Stories by Amanda Vinicky

2 Aviation Officers Fired for United Airlines Dragging Incident

(Courtesy @Tyler_Bridges)

Video of a United airlines passenger forcibly dragged off a plane stirred a worldwide uproar. Now, a pair of city aviation officers involved in the incident are out of a job following an investigation by Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson.

Jesse Ruiz to Run for Illinois Attorney General: Sources

Jesse Ruiz

A Latino attorney with connections to high-powered politicians, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is expected join the field of Democrats running for Illinois attorney general.

Ameya Pawar Out of the Governor’s Race: What that Means for Democrats

Ameya Pawar appears on Chicago Tonight in April.

Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar is ending his bid for Illinois governor, saying he came too short in the race for cash to have a chance at winning the contest for the Democratic nomination. 

Cook County Soda Tax Repealed

Come December, Cook County shoppers and diners will no longer have to pay a much-reviled tax on sugary drinks after the county board voted Wednesday to repeal it.

Cook County Commissioners Sour on Sugary Drinks Tax

It’s been just over two months since Cook County began charging a penny-an-ounce tax on sugary drinks. But it may not last much longer.

Preckwinkle: Soda Tax Repeal Will Lead to Cuts, ‘Fiscal Uncertainty’

The Cook County board president used her annual budget address Thursday to warn commissioners and the public that repealing a tax on sugary drinks will take the county down a path of “fiscal uncertainty” that will result in layoffs and cutting “essential services.”

Chicago Police Facing Another Lawsuit Claiming Use of Excessive Force

Fred Friedman of Next Steps

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups are suing the city and the Police Department so they can be part of reform talks. The suit alleges that brutality “is magnified for people with disabilities.”

Chicago Sports Hall of Fame Inducts First Special Olympics Athlete

Tommy Shimoda (Courtesy of Special Olympics Chicago)

Tommy Shimoda, 24, won gold and bronze medals in speed skating at the Special Olympics World Winter Games this year in Austria. This week, he was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, becoming the first Special Olympics athlete to receive the honor. 

Local Officials React to ‘Senseless’ Las Vegas Shooting

In the wake of the massacre of concertgoers in Las Vegas, Chicago is preparing to host one of its largest annual events, the Chicago Marathon, on Sunday. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is ready.

US Supreme Court to Take on Union Fees Case Janus v AFSCME

(Matt H. Wade / Wikipedia)

An Illinois case will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, and it could have huge ramifications for public unions.

Rauner Signs Controversial ‘Abortion Bill’

The move puts an end to ambiguity over his stance on the issue, but in raising the ire of his conservative base it may also force him into a new battle: fending of a challenger from the right in next year’s elections.

Chicago Doubles Down on Campaign for New Amazon Headquarters

Who’s on the team assigned to lure Amazon’s new national headquarters to Chicago? It may be easier to ask who isn’t involved.

Mayor Vows to Fight Fed’s ‘Unlawful Attack on Chicago’s Values’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 24.

A new wrinkle in Chicago’s legal battle with the U.S. Department of Justice.

‘Abortion Bill’ Handed Off to Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner now has the next 60 days – until late November – to act on a bill that would expand taxpayer-funded abortions in Illinois.

Dennis Hastert Victim Scott Cross Speaks Out

A law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner last month eliminates the statute of limitations for criminal sexual assault against children. Fighting for that change was personal for Scott Cross. He joins us in discussion.

Illinois and Amazon: A Test for the State’s Leaders

A joint Chicago-Illinois delegation has returned from a scouting trip to Seattle, as the city and state attempt to lure Amazon’s second headquarters to Chicago.

Illinois Attorney General: Who Will Replace Lisa Madigan?

Erika Harold

Erika Harold has a clean shot at the GOP nomination. Among Democrats, it’s a scramble. The first to officially announce a run is state state Rep. Scott Drury, who had been running for governor. 

University of Chicago Ties for No. 3 Spot on Best Colleges List

The University of Chicago (Don Burkett / Flickr)

The new U.S. News and World Report college rankings are out. See which Illinois schools made the list.

Equifax Data Breach: How to Protect Yourself

Of Illinois’ 12.8 million residents, an estimated 5.4 million may have been impacted by the Equifax data breach. We review what you can do to protect yourself from potential identity fraud.

Daniel Biss Replaces Ramirez-Rosa with Rep. Litesa Wallace

Left: Daniel Biss speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight). Right: On Friday, Biss announced his new running mate, state Rep. Litesa Wallace. (Litesa Wallace / Facebook)

Mere days after parting ways with his original running mate, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful announced the Rockford lawmaker would join his ticket.

2018 Illinois Governor’s Race: Who’s Ahead, Who’s Behind

Gov. Bruce Rauner appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017.

Political intrigue and high finance mark the race for governor.

Attorney General Madigan Sues Trump Administration to Protect ‘Dreamers’

President Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program has Illinois politicians at odds.

Chicago Gun Violence Down Over Labor Day Weekend, Police Say

Deputy Police Superintendent Kevin Navarro

The Chicago Police Department says it’s not a victory, but it is progress: Homicides were down 46 percent over the holiday weekend compared with last year, and there was a 30-percent reduction in shootings.

Education Overhaul Becomes Law, Scholarship Plan Attracts Scrutiny

At long last, Illinois has tossed its old method of funding schools in exchange for a formula that aims to send more state money to the poorer districts that need it most.

‘Historic’ Education Funding Bill Heads to Gov. Rauner

The Illinois Senate has passed a new education funding measure that Gov. Bruce Rauner said he will sign into law.