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Stories by Nick Blumberg

Sheriff Tom Dart: Budget-Related Layoffs Would ‘Devastate’ Office

Big cuts are coming to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, including nearly 400 jail guards. “We had no way to plan for this,” said Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.

Gov. Bruce Rauner Shakes Up Staff

Gov. Bruce Rauner’s staff shake-up is still going on after legislators voted last week to override the governor's veto of a tax hike and budget.

Preserving Artifacts, Memories of Holocaust Survivors

(David / Flickr)

We meet one of the curators of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

The Week in Review: Finally, a State Budget

Lawmakers finally pass a budget, but Illinois bonds may still face a junk rating. Holiday weekend violence despite increased police presence. Can the underperforming Cubs right the World Series ship?

Anti-Violence Activist Tio Hardiman on His 2nd Bid for Governor

The head of the nonprofit group Violence Interrupters says his platform includes job creation, reducing gun violence, boosting public school funding and bridging gaps between Democrats and Republicans.

Chicago Filmmaker’s Portraits Honor Transgender People Killed in 2016

Artwork by Lilly Wachowski, best known as co-director of “The Matrix,” honors 27 transgender people killed last year—and allows the viewer to look them in the eyes.

American Music Festival Rocks FitzGerald’s for the 36th Year

Since 1981, FitzGerald’s in Berwyn has played host to an array of talent as part of its American Music Festival. Meet the club’s owner and a Bay Area singer-songwriter performing at the fest this weekend.

Keeping Elections Safe From Hackers

After a breach of Illinois voters’ information, a look at how to keep election systems secure from hacks.

Stones Retrospective ‘Exhibitionism’ Rolls Into Chicago

(Courtesy Paul Natkin)

From handwritten lyrics to vintage instruments to iconic outfits, a new look at 50 years of the Rolling Stones.

New Book Tracks Peregrine Falcon’s Return From Near-Extinction

(Courtesy of Peggy Macnamara)

‘The Peregrine Returns’ is not just a story of recovery, but adaptability, exploring how the cliff-dwelling bird has made a home in an urban environment.

Politics and Prog Rock with Dave Weigel of the Washington Post

Kansas (Courtesy of David Weigel)

Politics and progressive rock may not sound like a natural pairing. But for most of 2016, they dominated Dave Weigel’s life.

Why ‘Dirt is Good’ For a Child’s Developing Immune System

For many parents, questions of hygiene and health weigh heavily on their minds. A new book argues that a fixation on cleanliness won’t lead to healthier children.

The Week in Review: Belleville Gunman Killed After Shooting Congressman

Police kill the Belleville gunman who fired on GOP congressmen. A lawsuit aims to force federal oversight of Chicago Police reform. And Dwyane Wade could make a deal to return to the Bulls. 

Fed Expected to Hike Interest Rate Again

The Federal Reserve is expected to raise the benchmark interest rate again. What that means about the U.S. economy.

The Week in Review: Comey Feared Trump Would Lie

Comey says Trump lied about his firing. More candidates jump into the governor’s race. And the MLB investigates an abuse claim against the Cubs’ Addison Russell. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Eyes on Security at Wrigley Field, Other Potential Chicago Targets

Recent terror attacks in Manchester and London have cities with high-profile public targets eyeing their security for potential vulnerabilities.

Community Garden Flourishes in North Lawndale

A dramatic transformation in the Lawndale Triangle, after two years of hard work. “When you sit here, you feel a sense of peace,” said one community organizer.

Author Laura Kipnis Takes Aim at Campus Sexual Mores

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Author Laura Kipnis joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation about her book “Unwanted Advances: Sexual Paranoia Comes to Campus.”

$100M Gift to UChicago to Study the ‘New Science of Wellness’

Harnessing the power of the human body to prevent illness – that’s the goal behind a $100 million gift to the University of Chicago Medicine.

New Projects, Safety Concerns for Chicago Cyclists

As many Chicago cyclists are starting to shake off the winter cobwebs and get back on their bikes, we take a look at what they can expect this summer. 

‘#AiWeiwei’ Exhibition Explores Art, Activism and Selfies

Though best known for his multimedia contemporary art, Chinese dissident Ai Weiwei is also a prolific photographer. We visit an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Photography showcasing his work.

Amid Turmoil Over Russia Probe, Trump Prepares For First Trip Abroad

The two-state solution, relations with the Saudis, and U.S. involvement in NATO are all on the table as the president embarks on his first trip abroad.

Obama Biography Paints Complicated Picture of a ‘Rising Star’

Former President Barack Obama delivers his farewell address in Chicago on Jan. 10, 2017.

In his new book, historian and author David Garrow traces how Barack Obama’s life led him to the presidency – and paints a complicated, sometimes critical portrait of a polarizing and iconic figure.

A Prefab Frank Lloyd Wright Home Opens to the Public This Weekend

Get a glimpse inside a rare prefab Frank Lloyd Wright house on the Southwest Side.

The Week in Review: Trump Fires FBI Director Comey

President Trump fires the FBI director investigating his connections to Russia. Lawmakers put Gov. Rauner in a bind on the “abortion bill.” And the Cubs early season struggles continue.