Stories by Nick Blumberg

What Expanded Fiduciary Standard Could Mean for Retirement Investors

Tougher regulations for financial advisers are aimed at protecting consumers planning for retirement. But could new rules make it harder to get investment advice?

Gannett Makes Bid to Buy Tribune Publishing

Newspaper giant Gannett makes a bid to take over the parent company of the Chicago Tribune. A look at what Gannett's offering, and whether it's likely to succeed.

Backlog of Rape Cases, Rape Kits Can Lead to Long Wait for Justice

Medical professionals learn how to use the Sexual Assault Evidence Collection kit, which has several packets to collect evidence from a suspect and a patient of a sexual assault case. (Sgt. Rebecca Linder / Wikimedia Commons)

Delays in rape kit testing and strained law enforcement resources nationwide mean that victims of sexual assault may face long waits for their attackers to face prosecution. 

Blair Kamin on Lucas Museum Move, Endangered Churches and More

| Meredith Francis

The Chicago Tribune's Pulitzer prize-winning architecture critic discusses a new lakefront proposal for the Lucas Museum and architecturally significant churches like St. Adalbert's in Pilsen that preservationists warn are at risk.

The Week in Review: Clarion Call for Police Reform

The Chicago Police Department faces a scathing review from a reform task force that says many Chicagoans believe officers are "fundamentally racist." Joel Weisman and guests discuss this story and more on this week's show.

WXRT’s Terri Hemmert Explores History of Rock and Soul in New Show

The veteran DJ and Radio Hall of Famer is back on the air following cancer surgery earlier this year. Learn about her new project blending a history lesson with live music.

Second Defendant in CPS Corruption Case Pleads Guilty

Thomas Vranas, a former co-owner of SUPES Academy, admitted in federal court Tuesday to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. The plea deal comes with an agreement to cooperate with the U.S. Attorney's office.

ReptileFest Slithers Back to Chicago

(Courtesy of ReptileFest)

Reptiles, amphibians and the people who love them, or at least like them, come together this weekend for ReptileFest 2016. We get a preview of the event and meet some of the animals on display.

Delegate Math: The Wisconsin Primary and the Presidential Race

James Warren on "Chicago Tonight"

Presidential candidates are competing for a win in Tuesday's primary in Wisconsin. James Warren of the Poynter Institute joins us to talk delegate math and what that means for the contenders on both the Democrat and Republican side.

Crowdfunded Businesses Get a Running Start

Crowdfunding is helping some Chicago-based businesses get a running start. But some entrepreneurs say that money isn't everything.

What's Next For Chicago Pension Reform?

Illinois Supreme Court (Alanscottwalker)

Last week, the Illinois Supreme Court dealt Mayor Rahm Emanuel a huge blow, overturning reforms to two pension funds for city workers. The city argued reforms guaranteed previously unsecured retiree benefits, but the state’s high court wasn’t having it.

Former Chicago Police React to Superintendent Pick

How will rank-and-file police officers react to the mayor's unexpected appointment of CPD veteran Eddie Johnson? Two former Chicago Police officers share their perspectives on Emanuel's pick and to aldermen inserting themselves more into the selection process.

CTU President Karen Lewis Explains 1-Day Teachers Strike

Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis said the newly approved April 1 walkout is not about contract negotiations with CPS. “If it were a contract strike, it would be illegal,” Lewis said to Eddie Arruza. “This is an unfair labor practice strike.”

Segregation and Racial Barriers on Chicago's South Side

A group of girls walk in Englewood. This building is across the street from one of 50 Chicago Public Schools that closed in 2013. (Photo by Bill Healy)

A new book by Natalie Moore about the South Side blends personal history with investigative reporting to tell the story of a segregated city and misunderstood neighborhoods.

Nabisco Layoffs and Chicago's Manufacturing Future

Three hundred workers at Chicago's Nabisco bakery faced layoffs on Monday, with more cuts looming. We take a look at how the neighborhood is coping – and the future of manufacturing in Chicago.

Incumbents Safe, Few Surprises in Illinois’ US House Races

As expected, no incumbent congressman in the Chicago metro area appears to have been knocked off the general election ballot by primary challengers.

Forum: Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Candidates

Democratic candidates for Cook County Circuit Court Clerk pictured in ballot order, from left: Jacob Meister. Dorothy Brown, Michelle Harris.

Dorothy Brown faces the Democrats vying to replace her in next week's Democratic primary.

Illinois’ 11th Congressional District Candidates

| Meredith Francis

Hear from two of the three Republican candidates running on March 15 to unseat 11th District Democratic Congressman Bill Foster.

Gurnee Native Amanda Majeski on Starring Roles at Lyric, Met Operas

Amanda Majeski (Credit Cory Weaver / Lyric Opera of Chicago)

She has been bringing her distinctive soprano voice to operatic roles on stages in the U.K., Spain, Germany and Switzerland. Closer to home, she'll soon return to a role in Mozart's “The Marriage of Figaro” at The Metropolitan Opera in New York. Soprano Amanda Majeski talks about her ascending opera career.

Judge Diane Wood on Supreme Court Vacancy, Immigration Debate

With Antonin Scalia's death leaving an unexpected opening on the Supreme Court, we talk with a judge who was once considered for the high court on how she was vetted and why she thinks it's bad to have a long vacancy.

Friends of the Parks Sounds Off On Lucas Museum Lawsuit, Backlash

Rendering of the proposed site for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art (Courtesy Lucas Museum)

Earlier this month, a judge denied the city of Chicago's motion to let Lucas Museum construction begin on its proposed lakefront site. We speak with the head of Friends of the Parks, the nonprofit which filed the lawsuit.

Apple vs FBI: Should Privacy Rights Outrank a Federal Investigation?

| Meredith Francis

The FBI wants Apple to unlock an iPhone belonging to one of the people behind December's mass shooting in San Bernardino, California. Apple says it's taking a stand for privacy rights, while the FBI says it's merely trying to conduct the most thorough investigation possible.

Music Mogul L.A. Reid Talks Industry, Artists He's Discovered in New Book

L.A. Reid with Mariah Carey. (Courtesy L.A. Reid)

Avril Lavigne. Mariah Carey. Outkast. Usher. Rihanna. You've heard these names and many others made famous by music mega-mogul L.A. Reid. The current CEO and chairman of Epic Records has not only scouted star talent, but also penned quite a few top 10 hits himself. Reid tells us about his new memoir.

Toni Preckwinkle Warns of a Trickle-Down Budget Crisis in Cook County

Toni Preckwinkle appears on "Chicago Tonight" on Feb. 17.

Reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner's second budget address from Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who says no state budget means layoffs are around the corner.

Obama Library Finalist Meets With South Side Community Leaders

David Adjaye

“Buildings can transform. They can change places. They can change the perception of places." That was architect David Adjaye’s message to a group of about 20 community leaders he met with on Tuesday at the DuSable Museum of African American History.