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Project Delays Cause More Backups, Frustration on Jane Byrne Interchange

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Construction along the Jane Byrne Interchange (WTTW News)

Consistently listed one of the worst bottlenecks in the country, a massive project to improve the Jane Byrne Interchange is behind schedule and costing more than originally expected. We discuss the latest on the project.

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Construction along the Jane Byrne Interchange (WTTW News)

Crain’s Headlines: Suit Claims Google Violated Illinois Privacy Law

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The same Illinois privacy law that recently led Facebook to settle a class-action lawsuit for $550 million could trip up Google as well.

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Report: Pilsen Post Office Clerk Told Customers to ‘Speak English’

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The Pilsen post office at 1859 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago. (WTTW News)

Community leaders are pushing the postal service for answers – and changes – after a customer reported a clerk who refused to help Spanish-speaking customers.

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The Pilsen post office at 1859 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago. (WTTW News)

The Board Game Biz is Booming, and Chicago’s Ready to Play

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El: The Chicago Transit Adventure. (Photo: Transit Tees)

Board games are a multibillion-dollar analog unicorn in a digital world. How Chicago is catching up on the trend with hyperlocal games, a meetup group and a trio of board game bars/cafes.

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El: The Chicago Transit Adventure. (Photo: Transit Tees)

Smash Away Your Stress at Chicago’s Only Rage Room

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Visitors to the rage room on Chicago’s Near North Side pay to smash things up. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Joe Lupa, the owner of Chicago’s first and only rage room, boils his business down to a simple consumer demand: people like smashing stuff. We visit Escapades Rage Room on the city’s Near North Side.

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Visitors to the rage room on Chicago’s Near North Side pay to smash things up. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

February 11, 2020 - Full Show

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Watch the Feb. 11, 2020 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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12 Men Have Convictions Tossed in Latest Mass Exoneration Tied to Ex-Chicago Sergeant

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks with reporters following a hearing inside the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

Nearly 100 felony drug convictions tied to disgraced former Chicago police Sgt. Ronald Watts have been tossed out since 2017. 

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Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx speaks with reporters following a hearing inside the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (Matt Masterson / WTTW News)

New Name for Disease Caused by Virus Outbreak: COVID-19

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The disease caused by a new virus that emerged late last year in China and has since sickened tens of thousands of people now has an official name: COVID-19.

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This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

Chicago Opera Theater’s World Premiere of ‘Freedom Ride’ a Triumph of Art and History

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Robert Sims and Tyrone Chambers, II in Chicago Opera Theater’s “Freedom Ride.” (Photo credit: Michael Brosilow)

In its airtight, fervent, emotionally riveting 90 minutes, “Freedom Ride” vividly captures a pivotal moment in American history and the civil rights movement of the early 1960s in the most sophisticated yet accessible way. 

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Robert Sims and Tyrone Chambers, II in Chicago Opera Theater’s “Freedom Ride.” (Photo credit: Michael Brosilow)

Inside the ‘Bug’ Infestation at Steppenwolf Theatre

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Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts talk “Bug” with WTTW News.

The revival of Tracy Letts’ 1996 play “Bug” stars his wife, Steppenwolf ensemble member Carrie Coon. We spoke to the creative team right before opening night.

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Carrie Coon and Tracy Letts talk “Bug” with WTTW News.

Sen. Durbin on Trump: ‘This Isn’t Going to End’

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Sen. Dick Durbin speaks at a press conference Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

When he cast his vote finding President Donald Trump guilty on two articles of impeachment, Sen. Dick Durbin called it a “sad and angry moment.” Now that the trial is over, Durbin fears Trump won’t change his behavior.

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Sen. Dick Durbin speaks at a press conference Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

Tribune Buyouts: Mixed Emotions for Longtime Journalists Leaving Company

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Matt O’Connor, left, and Greg Kot appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

Two veteran journalists who agreed to leave the Chicago Tribune after a recent round of buyouts talk about their hopes for the company’s future.

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Matt O’Connor, left, and Greg Kot appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020. (WTTW News)

Primary Politics: Should Illinois Come First in 2024?

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On the heels of the Iowa caucuses debacle, Illinois leaders are trying to rally support for the state to hold the first presidential primary in 2024. But is that a good idea?

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New Bill Could Give Illinois Students Time Off to Address Mental Health Issues

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State Sen. Rob Martwick says the bill would grant students up to five excused absences from class to let them “take care of their mental health, just like they would be with a broken bone or the flu.”

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Field Museum Exhibit Honors First African American Taxidermist

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Carl Cotton (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

Taxidermy – the process of preserving animals – isn’t usually classified as fine art. But the Field Museum is challenging that idea by shining a light on the artist behind many of the museum’s own examples. 

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Carl Cotton (Courtesy of the Field Museum)

WTTW, WFMT Trustee Marvin Goldsmith Dies at 84

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Marvin Goldsmith and Adele Goldsmith. (WTTW News)

Marvin Goldsmith, who served for decades on the board of WWCI, the parent organization of WTTW and WFMT, died Thursday. He was 84 years old.

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Marvin Goldsmith and Adele Goldsmith. (WTTW News)

NASA Sending Spacecraft on a Polarizing Mission to the Sun

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An artist’s impression of Solar Orbiter. (Credit: ESA/ATG medialab)

It may not seem like it lately, but the sun does indeed still exist. And NASA is sending a spacecraft to our friendly neighborhood star to get some answers.

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An artist’s impression of Solar Orbiter. (Credit: ESA/ATG medialab)