Stories by Nick Blumberg

Wisconsin Company Offers to Voluntarily Microchip Employees

(Credit: Three Square Market)

Buying a bag of chips or logging onto your computer with a wave of your hand will soon be possible at one Wisconsin company. 

Study of Deceased Football Players Finds Widespread CTE

A new study offers the latest and perhaps most dramatic evidence of the neurological toll of football on those who play it.

Mitigating Mosquitoes After Heavy Rain

Heavy rains and record flooding in the Chicago area hatch a big concern: mosquitoes. With standing water as a breeding ground, more mosquitoes could be on the way.

The Week in Review: Layoffs Hit After Pop Tax Fizzles

Cook County layoffs spark a war of words. Chicago drivers get red-light ticket relief. Shakeup in the governor’s office. Revived Cubs are winning again, and the Sox go on a trade tirade.

Jim DeRogatis: Parents Claim R. Kelly is Holding Women in a ‘Cult’

Timothy Savage speaks at a press conference on July 17, 2017.

Parents accuse singer R. Kelly of keeping their daughter and other women in a cult. We speak with the journalist who broke the story.

Meet Edwin Eisendrath, the New Chicago Sun-Times CEO

Learn more about the new CEO and the unlikely group that just purchased the beleaguered Chicago Sun-Times.

Rauner Calls on Legislators to Send Him School Funding Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner insists on removing what he calls a Chicago “bailout” from a state school funding plan.

Sheriff Tom Dart: Budget-Related Layoffs Would ‘Devastate’ Office

Big cuts are coming to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, including nearly 400 jail guards. “We had no way to plan for this,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Shakes Up Staff

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s staff shake-up is still going on after legislators voted last week to override the governor's veto of a tax hike and budget.

Preserving Artifacts, Memories of Holocaust Survivors

(David / Flickr)

We meet one of the curators of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Week in Review: Finally, a State Budget

Lawmakers finally pass a budget, but Illinois bonds may still face a junk rating. Holiday weekend violence despite increased police presence. Can the underperforming Cubs right the World Series ship?

Anti-Violence Activist Tio Hardiman on His 2nd Bid for Governor

The head of the nonprofit group Violence Interrupters says his platform includes job creation, reducing gun violence, boosting public school funding and bridging gaps between Democrats and Republicans.

Chicago Filmmaker’s Portraits Honor Transgender People Killed in 2016

Artwork by Lilly Wachowski, best known as co-director of “The Matrix,” honors 27 transgender people killed last year—and allows the viewer to look them in the eyes.

American Music Festival Rocks FitzGerald’s for the 36th Year

Since 1981, FitzGerald’s in Berwyn has played host to an array of talent as part of its American Music Festival. Meet the club’s owner and a Bay Area singer-songwriter performing at the fest this weekend.

Keeping Elections Safe From Hackers

After a breach of Illinois voters’ information, a look at how to keep election systems secure from hacks.

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.

New Book Tracks Peregrine Falcon’s Return From Near-Extinction

(Courtesy of Peggy Macnamara)

‘The Peregrine Returns’ is not just a story of recovery, but adaptability, exploring how the cliff-dwelling bird has made a home in an urban environment.

Politics and Prog Rock with Dave Weigel of the Washington Post

Kansas (Courtesy of David Weigel)

Politics and progressive rock may not sound like a natural pairing. But for most of 2016, they dominated Dave Weigel’s life.

Why ‘Dirt is Good’ For a Child’s Developing Immune System

For many parents, questions of hygiene and health weigh heavily on their minds. A new book argues that a fixation on cleanliness won’t lead to healthier children.

The Week in Review: Belleville Gunman Killed After Shooting Congressman

Police kill the Belleville gunman who fired on GOP congressmen. A lawsuit aims to force federal oversight of Chicago Police reform. And Dwyane Wade could make a deal to return to the Bulls. 

Fed Expected to Hike Interest Rate Again

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise the benchmark interest rate again. What that means about the U.S. economy.

The Week in Review: Comey Feared Trump Would Lie

Comey says Trump lied about his firing. More candidates jump into the governor’s race. And the MLB investigates an abuse claim against the Cubs’ Addison Russell. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Eyes on Security at Wrigley Field, Other Potential Chicago Targets

Recent terror attacks in Manchester and London have cities with high-profile public targets eyeing their security for potential vulnerabilities.

Community Garden Flourishes in North Lawndale

A dramatic transformation in the Lawndale Triangle, after two years of hard work. “When you sit here, you feel a sense of peace,” said one community organizer.

Author Laura Kipnis Takes Aim at Campus Sexual Mores

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Author Laura Kipnis joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation about her book “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.”