Stories by Evan Garcia

Sun-Times Critic Hedy Weiss Under Fire for Steppenwolf Review

A recent review by Hedy Weiss of the Steppenwolf production “Pass Over” has gotten the Chicago Sun-Times theater critic of more than 30 years in some hot water.

‘Ugly Prey’ Tells Story of First Woman Sentenced to Hang in Chicago

Before Sabella Nitti was sentenced to hang in 1923 for the murder of her husband, no other woman in Chicago had received such a fate. But Nitti’s case was different in more ways than one.

All Cooped Up: Renting Chickens in Chicago

The backyard chicken trend gets a leg up with the prospect of temporary ownership – and farm-fresh eggs.

Illinois State Reps Discuss Budget Ahead of Special Session

The pressure is on for Illinois lawmakers to strike a budget deal before July 1. We speak with two members of the Illinois House as they prepare for this week’s special session.

What the US Can Learn from Southeast Asia

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, during a U.S.-ASEAN Summit held in Brunei on Oct. 9, 2013. (U.S. Department of State)

An alliance of Southeast Asian countries turns 50. What the Western World can learn from it.

Chicago’s Taxi Industry Is In Crisis: Can It Be Saved?

Chicago taxi drivers protest ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft by holding signs and driving around City Hall in February 2015. (ScottMLiebenson / Wikimedia Commons)

Since ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft hit the Chicago market in 2013, overall taxi ridership in the city has taken a plunge. We discuss the future of Chicago’s cab industry.

Chicago FOP President and ACLU Weigh In on Police Reform

On the road to reform, which path should the Chicago Police Department take: one with or without federal oversight?

James Comey Testifies: Trump Administration ‘Chose to Defame Me’

During Thursday’s hearing, the former FBI Director said his rationale for documenting conversations with President Donald Trump was due to a fear that Trump “might lie about the nature of [their] meeting.”

Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

The Wisconsin native, born on June 8, 1867, is widely regarded as the greatest American architect ever. We discuss his legacy with David Bagnall, the curator of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

The Illinois Senate Passed a Budget. Will the House Follow Suit?

“We in the Senate did do our jobs. We stood up, we passed a balanced budget. We now need everyone to step up and do their jobs,” said state Sen. Heather Steans.

The Illinois General Assembly has blown a May 31 spring session deadline. So now what? We discuss the Springfield budget battle with state Sens. Heather Steans and Chris Nybo.

CPS Schools Fall Behind on Asbestos Removal, Univision Report Says

A new report shows Chicago Public Schools has fallen behind on removing or encapsulating asbestos found in dozens of school buildings.

Real Estate Website Zillow Sued Over Price Estimates, Offers Reward

In a class-action lawsuit filed this month in Cook County, a suburban family argues that estimates on the real estate website are inaccurate and illegal under Illinois law because they’re not licensed appraisals.

US Household Debt Exceeds Peak Levels of 2008 Recession

After nearly a decade, household debt in the U.S. has surpassed its peak levels of the 2008 Great Recession.

Study: Intermarriages on the Rise 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia

Fifty years after Loving v. Virginia, depicted last year in the film “Loving,” a new study examines interracial marriages.

Business Group Recommends Tax Hikes, Governor’s Office Responds

Eight billion dollars in new revenue. That’s part of the surprising prescription for Illinois’ fiscal troubles, outlined in a report by some of Illinois’ premier business leaders.

Obstruction of Justice? Former Federal Prosecutors Weigh In On Trump

President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates on May 17, 2017.

A memo written in February by former FBI Director James Comey raises new questions about the presidency of Donald Trump. Two former assistant U.S. attorneys join us in discussion.

All Cooped Up: Renting Chickens in Chicago

The backyard chicken trend gets a leg up with the prospect of temporary ownership – and farm-fresh eggs.

Is Hate on the Rise in America?

The Chicago Police Department documented 72 hate crimes in 2016 – a 20-percent spike compared to 2015. That increase falls in line with hate crime upticks in other large U.S. cities, like New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Great Lakes Summit to Tackle ‘Environmental Racism’

A view of the Great Lakes from space. (USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency / Flickr)

Issues impacting the Great Lakes and communities surrounding the massive freshwater system will be at the center of a two-day conference in Chicago starting Wednesday.

Flight Overbooked? Use Game Theory to Get the Biggest Payout

Using math to get the most bang for your buck on an overbooked flight.

House Passes Health Care Bill Repealing Obamacare

All seven Illinois House Republicans voted in favor of the bill Thursday that rolls back several features of the Affordable Care Act.

Rauner, Emanuel Butt Heads Over Thompson Center Plans

(Ken Lund / Flickr)

What does the future hold for Helmut Jahn’s 16-story Loop office building?

The Night Ministry Offers Aid, ‘Human Connection’

A Night Ministry volunteer serves lasagna to members of the Back of the Yards community.

Chicago Tonight rides along with the Rev. Faith Miller and the rest of the Night Ministry for a scheduled stop in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Chicago’s Last ‘Harbor Boss’ Tells All in New Book

Chicago’s Burnham Harbor (David Ohmer / Flickr)

Robert Nelson’s at-times tumultuous tenure as Chicago’s “harbor boss” is chronicled in his new book “Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago’s Last Harbor Boss.”

Unpacking Trump’s Tax Plan

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

President Donald Trump’s tax plan was formally rolled out Wednesday. As promised on the campaign trail, the plan includes several business-friendly tax measures.