Stories by Alexandra Silets

US Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Grilled on Day 2 of Hearings

Former U.S. Supreme Court clerks weigh in on the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch. 

The Week in Review: Top Cop Seeks Help from AG Sessions

Chicago’s top cop Eddie Johnson makes his case to Attorney General Jeff Sessions for federal help with gangs and guns. That story and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Good Food Festival Celebrates Locally Grown, Sustainable Food

(Barry Brecheisen / Good Food Festival)

Chef Rick Bayless is just one of the highlights at this year’s three-day Good Food Festival. We speak with the event’s founder to learn more.

Family’s Journey Told in Oscar-Nominated Documentary ‘Life, Animated’

A still image from the documentary “Life, Animated.”

Cornelia Suskind tell us about her son Owen, the subject of a new documentary film.

The Week in Review: President Trump Slams Chicago Yet Again

Trump again takes aim at Chicago violence while Oprah mulls a presidential run. The Illinois Senate’s budget “grand bargain” hits a big snag. CPS may be cutting classes. And Northwestern’s buzzer beater could lead to the Big Dance.

Republicans Analyze President Trump’s Speech to Congress

President Donald Trump struck a less combative and more presidential tone during his address to a joint session of Congress. What’s behind the shift, and will his calls to put “trivial fights” behind help him move his agenda forward?

Hollywood Plot Twist: Epic Mix-Up Makes Oscars History

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins at the Academy Awards on Sunday. (Courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Hollywood produced its biggest plot twist ever at the Academy Awards featuring a best picture winner with Chicago ties.

A Portrait of Michael Madigan

Reuters reporter Dave McKinney takes an in-depth look at House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in Illinois' budget woes.

Free Press in the Trump Era

President Donald Trump calls the media the “enemy of the American people.” We get reaction from some local editors.

The Week in Review: Rauner Lays Out ‘Grand Bargain’ Parameters

Gov. Rauner wants reforms in exchange for tax hikes. CPS sues the state over discrimination. Chicago violence takes center stage again. And players report to spring training. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Increasing News Literacy in an Age of Fake News

Get tips for separating fact from fiction in the age of fake news.

Immigration Under Trump: Raids and the Future of Executive Order

What’s been the impact of the immigration raids – and the travel ban – and what’s next?

Republican-Led Congress Hopes for Sweeping Change

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger joins Chicago Tonight to discuss the federal appeals court's refusal to reinstate President Trump's travel ban and the Republican agenda.

Chef Rick Bayless to Headline Chicago’s Good Food Festival

The chef, restaurateur, author and TV host drops by to share two delicious Mexican recipes.

Appeals Court to Weigh In On Constitutionality of Trump Travel Ban

President Trump’s spokesman believes the travel ban is constitutional – a federal appeals court will weigh in on Tuesday.

Rabbi Herman Schaalman, Interfaith Leader, Dies at 100

We remember Rabbi Herman Schaalman, a Holocaust survivor and legendary interfaith leader who late in life gave up his belief in God.

Report: Outdoor Cats Are Killing Billions of Birds

(Courtesy of the Field Museum)

A Smithsonian ornithologist says outdoor cats are devastating bird populations.

Muslim Civil Rights Group Sues Over Constitutionality of Travel Ban

The Council on American-Islamic Relations filed a federal lawsuit Monday over the constitutionality of President Donald Trump’s executive order, which they say targets Muslims.

New Reality: 4 Progressives Report on Congress

Republican lawmakers help President Donald Trump in his first whirlwind week in office. Democratic Congress members join us with their reactions.

Craig Hodges’ New Memoir Outlines Experiences as ‘NBA Freedom Fighter’

The two-time Chicago Bulls champion talks about his new book, and the price of being outspoken.

Photos: Personal, Political Messages at Women’s March on Chicago

(Alexandra Silets / Chicago Tonight)

Signs displaying personal messages on issues such as women’s rights, democracy, health care and LGBTQ rights were carried by many in the crowd of thousands Saturday at the Women’s March on Chicago. Take a look at what we spotted.

The Week in Review: Donald Trump Takes Oath of Office

Illinois lawmakers join scores of others in sitting out Donald Trump’s inauguration as protests abound. More fallout from the Laquan McDonald shooting. And the Cubs visit the biggest Sox fan at the White House. These stories and more with Eddie Arruza and guests.

U of C’s Crime Lab Report Examines Chicago’s Deadly Year

The statistics are stark: 762 people were killed in Chicago last year, a 58-percent increase from 2015. The University of Chicago’s Crime Lab studied the data behind the violence. We discuss the findings of its new report with WBEZ reporter Patrick Smith.

New Chicago State Trustees Aim for Struggling School Turnaround

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Paul Vallas on his new appointment to the board of beleaguered Chicago State University.

Privacy in the Age of Voice-Activated Digital Assistants

Amazon Echo (Adam Bowie / Flickr)

Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant is a hot seller, but there are privacy issues.