Stories by Paris Schutz

Exelon Slims Down Massive Energy Bill

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Will there be a radical change in how consumers pay electricity bills in Illinois? 

Cook County Approves Soda Tax

The ordinance passed by a slim 9-8 vote, with Board President Toni Preckwinkle casting the deciding vote.

How Trump Presidency Affects Chicago

As protesters hit the streets Wednesday evening, we assess what Donald Trump’s coming presidency means for Chicago, and why Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he doesn’t expect Trump will punish the city.

Duckworth Defeats Kirk in Heated US Senate Race

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“Tonight, we showed a campaign that respects voters and is focused on practical solutions rather than shopworn slogans can be successful,” Duckworth said during her victory speech.

Most State Government Offices Closed on Election Day

A sign at the Chicago North Secretary of State Facility, located at 5401 N. Elston Ave., announces the office is closed until Wednesday. (Paris Schutz / Chicago Tonight)

All Illinois Secretary of State offices and most other state government agencies are closed Tuesday, as Illinois recognizes Election Day as one of 13 paid holidays that workers receive throughout the year. 

Referenda on Transportation Funding, Government Merger on Ballot

How voters in Cook County and Illinois get to decide on more than just candidates in Tuesday's election. The skinny on two binding ballot referenda that voters must decide on.

Cubs Fans Celebrate Win for the Ages

The Cubs win the World Series in a dramatic Game 7 that will go down as a legendary moment in Chicago sports history. We have a full recap and reaction from fans and the Cubs’ top brass.

What’s in Store for Wrigley Field Hotel, Plaza

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts talks about hiring Theo Epstein to run the baseball operations, and tells us what's in store for the Wrigley Field hotel and plaza.

Holy Cow! Cubs Win the World Series!

In almost poetic fashion, it took the Cubs extra innings to vanquish a 108-year drought. At times on this historic night, it seemed like the team would succumb to its snakebit history.

Cubs Play World Series Game 7 for the Ages

Hollywood couldn’t have conceived of a more dramatic script: The World Series. Game 7. A 3-1 game deficit, and then, an amazing comeback to tie it up 3-3. Two young, energetic and dominant teams with stellar managers.

Mental Health Triage Center Opens as Alternative to Jail

Instead of getting arrested by Chicago police, some offenders will be diverted to a new mental health triage center on the South Side. Why city and county officials hope it helps keep people out of jail.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts Talks World Series

We check in with Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts on the eve of the first World Series game at Wrigley Field since 1945. Plus: the latest on Kyle Schwarber and parking restrictions around the ballpark.

Aldermen Gripe About Lost Cubs Tickets

Aldermen are none too happy about the new ethics rules prohibiting them from purchasing face value World Series tickets. More on that and what security measures are being taken for this weekend.

Groups Look to End Monetary Bail in Cook County

Should the practice of assigning bail to defendants go away? Why a growing group of stakeholders and public officials say most defendants should simply be let out for free.

Are City Employees Abusing Medical Leave?

Nearly half of 911 dispatchers are taking sick leave on a day-to-day basis. We examine why that's happening and how much it may be costing taxpayers in overtime costs.

Human Service Backlog Leaves Mentally Ill Sitting in Jail

Twenty Cook County defendants deemed unfit to stand trial are to be placed in a mental health facility. So why are they sitting in jail instead?

Local Officials Scoff at Trump’s Claims of ‘Rigged Election’

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

How difficult is large-scale voter fraud, and how are Illinois officials assuring the integrity of the upcoming election?

Michael Madigan: The Movie

A new documentary about Michael Madigan is playing now in select theaters. What it reveals about the powerful House speaker, and who is behind it.

Cubs Beat Giants, Head to National League Championship Series

The Chicago Cubs celebrate Tuesday’s win over the San Francisco Giants as the team heads to the National League Championship Series for the second straight season. (Chicago Cubs / Facebook)

A thrilling ninth-inning rally clinches the NL Division Series for the Cubs. Looking at just how they did it–and what lies ahead.

Mayor Presents Budget ‘Unlike Any Other’

Is the fiscal tide finally turning for Chicago? The mayor lays out the coming year's spending plan.

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to be Elevated to Cardinal

Archbishop Blase Cupich is going to Rome, where he’ll be elevated to cardinal in a special ceremony next month. 

In Chicago, Gary Johnson Defends Foreign Policy ‘Gaffes’

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said Friday at an event at the University of Chicago that despite his recent blunders on foreign policy, he is the preferred candidate among men and women in the armed forces.

COPA Passes City Council

It's official: The Independent Police Review Authority will now become the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA. We'll tell you what the next steps are in the process to reform police oversight, and what action City Council is proposing against Donald Trump.

COPA Gets City Council Vote

Who will police the Chicago police? Plans to clean house and overhaul the police accountability process face a crucial City Council vote.

Duckworth, Kirk Face Off in 1st Senate Debate

Illinois' U.S. Senate candidates, incumbent Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Tammy Duckworth, square off in a debate for the first time. Why it may be their last.