Stories by Nick Blumberg

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.

How Chicago Police Department Can Address Suicide Rate Among Officers

The suicide rate among Chicago police officers is reportedly 60 percent higher than the national average. How can the department provide better mental health care?

The Week in Review: Kennedy to Run for Governor

Chris Kennedy finally announces his run for governor. President Trump again slams Chicago. And the Bears hike ticket prices after a dismal season. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Next Steps in Case Against President’s Immigration Ban

How a federal appeals court could read the law on the president’s immigration ban. 

The Week in Review: Trump Calls Chicago 'Totally Out of Control'

President Trump calls Chicago "totally out of control." Mayor Rahm Emanuel says enough talk, send in federal resources. Gov. Rauner calls for a budget with cuts, revenues and reforms as the state’s credit rating takes another hit. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests. 

George Takei on Trump, Turmoil and Why ‘Trek’ Endures

George Takei (Gage Skidmore / Wikimedia Commons)

The actor and activist hosts a screening and discussion of the film “Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan” this weekend. We caught up with him to talk “Trek,” Trump and more.

Senate Negotiations on ‘Grand Bargain’ Budget Continue

What progress have state senators made on negotiating a budget deal, and how will Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan react if it passes?

President Trump Announces Neil Gorsuch as Supreme Court Nominee

President Donald Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee to replace the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Tuesday night. 

Luvvie Ajayi Offers Up Some ‘Act-Right’ in New Book ‘I'm Judging You’

A Chicago author’s new book lays out the case that we can all do better.