Stories by Paul Caine

Argonne National Lab Celebrates 70 Years of Cutting-Edge Research

Since its creation in 1946, Argonne National Laboratory has been at the forefront of scientific research. Lab director Peter Littlewood joins us to discuss 70 years of scientific discovery.

CPS to Hold Meetings on Lead Levels in Water

With more and more Chicago schools being found to have elevated levels of lead in their water, some Chicago aldermen are now calling for public hearings on the issue.

Global Show of Support for LGBTQ Community After Orlando Club Attack

| Rebecca Palmore

Members of Chicago's Muslim and LGBTQ communities are grappling with the fallout from Sunday's attack at Pulse, a popular gay nightclub in Orlando that left a reported 49 dead and 53 injured. We speak with a local Muslim interfaith youth leader and a former employee of Pulse.

Mayor Emanuel on CPS Uncertainty, CPD Challenges

“Illinois must meet its primary function” of funding education, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said during an interview with Paris Schutz. Hear the full conversation.

What Questions Do You Have for Mayor Emanuel?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on "Chicago Tonight" in March 2016.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins “Chicago Tonight” for a one-on-one interview with Paris Schutz on Tuesday. What are your questions for the mayor? Share them with us.

Rise of the Far Right a Concern in America, Abroad

The rise of far right wing groups in Europe and the United States: What's fueling their popularity?

Despite Failure, Cullerton Optimistic About Temporary Budget Deal

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner blasts Democrats for failing to pass a budget before the end of the spring legislative session. Where does Illinois go from here?

Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria a Concern for Doctors, Experts

Scanning electron micrograph of a human neutrophil ingesting MRSA (Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Health care experts have long warned that the effectiveness of antibiotics has been declining due to overprescription by doctors and also because of the use of antibiotics in raising livestock for human consumption.

Study: Some People ‘Hardwired’ for Chronic Pain

What our age may or may not say about our health, why some people may be “hardwired” to experience chronic pain, and a possible explanation for the ice geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Rabiah Mayas joins “Chicago Tonight” to examine these stories and more. 

Turning Wastewater into Fertilizer, MWRD Plant Battles Nutrient Pollution

(Courtesy Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago)

A brand new water treatment facility that takes wastewater and creates high-grade fertilizer comes online for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Stickney.

CPS Braces for Cuts as Education Funding Reform Stalls

Chicago Public Schools is bracing to implement devastating budget cuts of as much as 25 percent, blaming what they say is a state school-funding formula that shortchanges Chicago children. So, is there any prospect of movement on the issue in Springfield?

Puerto Rico Sending Addicts to Chicago

Why is Puerto Rico sending addicts from the island to Chicago? WBEZ reporter Odette Yousef explains the story.

Cook County Court to Try New Approach to Justice

The Circuit Court of Cook County is creating a restorative justice community court that aims to empower victims and residents to help rehabilitate nonviolent adult offenders. The pilot program is expected to begin in early 2017 in North Lawndale.

Chicago Science Fest Highlights Groundbreaking Local Research

Chicago Science Festival 2015. (Monica Metzler / Illinois Science Council)

The second annual festival promises a treat for the scientifically curious, whether your interests lie in psychology and neuroscience or Chicago's urban wildlife and HBO's popular "Game of Thrones" series.

Bruising Battle Over Lucas Museum Site Continues

Friends of the Parks has made some powerful enemies in maintaining its opposition to any lakefront site for the Lucas Museum. Is it worth losing the museum in order to maintain the sanctity of the lakefront?

Push for Education Funding Reform as Budget Impasse Nears 1-Year Mark

A vote this week in the Illinois Senate could determine whether poorer school districts like Chicago Public Schools get more state money. But top Republicans say it’s a nonstarter because more affluent suburban school districts would lose money as a result. 

Has Friends of the Parks’ Opposition Cost Chicago the Lucas Museum?

After Friends of the Parks declared its opposition to any lakefront site for the Lucas Museum, Mellody Hobson, wife of movie mogul George Lucas and board member of the Lucas Museum, said they were “seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago.” 

Ald. Burke's Law Firm Helps Trump Trim $11.7M Off Property Taxes

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) and Ald. Ed Burke

Donald Trump has racked up a number of victories in his presidential bid, but he's also been a big winner in Chicago. Hear from the Sun-Times reporters who've uncovered Trump's big tax breaks thanks to Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward).

Dennis Hastert Case Renews Questions About Nature of Sexual Predators

Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni shows Dennis Hastert standing with the aid of a walker while U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin asks him questions about molestation.

In court, Dennis Hastert admitted to being a sexual abuser. We hear from some professionals who treat victims of sexual predators about detecting the signs of child sexual abuse.

For Expectant Mother, Possible Exposure to Zika a Terrifying Ordeal

| Kristen Thometz

The Zika virus has been shown to cause microcephaly and other fetal brain abnormalities. We talk with a local woman, pregnant with her first child, who has been dealing with the terrifying possibility that she and her unborn child may have been exposed to the virus.

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa Talks Politics, Immigration

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa

The country of Ecuador is recovering from a massive earthquake that hit on Saturday, leaving 350 people dead and thousands homeless. Last Thursday, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa joined “Chicago Tonight” to talk about the South American nation that straddles the equator.

Complaints of ‘Rigged’ Delegate System Follow Trump Loss in Colorado

As Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump blasts the delegate-selection process, we take a look at how it works on both sides of the aisle.

Climate Disruption and the Path to a Sustainable Future

A recent report from the Obama administration warned that changes to the climate could lead to thousands more Americans dying prematurely every year from a variety of causes. Local scientist and professor Seth Darling discusses the challenges of climate disruption and shares his thoughts on creating a path to a sustainable future.

Democrats Propose New School Funding Formula

State Sen. Andy Manar plans to introduce a new school funding formula bill on the floor of the Illinois Senate on Wednesday. The bill, if passed, would shift money from wealthier districts to poorer districts—with cuts to wealthier districts being phased in over four years.