Early Exit for Retiring Senate President John Cullerton

In this June 2016 file photo, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton talks about plans for a temporary state budget. (WTTW News)

One of the most powerful figures in Illinois politics is giving up his position.

‘Sesame Street’ Child Specialist Writes How-To Book for Parents

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Rosemarie Truglio, the development specialist behind the curriculum of “Sesame Street” is out with a new book for parents to help their children learn.

At Age 100, Heart Health Pioneer Still Doing Research

Dr. Jeremiah Stamler (WTTW News)

These days, we know that eating foods high in saturated fats, salt and cholesterol is unhealthy. But that wasn’t always the accepted wisdom. And the doctor whose research led to many of those discoveries just celebrated a milestone.

Apology from Northwestern’s Student Newspaper Makes Headlines of its Own


An apology by The Daily Northwestern for its coverage of two protests caused harsh backlash on social media and in newspapers across the country. We discuss the incident with the associate dean of the university’s Medill School of Journalism.

Crain’s Headlines: Sears Cutting Hundreds of Corporate Jobs

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The layoffs at the retailer’s Hoffman Estates headquarters and at an office in San Francisco come just a week after Sears announced another wave of store closures 

Top Cop Eddie Johnson on Gun Violence, Police-Community Relations

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 14, 2019. (WTTW News)

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson is no stranger to gun violence. The city’s top cop, who will retire at the end of the year, talks about growing up in a Chicago housing project and the importance of officers treating people with respect.

‘Pop America’ Reframes Pop Art, Expands Notion of ‘America’

Antonio Berni, Mediodía (Noontime), 1976. Acrylic and collage on canvas, 78.22 x 78.34 inches (198.7 cm x 199 cm). Collection of the Blanton Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin. Barbara Duncan Fund, 1977.97. © José Antonio Berni.

Pop art gets reframed in a museum show that looks closely at the visual culture of the 1960s and ‘70s – and sheds light on an entire hemisphere of artwork that really pops.

Bears vs. Rams Preview: 2 Teams with Unfinished Business


The Chicago Bears (4-5) look to get back on track when they face the Los Angeles Rams (5-4) on Sunday Night Football. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us a preview.

Ex-Chicago Detective Acquitted in Rekia Boyd Killing Wants Court Records Expunged

Judge will rule on Dante Servin’s petition at a hearing next week

Martinez Sutton, center, speaks at City Hall on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 about the killing of his sister Rekia Boyd by former Chicago police Detective Dante Servin in 2012. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Former Chicago police Detective Dante Servin was found not guilty of Rekia Boyd’s killing in 2016. Now he wants any record of his criminal trial removed from the public eye – a move family members call a “terrible slap in the face.”

Vaping-Related Illness Claims 4th Life in Illinois

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Four people have died in Illinois since March after experiencing serious vaping-related illnesses. The state is now among those with the most fatalities linked to the outbreak, according to health officials.

Joe Walsh Files to Challenge Trump in New Hampshire

Former U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 19, 2019.

Former Illinois congressman Joe Walsh has filed for the New Hampshire presidential primary, officially giving President Donald Trump two major Republican primary challengers in the early voting state.

Ex-Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Announces Dem Presidential Bid

In this May 7, 2017 file photo, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick arrives at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston for the 2017 Profile in Courage award ceremony.  (AP Photo / Steven Senne, File)

In an announcement video, former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick highlighted his poverty-stricken childhood on Chicago’s South Side, saying he’s running for the “people who feel left out and left back.”

Chicago Still Betting on Casino Deal Before Veto Session’s End

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Mayor Lori Lightfoot isn’t folding her cards just yet on a new casino tax structure, though a deal proved elusive Wednesday. That leaves just one remaining day in the veto session for a framework to be finalized and get through both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly.

Trump Impeachment Inquiry: House Dems, GOP Trade Barbs on Day 1


Analysis of Wednesday’s public impeachment hearings from three local legal minds: Renato Mariotti, Martin Redish and Christine Svenson.

Lightfoot Claims Uber Paid Off African American Ministers

“They offered up black ministers $54 million – a one-time deal – if they would convince the mayor to do away with any other kind of regulation,” Mayor Lori Lightfoot said Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday alleged that ride-hailing giant Uber offered to pay off black ministers to the tune of $54 million if they would join a campaign to publicly oppose a $40 million ride-hailing tax proposal – a claim the company denies.

Federal Prosecutor Targets Chicago Violence

U.S. Attorney John Lausch appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 13, 2019. (WTTW News)

Gun violence in Chicago is on the decline, but the number of homicides in the city is still staggering. What can federal prosecutors do to reduce shooting incidents? U.S. Attorney John Lausch Jr. joins us in discussion.

Takeaways from Day 1 of House Public Impeachment Hearings

Top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine William Taylor, and career Foreign Service officer George Kent, left, walk back from a break as they testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019, during the first public impeachment hearing of President Donald Trump’s efforts to tie U.S. aid for Ukraine to investigations of his political opponents. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Wednesday’s start of public impeachment hearings in Congress marked the first time that the American public could watch and listen to the witnesses whose testimony is at the core of the Democrats’ investigation.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Reunites with Steppenwolf for ‘Lindiwe’

A rehearsal for the Steppenwolf Theatre production of “Lindiwe.” (WTTW News)

From a Chicago blues club to South Africa, a new show at Steppenwolf Theatre explores music and love across cultures. We get a behind-the-scenes look at “Lindiwe.”

Ask Geoffrey: A 1917 Army Parade on Michigan Avenue


What do a train ride and an army parade have in common? Geoffrey Baer investigates two Chicago publicity stunts in this installment of Ask Geoffrey.

Crain’s Headlines: Abbott Labs CEO to Step Down in 2020

An undated photo of Abbott Laboratories CEO Miles White (Abbott / Wikimedia Commons)

During his more than 20 years at the helm of Abbott Laboratories, Miles White transformed the North Chicago-based health-care products maker with a series of acquisitions and spinoffs.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Nov. 14-17

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An open-air holiday market, musical performances, art books and screen printing usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

CTU’s Strike Remains Suspended. To End it, 25,000 Teachers Must Ratify New Contract

The Chicago Teachers Union and SEIU Local 73 hold a massive demonstration in the Loop on Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2019 -- day five of the Chicago teachers strike. (WTTW News)

The Chicago Teachers Union’s 11-day strike is suspended, but it’s not officially over until rank-and-file members vote to ratify a five-year tentative contract agreement reached with the city. That vote begins Thursday.

Justice Department Rolls Out New Program to Combat Gun Violence

In this July 8, 2019, file photo, U.S. Attorney General William Barr speaks during a tour of a federal prison in Edgefield, S.C. (AP Photo / John Bazemore, File)

Attorney General William Barr announced a new initiative Wednesday that would better enforce the U.S. gun background check system, coordinate state and federal gun cases and ensure prosecutors quickly update databases to show when a defendant can’t possess a firearm because of mental health issues.

Heating Issues Hit Kenwood Academy High School for 2nd Straight Day

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Chicago Public Schools said heating issues at the school had been fixed Tuesday. But on Wednesday the district said several classrooms were suffering from insufficient heat circulation as temperatures across the city remained below freezing.

Privacy, Consumer Groups Seek to Block Google-Fitbit Deal

In this Aug. 16, 2018, file photo, the new Fitbit Charge 3 fitness trackers with sport bands are displayed in New York. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

Nine privacy, social justice and consumer groups are calling for the U.S. government to block Google’s $2.1 billion acquisition of fitness-gadget maker Fitbit, citing antitrust and privacy concerns.

Impeachment Hearings Go Live on TV With the 1st Witnesses

The Capitol is seen as the House is set to begin public impeachment inquiry hearings as lawmakers debate whether to remove President Donald Trump from office, in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. At left is the Peace Monument. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

When the gavel strikes at the start of the House hearing on Wednesday morning, America and the rest of the world will have the chance to see and hear for themselves for the first time about President Donald Trump’s actions toward Ukraine and consider whether they are, in fact, impeachable offenses. Watch live.

Report: Illinois Has One of the Best Lung Cancer Survival Rates

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Illinois has one of the best lung cancer survival rates in the country, yet it also has one of the highest incidence rates of lung cancer, according to a new report from the American Lung Association.

Northwestern Paper’s Apology Sparks Journalism Debate

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Student editors at the newspaper covering Northwestern University have faced two waves of criticism over their coverage of protests in response to an event featuring former Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

How Can Data Inform Violence Prevention Efforts in Chicago?

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Northwestern sociology professor Andrew Papachristos has a striking idea when it comes to thinking about shootings in Chicago. He and local advocate Franklin Cosey-Gay tell us about their work with data and research.

What Policymakers Can Do to Help Reduce Gun Violence


As part of our special episode on gun violence, we discuss the policies being proposed at the state and federal level with U.S. Reps. Robin Kelly and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and state Rep. La Shawn Ford.

Lessons From the Front Lines of Violence Prevention and Healing


As part of WTTW’s new documentary series “Firsthand: Gun Violence,” five experts offer big ideas in “Firsthand Talks” sessions for addressing gun violence in Chicago. Four of those experts join us in discussion.

World’s Largest Starbucks Set to Open Friday in Chicago

A barista prepares a coffee at a media preview of the new Starbucks Reserve Roastery on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. (WTTW News)

The Reserve Roastery will span five floors and 35,000 square feet on Michigan Avenue, taking up residence in what was for decades Crate & Barrel’s flagship store. We get a preview.