Stories by Alexandra Silets

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.  

Radio Legend Herb Kent, ‘The Cool Gent,’ Dies at 88

Herb Kent appears on "Chicago Tonight" in February 2009.

Herb Kent was the longest-running DJ in radio history and graced the Chicago airwaves for more than 70 years. He died Saturday after his final radio broadcast.

Forum: Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Candidates

The candidates for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk square off and talk integrity, amnesty and modernization in our first candidate forum.

Field Museum Offers to Ink Visitors for $250

A sign spotted at the Field Museum’s new “Tattoo” exhibition. (Chicago Tonight)

In conjunction with “Tattoo,” the museum's latest exhibition on the history of the tattoo which opens Friday, it has opened a pop-up shop. Learn more.

Toni Preckwinkle on 2017 Budget Goals, Soda Tax

A penny-per-ounce soda tax could be coming to Cook County. We talk with Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle about that and her 2017 budget goals.

Assessing the Political Damage of Explosive Donald Trump Tape

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

Sunday’s town hall debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump was one of the most tense in history.

The Week in Review: Campaign Messaging, Fundraising at Full Throttle

President Barack Obama hits town to raise cash. Contract talks heat up as a teachers strike looms. COPA sails through City Council. And the Cubs launch their playoff push against the Giants.

Walgreens Stores Losing Chase Bank ATMs

Chase Bank is checking out of Walgreens. That story and more from the pages of Crain's Chicago Business.

The Week in Review: Spotlight on Chicago in Presidential Race

Presidential hopefuls hit the town in a mad dash for cash. Chicago teachers set a strike date. Englewood gets a new Whole Foods. And the battered Bears look for first win. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

See the McDonald’s of the Future in Present-Day Chicago

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer reports on the McDonald's of the future, Rick Bayless's new business recipe and why online retailing giant Amazon is partnering with Merz Apothecary.

Supreme Court Preview: Former Supreme Court Clerks on New Term

(MitchellShapiroPhotography / Flickr)

The U.S. Supreme Court is about to begin its new term–with only eight justices on the bench. Three former Supreme Court clerks preview some of the upcoming hot-button cases.  

The Week in Review: Mayor Emanuel Delivers an Emotional Speech

The mayor focuses on a variety of programs to help stem the city’s soaring crime, but critics say it isn’t enough. Chicago teachers take another strike vote. And the Bears season looks bleak. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria Cooking Up a Big Change

Lou Malnati's Pizzeria is adding a major new investor to its recipe for success. We serve up the latest with Crain's Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer. 

Ouster of CSU President, Steep Severance Raise Questions

Chicago State University

What's behind the $600,000 severance package for the president of cash-strapped Chicago State University? And why was the president asked to leave after just nine months?