Stories by Alexandra Silets

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?

Death Knell Tolling for McMansions

A look at what's behind the rise and fall of the great big McMansions. Why aren't they selling?

East Chicago Lead Contamination Forces Nearly 1,200 from Homes

Nearly 1,200 people are being forced to move from their homes in East Chicago, Indiana, after high levels of lead were found in the soil. WBEZ’s Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente joins us with the story.

Countdown to Election Day 2016

The presidential election is exactly eight weeks away. We break down the campaigns and what the candidates need to do in the final push.

Outgoing Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez Reflects on Office

With only a few months left in office, does Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez wish she had done anything differently? She joins us in discussion.

Why Thousands of Cook County Residents Pay Zero in Property Taxes

Analysis from the Chicago Sun-Times shows that thousands of Cook County residents do not pay anything in property taxes. (Colin J Bird / Wikimedia Commons)

Are some wealthy residents of Cook County taking advantage of laws meant for the most vulnerable? We discuss the issue with a Chicago Sun-Times watchdog.

Assessing the Risk, Damage After Illinois’ Voter Rolls Hacked

The State Board of Elections computer hack may have been smaller than first thought. Now it seems the personal information of only 90,000 Illinois voters was compromised. How safe is voter information? We get the latest.