US Teen Vaping Numbers Climb, Fueled by Juul and Mint Flavor

This April 16, 2019, file photo, shows a Juul vape pen in Vancouver, Washington. (AP Photo / Craig Mitchelldyer, File)

New research shows U.S. teens who use electronic cigarettes prefer those made by Juul Labs, and mint is the favorite flavor for many of them, suggesting a shift after the company stopped selling fruit and dessert flavors in stores.

He Was Convicted, Then Exonerated. Now, He’s An Attorney

Mario Casciaro appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.

A wrongfully convicted man shares his journey to becoming an attorney and his thoughts on the judicial system. Meet Mario Casciaro, who will be sworn in as an attorney this week.   

Vintage Toy Collection Inspires Exceptional Group of Local Artists


For years, vintage toys have inspired renowned Chicago artist Karl Wirsum. And recently he shared his fun-filled collection with an extraordinary group of local artists at Project Onward.

What Some Companies Are Doing with Your ‘Secret’ Consumer Score

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When you send messages to an Airbnb host or order food through Yelp, you probably don’t spend much time thinking about where else that information goes – or who it goes to. But that data has the potential to affect you in surprising ways.

Crain’s Headlines: Walgreens Explores Deal to Take Company Private

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Walgreens has been exploring a potential deal to take the company private in what could become the largest leveraged buyout in history.

Oak Park Record Store Val’s Halla Closing its Doors Nov. 30

Val Camilletti at her record store, Val’s halla, in 2005. (WTTW News)

A legendary record store is closing at the end of the month. We revisit our portrait of this one-of-a-kind shop opened by Val Camilletti in 1972.

Impeachment Reversal: Diplomat Now Acknowledges Quid Pro Quo

In this Oct. 17, 2019, file photo U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, center, arrives for a interview with the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, and House Committee on Oversight and Reform on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

In a striking reversal, a top diplomat revised his testimony in the House impeachment inquiry to acknowledge that U.S. military aid to Ukraine was being withheld until the foreign ally promised to investigate corruption as President Donald Trump wanted.

Nonprofit Equal Hope Aims to Eliminate Cervical Cancer in Chicago by 2040

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After helping to reduce racial disparities in breast cancer deaths in Chicago, the local nonprofit Equal Hope is aiming to eliminate cervical cancer in the city. “No woman should ever die of cervical cancer,” said the group’s executive director.

CPS Announces Dates of 5 Make-Up Days Following Teachers Strike

Chicago Teachers Union members ended their strike last week after 11 missed days of class. (WTTW News)

The school district says it will spread five make-up days across the rest of the year. CPS Chief Education Officer LaTanya McDade joins us to discuss the 11-day strike, recent negotiations and a new teachers contract.

Chicago Man Who Says He Was Tortured Into False Confession Now Suing City, Police Officers

Arnold Day speaks to the media on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (WTTW News)

Arnold Day claims he was tortured into falsely confessing to two murders in 1991. After 26 years in prison, he’s now suing the city of Chicago.

‘I Was Appalled’: Black Customers Say Host Told Them to Move

Justin Vahl of Montgomery, Illinois and his wife, Mary, right, speak during a press conference Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019 about how he was asked to move at a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant in Naperville because a nearby couple didn't want to sit near blacks. (Paul Valade / Daily Herald via AP)

An attorney representing a group of black customers who say they were asked to change tables at a Chicago-area Buffalo Wild Wings because of their skin color urged the restaurant chain Tuesday to make wholesale changes to avoid a discrimination lawsuit.

1 in 2 Seriously Ill Medicare Enrollees Struggles with Bills

In this Nov. 8, 2018, file photo, the U.S. Medicare Handbook is photographed, in Washington. (AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

More than half of seriously ill Medicare enrollees face financial hardships with medical bills, with prescription drug costs the leading problem, according to a study published Monday.

Congestion Plan or Regressive Tax? A Debate Over Ride-Hailing Fee Hikes

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If you rely on ride-hailing services such as Uber and Lyft to get around Chicago, your fare could soon be higher. How a fee hike could impact Chicagoans – and the city.

US Tells UN it is Bidding Adieu to Paris Climate Deal

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday touted America’s carbon pollution cuts and called the Paris deal an “unfair economic burden” to the U.S. economy.

State Elections Board: ‘We’re Under Constant Threat’ from Foreign Interference

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The 2020 election is just under a year away, and both federal and state election authorities say the threat of foreign interference is ramping up.

How the Chicago Teachers Union Contract Helps Students, Teachers

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)

Smaller class sizes and more counselors and nurses. We discuss the changes coming to Chicago Public Schools if teachers ratify a new five-year contract.

Is Time Running Out for the Seasonal Clock Change?

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The Illinois Senate is scheduled to take up a bill next week to make daylight saving time permanent. And it’s not just politicians who want to beat the clock. A local sleep expert sounds the alarm on why we should end the seasonal time shift.

There’s Plenty of Time for Play at Arcade-Themed Rescue The Catcade

Catcade co-founder Chris Gutierrez shows off one of the rescue shelter’s free arcade games. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

In Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, there’s an animal shelter with a twist. We visit an arcade-themed cat rescue and lounge that’s helping foster feline friendships.

Driving While Stoned: Police Still Lack Reliable Test

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As the legalization of recreational marijuana approaches, police have no reliable test for whether a person is driving under its influence. What science tells us about marijuana use and safe driving.

Chicago Police Publish New Data on Civilian Complaints

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The Chicago Police Department on Monday released data on each of the 40,497 total officer misconduct complaints filed between January 2007 and February 2019. What that data shows.

Farmer’s Love of Trees Leads to Lifelong Hunt for Heirloom Apples

Al Westerman with three of the 124 apple varieties growing in his orchard. (Jay Shefsky / Chicago Tonight)

When Al Westerman’s grandparents bought a farm in Northern Illinois in 1911, it came with a house, a barn and an apple orchard. Now, he collects heirloom apple trees and grows more than 100 varieties. 

A Breathtaking Rendering of Beethoven, and a Richly Sonic New ‘Dream’

The Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Maestro Riccardo Muti performs with violin soloist Leonidas Kavakos. ©2019 Anne Ryan

Together with the brilliant musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Maestro Riccardo Muti and violinist Leonidas Kavakos launched into an absolutely spellbinding performance of Beethoven’s “Violin Concerto in D Major.”

Juvenile Charged with Shooting Chicago Trick-or-Treater, 7

A group of children view a crime scene, where a 7-year-old girl was shot while trick-or-treating Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Chicago. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune via AP)

A 15-year-old boy was charged Friday night with attempted murder in the suspected gang-related shooting of two people on Chicago’s West Side, including a 7-year-old girl out trick-or-treating.

McDonald’s CEO Pushed Out After Relationship With Employee

In this Wednesday, July 26, 2017, file photo, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook is interviewed at the New York Stock Exchange. (AP Photo / Richard Drew, File)

McDonald’s chief executive officer has been pushed out of the company after violating company policy by engaging in a consensual relationship with an employee, the corporation said Sunday.

Science Says: How Daylight Saving Time Affects Health

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As clocks tick toward the end of daylight saving time, many sleep scientists and circadian biologists are pushing for a permanent ban because of potential ill effects on human health.

Google Steps Into Fitness, Buys Fitbit for $2.1 Billion

In this March 1, 2017, file photo, Jamey Powell, left, and Julianne Hough lead an exercise class as the participants are introduced to the Alta HR fitness tracker at Swerve cycling center in New York. (AP Photo / Mark Lennihan, File)

Google, the company that helped make it fun to just sit around surfing the web, is jumping into the fitness-tracker business with both feet.

The Week in Review: 11-Day Teachers Strike Comes to an End


Chicago teachers return to school. A state lawmaker resigns after a federal bribery charge. Trump knocks Chicago during his first visit to the city as president. And the David Ross era begins for the Cubs.

Strike-Ending Deal Will Shape Chicago Schools for Years

Students return to class on Friday Nov. 1, 2019 at Roswell B. Mason Elementary School on the South Side after a Chicago Teachers Union strike closed schools for 11 days. (Ashlee Rezin Garcia / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Chicago teachers and more than 300,000 students affected by an 11-day strike returned to classrooms Friday amid a tentative agreement that is expected to shape education in the city for the next five years.

AP-NORC Poll: More Support Than Oppose Impeachment Probe

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., second from right, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. Schiff is joined by, from left, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., House Oversight and Government Reform Committee acting chair Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, D-N.Y. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

More Americans approve of the impeachment investigation into President Donald Trump than disapprove of it, though only about a third say the inquiry should be a top priority for Congress, according to a new poll.

Rubber Pieces Found in Cookie Dough Prompt Nestle Recall

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More than two dozen Nestle cookie dough products are being recalled due to the potential presence of rubber pieces, according to an announcement by the Food and Drug Administration.

CPD Releases New Crime Data as Trump Again Attacks Eddie Johnson

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson on “Chicago Tonight” in 2018, left, and President Donald Trump in Chicago on Oct. 28, 2019. (WTTW News, left, AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, right)

On the same day the Chicago Police Department unveiled its latest crime data showing downward trends in 2019, President Donald Trump on Twitter blasted the city’s “crime wave” under Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Police Seek Gunman in Halloween Shooting That Critically Injured Child

A police supervisor and officer stand inside a cell phone store in the 3700 block of West 26th Street, where a 7-year-old girl was shot while trick-or-treating Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019, in Chicago. (John J. Kim / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson condemned the Thursday shooting that critically injured a 7-year-old trick-or-treater. “I’m disgusted, but committed to doing everything we can to find the cowards who engaged in a gun battle in the early evening hours while children were trick-or-treating,” he said.