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City Council On the Verge of Major Change

There’s a sea change happening in Chicago politics, not just with the mayor’s race, but with many of the 50 City Council races – and the results could shape the city’s future for years to come.

The 2 Chicagos: What a New Poll Says About the City and Its Residents

New data shows Chicago residents feel either immensely optimistic or pessimistic about the city based on factors like neighborhood, race and age. We take a closer look with the authors of the poll.

Trump to Test Emergency Alert System That Contacts Every Cell Phone

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An effort by FEMA to better warn U.S. residents of major emergencies and threats raises concerns about privacy and how the system could potentially be abused.

Cardinal Cupich Responds to Explosive Letter

Cardinal Blase Cupich speaks out after finding himself in the middle of a firestorm between a former Vatican official and Pope Francis.

City Utilizing Provision in Trump Tax Bill

The recent GOP federal tax cut law isn’t very popular among Democratic politicians. But city officials are taking advantage of one provision that could jump-start development in blighted areas.

Chicago Mayor’s Race: Candidate Pool Grows to 11, Poll Shows Emanuel in Lead

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018 at a ribbon-cutting for a renovated CTA Blue Line station on the city’s Near West Side. (Chicago Tonight)

The candidate pool in the race for mayor grows once again – and a new poll has some surprising results.

Why Chicago Heating Bills Could Soar This Winter

An alderman is raising the alarm on the skyrocketing cost of natural gas prices in the city. 

Obama Foundation Construction Draws Community Ire

Some community groups are speaking out after construction equipment was seen removing trees and digging up the field on the southern end of Jackson Park. 

Mayor, Police Department Ask for Community Help After Deadliest Weekend of 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 about Chicago’s violent weekend.

After Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year, city officials and community activists try to identify what sparked the rash of shootings and homicides.

Willie Wilson Gives Away More Cash, Comes Under New Scrutiny

“This is not a political situation. We’ve been doing this for the last 10, 15, 20 years,” Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson said Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 of his foundation’s giveaways of money. (Chicago Tonight)

A watchdog group takes action against the Chicago mayoral candidate’s campaign for behavior they believe is unethical and improper.

CPS Watchdog: Byrd-Bennett Helped Company Land $67M in Contracts

Former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett (Chicago Tonight file photo)

A for-profit company that contracts with Chicago Public Schools comes under fire in a new report for its connections to convicted former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

Emanuel, Burke Sued Over Workers’ Compensation

Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Why a longtime political gadfly and a city worker are suing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and powerful Ald. Ed Burke in federal court.

Deal Struck for Federal Oversight of Chicago Police Department

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

Agreement has been reached on a draft consent decree that would allow an independent federal monitor to enact major changes within the Chicago Police Department.

Consent Decree, Gang Database Front and Center at City Council

“On this case, I think it’s more important to get it right, than get it fast,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday about reaching agreement on a police consent decree. (Chicago Tonight)

Talks on a police consent decree hit a snag as City Council moves to weaken a controversial police gang database. 

$70 Million Albany Park Floodwater Tunnel Goes Online

The latest on a major city infrastructure project that officials say was made necessary because of climate change.

Parties Near Agreement on Chicago Police Consent Decree

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

An agreement to bring federal court oversight to the Chicago Police Department is nearly finished – with one major hang-up.

Community Pushback to $5 Billion Lincoln Yards Proposal

Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

Community reaction comes in for the new Lincoln Yards proposal slated to be a city-within-a-city.

The Rise of College Dorm-Style Co-Living in Chicago

Co-living facility Quarters is located in the Fulton Market district. (Chicago Tonight)

In Chicago’s Fulton Market district, a new co-living space offers shared accommodations for an all-inclusive price. And the company is looking to aggressively expand.

Emanuel Speaks Out About Augustus Shooting

“I do firmly believe every moment’s a teachable moment,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel urges calm in his first public appearance since this weekend’s fatal police-involved shooting. 

Cook County Commissioners: Get Rid of Forest Preserve Police

A screen shot from a video filmed at a Cook County forest preserve. “This is what I’m wearing,” says the woman at the center of the video, showing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. (Mia Irizarry / Facebook)

More fallout in the wake of a viral video that has resulted in hate crime charges and a police officer’s resignation.

US Chamber: $3.8 Billion Worth of Illinois Goods Threatened by Trade War

Tariffs proposed by the Trump administration could impact everything from soybeans to machinery and equipment.

Viral Video Puts Spotlight on Cook County Forest Preserve

A screen shot from a video filmed at a Cook County forest preserve. “This is what I’m wearing,” says the woman at the center of the video, showing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. (Mia Irizarry / Facebook)

A video shot in a Cook County forest preserve has caught fire on social media and is prompting blowback from county officials on both sides of the aisle.

Political Fallout of Landmark Supreme Court Decision

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Reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on an Illinois case that deals a major blow to public sector unions.

Federal Government Ends Oversight of Cook County Jail’s Medical Center

Inside the Cook County jail is a full-fledged medical center that treats every one of the 6,000-7,000 detainees housed there on a daily basis. We get an exclusive tour. 

Elon Musk’s Boring Company on Track to Build O’Hare Express Train

Each pod would hold 8-16 people. (Credit: The Boring Company)

The concept sounds like it was lifted straight out of science fiction, but billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk says he is going to make it happen.