A Victory, A Caution: Takeaways from New Hampshire’s Primary

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., greets supporters at a primary night election rally in Manchester, N.H., Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

New Hampshire Democrats gave Bernie Sanders a win, but also a warning.

Folded Map Project Highlights Chicago Segregation, Gentrification

Tonika Johnson, center, with “map twins” Carmen Arnold-Stratton, right, and Bridghid O’Shaughnessy, left. (WTTW News)

Chicagoan Tonika Johnson is using photography to educate people on the disparities she’s noticed within neighborhoods throughout the city. 

Local Researchers Reveal Secrets of Lunar Dust, Atom by Atom

An image from the 1972 Apollo mission. (Credit: NASA)

Local scientists use a powerful new tool to make fresh discoveries from moon dust first collected nearly 50 years ago.

Unofficial Name Change Reignites Debate Over Douglas(s) Park

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Signs for Douglas Park on Chicago’s West Side have received an unofficial update in recent weeks: a second “s.” The change comes after years of activisim in North Lawndale to rename the park.

Grand Jury Indicts Jussie Smollett in Alleged Hoax Attack

Six-count indictment accuses actor of making four separate false reports

“Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, center, arrives at Leighton Criminal Court Building for a hearing to discuss whether cameras will be allowed in the courtroom during his disorderly conduct case on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Matt Marton)

Nearly a year after he was charged with lying to police about orchestrating an attack on himself, the former “Empire” actor is again facing charges in Cook County court.

Project Delays Cause More Backups, Frustration on Jane Byrne Interchange

Construction along the Jane Byrne Interchange (WTTW News)

Consistently listed one of the worst bottlenecks in the country, a massive project to improve the Jane Byrne Interchange is behind schedule and costing more than originally expected. We discuss the latest on the project.

Crain’s Headlines: Suit Claims Google Violated Illinois Privacy Law

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The same Illinois privacy law that recently led Facebook to settle a class-action lawsuit for $550 million could trip up Google as well.

Report: Pilsen Post Office Clerk Told Customers to ‘Speak English’

The Pilsen post office at 1859 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago. (WTTW News)

Community leaders are pushing the postal service for answers – and changes – after a customer reported a clerk who refused to help Spanish-speaking customers.

The Board Game Biz is Booming, and Chicago’s Ready to Play

El: The Chicago Transit Adventure. (Photo: Transit Tees)

Board games are a multibillion-dollar analog unicorn in a digital world. How Chicago is catching up on the trend with hyperlocal games, a meetup group and a trio of board game bars/cafes.

Smash Away Your Stress at Chicago’s Only Rage Room

Visitors to the rage room on Chicago’s Near North Side pay to smash things up. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Joe Lupa, the owner of Chicago’s first and only rage room, boils his business down to a simple consumer demand: people like smashing stuff. We visit Escapades Rage Room on the city’s Near North Side.

12 Men Have Convictions Tossed in Latest Mass Exoneration Tied to Ex-Chicago Sergeant

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks with reporters following a hearing inside the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Nearly 100 felony drug convictions tied to disgraced former Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts have been tossed out since 2017. 

New Name for Disease Caused by Virus Outbreak: COVID-19

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

The disease caused by a new virus that emerged late last year in China and has since sickened tens of thousands of people now has an official name: COVID-19.

Chicago Opera Theater’s World Premiere of ‘Freedom Ride’ a Triumph of Art and History

Robert Sims and Tyrone Chambers, II in Chicago Opera Theater’s “Freedom Ride.” (Photo credit: Michael Brosilow)

In its airtight, fervent, emotionally riveting 90 minutes, “Freedom Ride” vividly captures a pivotal moment in American history and the civil rights movement of the early 1960s in the most sophisticated yet accessible way. 

Inside the ‘Bug’ Infestation at Steppenwolf Theatre

Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts talk “Bug” with WTTW News.

The revival of Tracy Letts’ 1996 play “Bug” stars his wife, Steppenwolf ensemble member Carrie Coon. We spoke to the creative team right before opening night.

Sen. Durbin on Trump: ‘This Isn’t Going to End’

Sen. Dick Durbin speaks at a press conference Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

When he cast his vote finding President Donald Trump guilty on two articles of impeachment, Sen. Dick Durbin called it a “sad and angry moment.” Now that the trial is over, Durbin fears Trump won’t change his behavior.

Tribune Buyouts: Mixed Emotions for Longtime Journalists Leaving Company

Matt O’Connor, left, and Greg Kot appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

Two veteran journalists who agreed to leave the Chicago Tribune after a recent round of buyouts talk about their hopes for the company’s future.

Primary Politics: Should Illinois Come First in 2024?

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On the heels of the Iowa caucuses debacle, Illinois leaders are trying to rally support for the state to hold the first presidential primary in 2024. But is that a good idea?

New Bill Could Give Illinois Students Time Off to Address Mental Health Issues

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State Sen. Rob Martwick says the bill would grant students up to five excused absences from class to let them “take care of their mental health, just like they would be with a broken bone or the flu.”

Field Museum Exhibit Honors First African American Taxidermist

Carl Cotton (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

Taxidermy – the process of preserving animals – isn’t usually classified as fine art. But the Field Museum is challenging that idea by shining a light on the artist behind many of the museum’s own examples. 

WTTW, WFMT Trustee Marvin Goldsmith Dies at 84

Marvin Goldsmith and Adele Goldsmith. (WTTW News)

Marvin Goldsmith, who served for decades on the board of WWCI, the parent organization of WTTW and WFMT, died Thursday. He was 84 years old.

NASA Sending Spacecraft on a Polarizing Mission to the Sun

An artist’s impression of Solar Orbiter. (Credit: ESA/ATG medialab)

It may not seem like it lately, but the sun does indeed still exist. And NASA is sending a spacecraft to our friendly neighborhood star to get some answers.

Crain’s Headlines: Traffic at Midway Drops to 20-Year Lows

Midway Airport (WTTW News)

Traffic at Midway Airport dropped last year to its lowest level in two decades—and the decline is likely to continue as long as the Boeing 737 Max is grounded.

Long-Awaited CTA Red Line Extension Moves Forward With New $38M Contract

The CTA’s South Terminal at 95th/Dan Ryan on the Red Line opened in April 2018. A plan to extend the Red Line would connect the terminal to 130th Street. (Chicago Transit Authority / Flickr)

The CTA’s proposal for a 5-mile extension of the Red Line south to 130th Street is one step closer to reality. 

Chicago Police Union President Faces 4 Challengers in March Election

Kevin Graham appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 7, 2019. (WTTW News)

Officers in Chicago’s largest police union will have a choice in their leadership next month as the organization enters its third straight year without a contract, a department overhaul and an impending decision on a new superintendent.

North Channel Restoration Project Will Benefit Wildlife, But Some Neighbors Don’t Like Their New View

The east bank of the North Shore Channel has been stripped of foliage in Legion Park as part of a habitat restoration project. (Patty Wetli / WTTW News)

The east bank of the North Shore Channel has been stripped of foliage between Foster and Bryn Mawr avenues, to be replaced with native species. Neighbors say the project has laid bare “eyesores” on the opposite bank.

Joe Walsh: ‘I Would Support Any Democrat’ Over Trump

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

Declaring President Donald Trump unbeatable in a Republican Party that has become a “cult,” former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh says he will do everything he can to help a Democrat – any Democrat – defeat Trump in November.

Police: 9 Homicides in Chicago’s Deadliest Weekend of Year

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Chicago recorded nine homicides between 6 p.m. Friday and midnight Sunday, a weekend police said was the deadliest of the year for a city that had seen a recent decline in the number of fatal shootings.

Chicago’s Matthew Cherry Wins Oscar for ‘Hair Love’

Matthew A. Cherry, from second left, Deandre Arnold, his mother Sandy Arnold, second right, and the cast and the crew of “Hair Love” arrive at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss / Invision / AP)

The Loyola Academy graduate and former NFL wide receiver picked up an Academy Award on Sunday for best animated short film.

China Virus Cases Rise Again, 65 More on Ship in Japan

A woman puts on a mask near a notice board that reads “Bans on wild animals trading following the coronavirus outbreak” at a cafe in Beijing, Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

China reported a rise in new virus cases Monday, denting optimism that disease control measures including isolating major cities might be working, while the operator of a cruise ship in Japan reported dozens of new cases.

Making Oscar History, ‘Parasite’ Wins Best Picture

Bong Joon Ho, right, reacts as he is presented with the award for best picture for “Parasite” from presenter Jane Fonda at the Oscars on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Looking on from left are Kang-Ho Song and Kwak Sin Ae. (AP Photo / Chris Pizzello)

In a milestone win that instantly expanded the Oscars’ horizons, Bong Joon Ho’s class satire “Parasite” became the first non-English language film to win best picture in the 92-year history of the Academy Awards. 

China’s Virus Death Toll Surpasses SARS But New Cases Fall

A traffic policeman adjusts his mask on a street in Beijing, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020. (AP Photo / Andy Wong)

China’s virus death toll rose by 89 on Sunday to 811, passing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, but fewer new cases were reported in a possible sign its spread may be slowing.

The Week in Review: Chaotic Week for Chicago Public Schools


Turmoil at Lincoln Park High School. Bribery scandals take down multiple politicians – will they also quash red light cameras? And President Donald Trump takes a victory lap.