Stories by Nick Blumberg

The Week in Review: Sources Say Amazon Bid Features Big-Money Incentives

Mayor’s city budget is rife with new taxes and fees. New details on Chicago’s Amazon bid. Bulls player suspended after punching teammate. And the Cubs season comes to a close. 

Possible Senate Deal Emerges on Obamacare Subsidies

A two-year, stopgap measure still needs congressional approval, but it was the latest twist in the health care saga that has millions of Americans uncertain about the future of their insurance coverage.

How Ameya Pawar Plans to Stay Involved in State Politics

Chicago’s 47th Ward alderman has ended his bid for Illinois governor after failing to raise enough money. “I’m a regular person,” he said. “If people like me get essentially priced out of the Democratic process, I believe we’re headed to a really scary place.”

‘Word Warrior’ Traces Uncommon Life of Chicago Writer Richard Durham

Richard Durham working on series “Destination Freedom,” 1949. (Courtesy Clarice Durham)

Meet author Sonja Williams, who tells the story of a pioneering Chicago writer—and the lives he chronicled—in the book “Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio, and Freedom.”

Why Sexual Harassment and Assault Happen, And How to Stop Them

As accusations mount against Hollywood film executive Harvey Weinstein, a look at sexual harassment and assault.

Cubs Hope to Avoid World Series Hangover as Playoffs Get Underway

We preview the start of the Cubs’ playoff run with sports reporter Cheryl Raye Stout.

‘My Block, My Hood, My City’ Founder Jahmal Cole on Why ‘Exposure is Key’

A new book by a Chicago community activist and mentor explains how cities can become safer and more equitable, and why we all have a stake in our neighborhoods. 

Chicago Ranked Second-Best Prospect For New Amazon Headquarters

A new report ranks Chicago’s chances of landing a massive new Amazon location as high—but will the costs be worth it?

The Week in Review: Rauner Faces Outrage Over Abortion Bill

The governor signs a controversial bill. Chicago cops mimic NFL player protests. City leaders push hard for Amazon headquarters. Chicago native Hugh Hefner dies at age 91. And the Cubs clinch their division for the second straight year. 

New Book Traces History of Biltmore Estate, America’s ‘Last Castle’

Biltmore Estate (John H. Tarbell / Library of Congress)

Author Denise Kiernan talks about the tumultuous history of a North Carolina home that’s detailed in her new book.

Chicago Manual of Style 17th Edition: New Rules for ‘Email,’ ‘They’

Get ready, writers and editors: We take a look inside the newest edition of the Chicago Manual of Style and discuss its most attention-grabbing new rules with Carol Fisher Saller.

Lisa Byington Makes History in College Football Broadcast Booth

Lisa Byington (Courtesy of Big Ten Network)

Northwestern University alum Lisa Byington made history earlier this month as the first woman to call a college football game on the Big Ten Network.

The Week in Review: Governor, Mayor Work Together on Amazon Bid

Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel set aside their differences to lure Amazon’s  second headquarters. Candidates line up for Illinois attorney general. And Obamacare rates in Illinois are set to soar. 

Potential Candidates Scramble After Lisa Madigan Announces Retirement

Carol Marin talks about the latest in state politics with Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago Sun-Times, Dave McKinney of WBEZ and Chicago Tonight’s Amanda Vinicky.

New Chicago Police Oversight Agency Officially Launches

A discussion with Sharon Fairley, chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, which officially takes over on Friday.

Documentary Spotlights Only Bank ‘Small Enough to Jail’

A still image from “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail,” a new episode of “Frontline.”

A new episode of “Frontline” shines a light on the little-known story of the only U.S. bank to be prosecuted in the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis. We speak with the director and producer of “Abacus: Small Enough to Jail.”

As Rain and Floods Continue to Batter Texas, Long Recovery Lies Ahead

For days, parts of Texas have been slammed by massive rain and flooding caused by Harvey. A look at recovery efforts for the short and long term.

The Week in Review: Another Rauner Staff Shake-Up

Lawmakers reach a deal on school funding. Gov. Bruce Rauner cleans house again. Chicago sees its most violent weekend since July 4. And the Cubs grow a comfortable lead in their division. 

After Publicly Criticizing Trump, Chicago CEO Faces Racist Backlash

Ravin Gandhi denounced the president’s comments on Charlottesville in an op-ed, and now finds himself the target of racist invective. What he hopes will come out of the experience.

Zachary Fardon on Violence, Police Reform and His New Job

Zachary Fardon appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 23, 2017.

The former U.S. attorney, who was asked to resign by the Trump administration in March, joins us in discussion.

Dragons, Demons and Omens of Death: A History of Human Eclipse Watching

Over the course of civilization, eclipses have been met with fear and superstition. How humans have reacted to—and explained—eclipses throughout history.

Green Job Training, Conservation Efforts Threatened by Federal Cuts

Along Wolf Lake on Chicago’s Southeast Side lies the only Illinois state park within city limits, where visitors can find fishing spots, biking trails – and invasive species.

New Shedd Shark Expert on Aquarium’s Conservation Efforts

(Albert Kok / Wikimedia Commons)

Jumping into ocean waters teeming with sharks doesn’t sound like much fun, but for researchers working on shark conservation, it’s a way to gather important and sometimes surprising information. Meet Steve Kessel, the Shedd Aquarium’s new director of marine research.

The Week in Review: State Misses Payments to Public Schools

Illinois blows the deadline for payments to public schools. Mayor Rahm Emanuel sues the Trump administration. Lawsuits fly over Cook County’s soda tax. And Mitch Trubisky shines in the Bears first preseason game.

Trump Threatens North Korea with ‘Fire and Fury’

Despite increasing international condemnation, North Korea has ramped up its nuclear capabilities to a potentially dangerous level.