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MIT Economists Argue for Increased Public Investment to ‘Jump-Start’ America

MIT economist Simon Johnson, co-author of the new book “Jump-Starting America,” appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

In their new book, a pair of MIT economists say that if the government doesn’t start investing more in research and development, America’s future growth will be in jeopardy. Co-author Simon Johnson makes the case.

Health Officials Investigating Report of Legionella at Mercy Hospital

Colorized scanning electron micrograph (SEM) with moderately-high magnification depicts a large grouping of Gram-negative Legionella pneumophila bacteria. (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

The Illinois Department of Public Health is investigating a report of Legionella in the water system of a Chicago hospital and two cases of Legionnaires’ disease in patients who were possibly exposed to the bacteria.

Mental Health Defense Dropped in Chinese Scholar Case

Yingying Zhang disappeared on June 9, 2017. (University of Illinois Police Department). Inset: Brendt Christensen (Macon County Sheriff’s Department)

Lawyers for a former University of Illinois student accused of killing a visiting Chinese scholar say they are abandoning their mental health defense.

Report: Aurora Gunman Vowed to Kill Others If He Was Fired

Crosses are placed for the victims of a mass shooting Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Aurora, near Henry Pratt Co. manufacturing company where several were killed on Friday. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

The gunman who opened fire at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant in February told a co-worker the morning of the shooting that if he was fired he was going to kill every other employee and “blow police up,” according to a new report.

Jewish Community Will ‘Stand Tall’ After Synagogue Shooting

Leslie Gollub, left, and Gretchen Gordon hug at a vigil held to support the victims of the Chabad of Poway synagogue shooting, Sunday, April 28, 2019, in Poway, California. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

“We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall,” said Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein following a shooting Saturday, April 27 at the Chabad of Poway that killed one. “Terrorism like this will not take us down.”

Striking Chicago Musicians Approve 5-Year Contract

Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra go on strike and walk the picket line outside the doors of Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue, Monday, March 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

The Chicago Federation of Musicians says the five-year deal includes a 13.2% increase in salary and protects retirement benefits. The union says musicians unanimously supported it Saturday.

The Week in Review: Pritzker Reportedly Under Federal Investigation

J.B. Pritzker faces a federal investigation into his property taxes. Mayor Emanuel brokers a deal between striking musicians and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

Emanuel: CSO, Union Have Reached an Agreement to End Strike

Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra go on strike and walk the picket line outside the doors of Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue, Monday, March 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a statement that Chicago Symphony Orchestra management and striking musicians “have reached an agreement in principle to bring the music back to the symphony center.”

Riding the Waves of Madness and Sanity in Opera Version of ‘Moby-Dick’

Andrew Bidlack (Greenhorn) and Vince Wallace (Queequeg) in the play “Moby-Dick.” (Photo by Michael Brosilow)

Transforming Herman Melville’s 1851 classic is no easy feat. This opera not only captures the pivotal characters in the novel, but also illuminates its major themes with impressive emotional directness.

4-8 Inches of Snow Possible for Chicago Area on Saturday

(Courtesy of Nenad Spasojevic)

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm watch Saturday for a storm system that could bring up to 8 inches of snow to the Chicago area.

Report: Jason Van Dyke Distraught After Killing Laquan McDonald

Former Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke enters the courtroom for his sentencing hearing at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Jason Van Dyke told a psychologist that “time froze” when he shot Laquan McDonald 16 times, according to a newly released report. 

New Study Says Universe Expanding Faster and Is Younger

This image made from a composite of September 2003 - January 2004 photos captured by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows nearly 10,000 galaxies in the deepest visible-light image of the cosmos, cutting across billions of light-years. (NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI), HUDF Team via AP)

In research released on Friday, Nobel winning astronomer Adam Riess calculates the cosmos is between 12.5 and 13.0 billion years old - about 1 billion years younger than previous estimates.

New Timeline Details Years of Abuse Allegations Before AJ Freund’s Death

This undated photo provided by the Crystal Lake, Illinois Police Department shows Andrew “AJ” Freund. (Crystal Lake Police Department via AP)

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services had multiple contacts with Freund's family over reports of neglect and abuse in the months and years before the 5-year-old was found dead.

CSO, Union Accept Emanuel’s Offer to Help End Strike

Musicians of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra go on strike and walk the picket line outside the doors of Orchestra Hall on Michigan Avenue, Monday, March 11, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Both striking musicians and management of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra have welcomed an offer by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to help end a nearly two-month work stoppage over pensions and wages.

Police: Slain Illinois Boy Was Beaten, Put in Cold Shower

Mourners gather outside the home of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund for a vigil Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Andrew's body was found in a wooded area in Woodstock Wednesday, and the boy's parents have been charged with his murder. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)

Police believe the Illinois couple killed 5-year-old Andrew “AJ” Freund by beating him and forcing him to stand in a cold shower for an extended period of time.

37 Hurt, Including 7 Critical After Chicago-Area Gas Leak

In this still image from video provided by ABC7 Chicago, a fire engine sprays water on a container of the chemical that farmers use for soil after anhydrous ammonia leaked Thursday, April 25, 2019, in Beach Park, Illinois. (ABC7 Chicago via AP)

A chemical leak that caused a toxic plume to hang for hours over a northern Chicago suburb Thursday sickened dozens of people, including seven who are in critical condition, officials said.

April 25, 2019 - Full Show

Watch the April 25, 2019 full episode of “Chicago Tonight.”

Viewer Feedback: ‘We Must Reduce Dependency on Cars’

Viewers weigh in on a report that says Chicago is one of the most polluted cities in America. And you left some thoughtful sentiments about Chicago Tonight's 35th birthday.

DEA Taking Back Prescription Drugs Saturday

Clean out your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of unused prescriptions during a biannual event that’s collected more than 9 million pounds of pills since its 2010 launch.

Proposal to Wipe Out Student Loan Debt Ignites Conversation

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What began as a proposal by a presidential candidate has since turned into a heated debate over managing the nation's trillion dollar student debt burden. 

George Freeman Tells Us How to Lead a Life in Jazz

At age 92, the jazz guitarist is a living legend from Chicago’s first family of music. We pay him a visit.

The Hatchery Chicago Cooking Up Food and Jobs on the West Side

There’s a new business incubator in Chicago that's cooking up some innovative food products on the West Side. And it’s the home for a culinary wizard’s passion project.

‘Hesburgh’ Studies Life, Work of Notre Dame’s Iconic ‘Father Ted’

A new documentary examines the legacy of legendary Notre Dame President Father Ted Hesburgh. We speak with the film’s director and producer.

Former Illinois Legislative Inspector General Says Office is ‘Broken’

Former Illinois Legislative Inspector General Julie Porter called the office she used to run “broken” and said without changes the legislative inspector general is “a powerless role.”

Is Ageism the Last Socially Acceptable ‘Ism?’ A New Book Argues Yes

What does ageism look like in the workplace, and how much of a problem is it in the U.S.? A new book uncovers that and more.