Stories by Paris Schutz

Is Lucas Museum Deal Within Reach?

A rendering of the Lucas Museum. (Courtesy of Lucas Museum of Narrative Art)

Friends of the Parks’ executive director Juanita Irizarry insists the lawsuit is still on, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday he believes an agreement can be reached.

Chicago Reacts to Orlando Mass Shooting

Chicago reacts to the mass shooting in Orlando that left a reported 49 dead. We have the latest as a vigil gets underway in Lakeview.

Parks Group ‘Not Dropping Lawsuit’ Despite Reports

The preservation group Friends of the Parks is denying reports that it will drop a lawsuit against the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art and its quest to build along Chicago’s lakefront.

Fighting Ensues After Springfield Session Cancelled

Amid the war of words between Gov. Bruce Rauner, legislative leaders and Mayor Rahm Emanuel, is there any progress on a budget or school funding to ensure that public schools can open in the fall?

Videos of Potential Police Misconduct Go Public

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The Independent Police Review Authority on Friday released hundreds of videos and other supporting evidence in potential police misconduct cases dating back to 2011.

What Now? Lawmakers Weigh in on Budget Stalemate as it Enters Year 2

Illinois is about to enter a staggering second year without an agreed-upon state budget. We talk with lawmakers about what happens next.

Former Legislative Inspector General to Head Watchdog Organization

The former Chicago City Council watchdog is back on the investigative beat. Faisal Khan, who served as City Council's  Legislative Inspector General, is heading up a new government watchdog organization.

Sources: Exelon to Outline Power Plant Closings in Illinois

A bill to increase utility rates to bail out failing nuclear plants in Illinois failed Tuesday in Springfield. But will the plants now close? "Chicago Tonight" has exclusive new information.

Mayor Emanuel’s Pension Plan Survives Rauner’s Veto

Mayor Rahm Emanuel lauded lawmakers who voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a pension bill that relieves some short-term pressure on city taxpayers. But what does it mean in the long term?

City Treasurer to Mayor Emanuel: Sue Big Banks

In a surprise move, Chicago's City Treasurer Kurt Summers joins the chorus calling on the mayor to sue big banks over controversial swap deals that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars. 

Governor, Republicans Slam Democratic Budget Proposal

Democrats propose a budget that includes hundreds of millions more for Chicago Public Schools. The latest from a heated day in Springfield.

Dick Durbin Responds to Speculation He’ll Run for Governor in 2018

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois did not entirely shoot down rumors that he’s considering a run for governor in 2018, but he did ask those speculating to “cool it” and focus instead on a state budget.

Will Dick Durbin Run for Governor in 2018?

Dick Durbin

It may be the worst-kept political secret in Springfield, and now the chatter has reached fever pitch.

Aldermen Blast Transportation Security Administration

Should O'Hare and Midway do away with the TSA altogether? Some aldermen are calling for the privatization of security screening at Chicago's airports.

TSA to Address Long Lines at O’Hare, Midway

Public officials are blasting the Transportation Security Administration as security lines at Chicago's airports – and airports around the country – have swelled to two- and three-hour wait times. What accounts for the spike, and what happens as the summer travel season approaches?

Mayor Emanuel Decides to Scrap IPRA

Many stakeholders on Monday are saying “the devil’s in the details” before they hail the latest decision by the mayor as a game changer.

Higher Taxes, Big Cuts in Illinois Budget Proposal

The Illinois General Assembly passes funding for social service providers and shares details on what a potential budget agreement would include. We have the latest from Springfield.

Aldermen Propose Taxi Medallion Buyback

(Olivier Aumage / Wikimedia Commons)

A new proposal emerges to help taxicab companies compete with ride-share companies like Uber and Lyft. Why it could cost the city millions, and why one aldermen believes it's worth it.

War Rages Over Wrigley Plaza Plans to Extend Alcohol Sales

There’s more tension between the Chicago Cubs and the Lakeview neighborhood. The latest battle centers on whether the plaza just to the west of the stadium should become, as one alderman characterizes it, the world’s largest beer garden.

Independent Map Group Files Constitutional Amendment for November Ballot

An Illinois constitutional amendment that would create an independent commission to redraw legislative districts every 10 years is one step closer to November’s election ballot. The group Independent Maps delivered petitions with 570,000 signatures to the state capitol in Springfield on Friday. 

Anita Alvarez Calls for Special Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald Case

In a surprise move, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says she wants off the Jason Van Dyke case involving the killing of Laquan McDonald. 

Grand Budget Bargain Progress in Springfield

We have the latest on action from Springfield, including whether or not a secret budget working group has a grand bargain in the works to finally break the budget stalemate.

Deadline Looms to Change Income Tax Law, Legislative Mapping Process

Will Illinois move to a graduated income tax from a flat tax, and will it end the practice of gerrymandering legislative maps? Tuesday marks the deadline in the Illinois General Assembly to pass laws to change these practices.

NFL Draft 2016 Kicks Off in Grant Park

Legions of football fans descend on Chicago for the second year in a row. Is the massive event worth the headache – and will it be back next year?

Dennis Hastert Sentenced to 15 Months in Prison, Admits to Sexual Abuse

Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni shows Judge Thomas Durkin pronouncing the sentence upon Dennis Hastert.

Dennis Hastert has gone from being the longest-serving Republican U.S. House Speaker to the highest-ranking federal public official to go to jail. He was sentenced Wednesday to 15 months in prison and to two years of supervised release, and ordered to pay $250,000.