May 20, 2024

The Cicadas Are Here, Now What?

The massive emergence of 17-year cicadas has started in Chicago and the surrounding region. Here's what to look for next.

May 20, 2024

ShotSpotter Showdown Set Amid Fierce Debate Over Value of Gunshot Detection System

Ald. David Moore told WTTW News he will force a vote on an order that accuses Mayor Brandon Johnson of having “usurped the will of the City Council and their ability to represent constituents” by canceling the city’s contract with SoundThinking, which operates the ShotSpotter gunshot detection system.

May 17, 2024

Week in Review: Brandon Johnson’s First Year; Embattled CTA Chief Facing Calls to Quit

One year into Mayor Brandon Johnson’s administration. Campus encampment cleared at DePaul. And will Springfield help Chicago Public Schools close its deficit?

May 15, 2024

Analyzing Brandon Johnson’s 1st Year in Office: Push for Progressive Change Complicated by Migrant Crisis, Unforced Errors

“People put me in charge to change course. And what is very clear, I say this with all due humility, people know we are changing course in this city. There should be no doubt in anyone’s minds that we are moving in another direction. I believe people are up for it. And I’m looking forward to the implementation of many of the things that we’ve already put forward.”

May 15, 2024

‘There’s a Lot of Unevenness’: Chicago’s Youth Joblessness Rates Outpace Illinois and US, New Report Finds

Employment levels in Chicago and beyond have rebounded since the COVID-19 pandemic, but a new report has found teens and young adults across the city, particularly those of color, are still struggling to find consistent work.

May 14, 2024

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What’s behind the mass felling of trees at a suburban forest preserve. And eyes are on the Chicago Sky as the WNBA regular season tips off.

May 14, 2024

As the 2024 WNBA Season Tips Off, What to Expect From the Chicago Sky This Year

The Chicago Sky looks different this year with brand new leadership and players on the roster including Angel Reese and Kamilla Cardoso.

May 14, 2024

This Forest Preserve May Look Like a Disaster Zone, but What You’re Seeing Is the Most Ambitious Restoration Project Cook County’s Ever Tackled

A 1,000-acre, $10 million restoration project is now underway at Red Gate Woods, part of the vast Palos Preserve system in southwestern Cook County.

May 14, 2024

Misconduct Agency Ruled 8 Chicago Officers Responsible for Woman Who Died in Police Holding Cell Should be Fired or Face Lengthy Suspensions, But Top Cop Objected

Former interim Chicago Police Supt. Fred Waller objected to the recommendation made by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability that four police officers, a sergeant, a lieutenant and two commanders should be suspended for six months or terminated.

May 13, 2024

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A controversial migrant shelter closes on the South Side. The invasion of cicadas is coming soon. And world-renowned opera star Renée Fleming.

May 13, 2024

Superstar Soprano Renée Fleming’s New Book Aims to Highlight the Healing Power of Music

World-renowned soprano Renée Fleming has a new book called “Music and Mind” – a collection of essays curated and edited by the operatic superstar exploring the healing power of music and the arts, and what modern science is uncovering about that connection.

May 13, 2024

Shuttered Woodlawn School Will No Longer Be Used as Migrant Shelter, Mayor Brandon Johnson Announces

There are no plans to use the former school as a shelter in the future, according to a spokesperson for Mayor Brandon Johnson.

May 10, 2024

Week in Review: Future of Public Transit; Student Encampments Continue

Advocates are upset that new leaders of public transit agencies don’t regularly ride the CTA. And what came of Mayor Brandon Johnson’s trip to the state Capitol.

May 10, 2024

Chicago is Still Waiting on Its Cicadas, But Southern States Are Buzzing. Here’s What the Emergence Looks and Sounds Like Across the Country

Cicada Watch 2024 is reaching fever pitch in the Chicago region, where Brood XIII periodical cicadas are expected to burst from the ground by the millions, any day now. Here’s what’s in store.

May 7, 2024

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A big change to the school funding formula — what it could mean for students and teachers. And how Chicago police are responding to pro-Palestinian demonstrators.