Stories by Alexandra Silets

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.

Crain's Roundup: Plans for Low-Cost Whole Foods, Boeing Stock Plummets

| Meredith Francis

United may be in for a bumpy ride if activist investors get their way, and a new low-cost grocery store from Whole Foods is coming to Evergreen Park. Those stories and more from Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer.

Cutting Programs an ‘Agonizing Process,’ Says Social Service Provider

The state's largest social service provider is cutting programs and employees because of the state's budget impasse. We discuss these cuts – and what it means for those who rely on them – with David Novak of  Lutheran Social Services of Illinois; and Dan Proft of the Illinois Policy Institute.

Independent Maps Aims to Remove Politics from Legislative Redistricting

| Sean Keenehan

A nonpartisan coalition aims to wrestle political mapmaking out of the hands of lawmakers and into the hands of the people. Cindi Canary, the organization’s executive director, joins us to discuss the citizen initiative Independent Maps.

Crain's Roundup: Roller Coaster Day for Stock Market After Early Plunge

| Sean Keenehan
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It was a wild day for the markets. Stocks plummeted deeply this morning—then bounced back a bit in the afternoon. Crain's Chicago Business columnist Joe Cahill joins “Chicago Tonight” with the latest on what has been the worst yearly start for the markets on record.

US Supreme Court to Weigh in on Abortion, Affirmative Action Cases

| Kristen Thometz

They are some of the most divisive issues of our time: abortion, affirmative action, contraception, unions and immigration. And they are all issues that are under consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Three former U.S. Supreme Court clerks join us to outline the cases.

Winter Gardening with Eliza Fournier

Despite the cold, there's plenty to do with your green thumb – even though it may be a little blue right now. Joining us with some winter gardening ideas and tips is Eliza Fournier of the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Rescue Dog Finds New Home at Shedd Aquarium

The Shedd Aquarium recently announced a new arrival at the Chicago institution and it's definitely not the creature you'd expect it to be. We went to the Shedd to investigate its latest rescue, named Peach.

Crain’s Roundup: Hospitals Fight the FTC, Developer Bets on Fulton Market

| Sean Keenehan

NorthShore University Health System and Advocate Health Care are battling the Federal Trade Commission over their megamerger and a developer is betting millions on the next big retail market. Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer joins “Chicago Tonight” with these stories and more.

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.