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Spotlight Politics: More Changes Coming to City Hall


On Thursday, officials are due to certify the results of too-close-to-call runoff races in three Chicago wards. Will a longtime political dynasty lose its council clout? Our politics team digests the top stories of the week.

Former Mayoral Candidate Faces New Questions About Campaign Spending

A WTTW News exclusive

Amara Enyia appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 30, 2018.

Amara Enyia received big donations from some music superstars during her bid for mayor. But state election officials are now looking into exactly how that money is accounted for.

Ask Geoffrey: Was There an Egg Factory in Bronzeville?

(Courtesy of the Glessner House Museum)

A viewer says her uncle used to swipe eggs from a factory in Bronzeville in the 1940s or ‘50s. Chicago history eggs-pert Geoffrey Baer has the surprising answer to that and other questions in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

At 102, This Longtime Chicago Pianist Has Still Got the Chops

Dorothy Olson Pauletti

Dorothy Olson Pauletti came to Chicago at age 17 and played piano professionally for nearly eight decades. At 102, she’s still living musically.

Why One Sociologist Says It’s Time for Black Women to Date White Men


Cheryl Judice, the author of the new book “Interracial Relationships between Black Women and White Men,” tells us why she believes more black women should date outside their own race.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: April 18-21

(Circo Hermanos Vazquez / Facebook)

Circus acts, colorful eggs and superheroes usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Brookfield Zoo’s 7-Week-Old River Otter Pup Dies

A North American river otter born in February at Brookfield Zoo had to be euthanized after his health declined. (Jim Schulz / Chicago Zoological Society)

Staff made the decision to euthanize the North American river otter pup after his health declined over the weekend. “This was an enormously hard decision to make,” said Bill Zeigler of the Chicago Zoological Society.

Dual Art Show at Intuit Makes Case for Art as Therapy

Susan Te Kahurangi King (New Zealand, b. 1951). Untitled, c. 2015. (Private collection, courtesy of the artist, Chris Byrne, Andrew Edlin Gallery, and Marlborough Contemporary, London and New York)

This pair of art shows couldn’t be more different, highlighting a New Zealand artist who hasn’t spoken in more than 50 years; and two Chicago artists who fight addiction with creativity.

Records: Kim Foxx Felt Office May Have Overcharged ‘Washed Up’ Smollett

This Feb. 22, 2019 file photo shows Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaking at a news conference in Chicago. (AP Photo / Kiichiro Sato, File)

Weeks after recusing herself from the felony prosecution of “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx sent texts to her second-in-command about the case, saying it appeared the office was “overcharging” the actor.

Porter Moser: ‘All In’ as Loyola Ramblers Coach

Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball coach Porter Moser speaks to the press March 19, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Loyola-Chicago coach Porter Moser says he plans to stay at the school after he reportedly talked to St. John’s about its job.

Coroner: 5 Aurora Warehouse Victims Shot Multiple Times

Crosses are placed for the victims of a mass shooting Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

Autopsies on the five employees killed when a gunman opened fire in February at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant have determined that all of them were shot more than once.

Lawmakers Uneasy About Pritzker’s Pension Plans


Illinois’ long-term pension debt tops $130 billion. What Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to do – and what he won’t do – about that crushing burden.

‘Brotherland’ Photographer Documents Conflict, Life in Ukraine

Photographer Brendan Hoffman speaks with WTTW News about his exhibition, “Brotherland: War in Ukraine.”

The young American photographer Brendan Hoffman tells us about his new show at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art.

Report: Amazon Employees Are Listening to Alexa Conversations

(Rich Bamford / Flickr)

Would you forgo your privacy for more effective technology? Owners of voice-activated home devices may need to start asking themselves that question.

Rebuilding Notre Dame a ‘National Project’ for France

Debris seen inside Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Firefighters declared success Tuesday in a more than 12-hour battle to extinguish an inferno engulfing Paris’ iconic cathedral. (Christophe Petit Tesson, Pool via AP)

A fire has devastated the 850-year-old cathedral in Paris. What will it take to rebuild the iconic structure? Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin joins us in discussion.

How Guano Islands Helped Build an American Empire


The U.S. empire stretches farther than you may think. The new book “How to Hide an Empire” details America’s acquisition of foreign land.