Stories by Paris Schutz

List of Top 200 Pension Earners Shows Potential for Big Payouts

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A taxpayer watchdog group releases a list of the top 200 pension earners in Chicago, and all of them make more than six figures annually. But are high benefits the only reason Chicago taxpayers are drowning in red ink?

Rohingya Flee Myanmar, Find New Life in Chicago

The U.N. says they are the most persecuted ethnic group in the world. As they flee Southeast Asia, Chicago has become home to the largest population of Rohingya Muslims in the U.S.

State Rep. Jeanne Ives Calls for Repeal of Sanctuary State Law

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s Republican primary opponent is calling on him to repeal a law that gives undocumented immigrants sanctuary status in Illinois. 

Van Dyke Attorneys Want Reporter to Reveal Sources

“I’m a writer, a journalist,” said Jamie Kalven in court Wednesday. (Courtesy of WGN)

Should Jamie Kalven, the reporter who broke the story of the Laquan McDonald shooting, be forced, under oath, to reveal his sources? 

National Review Dubs Rauner ‘Worst Republican Governor in America’

Gov. Bruce Rauner discusses school funding reform in August on “Chicago Tonight.”

A leading national conservative publication gives a scathing title to Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner. Get details on that and other political news of the day.

High-Speed O’Hare Airport Service Barrels Forward

How would you like to whisk from the Loop to O’Hare International Airport in under 20 minutes? Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the idea is one giant step closer to reality.

Opioid Epidemic Hits Cook County Jail

While the overall population in Cook County Jail is on the decline, one group of detainees is growing: opioid addicts.

Rep. Luis Gutierrez’s Retirement Shakes Up Political Scene

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez speaks to “Chicago Tonight” on Tuesday, Nov. 28.

It’s a political earthquake that is reverberating across multiple layers of government: Longtime U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez says he will not seek another term. 

City, County Overwhelmingly Approve 2018 Budgets

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Chicagoans will soon be paying a little more for ride-sharing services and for big concerts at places like the United Center and Wrigley Field. But with the soda tax long gone, what is the fate of county jobs?

Roskam on GOP Tax Bill: ‘Best Way to Grow Economy’

Illinois Republican Congressman Peter Roskam says that criticisms of the recently passed House GOP tax cut bill are “hyperbole.”

Cook County Proposes Nearly 600 Layoffs in Lieu of Soda Tax

With the penny-per-ounce pop tax fizzled out, new plans to come up with the $200 million Cook County says it needs.

Ride-Sharing Fees, Amusement Tax Advance in City Council

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The City Council on Monday advanced the mayor’s 2018 budget proposal, but not without some trepidation from aldermen.

Chance the Rapper Scolds Chicago City Council

Chance the Rapper addresses City Council on Wednesday.

Grammy winner and Chicago native Chance the Rapper showed up at Wednesday’s City Council meeting to give aldermen—and Mayor Rahm Emanuel—a piece of his mind.

Mayor Weighs in on Alderman’s Association With President Trump

It’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city of Chicago vs. Ald. Ed Burke and President Donald Trump, so to speak.

Proposed Legislation Targets Illinois Gun Retailers

President Donald Trump again says Chicago has the nation’s toughest gun laws. While that’s not true, local prosecutors and gun control advocates say it’s because of holes in the law that getting a gun here is so easy. Lawmakers are now considering tighter regulations in Illinois.

Local News Site DNAinfo Shuts Down

The local news websites DNAinfo Chicago and Chicagoist on Thursday ceased publication and abruptly shut down. 

Joe Biden Sounds Alarm on Trump and Russia in Chicago Speech

Former Vice President Joe Biden weighs in on the current state of affairs and on the threat posed by Russia during a speech in Chicago. Is he laying the groundwork for 2020?

Former President Obama Kicks Off ‘Big Brainstorming Session’ in Chicago

Former President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are back home in Chicago to launch the inaugural Obama Foundation Summit. 

Hillary Clinton Visits Chicago Amid Mueller Indictments

At a book signing in Winnetka, the former Democratic presidential candidate was asked for her response to Robert Mueller’s investigation. “I have a great chapter about Russia in here,” she said, holding up her book.

Tom Dart, Kim Foxx Warn County Against Steep Budget Cuts

With the repeal of the soda tax, Cook County officials are now searching for ways to erase a $200 million shortfall in next year’s county budget. 

Sources Say Amazon Incentives in the Ballpark of $2 Billion

Chicago, Cook County and Illinois government are willing to shell out an incentive package worth around $2 billion in order to lure Amazon, according to two sources close to the bid process. 

Cubs Season Ends With Humiliating NLCS Defeat

It was a merciless ending to a rough NLCS rematch against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who now advance to the World Series for the first time since 1988 after a 11-1 Game 5 victory. 

Fee Hikes, New Spending in 2018 City Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city finances are finally “back on track” after years of fiscal uncertainty and poor credit ratings. But does the claim hold true? 

Cubs Look to Get Hot at Home in NLCS Game 3

Down 0-2 to the Dodgers in the National League Championship series, the Cubs hope playing at the Friendly Confines will turn the team’s fortunes around.

Mayor Promises Tax Relief for Homeowners in 2018 City Budget Proposal

Some fee hikes and tax relief in the upcoming city budget. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising tax relief for homeowners as part of his 2018 city budget proposal.