Stories by Nick Blumberg

The Week in Review: Mayor Pushes Back on President’s Policies

Emanuel won’t honor Trump’s rollback of transgender student rights, and Chicago schools will refuse entry to immigration agents without a warrant. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Local Republicans React to President Trump’s First Month

In a little more than four weeks, President Donald Trump has shattered presidential conventions, created controversy and legal battles, and energized his base with executive orders aimed at meeting campaign promises.

Tom Skilling Explains Spring-Like February Weather

Another record high temperature in Chicago. How long will spring in February last? 

Understanding Illinois’ Workers’ Comp System

The governor again pitches changing the workers’ comp system in his budget speech. Where does Illinois stand, and what reforms are on the table?

CPS CEO Forrest Claypool on Civil Rights Lawsuit Against State

On Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools and five families of students filed a civil rights lawsuit against the state of Illinois. CPS CEO Forrest Claypool joins us to discuss the suit and the huge budget shortfall facing the district.

How Chicago Police Department Can Address Suicide Rate Among Officers

The suicide rate among Chicago police officers is reportedly 60 percent higher than the national average. How can the department provide better mental health care?

The Week in Review: Kennedy to Run for Governor

Chris Kennedy finally announces his run for governor. President Trump again slams Chicago. And the Bears hike ticket prices after a dismal season. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Next Steps in Case Against President’s Immigration Ban

How a federal appeals court could read the law on the president’s immigration ban. 

The Week in Review: Trump Calls Chicago 'Totally Out of Control'

President Trump calls Chicago "totally out of control." Mayor Rahm Emanuel says enough talk, send in federal resources. Gov. Rauner calls for a budget with cuts, revenues and reforms as the state’s credit rating takes another hit. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests. 

George Takei on Trump, Turmoil and Why ‘Trek’ Endures

George Takei (Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons)

The actor and activist hosts a screening and discussion of the film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” this weekend. We caught up with him to talk “Trek,” Trump and more.

Senate Negotiations on ‘Grand Bargain’ Budget Continue

What progress have state senators made on negotiating a budget deal, and how will Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan react if it passes?

President Trump Announces Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Nominee

President Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday night. 

Luvvie Ajayi Offers Up Some ‘Act-Right’ in New Book ‘I'm Judging You’

A Chicago author’s new book lays out the case that we can all do better.

Former Fenger Principal Liz Dozier on ‘Chicago Beyond’ Project

2017 in Chicago is off to another violent start. Public schools face a resource crunch. And an educator experienced in how those problems intertwine is trying to tackle both.

‘Sermon to White America’ Calls for Meaningful Action on Racial Inequality

Author Michael Eric Dyson on the challenges faced by black Americans, and why it’s up to whites to address racial inequality.

Emanuel: Illinois ‘Rudderless’ Under Rauner

Mayor Rahm Emanuel slams the governor for not having proposed a balanced budget, and suggests Gov. Bruce Rauner begin his State of the State address Wednesday with an apology to taxpayers.

What Past Presidents Tell Us About Trump’s Inaugural Speech

After a contentious campaign and a surprising outcome, how will President Donald Trump utilize his inaugural address?

Author’s Guide to Human Body Addresses Nagging Medical Questions

A fresh take on health from the author of a new guide to operating and maintaining your body.

Meaningful Change Possible if You ‘Dig Where You Are,’ Says Chicago Author

From San Francisco to Stockholm, stories of people who started small and ended up solving problems in their community.

Subversive Copy Editor: Dust Off That Dictionary

“Anyone who has deadlines should also have a dictionary.” So writes Carol Fisher Saller in her book “The Subversive Copy Editor.” Saller returns to Chicago Tonight with some simple advice.

The Airport Security Balancing Act

After the shooting at a baggage claim in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, can extending the airport security perimeter keep travelers safer?

Week in Review: Spotlight Still on Chicago Police

Hate crime charges after a disabled man is attacked. The feds plan to release a report on Chicago police. Rauner is skipping Donald Trump’s inauguration. And the Bears won’t commit to Jay Cutler. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

The Year Ahead in Chicago Real Estate

Steady but slow recovery in housing prices and sales, a looming interest rate hike, and a possible correction in the rental market. A look ahead at real estate in 2017.

Why Do Celebrity Deaths Make Us So Sad?

Among the celebrity deaths in 2016: Prince (courtesy of Paul Natkin) and Carrie Fisher (Riccardo Ghilardi / Wikimedia Commons).

From Prince to Princess Leia star Carrie Fisher, 2016 was a bad year for celebrity deaths. We take a closer look at our connection to celebrities.

Why is Illinois Shrinking?

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Illinois' population declined in 2016 for the third straight year, losing more people than any other state in the union. The drop of more than 37,000 people leaves Illinois with a population just north of 12.8 million.