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Second Clinton, Trump Debate Gets Personal

The second presidential debate starts off frosty and quickly gets personal. Analysis of how the two candidates performed.

Cook County Mandates Paid Sick Time Over Business Opposition

Cook County will soon require employers to provide as many as five paid sick days for workers. Hear from one of the law's sponsors, and find out why some businesses are opposed.

Story of Curtis Mayfield Told by Son in ‘Traveling Soul’

The son of Chicago native Curtis Mayfield tells the musical great's story in the new book “Traveling Soul.” Todd Mayfield tells us about his talented father's turbulent life.

Violence in Chicago: A Special Edition of ‘Chicago Tonight’

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Community leaders from around Chicago join us for an hourlong conversation about the root causes of Chicago's violence, and what can be done to stop it.

Share Your Questions for a ‘Chicago Tonight’ Special on Violence

Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to deliver a major address on violence and public safety. On Tuesday, “Chicago Tonight” will spend the full hour discussing what we know so far about Emanuel’s plan, how to address the root causes of violence and what work is already being done in Chicago’s communities. 

Tougher Gun Laws Won’t Stop Violence, Says Cook County Public Defender

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In a recently published op-ed, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli warns that a “war on guns that focuses solely on punishment” will fail. She joins us in discussion.

A Look at Muslims in the US 15 Years After 9/11

The “Tribute in Light” art installation in New York City serves as a remembrance of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (Anthony Quintano / Flickr)
As Muslims celebrate one of their holiest days and Americans commemorate the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a look at how Muslims in the U.S. have been treated over the last 15 years.

Cashless Solutions and Service Charges: New Trends in Tipping

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Some restaurants are moving away from traditional tipping. The practice can be more stable for servers but could also mean less income. We discuss trends in tipping with a Loyola University economist.

New Book ‘Crook County’ Argues Court System Racially Biased

Meet the author of a new book that takes an in-depth look at the challenges the justice system poses for minority defendants.

The Week in Review: Trump Talks Chicago Violence

Trump makes a bold claim about Chicago violence. Mark Kirk says Tammy Duckworth is mocking stroke victims. CPS teachers threaten an October strike. And U.S. Cellular Field gets a new name. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

A Closer Look at Push to Fire Officers in Laquan McDonald Shooting

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson wants seven officers fired over their reports on the Laquan McDonald shooting. We discuss how likely that is–and why the police union says Johnson's move is out of bounds.

Tribune Reporter on ‘Three Years of Nights’ Covering Chicago Violence

Reporter Peter Nickeas at work in October 2013. (Courtesy Chicago magazine)

Three straight years of overnights, reporting on violence: Crime reporter Peter Nickeas on how that work changed him–and why he doesn't want to stop covering violence.

New Life for Once-Neglected Stretch of Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue (Dudesleeper at English Wikipedia)

Despite the high-profile status you might think comes with a Michigan Avenue address, a stretch of the historic street has long been in need of some love. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin joins us with details.

Police Union President on O’Neal Shooting, Persistent Violence

Dean Angelo

The death toll after another weekend includes the son of a Chicago police officer. Dean Angelo joins us to discuss combating violence and ongoing efforts at police reform.

The Week in Review: No Break for Blagojevich

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve out his full sentence. Chicago Public Schools wants to end teacher pension pickups, and the Chicago Cubs continue to win. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Learning to Live With Changes to the English Language

A visit from Carol Fisher Saller, the Subversive Copy Editor. She's here to help us make peace with changes to the English language.

Sun-Times Reporter, Her Mother Discuss Their ‘Escape from Nigeria’

A new memoir tells the story of a young mother separated from her husband during the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s. Hear how she protected her family, including future Chicago Sun-Times journalist Maudlyne Ihejirika.

Latest on the Legal Battle Over Remapping

Lori Lightfoot, who represents the Independent Map Amendment, and state Sen. Kwame Raoul, who introduced a competing redistricting plan earlier this year, discuss the latest in the court fight over redistricting.

As City Expands Testing, Advice on Avoiding Lead-Contaminated Water

The city of Chicago expands testing for lead in the water supply. Find out what you can do to make sure your drinking water is safe.

Uproar After DePaul University Bans Conservative Speaker

Ben Shapiro speaks at a Young America's Foundation event.

Students across the political spectrum are angry with DePaul University's decision not to allow a conservative writer and commentator to speak at an on-campus event.

The Week in Review: Clinton Makes History as Democrats Strive for Unity

Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to be nominated by a major party in the U.S. Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes a hit at the Democratic National Convention and Illinois Democratic delegates focus on finding a challenger to Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018.

Judge Rules Against Independent Redistricting Measure

The latest attempt to wrest control of legislative redistricting from state lawmakers was handed a setback Wednesday morning. 

Emmy-Nominated ‘Making a Murderer’ Returning with New Episodes

Steven Avery in the Netflix original documentary series "Making A Murderer." (Netflix)

The popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer” will be returning to the streaming platform with new episodes, the company announced Tuesday.

Chuy Garcia Backs Push to End Superdelegates

Chuy Garcia (Rev Dills / Flickr)

Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García is throwing his weight behind a petition calling on the Democratic National Committee to do away with superdelegates. 

Report: Chicago Needs Better Risk Management, Thoughtful Police Reform

The latest report from Chicago’s inspector general gives a nod to ongoing efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department, but warns the process must not be rushed and community members must not be excluded.