Stories by Paul Caine

Aldermen Discuss New Chicago Police Chief

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel does an end-run around his own civilian police board to appoint a new interim police chief, “Chicago Tonight” asks a panel of aldermen to assess the power of the mayor in a post-Laquan McDonald world.

Blame the Ancestors: Why Neanderthal DNA Can Be Bad For Your Health

| Meredith Francis

A new study shows why Neanderthal DNA can be bad for you. Astronomers capture visual evidence of an exploding star. And sometimes, it’s a bad idea to go to the Internet for help. Rabiah Mayas from the Museum of Science and Industry joins “Chicago Tonight” to examine these stories and more.

Local FBI Chief Addresses Data Collection, Corruption

FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson, who was recently appointed to lead the Chicago office, addresses concerns over data collection by the government, public corruption and the difficulties of policing after the Laquan McDonald shooting.

Local FBI Chief Talks Terror Challenges

In the wake of the attacks in Brussels, the recently appointed Special Agent in Charge for the FBI division in Chicago joins “Chicago Tonight” to discuss the challenges in addressing terrorist threats.

Lego Architect Reaches New Heights With MSI Exhibit

Adam Reed Tucker built a Lego model of the Museum of Science and Industry as its original building: the Palace of Fine Arts. (J.B. Spector / Museum of Science and Industry)

Meet the local man who's a certified Lego professional with a brand new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Peru’s Protected Treasure: Reserve is Key for Conservation

A small nature reserve at a tiny point on the southern coast of Peru is playing a big role in protecting endangered marine and bird species. Learn how the Chicago Zoological Society has been working with the community to engage locals in the conservation effort.

Jim Kirk on the Future of Print Media in Chicago

In an era in which the Internet and social media have completely disrupted long-established business models for the entire print industry, do newspapers anywhere have a long-term future?

Exploring the Science of Addiction

Rising rates of addiction to heroin and prescription drugs have been making headlines across the country. Find out what the latest science is telling us about the nature of addiction.

Hyatt Chief Talks Support for Khan Academy’s Learnstorm

Mark Hoplamazian

Chicago-based hotel and hospitality company Hyatt Hotels Corporation has partnered with online education provider Khan Academy to bring a free and innovative digital learning challenge to Chicago. Joining us to talk about the program is Mark Hoplamazian, CEO and President of Hyatt.

Illinois’ 10th Congressional District Candidates

The two candidates looking for the Democratic nomination in the north suburban 10th Congressional District are here to talk about why they want to challenge Republican incumbent Bob Dold in November.

Loyola University Offers Medical Students Meditation to Combat Stress

| Meredith Francis
(RelaxingMusic / Flickr)

Why Loyola Medical students are being encouraged to learn Transcendental Meditation – and how it could make them better doctors.

Cancer Experts Talk Transformation in Treatment and Care

| Meredith Francis

New discoveries and treatments are transforming the way doctors are fighting cancer. We speak with two specialists about recent developments that may offer hope for many patients.

Who Will Appoint the Next Supreme Court Justice?

| Meredith Francis

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has created new battle lines between the president and Senate Republicans. Is a constitutional crisis on the horizon?

Illinois’ 7th Congressional District Candidates

| Meredith Francis

The latest in our 2016 election forums focuses on the 7th Congressional District contest pitting longtime incumbent Danny Davis against Iraq War veteran Thomas Day.

Eric Weiner Maps 'The Geography of Genius'

Book Explores Locations that Foster Geniuses

Eric Weiner likes to take on big ideas, and he loves to travel. In his new book, "The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley," he explores what it is about certain places in time and space that foster genius.

Detection of Gravitational Waves Stuns, Excites Scientific Community

The collision of two black holes—an event detected for the first time ever by the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory, or LIGO—is seen in this still from a computer simulation. (Credit: SXS)

The detection of gravitational waves first predicted by Albert Einstein is being hailed as one of the most important discoveries of the modern age. Some local scientists who worked on this groundbreaking achievement are here to explain.

Trump, Sanders Emerge Stronger from New Hampshire Primary

Hillary Clinton Looks to Hit Reset Button

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) and Bernie Sanders (Michael Vadon / Flickr)

With Donald Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders winning convincingly in their respective Republican and Democratic primaries on Wednesday, one thing is clear: Voters on both sides of the political spectrum seemingly want little to do with establishment candidates or politics. Our panel of political experts weighs in on the race and where it's headed.

Head of City Council's Independent Budget Office on Chicago's Finances

With the city's finances in a dire state and Mayor Rahm Emanuel looking to borrow billions, “Chicago Tonight” sits down with the head of the City Council's independent budget office, Ben Winick.

City Council Prepares to Vote on Extending Inspector General's Powers

The City Council is expected to vote this week on whether to extend the powers of city Inspector General Joe Ferguson to cover the activities of the City Council itself. More than 30 aldermen are said to be supportive of the measure, but key alderman are trying to dilute the powers that Ferguson may be given. A panel of aldermen tells us what they think will happen.

Chicago Aviation Commissioner on O’Hare Noise, Expansion

| Rebecca Palmore
Ginger Evans

The expansion of O'Hare Airport will move forward with a new runway in an agreement announced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But noise issues and no new terminals leave critics of the plan confounded. The City's Aviation Commissioner is here to explain.

What Went Wrong in Flint?

| Meredith Francis

Michigan Gov. Rick Synder is facing calls to resign over his administration's bungled handling of the contaminated water crisis in Flint. A former high-ranking official at the Environmental Protection Agency tells us what she thinks went wrong.

Calls for Police Accountability Grow

Chicago Tribune Investigation Shows Problem Officers Face Little Discipline

A recent Chicago Tribune investigation revealed that just 1 percent of Chicago police officers are responsible for almost a third of all misconduct lawsuits. Joining “Chicago Tonight” to discuss what it will take to hold police officers truly accountable are Lori Lightfoot and Sergio Acosta.

Field Museum to Unveil Hyena Diorama

Project Nearly 90 Years in the Making

(Courtesy Field Museum)

The onset of the Great Depression stalled a nearly complete diorama project conceived in the 1920s. Emily Graslie, the Field's chief curiosity correspondent, made it her mission to complete it nearly 90 years later. She joins us to discuss the project.

Caltech Scientists Find Evidence of Distant 9th Planet

| Kristen Thometz
This artistic rendering shows the distant view from Planet Nine back towards the sun. The planet is thought to be gaseous, similar to Uranus and Neptune. Hypothetical lightning lights up the night side. (Caltech/R. Hurt/IPAC)

Evidence of a distant ninth planet in our solar system, electronic implants that can monitor brain injury then melt away, and how more sleep may reduce diabetes risk. Rabiah Mayas of the Museum of Science and Industry is back to review some of the hottest stories in the world of science.

Examining North Korea’s Alleged ‘Success in First H-Bomb Test’

| Sean Keenehan
(babeltravel / Flickr)

Earlier this month, North Korea claimed to have successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb as a "self-defense against the U.S." While it was known that the secretive, totalitarian dictatorship had atomic weapons, the assertion to have successfully tested a far more powerful hydrogen bomb has been greeted with skepticism.