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After Ending Losing Streak, Bears Face Stern Test Against Arizona Cardinals

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The drama out of Halas Hall over the rumored departure of head coach Matt Nagy has died down this week — with the Bears coming off a victory over the winless Detroit Lions. But this Sunday a much tougher opponent awaits in the shape of Super Bowl contender the Arizona Cardinals. James “Big Cat” Williams’ gives us his three keys to the game.

Greg Harris, Key Proponent of Illinois’s 2013 Same-Sex Marriage Law, Won’t Seek Reelection

Greg Harris appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 3, 2019. (WTTW News)

Illinois House Majority Leader Greg Harris, the highest-ranking openly gay lawmaker in Illinois history, said after 15 years, he’s ready to move on. His current term ends in 2023.

Small Business Owners Say Soaring Property Tax Assessments Could Put Them Out of Business

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Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi has vowed to fix what has been a broken assessment system, but it’s meant some big increases for business owners who say they can’t afford it.

Bears Look to Break Four-Game Losing Streak Against the Ravens

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Signs of offensive improvement as rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the Bears come up just short against the Pittsburgh Steelers in a primetime Monday night match-up. James “Big Cat” Williams gives us his thoughts on the season so far and the upcoming game against the Ravens.

Argonne Scientists Lead Effort to Improve Economics of Recycling

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The plastics industry is expected to be putting more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than coal by the end of this decade according to a recent report by Beyond Plastic, an environmental advocacy group.

‘Food Guy’ Steve Dolinsky Explores the World of Chicago Pizza in New Book

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The book, “The Ultimate Chicago Pizza Guide: A history of Squares and Slices in the Windy City,” is Steve Dolinksy’s second on Chicago pizza.

QB Justin Fields Impresses in Loss to San Francisco, Some Progress Ahead of Pittsburgh

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A new Netflix series on Colin Kaepernick’s life is causing a stir; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is not vaccinated after all; and on the field, the Chicago Bears prepare to tackle the Pittsburgh Steelers. We get into it with former Bears’ offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams.

Balding Mice Study Points Way to Hair Loss Treatments

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The cause of balding – in mice. The probe of a distant exoplanet. Tuskless elephants. University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin returns to help us understand some of the latest science stories making headlines.

As World Leaders Meet on Climate, Local Institutions Moving to Divest from Fossil Fuels

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Scientists are warning of a looming climate catastrophe if countries continue to burn fossil fuels. The effort to invest in a sustainable future.

Bears Looking for Redemption Against 49ers After Humiliating Loss to Bucs

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After last week’s thrashing by the defending Super Bowl champs — the Bears are leading the league in one statistical category — the number of players on the COVID list.  What does this mean for the upcoming matchup with the San Francisco 49ers at Soldier Field?

Report Finds Antisemitism on the Rise in America

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One in four American Jews say they’ve been targets of antisemitism in the past 12 months, according to a new report from the American Jewish Committee.

US Overdose Deaths Surge to an All-Time High

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More than 96,000 people died of drug overdoses during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic – that’s an increase of almost 30 percent in just one year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. 

Bears Travel to Tampa Bay to Face Tom Brady and the Buccaneers

Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams give us his take on Fields as starter and his three keys to the game against the Buccaneers. (WTTW News graphic)

Rookie quarterback Justin Fields and the Bears have a Sunday date in Tampa Bay with seven-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. 

US Attorney Lausch’s Job Performance Wins Bipartisan Support

Political corruption. Gun violence. Financial crimes. Homegrown terrorism. These are just a selection of the cases brought in the last four years by John Lausch, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.

UChicago Takes Aim at Chicago’s Persistent Cycle of Violence

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Amid a surge in violence, the University of Chicago aims to help make the city a model for how to rebuild traumatized communities.

Bears and Rookie QB Justin Fields Face Stern Test Against Aaron Rodgers and the Packers

Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams give us his take on Fields as starter and his three keys to the game against the Packers. (WTTW News graphic)

It’s the oldest rivalry in football, but the Packers have had the upper hand for most of the past decade. The Bears have won just three games against the Packers and lost 19 since 2011.

NASA Tests Its Planetary Defense Capabilities With DART Mission

Illustration of the DART spacecraft with the Roll Out Solar Arrays (ROSA) extended. Each of the two ROSA arrays in 8.6 meters by 2.3 meters. (Credit: NASA)

A NASA mission to deflect an asteroid – it’s been the premise for more than one Hollywood movie – but next month NASA launches its DART mission that aims to do it for real.

Drop in COVID-19 Cases Shows Parts of US May Be Reaching Herd Immunity

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While COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have dropped nationally, a local infectious disease expert says the situation is a little more complex than whether or not the nation is reaching herd immunity.

Fields Named Starting Quarterback as Bears Travel to Las Vegas

Justin Fields secures the starting quarterback spot as the Bears travel to Las Vegas for a date with the Raiders.  James “Big Cat” Williams joins us to share his predictions for the game.

UChicago Focuses on the Future of Cities in a Post-COVID-19 World

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The University of Chicago is bringing together researchers, practitioners, policymakers and advocates to envision a better, more sustainable future for Chicago and cities around the globe. 

Bears Look to Bounce Back From Embarrassing Loss Against Winless Lions

Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams give us his take on Fields as starter and his three keys to the game against the Browns. (WTTW News graphic)

A rough first NFL start for Justin Fields as the rookie quarterback is sacked nine times by the Cleveland Browns. Can the team remedy its offensive woes in time for the winless Detroit Lions? James “Big Cat” Williams’ gives us three keys to the upcoming game.

Argonne Gets Rare Access To Probe Asteroid Fragments Collected From Space

University of Chicago and Argonne beamline scientist Barbara Lavina observes one of the tiny asteroid fragments through a microscope, with the magnified image on the screen beside her, during the initial research session at Argonne in July. (Jason Creps / Argonne National Laboratory)

Tiny fragments from an asteroid could shed light on the early development of the solar system, thanks to the unique capabilities of Argonne National Laboratory.

Fields Gets First NFL Start vs. Browns as Dalton Sidelined With Injury

Justin Fields will get his first NFL start against the Browns in Cleveland Sunday. (WTTW News graphic)

Justin Fields will get his first NFL start against the Browns in Cleveland on Sunday. Can the rookie quarterback and hope for the future of the franchise live up to the hype and high expectations to deliver a win?

Delta Variant, Disinformation Lead to ICU Shortage in Southern Illinois

Hospitals in southern Illinois are facing a critical shortage of available ICU beds. (WTTW News)

Hospitals in parts of the state are facing a critical shortage of available beds in their intensive care units. The highly contagious delta variant of COVID-19, combined with low vaccination rates, has created an overwhelming situation for medical providers for the last month.

Bears Hoping to Bounce Back Against Bengals After Prime-Time Loss

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After losing to the Rams, how long will Bears coach Matt Nagy resist pressure to give rookie quarterback Justin Fields more playing time? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams give us his take on the opening day loss and Sunday’s game against Cincinnati.

Lincoln Park Zoo Names Megan Ross as Next Leader

Current zoo director Dr. Megan Ross, Ph.D., has been selected to lead the venerable institution when current president and CEO Kevin Bell steps down at the end of the year. (Credit: Lisa Miller)

Dr. Megan Ross, an animal behavior specialist, joined the zoo as curator of birds in 2000 and will be the first woman to lead the zoo in its 153-year history.