Stories by Kristen Thometz

Weekend Events Around Town: 6/12-6/14

Celebrate the Blues in Grant Park; visit The Barack Obama Presidential Library; and sample the best ribs in town. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

Weekend Events Around Town: 5/29-5/31

Engage the left side of your brain with science activities; watch a family drama unfold on stage; and celebrate the arrival of spring with Chicago’s German community; Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89

B.B. King (Gorupdebesanez / Wikimedia Commons)

The King of Blues, B.B. King, died Thursday at the age of 89 at his home in Las Vegas, according to a message posted to his official website. Earlier this month, the legendary guitarist wrote he was receiving hospice care at his residence.

Weekend Events Around Town: 5/15-5/17

Credit: Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Meet the newest inhabitants at the Shedd Aquriuam; kick off the street festival season; and enjoy a glass of wine while you stroll. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

Services for Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal Francis George died at his residence Friday after a long battle with cancer. Services for Cardinal Francis George will be held this week at Holy Name Cathedral.

Remembering Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal Francis George has died at age 78 after years of battling cancer. Chicago Tonight looks back on his life and career.

DeKalb & Ogle Counties Declared Disaster Areas

Gov. Bruce Rauner declared DeKalb and Ogle counties state disaster areas after severe thunderstorms and tornadoes tore through the area Thursday. At least two people were reported dead in DeKalb County and dozens were injured.

Getting the Garden Ready

Gardening season is just around the corner. To help us prepare for the upcoming season, The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan stops by our garden and studio. 

Mayoral Candidates Release Plans for City’s Finances

Mayoral candidates Rahm Emanuel and Jesús "Chuy" García released their financial plans for the city today. Read their plans.

Moody's Downgrades City's Credit Rating

Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the rating on the city of Chicago’s $8.3 billion in general obligation debt to Baa2 from Baa1 on Friday, Feb. 27. 

U.S. Rep. Schock Used Campaign, Taxpayer Funds for Private Planes

The Associated Press reported that U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) spent taxpayer and campaign funds on private planes owned by some of his key donors. Peoria Journal Star assignment editor and political reporter Chris Kaergard, who’s covered Schock since 2008, talks with us about the latest Schock-related headlines.

Bears Hire John Fox as Head Coach

It’s official. The Chicago Bears have hired John Fox, former head coach for the Denver Broncos, as the team’s next head coach.

Remembering Judy Baar Topinka

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, who died at the age of 70, is remembered for her personality, beliefs, and sense of style. 

History of Chicago Bears’ Head Coaches

The Chicago Bears have had 17 head coaches since the team’s inception as the Decatur Staleys. Marc Trestman is the Bears’ current head coach. Learn more about the coaches and their records with the team.

Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

Rabiah Mayas of the Museum of Science and Industry talks about the future of commercial space travel and identifying food poisoning via Twitter on Chicago Tonight.

Illinois Network of Charter Schools Calls Report Inaccurate

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools says the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity’s report on Chicago charter schools is inaccurate. 

James Foley: ‘A Brave, Fearless Journalist’

Medill Grad Remembered by Professors

Courtesy of Medill.

James Foley always wanted to be where the stories were and where the people were. Chicago Tonight talks with those who knew him during his time at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

City Releases Data on Complaints Against Police

After an eight-year legal battle, the City of Chicago has finally released data on which police officers have amassed the most complaints. We talk to the journalist whose lawsuit finally forced disclosure and the President of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Argument Against E15 Ordinance

The City Council’s Finance Committee held a meeting to discuss a proposed ordinance to require self-service gas stations to provide E15 gasoline. While the move is being touted as a way to save consumers cash, an analyst at The Heartland Institute says E15 gasoline won’t save motorists money at the pump.

Preckwinkle Rules Out Mayoral Run

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said she will not run for Mayor of Chicago in 2015. 

Web Extra: A Bullying Survivor's Story

Six years ago, Katya Mazon, 18, realized the isolation and emotional pain she experienced was bullying. Read about her story.

Election Officials to Decide Fate of Amendment

Will Amendment for Independent Redistricting Be on Ballot?

Will an amendment asking voters to choose whether they'd like an independent process to redraw legislative maps actually make it to the November ballot? A lot depends on what elections officials decide today. Paris Schutz has more.

Quinn Releases 2013 Tax Return

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn released his 2013 tax return. Read an article.

Jack Bishop

America’s Test Kitchen’s Jack Bishop stops by with a new book, The How Can it Be Gluten Free Cookbook. We discuss the some of the book’s recipes and food trends for spring. Check out recipes.