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$8.5 Billion O’Hare Expansion Cleared for Takeoff

“In signing this agreement today, we are securing and strengthening Chicago’s future,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel told media at O’Hare International Airport on Wednesday, March 28, 2018.

Get ready for lots of construction at O’Hare for the next several years: The city and airline executives officially sign a $8.5 billion deal to expand the airport. That and more news from a busy day at City Council.

Loyola Ramblers Relaxed Before Final Four Journey

“It’s all about Michigan. It’s all about what we have to do to stop them, and what we have to do to score,” Loyola men’s basketball coach Porter Moser said Tuesday.

Loyola suits up for its final practice before heading to San Antonio for a Final Four date with Michigan.

Loyola’s Stunning Run Takes Team to Final Four

Loyola University Chicago men’s basketball coach Porter Moser speaks to the press March 19, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Loyola never looked back in this one. After three heart-pounding wins that came down to the last shot, the Ramblers fate was rarely ever in doubt Saturday as they dominated 9th-seeded Kansas State 78-62 en route to the NCAA Final Four.

Loyola Rambles On to Elite 8

Loyola Ramblers fans cheer on the team at in Rogers Park bar Bruno’s on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

As has become the norm in the Loyola Rambler’s heart-pounding NCAA Tournament run, it came down to the final seconds on Thursday against the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Former Staffer Sues Madigan, Democratic Party for Sexual Harassment

“This is not simply about standing up for myself and my own career. It is also about the countless other women who have been subject to this type of harassment,” Alaina Hampton said Thursday.

Alaina Hampton, a former political and legislative staffer in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political organization, is taking her ex-boss to federal court.

Kaegi Knocks Off Berrios in Cook County Assessor’s Race

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios, left, Fritz Kaegi and Andrea Raila.

In a blow to the Democratic establishment in Cook County, Fritz Kaegi has defeated incumbent Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios. “The old machine style is no match for the people of Cook County,” Kaegi told a gathering of supporters. 

Triumphant Loyola Prepares for Sweet 16 Matchup

The Loyola Ramblers get ready for their Sweet 16 matchup after Saturday’s stunning last-second victory.

Progressive Democrats: Madigan Offered Deal to Keep Power

Elizabeth Lindquist

A feud is brewing within the state Democratic Party. Why progressives running for office in the Democratic Party say House Speaker Michael Madigan is waging all-out war against them.

Pritzker’s Offshore Holdings Under Fire in Final Governor’s Race Forum

Candidates J.B. Pritzker, left, Chris Kennedy, center, and Daniel Biss appear on “Chicago Tonight” on March 14, 2018.

Democratic gubernatorial front-runner J.B. Pritzker came under intense scrutiny during an hourlong candidate forum Wednesday on “Chicago Tonight” – the final such event before the March 20 primary election. Watch the discussion and videos from a post-event press conference.

Tony Blair in Chicago: ‘US, UK Relationship Absolutely Vital’

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair stops in Chicago and speaks with us about Brexit, President Donald Trump and more. Watch our full interview.

United, American Lobby Alderman on $8.5 Billion O’Hare Plan

Could a fight over flights ground the mayor’s massive proposed expansion of O’Hare International Airport?

From Virtual Reality to Physical Barriers: Building a Safer School

What can school districts do to prevent a mass shooting? While the gun debate rages on, schools have to come up with other ways to make sure students are safe. 

2 Running for Cook County Assessor, Yet 3 on the Ballot

Andrea Raila

The Cook County Electoral Board has ruled that it is supposed to be a two-person race between Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios and challenger Fritz Kaegi. So why will a third person be on the ballot?

Madigan Does Political Damage Control After Harassment Claims

The latest on the fallout from sexual harassment allegations in the office of House Speaker Michael Madigan – as some call for him to resign.

Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on Politics, Then and Now

| Alex Ruppenthal

We speak with the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who broke the Watergate story for the Washington Post in the early 1970s. 

Berrios to Face One Challenger in Race for Cook County Assessor

Another race in the March 20 primary that is heating up: Cook County assessor. The field narrowed Tuesday to one contender taking on incumbent Joe Berrios, but the dirt is still flying.

Chicago Weighs Allowing ‘Free-Floating’ Car-Sharing

A new model of car-sharing is poised to make its debut in Chicago, but some aldermen are sounding the alarm about how it may impact street parking.

Clock Ticking on Probe of Cook County Assessments

Is an independent review of the Cook County assessment process just a political cover for embattled Assessor Joe Berrios?

Jackson Park Community Tees Off on Tiger Woods Golf Course

Chicago Park District officials presented new details Wednesday on a plan to build a Tiger Woods-designed golf course next to the proposed Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. Will it benefit the surrounding community?

$107 Billion Borrowing Plan Could Save State Pensions

(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Lawmakers consider a radical new proposal to solve the state’s massive pension crisis. Why they think it’s the best way to go.

City Council in a Tiff Over Abortion

Tensions flared Wednesday at a City Council meeting over a government subsidy to a Catholic hospital that opposes abortion and contraception, causing a rift along social and racial lines before a close vote. 

Chicago Teacher Pension Payday: Top Earners in 2017

As Chicago property owners pay more money toward teacher pensions, a look at where exactly the money is going.

Durbin, Trump Spar Over Vulgar Language Used to Describe Immigrants

“I stick with my original interpretation,” Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday. “I am stunned that this is their defense.”

Two GOP senators say it didn't happen, Sen. Dick Durbin says it did. More on the fallout from the president’s reported comments about Haitian and African immigrants.

Revised Obama Presidential Center Plans Submitted to City Hall

Obama Presidential Center rendering (Image by DBOX)

The Obama Foundation says it revised plans for the Obama Presidential Center after extensive community input. But are they enough to silence critics of the center, and will city officials OK the plans?

Massive Peoples Gas Pipeline Upgrade to Result in Higher Prices

State regulators are set to approve a pipe modernization project that could double your natural gas bill over the next 20 years.