Stories by Evan Garcia

New Bike Law Gives Cyclists the Right of Way in Illinois

A new law in Illinois clarifies that bicycles are vehicles. (Azri / Flickr)

Just days before two cyclists were fatally struck by automobiles in Chicago, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation strengthening the rights of cyclists.

Jane Goodall: ‘Human Population Growth’ the Biggest Threat to Chimpanzees

Jane Goodall speaks at the Lincoln Park Zoo on Thursday as part of the Chimpanzees in Context conference. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Humans pose the greatest threat to chimpanzees, renowned British primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall said Thursday during an event at the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Invasive Fish on the Menu at Asian Carp Grill Event

A bighead carp (U.S. Geological Survey / Flickr). Inset: An Asian carp burger at Asian Carp Grill 2015. (Margaret Frisbie)

Adventurous eaters concerned about Asian carp entering the Great Lakes will have a chance to devour the invasive fish at a special event held along the Chicago River next week.

City Unveils Plans to Revitalize Chicago’s Waterways by 2040

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A rendering based on the new Our Great Rivers project shows pedestrians at the Ashland CTA Orange Line station accessing a water taxi stop along the Chicago River. (Metropolitan Planning Council)

A plan that aims to allow swimming in Chicago’s waterways in less than 15 years was unveiled Wednesday by the city and partnering nonprofits.

Good and Bad Bugs Found in Your Garden

A ladybug eats an aphid, a common garden pest. (John Flannery / Flickr)

Not all bugs found in vegetable and ornamental gardens are harmful to plants. In fact, some of them help get rid of common pests. Find out which make the "good" and "bad" lists.

Chicago-Area Scientists Convert Greenhouse Gas into Fuel Source

The new study's findings could help combat climate change while lessening our reliance on burning fossil fuels. (Jorge Royan / Wikimedia Commons)

Using a process similar to photosynthesis, scientists from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Illinois at Chicago have converted carbon dioxide into carbon monoxide and hydrogen gas, which can produce methanol and diesel fuels.

Red Panda Cubs at Lincoln Park Zoo Get Wrigley Field-Inspired Names

Waveland, a female red panda cub, is examined by Lincoln Park Zoo staff on July 26. (Lincoln Park Zoo)

Two red panda cubs at the Lincoln Park Zoo are born to love the Chicago Cubs. Like their two siblings born the previous year, the names of the cubs, revealed Tuesday, were inspired by Wrigley Field.

Alligator Gar Not Effective Weapon Against Asian Carp, Says Biologist

Despite a spate of recent reports, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that reintroducing alligator gar into Illinois' waterways will not prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan.

Chicago’s Plastic Bag Ban Extended to Smaller Chain Stores

Starting Aug. 1, 2016, chain stores that are 10,000 square feet or less must comply with the city's plastic bag ban originally enacted a year ago. (MTSOfan / Flickr)

As of Monday, chain stores that are 10,000 square feet or less must comply with the city's plastic bag ban originally enacted a year ago.

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 4

Hillary Clinton and her running mate Tim Kaine greet the crowd after her speech. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Hillary Clinton formally accepted her party's presidential nomination on the fourth and final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 3

President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton waving to the crowd as they exit the stage. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

President Barack Obama electrified a packed Wells Fargo Arena with his speech, but things got even more exciting the moment he finished and Hillary Clinton walked on stage to embrace him. 

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 2

Former President Bill Clinton speaks on July 26 at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Clinton recounted the story of meeting his wife, Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and exalted her as a "change maker." (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Hillary Clinton made history on the second night of the Democratic National Convention while former President Bill Clinton told a rapt audience how he met his wife. Elsewhere in the city, protests raged on.

Photos: Democratic National Convention 2016, Day 1

Former Democratic presidential candidate, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders delivers the final speech of the first day of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Although plenty of Bernie Sanders supporters made their voices heard, Hillary Clinton's former presidential opponent stressed for unity, declaring Clinton "must become the next president of the United States."

Bernie Sanders Supporters March Through Heat on Eve of DNC

Kimmie Knapp, Penny Neiman and Kristie Sollins travelled from southern Indiana to Philadelphia to support Bernie Sanders at the 2016 Democratic National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

A heat wave that struck Philadelphia on Sunday didn’t keep Bernie Sanders supporters from marching the city’s streets on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

Photos: RNC Convention 2016, Day 4

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and vice presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence greet the crowd at the front of the stage. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Donald Trump officially accepted the GOP nomination for president on Thursday, the final night of the Republican National Convention. 

Photos: RNC Convention 2016, Day 3

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence accepts the Republican vice presidential nomination on the third day of the RNC. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Day three of the Republican National Convention proved to be the liveliest one yet. Donald Trump made an appearance, Ted Cruz was booed for not endorsing Trump and Mike Pence accepted the Republican vice presidential nomination.

Photos: RNC Convention 2016, Day 2

Eric and Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump's children, watch speakers on the second night of the Republican National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Scenes from day two of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, both inside the convention center and on the streets outside.

Don King at RNC Despite Being Turned Down to Speak

Don King behind the scenes at the RNC. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Despite reports that he'd been turned down from speaking at the event due to his criminal history, boxing promoter and Cleveland native Don King was in attendance at the Republican National Convention on Monday.

Photos: RNC Convention 2016, Day 1

Former U.S. Sen. Bob Dole seated with Indiana Gov. Mike Pence at the Republican National Convention on July 18, 2016. (Evan Garcia)

Speakers on Monday included former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Melania Trump, who is facing allegations of plagiarism after similarities were noted between her speech and that of first lady Michelle Obama at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Delegates on Guard at GOP Convention After Baton Rouge Police Shootings

Cleveland police officers outside of the Quicken Loans Arena. (Evan Garcia)

Breakfast for Illinois delegates at the Republican National Convention on Monday opened with a moment of silence for the police officers killed in shootings in Baton Rouge on Sunday and Dallas earlier this month.

Study: Male Fish Growing Female Eggs in Chicago-Area River

Scientists have found female eggs growing in the testicular tissue of some male largemouth bass taken from the Des Plaines River. (Jonathunder / Wikimedia Commons)

We speak to the co-author of a newly published study in which scientists dissected 51 male largemouth bass and found that 21 – some 41 percent – had grown female eggs in their testicular tissue.

Stargaze at Ravinia with New NASA Film and Live Music

An event combining rousing orchestral music with high-definition NASA footage of the cosmos is coming to Ravinia Festival in Highland Park this week.

Endangered Turtles Reintroduced into Wild with Help from Illinois Zoos

Ornate box turtles are a threatened species in Illinois due to habitat loss, but they've recently been released onto a wild sand prairie. (USFWS)

Thanks to an experimental program started by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2009, a wild population of threatened turtles has been established in northwestern Illinois. Find out how local institutions helped the agency reach its goal.

Mayor Lauds City’s Gains Over Tree-Trimming Backlog

The mayor announced Thursday the city's Bureau of Forestry would plant 3,000 new trees this year. (Streets and Sanitation Department)

Amid public outcry over police oversight, rising crime and uncertainty surrounding the cash-strapped Chicago Public Schools, Mayor Rahm Emanuel had some good news for city residents on Thursday.

Birds Saved from Extinction Living in Chicago Zoos

A Guam kingfisher at Lincoln Park Zoo. This type of bird now only exists in captivity. (Heather Paul / Flickr)

In the mid-1980s, the Lincoln Park Zoo and Brookfield Zoo set up critical captive breeding populations of two bird species native to the Pacific Islands. A new report from the Center for Biological Diversity underscores the impact of such programs.