last year, nearly 17 million were sold. And now there are records being made in Chicago for the first time in decades. We stop by to see how it’s done.

How Should Illinois Schools Teach Sex Education?

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It’s the beginning of another school year, but an age-old debate rages on. We talk about having “the talk” in Illinois schools.

Illinois Attorney General Files Lawsuit Against Opioid Distributors, Manufacturers

(U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Hailey R. Staker)

Opioid manufacturers carried out unfair and deceptive marketing campaigns while distributors flooded Illinois with opioids, according to a lawsuit filed this week by Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul.

Crain’s Headlines: New Private Sector Gig for Lisa Madigan

A file photo shows Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Aug. 29, 2017, in Chicago. (WTTW News)

After a lengthy political career, former Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has landed a high-profile, private sector gig. That and other business news from Crain’s Chicago Business.

52 Endangered Blanding’s Turtles Released in DuPage County

One of 52 Blanding’s turtles released Wednesday at a DuPage County Forest Preserve site. (Ashley Hosmer / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum)

After spending their first year at Chicago’s Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, dozens of endangered Blanding’s turtles were released into the wild as part of a preservation effort that started more than 20 years ago.

Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Opens Up in Chicago Speech

Gen. Jim Mattis speaks at a Chicago Council on Global Affairs event at the Hilton Chicago on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (WTTW News)

The four-star general who served as the country’s 26th defense secretary spoke Wednesday in Chicago to promote his new book, “Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead.”

Ask Geoffrey: What’s the ‘Polish Cathedral’ Architectural Style?

St. Mary of the Angels (Credit: Archdiocese of Chicago’s Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Archives and Records Center)

When driving along the Kennedy Expressway, you may have noticed massive churches that seem to almost line up with the curves and bends of the highway. Geoffrey Baer explains.

OxyContin Maker Reaches Tentative Opioid-Crisis Settlement

Narcotics detective Ben Hill, with the Barberton Police Department, shows two bags of medications that are stored in their headquarters and slated for destruction, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Barberton, Ohio. (AP Photo / Keith Srakocic)

OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma reached a tentative deal Wednesday with about half the states and thousands of local governments over its role in the nation’s deadly opioid epidemic.

Janice Jackson: Trauma is a ‘Fact of Life’ for Many CPS Students

CPS CEO Janice Jackson speaks before the House of Representatives’ Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education in Washington D.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019. (Credit: House Committee on Education and Labor)

The Chicago Public Schools CEO took to the nation’s capital Wednesday to call for additional federal resources for local programming that helps students process and heal from violence.

Government Will Propose Banning Flavors Used in E-Cigarettes

President Donald Trump talks to Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar about a plan to ban most flavored e-cigarettes, in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump said Wednesday his administration will propose banning thousands of flavors used in e-cigarettes to combat a recent surge in underage vaping.

Share of Uninsured Americans Rises for 1st Time in a Decade

This June 13, 2018 file photo, shows United States currency in Zelienople, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo / Keith Srakocic, File)

The proportion of Americans without health insurance edged up in 2018 — the first evidence from the government that coverage gains under President Barack Obama’s health care law might be eroding under President Donald Trump.

Corporations Balk at Progressive Plan to Reinstate Corporate Head Tax

Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th Ward, speaks with a coalition of progressive and labor groups Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot says Chicago needs to close an $838 million budget gap. A block of progressive groups and some aldermen are looking to corporations to close it.

US to Commemorate 9/11 as Its Aftermath Extends and Evolves

In this May 15, 2015 file photo, visitors gather near the pools at the 9/11 Memorial in New York. As they have done 17 times before, a crowd of victims' relatives is expected at the site on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 to observe the anniversary the deadliest terror attack on American soil. (AP Photo / Frank Franklin II)

Eighteen years after the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil, the nation is still grappling with the aftermath at ground zero, in Congress and beyond. 

Crain’s Headlines: McDonald’s Betting on Drive-Thru Automation

A McDonald’s restaurant in Chicago. (WTTW News)

McDonald’s customers might soon be giving food orders via voice recognition technology, a move that could possibly eliminate workers. That and other business news from Crain’s Chicago Business.

Why Fewer Kids Are Playing High School Football in Illinois

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New numbers show that high school football participation in Illinois is at its lowest point in decades. We discuss the decline with a youth football coach and the son of former Chicago Bears player.

Congestion Charge a Tough Sell for ‘Overtaxed’ Chicagoans

Chicago traffic (WTTW News)

Talk of a possible city congestion tax is heating up. On Monday, the CEO of Uber said he supported the idea to help ease Chicago traffic and raise revenue. But how would it work, and could it drive away business?

How Satellites Can Detect and Protect Earth From Asteroids

A unique view of Earth from the vantage point of NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) in orbit around the moon. (Credit: NASA / Goddard / Arizona State University)

Adler Planetarium astronomer Mark Hammergren explains how a space-based sentry can help detect asteroids that will pass near Earth.

‘Caution Freedom’ Shines Light on Artwork Too Provocative for Putin

Alexander Kosolapov, “Hero, Leader, God,” 2007. Painted Bronze, 25 x 28 x 13 inches. (Courtesy One After 909 gallery, Chicago)

Artwork once under attack by the Russian government is now on view in Chicago. We explore a show at the One After 909 gallery in West Town.

Vista Tower’s Engineering Feats: Blair Kamin Explains

Vista Tower (WTTW News)

Chicago’s third-tallest building, the Vista Tower, is being touted for it’s unique curvilinear-shaped structure. But it’s the engineering secrets you can’t see that really set this skyscraper apart.

Illinois Derailment Prompts Evacuation of Schools, Homes

A resident watches as a fire truck arrives in downtown Dupo, Illinois, to help fight a tanker fire from a derailed train on Tuesday, Sept. 10. 2019. Black smoke coming from the derailment scene can be seen for miles and caused the evacuation of schools in the town, authorities said. (Robert Cohen / St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

A freight train bearing a flammable liquid used in solvents derailed in an Illinois suburb of St. Louis on Tuesday, causing a fire that sent thick, black smoke into the air and prompted the evacuation of nearby schools and residences.

3D Ghost of Maria Callas Gives a Remarkable Performance at Lyric Opera

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At once eerie, astonishing and altogether fascinating, “Maria Callas in Concert” recently brought the legendary diva back to life for what was a singular and wholly uncanny performance.

Group Calls on Illinois, Great Lakes States to Take Action on ‘Forever Chemicals’

PFAS foam in Van Ettan Lake in northeastern Michigan. (Michigan Department of Environmental Quality / Flickr)

The National Wildlife Federation warns that pollution from PFAS chemicals – often called “forever chemicals” because they don’t break down over time – could be one of the most serious threats facing the Great Lakes region. 

Wisconsin Man Accused of Making Illegal Vaping Cartridges

In this April 23, 2014 file photo, a man smokes an electronic cigarette in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

A 20-year-old Wisconsin man is accused of manufacturing thousands of counterfeit vaping cartridges a day with THC oil for almost two years, running the operation with 10 employees, authorities said.

After Nearly 100 Years, Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band Marches On

Members of the Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band rehearse before competing at the Wisconsin Highland games in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 31. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

As pipe major of the Chicago Stock Yard Kilty Band, Matt McKee carries on the tradition of a pipe band that started nearly 100 years ago. We go for a look, and a listen, as the band competes at a Wisconsin festival.

Judge Rejects Decorum Order in Marlen Ochoa-Lopez Murder Case

Clarisa Figueroa, left, Desiree Figueroa, center, and Piotr Bobak (Chicago Police Department)

A Cook County judge has rejected a so-called gag order in the case of a mother and daughter who allegedly murdered pregnant teen Marlen Ochoa-Lopez and cut the baby from her womb.

‘Chicago Tonight’ Expands Business Coverage with Crain’s Chicago Partnership


More business news is coming to “Chicago Tonight” starting this week. Through a partnership with Crain’s Chicago Business, we’ll offer a regular feature on the TV show every Monday through Thursday night.

Rare, Super-Deep Diamonds Reveal Secrets of Early Earth

Diamonds from the Juina area: most of these are super-deep diamonds. (Credit: Graham Pearson)

Scientists in Spain have been analyzing so-called super-deep diamonds as a means to learn more about the formation of the Earth itself. Rabiah Mayas tells us more about that and other stories making science headlines.