Chicago Bank CEO Charged with Trying to Trade Loans for Trump Post

In this June 28, 2012 photo, Stephen M. Calk, Chairman and Chief Financial Official of The Federal Savings Bank speaks as Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel listens during an announcement about job growth and economic development and a corporate headquarters relocation by the Federal Savings Bank to Chicago.  (Al Podgorski / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Stephen M. Calk was arrested Thursday in New York City on a financial institution bribery charge. He is scheduled to appear in Manhattan federal court in the afternoon.

‘American Taliban’ Lindh Freed After 17 Years in Prison

American John Walker Lindh is seen in this undated file photo obtained Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2002, from a religious school where he studied for five months in Bannu, 190 miles southwest of Islamabad, Pakistan. (AP Photo, File)

John Walker Lindh, 38, was released Thursday from the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana. He spent more than 17 years in prison after pleading guilty to providing support to the Taliban.

United CEO Vows to be Aboard 737 Max When Its Cleared to Fly

In this May 2, 2017 file photo, United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, before a House Transportation Committee oversight hearing. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP File Photo)

CEO Oscar Munoz says he will be aboard United Airlines’ first flight of a Boeing 737 Max once regulators agree to let the aircraft fly again.

Spotlight Politics: Mayor Lightfoot vs. the Council Machine


Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued a stern warning to City Council members in her inaugural address. Our politics team tackles that story and other headlines in our weekly roundtable.

Ask Geoffrey: Lincoln Park Statue in Mexico City?


How did a Lincoln Park statue wind up standing in cities all over the world? Geoffrey Baer goes south of the border for the answer. 

CTU Prepares for Contract Fight with New Mayor

Chicago Teachers Union members hold a rally in the Loop on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. (WTTW News)

Chicago Teachers Union members call on Mayor Lori Lightfoot to make good on promises for educational equity. Meanwhile, upheaval at a Chicago Public Schools board meeting.

Not Just Stonewall: New Show Explores 50 Years of Queer Art


The Stonewall riots in New York City started the modern gay rights movement (at least, they did in the popular imagination). A new exhibition at Wrightwood 659 challenges how we think of Stonewall’s place in history.

New Mayor, New Solutions to Chicago’s Finances? Local Analysts Weigh In

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot waves after being sworn in during her inauguration ceremony Monday, May 20, 2019. (AP Photo / Jim Young)

It’s her first week in office, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot doesn’t have time to waste when it comes to city finances. How can Chicago address its fiscal troubles?

‘Bloomsday’ a Breathtaking Play About Time, Love, Regret and Fateful Decisions

Bryce Gangel in “Bloomsday,” presented by Remy Bumppo Theatre Company. (Photo by Michael Courier)

Steven Dietz’s hauntingly beautiful play is inspired by James Joyce’s groundbreaking novel “Ulysses,” but it is no stage adaptation. Rather, it’s a gorgeous, exquisitely imagined contemporary riff on Joyce’s essential themes.

Lawmakers Repeal Act Prohibiting Illinois From Restricting Greenhouse Gases

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The Illinois General Assembly has voted to repeal a decades-old law that prohibited the state from implementing its own restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions.

Rare Eastern Black Rhinoceros Born at Lincoln Park Zoo

A newborn rhino calf at Lincoln Park Zoo stood on all four legs just 53 minutes after birth. (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

After 15 months of pregnancy, Lincoln Park Zoo rhinoceros Kapuki gave birth to a new calf Sunday. And just 53 minutes after birth, it was able to stand up on all four legs.

Pregnant Woman Seeks Deportation Asylum in Chicago Church

In this Tuesday, May 21, 2019 photo provided by WBEZ Radio is Adilene Marquina, left, as she sobs after announcing she will be seeking sanctuary inside Faith, Life and Hope Mission church on Chicago's Southwest Side. Hugging her is her son, Johan as Rev. Jose Landaverde, right, comforts her. (María Ines Zamudio / WBEZ Radio via AP)

The 34-year-old woman, who has a high-risk pregnancy and is afraid to travel back to Mexico, is seeking asylum after she says she received a deportation order requiring her to leave the U.S. by Thursday.

‘Offensive’ Senior Quote Delays Suburban High School Yearbooks

Statement often attributed to Nazis chosen as senior quote

Highland Park High School (Google Maps)

Highland Park High School won’t be handing out its yearbooks on time after a statement linked to Nazi leaders was chosen as a senior quote.

Michael Avenatti Charged with Defrauding Stormy Daniels

In this April 16, 2018 file photo, adult film actress Stormy Daniels, left, stands with her lawyer Michael Avenatti as she speaks outside federal court, in New York. (AP Photo / Mary Altaffer, File)

Federal prosecutors in New York City say Michael Avenatti used a doctored document to divert about $300,000 that Stormy Daniels was supposed to get from a book deal, then used the money for personal and business expenses. 

McDonald’s Says It’s Offering Training to Combat Harassment

In this Aug. 8, 2018, file photo employees stand in McDonald’s Chicago flagship restaurant. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh, File)

McDonald’s Corp. says it’s enhancing training and offering a new hotline for workers in response to mounting allegations of sexual harassment.

Pritzker Agenda Coming Down to the Wire

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Illinois’ legislative session in Springfield is scheduled to adjourn at the end of this month – and a lot remains unresolved.