Stories by Paris Schutz

Barack Obama: ‘I’m Always Optimistic’ About Future of US

Former President Barack Obama speaks on Monday, April 24 at the University of Chicago.

Former President Barack Obama was greeted with cheers on his home turf Monday at the University of Chicago as he convened a panel discussion with young leaders on the importance of civic engagement. 

City Council Tackles Municipal IDs, Police Reform, Airport Security

City Clerk Anna Valencia (Chicago Tonight)

The fates of municipal IDs, police oversight and aviation security at O’Hare hang in the balance at City Council.

City Planning Emergency Bailout to Keep CPS Schools Open

(Don Harder / Flickr)

Chicago Tonight has learned that the city is looking at contingency plans to prevent an early closing of schools.

Attorney: United Passenger Dragged from Plane Suffered Concussion

(Courtesy @Tyler_Bridges)

United Flight 3411 passenger Dr. David Dao was released from the hospital Wednesday night, after being treated for a concussion, broken nose and the loss of two front teeth, according his attorney.

Man, 37, Charged With Murder in Judge Killing

Cook County Associate Judge Raymond Myles (Courtesy of Circuit Court of Cook County)

Chicago police announced Wednesday evening that a 37-year-old man has been charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Raymond Myles. They believe the man did not act alone.

United Faces Multiple Probes After Passenger Removed from Plane

(Aero Icarus / Wikimedia Commons)

Lawmakers at multiple levels of government are calling for probes into what happened on Sunday night aboard United Airlines flight 3411.

Cubs Open Park at Wrigley

Top Brass Throws Shade at Local Politicians

The Cubs unveil the new Park at Wrigley as the team plays at home for the first time as World Series Champs.

J.B. Pritzker Announces Bid for Illinois Governor

J.B. Pritzker

Add another name to the field of Democratic candidates for governor – one that has been long anticipated.

Why Did State Lawmakers Approve of Cook County Tax Sale Law?

Tuesday marks day two of the semi-annual Cook County tax sale, where those delinquent on their property taxes have their liens sold to private investors, who can then collect massive interest rates. A push to change the system by some public officials has simply raised more questions.

Delinquent Taxpayers Face Ballooning Interest Payments in Cook County

Why Cook County property owners who are eight months delinquent in paying taxes are about to owe major fees to private companies.

City Proposes Municipal ID Program

Don't have a drivers’ license or other form of official documentation? Chicago may soon be issuing municipal IDs to provide documentation to undocumented immigrants, ex-offenders and the homeless. 

Report: City Misuses Affordable Housing Funds

The Altgeld Gardens Homes on Chicago’s Far South Side provide affordable housing to low-income households. (Zol87 / Wikimedia)

The city of Chicago has a fund paid for by big developers that helps subsidize low-income residents who need help paying rent. But is all of that money going where it's supposed to? 

Former US Attorney Zachary Fardon Speaks Out

Fardon sits down for exclusive first interview since leaving office

Recently departed U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, who brought down former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, joins us for an exclusive interview.

Logan Square, Pilsen at Crux of Gentrification Debate

We explore two neighborhoods that are at the epicenter of the gentrification battle, and how elected officials, community groups and developers are waging it.

Key Illinois Republican Predicts Passage of Health Care Law

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam indicated he supports the measure although he is concerned about the possible impact of the Medicaid rollback. “The Medicaid question, particularly for Illinois, is very challenging,” he said.

Great Lakes Funding Threatened

(Frank McNamara / Flickr)

Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes could see a substantial amount of federal funding dry up.

US Attorney Zachary Fardon Asked to Resign

Zachary Fardon

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked for the immediate resignation of 46 remaining U.S. attorneys that were appointed under the previous presidential administration.

Reports: Bears to Sign QB Glennon

The Chicago Bears look to rebound from their miserable 3-13 season when the free agent signing period starts Thursday. And multiple reports say the Bears are all but certain to sign a new quarterback.

Local Politicians, Advocacy Groups React to GOP’s ACA Replacement

House Republicans released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Monday night. How will it impact insurance rates, coverage and Medicaid? 

Local Groups React to Revised Travel Ban

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Local reaction was quick and sharp Monday to the president’s revised travel ban. Will it pass constitutional muster?

Regulators Probe Massive Peoples Gas Pipeline Upgrade

Why regulators are taking another look at Peoples Gas' expensive plan to overhaul its infrastructure and stick natural gas customers with the bill.

Illinois Lawmakers Weigh Legalizing Gun Silencers

Legislation in Springfield to make gun silencers legal is getting bipartisan support, but gun control advocates warn that legalizing them will make the already dangerous streets of Chicago worse. 

How Will Trump’s Transgender Bathroom Guidelines Impact Local Schools?

Illinois public officials and school districts weigh in on which bathroom or locker room a transgender student should use. 

City Council, Police Union Gird for Battle

Aldermen say they are prepared to go to battle against the police union to get rid of contract provisions they say lead to a culture of cover-up.

Mexican Political Leader in Chicago

As concerns grow over heightened immigration measures, a top political leader from Mexico comes to Chicago with a message.