Stories by Nick Blumberg

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

(Courtesy Paul Natkin)

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

(Photo by Dede Hatch)

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

(Courtesy of the American Sports Museum)

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. 

Vandalism and Bomb Threats Mark Spike in Anti-Semitism

A swastika was found this week burned into the sign, pictured, along this bike path in Barrington, Rhode Island, about a mile from Temple Habonim. Police have since removed the sign.

Jewish community centers around the United States have been forced to evacuate in recent weeks after being targeted by bomb threats. What’s behind the uptick in anti-Semitism?

Illinois Education Superintendent on School Funding, Standards

Illinois State Board of Education Superintendent Tony Smith joins Chicago Tonight to talk about changing the state's school funding formula and setting a high bar for students.

Former CPS Leader Calls Out Cuts to Low-Income, Minority Schools

Jesse Ruiz

Former Chicago Public Schools CEO Jesse Ruiz on how the district lost its “moral high ground” because of school budget cuts.

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.