Stories by Alexandra Silets

New Blood Pressure Guidelines a ‘Signal to Take Action’

Many doctors have long believed the threshold for high blood pressure needed to be lower. On Monday, that change was made.

New Book Profiles Chicagoans Who Changed History

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From the obvious game changers to the surprising—and controversial—a new book by the publisher of N’DIGO profiles the biggest Chicago icons.

DNAinfo and the Challenge of Hyperlocal News

Coverage of local news took a giant step backwards with the closing of hyperlocal news websites DNAinfo Chicago and Chicagoist. A look at the changing media landscape.

The Week in Review: Chicago Lawmaker Says Trump Impeachment Imminent

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez says President Trump is “unfit to be president.” Security is stepped up in the wake of a fatal truck attack in New York City. Sex abuse allegations shake up Springfield. And Rod Blagojevich appeals to the Supreme Court.

Otis Wilson’s New Book Offers Stories From Locker Room, Sidelines

Otis Wilson was a key member of the Chicago Bears 1985 Super Bowl team. He joins us to discuss his new book “If These Walls Could Talk: Stories from the Chicago Bears Sideline, Locker Room, and Press Box.”

Intraparty Squabbles Mark Races for Illinois Governor, Attorney General

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We take a closer look at the race for governor in both parties, and the surprise candidate running for attorney general.

CPS Watchdog Blows Whistle on Hiring Off ‘Do Not Hire’ List

Were children put in danger when Chicago Public Schools charter schools hired 163 former CPS employees on a “do not hire” list? Chicago Board of Education Inspector General Nicholas Schuler joins us.

New Book Focuses on Life, Work of Mysterious Photographer Vivian Maier

(Courtesy the Ron Slattery Collection / Estate of Vivian Maier)

Northwestern photography professor Pamela Bannos joins us to discuss her new book “Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife.”

NLCS Game 4: Cubs Try to Avoid Being Swept by Dodgers

A Cubs fan shows off a sign before Game 3 at Wrigley Field. (Chicago Tonight)

The 2016 World Champions face elimination in Game 4 of the 2017 National League Championship Series. 

Toni Preckwinkle on Soda Tax Repeal, County Budget Shortfall

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on why the soda tax failed—and what’s next.

The Week in Review: Soda Tax Fizzles Out

The despised soda tax is repealed after just two months. Another property tax hike passes. Mike Ditka denies racial oppression. And the Cubs gear up for another dramatic postseason.

Race for Illinois Attorney General Gets More Crowded

Former IPRA and COPA chief Sharon Fairley officially tosses her hat into the race for attorney general. The latest on who she could face.

Relationships Under Review in New Book ‘The All-or-Nothing Marriage’

Eli Finkel studies relationships and marriage, and in his new book “The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work,” he argues the best marriages of today are the best the world has ever known.

Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie Joins General Assembly Exodus

Barbara Flynn Currie was elected to the House in 1978. Twenty years later, House Speaker Michael Madigan tapped her to be the House majority leader—the first woman to hold the position. Currie discusses her decision to call it quits.

Equifax Data Breach: How to Protect Your Credit, Bank Accounts

Some 143 million Americans may have had personal information stolen in the cyberattack of credit-reporting company Equifax. What you need to do immediately.

Exploring Construction Boom in Chicago’s ‘Super Loop’

Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin on the opening of The Yard at Chicago Shakespeare Theater and more.

The Week in Review: Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich Breaks Silence

The battle to repeal the Cook County soda tax is prolonged. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich breaks his silence from behind bars. The hard sell for Amazon’s huge headquarters is underway. And the Cubs hang on to a division lead.

Jim Tilmon a Pilot and Pioneer Who ‘Just Wanted to Fly’

He has worn many hats throughout his extraordinary life. The Emmy Award-winning broadcaster and weatherman talks about his long and storied career.

Climate Change and Infrastructure Failings in Extreme Weather

What part – if any – does global warming play in the intensity of hurricanes? And what infrastructure failures contribute to the utter loss and destruction during extreme weather?

The Week in Review: Battle Over Soda Tax Intensifies

The soda tax repeal vote approaches as Toni Preckwinkle faces an ad blitz and sagging polls. School starts with undocumented students fearful. And the Bears kick off the season. 

Illinois Education Secretary Beth Purvis on School Funding Reform

The state’s education secretary said Gov. Bruce Rauner agreed with 90 percent of the education funding bill known as SB1. Then he vetoed it. We discuss education funding reform with Beth Purvis.

Jim Durkin on School Funding Reform and Other Battles

The Illinois House Republican leader speaks with Carol Marin about the school funding compromise and other battles in Springfield.

School Funding Reform: House Members Talk About Dramatic Vote

It took three roll call votes Monday before an education funding bill passed in the Illinois House. In the end, there was still division on both sides of the aisle. We speak to lawmakers who voted for and against the measure.

Woman Breaks Nondisclosure Agreement with R. Kelly

A woman who says she had underage sex with Grammy Award winning performer R. Kelly is breaking her silence. Veteran music journalist Jim DeRogatis joins us with details.

Toni Preckwinkle Discusses Cook County Soda Tax Pushback

The Cook County sweetened beverage tax has had a challenging rollout, but Toni Preckwinkle doesn’t appear to be backing down. And she’s found a deep-pocketed supporter of the tax who’s helping with a media campaign.