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It’s the Season of Giving. How to Choose Charities Wisely


The Trump Foundation announces it’s shutting down. A Northwestern University economist shares his strategies for smart charitable giving.

Mayor’s Race: Lesser-Known Candidates Face Steep Climb

Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Dec. 18, 2018.

Major players in the race for Chicago mayor have emerged. But what about some of the lesser-known names among the 21 who have filed to run? Do they stand a chance to make the ballot?

After Texas Ruling, What’s Next for Obamacare?

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A federal judge’s ruling puts the future of Obamacare on the line. Is the sweeping health care initiative again in peril?

New Book ‘Art of Logic’ a Guide to Having Better Arguments

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Do you want to avoid illogical arguments over the holidays? In her new book, “The Art of Logic in an Illogical World,” Eugenia Cheng explains how to apply the art of logic to debates.

American Auto History Shines at Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage

Chicago Vintage Motor Carriage’s 1932 Ruxton at the Geneva Concours d’Elegance. (Credit: Bill Ficht)

Travel through American automotive history with a glimpse at an extraordinary private collection of vintage cars.

Chicago Shakespeare’s Flashy ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ Tries Too Hard to Be Hip

Led in revels by the First Fairy (Adrienne Storrs) and Puck (Sam Kebede), the fairy ensemble gather to “Rock the Ground” in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” (Photo by Liz Lauren)

Despite a number of fine performances and a gorgeous “flower power” set, the whole thing ends up feeling more clunky and exhausting than beguiling. Subtle it is not, and often the poetry and emotion get lost.

Major Candidates for Mayor Haven’t Released Their Tax Returns. Why Not?

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Tax returns can show a candidate’s wealth, charitable giving and whether their financial interests could present a conflict of interest. At least five of the major candidates for Chicago mayor have not yet made their returns public.

Fundraisers Created to Support Families of Chicago Officers Struck by Train

Chicago police Officers Conrad Gary, left, and Eduardo Marmolejo (Courtesy of the Chicago Police Department)

Community organizers have helped raise thousands of dollars for the families of two Chicago police officers who were struck and killed by a Metra train in an accident Monday night on the Far South Side.

Chicago Officers Likely Didn’t See Train That Killed Them

Passengers sit on a train while police officers work the scene where two officers were killed after they were struck Monday, Dec. 17, 2018 by a South Shore train near 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue. (E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Two Chicago police officers may not have seen or heard the commuter train that fatally struck them because they were focused on another train coming from the opposite direction, a department spokesman said Tuesday.

Chicago Police: 2 Officers Die After Being Struck by Train

Police investigate the scene where two officers were killed after they were struck by a South Shore train near 103rd Street and Dauphin Avenue on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018. (Armando L. Sanchez / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Two Chicago police officers were fatally struck by a train as they investigated a report of gunshots on the city's far South Side.

FAFSA Verification an ‘Unfair Burden’ for Low-Income Students


Though finals are over for most college students, many still have something looming over their heads: financial aid. Why the process is taking longer for thousands of college students seeking federal aid.

New Chicago Ordinance Aimed at Encouraging, Regulating Pop-Ups


The concept of pop-up businesses is not new, but a city initiative to regulate them is. We visit several Chicago pop-ups that are open for business in this new era of retail.

5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Data Breaches

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The recent Marriott hotel data breach affected half a billion people. Who’s behind the attack, and what can we learn from it? We speak with Blase Ur, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Chicago.

Vallas Drops Petition Challenge; Lightfoot Calls on Preckwinkle to Do Same

“Toni Preckwinkle is doing what a party boss does,” mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Election officials and campaigns are in a frenzy to sort out who will be on the mayoral ballot in February, and things likely won’t let up until well into the new year.

Susana Mendoza on Her Battle to Become Chicago’s Next Mayor

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

Susana Mendoza announced her candidacy for Chicago mayor just days after winning re-election as Illinois comptroller. Now, she is considered by many to be one of the front-runners in that race.

New Book Examines Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Crusade Against American Fascism’

Author Timothy Denevi appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

“Freak Kingdom” dives into the writer’s clashes with the political establishment. Author Timothy Denevi joins us to discuss the book.