Stories by Paris Schutz

Web Extra: Bleary-Eyed Reporters

If you tune to local convention coverage featuring dispatches from your favorite television political reporters (and your humble servant as well), you may notice something tonight: bloodshot eyes. You see, sleep was a bit hard to come by last night. Is it because we were out late into the night perusing the various after-hours fundraisers? Not exactly. Is it because we decided to jump off the grid, head to the famous Ybor City district and enjoy the fruits of Tampa's nightlife? Ahh, no.

Web Extra: Gambling Veto Reaction from Tampa

As Republicans finished their official events this morning, word spread that Gov. Pat Quinn had vetoed the gambling bill outright. Some of the Republican lawmakers we spoke with this morning had supported the bill, others had opposed, but all seemed united in criticizing the way the governor handled the veto.

Web Extra: Breaking the Ice with the Illinois Republicans

Members of the Illinois delegation wandered through the lobby of the Sheraton Sand Key Resort in steamy Tampa today, and were treated to a magnificent ice sculpture of the capitol - the site of many meltdowns.

Anyone Have a Raincoat?

Paris Schutz Heads to Republican National Convention

Chicago Tonight's Paris Schutz gears up to attend the Republican National Convention next week.

Web Extra: Capitol Pension Paralysis

After historic expulsion vote, the Illinois General Assembly fails to deliver on pension reform during the special session. Paris Schutz reports from Springfield.


Exclusive: Ald. Burke Says Yes to Watchdog’s Request for Records

Powerful alderman ‘intends to cooperate fully’

Chicago City Council's watchdog says he will "immediately" investigate records controlled by Ald. Ed Burke.

City’s Financial Forecast

The mayor says he’s cut the city’s budget deficit in half. It’s the one piece of positive news in an otherwise ominous financial forecast. Are tax hikes and spending cuts inevitable? We take a look.


Exclusive: City Council Watchdog Looks at Top Alderman

City Council's recently appointed watchdog is looking at Chicago's most powerful alderman, and is investigating 20 more aldermen or aldermanic staff members for potential wrongdoing. We have the exclusive details.


Chicago Clean Energy Project

Chicago's final two coal plants are closing. So why did the state quietly pass a bill allowing a new coal plant to open in the city? Paris Schutz has the story.


Controversial Plastic Bags Bill Hits Quinn's Desk

A young girl begs Gov. Pat Quinn to "sack" a controversial bill that would prevent towns from getting rid of plastic bags. Paris Schutz has the story.


New Chicago Cab Ordinance

Should customers pay higher cab fares? Paris Schutz has more on the growing debate.


Illinois Leaders Meet on Pension Reform

The clock is ticking while a pension reform deal is fading. Paris Schutz has the latest.


NATO Street Closures

The Secret Service's plan will close down Museum Campus, and parts of Lake Shore Drive, during the NATO summit.

NATO Museum Closures

All three museums on Museum Campus will be closed Sunday May 20 during the NATO summit, according to staff members at the museums. 

CTA Rehab

Chances are, if you've ridden the CTA in the Loop, you're traveling over tracks that are pushing 100 years old. Paris Schutz has more on a major planned facelift to get the elevated tracks up to speed. 


Taxi Ordinance

Need to catch a cab? The city hopes a new ordinance will ensure you have a safe driver and a modern, fuel-efficient vehicle. But some say the upgrades will be especially taxing on drivers. Paris Schutz has the story.


Old Town School of Folk Music

It's a big song and dance today for a brand new $17 million building for the Old Town School of Folk Music. We take a look inside, and see why the mayor and other local officials are singing its praises.


Oxygen Therapy

Oxygen is being used to treat sports injuries, diabetics, and cancer patients. Is it the new wonder drug or a bit of hot air? Paris Schutz has the story.


Eavesdropping Law

Ever think of pressing record on that Blackberry or smartphone? Thanks to an obscure state law, you could be committing a felony, punishable by several years in prison. Paris Schutz has the story.


Soldier Field & The Cell

Taxpayers May Owe for Reconstruction

U.S. Cellular Field

City taxpayers may not owe $1.1 million for Soldier Field and U.S Cellular Field reconstruction -- this year. But, Paris Schutz has more on why taxpayers may owe far more in the future.


Electronic Monitoring

Electronic ankle bracelet. Courtesy of WORLD Law Direct.

Reducing the Cook County jail population by putting more inmates on home monitoring...but who is the county letting out? Paris Schutz reports.


Falling into Place

Confluence of Conditions Creates Spectacular Chicago Autumn

Staghorn Sumac. Image credit: The Morton Arboretum

Autumn colors are especially spectacular this fall. We tell you why and how long this peak season will last.


Clarke House Museum

Chicago Landmark Turns 175

Clarke House Museum

It's a landmark date for Chicago's oldest house. How old is it and where might you find it? Paris Schutz has the story.


Faith, Politics, and… Parking

Logan Square at Nexus of ‘Holy’ Battle

A city ordinance allows free parking during certain hours in a neighborhood with heavy traffic. We find out how that has pitted neighbor against neighbor, and even residents against churches.


Garfield Park Conservatory

Cleanup Underway After Hail Storm

Image Credit: Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance.

More than two months after a devastating hail storm took out its glass roof, Paris Schutz has the story on how Garfield Park Conservatory plans to put it all back together before winter arrives.