Teachers Union Leaders Defend Equity Demands in Contract Negotiations

Chicago Teachers Union President Jesse Sharkey and CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates appear on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

The Chicago Teachers Union has insisted that its next contract with the city include not just raises for teachers, but a host of other commitments. But with a possible strike looming, will those demands hold up?

What’s Next in Lead-Up to a Chicago Teachers Strike?

This Sept. 10, 2012 file photo shows Chicago teachers walking a picket line outside a school in Chicago, after they went on strike for the first time in 25 years. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

The Chicago Teachers Union has set a strike date of Oct. 17, but the deadline for the city to come to a deal with the 25,000-member union may be sooner.

Mayor, CPS CEO: Solutions to ‘Quality-of-Life Issues’ Aren’t in a Teachers Contract

Mayor Lori Lightfoot, center, and Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson, right, appear on “Chicago Tonight.” (WTTW News)

Mayor Lori Lightfoot on Wednesday again accused the Chicago Teachers Union of ignoring the city’s contract proposals – but said a strike isn’t a foregone conclusion. Lightfoot and CPS CEO Janice Jackson join “Chicago Tonight” in conversation.

Local Scientists Help Create First Long-Range Tornado Forecasts

(Courtesy of Victor Gensini)

Earlier this year, for the first time ever a small team of scientists was able to forecast a severe tornado outbreak almost one month in advance. We speak with Victor Gensini, a key member of that team.

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.

City Releases Inspector General’s Laquan McDonald Investigation

The scene of the Laquan McDonald shooting taken on the night of the fatal incident is shown on a screen to jurors during the trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018. (Chicago Police Department)

There is new insight into the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald and whether or not there was a large-scale cover-up of the initial incident to protect the Chicago police officer who shot him.

PAWS Chicago to Open New Outreach Center in Englewood

Since 2014, PAWS Chicago has operated a door-to-door outreach program aimed at reaching areas of the city with the highest rates of homeless pets. (Courtesy PAWS Chicago)

The no-kill animal shelter will expand services that have reached 13,000 pets and 6,600 families in Englewood since 2014 as it strives to be an “animal welfare anchor in a community where there are no other pet resources.”

Crain’s Headlines: American Airlines Delays Return of Boeing 737 Max Jets

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American Airlines is pushing back the expected return of its Boeing 737 Max jets into next year. The airline says it expects to slowly bring the plane back into its schedule starting Jan. 16.

Ask Geoffrey: How Did North Lawndale Get Its Name?

(Courtesy Chicago Public Library)

As real estate development booms in pockets of the city, it feels like a new neighborhood is introduced every few months. This may seem like a relatively recent phenomenon, but in Chicago, the practice goes back decades. Geoffrey Baer explains.

It’s Time to Declare a ‘Year of Chicago Dance’

“Synapse” by Nick Pupillo (Photo by MREID Photography)

The City of Chicago and the League of Chicago Theaters declared 2019 “The Year of Chicago Theatre.” But anyone who has been following dance in Chicago in recent years will attest to the fact that it is now time to declare a “Year of Chicago Dance.”

Watchdog Report: Chicago Police Parked for Free at Bears, Cubs Games

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Chicago police officers used department-issued parking placards to park illegally at sporting events and allowed friends and family to use those placards as well, according to a new report from the city’s inspector general.

Report: Defense Attorneys Laud Shift to ‘Fairness and Accountability’ Under Kim Foxx

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 17, 2019. (WTTW News)

Twenty-eight defense attorneys were interviewed for a new report, which claims Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has reversed some of the “tough-on-crime” policies that previously existed in her office.

Trump Defends Syria Move, Doesn’t Want US Troops in Mideast

President Donald Trump speaks during a ceremony to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Alex Brandon)

Turkey launched its offensive Wednesday, with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announcing on his official Twitter account that the operation had begun. President Trump defended his decision to pull back U.S. troops from northeastern Syria.

9-Year-Old Charged with Murder in 5 Illinois Fire Deaths

In this Sunday, April 7, 2019, file photo, Marie Chockley, a resident of the Timberline Trailer Court, north of Goodfield, Illinois, surveys the damage that was caused by a Saturday night fire that killed five residents in a mobile home. (Kevin Barlow / The Pantagraph via AP, File)

A 9-year-old child accused of causing a mobile home fire that killed three children and two adults in central Illinois has been charged with five counts of first-degree murder. 

Quigley: Attempts to Slow Impeachment Probe Show White House ‘Panic’

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 8, 2019.

A conversation with U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley on President Trump’s moves to stall the impeachment inquiry.

White House Vows Total Halt to Impeachment Probe Cooperation

President Donald Trump, joined by from left, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, speaks to media during a briefing with senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Monday, Oct. 7, 2019. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster)

The White House declared Tuesday it will halt any and all cooperation with what it termed the “illegitimate” impeachment probe by House Democrats, sharpening the constitutional clash between President Donald Trump and Congress.

Chicago Fashion Week Hopes to Put City’s Design Scene on the Map

(Photo credit: FashionBar Chicago)

When you think of the hotbeds of high fashion, New York, Milan and Paris probably all come to mind. That’s something Chicago Fashion Week is hoping to change.

‘What Came After’ Exhibition Explores Legacy of Chicago Imagism

Tony Phillips, “The Space Between,” 1993. (Courtesy Elmhurst Art Museum)

Colorful and playful paintings hang next to erotic works and dark visions. An overlooked group of Chicago artists is getting its due – at a museum in Elmhurst.

Is It Time to Reopen Chicago’s Shuttered Mental Health Clinics?

This file photo from 2015 shows a protest over mental health care in Chicago. (WTTW News)

Will Mayor Lori Lightfoot keep her campaign promise to reopen the six mental health clinics closed in 2012 by her predecessor? Or is there or is there a better approach to treating mental illnesses?

Checking Out the Menu at Chicago’s US Pizza Museum


Pizza is on the menu at a Chicago museum dedicated to the world-famous dish. We check out the collection of a curator with a craving.

Crain’s Headlines: Caterpillar Stock Sags Amid Global Economy Concerns

In this July 24, 2017 file photo, a Caterpillar excavator rests at a housing construction site in North Andover, Mass. Caterpillar Inc. reports earnings Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo / Elise Amendola, FIle)

Caterpillar stock sagged toward a one-month low Tuesday. Concern over slowing global economies drove the bellwether industrial stock downward. 

Land Deal Tied to Illinois Senate President Cullerton Under Scrutiny

A sign for the Canal Shores golf club, left, and a file photo of Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. (WTTW News)

A North Shore land deal involving Illinois Senate President John Cullerton raises questions about a powerful public official influencing a vote that could enrich him and his son.

The Cases for and Against Horse-Drawn Carriages in Chicago

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A debate in Chicago over horse-drawn carriages has raged between animal activists and industry professionals for years. We hear both sides of the debate.

Field Museum’s New Meteorite Contains Stardust That Predates the Solar System

A 4-pound piece of a meteorite that struck Costa Rica earlier this year was handed over to the Field Museum on Oct. 7, 2019. (John Weinstein / Field Museum)

A 4-pound chunk of a rare type of meteorite that crashed into a Costa Rican village this spring has found its way to Chicago, and experts say the rock likely contains clues to the origins of life on Earth.

Climate Activists: ‘The Oceans Are Rising, And So Are We’


Activists on Monday evening closed down the streets in front of Chicago City Hall and the James R. Thompson Center as they called on Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. J.B. Pritzker to declare a “climate emergency.”

Parkinson’s Disease Not Slowing Down Runner’s Marathon Goal

Wilmette resident Bill Bucklew, right, ran in the Berlin marathon on Sept. 29. Bucklew, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at 43, will run in the Chicago marathon on Sunday, Oct. 13. (Courtesy of Bill Bucklew)

The Oct. 13 race is just one of six marathons Bill Bucklew is running in single a year to raise funds for Parkinson’s disease. The 49-year-old was diagnosed with the progressive neurological disorder seven years ago. 

Northwestern Coach Pat Fitzgerald on Sports, School and Leadership

Northwestern University football coach Pat Fitzgerald appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

The winningest football coach in Northwestern University’s history talks about leadership – and why his team has been successful academically.

Crain’s Headlines: GM Strike Raises Fears of Recession

John Kirk, right, a 20-year-employee, pickets with co-workers outside the General Motors Fabrication Division, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, in Parma, Ohio. (AP Photo / Tony Dejak)

The General Motors strike now entering its fourth week is rippling across the economy, from parts suppliers to bars, restaurants and other businesses that serve employees who now find themselves tight on cash.

Growing Giant Pumpkins ‘A Tough Hobby’ for Illinois Enthusiasts

Joe Adkins of Wheaton, Illinois prepares to weigh a giant pumpkin he grew. At 1,258 pounds, the gourd took first place in a contest on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Inside a barn about 60 miles southwest of Chicago, six giant pumpkins are hoisted by forklift onto an industrial scale and weighed, one by one, so their growers can claim cash prizes for the heaviest – and bragging rights.

Two Longtime Chicagoans Among 2019 ‘Genius Grant’ Recipients

Lynda Barry and Emmanuel Pratt (Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

An urban designer from Chicago and one of the city’s longtime illustrators are among the 2019 MacArthur fellows and recipients of the prestigious “genius grant.” 

Guns, Abortion and Gay Rights Top Supreme Court’s Docket

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The Supreme Court is set to have a blockbuster term, hearing cases on gay and transgender rights, immigration, abortion, guns and religion. We preview the new term with former Supreme Court clerks.

State Sen. Toi Hutchinson Takes on New Role as Illinois’ ‘Cannabis Czar’

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She was a driving force behind Illinois’ new marijuana law. Meet the state’s new cannabis regulation oversight officer.