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Mayor Emanuel Prepares to Release His Final City Budget

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago Tonight file photo)

In his final budget before leaving office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising no major tax or fee increases, but there are significant new costs. How will they be paid for?

Former Blagojevich Aide Bradley Tusk on Politics and the Midterms

Bradley Tusk appears on “Chicago Tonight”

Bradley Tusk served as deputy governor under Rod Blagojevich. Now he advises tech startups. What it was like working for the now-imprisoned former governor.

A Chicago Pension Fix? Using Revenue from Public Assets


Could profits from public assets like Midway Airport help fund Chicago’s pensions? The former mayor of Highland Park thinks so.

Are We Forgetting About the Holocaust?

Kurt Gutfreund and his mother before they went into hiding. (Photo courtesy Kurt Gutfreund)

A recent study shows two-thirds of millennials in the U.S. have not heard of Auschwitz. A priest and a holocaust survivor are trying to change that. 

Field Museum Exhibit to Toast Chicago’s Immigrant-Driven Beer History

Interior of a Chicago saloon, 1905 (Chicago Daily News negatives collection / Chicago History Museum)

Visitors to the Field Museum this fall will have a chance to soak up Chicago’s rich beer history, with a focus on the immigrant communities that established the city’s first breweries.

Sears Files for Bankruptcy. What That Really Means.


Is it the end of an era? NPR reporter David Schaper joins us to discuss what the future may hold for the former retail giant.

African-American Women Assert Their Independence in ‘Flyin’ West’

From left: Tiffany Oglesby, Sydney Charles and Joslyn Jones in American Blues Theater’s production of “Flyin’ West.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

With echoes of “Oklahoma” in its evocation of the hardscrabble lives of exceptionally strong women, Pearl Cleage’s story revolves around the different choices made by four women, including the elderly but unbending matriarchal figure who experienced the abominations of slavery, yet survived to tell the story.

3 Bar Associations Rank Cook County Circuit Court Judge Candidates


Next month, voters will be tasked with electing Cook County Circuit Court judges. To help navigate the options, three local bar associations screened and ranked each candidate. Here are their recommendations.

GoFundMe Campaign Started to Support Van Dyke Family

Tiffany Van Dyke, center, watches as verdicts are read in the murder trial of her husband, Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

A fundraiser started by one of Jason Van Dyke’s trial attorneys has raised more than $43,000 in one week to support the family of the suspended Chicago police officer.

Lyric Opera Orchestra Ratifies New Contract

Members of the Chicago Lyric Opera Orchestra strike on Oct. 9, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Following a five-day strike that forced the cancellation of three performances at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the company’s orchestra ratified a new contract Sunday.

Luminous Play by Lynn Nottage Explores Faith, Politics, Family and Discrimination

Brianna Buckley, left, and Chanell Bell in “Crumbs from the Table of Joy,” by Lynn Nottage. (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

“Crumbs from the Table of Joy” – one of the playwright’s earliest works, now on stage at Raven Theatre – is continually engaging. And in the current climate, it also turns out to be uncannily timely.

Diabetes Drug Could Prevent Deaths from Air Pollution, Study Finds

(SD-Pictures / Pixabay)

An inexpensive drug for Type 2 diabetes also decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by air pollution, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

The Week in Review: Governor’s Race Gets Testy


With less than a month to Election Day, the Illinois governor’s race turns into a verbal cage match. Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke is transferred out of Cook County. The Trump administration opposes the city’s police consent decree. And does Kris Bryant really say no to $200 million? 

Final Debate for Rauner, Pritzker Takes Place in Quincy, Site of Legionnaire’s Outbreaks

Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

Democrats have been highly critical of the Rauner administration’s handling of the Legionnaire’s outbreaks, but the governor insisted during Thursday's debate that action was “immediately taken.”

March to the Polls to Honor First-Time Voters Ahead of Midterm Elections

Crowds gather in Grant Park on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 for the March to the Polls. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

A women’s march in Chicago is planned for Saturday. Why organizers say this event will be different from others.

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

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.