Stories by Alexandra Silets

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.

George McCaskey on Chicago Bears 2016 Season, Future of Team

The disastrous 2016 season is one the Chicago Bears will want to soon forget. The Bears chairman weighs in on how the team can bounce back.

What Obamacare Repeal Could Mean to Patients of Cook County Hospitals

(Chicago Tonight)

What will 300,000 local patients face if Obamacare is repealed? We speak with the CEO of the Cook County Health and Hospitals System.

Shootings Wounding Chicago Children Rise in 2016, But Few Arrests Made

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A new WBEZ report focuses on Chicago children hurt and killed by violence in 2016.

Chicago Business Year in Review

The Dow flirts with the 20,000 mark. Twists and turns at the Chicago Tribune. A look at those stories and other business headlines of 2016 with Crain’s Chicago Business.

40 Years Later: Remembering Richard J. Daley

(Courtesy of the Richard J. Daley Collection)

We discuss the life and legacy of Mayor Richard J. Daley, who died 40 years ago Tuesday, with his youngest son, William Daley.

Study: ‘Idaho Stop’ Could Make Chicago Streets Safer for Cyclists

A new DePaul University study suggests that it may be safer for bicyclists to roll through stop signs and red lights rather than coming to a full stop. The practice, legal in Idaho, is known as an “Idaho stop.”

Chicago Architecture: Year in Review with Blair Kamin

(Nicholas James photo)

Will Union Station’s modernization keep moving forward at full speed? Blair Kamin weighs in on that and the top architecture stories of the year.

Trump Denies Russian Hacking, But Some Electors Rally Ahead of Vote

Donald Trump denies Russian hacking during the presidential election but some Electoral College members are now demanding a security briefing before casting their electoral votes on Dec. 19.  

Springfield Standoff: Lawmakers Weigh In on Budget Stalemate

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Legislative leaders are still bickering – with no budget compromise in sight. Two lawmakers weigh in on the ongoing budget stalemate.

The Week in Review: Legislative Veto Session Turns Ugly

The Springfield standoff turns even uglier as Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes $215 million in CPS pension relief. Chicago’s deadly year surpasses 700 murders. And Jay Cutler is set to have season-ending surgery. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Cook County Demolishing Some Older Jail Buildings

With a two-year decline in jail population, Cook County is demolishing some older jail buildings that once housed inmates.

The Future of HIV/AIDS: Treatment, Prevention 35 Years Later

A look at some breakthrough treatments for HIV and AIDS and a landmark clinical trial for a vaccine ahead of World AIDS Day.

Chicago’s Cardinal and the Future of the Catholic Church

Pope Francis elevated Blase Cupich, along with 16 other archbishops, to the College of Cardinals on Saturday. But that’s not the only news the pope made. 

Illinois Senate Votes to Override 2 Rauner Vetoes

Legislative leaders meet on the budget while the Illinois Senate overrides the governor’s veto of the motor voter registration bill. Amanda Vinicky has details from Springfield.

An Inside Look at the Presidential Transition Process

The whole world is watching. Just how does America transition from one presidential administration to another? We get an inside look.

Trump’s Surprising Victory Reverberating Around the World

What will the new world order look like under Donald Trump? Looking at the president-elect and his foreign policy promises.

The Economic Impact of a Trump Presidency on US, Global Markets

The outcome of the presidential election sparks a volatile reaction in markets in the U.S. and abroad. What will Trump’s economic impact be nationally and around the globe?

Cook County Voters Choose to Merge Clerk, Recorder of Deeds Offices

| Eddie Arruza

Voters have chosen to cut costs by consolidating the Cook County Clerk’s Office with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds in a binding referendum.

Foxx, Brown Win in Cook County

Kim Foxx, left, and Dorothy Brown. (Chicago Tonight)

Kim Foxx has soundly defeated her Republican challenger for Cook County State’s Attorney, while Dorothy Brown wins a fifth term as Cook County Clerk of the Circuit Court. 

The Week in Review: Chicago Cubs’ Historic World Series Win

Holy cow! The Cubs kill the curse and win the World Series. Throngs celebrate with a massive parade and rally. Candidates make a final campaign push amid tightening presidential polls. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Gannett’s Efforts to Buy Tribune Publishing Get Tronc’d

Tribune Tower on Chicago's Michigan Avenue. (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer reports on a $1 billion deal that's now dead and whether the merger of Advocate and NorthShore is on life support. Plus: Guaranteed Rate Field is a lock.

The Week in Review: Candidates Go All Out for Votes

Campaigning is at full throttle. The Chicago ethics board throws aldermen a curveball over Cubs tickets. And the Cubs return to the Friendly Confines for the World Series. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Forum: US Senate Candidate

Tammy Duckworth hopes to lead the Democratic Party back to the majority in the U.S. Senate. Carol Marin goes one-on-one with the candidate.

Find Early Voting Locations in Chicago Neighborhoods

| Rebecca Palmore

Registration and voting locations are now operating in each of Chicago's 50 wards. The polling places will operate through Monday, Nov. 7.