Stories by Brandis Friedman

Use-of-Force Training Begins for Chicago Police Officers

Mental health awareness, cultural competency and human rights are just a handful of the new training requirements for Chicago police officers as part of the city’s efforts at police reform.

With Amazon in Sight, Rauner and Emanuel Political Foes No More

After being political foes for months, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner are back to working together for a common cause: convincing Amazon to build its second headquarters in Chicago.

Governor’s Race: Chris Kennedy Selects Ra Joy as Running Mate

Chris Kennedy, left, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 22. Ra Joy is his running mate, Kennedy announced Thursday. (Ra Joy / Facebook)

Addressing violence is at the top of the ticket for a newly minted Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

How Arrupe College is Reinventing Higher Education

(Courtesy of Loyola University Chicago)

In 2015, Loyola University Chicago started a two-year college to provide high-quality education to low-income students. Now the school has graduated its first class of students.

Chicago Takes on the Feds Over Plans to Withhold Grant Money

Attorneys for the city of Chicago on Monday hoped to convince a federal judge that plans by the U.S. Department of Justice to withhold federal grant money over immigration enforcement is unconstitutional.

Karen Lewis on School Funding Reform, Scholarships and Budgeting

The head of the Chicago Teachers Union joins us with a report on the first day of school.

Eddie Johnson Recovering Well After Kidney Transplant, Doctors Say

Chicago’s top cop, 57, was already feeling well enough to check a few emails just hours after his surgery, doctors Rush University Medical Center said.

With Education Funding Reform Comes a Squeeze for Chicago Taxpayers

Exactly how much more money can Chicago homeowners expect to pay to fund Chicago teacher pensions?

Developments in Court Oversight for the Chicago Police Department

Chicago has taken its first step toward having judicial oversight of its efforts to reform the Police Department, but not with the federal government. It’s doing it with the state of Illinois.

Rauner Signs Immigration, Voter Registration Bills

Immigrants and refugees in Illinois can now breathe a sigh of relief, and people eager to vote will find it easier to register. The changes come as Gov. Bruce Rauner signed two pieces of legislation Monday.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett Headed to ‘Camp Cupcake’ for 4.5-Year Sentence

The disgraced former Chicago Public Schools CEO reports to prison in just a few days.

Rauner Spokeswoman Confirms Governor to Sign Immigration Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner may be set to sign legislation limiting cooperation between officials in Illinois and federal immigration authorities.

Crain’s: Cook County Union Lauds Preckwinkle for New Contract

Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 22, 2017.

As the fight over the Cook County sweetened beverage tax enters yet another round, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is getting some praise from one of the county's biggest unions.

Gwendolyn Brooks: Still ‘Real Cool’ at 100

(Courtesy of Brooks Permissions)

The Pulitzer Prize-winning poet also served as the state's poet laureate from 1968 until her death in 2000. Today's poets are finding creative ways to remember her.

Chicago’s Summer Jobs Program Provides More Than a Paycheck

Each summer, thousands hired through One Summer Chicago earn work experience and a paycheck. But the city may be earning something, too.

Efforts to Simplify CPS High School Application Process Draw Concern

An attempt to make the high school application process easier is raising some questions.

Memo Finds Cook County Bail System Unconstitutional

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is criticizing Cook County’s bail bond system.

Mayor Declines to Say Whether He’ll Reappoint Police Board President

Lori Lightfoot appears on “Chicago Tonight” on April 5, 2017.

The Chicago Police Board could be without a president Tuesday. The term of current President Lori Lightfoot expired Monday.

Center Aims to Provide ‘Softer Landing’ for Some Released Inmates

Some Cook County jail detainees will be getting a little extra help when leaving the jail.

Rauner Calls Lawmakers Back to Capitol for Education Funding Battle

Lawmakers will have much to discuss during yet another special session, this time on education spending. Three Illinois teachers weigh in.

Enrollment Down, Per-Pupil Spending Inches Up in New CPS Budgets

Despite the fight in Springfield over education funding, Chicago Public Schools leaders say they will open to students in the fall—but with fewer students.

Ald. Dowell Voices Support to Merge 2 South Loop Elementary Schools

The 3rd ward alderman says she believes combining the schools will create a more diverse and just-as high performing elementary school, and high-quality neighborhood high school for South Loop residents. 

More Fallout Over Incendiary Emails at Chicago Water Department

Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson says emails distributed among employees at the city Water Department suggest a culture of overtly racist and sexist behavior.

Investigation Questions Whether District Meets Needs of Bilingual Students

Chicago Public Schools students who are still learning the English language are overwhelmingly not getting the support they need, according to an investigation by the Chicago Reporter.

3 Cops Plead Not Guilty to Cover-Up Charges in Laquan McDonald Case

Two former Chicago Police officers and one current officer pleaded not guilty to charges they conspired to cover for former cop Jason Van Dyke in the shooting of 16-year old Laquan McDonald.