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‘The Man Behind the Bunny’ a Celebration of Art Paul

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A still image from the documentary “Art Paul of Playboy” (American Dream Pictures / MoraQuest Productions)

He was the legendary founding art director of Playboy magazine. A new documentary celebrates the life and work of the lifelong Chicagoan.

Trump Finds Kanye West ‘Impressive’ at White House Lunch

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Kanye West meets with President Donald Trump and a gaggle of reporters Thursday at the White House.

The Grammy Award-winning rapper talked about his hometown of Chicago and much more in a meeting with President Donald Trump. “PBS NewsHour” White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor has details on that and more.

U. of I. Professor Wins ‘Genius Grant’ for Civil Justice Research

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Rebecca Sandefur (Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has received the prestigious award for her research on the hurdles low-income communities face when seeking civil justice. She joins us in discussion.

Illinois Has Worst-Polluting Meat-Processing Plant in US, Study Finds

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A beef-processing plant (istanbulimage / iStock)

A pork-processing plant in western Illinois released an average of nearly 2,000 pounds of harmful nitrogen per day into a tributary of the Illinois River last year, according to a new report.

Heroic Artist Alex Ross Takes on Comic Book Legends

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(Courtesy Alex Ross)

The renowned comic book artist unmasks his methods for capturing Spider-Man, Black Panther and other Marvel superheroes in his new book “Marvelocity.”

AARP Illinois Survey Shows Voter Anger Over State Fiscal Crisis

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Nearly three-quarters of registered voters lack confidence that Illinois’ recent budget deal will reduce the state’s long-term fiscal problems, a new poll shows.

McDonald Cover-Up? How Van Dyke Verdict May Affect Police Conspiracy Trial

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The scene of the Laquan McDonald shooting taken on the night of the fatal incident is shown on a screen to jurors during the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Chicago Police Department)

Jason Van Dyke is the first Chicago police officer to be convicted for an on-duty shooting in 50 years. Sentencing and an appeal are sure to follow, but as that case comes to a close, another is yet to begin.

Former Police Officers on the Impact of Van Dyke’s Conviction

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Will Jason Van Dyke’s conviction of second-degree murder and aggravated battery change the way Chicago police officers do their jobs?

Could Trump, Sessions Derail Chicago’s Police Consent Decree?

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have entered into an agreement to reform the city’s police department. But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says it would increase Chicago homicides.

What Global Warming Could Mean for Lake Michigan

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A United Nations report warns catastrophic consequences from global warming could come as early as 2040. Local scientists share their perspectives.

Ask Geoffrey: What Happens to a Church’s Artwork When It Closes?

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With its ever-changing demographics, Chicago has seen many churches close in the last 50 years. A viewer wants to know what happens to the art and sculptures inside those churches as they near their last days.

Remembering Longtime Newsman Warner Saunders

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Warner Saunders in an interview with John Callaway in 1980. (WTTW photo)

As Chicago mourns the loss of the Emmy Award-winning journalist, we revisit his memorable interview with John Callaway in 1980.

Photographer Donates His Talents to Help Dogs Get Adopted

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(Photo credit: Josh Feeney)

More than 6,000 dogs were taken in by the city’s animal shelter last year. How one local animal lover is focusing his lens on the challenge of finding them permanent homes.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Oct. 11-14

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Immortan L-Boe (left) wrestles Winafight Sanderson at the Chicago League of Lady Arms Wrestlers’ CLLAW XXX match at Logan Square Auditorium. (Photo by Trainman Photography)

Strong women, architectural gems, immersive plays and Mexican folk art usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

New Book Examines Government Policies’ Impact on Residential Segregation

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It’s long been believed that residential segregation was a result of personal choices. But a new book argues segregation happened by design.

Activists Call on McDonald’s, Whole Foods to Clean Up Meat Supply Chains

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Environmental activists pose for a photo during Wednesday’s protest in downtown Chicago. (Courtesy Mighty Earth)

According to a new report, McDonald’s and Whole Foods sell meat from agribusiness companies that are responsible for mass deforestation and pollution.

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