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Taiwan Consul in Chicago Says China Becoming ‘More Aggressive Abroad, More Oppressive at Home’


In an interview with WTTW News, Johnson Chiang, director general of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Chicago, said that as China’s military and economic power has grown in recent decades, their behavior toward Taiwan has become more aggressive.

Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, Who Traveled to Asia with Speaker Pelosi, Rejects Criticism of Taiwan Trip


Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, D-Illinois, is rejecting criticism of a visit to Taiwan by a congressional delegation led by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi last week.

Northwestern Professor Says Response to Viruses Creates a ‘Viral Underclass’

Viruses don’t discriminate, society does. That’s the argument made by Northwestern University journalism professor Steven Thrasher in his new book.

Spotlight Politics: Battle Over Illinois Democratic Party Chair; Lightfoot Pitches Soldier Field Dome

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks as Illinois Democrats make their pitch to the national party while U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, right, looks on. (WTTW News)

Debate over who should chair the Democratic Party of Illinois continues as Gov. J.B. Pritzker recruits state Rep. Elizabeth Hernandez (D-Cicero) to run against current chair U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly.

Legacy of Redlining Continues to Blight Communities of Color

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The abandonment and neglect that has undermines the economies of many Chicago and Cook County neighborhoods is very much man-made, according to a new study.

New Fossil Discovery Shows Evolution Isn’t Always Linear

An illustration of Qikiqtania wakei (center) in the water with its larger cousin, Tiktaalik roseae. (Credit: Alex Boersma)

A team lead by a University of Chicago paleontologist says a fossil that was found years ago — and for years largely ignored — could shed more light on that pivotal time in the evolution of life.

States’ Rights, the Supreme Court, and a History of Discrimination

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The concept of federalism — the idea that the federal government’s authority is limited, and other powers retained for the states — is a cornerstone of modern conservatism. But historically, states’ rights have also been used as cover to allow southern states in particular to discriminate against African Americans and other marginalized groups.

Toni Preckwinkle Backs President Joe Biden’s Call for Assault Weapons Ban

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle at the White House on July 11, 2022. (Credit: Nick Shields / Cook County)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke to WTTW News following Biden’s White House celebration of the passage of a federal gun safety law that was attended by elected officials, gun control advocates, gun violence survivors and the families of victims.

Former AG Holder Says Jan. 6 Hearings ‘Extremely Close’ to Making ‘Indictable Case’ Against Former President Trump

Eric Holder appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 7, 2022. (WTTW News)

In an interview with WTTW News, former Attorney General Eric Holder, who served as President Barack Obama’s Attorney General from 2009 to 2015, said that Donald Trump “clearly had the intent to try to steal the election to foment a coup.”

The Week in Review: Pritzker Gets Opponent He Wanted in Trump-Backed Bailey

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Darren Bailey routs the Republican field to take on Gov. Pritzker in the general election. Recapping all the other winners and setting the scene for November. Plus, could Google buy the Thompson Center?

Spotlight Politics: Trump-Backed Bailey to Face Pritzker in Fall

Darren Bailey speaks after his primary election victory in the Republican race for governor on June 28, 2022.

Our Spotlight Politics team has much more on last night's primaries, and how the key races are shaping up for November. We'll also get their take on yet more explosive revelations from the Jan. 6 hearings in Washington.

The Week in Review: Supreme Court Strikes Down Federal Abortion Rights

Demonstrators protest about abortion outside the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, June 24, 2022. (CNN via WTTW News)

The Supreme Court overturns the landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade. Plus, former President Trump stumps in Illinois. And the governor's race heats up with election day right around the corner.

Spotlight Politics: Throng of Candidates Vie to Replace Bobby Rush; Lightfoot’s Aldermanic Pick

Mayor Lori Lightfoot speaks at a press conference after a City Council meeting on June 22, 2022. (WTTW News)

Our Spotlight Politics team discusses damning revelations from the Jan. 6 hearings; the latest on some key primary races with elections less than one week away; And the City Council vote to replace retired Ald. Michael Scott Jr. with his sister, Monique, to represent the 24th Ward.

Jan. 6 Hearings Focus on Trump’s Efforts to Intimidate State Officials to Overturn Election

Witnesses testify before the House 1/6 committee on June 21, 2022. (CNN)

More witnesses testified before a select committee of Congress about the Jan. 6 attacks on the U.S. Capitol. The fourth day of hearings today focused on the efforts of President Donald Trump and his campaign to pressure state officials in key states to overturn the election results.

The Week in Review: Polls Show Sen. Darren Bailey Leading Richard Irvin

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Prime time for the primary: Campaigns enter the final stretch. Illinois loses Caterpillar. And revelations from hearings on the Capitol insurrection. 

OPEC Agrees to Hike Oil Production Amid Soaring Gas Prices

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According to AAA, the current price of a gallon of regular gas in the Chicago Metro area is now $5.56, up from $3.37 one year ago. The price of premium is well over $6.00.

The Week in Review: Outrage Grows Over Slow Police Response in Texas Shooting

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Outrage, fear and questions surrounding Uvalde. Chicago’s cast the die for a Bally’s casino. And the GOP candidates for governor debate.

Former Cook County Jail Warden Advocates for More Holistic Criminal Justice System

Nneka Jones Tapia appears on "Chicago Tonight" on May 19, 2022. (WTTW News)

Do inmates in Illinois prisons and jails have a right to safety? That’s the central question raised in a new publication written by former Cook County Department of Corrections Warden Nneka Jones Tapia.

Spotlight Politics: City Council Passes New Map

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The City Council passes a new ward map, avoiding the possibility of allowing voters to weigh in on a new map via a referendum. And the mayor orders a change to the city's teen curfew. Our politics team weighs in on that story and more.

The Week in Review: Candidate Called Trump ‘Bigoted Racist’

Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin is pictured in April 2020. (WTTW News)

Exclusive text messages reveal Richard Irvin called Trump a “bigoted racist.” A new entrant in the race for mayor. Alderpeople approve gerrymandered new city maps. And Bally’s casino proposal revealed.

Researchers Claim They’ve Found Fossilized Remains from Extinction Event That Wiped Out Most Dinosaurs

Field assistant Kylie Ruble, left, and Robert DePalma excavate a slab of fossils from the Tanis deposit. (Courtesy of Robert DePalma)

An international team of researchers say they have found fossilized remains of fish and a dinosaur in North Dakota at a site that they believed died on the very day of an asteroid impact. That story is told in a new documentary called “Dinosaur Apocalypse” airing on WTTW.

Former US Defense Secretary Hagel Expects Further Escalation of War in Ukraine

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Chuck Hagel served as the United States Secretary of Defense under the Obama administration from 2013 to 2015, after two terms as a Republican senator from Nebraska. Hagel is visiting Chicago to speak on national security and global geopolitics at the University of Chicago. 

The Week in Review: Lightfoot Selects Bally’s Bid for Long-Awaited Casino

An aerial view of the proposed Bally’s casino site. (WTTW News)

The Mayor rolls the dice on a casino proposal, will alderpeople buy-in? The abortion bombshell rocks politics. Boeing takes off from Chicago. And the Bears complete the first draft under their new GM.

The Week in Review: Quigley Won’t Run for Mayor, Bulls Dumped Out of Playoffs by Dominant Bucks

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Gas card giveaway a go. A big name bows out of the race for mayor. The Chicago Reader standoff resolves. The bears on the draft clock. And the Bulls bounce out of the playoffs after a successful season.

Anti-Defamation League Reports Record Number of Antisemitic Incidents Across U.S. In 2021

A "Holocaust is a lie" sticker on a parking sign outside of a Holocaust Museum. (Courtesy Anti-Defamation League)

The Midwest chapter of the ADL which focuses on Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin reported a total of 175 antisemitic incidents in 2021, up 62% from the 108 cases it recorded the year before, and more than 200 percent higher than five years ago.

New Book by Chicago Political Observer Dick Simpson Explores Democracy’s Future

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Chicago has not always had the most cordial relationship with democracy over decades of machine-style politics. A new book from longtime Chicago political observer Dick Simpson aims to diagnose what’s wrong and offer prescriptions to fix it.