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Stories by Alexandra Silets

Looking Back at Republican, Democratic Conventions for Insight Ahead

The fallout continues from the political conventions. We hear from several reporters who spent two weeks on the ground at both the Republican and Democratic conventions.

The Week in Review: GOP Convention Highlights Fractured Party

The two top editors from the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times share their thoughts on the Republican National Convention. A modest tax rebate is coming to Chicago property owners. And the Cubs get back to their winning ways. Join Eddie Arruza and guests for these stories and more.

Building Bridges Between Community and Police

Where do law enforcement and the communities they're sworn to serve start to heal and end years – if not decades – of suspicion, antagonism and violence? We look at solutions to end the mistrust and contentious relations between minority communities and law enforcement.   

After Financial Losses, Illinois Obamacare Provider Goes Under

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer reports on the closure of an Illinois Obamacare provider, vacancies in the Trump Tower and Lake Forest's stagnate real estate market. 

#StopThePop Campaign Targets Additions to Historic Bungalows

A social media campaign calls on developers to halt second-story additions to Chicago’s bungalows.

The Week in Review: Deadly Shootings in Dallas

Five police officers are gunned down at a Dallas protest. In Chicago, debates over police oversight continue. The Chicago Bulls land Dwayne Wade. And Abner Mikva is remembered. Joel Weisman and guests discuss these stories and more.

‘Gates of Harvard Yard’ Reveals Chicago Connection

The array of wrought iron atop Johnston Gate includes a wreath-adorned cross that symbolizes Harvard’s early commitment to training ministers as well as numerals denoting the year of the university’s founding, 1636. Above “1636”is a small shield displaying the year of the gate’s completion, 1889. (Credit: Ralph Lieberman)

Blair Kamin, Pulitzer prize-winning architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, talks about the architectural artistry of Harvard Yard and his new book on the subject.

Crain’s Roundup: Book a Hotel to Get ‘Hamilton’ Tickets

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer reports on a less conventional way to get those hot “Hamilton” tickets, the newest bank acquisitions in town and changes to the clothing startup Trunk Club.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Access Law, Deadlocks on Immigration

The Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion restrictions. Former Supreme Court clerks highlight the term's other blockbuster cases.

Crain’s Roundup: United’s Turbulent Year, Egg McMuffin’s Ingredient Change

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer reports on United Airlines' efforts to quell 12 months of turbulence. McDonald's switches the Egg McMuffin’s margarine to butter with its new nimble approach. And there’s a possible front-runner to buy the iconic Tribune Tower.  

Local Psychology Professor Asks, What Makes Donald Trump Tick?

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

A psychologist takes a deep dive into the mind of Donald Trump to create a psychological portrait of the presumptive GOP nominee and his possible presidency.

After Orlando, Renewed Effort to Limit Sale of Assault Rifles

Assault rifles (Jan Hrdonka via Wikimedia Commons)

The debate rages on over the sale of assault weapons like the one used in the Orlando massacre. We talk with Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg about his experience trying to buy that kind of assault rifle.

Gov. Rauner to Lawmakers: ‘Please Come Back to Springfield’

Lawmakers were supposed to be in Springfield on Wednesday, but House Speaker Michael Madigan canceled the session in spite of his pledge to work through the summer. 

Chicago Theater Community Says ‘Not in Our House’ to Sexual Harassment

Laura Fisher

Actors and other theater professionals have banded together in Chicago to fight sexual harassment. We meet one of the founders of the advocacy group Not In Our House.

The Week in Review: Sen. Mark Kirk Dumps Donald Trump

U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk dumps presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Former Gov. Jim Edgar urges civility and compromise in Springfield. Mayor Rahm Emanuel looks for property tax rebates. And the Cubs soar as the Sox sink.

Budget Cuts End Residential Care at Maryville Academy

Maryville Academy started nearly 133 years ago as an orphanage, but as a result of major cuts in funding, the agency announced it will no longer house children. We speak with Maryville's executive director about the changes and organization's new direction.

Crain’s Roundup: Are Robots the Future of the Fast-Food Industry?

An Elgin company hopes robots will be the future of the fast-food industry. Will online beer sales be the next frontier for e-commerce? Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer brings us these stories and more.

Crain’s Roundup: Cubs, Sox, Blackhawks Court Corporate Clients

(2013 Ron Vesely / Chicago White Sox)

Chicago sports teams are turning to their heroes of the past to boost the team brands, and a billionaire biotech pioneer wants to revive print newspapers, and he's putting his money on Tribune Publishing. Crain's Chicago Business has the story.

Illinois Fiscal Watchdog Under Investigation for Campaign Spending

Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino

The state's fiscal watchdog, Illinois Auditor General Frank Mautino, is under federal investigation. Meet the citizen watchdogs who broke the story.

Will Americans Digest New Nutrition Labels?

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The Food and Drug Administration announced its first major change to food nutrition labels since the early 1990s. Will the new information about sugar, calories and serving sizes help people with their diets, or do most people ignore food labels? 

Crain’s Roundup: Tribune Tower Condos, Holy Name Parking Lot

(Eden, Janine and Jim / Flickr)

Will you be able to own a piece of the Tribune Tower? Crain's Chicago Business has the story.

High-Flying, Bright Ideas to Boost Chicago Tourism

Meet two men who think gondolas and lights will give a significant boost to Chicago tourism.

End of Session Brings Renewed Hope, Doubt for Budget Compromise

Are lawmakers any closer to a budget agreement? We speak with two legislators about the progress in Springfield.

Crain’s Roundup: Peoples Gas’ $18.5M Settlement, Shrinking Sears

Crain’s Chicago Business managing editor Ann Dwyer brings us the latest on a Peoples Gas settlement for misleading consumers, a new size strategy for Sears and an update on plans for a South Side trauma center.

Success of Airbnb Prompts Talk of Regulation, Taxes in Chicago


Should there be more regulation for Chicago vacation rentals like Airbnb?  A look at both sides of the issue.