Stories by Nick Blumberg

University Presidents Speak Out on State Stopgap Budget

The presidents of four state universities discuss the ongoing impact of Illinois' budget crisis.

Premiums Rise, Choices Dwindle in Illinois Under Obamacare

Open enrollment begins for health plans under the Affordable Care Act. But in Illinois and other states, rates are rising and choices are dwindling. Find out why, and what options consumers have.

Author Mary Roach on ‘The Curious Science of Humans at War’

Serving in the military can be dangerous, frightening and unpleasant – sometimes in ways you might not expect. How the military tackles loud sounds, bad smells and upset stomachs.

Trump, Clinton in the Home Stretch

An unusual election season is drawing to a close. We hear about the latest in the presidential campaign from “PBS NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins.

Chicago-Cleveland Game 2 Dominates TV Ratings, Cubs Cashing In

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We talk through the TV ratings and the business side of the Cubs' success with Crain's Chicago Business reporter Danny Ecker.

Forum: Illinois Comptroller Candidates

The Democratic and Republican candidates for Illinois Comptroller join us to make the case for why they deserve your vote.

The Week in Review: Trump Continues Claims of Rigged Election

Donald Trump refuses to say he’ll concede the election as Hillary Clinton climbs in national polls. Chicago shootings continue at a record pace. And the Cubs take game five of the NLCS. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Sniff it Out: New Book Follows Dogs ‘Into a World of Smell’

From service dogs to household companions, a new book looks inside the complex world of a dog’s nose.

Trump, Clinton Face Off: Debate Prep, Tactics and Possible Pitfalls

Donald Trump attacks the media, and his accusers, as Hillary Clinton finds herself with a lead in national polls. A preview of what might be in store for Wednesday's final debate.

Yoko Ono Unveils ‘Sky Landing’ in Jackson Park

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Yoko Ono unveils “Sky Landing” in Chicago’s Jackson Park on Monday. (Chicago Tonight)

Yoko Ono on Monday morning debuted her first public art installation in the Americas on Jackson Park’s Wooded Island.

The Week in Review: Teachers Strike Averted

A costly deal averts a teachers strike. The mayor paints a rosy picture of city finances, but the county budget is grim. Donald Trump threatens to sue the New York Times. And the Cubs advance to the NLCS. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Aldermen React to City Budget Proposal, CTU Deal

We get reaction from aldermen to the eleventh hour deal that averted a Chicago teachers strike, as well as the mayor’s budget, police oversight reform and more.

Second Clinton, Trump Debate Gets Personal

The second presidential debate starts off frosty and quickly gets personal. Analysis of how the two candidates performed.

Cook County Mandates Paid Sick Time Over Business Opposition

Cook County will soon require employers to provide as many as five paid sick days for workers. Hear from one of the law's sponsors, and find out why some businesses are opposed.

Story of Curtis Mayfield Told by Son in ‘Traveling Soul’

The son of Chicago native Curtis Mayfield tells the musical great's story in the new book “Traveling Soul.” Todd Mayfield tells us about his talented father's turbulent life.

Violence in Chicago: A Special Edition of ‘Chicago Tonight’

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Community leaders from around Chicago join us for an hourlong conversation about the root causes of Chicago's violence, and what can be done to stop it.

Share Your Questions for a ‘Chicago Tonight’ Special on Violence

Thursday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is scheduled to deliver a major address on violence and public safety. On Tuesday, “Chicago Tonight” will spend the full hour discussing what we know so far about Emanuel’s plan, how to address the root causes of violence and what work is already being done in Chicago’s communities. 

Tougher Gun Laws Won’t Stop Violence, Says Cook County Public Defender

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In a recently published op-ed, Cook County Public Defender Amy Campanelli warns that a “war on guns that focuses solely on punishment” will fail. She joins us in discussion.

A Look at Muslims in the US 15 Years After 9/11

The “Tribute in Light” art installation in New York City serves as a remembrance of the terror attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. (Anthony Quintano / Flickr)
As Muslims celebrate one of their holiest days and Americans commemorate the terrorist attacks of 9/11, a look at how Muslims in the U.S. have been treated over the last 15 years.

Cashless Solutions and Service Charges: New Trends in Tipping

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Some restaurants are moving away from traditional tipping. The practice can be more stable for servers but could also mean less income. We discuss trends in tipping with a Loyola University economist.

New Book ‘Crook County’ Argues Court System Racially Biased

Meet the author of a new book that takes an in-depth look at the challenges the justice system poses for minority defendants.

The Week in Review: Trump Talks Chicago Violence

Trump makes a bold claim about Chicago violence. Mark Kirk says Tammy Duckworth is mocking stroke victims. CPS teachers threaten an October strike. And U.S. Cellular Field gets a new name. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

A Closer Look at Push to Fire Officers in Laquan McDonald Shooting

Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson wants seven officers fired over their reports on the Laquan McDonald shooting. We discuss how likely that is–and why the police union says Johnson's move is out of bounds.

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.