Stories by Paris Schutz

Outsider to Review Cook County Assessment Process

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says embattled Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, a close political ally, has agreed to an outside evaluation of the property tax assessment process.

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Mulling Bid for Cook County Clerk

Democratic sources tell Chicago Tonight that Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is mulling a run for the post, contingent on whether he can garner enough Democratic support.

Groups Seek Investigation into Cook County Property Tax System

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

A coalition of community groups is asking for an investigation into the Cook County property tax assessment system run by Assessor Joseph Berrios.

Should Illinois School Districts Hire More Minority Teachers?

In an affluent suburb, a school district is engaged in a bold experiment to help minority students perform better—or a misguided form of bureaucratic overreach, depending on your point of view.

Chris Kennedy: State Property Tax System a ‘Racket’

In a speech Tuesday on the city’s South Side, gubernatorial candidate Chris Kennedy called for abolishing the current property tax system, calling it a “racket” and likening it to extortion. 

Civic Groups to Lawmakers: Don’t Come Back Without Budget

Andy Shaw, Better Government Association

Some high-profile civic groups are getting together to pressure state lawmakers to finally get a full-year budget done. 

Groups Push Back Against Obama Library’s Jackson Park Location

Why some community groups are mounting opposition to the Obama Library's Jackson Park location and where they say it should go instead.

Northwest Side Residents in Affordable Housing Fight

The fight to bring affordable housing to Jefferson Park has residents polarized and leveling accusations of racism.

Chicago Public Schools to Borrow $389 Million to Stay Open

Chicago Public Schools is once again turning to its lenders, this time to keep doors open until the end of the school year on June 20.

Chicago Police Department Toughens Use of Force Standards

Chicago police officers will only be allowed to use deadly force as a last resort, according to new guidelines unveiled Wednesday by Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson.

Allegations of Racism, Sexism and Gun Dealing in City Water Department

More details emerge about alleged gun dealing, racist and sexist behavior by a politically connected subordinate at the city’s Department of Water Management.

Mayor Emanuel Reappoints Inspector General, Budget Director Resigns

The city’s top watchdog is coming back for another four-year term, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday.

Cook County Warns About Obamacare Repeal

How will Cook County survive cuts in Medicaid if the new health care bill becomes law?

Obama Library Designs Unveiled

(Courtesy of the Obama Foundation)

The first conceptual designs for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park have been revealed. Take a peek at the renderings.

How Will the City Pay For Schools to Stay Open?

It’s still the unanswered question even though the Mayor Emanuel says schools will remain open until the end of the school year.

May Day Protests Take on Anti-Trump Fervor

May 1 has historically been a day of labor rights marches. But this year, groups are protesting a number of different causes, mostly in opposition to the presidency of Donald Trump.

Mayor: CPS to Stay Open Despite Funding Setback

“The kids of the city of Chicago will be in school to the end of the school year. That is where they belong,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday. (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools will stay open until June 22, the end of the regular school year, instead of closing early on June 1. “You will be in school until the end of the school year. We will be here working to find the resources,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

United Reaches Settlement with Passenger Dragged Off Plane

(Raimond Spekking / Wikimedia Commons)

The attorneys for Dr. David Dao have announced an “amicable settlement with United Airlines for the injuries he received in his April 9 ordeal.”

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.