Stories by Alexandra Silets

Mayor Emanuel on CPD Superintendent, CTU Strike, City Finances

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Eddie Johnson, his pick for CPD interim superintendent, has received support inside and outside of the police department. “I think he has the chops to make the changes that are necessary,” Emanuel said to Paris Schutz.

What Questions Do You Have for Mayor Emanuel?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins “Chicago Tonight” for a one-on-one interview with Paris Schutz on Tuesday. What are your questions for the mayor? Share them with us.

The Week in Review: CTU, CPS Clash Over April 1 Teacher Walkout

Joel Weisman and his guests discuss the vote by the Chicago Teachers Union's House of Delegates to authorize a one-day strike and other top stories of the week.

President Obama Makes Historic Trip to Cuba

| Meredith Francis

President Barack Obama addressed the Cuban people early Tuesday during his historic trip, saying, “I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War.”

Cast Iron Cooking Tips from Lisa McManus of America's Test Kitchen

You may know her as the official gadget guru for America's Test Kitchen here on PBS. Lisa McManus is also the executive tasting and testing editor at Cook's Illustrated and Cook's Country magazines. She joins us to discuss "Cook It in Cast Iron: Kitchen-Tested Recipes for the One Pan That Does It All."

The Week in Review: Unpacking Primary Election Results

Finalists are unveiled for Chicago's top cop. A closer look at election winners: the shockers, the new careers launched and the proxy war between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mike Madigan. Plus the Adam LaRoche White Sox controversy. Joel Weisman and his guests discuss these stories and more in this week’s show.

Kim Foxx on Primary Win, Broken Criminal Justice System

Kim Foxx

Kim Foxx easily defeated incumbent Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez on Tuesday night with 58 percent of the vote. “I knew from my conversations from people throughout the county that there was discontent, that there was a real consensus of a need for change,” Foxx said.

Duckworth, Kirk Win US Senate Primaries

Illinois candidates for U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Duckworth and Republican incumbent Mark Kirk won their respective primaries.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth and Republican Sen. Mark Kirk have each won their primaries, setting up possibly one of the most expensive and potentially contentious races for U.S. Senate in November.

The Week in Review: The Final Push Before Illinois’ March Primary

A final look at the stakes in Tuesday’s primary election in Illinois. Chicago Public Schools sues its former CEO and SUPES Academy for $65 million. And former Bears head coach Lovie Smith is back in Illinois to coach football. Joel Weisman and his guests discuss these stories and more in this week’s show.

Illinois’ US Senate Candidates

Andrea Zopp, left, and Napoleon Harris.

We meet two of the Democratic candidates vying to be the nominee for U.S. Senator.

The Week in Review: Chicago Teachers Hit with Furlough Days

Teachers threaten an April strike. The Illinois House votes to strip Mayor Rahm Emanuel of school board control. Homicides soar and police morale sinks. And baseball is back. Joel Weisman had guests for these stories and more.

Hedy Weiss Reviews: 'Othello,' '2666,' 'Posh' and 'The Flick'

'2666' at Goodman Theatre

Theater critic Hedy Weiss has high praise for a new spin on "Othello" at Chicago Shakespeare and a "hypnotic" world premiere stage adaptation at Goodman. Get her take on these plays and others on currently on stage in Chicago.

The Week in Review: Race to March Primary Heats Up

The race to the March primary is heating up. Chicago Public Schools threatens more cuts. A candidate for the position of city's top cop is identified. Donald Trump taunts the Cubs owners on Twitter, while the Blackhawks search for their mojo. Joel Weisman and guests discuss these stories and more in this week's show.

Crain’s Roundup: Chicago Tribune Shakeup, Takeover of Old Main Post Office

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at why the Old Main Post Office may be the target of a city of Chicago eminent domain takeover and other business headlines.

As Heroin, Opioid Overdoses Rise, Push for Antidote Availability Grows

Opioid and heroin overdose deaths hit record levels in 2014, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The alarming rise in heroin deaths has tripled since 2010. "Chicago Tonight" talks about the heroin crisis with the executive director of a treatment facility and the founder of an anti-heroin education and advocacy foundation.

Former Education Secretary Arne Duncan on the State of Education

"The crux of the issue is that Illinois' funding of public education is broken," the former U.S. Education Secretary said on "Chicago Tonight." Watch the full interview and get highlights from the discussion.

The Week in Review: Gov. Rauner Lays Down the Budget Gauntlet

Political and police accountability tops this week's news. Join Joel Weisman and guests for discussion and analysis of the week's top stories.

Illinois' 4th Congressional District Candidates

| Kristen Thometz

One of the most intriguing congressional districts in the country, Illinois' 4th Congressional District includes parts of Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood, Melrose Park, Brookfield, Cicero and Brighton Park. Joining "Chicago Tonight" to talk about his vision for the district is Javier Salas. Congressman Luis Gutiérrez declined our invitation.

Former Supreme Court Clerks Remember Justice Antonin Scalia

| Meredith Francis

Justice Antonin Scalia was known for his biting dissents and sharp wit. But who was the man behind the black robes? Four former Supreme Court clerks join "Chicago Tonight" to talk about the late justice.

Crain’s Roundup: More Sears Stores Closing, New Stakeholder at Tribune

| Meredith Francis

Sears writes down the value of its trade name and the Sun-Times owner buys a stake in Tribune Publishing. We get the latest on these stories and more business headlines with Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer.

Blair Kamin on Lucas Museum, Lathrop Homes Redevelopment

| Meredith Francis

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin joins us to discuss the Lucas Museum's latest setback, the Lathrop Homes redevelopment, possible new building guidelines for South Michigan Avenue and more.

The Week in Review: Battle Between CPS, CTU Escalates

Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union are at virtual war over the teachers' contract. Distrust of police runs high. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job approval tanks. And Gov. Bruce Rauner wants a toll lane on the Stevenson Expressway. Joel Weisman and our panel discusses these stories and more in this edition of "The Week In Review."

Crain’s Roundup: Chicago’s Shrinking Headquarters, Vacant Dominick’s Stores

| Meredith Francis

Chicago may be home to many Fortune 500 companies, but are corporate headquarters here shrinking? We get the latest from Crain's Chicago Business.

CTU’s Jesse Sharkey Blasts CPS, Details Contract Rejection

Jesse Sharkey

The Chicago Teachers Union is fighting mad and pursuing legal action to strike immediately. We get the latest from CTU vice president Jesse Sharkey.

‘A Just Cause’: Examining the Blagojevich Case 7 Years Later

Seven years ago, the Illinois Senate voted to impeach and remove Rod Blagojevich. Senate President John Cullerton, Republican leader Christine Radogno and the author of a new book are here to talk about that political crisis as well as the state's current budget mess.