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Illinois Health Officials Warn of Rabid Bats After 17 Found in State

(Ann Froschauer / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

So far this year, nearly a dozen bats have tested positive for rabies in Cook and Will counties alone.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 11-15

(Courtesy Ashley Hamm)

Burgers, country music and secret gardens usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Study: Parental Incarceration Impacts Children’s Health into Adulthood

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“When parents are incarcerated, children are serving a life sentence as well, and unfortunately, it shows up in their health behaviors,” said Dr. Nia Heard-Garris, a pediatrician and lead author of the study.

Trump to Announce Supreme Court Nominee

The president is expected to announce his pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy on Monday night.

West Side Clinic Combines Prenatal Care, Substance Abuse Treatment

A wellness center’s program addresses the unique needs of pregnant women with substance use disorders. This week, the group celebrated a milestone.

New App From Northwestern Rates Nutritional Value of Packaged Foods

(Northwestern University)

Rather than tell you what to eat, FoodSwitch tells you how healthy the products you choose are, in easy-to-digest terms.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: July 4-8

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Neighborhood fests, dance music and global fare usher in the holiday weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 21-24

(Mike Lyons)

A celebration of pride, a massive block party, vintage baseball and scores of strawberries usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Most Breast Cancer Patients Can Forgo Chemotherapy, Study Finds

Meet a Loyola University Chicago oncologist who co-authored a new study on breast cancer and chemotherapy – and a patient already benefiting from its findings.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 14-17

(Anthony Meade)

Celebrations of pride, feats of athleticism, art fairs and global fare usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: June 7-10

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Finger-licking festivals, dance music and a bounty of books usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

Illinois Ranked No. 2 in Road Safety, Says WalletHub

(Chicago Tonight file photo)

When it comes to road safety, Illinois is one of the top states in the country, according to a report from personal finance website WalletHub. But the state got poor marks in other safety categories.

Study Links Breast Cancer Rates with Neighborhood Factors

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Many studies on breast cancer have shown racial disparities in diagnosis and survival rates. New research suggests characteristics of a woman’s neighborhood could be contributing to those disparities.

UChicago Trauma Center Treats 274 in First Month

UChicago Medicine began offering level-one adult trauma care on May 1—something it hadn’t offered since 1988. 

Tobacco 21 Bill Heads to Rauner’s Desk

Illinois will become the sixth state in the country to raise the minimum age for purchasing tobacco products from 18 to 21, if legislation is signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner.

Valerie Jarrett: Roseanne Barr’s Tweet Should be a ‘Teaching Moment’

Valerie Jarrett speaks at the Chicago Network Women's annual Women in the Forefront lunch in 2017. (Courtesy of The Chicago Network)

In response to Roseanne Barr’s racist tweet, the former senior advisor to President Barack Obama said, “We need to turn it into a teaching moment.”

10 Things to Do This Weekend: May 31-June 3

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Global fare, gospel choirs, craft beer and outdoor art fairs usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in Chicago.

FDA Approves Non-Opioid Drug for Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

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Opioid withdrawal symptoms have typically been treated with another narcotic, but a newly approved drug offers what a local doctor calls a “clean break” for patients.

Free Summer Workouts in Millennium Park Return June 2-Sept. 1

(Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

Get fit this summer with free outdoor yoga, Pilates, cardio, strength and Zumba classes on the Great Lawn at Millennium Park.

130-Million-Year-Old Fossil Provides New Insight on Pangea Division

Life restoration of the new mammaliaform species Cifelliodon wahkarmoosuch.  The animal is estimated to have weighed 2.5 pounds and probably grew to be about the size of a small hare. (Jorge A. Gonzalez illustration)

The discovery of a fossilized skull in Utah suggests the divide of the ancient supercontinent, Pangea, occurred 15 million years later than previously believed, according to a new study. 

130 Artists Unite to Complete Chicagoan’s Graphic Novel

(Courtesy of F*cking Forty)

Chicago comic artist Ed Siemienkowicz died before he could complete his 246-page graphic novel. More than 130 artists donated their time and skills to bring his story to life. 

Chicago Population Drops for 3rd Straight Year

Of the five most populous cities in the country, only the Windy City saw a population drop in 2017, according to U.S. census data. But the city still has an edge over Houston.

12 Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend: May 24-28

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Summer festivals, cycling on Lake Shore Drive, global fare and Chicago Dogs baseball usher in the weekend. Here are a dozen things to do in and around Chicago this long holiday weekend.

Memorial Day Recipes from the Chefs of ‘Dishalicious’

(Courtesy of Dave Park)

Memorial Day is synonymous with grilling. In anticipation of the long weekend of cooking out with friends and family, Chicago Tonight asked local chefs for their favorite Memorial Day recipes. Dig in!

Millennium Park Film Series Returns Tuesdays, June 5-Aug. 21

(Courtesy City of Chicago, DCASE)

Highlights of this year’s free outdoor movie series include Oscar nominees “Get Out” and “Coco,” plus the iconic 2000 music movie “High Fidelity.” Check out the full 2018 schedule.