Stories by Paris Schutz

Illinois Delegate Thrown Out of RNC for Racist Post

An Illinois delegate for Donald Trump had her credentials revoked after Illinois Republican officials determined she was behind a racist Facebook post.

Illinois Delegates Erupt in Anger Over Cruz Speech

Ted Cruz speaks at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday, July 20.

First there was warm applause, then restlessness, then all-out anger and rage. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz began his speech Wednesday by congratulating Donald Trump, but he did not mention the GOP presidential nominee's name again.

A Look Ahead at the Illinois Delegation’s Final Day at Convention

 (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Thursday is the final day of the Republican National Convention. Find out what’s in store for the state’s delegation.  

Downers Grove Teen is Illinois’ Youngest Delegate

Carl Miller, 17, is the youngest delegate from Illinois at the 2016 Republican National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

An interest in politics was a way for 17-year-old Carl Miller and his grandfather, Arthur Siml, to bond. Then it grew into an obsession. Now it has taken them all the way to Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

Congressman: Trump Probably Won't Build Actual Wall

California U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

It is one of the cornerstones of Donald Trump’s campaign platform, but a high-ranking Republican congressman on Wednesday told the Illinois delegation that Trump's promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border amounts to little more than a metaphor.

Illinois Delegation Faces Full Schedule on Wednesday

After a packed night two at the convention that featured keynote speeches from Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the Illinois delegation will be at it again bright and early on Wednesday morning.

Illinois Delegates Cast Nominating Votes for Trump

It’s official: Donald Trump is the Republican nominee for president. Illinois delegates officially cast their ballots for Trump on Tuesday.

Jim Durkin: Trump Could Help Illinois Budget Impasse

Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Republican Illinois House Minority Leader Jim Durkin says he is not in Cleveland to attend the Republican National Convention. Instead, he's here to raise money–gobs of it–with the goal of pouring it into contested House races and chipping away at House Speaker Michael Madigan's Democratic supermajority.

Illinois GOP Congressmen Try to Toe the Line on Trump

U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (Evan Garcia)

If Illinois' Republican congressmen have anything in common, it's that they do not support Hillary Clinton. But when asked who they are going to support instead, there seem to be as many answers as there are seats in Congress.

Trump Campaign Feels Heat Over Melania Trump Speech

Melania Trump delivers a speech Monday at the Republican National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

The controversy over would-be first lady Melania Trump's keynote speech on Monday night at the Republican National Convention was a hot topic at breakfast on Tuesday for the Illinois delegation.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich Offers Different Republican Vision to Illinois GOP

Ohio Gov. John Kasich (Evan Garcia)

After declaring they were in lockstep with Donald Trump, the Illinois Republican delegation spent Monday afternoon and evening with a high-profile Republican who has vowed not to support him.

IL GOP Chair: Illinois in ‘Lockstep’ with Trump

Tim Schneider (Evan Garcia)

Chairman Tim Schneider riled up the crowd of Illinois delegates at a breakfast Monday morning in Cleveland, vowing that Illinois would work to elect Donald Trump in November.

Republican National Convention Gets Underway Amid Fallout from Baton Rouge

Anti-Hillary Clinton protester Bob Kunst, 74, from Miami Beach, Florida, demonstrates outside of the Quicken Loans Arena. (Evan Garcia)

A motley group of Illinois Republicans, including Trump delegates, members of the "Never Trump" movement and elected officeholders who have tried to distance themselves from the Republican nominee are arriving Sunday in Cleveland on the eve of the 2016 Republican National Convention.

IL GOP Hopes for Unity Despite Absences at Republican Convention

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With one of the most divisive presidential primaries in recent memory at an end, Illinois Republican officials are hoping the party comes together next week in Cleveland for the Republican National Convention.

Trump Delegates Sound Off on Republican Convention

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Two supporters of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump weigh in on next week’s Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, where delegates that the candidate has amassed will formally cast a vote for their nominee.

Public Testifies on Police Misconduct Before US Justice Department

Chicago residents sound off about the Chicago Police Department as part of the U.S. Department of Justice probe. A live report from the community forum.

Public Weighs in on IPRA Replacement

The mayor and aldermen have made it clear they are going to abolish the Independent Police Review Authority. But what will it be replaced with? 

Legislators Approve Stopgap Budget

For the first time in a year, there is a state budget, albeit a temporary one. There is also relief for Chicago Public Schools, but with some caveats. Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky joins us with the latest.

Rauner, Madigan, Cullerton Spar on CPS Funding

Senate President John Cullerton speaks to reporters on Tuesday.

The governor and legislative leaders meet on the eve of Wednesday's special session. Was anything resolved on a budget and how much money Chicago Public Schools will receive?

Will Special Session Yield Stopgap Budget, Education Deal?

The state of Illinois is a mere days away from passing the one-year mark without a state budget in place. Could there be a deal reached during a special session scheduled for Wednesday?

Chicago Loses Lucas Museum to California

The multi-episode saga to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront is apparently over. In a statement sent just before noon on Friday, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas himself announced that the ongoing litigation from Friends of the Parks effectively killed off the project.

How Would CPS Bankruptcy Work?

Gov. Bruce Rauner doubles down on his calls for Chicago Public Schools to declare bankruptcy. But how would it work, and could it actually make CPS finances worse?

City Council Tackles the New Economy

After some parliamentary poker games, City Council takes up a watered-down rideshare ordinance and new restrictions on Airbnb rentals. Find out how they voted.

Gov. Rauner: Bankruptcy for CPS Might Be ‘Best Option’

Gov. Bruce Rauner renews talk of possible bankruptcy for Chicago Public Schools. How would it work? That and more in a rare one-on-one interview with the governor.

Disability Advocates Fight for Rideshare Access

A proposed ordinance would require 5 percent of a rideshare company's fleet to be wheelchair accessible, but Uber has its own plans to address accessibility.