Stories by Nick Blumberg

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?

(© BrokenSphere / Wikimedia Commons)

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.

Cardinal Blase Cupich on His Elevation

Cardinal Blase Cupich talks with us about his elevation to that position, the challenges facing Chicago, and how the church can better serve the community.

Roundtable: No Electoral Uprising, No State Budget, Chicago’s Mixed Year

We take a look at city, state and national political news with Chicago Tonight correspondent Paris Schutz, WBBM’s Craig Dellimore and Univision’s Mariano Gielis.

The ‘Performance’ Driving Presidential Libraries

(Courtesy of William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum)

Presidential libraries from FDR and Hoover to Reagan, Clinton and Bush. How they tell a president’s story, and the relationship they create with visitors.

State Lawmakers Sue for Paychecks

Gov. Bruce Rauner has called it a frivolous lawsuit, but six state lawmakers who are fighting to get their paychecks say it’s about defending the state constitution.

Illinois Budget Crisis Hurting Public Safety, State’s Attorneys Say

State lawmakers don’t appear to be any closer to passing a budget, and prosecutors warn the impasse is damaging public safety. Three county state’s attorneys weigh in.

State Lawmakers Pass Nuclear Plant ‘Bailout’

(Chicago Tonight)

After a long debate, a last-minute push to bail out two downstate nuclear plants passed the Illinois General Assembly late Thursday at the tail end of the veto session.

America’s Post-Election Economy

The unprecedented victory of President-elect Donald Trump has left many people wondering how his administration might affect the U.S. economy. 

Black Friday Protesters Return to Michigan Avenue

For the second year in a row, protesters marched on Chicago’s high-profile downtown shopping destination to call for police reform and disrupt Black Friday shopping.

An In-Depth Look at the Victims of Chicago’s Violent Year

Telling the stories behind Chicago violence statistics: Meet two New York Times reporters tracking a group of summer shooting victims.

The Week in Review: Trump Denies Transition Turmoil

Donald Trump’s transition in turmoil as Mayor Emanuel defies the president-elect on immigration. Rauner and Madigan meet. Budget sails through City Council, and the Bears bad season gets worse. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Donald Trump and the Future of the Supreme Court

Photos, from left: Tim Sackton / Flickr; Michael Vadon / Flickr

The Supreme Court under President-elect Donald Trump: Who will he nominate? And could the court actually keep him from doing some of things he wants to do?

After Trump Win, Renewed Questions About Electoral College

The dissonance between the popular vote and electoral vote in last week's election has prompted a renewed look at whether America ought to elect its presidents by a straightforward popular vote.

Trump, Obama Meet at White House

It once seemed unthinkable: President Obama and President-elect Trump met at the White House for the first time Thursday. A closer look at the meeting, and what's ahead for Democrats and Republicans.

Power in Springfield Shifts Slightly; ‘Safe Roads’ Amendment Passes

Despite massive amounts of campaign contributions that poured into state House and Senate races this year, Republicans don’t appear to have significantly shifted the balance of power in the Illinois General Assembly. 

Mad Dash for Clinton, Trump on Final Day of Campaign

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump crisscross the country during their final full day of campaigning. A look at their closing arguments, and what's next.