Stories by Paul Caine

Long-Vacant Michael Reese Site Poised for Development

The city is asking for proposals to develop the former Michael Reese Hospital site, which has sat vacant for nearly a decade. But what’s the best fit for the 50-acre plot?

Civil Rights Icon on America’s Racial Divide, Then and Now

Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With.”

Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon at the age of 6, when she became the first African-American child to attend a previously all-white elementary school in New Orleans. She joins us in discussion.

From Elite Soldier to Anti-Poaching Crusader

Damien Mander (Courtesy of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation)

Meet a former elite soldier from Australia who is now using his special set of skills to combat poaching in Africa.

Rebel Defeat in Aleppo Underscores U.S. Policy Failure

Refugees stream out of Aleppo, Syria. (Courtesy of CNN)

As Aleppo falls to Syrian government forces backed by Russia and Iran, we look at the United States’ role in the conflict and the region.

Behind the Epidemic of Opioid Abuse in the US

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Abuse of opioid-based prescription pain killers, heroin and synthetic substitutes are killing more Americans than ever before. 

Northwestern University Contest Showcases Beauty of Science

While many people may think that art and science have little overlap, an annual competition at Northwestern University proves that groundbreaking research can produce striking images.

Rauner to Sign Controversial Energy Bill as Debate Rages On

A controversial energy bill is set to be signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday. We hear from both sides of the debate over the Future Energy Jobs Bill.

Trump’s Business Entanglements Create Ethics Concerns

How President-elect Donald Trump’s global business empire could create potential conflicts of interest.

Controversial Energy Bill Gaining Support

The so-called Future Energy Jobs Bill would bail out two struggling nuclear plants. Critics say it would amount to the largest rate hike in U.S. history.

Newt Minow Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom

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The last surviving member of the Kennedy administration and former chairman of WTTW received the nation’s highest civilian honor from President Barack Obama on Tuesday.

Lion-Size Toothache: Behind the Scenes at Brookfield Zoo’s Animal Hospital

The animal welfare team at Brookfield Zoo tends to Zenda, a 10-year-old male lion who appeared to have a toothache. (Chicago Tonight)

What happens when a lion gets a toothache? Meet the large and dedicated team that cares for more than 3,000 animals at Brookfield Zoo. 

Exelon Pushes for Rate Hike to Aid Ailing Nuclear Plants

A new bill in Springfield could see Illinois consumers paying higher electricity rates. But with the state already producing more energy than it needs, why are consumers being asked to pay more?

Authors Debate Charles Darwin’s Theories, Work in New Book

Charles Darwin

More than 150 years after Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species," the man and his theories continue to generate controversy and debate. That academic battle plays out in a new book titled "Debating Darwin."

Winners Schneider, Krishnamoorthi to Bridge Bitter Divide in Washington

Two Illinois Democrats on their way to Washington tell us how they plan to work with a Trump administration.

Donald Trump Elected President of the United States

Donald Trump speaks with supporters at a campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona, in June 2016. (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

“To all Republicans and Democrats across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” president-elect Donald Trump said a little before 2 a.m. from his campaign headquarters in New York.

Madigan vs. Rauner in Battle for Control of Springfield

Races for the Illinois General Assembly and the battle for state comptroller are seen as part of the larger power struggle between House Speaker Michael Madigan and Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Cubs Historic Win Unlikely to Boost Broader City Economy

The Cubs victory boosts revenue for the franchise and the bars of Wrigleyville, but beyond the feel-good factor, is there a broader economic benefit for the city?

Forum: 10th Congressional District Candidates

Democrat Brad Schneider and incumbent Republican Bob Dold face off in our candidate forum.

Forum: 8th Congressional District Candidates

Candidates Peter ‘Pete’ DiCianni, left, and Raja Krishnamoorthi.

The two candidates looking to replace Democrat Tammy Duckworth make their case for why they should be elected to represent the 8th Congressional District.

From Elite Soldier to Anti-Poaching Crusader

Damien Mander (Courtesy of the International Anti-Poaching Foundation)

Meet a former elite soldier from Australia who is now using his special set of skills to combat poaching in Africa.

Forum: Cook County State’s Attorney Candidates

The two candidates aiming to replace Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez make their case in our latest candidate forum.

Final Debate a Contentious, Ill-Tempered Affair

Donald Trump refuses to say he whether he will accept the results of the election. PBS “NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins joins us with the latest news from a contentious campaign.

Civil Rights Icon on America’s Racial Divide, Then and Now

Norman Rockwell’s painting “The Problem We All Live With.”

Ruby Bridges became a civil rights icon at the age of 6, when she became the first African-American child to attend a previously all-white elementary school in New Orleans. She joins us in discussion.

Last of Summer Crops Come Out, Winter Planting Begins

It's time to harvest the last of the summer crops in the WTTW garden before the first frost.

Times Are Changing: Bob Dylan Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

(Alberto Cabello / Flickr)

Iconic singer-songerwriter Bob Dylan wins the Nobel Prize in literature. We get reaction to the surprise choice.