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NBA All-Star Weekend Hits Chicago. Here’s What You Need to Know

(WTTW News)

The NBA’s All-Star Game is in Chicago for the first time since 1988 and the city is bouncing with NBA events all weekend. Here’s a preview.

Illinois’ New Senate President Don Harmon Leaving Law Firm Job

Illinois Senate President Don Harmon appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. (WTTW News)

At a time when leading legislators’ private side jobs are increasingly under scrutiny, newly elevated state Senate President Don Harmon will step down as a partner at the law firm Burke Burns & Pinelli, Ltd. to focus full-time on his new leadership position.

Van Dyke Prosecutor Joseph McMahon Reflects on High-Profile Trial

Prosecutor Joseph McMahon delivers closing statements to the jury on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018 as Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, far left, watches. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

The special prosecutor in the Jason Van Dyke murder trial talks with us about one of the highest-profile cases in Chicago history.

UIC Cutting Men’s and Women’s Gymnastics Teams

(Courtesy of the University of Illinois at Chicago Men's Gymnastics Team)

After a 70-year run that has resulted in multiple NCAA championship titles, the gymnastics program at the University of Illinois at Chicago will cease to exist once its current season wraps up.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives Confirms: She’s Running for Governor

Up to this point, it wasn’t certain that a challenger would emerge from the intraparty revolution Gov. Bruce Rauner ignited when he signed an abortion law in late September. There’s no ambiguity now.

Radogno Resigns, Democrats Introduce Tax Plan

Two days before a Springfield special legislative session is scheduled to end, Illinois Senate Minority Leader Christine Radogno announced she will resign Saturday.

No Budget Vote on Deadline Day; Gridlock Extends into June

(Jim Bowen / Flickr)

It’s the 700th day of Illinois’ historic budget stalemate and the final day of the General Assembly’s scheduled spring session—and still no budget in sight. The Illinois House will now push budget negotiations into June, when rules change for passing legislation.

‘City Creatures’ Details the Animals Among Us

Gavin Van Horn

Chicago is not defined solely by its human residents. It’s a city with a living, evolving "ecological web of interactions" between man and animal, according to Gavin Van Horn. He joins "Chicago Tonight" to talk about "City Creatures," a book which details urban wildlife history through essays, poetry, photography and paintings.

Neighborhood Issues May Fuel Uptown Race

46th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

Ald. James Cappleman was elected in 2011 as a candidate for change. The former social worker, who is one of the Chicago City Council's openly gay members, has been heavily supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's PAC in his re-election bid. He's facing an April runoff against lawyer Amy Crawford, who is also openly gay.

Emanuel Foe Faces Runoff Rematch

45th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

First-term Ald. John Arena, a member of the City Council's Progressive Caucus and a frequent thorn in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's side, faces a runoff rematch with Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido in the race to represent the northwest side's 45th Ward.

Battle Intensifies in 43rd Ward

43rd Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

First-term Ald. Michele Smith is fighting to keep her Lincoln Park aldermanic seat in a bitter battle with challenger Caroline Vickrey. They go head to head.

Freshman Alderman Tries to Hang On to Her Seat

41st Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

Ald. Mary O'Connor faces a runoff challenge from Chicago firefighter and former police officer Anthony Napolitano. While O'Connor has touted the accomplishments of her first term, many in the northwest side ward are angry over new O'Hare airport flight paths that they say have made their neighborhoods unbearably noisy. They join us.

Open Seat in a New Ward

36th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

Incumbent 36th Ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato decided to run in a different ward after the 36th was re-mapped. Four candidates ran to take over his seat, which covers parts of Belmont Cragin and Portage Park. Two candidates made it to the April runoff: former congressional staffer Omar Aquino and consultant Gilbert Villegas. They join us.

Rough Run in 31

31st Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

Support in the predominantly Hispanic 31st Ward is splitting between longtime Ald. Ray Suarez and former TV reporter, Milly Santiago. They meet on Chicago Tonight to talk about the issues.

A New Voice for 24th Ward

24th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

The 24th ward will have a fresh face representing the Lawndale neighborhood in City Council. Will it be the son of the former president of the Chicago Board of Education or a businesswoman who worked her way up from receptionist to vice president of a tool distributor?

Ald. Lona Lane Faces Stiff Challenge

18th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

In February's election, challenger Derrick Curtis had a slight advantage over incumbent Ald. Lona Lane, though neither received a majority of the vote. The two will face off in next month's runoff election, and Chicago Tonight will host a forum to discuss the issues facing the 18th Ward.

Runoff for Foulkes in New Ward

16th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

Ald. Toni Foulkes was mapped out of her 15th ward and decided to run for alderman in the 16th ward. She now faces Stephanie Coleman in a runoff.

An Outsider Takes On a Daley in Bridgeport

11th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

The race for the open seat in Chicago's 11th Ward has gone to a runoff between Patrick Daley Thompson and John Kozlar. Thompson is an attorney and Water Reclamation Commissioner. He's also a nephew of Richard M. Daley and grandson of Richard J. Daley. Kozlar is a law student and neighborhood advocate who ran and lost in the 2011 race. They join us.

Sandi Jackson's Replacement Faces Challenge

7th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

The 7th Ward race pitted incumbent Ald. Natashia Holmes against seven challengers. A runoff resulted between Holmes who won 25 percent of the vote and Gregory Mitchell who garnered 20 percent of the vote. We hear from both candidates.

The New 2

2nd Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

Chicago's 2nd Ward has been significantly remapped and includes a diverse array of neighborhoods, from parts of downtown Chicago to Wicker Park and Ukrainian Village. We'll host a conversation between Brian Hopkins and Alyx Pattison, the two candidates for alderman who will face each other in an April 7 runoff election.

Prison Hospice

A local filmmaker was honored with an Academy Award nomination for the documentary, Prison Terminal: The Last Days of Private Jack Hall. Though the film buzz has ended, its creator is on a mission to bring more inmate-operated hospice care to prisons all over the country. We talk with him about his efforts and the prison hospice system in Illinois.

President Obama Names Pullman Historic District a National Monument

The president visits the Pullman neighborhood to commemorate its new National Monument Designation.

Race for Representing the 11th Ward

As aldermanic races heat up across the city, the 11th Ward stands out as another Daley makes a go at public office in City Council. We sit down with candidates John Kozlar, Maureen Sullivan and Patrick Daley Thompson to discuss ward issues and City Council politics.