Stories by Alexandra Silets

Chris Kennedy Making a Name for Himself in Governor’s Race

In the crowded race for governor, businessman Chris Kennedy’s making a name for himself by bucking Democratic Party leaders.

Scott Drury, the Anti-Madigan Democratic Candidate for Governor

There are eight Democratic candidates vying to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but one is gaining traction as the anti-Madigan candidate.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Budget Stalemate

Senate President John Cullerton talks about plans for a temporary state budget in June 2016. “I want to work with this governor, but that requires him to start working and stop campaigning,” he said.

The state has been without a budget for 719 days. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton joins Carol Marin to talk about how the state can finally get a budget.

J.B. Pritzker Battles Crowded Democratic Field, Rauner

The billionaire businessman and venture capitalist is the early front-runner in the Democratic race for governor. He joins us in discussion.

Outcome Health Aims to Improve Patient Experience

Chicago-based health care technology firm Outcome Health just raised $500 million, making it the biggest Chicago startup since Groupon. We meet one of the company's founders.

Illinois House Members on State Budget Impasse

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The state owes nearly $15 billion in unpaid bills, and if a budget isn’t passed, the backlog could swell to $24 billion. Can a deal be made? We discuss the budget crisis.

Sidney Blumenthal Tells Story of Lincoln’s Political Evolution

The Lincoln biographer and Clinton family adviser discusses his newest book, “Westling With His Angel.”

Exit Interview with Alex Holt, Chicago Budget Director

Alex Holt

A look at the city’s past, present and fiscal future with the outgoing city budget director who is stepping down after six years.

The Week in Review: Lawmakers Fail to Pass Budget

No budget for a third consecutive year. J.B. Pritzker caught on FBI tapes seeking a political appointment. And will Tiger Woods’ DUI derail his Chicago golf course plans? These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Agency That Investigates Police Misconduct Undergoes Transformation

Sharon Fairley, chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

In the wake of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, the Independent Police Review Authority, or IPRA, is being replaced by COPA—the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Sharon Fairley, COPA’s chief administrator, joins us to discuss the transition.

Supreme Court Crunch Time

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A look at the cases to watch as U.S. Supreme Court decisions start rolling in.

What Sinclair Broadcast Group's Bid for Tribune Media Means for WGN

“Chicago's Very Own," WGN-TV could be soon owned by a politically active, conservative broadcast company based in Baltimore.  

Revisiting the ‘Miracle’ that Sparked the Farm-to-Table Movement

Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” helped launch a new, healthier food movement a decade ago. We speak with the author about the recent “One Book, One Chicago” selection.

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘Objects in the Mirror,’ ‘Paradise Blue,’ More

Daniel Kyri performs in Charles Smith’s “Objects in the Mirror.” (Credit: Liz Lauren)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic gives us her take on highly recommended shows from the Goodman Theatre, TimeLine, Paramount and Marriott.

What is WannaCry? What You Need to Know About Latest Cyberattack

The latest on one of the world’s most extensive cyberattacks ever.

Chicago Police Board Cracks Down on Misconduct

Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot talks about misconduct findings against all 15 officers who faced discipline last year.

‘True History’ of H.H. Holmes Examines Life, Career of Serial Killer

H.H. Holmes

Adam Selzer, author of the new book “H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil,” joins us to discuss the latest chapter in a story that's already more than a century old.

The Week in Review: House Votes to Repeal Obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives approve a bill that repeals several features of Obamacare. Plans for the Obama Presidential Center are unveiled. Gov. Rauner and Mayor Emanuel battle over the Thompson Center sale.

Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Daiber: ‘I Can Carry Downstate Illinois’

Bob Daiber speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight)

The Madison County school superintendent joins host Eddie Arruza to discuss his run for Illinois governor.

The Pitfalls of Participatory Budgeting

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Aldermen fight to keep their discretionary “menu money” funds for ward improvements to streets, sidewalks, alleys and other projects.

Meet the New Police Union Boss Kevin Graham

Newly elected Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge President Kevin Graham, a 21-year veteran of the force, shares his concerns and priorities. 

Race for Governor: Daniel Biss on his Bid to Replace Rauner

Daniel Biss speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight)

The state senator jumped into the crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination for governor a month ago. He joins us in discussion.

The Week in Review: Turbulent Week for United Airlines

United Airlines faces international scorn for dragging a passenger off a plane. Chicago cops oust their union president. Gov. Bruce Rauner goes on a political tour. And the Cubs raise the championship banner.

Blair Kamin Weighs in on Wrigley Plaza, Border Wall Designs

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Joining us with the latest in the world of the built environment is Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic. 

‘The Gatekeepers’ Illustrates Power of White House Chief of Staff

Chris Whipple (Photo by David Hume Kennerly)

A behind-the-scenes look at what some think is the second most powerful position in government: White House chief of staff.