Stories by Alexandra Silets

Gov. Rauner to Lawmakers: ‘Please Come Back to Springfield’

Lawmakers were supposed to be in Springfield on Wednesday, but House Speaker Michael Madigan canceled the session in spite of his pledge to work through the summer. 

Chicago Theater Community Says ‘Not in Our House’ to Sexual Harassment

Laura Fisher

Actors and other theater professionals have banded together in Chicago to fight sexual harassment. We meet one of the founders of the advocacy group Not In Our House.

The Week in Review: Sen. Mark Kirk Dumps Donald Trump

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk dumps presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Former Gov. Jim Edgar urges civility and compromise in Springfield. Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks for property tax rebates. And the Cubs soar as the Sox sink.

Budget Cuts End Residential Care at Maryville Academy

Maryville Academy started nearly 133 years ago as an orphanage, but as a result of major cuts in funding, the agency announced it will no longer house children. We speak with Maryville's executive director about the changes and organization's new direction.

Crain’s Roundup: Are Robots the Future of the Fast-Food Industry?

An Elgin company hopes robots will be the future of the fast-food industry. Will online beer sales be the next frontier for e-commerce? Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer brings us these stories and more.

Crain’s Roundup: Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks Court Corporate Clients

(2013 Ron Vesely / Chicago White Sox)

Chicago sports teams are turning to their heroes of the past to boost the team brands, and a billionaire biotech pioneer wants to revive print newspapers, and he's putting his money on Tribune Publishing. Crain's Chicago Business has the story.

Illinois Fiscal Watchdog Under Investigation for Campaign Spending

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino

The state's fiscal watchdog, Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, is under federal investigation. Meet the citizen watchdogs who broke the story.

Will Americans Digest New Nutrition Labels?

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The Food and Drug Administration announced its first major change to food nutrition labels since the early 1990s. Will the new information about sugar, calories and serving sizes help people with their diets, or do most people ignore food labels? 

Crain’s Roundup: Tribune Tower Condos, Holy Name Parking Lot

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Will you be able to own a piece of the Tribune Tower? Crain's Chicago Business has the story.

High-Flying, Bright Ideas to Boost Chicago Tourism

Meet two men who think gondolas and lights will give a significant boost to Chicago tourism.

End of Session Brings Renewed Hope, Doubt for Budget Compromise

Are lawmakers any closer to a budget agreement? We speak with two legislators about the progress in Springfield.

Crain’s Roundup: Peoples Gas’ $18.5M Settlement, Shrinking Sears

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer brings us the latest on a Peoples Gas settlement for misleading consumers, a new size strategy for Sears and an update on plans for a South Side trauma center.

Success of Airbnb Prompts Talk of Regulation, Taxes in Chicago

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Should there be more regulation for Chicago vacation rentals like Airbnb?  A look at both sides of the issue.

Crain’s Roundup: Can Gondolas Lift Chicago Tourism?

Can aerial gondolas proposed for tours along the Chicago River lift tourism business in the city? Crain's managing editor Ann Dwyer joins us to discuss this story and more.

Indiana Primary: Front-Runner Trump, Cruz in War of Words

The barbs turned personal during Tuesday's primary battle in Indiana. Trump claimed another victory, and Cruz suspended his campaign. What will these results mean for the big picture?

Lori Lightfoot, Dean Angelo Come Face-to-Face on Task Force Report

Police union president Dean Angelo denies racism in the ranks. He faces off with Police Accountability Task Force chair Lori Lightfoot over the group's scathing report.

The Week in Review: Dennis Hastert Confirms Predatory Past

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the news of the week, including the bombshell twists in the sentencing of Dennis Hastert.

Homophobia in Sports Not Just a Hockey Problem

The Blackhawks season ends with a heartbreaking loss to St. Louis. We recap the season and talk about homophobia in sports with Chris Hine, an openly gay hockey writer from the Chicago Tribune. 

FOP President Dean Angelo Responds to Task Force Recommendations

Dean Angelo

Changes are coming to the Chicago Police Department. But are the rank and file on board? We talk with the head of Chicago's Fraternal Order of Police.

Crain's Roundup: McDonald's Testing Bigger, Smaller Versions of Big Mac

One size apparently does not fit all Big Mac lovers. Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer weighs in on this story and more business news.

Comptroller Munger: ‘Devastating’ Budget Stalemate Needs to End

Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger tightens state lawmakers' belts, hoping to force a budget deal. Will that work to break the deadlock?

‘Chicago Tonight’ Live: Task Force, Community Discuss Troubled CPD

Mayor Emanuel's Police Accountability Task Force has issued a sobering assessment of the Chicago Police Department. We talk about the findings and recommendations with task force and community members during this special edition of "Chicago Tonight."

Task Force Aims to Change Broken Police Department

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Lori Lightfoot

“The community's lack of trust in the Chicago police department is justified.” That's a direct quote from the scathing report released Wednesday afternoon by the Police Accountability Task Force. 

Crain’s Roundup: Boeing Makes Cuts, Tribune Publishing Fires Auditor

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at Chicago-based aerospace giant Boeing’s latest move to cut costs by slashing 4,000 jobs, changes at Tribune Publishing and what Chicago Cubs fans should expect on opening day.