Stories by Paris Schutz

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.

When it Comes to Ethics, City Council Wants its Own Set of Rules

A committee of aldermen dealt a blow today to the mayor’s latest attempt at ethics reform aimed in part at strengthening oversight of City Council. 

Chicago Still May Not Be Ready for Reform

Mayor Emanuel Waters Down Ethics Plan in Face of Aldermanic Revolt

An ethics bill that would make it easier for the City Council’s watchdog to investigate aldermen has been watered down in the face of an aldermanic revolt.

IL Rep. Doesn't Pay Rent

A state representative hasn't paid rent on her district office in more than 10 years. So why are some top Democratic party officials trying to keep it that way? Paris Schutz has the story.

Replacing Sandi Jackson

A message to those interested and qualified in being appointed 7th ward alderman: the mayor will start accepting applications online next week.

CTA Control Center

Inside the “Heart” of the Nation’s Second Largest Transit System

How does the CTA keep its trains and buses operating on time? How prepared is it for a major incident like a terrorist attack? We get a rare look inside the transit system's high-tech nerve center.

Tax Implications of Fiscal Cliff Deal

The fiscal cliff is averted, but your tax bill will likely go up. We have more on what the deal means for Illinois taxpayers.

Seize Those Carp!

Dreaded Invaders Found in Chicago Lagoons

The Shedd Aquarium unveils three giant new Bighead Asian Carp. But just where were they caught, and what does it tell us about the battle to keep these invaders away from the Great Lakes? 

Sen. Kirk Makes First Live Appearance, Completes Willis Tower Climb

"Where's the beer?" Those were among the first words uttered by Republican U.S. Senator Mark Kirk after climbing 37 floors of the Willis Tower.  It was Kirk's much-anticipated first appearance in front of the public and reporters since suffering a debilitating stroke on January 21st that left him partially physically impaired.

More Potential Burge Victims Want Justice

More potential victims of torture under convicted former police commander Jon Burge come forward and say they want justice. Paris Schutz has the story.

Exclusive: Absentee Aldermen

When City Council Members Don’t Show Up for the Job

Which Chicago City Council member has missed the most meetings and what does it mean? Paris Schutz has the story.

Indicted Former State Rep’s Campaign Flyer

Oops! To the Derrick Smith campaign’s credit, the flyer came with a thin, white, strip of adhesive paper to cover the glaring typo.

Cook County’s New Approach to Juvenile Detention

Out of the detention center and back into the community. We go inside Cook County’s new “tough love” approach to juvenile justice.

Ryder Cup

It's not the Olympics, but it's close. We see how a small pocket of DuPage County is preparing for an onslaught of fans and international media as the 2012 Ryder Cup kicks off at Medinah Country Club.

Web Extra: Illinois Democrats Crash the Grand Ole' Party

Call it ground zero for the resistance. It’s a small office space in the first floor of a nondescript building -- one block from the security perimeter of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Inside, reporters were packed to the gills as Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and others from the Democratic National Committee held court.