Stories by Nick Blumberg

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

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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. 

Chicago Sues Trump Administration Over ‘Sanctuary City’ Policy

“Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Sunday at a press conference announcing the suit.

Does the Latest Stock Market Record Mean Anything?

Another record-setting day on Wall Street. What’s propelling the stock surge—and can it last?

Trump to Sign Sanctions Against Russia ‘Soon’

Vladimir Putin orders hundreds of U.S. diplomats out of the country as tensions escalate with Russia.

Book Inspires Young People to Create ‘No Small Plans’ For Chicago

(Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation)

A new graphic novel wants to empower Chicago teenagers to push for the city they deserve. Meet one of the teens who created the book.

Wisconsin Company Offers to Voluntarily Microchip Employees

(Credit: Three Square Market)

Buying a bag of chips or logging onto your computer with a wave of your hand will soon be possible at one Wisconsin company. 

Study of Deceased Football Players Finds Widespread CTE

A new study offers the latest and perhaps most dramatic evidence of the neurological toll of football on those who play it.

Mitigating Mosquitoes After Heavy Rain

Heavy rains and record flooding in the Chicago area hatch a big concern: mosquitoes. With standing water as a breeding ground, more mosquitoes could be on the way.

The Week in Review: Layoffs Hit After Pop Tax Fizzles

Cook County layoffs spark a war of words. Chicago drivers get red-light ticket relief. Shakeup in the governor’s office. Revived Cubs are winning again, and the Sox go on a trade tirade.

Jim DeRogatis: Parents Claim R. Kelly is Holding Women in a ‘Cult’

Timothy Savage speaks at a press conference on July 17, 2017.

Parents accuse singer R. Kelly of keeping their daughter and other women in a cult. We speak with the journalist who broke the story.

Meet Edwin Eisendrath, the New Chicago Sun-Times CEO

Learn more about the new CEO and the unlikely group that just purchased the beleaguered Chicago Sun-Times.

Rauner Calls on Legislators to Send Him School Funding Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner insists on removing what he calls a Chicago “bailout” from a state school funding plan.

Sheriff Tom Dart: Budget-Related Layoffs Would ‘Devastate’ Office

Big cuts are coming to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, including nearly 400 jail guards. “We had no way to plan for this,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Shakes Up Staff

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s staff shake-up is still going on after legislators voted last week to override the governor's veto of a tax hike and budget.

Preserving Artifacts, Memories of Holocaust Survivors

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We meet one of the curators of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Week in Review: Finally, a State Budget

Lawmakers finally pass a budget, but Illinois bonds may still face a junk rating. Holiday weekend violence despite increased police presence. Can the underperforming Cubs right the World Series ship?

Anti-Violence Activist Tio Hardiman on His 2nd Bid for Governor

The head of the nonprofit group Violence Interrupters says his platform includes job creation, reducing gun violence, boosting public school funding and bridging gaps between Democrats and Republicans.

Chicago Filmmaker’s Portraits Honor Transgender People Killed in 2016

Artwork by Lilly Wachowski, best known as co-director of “The Matrix,” honors 27 transgender people killed last year—and allows the viewer to look them in the eyes.

American Music Festival Rocks FitzGerald’s for the 36th Year

Since 1981, FitzGerald’s in Berwyn has played host to an array of talent as part of its American Music Festival. Meet the club’s owner and a Bay Area singer-songwriter performing at the fest this weekend.

Keeping Elections Safe From Hackers

After a breach of Illinois voters’ information, a look at how to keep election systems secure from hacks.

Stones Retrospective ‘Exhibitionism’ Rolls Into Chicago

(Courtesy Paul Natkin)

From handwritten lyrics to vintage instruments to iconic outfits, a new look at 50 years of the Rolling Stones.

New Book Tracks Peregrine Falcon’s Return From Near-Extinction

(Courtesy of Peggy Macnamara)

‘The Peregrine Returns’ is not just a story of recovery, but adaptability, exploring how the cliff-dwelling bird has made a home in an urban environment.