The Impact of Citizens United, 10 Years Later

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On the 10th anniversary of one of the United States’ most divisive Supreme Court rulings, two legal analysts share their differing views on the impact Citizens United has had on campaign funding and the nation’s political process.

Rocks, Minerals and Gemstones Share Spotlight at Oak Brook Museum


There is now more to explore at a local museum that really rocks. We visit the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art, which recently reopened to the public.

How Should Chicago Handle a ‘Climate Emergency’?

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Ald. Matt Martin recently introduced a resolution in City Council declaring a state of climate emergency. The plan calls for citywide budgetary measures and policies to reduce carbon emissions, but some worry about its economic impact. 

Pot Makes Pets Sick, Says Veterinary Group

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Marijuana may produce pleasurable affects in people, but for pets, the mind-altering substance can be dangerous and even lethal, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. “We don’t want people to think it’s benign or harmless,” said Michael San Filippo of the AVMA.

Impeachment Arguments as Seen by Democrats, Trump Team

The U.S. flag flies over the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020. (AP Photo / Manuel Balce Ceneta)

A look at the main points Democrats are making as they argue for President Donald Trump’s removal from office, and Trump’s response as the defense team pushes for his speedy acquittal.

Crain’s Headlines: Boeing Looks to Summer for 737 Max Approval

In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, a Boeing 737 Max airplane being built for Norwegian Air International turns as it taxis for take off for a test flight at Renton Municipal Airport in Renton, Washington. (AP Photo / Ted S. Warren, File)

Bloomberg reports that Boeing is telling customers the grounded 737 Max jet won’t be approved to fly until June or July. That’s months later than previously anticipated.

Chicago Legal Group: COPA Should Handle Sexual Misconduct Cases Involving Police

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Citizen complaints of sexual misconduct lodged against Chicago police officers are handled by the department’s own Bureau of Internal Affairs. Why a group of Chicago lawyers and legal analysts say that should change.

US Gets 1st Case of Mysterious New Chinese Illness

People wear face masks as they ride an escalator at the Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo / Ng Han Guan)

Late last week, U.S. health officials began screening passengers from Wuhan in central China, where the outbreak began, at three U.S. airports. On Tuesday, the CDC announced it will add Chicago’s O’Hare airport and Atlanta’s airport to the mix later this week.

In ‘Juliet,’ A Mother and Her Children in Time of Extreme Political Distress

Melissa Lorraine in András Visky’s “Juliet” directed by Kevin V. Smith at Theatre Y. (Credit: Devron Enarson)

At once haunting, sad and beautiful, Andras Visky’s “Juliet” – now in production by Theatre Y – is a work of both real life and pure poetry.

Tired of Your Exercise Tunes? Michelle Obama Shares Her Workout Playlist

Michelle Obama discusses life in the White House at the United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 as part of her “Becoming” book tour. (WTTW News)

The former first lady’s 2020 workout playlist includes hits by Beyonce, Lizzo, Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, BJ the Chicago Kid and more. Get the full list.

Captured Coyote, Named Mercy, Won’t Be Euthanized

The injured coyote after it was captured by Chicago Animal Care and Control. (Chicago Animal Care and Control via AP)

The coyote, confirmed to have bitten a young boy, won’t be released back into the wild but will be placed in an educational setting to raise awareness of the need for peaceful coexistence.

Democrats Decry McConnell’s Impeachment Rules as ‘Cover-Up’

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., arrives at the Senate for the start of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial quickly burst into a partisan fight Tuesday at the Capitol as Democrats objected strongly to rules proposed by the Republican leader for compressed arguments and a speedy trial.

Chicago Educator, Civil Rights Activist Reflects on Legacy of MLK

Paul Adams III appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 20, 2020. (WTTW News)

Martin Luther King Jr. was known for speaking out against racial segregation, voter disenfranchisement and economic inequality. We discuss his life and legacy with a man who marched with him: Paul Adams III.

Decades After Congress Passes ERA, Its Future Still Unclear

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Women take to the streets across the country just as Virginia passes the Equal Rights Amendment. What’s the future of the ERA?

Illinois Senators Elect New President: Oak Park’s Don Harmon

Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 22, 2018. (WTTW News)

Illinois’ primary election isn’t until March, but perhaps the most consequential state race of the year has already taken place, as state senators on Sunday elected a new president: Sen. Don Harmon of Oak Park.

McConnell Proposes Swift Impeachment Trial for President

American flags blow in wind around the Washington Monument with the U.S. Capitol in the background at sunrise on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020, in Washington. The impeachment trial of President Donald Trump will resume in the U.S. Senate on Jan. 21.  (AP Photo / Jon Elswick)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday proposed a condensed, two-day calendar for each side to give opening arguments in President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial, ground rules that are raising objections from Democrats.

5G Could Eventually Transform Our World – But for Now, Think Faster Downloads

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It’s being rolled out across Chicago with much fanfare, but when will the reality of 5G communication live up to the hype?

Chicago Tribune Reporters Sound the Alarm on Newspaper’s Future

The Chicago Tribune’s Freedom Center, a printing and inserting facility along the Chicago River. (WTTW News)

Two Chicago Tribune investigative reporters are speaking publicly about their fears for the company amid staff cuts and uncertainty over the hedge fund Alden Global Capital, now the largest shareholder of Tribune Publishing.

Wanna Help the Environment? Lighten Up on the Salt

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Overuse of salt as a de-icer can contaminate waterways and harm wildlife. Learn how much is too much – and what eco-friendly options exist.

Chicago Police Warn of Carjackings Near Washington Park

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The incidents each involved a group of men approaching a lone woman and threatening them, sometimes at gunpoint, according to police.

At the Art Institute, a Panoramic View of Andy Warhol’s Artistic Output

Andy Warhol. “Self-Portrait,” 1986. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; gift, Anne and Anthony d’Offay in honor of Thomas Krens. © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

He was called the Pope of Pop – pop art, that is. Andy Warhol predicted 15 minutes of fame for everyone. His own fame lasted decades and has endured since his untimely death in 1987. We explore “Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again.”

Inside Odd Obsession: Chicago’s Volunteer-Run Video Library

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Remember the days when watching a movie at home required a trip to the video rental store? Blockbuster is long gone, but there are still a few places to rent movies in Chicago, including this well-stocked shop in Bucktown.

Suspected Serial Killer Stayed Under the Radar, But How?

This undated photo provided by the Lisle Police Department shows Bruce Lindahl. (Lisle Police Department via AP)

Today, as Lisle Police Detective Chris Loudon and detectives in other communities where Bruce Lindahl lived try to retrace his steps, what is emerging is a terrifying murder mystery created by a man Loudon describes as a serial killer, a monster hiding in plain sight.

US Marks King Holiday Amid Fears of Deep Racial Divisions

In this Jan. 17, 2020, photo Rabbi Fred Reeves, left, speaks during the Friday Shabbat Service at KAM Isaiah Israel in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

As the nation marks the holiday honoring King, the mood surrounding it is overshadowed by deteriorating race relations in an election season that has seen one candidate of color after another quit the 2020 presidential race. 

DNA Tests Confirm Coyote Captured in Chicago Attacked Boy

This Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 photo provided by Chicago Animal Care and Control in Chicago shows an injured coyote after it was successfully located and safely darted with a tranquilizer. (Chicago Animal Care and Control via AP)

Animal control officials in Chicago said Sunday that DNA tests confirm a coyote recently captured in the city is the same animal that attacked a 6-year-old boy. 

New Bucket List for Nature Lovers: The World’s Most Instagrammed Forests

Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan (Daniel Peckham / Flickr)

From the Amazon to Jiuzhaigou Valley, the world’s forests are racking up hashtags. But there’s no need to travel out of Cook County in search of photogenic flora.

The Week in Review: Pritzker Urges Madigan Aide to Cooperate in Federal Probe


Pritzker gets heated over Madigan aide. Hurt feelings between the mayor and City Council over LGBTQ language. Preckwinkle’s Cook County Health power play. And a new national newscast out of Chicago.

CPS Attendance Dips on Strike Make-Up Days

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Only 62% to 66% of Chicago Public Schools students went to class on Jan. 2 and 3 – days that were originally scheduled to be part of winter break but later converted to attendance days following the 11-day teachers strike.

Report: Obama Center to Have ‘Adverse’ Impact on Boulevard System

A rendering shows the north-facing view of the public plaza and Museum building, as viewed from the roof of the Chicago Public Library building. (Credit: The Obama Foundation)

A new report issued by Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development says the Obama Presidential Center will have an “adverse” impact on Jackson Park’s Historic Landscape District and the city’s historic Park Boulevard System.

Who’s Who on Trump’s Legal Team for Impeachment Trial

In this Feb. 22, 2018 file photo, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks to reporters outside the West Wing in Washington. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite)

President Donald Trump’s legal team for his Senate impeachment trial will include a pair of well-known attorneys who have vigorously defended Trump on television and played roles in some of the most consequential legal dramas in recent history.

US Drinking More Now Than Just Before Prohibition

In this June 16, 2016, file photo, bottles of wine are displayed during a tour of a state liquor store, in Salt Lake City. According to federal health statistics, Americans are drinking more now than when Prohibition was enacted a century earlier. (AP Photo / Rick Bowmer, File)

Federal health statistics show a rise in per-person consumption of alcohol and increases in emergency room visits, hospitalizations and deaths tied to drinking.