Have decades of budgetary tricks and rising pension costs made bankruptcy inevitable for the city of Chicago as well as its public school system? We debate the issue.
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Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis talks about what may be happening in Springfield to help CPS and what it could mean for contract negotiations.
It's been more than 20 years since O.J. Simpson was arrested and charged with murder, but there is renewed fascination with his trial–a fact that holds no mystery for Marcia Clark, the former L.A. prosecutor tasked with laying out the case against Simpson in 1995.
Information on police abuse settlements is now available online thanks to a new database from the Chicago Reporter.
Former top cop wanted to have power to fire police
The city’s former top cop Garry McCarthy says he warned Mayor Rahm Emanuel about what he calls a “dysfunctional” disciplinary system for cops.
The state's credit rating takes another couple of punches to the gut. We talk with Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs.
The day after Hillary Clinton became the first female candidate of any major party to claim a presidential nomination, all eyes turned to her rival Bernie Sanders, who said he has no intention of backing down.
Veteran news anchor Robin Robinson is joining the Chicago Police Department as a special adviser, according to an internal memo from Supt. Eddie Johnson.
The former governor joins Carol Marin on “Chicago Tonight” to discuss the budget impasse, whether or not schools will open and if Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan can find a solution.
A debate is brewing over the Chicago Police Department's use of an algorithm they say identifies people who are most likely to shoot someone or be shot themselves. We hear from all sides.
We check in with the Chicago Public Library chief about being named in Fast Company's 100 “Most Creative People in Business” and what books he's taking to the beach this summer.
How will the Obama administration’s expansion of overtime affect businesses and employee wages? We look at the new rules.
Pack a book because those long, soul-crushing lines at O’Hare and Midway airports aren’t going away any time soon. We look at what this means for the future of the TSA.
City Planning and Development Commissioner David Reifman discusses two big redevelopment projects and the mayor's neighborhood investment initiative to help struggling neighborhoods on the South and West Sides.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel is wading into the heated national debate over the rights of transgender people by introducing an ordinance Wednesday that prohibits public places from denying restroom access based on a person’s gender identity.
The former principal of Blaine Elementary School in Lakeview, who is a frequent critic of Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CPS policies, joins "Chicago Tonight" to discuss his dismissal and the charges against him.
A battle between the taxicab industry and ride-sharing companies like Uber could flare up this month as aldermen consider a host of new regulations. We hear from both sides.
Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, the hand-wringing and discord within the party is growing.
While Dennis Hastert admitted to sexual abuse allegations in court Wednesday, he did not see any related charges because the statute of limitations had passed. If the sexual abuse allegations factored into Hastert’s sentencing on charges he skirted banking laws, should the statute of limitations even exist?
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation Monday to help public universities and community colleges that have seen their financial foothold slip during Illinois’s unprecedented budget impasse.
Some neighborhood high schools in poorer areas of Chicago are struggling to survive. We look at how the city's school-choice system is playing a role.
Tuesday’s primary in New York proved that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the front-runners in their respective parties, with both candidates winning big in a state that was crucial to each campaign. What does it mean for the other candidates moving forward?
The legendary Chicago news anchor who started his career at WMAQ-Channel 5 in August of 1981 will sign off one last time from WLS-Channel 7 on May 25.
There is worldwide fallout over the release of millions of documents known as the Panama Papers, which show how the wealthy around the world are hiding assets. And it's raising questions about whether tax havens are appropriate. A look at both sides of the controversy.
Chicago schools chief Forrest Claypool slams the governor's education plan that sees CPS losing $74 million. We speak with our Springfield correspondent Amanda Vincky.
Recent court documents claim former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert sexually abused five students. We talk with a Chicago Tribune reporter covering the case.