Stories by Nick Blumberg

Tribune Reporter on ‘Three Years of Nights’ Covering Chicago Violence

Reporter Peter Nickeas at work in October 2013. (Courtesy Chicago magazine)

Three straight years of overnights, reporting on violence: Crime reporter Peter Nickeas on how that work changed him–and why he doesn't want to stop covering violence.

New Life for Once-Neglected Stretch of Michigan Avenue

Michigan Avenue (Dudesleeper at English Wikipedia)

Despite the high-profile status you might think comes with a Michigan Avenue address, a stretch of the historic street has long been in need of some love. Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin joins us with details.

Police Union President on O’Neal Shooting, Persistent Violence

Dean Angelo

The death toll after another weekend includes the son of a Chicago police officer. Dean Angelo joins us to discuss combating violence and ongoing efforts at police reform.

The Week in Review: No Break for Blagojevich

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will serve out his full sentence. Chicago Public Schools wants to end teacher pension pickups, and the Chicago Cubs continue to win. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Learning to Live With Changes to the English Language

A visit from Carol Fisher Saller, the Subversive Copy Editor. She's here to help us make peace with changes to the English language.

Sun-Times Reporter, Her Mother Discuss Their ‘Escape from Nigeria’

A new memoir tells the story of a young mother separated from her husband during the Nigerian civil war in the 1960s. Hear how she protected her family, including future Chicago Sun-Times journalist Maudlyne Ihejirika.

Latest on the Legal Battle Over Remapping

Lori Lightfoot, who represents the Independent Map Amendment, and state Sen. Kwame Raoul, who introduced a competing redistricting plan earlier this year, discuss the latest in the court fight over redistricting.

As City Expands Testing, Advice on Avoiding Lead-Contaminated Water

The city of Chicago expands testing for lead in the water supply. Find out what you can do to make sure your drinking water is safe.

Uproar After DePaul University Bans Conservative Speaker

Ben Shapiro speaks at a Young America's Foundation event.

Students across the political spectrum are angry with DePaul University's decision not to allow a conservative writer and commentator to speak at an on-campus event.

The Week in Review: Clinton Makes History as Democrats Strive for Unity

Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman to be nominated by a major party in the U.S. Meanwhile, Mayor Rahm Emanuel takes a hit at the Democratic National Convention and Illinois Democratic delegates focus on finding a challenger to Gov. Bruce Rauner in 2018.

Judge Rules Against Independent Redistricting Measure

The latest attempt to wrest control of legislative redistricting from state lawmakers was handed a setback Wednesday morning. 

Emmy-Nominated ‘Making a Murderer’ Returning with New Episodes

Steven Avery in the Netflix original documentary series "Making A Murderer." (Netflix)

The popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer” will be returning to the streaming platform with new episodes, the company announced Tuesday.

Chuy Garcia Backs Push to End Superdelegates

Chuy Garcia (Rev Dills / Flickr)

Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García is throwing his weight behind a petition calling on the Democratic National Committee to do away with superdelegates. 

Report: Chicago Needs Better Risk Management, Thoughtful Police Reform

The latest report from Chicago’s inspector general gives a nod to ongoing efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department, but warns the process must not be rushed and community members must not be excluded.

The Week in Review: Trump Picks VP

Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential candidate. Chicago schools avoid more funding cuts. The Cubs dominate the National League All-Star team, but the American League walks away with the win. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Toni Preckwinkle on $174M Cook County Budget Gap

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to discuss the huge budget gap facing the county – and how she wants to tackle the problem.

‘Wild Travels’ Returns, Reveals Stranger Places to Visit

The award-winning series celebrates some of the stranger destinations you can visit in the U.S. The show's host and executive producer join us to talk about what you can expect from the new season, debuting this weekend.

Opponents of State Stopgap Budget Explain Their Votes

The state's six-month stopgap budget sailed through the Illinois General Assembly by a huge vote margin last week, just before the fiscal year deadline. Only four lawmakers voted against the plan. They join “Chicago Tonight” to explain their decision.

The Week in Review: Springfield Passes Stopgap Budget

Lawmakers and the governor strike a six-month budget deal. Schools get funding to open in the fall. The Bears lose a legend, and the Cubs' Kris Bryant makes history. Joel Weisman and guests discuss these stories and more.

Study: Program for At-Risk Youth Cuts Arrests by 35 Percent

A new study finds a program that works with at-risk young men in Chicago reduced overall arrests in the group by 35 percent, violent crime arrests by 50 percent and boosted on-time high school graduation for participants by 19 percent.

$35 Million Gift for New U of Chicago Entrepreneurship Center

The University of Chicago's startup accelerator and entrepreneurship center lands a multimillion-dollar gift to expand. Meet the alumni donor and the center's director.

Whistleblower Cop On Ending Police ‘Code of Silence’

Meet a Chicago police officer who says she faced retaliation after investigating corrupt cops, and find out how she hopes to help other whistleblowers.

Chicago Pride Celebrations This Year to Include Memorials, Extra Security

Pride Parade coordinator Rich Pfeiffer.

As Chicago remembers victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting, it's also preparing to celebrate Gay Pride Month over the next two weekends. Hear details from the parade coordinator.

The Week in Review: Lots of Posturing, Little Progress in Springfield

Joel Weisman and his panel discuss this week’s news, including the end of the spring legislative session in Springfield without a budget and the possibility that schools won’t open in the fall.

UIC Study: City Council Becoming Less of a ‘Rubber Stamp’

An annual study from the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that aldermen are increasingly voting independently from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on contested issues.