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Sears Files for Bankruptcy. What That Really Means.

Is it the end of an era? NPR reporter David Schaper joins us to discuss what the future may hold for the former retail giant.

March to the Polls to Honor First-Time Voters Ahead of Midterm Elections

Crowds gather in Grant Park on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 for the March to the Polls. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

A women’s march in Chicago is planned for Saturday. Why organizers say this event will be different from others.

New Book Examines Government Policies’ Impact on Residential Segregation

It’s long been believed that residential segregation was a result of personal choices. But a new book argues segregation happened by design.

New Supreme Court Session Features Gerrymandering, Death Penalty Cases

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Although a ninth judge has yet to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the show must go on. The eight justices returned to the Temple of Justice this week to hear a new set of lawsuits.

Chicago’s Only Medicinal Garden Adds Therapeutic Touch to Local Research

How an urban garden is contributing to research on women’s health. We stop by the Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Garden at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Supreme Questioning at Kavanaugh Hearing Ignites Strong Emotions

“My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh said during a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

Local reaction to emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee from Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Testimony Tactics: Role of Strategy, Optics in Kavanaugh Hearing

Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are sworn in Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It was a long day for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and an even longer one for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and one of the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, Christine Blasey Ford.

New Report Highlights Harassment in Illinois Politics

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New recommendations for how Illinois campaigns and government offices can eliminate harassment in the workplace. We hear from two of the women behind the report.

New Book Argues US Foreign Policy is ‘Doomed to Fail’

In “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities,” professor John J. Mearsheimer argues the broad-reaching foreign policy goals of the U.S. have backfired. 

Trump, Rosenstein to Meet After Reports of Deputy AG’s Departure

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday following a series of conflicting reports about Rosenstein’s future leading the Justice Department. 

Kavanaugh Allegations Ignite Debate Over Decades-Old Claims

Judge Brett Kavanaugh discusses Roe v. Wade during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

With a Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation in question, a nationwide debate has ignited over how much weight should be given to a decades-old allegation.

Pop Songwriter Justin Tranter Lays Track for Local Talent

Meet the Chicago-area native who is the songwriter behind some of pop music’s biggest hits.

Recent Police Suicides Prompt Advocates’ Call for Increased Resources

The Chicago Police Department’s Calumet District station on the city’s Far South Side. (Chicago Tonight)

A look at mental health resources available to Chicago police officers following the department’s third suicide in the last two months.

Looking Back and Ahead: Durbin Talks Kavanaugh, Chicago Mayoral Race

News of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to run again caught the senator by surprise. “I think it’s a wide-open contest at this moment,” Sen. Dick Durbin said on Chicago Tonight.

New Book Explores How a Showman Saved Premature Babies

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A new book tells the story of how a showman saved thousands of premature babies in the early 20th century.

Jury Selection Strategy: What Prosecutors, Defense Look For in Jurors

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens to court arguments during a hearing Tuesday, July 31, 2018 at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. Van Dyke is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

With five jurors now seated on the Jason Van Dyke trial, there are another seven spots to fill. A look at the strategy behind jury selection with the founder of a jury consulting firm.

Anxious About Exclamation Points? You’re Not Alone

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The Wall Street Journal recently examined email and text anxiety caused by the “tyranny of the exclamation point.” We discuss the punctuation phenomenon.

Aldermen Discuss Priorities for Mayor’s Next 9 Months

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks Tuesday, July 17, 2018 about the fatal police-involved shooting of 37-year-old Harith Augusts. (Chicago Tonight)

Now that the mayor is out of the race, Chicago aldermen talk about what that could mean for the coming months – and beyond. 

What’s Next for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 5, 2018.

He stunned the city with his decision to not seek a third term, leaving everyone wondering: what’s next? A discussion with Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Judge Orders Release of Harith Augustus Shooting Videos

A still image taken from video footage released Thursday, Aug. 16 by the Chicago Police Department shows the immediate aftermath of the police-involved shooting of Harith Augustus, 37, on Saturday, July 14, 2018.

A conversation with journalist Jamie Kalven about police accountability as more videos of last month’s fatal police-involved shooting of Harith Augustus come online.

New Book Shares Stories of ‘Rad Girls’ to Inspire Youth

Meet the author and illustrator behind the new “Rad Girls Can” book about young women who are “bold, brave and brilliant.”

Changes to Oscars Draws Criticism, Raises Questions

J.K. Simmons and Lupita Nyong’o pose for a photo at the 87th Academy Awards on Feb. 22, 2015. (Disney | ABC Television Group / Flickr)

The Motion Picture Academy announces a new award category for the Oscars. Why some critics say that’s cause for concern.

As City Adds Cops, Communities Call for More Comprehensive Solution to Violence

Mayor Rahm Emanuel addresses safety in Chicago on Aug. 8, 2018 following a deadly weekend of violence. (Chicago Tonight)

City officials may have some thoughts about solving violence in Chicago, but not everyone’s on board. What some community members have to say. 

WBEZ: Madigan, Party Defensive After Volunteer Charged with Murder

House Speaker Michael Madigan (File photo)

Michael Madigan and his political organization are under fire once again. This time, it involves a volunteer who has been charged with murder. We go inside the WBEZ investigation.

New UIC Program Aims to Bring More Men of Color into Classrooms

Six students will participate in UIC’s Call Me MISTER program, which aims to get more male teachers of color into classrooms. From left: Alfred Tatum, Armando Rivera, Juan Hernandez, Jesus Flores and Juwaun Williams. (Credit: UIC Photo)

There’s a shortage of male teachers in Illinois classrooms, particularly those who are African-American and Latino. How the University of Illinois at Chicago is hoping to change that.