Biography & Profiles

Father Pfleger’s Tenure at St. Sabina

With his future at St. Sabina up in the air, Chicago Tonight takes a look back at Father Michael Pfleger’s controversial tenure at the storied parish. Here’s a timeline of Father Pfleger’s history since he took the helm at St. Sabina Church.          

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Brooks and Cognitive Development

New York Times conservative Op-ed Columnist David Brooks has written on just about everything — politics, war, class and beyond. In his new book, he is revealing the power of our unconscious and its role in our development. In his book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, David Brooks suggests […]

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Committee to Enhance City-County Cooperation

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of a joint six-member committee today. The committee will be in charge of examining all areas of city and county operations and producing a report on how they can best work together to cut costs, improve service delivery and streamline residents’ interactions […]

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Gabrielle Hamilton: ‘Reluctant Chef’ & Author

Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef and owner of Prune restaurant in New York. Hamilton has an MFA in fiction writing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur, and Food & Wine. Her most recent book, Blood, Bones & Butter is a memoir following Hamilton’s unconventional journey […]

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Geraldine Ferraro Dies at 75

Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice-presidential candidate for a major American political party and former Democratic congresswoman, died Saturday at the age of 75. After first being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, Ferraro, a Democrat, went on to serve New York’s ninth congressional district for three terms. She ran as Walter […]

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Origins of Puppet Opera

William “Bill” Fosser’s Opera in Focus has its roots in the legendary Chicago puppet opera at the downtown Kungsholm restaurant, in a building that is now home to Lawry’s the Prime Rib restaurant. Bill Fosser first worked on the Kungsholm puppet opera at the age of 14, in 1943. The original idea for an elaborate […]

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Grammy-winning Composer ‘Working’ in Chicago

The year was 1971. A young musician from New York City, Stephen Schwartz, was about to strike gold. The recently married 22-year-old had labored over a musical, writing both the lyrics and music. He called it “Godspell.” Soon after it landed on Broadway, it became one of the most famous musicals of his generation. Schwartz […]

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Theater Director Peter Sellars Still on Top

Noted American theater director, Peter Sellars, is renowned for his unique contemporary stagings of classical and contemporary operas and plays. His latest production of George Frideric Handel’s 1744 opera, “Hercules” at Lyric Opera of Chicago, continues his exploration of present-day events and themes, as seen through the lens of classical works. In his college years, […]

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Man Discovers Fake Rahm’s Identity, But Keeps It Secret

Only one man in Chicago knew the identity of the Twitter superstar: @MayorEmanuel. Who is he? How did he figure out the person behind the incredibly clever tweets? And why did he decide to keep it a secret? Seth Lavin, 25, is a Chicago Public Schools 5th grade teacher, a husband, a new father — […]

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Educating the Public about Gang Life

Lance Williams is an academic with one foot in the classroom, the other on the pavement. He’s considered an academic expert on Chicago gang life, with a doctorate in public health that focuses on youth intervention. He also helped write the first concise book on the Black P Stone Nation, one of Chicago’s longstanding gangs. […]

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Jody Weis’ Last Day as Chicago’s Top Cop

Six months ago, the Fraternal Order of Police was calling for his resignation. Now, Jody Weis approaches his final hours as Chicago’s top cop. Today’s date – March 1 – marks the expiration of Weis’ contract. Since Feb. 1, 2008, he’s been Chicago’s police superintendent. Handpicked by Mayor Richard M. Daley and disliked by the […]

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Meet 4 Winners in Chicago’s Aldermanic Races

Will Burns 4th Ward Map Age: 37 Political Affiliation: Democrat Votes: 65% Education: BA, Law, Letters, and Society The College of the University of Chicago 1995, MA, Social Sciences The University of Chicago 1998 Personal: Married; 1 child Previous Political Experience: State Rep. 2009 to Present Deputy Chief of Staff, Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. […]

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Local Moms React to “Tiger Mother” Parenting

Mothers across the country, including here in the Chicago area, are buzzing about Amy Chua’s controversial new book. So, what exactly is Chinese mothering? Here is an excerpt from Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents […]

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