Stories by Paul Caine

Cook County to Release Findings of Independent Review of Assessment Process

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios says that he will release the findings of an independent review of the county's property tax assessment system.

Preckwinkle Expects 2018 County Budget to be Nearly $100M Short

Cook County is projecting a budget shortfall of $97.6 million. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to discuss county finances, health care and the controversial soda tax.

Trump Administration in Foreign Territory as Global Crises Mount

The list of foreign policy issues in President Donald Trump’s inbox seems to be growing by the day.

New Book Unearths Role, Influence of Museum Curators

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Field Museum, and the role and influence of the curators that put the Field's incredible collection together.

Fermilab Celebrates 50 Years of Scientific Discovery

Herman White has been working at Fermilab for more than 40 years.

Since 1967, a laboratory just outside Chicago has been pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. We go for a look.

‘Shattered’ the Inside Story of What Sunk Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

It was arguably the biggest political upset in American history. Political journalist Jonathan Allen joins us with his insight and to discuss the book he co-authored, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”

‘Love, Africa’ Details Beauty, Danger of Conflicted Continent

Jeffrey Gettleman was born and raised in Evanston, but a trip to Kenya when he was 18 years old changed the trajectory of his life.

Tribune: Cook County Property Assessments ‘Fundamentally Flawed’

An extensive Chicago Tribune investigation claims the county’s property tax system favors the rich over the poor. The Tribune reporter and a representative from the Cook County Assessor’s Office join us in discussion.

Joe Ferguson Says Cash-Strapped City Could Save Millions

With collective bargaining agreements covering more than 90 percent of city workers set to expire this year, a new report from the inspector general highlights millions in potential savings.

Collapse of Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Trigger Rapid Sea Level Rise

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New research from climate scientists suggests that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could melt far more quickly than was previously thought.

‘Unbroken Glass’ A Personal Journey for Local Filmmaker

When he was just 6 years old, Dinesh Sabu lost both of his parents. His documentary, “Unbroken Glass,” delves into his family history and how the trauma of loss shaped his own life and that of his siblings. 

Chicago Sun-Times Editor: A Deal With Tronc ‘Made the Most Sense’

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The Chicago Sun-Times is up for sale and its chief rival has agreed to buy it. We hear from the editors of both newspapers.

Cook County Jail Settles Hundreds of Lawsuits

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Cook County has approved hundreds of low-dollar legal settlements in connection with conditions at the Cook County Jail.

Democrats Call for Special Prosecutor After FBI’s Comey Fired

A retired former FBI supervisor and two former assistant U.S. attorneys share their reactions to the ouster of FBI Director James Comey.

Can Swearing Make You Stronger?

Rabiah Mayas returns to review some of the latest, breaking stories from the world of science.

Blair Kamin’s First Impressions of the Obama Library Plans

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Chicagoans got their first look Wednesday at plans for the Obama Presidential Center. Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin gives us his first impressions.

Late State Payments Could Cost Medicaid Patients Access to Health Care

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More than two dozen health care providers are threatening to stop caring for poor patients unless the state pays its Medicaid bills. We talk with the reporter who broke the story. 

Poet Laureate on the Power of Poetry and Working with CPS

Juan Felipe Herrera

For the past year, Juan Felipe Herrera has been working with dozens of Chicago Public School teachers to bring his passion for poetry to thousands of ninth-grade students.

North Korean Missile Test, Military Exercises Have Region on Edge

“We have to look at North Korea as if Kim Jong-un will do what he says,” said Adm. Harry Harris.

Could heightened tension on the Korean Peninsula lead to a confrontation with North Korea?

How Gubernatorial Candidate Alex Paterakis Plans to Revive the State

A long-shot candidate for governor tells us why he thinks he’s got what it takes to lead the state.

Scott Simon’s ‘Love Story’ with Chicago Cubs

NPR host Scott Simon on his lifelong love for the Chicago Cubs and what that World Series win meant to him.

Rep. Randy Hultgren on Trump’s Foreign and Domestic Challenges

As President Donald Trump rediscovers the value of NATO we sit down with U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren to talk about the president’s foreign and domestic agenda.

Gorsuch Sworn in as Supreme Court Justice 14 Months After Scalia’s Death

After a hyper-partisan confirmation process and a change to the filibuster rule in the Senate, Judge Neil Gorsuch was sworn in Monday by Justice Anthony Kennedy – the judge for whom he once served as a clerk.

Global Affairs Take Center Stage as Trump Welcomes Chinese President

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Some major policy decisions for the Trump administration as global events heat up.

Head of Police Board Says Consent Decree Now ‘Unlikely’

The prospects for police reform without a consent decree from the Justice Department.