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Stories by Evan Garcia

2018 Primary: 6 Congressional Districts to Watch

It’s a tumultuous election cycle across the nation as Americans wait to see how President Donald Trump’s policies may impact local races. Six congressional primary races to watch.

Political Reporters on the Illinois Primary Races to Watch

(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Voters across the state are heading to the polls. Three political reporters give us their takes on noteworthy primary races.

4th Congressional District Forum: Gonzalez, Flores, Garcia

Democrats Richard Gonzalez, Sol Flores and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez. What solutions do they envision for problems impacting this predominantly Hispanic district?

Photos: Joe Biden Discusses Income Inequality at Northwestern

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Northwestern University on March 9. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Amid increasing speculation over a possible run for president in 2020, the former vice president delivered a speech Friday at Northwestern University. See photos from the event.

Conservationist Flies All Over the World to Save Cranes

A whooping crane family (Klaus Nigge / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Flickr)

Bird experts from around the world are flocking to a Chicago Audubon Society event in Chicago this weekend. We speak with conservationist George Archibald, who delivers the keynote speech at event.

Cook County Board President Forum: Toni Preckwinkle, Bob Fioretti

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former Ald. Bob Fioretti appear on “Chicago Tonight” in October and November 2017, respectively.

A candidate forum ahead of the March 20 primary features the incumbent and her challenger, a former Chicago alderman.

Chicago Nonprofit Opens Architecture Industry to Diverse Voices

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unity Temple in Oak Park.

Meet Maya Bird-Murphy, an Oak Park architecture enthusiast aiming to open the industry to more minorities and women.

Advancements in Artificial Intelligence Prompt Curiosity, Concern

(Chetraruc / Pixabay)

Artificial intelligence research has been around for more than half a century, but we’ve only recently seen developments in AI technology that might bring sci-fi film plotlines to life. Should we be afraid?

Laurie Dann Shooting Victim Heads Anti-Violence Program by Archdiocese

Nearly 30 years after a school shooting in Winnetka, survivor Phil Andrew is heading an anti-violence effort for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Controversial Reader Cover Raises Questions About Newsroom Diversity

A controversial political cartoon sparks a leadership change – and questions. Can cartoons go too far? And what is the state of diversity in newsrooms? We speak with journalist Adeshina Emmanuel and editorial cartoonist Scott Stantis. 

Billy Graham, ‘America’s Pastor,’ Got His Start in the Chicago Area

President Barack Obama meets with Rev. Billy Graham at his house in Montreat, N.C., April 25, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Evangelist Billy Graham, whose sermons reached audiences around the world, died Wednesday at his home in North Carolina. He was 99 years old. We discuss Graham’s legacy and his Chicago-area roots.

‘Black Panther’ Breaks Box Office Records, Racial Barriers

Still image from “Black Panther” (Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

The superhero film received critical praise and smashed box office records, but for some, the most notable impact is the emergence of an African-American superhero and lead characters.

Chinese New Year is Here: What’s in Store for the Year of the Dog?

Chinese New Year celebrations take place around the globe each year, including London. (Paul / Flickr)

Friday marks the start of the Chinese New Year and ushers in the Year of the Dog. We discuss the history and traditions of the vibrant holiday and festival.

What Does Illinois’ Fiscal Watchdog Think of Rauner’s Budget Plan?

(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, shares his thoughts on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s $37.6 billion spending plan.

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Visits Chicago on First Stop of US Tour

The Canadian prime minister spoke candidly at the University of Chicago on Wednesday, addressing trade tensions between both countries, as well as his vision of gender equality.

A Very Volatile Stock Market: Should Investors Worry?

The Trump administration is playing down the historic stock market downturn. We discuss the seesawing financial markets and what they may foretell.

Chickens and Goats in the Backyard: Raising Livestock in Chicago


How feasible is raising livestock in the city? An urban agriculture advocate weighs in.

Social Media Scams: Public Figures Under Fire for Buying Fake Followers

The Chicago Sun-Times suspends Richard Roeper for allegedly buying social media followers. What exactly is a Twitter bot?

Chinese Scientists Cloned Monkeys. Are Humans Next?

(Courtesy Courtesy Qiang Sun and Mu-ming Poo, Chinese Academy of Sciences)

China’s landmark cloning of primates has some worried it sets a dangerous precedent. We discuss the breakthrough – and what it could mean for the future of cloning.

The Mirage Tavern: Remembering the Undercover Series 40 Years Later

(Courtesy Chicago Sun-Times)

A phony tavern in 1970s Chicago exposed the city’s widespread corruption. We revisit the groundbreaking Chicago Sun-Times series with two of the journalists behind it.

NYC Considers Pay-to-Drive Plan. Could Chicago Be Next?

(Jason Mrachina / Flickr)

New York City motorists may soon need to pay a fee to drive in the city’s busiest areas during the week. Is congestion pricing a viable option for Chicago?

Pregnant at 40, 50 and Beyond: A Look at Childbirth Later in Life

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth is pregnant – at age 49. Are so-called “geriatric pregnancies” the new norm? And what are the risks of having children later in life? A doctor weighs in on later-in-life childbirth.

Aziz Ansari Allegations Stir Questions About Sexual Conduct, Consent

A controversial article about a sexual encounter: some say it was just a bad date. Others describe it as sexual assault. In the era of #MeToo, is there a gray area relating to sexual conduct and consent?

Rent Control in Chicago: The Cases For and Against It

(Stephen M. Scott / Flickr)

Should Chicago follow the lead of New York City, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. to enact rent control? We hear from both sides of the debate.

U.S. Steel Says Surfrider Lawsuit ‘Unnecessary’

A surfer rides the waves on the south end of Lake Michigan. (Credit: Mike Killion)

An environmental nonprofit represented by University of Chicago lawyers filed a suit Wednesday against U.S. Steel over Lake Michigan pollution.