Stories by Paris Schutz

City Council Passes Minimum Wage Hike

The minimum wage in Chicago is about to go up. A plan to increase it by about $1 each year for the next five years overwhelmingly passed City Council today, despite objections that it will force jobs out of the city, and threats from business groups that they could still undo today's action.

City Council to Vote on Minimum Wage Hike

| Alexandra Silets

The City Council is poised for a vote on raising the minimum wage this week.

Vote Set for Minimum Wage Hike

Mayor Rahm Emanuel called a special meeting of the City Council for next Tuesday, Dec. 2 to vote on hiking the city minimum wage.

President Touts Immigration Reform in Chicago

| Alexandra Silets

President Obama is in town to promote his executive order on immigration. We take a deeper look at how it impacts Chicago.

Mayoral Candidates File Petitions to Challenge Emanuel

| Yasmin Rammohan

The mayoral candidate field is finally set. Who's in? Who's out? We break it down.

Pension Reform Law Struck Down

Illinois has lost the first round in its attempt to uphold recently enacted changes to the state’s pension law. Sangamon County Court Judge John Belz has found that the pension reform law is unconstitutional and “void in its entirety.” 

Rauner Faces Uphill Battle on Education, Finances

A new report says the state is falling behind in funding its public schools. But with finances a mess, where will incoming governor Bruce Rauner find the money?

City Council Approves Mayor’s 2015 Budget

City of Chicago property taxes will not be going up next year, but a host of other fines and fees will as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2015 budget. City Council approved the budget today by a 46-4 vote.

Springfield Fall Veto Session Kicks Off

Lawmakers head back to Springfield for their fall veto session. But will anything happen on the hot button issues of minimum wage, education funding, and Uber ridesharing before Governor-elect Bruce Rauner takes over?

Funeral Held for Mayor Byrne

Dignitaries and politicians packed the church service for the funeral of former Mayor Jane Byrne.

City Council Debates CPS’ Bond Deals

A debate rages in City Council over whether or not Chicago Public Schools can recover millions lost in toxic bond deals, in light of the Chicago Tribune's investigation. Paris Schutz has the details.

Quinn Concedes, Rauner Elected Governor

The most expensive gubernatorial race in Illinois history is now officially in the books. Gov. Pat Quinn conceded the race that was called late last night for Republican Bruce Rauner. Both the governor and governor-elect have announced transition plans, as multiple probes are opening into the controversy that caused several election judges in Chicago to not show up to their polling places.

Same Day Voter Registration

For the first time, Illinois voters can register and vote on the same day. Chicago Tonight takes a look behind the new law that allows Illinois voters to register to vote on Election Day.

Could Prominent Latino Get in Race For Mayor?

Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is mulling whether or not to take on Rahm Emanuel and run for mayor, according to sources within the Democratic party, and within Chicago’s Latino and progressive communities.

Is Alderman Playing by the Rules?

A top Emanuel ally and chairman of the powerful Committee on Committees, Rules and Ethics on City Council is in hot water with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office. 

Hines Veterans Affairs Scandal

Chicago Tonight takes an exclusive look inside the embattled Hines VA Hospital.

Blase Cupich Introduced as New Archbishop

Saying that he was "well-prepared" for the responsibilities of leading a church of 2.2 million people, Cardinal Francis George introduced his successor, Blase Cupich.

Aldermen Propose Ferguson Police City Council

Is Chicago finally ready for reform? An ordinance to put aldermen under the watch of Inspector General Joe Ferguson gets introduced today.

O’Hare Airport Home to Goats, Llamas, More

Millions of passengers travel through O'Hare every year, but dozens of burros, goats, and llamas call the airport home. Why? Paris Schutz explains.

City Honors Jackie Robinson West

Parade, Rallies Celebrate Team’s Journey

The city celebrates the U.S. Little League champs Jackie Robinson West All-Stars. Paris Schutz has the complete recap of the day's festivities.

Aldermanic Oversight

Bill Would Give Oversight of City Council to Inspector General Joe Ferguson

The City Council’s watchdog says he will run out of money to investigate aldermen within the next two weeks. Paris Schutz has the latest in the ongoing heated debate over who polices aldermen.

Influential Alderman Defends Weakening IG Oversight

Pat O’Connor

40th Ward Alderman Pat O’Connor, the mayor’s City Council floor leader, lashed out today at claims that he passed a bill trying to weaken the city council watchdog’s power to police campaign finance. And he says the timing of the bill, first reported by Chicago Tonight, is not connected to a recently opened probe into possible campaign finance violations O’Connor may have committed. 

Aldermen Grill McCarthy on Crime Stats

Police Superintendent Critical of Media for How it Reports Crime

McCarthy testifies in front of City Council Committee

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says that he believes there is no indication that the department is ‘faking crime stats’ in an effort to artificially give off the perception that crime is lower than it is.

Higher Rates for Municipal Aggregation Program

Hundreds of thousands of city residents have chosen to get their electricity through the municipal aggregation program. But now many of those might want to opt out because of higher rates. Paris Schutz has more.

IL Supreme Court Ruling An Ominous Sign for Pension Reform

Illinois leaders are reacting today to a state Supreme Court ruling that could spell doom for state and city pension fixes. In a 6-1 decision, the court in a separate case deemed cuts to public retiree health benefits unconstitutional.