Stories by Paris Schutz

Chicagoans Come Together to View Eclipse

Chicagoans from all neighborhoods and walks of life came out of the shadows to fix their appropriately covered eyes on the skies.

Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Comments Draw Harsh Local Reaction

Harsh local reaction Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that “both sides” are to blame for the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal Cook County Soda Tax

More trouble for the Cook County sweetened beverage tax.

Mayor Mum on City Money for CPS

(Courtesy City Club of Chicago)

The city of Chicago will need to come up with an additional $269 million to help Chicago Public Schools make it through the year, according to the schools’ new budget. Where will this additional city money come from?

J.B. Pritzker Selects State Rep. Juliana Stratton as Running Mate

At a rally Thursday, the Democratic candidate for governor introduced his pick for lieutenant governor. “We need real solutions, and that is what J.B. and I will provide,” state Rep. Juliana Stratton said.

Lollapalooza 2017: What is the City of Chicago Getting?

Lollapalooza 2015 (swimfinfan / Flickr)

It has become a rite of summer for hundreds of thousands each year. But beyond the annual intrigue over who will become the next breakout star comes a persistent question from city residents: Is this massive private festival really worth it?

After Soda Tax Suit, Cook County Seeks Damages of $17M

A countermove by Cook County in the fight over the controversial beverage tax. 

Cook County Beverage Tax In Effect

The new sweetened beverage tax is causing confusion and debate among consumers, and demand from industry groups that the tax be repealed. Is it here to stay?

Uninsured Driver? Secretary Of State Wants to Hear From You

Spokesman acknowledges inefficient program to identify those without insurance

If you’re one of the nine million drivers in the state of Illinois, there’s a slight chance you could be driving on suspended license plates and not even know it. 

City Forecasts Smallest Budget Gap in a Decade

Preliminary numbers released Monday show that the city’s financial picture is improving. But is the news all good?

Cook County Judge Tosses Soda Tax Lawsuit

The Cook County penny-per-ounce sugary beverage tax is back, pending an appeal. Friday, Cook County Judge Daniel Kubasiak granted a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the law did not violate the Illinois Constitution. 

City Approves Big Changes to Chicago River’s North Branch District

Big changes are coming to the North Branch of the Chicago River. Why some are up in arms over the plan.

Chicago Expands Gunshot Detecting Technology on South Side

The city is expanding its ShotSpotter program as shootings outpace last year's rate.

Manny’s Deli Celebrates 75 Years

For decades, it’s been the one place in Chicago where you can get a giant serving of corned beef or pastrami, with some juicy political gossip on the side. 

City Settles Red Light Camera Lawsuit for $38.75 Million

The city has settled a massive lawsuit with more than a million drivers and will partially reimburse those tickets. Here’s what you need to know.

Preckwinkle and Dart Spar Over Cook County Layoffs

Why the stalled soda tax has unleashed a war of words between Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart and Board President Toni Preckwinkle.

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios Grilled on Property Tax System

Is the property tax assessment system in Cook County institutionally racist? Assessor Joseph Berrios addressed that question and others before a packed Cook County Board room on Tuesday. 

Massive Overhaul in Governor Rauner’s Administration

The exodus continues in Gov. Bruce Rauner's office as old staff members leave and new ones come in. A look at who’s out, and who’s in.

White Sox Pitcher Jose Quintana Traded to Cubs

(Credit: WGN Sports)

A stunning Windy City Swap: Sox ace pitcher Jose Quintana is being sent about 8 miles north.

Labor Group Buys Chicago Sun-Times

A group of investors led by former Chicago Ald. Edwin Eisendrath has completed its purchase of the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Reader.

Comptroller Susana Mendoza on State Budget

While Illinois residents should expect to see a smaller paycheck in short order, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says it will takes months for the increased revenue to truly buttress state coffers.

Preckwinkle: Cook County Layoffs Coming After Soda Tax Stalled

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced that thousands of layoffs will start next week as an appeals court Monday dealt a blow to the new tax.

State Budget Passes. Now What?

| Amanda Vinicky

The new state budget includes significant cuts and a higher income tax. So now what? We address some lingering questions about the fiscal health of the state—and the city.

Chicago Police ‘Perplexed’ Over Deadly July 4th Weekend

Some 87 people were shot and 15 killed over this year’s four-day holiday weekend, with the lion’s share coming on the Fourth of July.

Judge Blocks Cook County Soda Tax

A new penny-per-ounce sugary drink tax will not take effect in Cook County on Saturday.