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Prison Inmate Death After Run-In with Staff Ruled Homicide

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This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Larry Earvin, a former inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt Sterling, Ill.(Illinois Department of Corrections via AP)

The death of an inmate following an “altercation with correctional staff” at Western Illinois Correctional Center in May has been ruled a homicide, according to an autopsy report.

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This undated photo provided by the Illinois Department of Corrections shows Larry Earvin, a former inmate at Western Illinois Correctional Center in Mt Sterling, Ill.(Illinois Department of Corrections via AP)

Bob Fioretti Makes Moves to Run for Chicago Mayor

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Attorney and former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Former 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti, who tried to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, and ran against Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board president in the 2018 Democratic primary, appears to be running once more for mayor.

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Attorney and former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Irving Berlin’s ‘Holiday Inn’ Becomes Newly Minted Gem on Marriott Stage

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Will Burton and Kimberly Immanuel in “Holiday Inn” at the Marriott Theatre. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

The recent Broadway musical based on the hit 1942 film is an old-fashioned charmer on every level, with just enough of a sardonic bite to make it feel fresh, and just enough nostalgia to pierce your heart.

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Will Burton and Kimberly Immanuel in “Holiday Inn” at the Marriott Theatre. (Courtesy of Liz Lauren)

Lincoln Park Zoo Opens New $9.3 Million Visitor Center

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Lincoln Park Zoo’s new Searle Visitor Center (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

A movie theater-sized screen highlighting daily programs, plus gardens and a member center will provide additional comforts and services to visitors, the zoo says.

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Lincoln Park Zoo’s new Searle Visitor Center (Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

Teen Charged After Fireworks Incident Inside Morgan Park High School

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An Instagram video that captured the incident Tuesday morning shows students yelling and running through smoke-filled hallways after the fireworks were set off. A 16-year-old now faces a felony charge.

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The Week in Review: Mendoza Confirms Mayoral Run, Amazon Snubs Chicago

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Susana Mendoza is in the race for mayor. Outrage and confusion surround the fatal police shooting of a security guard. Chicago gets the big snub from Amazon. And the Bears get ready for their prime time matchup against Minnesota.

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Web Extra, The Week in Review: Uptown Theatre Restoration

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Paris Schutz and guests discuss the planned $75-million restoration of the landmark Uptown Theatre.

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Nov. 15, 2018 - Full Show

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Watch the Nov. 15, 2018 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

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What Social Media Posts Can Tell Us about Gang Violence

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(Courtesy Desmond Upton Patton)

Gang violence in Chicago has been researched, debated and battled for years. What role might artificial intelligence play in preventing violence?

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(Courtesy Desmond Upton Patton)

Illinois Rolls Out New Savings Program for Workers Without Retirement Plans

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We learn about a new state-sponsored savings program aimed at more than one million Illinois workers not already covered by a retirement plan.

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Chicago Park District Fails to Background Check Many Volunteers, Investigation Finds

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Maggie Daley Park is one of 597 parks operated by the Chicago Park District. (joestoltz / Pixabay)

Investigators described the Park District’s procedures for vetting volunteers as “outdated” and “under-resourced,” with a single employee responsible for managing the entire volunteer program.

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Maggie Daley Park is one of 597 parks operated by the Chicago Park District. (joestoltz / Pixabay)

Turnover and Turmoil at USA Gymnastics

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In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Kerry Perry, president of USA Gymnastics, speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, File)

Scandals plague USA Gymnastics in the wake of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse catastrophe. USA Today columnist Nancy Armour has the latest.

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In this July 24, 2018, file photo, Kerry Perry, president of USA Gymnastics, speaks during a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing in Washington. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh, File)

A New Approach to Addressing Hunger in Higher Education

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City Colleges student Shabaka Verna

Food pantries are popping up in a surprising, new location: colleges and universities. How City Colleges of Chicago and the Greater Chicago Food Depository are providing for local students.

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City Colleges student Shabaka Verna

Prosecutors Seek Witness Immunity as McDonald Conspiracy Case Heads to Trial

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From left: Former Chicago Detective David March, officer Thomas Gaffney and former officer Joseph Walsh attend a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Special prosecutors believe it will take less than a week to present their case against a trio of current and former Chicago police officers accused of trying to cover up the 2014 shooting of black teen Laquan McDonald.

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From left: Former Chicago Detective David March, officer Thomas Gaffney and former officer Joseph Walsh attend a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Biography Explores ‘Love and Strife’ of Legendary Author Saul Bellow

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He is widely considered one of the greatest American novelists. Saul Bellow’s anger, appetites and enormous talent are captured in a newly released biography by Zachary Leader, who joins us in conversation.

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Photographer Donates His Talents to Help Dogs Get Adopted

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(Photo credit: Josh Feeney)

More than 6,000 dogs were taken in by the city’s animal shelter last year. How one local animal lover is focusing his lens on the challenge of finding them permanent homes.

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(Photo credit: Josh Feeney)

Retired Police Commander Allegedly Stole $360,000 in Social Security Funds

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Retired police Commander Kenneth Johnson speaks to “Chicago Tonight” during an interview on May 4, 2017.

Kenneth Johnson spent more than three decades with the Chicago Police Department, but federal prosecutors allege the former commander stole $360,000 in Social Security funds over the course of 23 years.

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Retired police Commander Kenneth Johnson speaks to “Chicago Tonight” during an interview on May 4, 2017.
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