Stories by Paris Schutz

Bill Daley Drops Out of IL Governor Race

In a stunning development, Bill Daley has decided he will not run for Illinois governor. Daley, in an interview with the Chicago Tribune, says that his political experience might not have prepared him for the enormity of running for governor.

Alex Clifford Wants His Job Back

Chicago Tonight first learned that Alex Clifford would like his old job back at Metra, and his lawyer says that giving it to him is the only way to undo the controversial severance package that is now estimated to pay him close to $900,000.

Jacksons Sentenced

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. is sentenced to 30 months in prison, and his wife Sandi Jackson is sentenced to 12 months. We have the latest news and analysis. Read an article, view a timeline, and watch web extra videos from our archives.

Web Extra: Metra Board Member Larry Huggins Resigns

The fallout from the Alex Clifford $718,000 severance saga continues. Board member Larry Huggins, appointed by former Mayor Richard M. Daley, has resigned. The news came in a release sent by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's top press aide. Read an article.

Wrigley Plan Faces City Council Committee

The deal to renovate Wrigley Field looks to have finally crossed the plate. A City Council committee unanimously approved the deal Tuesday after some furious late inning, back room negotiations. Read an article and the mayor's statement.

Ald. Moore Responds to News of Ethics Investigation

Rogers Park Ald. Joe Moore, known as a progressive, is responding today to charges of ethical misconduct. A report issued by the city's legislative inspector general concludes an alderman engaged in theft and abuse of authority. Chicago Tonight first reported the story last night on our website and confirmed the alderman in question is the 49th ward's Joe Moore.Read an article.

Reform Ald. Joe Moore Caught in Ethics Probes

Ald. Joe Moore (49th), known as a progressive and reform-minded politician, and for defying former Mayor Richard M. Daley on a host of issues, is facing multiple ethics probes, Chicago Tonight has exclusively learned. Read an article.

2014 Campaign Money Flowing

With Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan opting to stay out of the governor’s race, Gov. Pat Quinn leads the cash dash among the 2014 gubernatorial contenders. Read an article.

Former Metra CEO's Memo Alleges Political Pressure

There are explosive new allegations that the Metra Board ousted CEO Alex Clifford over his refusal to capitulate to patronage demands made by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. We have analysis, and take a closer look at Clifford’s leaked memo that led to his $718,000 severance package – which critics are calling hush money and a waste of taxpayer funds. Read an article.

Wrigley Deal Passes

Residents, Alderman Still Upset

Community groups near Wrigley Field have requested a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about the proposed changes to Wrigley Field, now approved by the City’s Landmarks Commission.

Blackhawks Paint Chicago Red

2 Million Plus Pack Loop to Celebrate Cup

The Loop was a sea of red this morning. Jubilant fans lined the sidewalk along Washington Street, amid the canyon of skyscrapers underneath a bright blue summer sky. Read an article and watch web extra video.

Chicago Landmarks Commission Meets on Wrigley Renovations

The $500 million plan to modernize Wrigley Field got the green light Thursday from the Commission on Chicago Landmarks, despite some objections from Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney.

Sneak Peek at "The 606"

Bloomingdale Trail Gets a New Name

Ground is set to break on a major transformation that will turn an abandoned railway into a three mile-long elevated park. Chicago Tonight has exclusive details about the final plan. Read an article and view a slideshow.

Hillary Clinton in Chicago

Hillary Clinton announces she will join her family’s charitable foundation and champion children’s and women’s issues, as well as economic development. She made the announcement Thursday morning at the Clinton Global Initiative America conference in Chicago. Read an article and watch a live feed for a recap of the event.

Bill Daley Explores Run for IL Governor

Former White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley is officially exploring a run for Illinois governor in 2014. Daley announced Tuesday in a web video that he has formed an exploratory committee for the race. Watch the video and read reaction from other potential gubernatorial candidates.

House Committee Passes "Fracking" Regulations

A bill that paves the way for high-level horizontal fracking in Illinois cleared an important hurdle.

Aldermen Support Parking Meter Changes

Almost half of the Chicago City Council has signed on in support to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s parking meter changes, barely one day after the voluminous amendment was introduced to them.

Exclusive: City Floats Electronic Mini-Billboards to Raise Cash

Digital, interactive billboards may soon be coming to dozens, if not hundreds of pieces of street furniture in some of the most pedestrian-heavy areas of the city.

Drones in Illinois?

Are unmanned flying drones an effective public safety tool for local government or an Orwellian invasion of privacy? Paris Schutz has the story, as the drone debate heats up in Illinois.

Aldermen Taking on Mayoral Oversight

A group of aldermen is calling for tougher oversight over the mayor’s office.

School Board Meeting Held in Midst of Protests

Chicago Public Schools Chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the School Board faced angry parents for the first time since the announcement that 54 schools would close. Paris Schutz has the latest.

The Fuss Over Fracking

Illinois could be sitting at the precipice of a major oil boom, but at what cost? Paris Schutz goes inside the heated debate over the controversial extraction method known as "fracking."

Water Wars

Residents pay for water, but religious leaders say their organizations should not. Paris Schutz has more on why the issue has brought all faiths together.

Jacksons Charged with Misuse of Campaign Funds and Filing False Tax Returns

Former Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. and wife Sandi co-conspired to divert $750,000 in campaign money for personal use, according to an information filed today against the former congressman by the Washington D.C. U.S. Attorney.

Mayor: Gutting of Ethics Bill ‘Reinforces Cynicism’ of City Council

City Council passed much-debated and controversial new ethics rules today by a unanimous vote. Even aldermen who were disappointed at the final, watered-down rules still voted yes.  But the mayor said he didn’t agree with the final outcome.