Stories by Alexandra Silets

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."

State Budget Standoff Reaches 90 Days

Senate President John Cullerton and Senate Republican leader Christine Radogno discuss the budget standoff in Springfield.

Hedy Weiss Reviews

The Revel, Oklahoma!, The Scottsboro Boys, and The Price

| Chloe Riley
Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss.

The city's fall theater lineup has already produced some knockouts, according to Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss. Here she reviews Paramount's Theatre's "Oklahoma!," Raven Theatre's "Direct From Death Row: The Scottsboro Boys," Timeline's "The Price," and the House Theatre's "The Revel."

New Book Examines Risk of Mortgage Giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Bethany McLean (Third Way Think Tank / Flickr)

Chicago-based business writer Bethany McLean makes the case that mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are in a precarious state in her new book, "Shaky Ground: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants." She'll explain what failure could mean for American mortgage holders when she joins us Monday on "Chicago Tonight."

Aldermen on Emanuel’s Property Tax Hike, Potential Revenue Streams

| Kristen Thometz

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will soon unveil his 2016 budget, which is reported to include a $500 million property tax increase. A panel of aldermen reacts to the proposal – which the mayor says isn't enough to cover Chicago's budget woes – and discusses other ideas for possible city revenue streams.

Crain’s Roundup: Motorola Plans Move to City, Developer Eyes Post Office

Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at the top business stories of the week, including Motorola Solutions' announcement that it will move from the suburbs to downtown, and news of a developer eyeing the Old Chicago Main Post Office.

Crain's Roundup: United Airlines' CEO Shuffle, McDonald's Cage-Free Eggs

Ann Dwyer

Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer joins Chicago Tonight to discuss leadership changes at United Airlines, a major sale for local brewing company Lagunitas, a fast-food giant's switch to cage-fee eggs, and other top business stories of the week.

Labor Bill Veto Override Falls 3 Votes Short

Labor Day has come and gone, but the summer of discontent in Springfield is not going away. Lawmakers have retreated to various warring camps in a battle that has largely pitted Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner against powerful Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Crain's Roundup: Wall Street's Wild Ride, Sprint's Chicago Expansion

Ann Dwyer

Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at the wild ride on Wall Street, Sprint adding 1,050 jobs in Chicago, Chrysler’s considering producing Jeep Cherokees here and Illinois becoming the “Land of Delivery.”

State Budget Stalemate: Week 10

The state's budget standoff is entering its 10th week on Wednesday. We talk with two of the most outspoken leaders from both sides of the aisle to see if any compromise is on the horizon. Joining Chicago Tonight are Rep. Lou Lang and Rep. Ron Sandack. 

Crain's Roundup: Corporate Job Losses, McDonald's Wall Street Bounce

Ann Dwyer

Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at McDonald’s Wall Street bounce, recently announced job cuts at Walgreens, the mass exodus of corporate jobs from Chicago, and Amazon’s Chicago expansion. 

Springfield Stalemate

Two leaders in the Illinois House of Representatives join Phil Ponce on Chicago Tonight to discuss the budget stalemate in Springfield and a possible property tax freeze.

Crain's Roundup: Kraft Heinz Cuts Workforce, NFL Draft Returns, More

Kraft Heinz cuts more than a third of its workforce, the NFL Draft will return to Chicago, and tech giant, Apple, will move its Michigan Avenue store further south along the Mag Mile. Crain's Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer talks with Chicago Tonight about some of the biggest business stories this week.

Local Chef’s Book Focuses on Kosher Slow Cooking

Laura Frankel

One of the country's preeminent kosher chefs helps simplify both holiday dishes and everyday meals. Chef Laura Frankel joins Chicago Tonight to discuss latest her book, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes.