Stories by Alexandra Silets

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.

Budget Stalemate Day 41

The state has been without a budget for 41 days. Is there a compromise on the horizon? Carol Marin talks with four members of the Illinois House of Representatives about what's happening this week in Springfield.

Bringing Statues to Life in the City of Chicago

| Sean Keenehan
Thousands of people walk past dozens of statues in Chicago without a sideways glance. But what if one of them called you with their story? That's the idea behind Chicago Statue Stories. We'll hear how 30 statues have come to life around the city.

Illinois Senate Approves Funding for Social Service Programs

The Illinois Senate is back in session in Springfield to consider a property tax freeze and possible funding relief for social service providers. Amanda Vinicky will join us with the latest on Chicago Tonight.

Obama Targets Carbon Footprints, Unveils New Clean Power Plan

| Sean Keenehan

President Obama's Clean Power Plan aims to reduce carbon emissions 32 percent by 2030. It's the administration's "biggest, most important step" in combating climate change. We take a closer look at the new policy, the legalities and how it will impact the state and consumers.

Noise Complaints at O'Hare Skyrocket

| Sean Keenehan

Complaints about jet noise at O’Hare International Airport topped more than 400,000 in May. On Thursday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that will increase the number of runways allowed at O’Hare in an effort to mitigate jet noise affecting some Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs.

Consumers to Pay Higher Gas, Electric Bills

Crain’s Chicago Business senior reporter Steve Daniels takes a closer look at the soaring cost of Peoples Gas' massive gas main replacement program and higher charges coming to Commonwealth Edison customers.

What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

A Cook County judge ruled Friday that Chicago's plan to change city workers’ pensions was unconstitutional. The city vows to appeal the decision. We look at the ruling, whether any pension reform can be constitutional, what the consequences are to the city's plummeting bond rating, and whether the city will have to raise taxes to cover the pension liability. 

Crain’s Roundup: Aon Center Sold, Cat Prowling Cuba and Breakfast All Day at McDonald’s

We talk with Crain's Chicago Business Deputy Managing Editor Ann Dwyer about some of the biggest business stories this week, from Aon Center being sold to Caterpillar looking to Cuba to boost sluggish sales. Also, find out when McDonald’s will begin serving breakfast all day. 

State Budget Stalemate: Week Three

Illinois State Capitol

This is week three of the partial state government shutdown. Carol Marin talks with four lawmakers about whether a compromise is in the foreseeable future.

Andrea Zopp Makes Bid for U.S. Senate

| Steffie Drucker
Andrea Zopp

Andrea Zopp talks about her candidacy to become the democratic nominee in the primary race for U.S. Senate against Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. The winner will face incumbent Senator Mark Kirk.

Emergency Budget Proposal Returns to IL Senate for Vote

Illinois Senate

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle and from both chambers talk about the emergency one-month budget the Senate will vote on this week, and whether there will be any negotiations or attempts to pass a full budget for the coming fiscal year when the House returns to Springfied on Wednesday.

IL House Members Approve Emergency Budget

Lawmakers in the Illinois House on Thursday approved an emergency one-month budget which passed on July 1 in the Senate with no Republican support. But a pass in the House may not resolve the budget impasse, as Gov. Bruce Rauner has vowed to veto the temporary spending plan.

Chicago Housing Market Heats Up, Condos Consider Smoking Bans

Can Chicago condo buildings ban smoking in owners’ units? Some buildings are making the change. We talk with Crain’s Chicago Business real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin about that, the new disclosure rules coming, and the latest trends in the housing market.

Shutdown Showdown

Lawmakers left Springfield for the Fourth of July weekend without a budget deal in place triggering a partial government shutdown. We talk with legislators from both sides of the aisle about what to expect if the impasse continues and what's on the session's agenda this week to resolve the fiscal crisis.

Summer Music in Chicago

| Steffie Drucker

Chicago music fans have a lot to look forward to this summer with the Grateful Dead and Lollapalooza making headlines here. But Humboldt Park neighbors rejected the return of Riot Fest. Rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis join us to talk about the headliners and the headlines.

Former Supreme Court Clerks on Gay Marriage Ruling

| Kristen Thometz

With the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, the last 14 states now must recognize and grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Three former Supreme Court clerks weigh in on the historic 5-4 decision as well as the court’s rulings on the use of an execution drug, political mapping, and EPA limits.

SCOTUS Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same sex-marriage. In a landmark 5-4 ruling, Anthony Justice Kennedy wrote, “no union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”

Chicago Pride Parade’s Safety, Future

| Charles Jefferson

Chicago celebrates its 46th annual Pride Parade on Sunday. We talk with the man behind the parade and Ald. Tom Tunney about the history, security, and future of one of Chicago's largest parades.

Cullerton on Budget Showdown

| Steffie Drucker

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton joins Carol Marin to talk about the Springfield summer session's budget showdown.

Sister Rosemary on “Sewing Hope”

| Kristen Thometz
Credit: Jamie Moncrief

Named one of Time’s 100 most influential people last year, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a Ugandan educator, joins us to talk about her advocacy for women and girls who have survived years of kidnappings and violence at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army warlord in Uganda.