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Rare ‘Head of Christ’ Originals Found in Chicago Thrift Store Sell for $135K

Two years after finding a pair of rare artworks in a Chicago thrift store, Paul Beaty has sold them for a combined $135,000 to an author in Colorado. The two connected after seeing a Chicago Tonight story in February about the discovery.

Van Dyke Case: Judge Planning for Summer Trial

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, foreground, stands in front of Judge Vincent Gaughan at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

It’s been more than two years since Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty to murder charges in the death of Laquan McDonald. The judge in the case now says he wants the trial to get moving in the coming months.

Apple Brings New iPad, Education Software to Lane Tech Event

CEO Tim Cook: CPS among most diverse, forward-thinking school districts

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at Chicago's Lane Tech High School.

Apple CEO Tim Cook had nothing but praise for the city of Chicago and Chicago Public Schools during one of the company’s signature product reveals Tuesday morning in Roscoe Village.

Cook County Sues Facebook, Cambridge Analytica for Consumer Fraud

The sign outside the main entrance to Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, California. (Photo courtesy Facebook)

Facebook’s “disregard and misuse” of users’ personal data allowed a foreign firm to profile 50 million voters without their consent prior to the 2016 election, and according to a new lawsuit, it may have violated Illinois state law.

Police Name Successor to Slain CPD Commander Paul Bauer

Flowers and balloons were left as a makeshift memorial to CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer outside his 18th District precinct. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

The 18th Police District has a new commander more than a month after Paul Bauer was gunned down outside the Thompson Center.

Chicago Teen to Victims of Gun Violence: ‘I Cry With You, I Scream With You’

Local teens heading to D.C. on Saturday for March For Our Lives

Students march outside Lake View High School on Wednesday, March 14 in a call for strict gun law reforms. (Chicago Tonight)

Students calling for an end to gun violence will lead hundreds of marches across the country this weekend. Meet a Chicago teen invited to speak at the national March For Our Lives event in Washington, D.C.

CPS Adds STEM Magnet Programs at 3 More Elementary Schools

The Board of Education voted Wednesday to add STEM-focused magnet programs at Brown, Claremont and Jungman elementary schools beginning this fall.

Police: Men Sought in String of Northwest Side Robberies

More than a dozen robberies reported early Monday morning

A group of men carried out more than a dozen armed robberies in the Albany Park neighborhood early Monday, according to the Chicago Police Department.

Activists Say ‘No Amazon,’ Call on Mayor to Restore Shuttered CPS Schools

(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Community organizers opposing a new wave of school closures criticized Chicago’s pursuit of landing Amazon’s second headquarters, saying minority residents are being pushed aside to make way for the tech giant.

ISBE Announces Hearings on CPS Special Education Practices

State education officials interested in examining Chicago Public Schools’ special education offerings will hold open hearings this month after families, stakeholders and a media report stoked concerns last year of possible “systemic issues.”

Chicago Students Call for Gun Reform in Massive Walkout

Students at Lake View High School joined their peers across the city and the nation Wednesday in a walkout protest demanding an end to gun violence. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Thousands of students from Chicago schools, including Lake View High School, joined in the nationwide protest held one month after a shooting left 17 dead inside a high school in Parkland, Florida.

CPS CEO: No Discipline for Students Participating in Protest Wednesday

Chicago teens Vashon Edmondson, left, and Trinity Cole-Reid look on at a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting memorial in Parkland, Florida on March 3. (Photo courtesy Lamar Johnson)

Students from dozens of schools across the city are planning to take part in a 17-minute walkout Wednesday morning, with each minute representing a life lost during the Feb. 14 mass shooting at a Florida high school.

Not Guilty Plea for Man Charged in Killing of CPD Cmdr. Paul Bauer

Shomari Legghette, center, appears before Cook County Judge Erica Reddick at the Leighton Criminal Court Building on Monday, March 12. (Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni)

Shomari Legghette, 44, pleaded not guilty to charges including first-degree murder on Monday in front of more than a dozen Chicago police officers.

Grand Jury Indicts Suspect in Fatal Shooting of Police Commander Bauer

Shomari Legghette (Chicago Police Department)

More criminal charges could be on the way for the four-time felon accused in the shooting death of Chicago Police Department Cmdr. Paul Bauer.

Van Dyke Judge: Trial Timeline Won’t Be ‘Run By The Public’

Protesters call for trial start date more than two years after case first began

Jason Van Dyke, left, with his attorney Daniel Herbert inside the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago on Thursday, March 8, 2018. (Nancy Stone / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

In 2015, Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke pleaded not guilty in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. But a start date for the trial is likely still months away.

CPS Revamping School Funding, Removing Early Year Cuts

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson says principals won’t have to worry about early school year cuts this fall, and that CPS will give them “more time, predictability, and support during the budget process.”

Suburban Postal Employees Convicted in Drug Delivery Ring

(U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Jordan Castelan)

A pair of U.S. Postal Service employees in the south suburbs face more than two decades in prison after they were convicted this month for their role in a marijuana delivery ring.

Chicago Students Talk Gun Violence with Parkland Shooting Survivors

(Photo courtesy Lamar Johnson)

Chicago students and activists spent Saturday afternoon at the Florida home of a Parkland shooting survivor and her classmates to discuss the impact gun violence has had on their lives.

6 Chicagoans Charged With Defrauding Millions from US Education Department

(Don Harder / Flickr)

Six former employees of the shuttered Center for Employment Training’s Chicago location allegedly swindled millions from the U.S. government using “fake students” and forged records.

Rauner Veto Stalls Bill Aimed at Limiting State Charter School Control

House Bill 768 passed through the state House and Senate easily last year, but the governor’s veto of the legislation, which seeks to limit state oversight of local decisions to shutter underperforming charter schools, doesn’t come as a surprise.

CPS Board Votes Unanimously to Close 4 Englewood High Schools

Plans for a new Englewood high school have been at the center of fierce debate for months. Wednesday’s vote marks the first wave of neighborhood school closures within the district since it shuttered 50 elementary schools in 2013.

Community Leaders Ask CPS Watchdog to Investigate Englewood Plan

As Chicago Public Schools moves to finalize the planned closures of four Englewood high schools, community members are claiming the district “manufactured consent” for the controversial plan.

Education Funding Report Shows Dismal Past for Illinois, Hope for Future

Illinois maintains the most regressive education funding formula in the nation, according to a new report. But with a new formula adopted last year, there’s finally hope the state can make its way out of the basement.

Advocates: Early Childhood Budget Proposal Maintains ‘Status Quo’

Early childhood care advocates say Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed budget will hamper their ability to expand high-quality services to low-income families.

CPS Watchdog: ‘Pervasive Problem’ with Enrollment at Some District Schools

A new report from the CPS inspector general uncovers loopholes and opaque rules that led to thousands of improper admissions made at district elementary schools during the 2016-17 school year.

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