Stories by Alexandra Silets

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

(Eric Molina / Flickr)

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.

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 under consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court this term. Three former 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.