Stories by Alexandra Silets

Photographer Captures the ‘Wilds of Chicago’ in New Book

| Rebecca Palmore
Mike MacDonald

A breathtaking new book of photos captures the wild and natural wonders of Chicago. Meet the photographer and see some of his stunning work.

IPRA Chief Sharon Fairley Outlines Reforms to Agency

"Failure is just not an option here," the Independent Police Review Authority chief said to Carol Marin during Monday's interview. "I believe that all the invested agencies involved here, the police department, the mayor's office, state's attorney's office – everybody understands that. We have to make this work, and I'm committed to making this work."

‘Nature Cat’ Aims to Get Kids to Explore the Great Outdoors

A scene from "Nature Cat" (Courtesy of PBS)

There's a new cat on the PBS block. We meet big-name local talent behind "Nature Cat."

Chicago in Crisis: Toni Preckwinkle Weighs In

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is calling for the resignation of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in the wake of the shooting death of Laquan McDonald. Carol Marin talks with Preckwinkle about the crisis surrounding the Chicago Police Department and the sweeping probe of police patterns and practices by the DOJ.

Crain's Roundup: Google's Broadband Expansion, United's No-Frills Plan

| Sean Keenehan

Google is looking to shake up the broadband market in Chicago and compete with Comcast, while hometown airline United is going no-frills. Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer joins “Chicago Tonight” with these stories and more.

Newspaper Editorial Boards Weigh in on Laquan McDonald Shooting

Laquan McDonald

With each passing day, there are more questions than answers in the Laquan McDonald shooting case. Joining us to discuss the case are Chicago Tribune editorial page editor Bruce Dold and Chicago Sun-Times columnist and editorial board member Mary Mitchell. 

Addressing Accountability in Shooting Death of Laquan McDonald

| Sean Keenehan

Aldermen in Chicago's Black Caucus want to hold police Superintendent Garry McCarthy accountable in the Laquan McDonald case and activists are calling for the ouster of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. Meanwhile, protesters have taken to the street for a second day demanding justice and change. So what does accountability and change actually look like?

JeanMarie Brownson Helps You Prepare 'Dinner at Home'

Chicago Tribune columnist JeanMarie Brownson shares some of her favorite recipes for Thanksgiving from her new book, "Dinner at Home: 140 Recipes to Enjoy with Family and Friends."

Crain's Roundup: Apple's Riverfront Plans, Ford's Labor Agreement Woes

| Sean Keenehan
Ann Dwyer

Apple has a new Frank LLoyd Wright-esque store proposal for the riverfront, Ford's labor agreement vote hits a rough patch and frequent fliers may notice even more frequently changing rules surrounding airline rewards programs. Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer joins us for more on these stories.

Aldermen Weigh In on Replacing Chicago's Legislative Inspector General

| Sean Keenehan

Now that controversial Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan is out, what will aldermen do with the watchdog office? We speak to three aldermen about whether the future should be in the hands of Chicago's Inspector General Joe Ferguson or if there's another way to investigate City Council.

Lawmakers Reach Across the Aisle to Discuss Budget Compromise

Illinois has been without a budget for almost five months, as lawmakers and Gov. Rauner have been locked in a battle split down party lines. However, one Democrat broke ranks—to the consternation of his colleagues. Is there any hope for compromise on the budget stalemate?

Crain's Roundup: Kroger to Buy Roundy's, Macy’s Considers State Street Makeover

| Sean Keenehan

Cincinnati giant Kroger puts Mariano's on its grocery list, McDonald's has a new recipe for success and Macy's is exploring a State Street redevelopment. Joining us with these stories and more is Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer.

Changes to Debate Format Could Better Serve Voters, Candidates

The general consensus: Last week's GOP presidential debate on CNBC was a disaster, but it has led to a lot of discussion over what sort of format and approach upcoming debates should take. Newton Minow, who has been called the father of televised presidential debates, joins our discussion.

Crain's Roundup: Oscar Mayer’s Chicago Move, Groupon’s New CEO

| Sean Keenehan

Oscar Mayer is making cold cuts as Kraft Heinz moves its headquarters to Chicago. Tesla may soon be cruising the Mag Mile; while Groupon looks to reverse its fortunes with a new CEO. Joining us with these stories and more is Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer.

Shopping for Health Insurance Through the Illinois Marketplace

| Kristen Thometz

Enrollment is now open for health insurance through the Get Covered Illinois marketplace. The Midwest regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tells us what to look for when reconsidering or shopping for a health insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act.

Crain's Roundup: Game On for Lucas Museum, Bears Tailgating

| Sean Keenehan

The Bears and City Hall strike a deal on the Lucas Museum, Chicago-based Walgreens wants to buy a rival and the Bulls go international for sponsorship deals. We’ll discuss these stories and other top business headlines of the week with Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer.

LGBT History Focus of New Children’s Book

There's a new book for kids detailing the historical contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to the LBGT movement, which also benefited society, science, the arts and the civil rights movement. The book's author, Jerome Pohlen, joins us.

Crain's Roundup: Cubs Boost Ratings, McDonald's Energizes Monster Sales

| Sean Keenehan

The Cubs playoff run has been a ratings boon, but what about the economic impact to Chicago? Meanwhile, Chicago-based United Airlines continues its CEO shuffle and McDonald’s franchisees aren't loving all-day breakfast service, as some chains energize Monster sales. Ann Dwyer of Crain’s Chicago Business gives us the story behind these headlines and more.

Who Wins, Loses in Online World of Ticket Sales and Fantasy Sports?

| Sean Keenehan

The two biggest stories in sports news lately have been the Chicago Cubs and the controversy over online fantasy sports. What are your chances of getting a ticket to a playoff game at Wrigley Field and what will it cost you? And what exactly is fantasy sports—is it gambling and should it be banned or regulated? Join us for a discussion on these topics and more.

The Complexity of Vladimir Putin at Core of 'The New Tsar'

Steven Lee Myers

Former New York Times Moscow bureau chief Steven Lee Myers spent seven years covering one of the most controversial leaders on the world stage. Myers now has written a comprehensive new biography, "The New Tsar: The Rise and Reign of Vladimir Putin." Myers joins us to discuss the book.

Examining the Indictment of Barbara Byrd-Bennett

Former CPS CEO to Plead Guilty to Fraud Scheme

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett will reportedly plead guilty to a federal bribery indictment along with the co-owners of SUPES Academy, her former employer. We'll talk with the reporter who broke the story and the former CPS Inspector General who blew the whistle, as well as a former federal prosecutor.

Addressing Sexual Assault on College Campuses

The statistics are sobering. Twenty-six percent of women on college campuses report having been sexually assaulted, according to a new report. We discuss the report, the issue of sexual assaults on college campuses and the impact of a new Illinois law that requires higher education institutions to establish sexual violence policies and responses.

Is Little Village’s 26th Street Corridor the Next Mag Mile?

Crain’s Roundup with Ann Dwyer

Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer examines the bustling 26th street shopping corridor, the impact six new buildings would have on the city’s skyline and more.

MacArthur 'Genius Grants' Awarded to Three Chicagoans

| Kristen Thometz
MacArthur fellows Juan Salgado, LaToya Ruby Frazier and John Novembre. Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Each year the MacArthur Foundation awards unrestricted fellowships to 20-30 talented U.S. citizens and residents working across various disciplines. Of the 24 fellows named to the Class of 2015, three are from Chicago. We meet photographer and video artist LaToya Ruby Frazier and Juan Salgado, president and CEO of Instituto del Progreso Latino.

Critic Turns Coach: Greg Kot on Guide to Coaching Youth Basketball

Chicago Tribune rock critic Greg Kot can be said to have unimpeachable credentials when it comes to all things rock 'n' roll. But not too many people know that he's also something of an authority on – are you ready for this? – coaching youth basketball. Kot and his co-author Keith Miniscalco join us to discuss their book "Survival Guide for Coaching Youth Basketball."