Stories by Nick Blumberg

The Week in Review: Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

President Trump fires the FBI director investigating his connections to Russia. Lawmakers put Gov. Rauner in a bind on the “abortion bill.” And the Cubs early season struggles continue.

The Changing Face of Television

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New ways of producing, distributing and consuming TV shows means consumers no longer have to rush home to catch a scheduled broadcast.

How Do Cook County Judges Stack Up?

After two high-profile stories about troubling judicial conduct, a look at judges’ ethical responsibilities and the quality of the county judiciary.

The Week in Review: Former CPS CEO Heading to Prison

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO is sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison. Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan finally meet. And the Bears make a surprise draft move. 

Chicago Aldermen Consider ‘Textalyzer’ to Curb Distracted Driving

New technology lets police investigate whether drivers were using their cell phones moments before an accident. Could it curb texting while driving?

Trump Executive Order Sparks Questions Over Future of H-1B Visa Program

The debate over President Trump’s executive order on skilled foreign workers.

Groups Push For Community Benefits Agreement with Obama Library

A coalition of community organizers are trying to get the Obama Foundation, the city, and the University of Chicago to commit to creating jobs and not displacing area residents.

Cleaning Up Messy Municipal Finances in Chicago and Beyond

Can the city and Chicago Public Schools get on the road to fiscal health without bankruptcy? Lessons from other cities.

Celebrating The Joy of Painting (and Drinking) With Bob Ross

An Albany Park bar toasts the late painter each week at a colorful event. We went to check out the “happy little trees” at Nighthawk.

Stones Retrospective ‘Exhibitionism’ Rolls Into Chicago

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

2018 Race for Governor Heats Up, But Still No Budget from Springfield

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Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle weigh in on the latest developments in Springfield.

The Week in Review: Pritzker Enters Race for Governor

J.B. Pritzker launches his bid for Illinois governor. The U.S. Senate uses the “nuclear option” to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. And baseball season gets underway. These stories and more with Paris Schutz and guests. 

Authors, Exonerees Collaborate in New Book ‘Anatomy of Innocence’

Juan Rivera (© Northwestern Pritzker School of Law)

A new book tells the stories of people wrongfully convicted of a crime – and how they came to be released.

‘Ask Amy’ Author Tells (Almost) All in New Memoir

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Amy Dickinson tells us about her new book “Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A Memoir of Love, Loss, and Coming Home.” 

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes on Why Some Americans Live in ‘A Colony in a Nation’

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The Emmy Award-winning television host writes about the drastic disparities between black and white Americans in his just-published book. 

Illinois’ Chief Information Officer on Cybersecurity

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How Hardik Bhatt wants to protect state agencies from hackers. 

Proposed Museum Wants to Use Sports As ‘Bait’ For Learning

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The American Sports Museum would teach visitors about everything from physics to history. Founder Marc Lapides shares his vision for the space.

How Rising Interest Rates Will Affect Consumers and the Economy

Last week’s rate hike is a sign of optimism over growth in the U.S. economy. But how will it impact borrowing, like mortgage and credit card rates?

Chicago Scholar Tackles ‘Sex and the Constitution’

From gay marriage to contraception: how sex, religion and morality shape U.S. law.

Chicago Magazine’s In-Depth Look at ‘Where to Buy Now’

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Ten years ago, Chicago real estate bottomed out – and it still hasn’t fully recovered. But depending on what buyers are looking for, there are promising neighborhoods and suburbs all around.

‘Photographing Freetowns’ Highlights Little-Known African-American Communities

Images like this one from Helen Balfour Morrison comprise the exhibition “Photographing Freetowns.”

A new exhibition at the Newberry Library features a rarely seen collection of work by a Chicago-area photographer who documented the history of small communities founded by former slaves after the Civil War.

Ensuring Earlier Access to Attorneys for Arrestees in Chicago

A new program aims to get all arrestees a defense attorney while in police custody.

Republican Health Care Reform Bill Struggling

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As the Republican replacement for Obamacare faces political backlash, we take a closer look at how the law might change health coverage.

Chicago Author’s Memoir Details 8-Month ‘Duck Season’ in Rural France

The converted water mill where David, his wife Michele, and daughter Charlotte lived in Plaisance du Gers, Gascony. (Courtesy David McAninch)

A place where ducks outnumber people 20 to 1 might not sound like somewhere you’d want to move with your wife and young daughter. But that’s exactly what Chicago author David McAninch did.

The Week in Review: Illinois Leaders Worry Over Health Care Overhaul

Illinois would get slammed with extra Medicaid costs as Republicans rush to repeal Obamacare. Chicago teachers threaten another one-day walkout. And the Bears cut Jay Cutler.