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New Book Traces History of Presidential Primary Process

Saturday's Republican primary race in South Carolina gave a big boost to political outsider Donald Trump, and left many Republicans stunned when the establishment candidate, Jeb Bush, dropped out of the race. Geoffrey Cowan's new book traces the history of the presidential primary process from its first days in 1912. 

Study: Loneliness Linked to Adverse Health Effects

It's the weekend for love, but Valentine's Day can leave some feeling awfully lonely. A University of Chicago neuroscientist joins “Chicago Tonight” to discuss the science of loneliness and its potential health hazards.   

President Obama Praises Local Leader in Calls for Religious Tolerance

President Barack Obama on Wednesday visited a U.S. mosque for the first time during his presidency. We speak with a Chicagoan who was one of 10 Muslim-Americans invited to sit down and talk with the president before he delivered a speech on religious tolerance.

What’s Driving High-Rise Construction Boom in Chicago?

Chicago is seeing a rise in high-rise construction with 34 new buildings over 200 feet tall currently under construction. That number has doubled in the last 15 months. What’s causing the sky-high building boom? Curbed Chicago editor AJ LaTrace joins "Chicago Tonight" to explain.

Khan's Classroom: The Future of Online Education

Can technology change how we learn? Former hedge fund analyst Sal Khan thinks so. His new approach to learning involves "hustle" and "flipping the classroom." Learn more from the founder of the free, non-profit online learning website, Khan Academy. 

Rauner: Cuts to Social Service Agencies a 'Tragic Loss'

The state's oldest and largest social service agency announces it will eliminate 30 programs and 40 percent of its staff. We bring you more on this and other news out of Springfield with Amanda Vinicky.

Chicago No. 1 City for Bedbugs 4 Years in a Row

The Windy City once again is the top city for bedbugs, according to a recent study by pest control company Orkin. “Chicago Tonight” talks with a pest control expert, doctor and entomologist about what this unflattering ranking means for Chicago.

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David Bowie: Remembering His Genre-Bending Life and Legacy

He was the grandfather of glam rock, a groundbreaking musician and performance artist. Joining us to reflect on David Bowie's life and work is Chicago Tribune theater critic Chris Jones.

Teachers Argue Against Paying Union Dues in Friedrichs Supreme Court Case

Big labor could take a huge hit in a case brought to the Supreme Court by 10 California teachers arguing that they shouldn't be forced to pay union dues. We take a look at the implications for Illinois, where Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner has made labor reform a top priority.

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Analyzing the Impact of the Stock Market’s Volatility on Investments

The stock market took a tumble Thursday as China’s stock market dropped 7 percent overnight and crude oil prices dropped to their lowest level in more than a decade. But what does that mean for investment portfolios? “Chicago Tonight” talks with three financial experts.

Chicago Home Price Growth Lowest Among 20 Major Cities

After a decade of volatility, national home prices rose a steady 4 to 5 percent in 2015. Unfortunately, that was not the case in the Chicago market, where single family home prices rose by a meager 1.3 percent. Real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin has more on the state of the local market.

Mindy Segal Shares 'Cookie Love,' Plans for Marijuana-Infused Treats

The award-winning pastry chef and owner of Mindy’s Hot Chocolate in Bucktown shares her favorite holiday recipes from her first cookbook, “Cookie Love,” and talks about her latest baking business–a line of cannabis-infused desserts that will be sold to medical marijuana patients in Illinois.

Dr. Andrew Weil Talks Healthy Lifestyle, Recipes in New Book

The holistic health pioneer, a Harvard-trained medical doctor and botanist, is the author of 15 best-selling books. He joins “Chicago Tonight” to talk about his newest book, “Fast Food, Good Food: More than 150 Quick and Easy Ways to Put Healthy, Delicious Food on the Table.”

Oncologist's Book Guides Patients, Family Through Cancer

A cancer diagnosis unleashes a whirlwind of emotions and questions for patients and their loved ones. To help them navigate through this trying time, Dr. Ranjana Srivastava, an oncologist and former Chicago resident, shares her knowledge in a new book, “A Cancer Companion: An Oncologist's Advice on Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery."

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‘City Creatures’ Details the Animals Among Us

Chicago is not defined solely by its human residents. It’s a city with a living, evolving "ecological web of interactions" between man and animal, according to Gavin Van Horn. He joins "Chicago Tonight" to talk about "City Creatures," a book which details urban wildlife history through essays, poetry, photography and paintings.

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Report: Processed Meat and Red Meat Can Cause Cancer

Hot dogs, bacon and other processed meats can cause cancer as well as red meats, according to a new report by the World Health Organization’s research division. How much is too much? We discuss the findings with a dietician and a professor whose research focuses on meat sciences.

Mary Zimmerman’s ‘Treasure Island’ Adaptation Sets Sail at Lookingglass

Robert Louis Stevenson's adventure novel "Treasure Island" became a children's classic almost from the moment it was published in 1881. Scores of adaptations followed. But a new stage production at Lookingglass Theatre, adapted and directed by Tony award-winner Mary Zimmerman, is being praised for its original take on the story. Zimmerman joins us tonight.

Playboy's No-Nudes Policy Highlights Power of Social Media

Playboy magazine has decided that sex no longer sells. This February's issue will be the last  one containing naked pictures of women. Is Playboy's new no-nudity media strategy leaving their business model exposed?

Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

A new baseball statistic that could help the Chicago Cubs win, a new tool that could revolutionize the surgical removal of cancerous tumors and new images of Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Museum of Science and Industry director of science and integrated strategies Rabiah Mayas joins us with these stories and more.

Smart Thermostat Initiative Aims to Cut Energy Bills in Northern Illinois

A new energy initiative is encouraging area residents to get smart—by purchasing so-called smart thermostats–under a new rebate program that aims to cut heating costs. Will homeowners warm up to what is planned to be the country's largest smart energy initiative? We'll discuss the ambitious program with our panel of guests.

Chicago Wildlife Watch Wants Residents to Explore, Identify City Animals

When we think wildlife, most of us think national parks and far-off forests. But an interactive science project called Chicago Wildlife Watch wants to show us that wildlife is, quite literally, right in our own backyards and outside our high-rise balconies. Seth Magle, director of the Urban Wildlife Institute at the Lincoln Park Zoo, tells us about Chicago Wildlife Watch and how we can all answer the call of the wild. 

Chicago Cubs Prepare for Wild-Card Showdown Against Pittsburgh Pirates

The road to the World Series begins tomorrow as the Cubs face the Pirates in a do-or-die wild-card game in Pittsburgh. We have a preview of what's at stake, both on and off the field.

Elder Abuse Warning Signs and Tips for Keeping Seniors Safe from Fraud

With the over-65 population in the U.S. expected to grow significantly in the coming decades, financial exploitation of senior citizens will increase dramatically, according to a new book.

'In My Father’s House’ Documents Rhymefest’s Quest to Find Father, Self

The number of single-parent households has tripled since 1960. Grammy and Academy award-winning hip-hop artist Che "Rhymefest" Smith, a native of Chicago's South Side, embraces this subject in a new documentary titled "In My Father's House," which chronicles his reconciliation with the father who abandoned him as a child. Rhymefest joins us tonight to discuss his new film.

Array of Things Awarded Federal Funds to Deploy 500 Sensors in Chicago

After a year of delays, the Array of Things urban data sensor project is back on track and prepping to collect all sorts of information on Chicago's streets by early next year. Joining us to discuss the initiative are the project’s lead scientist Charlie Catlett and author Lori Andrews.

Richard Nisbett's ‘Mindware’ Places Mind Over Matter

How do we make decisions? Can we learn better reasoning skills? Those are questions University of Michigan psychologist Richard Nisbett has spent his life studying. He joins us tonight to discuss his new book, "Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking.”