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Stories by Paris Schutz

Why Chicago Heating Bills Could Soar This Winter

An alderman is raising the alarm on the skyrocketing cost of natural gas prices in the city. 

Obama Foundation Construction Draws Community Ire

Some community groups are speaking out after construction equipment was seen removing trees and digging up the field on the southern end of Jackson Park. 

Mayor, Police Department Ask for Community Help After Deadliest Weekend of 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media on Monday, Aug. 6, 2018 about Chicago’s violent weekend.

After Chicago’s most violent weekend of the year, city officials and community activists try to identify what sparked the rash of shootings and homicides.

Willie Wilson Gives Away More Cash, Comes Under New Scrutiny

“This is not a political situation. We’ve been doing this for the last 10, 15, 20 years,” Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson said Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 of his foundation’s giveaways of money. (Chicago Tonight)

A watchdog group takes action against the Chicago mayoral candidate’s campaign for behavior they believe is unethical and improper.

CPS Watchdog: Byrd-Bennett Helped Company Land $67M in Contracts

Former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett (Chicago Tonight file photo)

A for-profit company that contracts with Chicago Public Schools comes under fire in a new report for its connections to convicted former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

Emanuel, Burke Sued Over Workers’ Compensation

Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Why a longtime political gadfly and a city worker are suing Mayor Rahm Emanuel and powerful Ald. Ed Burke in federal court.

Deal Struck for Federal Oversight of Chicago Police Department

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

Agreement has been reached on a draft consent decree that would allow an independent federal monitor to enact major changes within the Chicago Police Department.

Consent Decree, Gang Database Front and Center at City Council

“On this case, I think it’s more important to get it right, than get it fast,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Wednesday about reaching agreement on a police consent decree. (Chicago Tonight)

Talks on a police consent decree hit a snag as City Council moves to weaken a controversial police gang database. 

$70 Million Albany Park Floodwater Tunnel Goes Online

The latest on a major city infrastructure project that officials say was made necessary because of climate change.

Parties Near Agreement on Chicago Police Consent Decree

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson discuss steps toward oversight of the Chicago Police Department on Aug. 29, 2017.

An agreement to bring federal court oversight to the Chicago Police Department is nearly finished – with one major hang-up.

Community Pushback to $5 Billion Lincoln Yards Proposal

Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

Community reaction comes in for the new Lincoln Yards proposal slated to be a city-within-a-city.

The Rise of College Dorm-Style Co-Living in Chicago

Co-living facility Quarters is located in the Fulton Market district. (Chicago Tonight)

In Chicago’s Fulton Market district, a new co-living space offers shared accommodations for an all-inclusive price. And the company is looking to aggressively expand.

Emanuel Speaks Out About Augustus Shooting

“I do firmly believe every moment’s a teachable moment,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday, July 17, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Mayor Rahm Emanuel urges calm in his first public appearance since this weekend’s fatal police-involved shooting. 

Cook County Commissioners: Get Rid of Forest Preserve Police

A screen shot from a video filmed at a Cook County forest preserve. “This is what I’m wearing,” says the woman at the center of the video, showing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. (Mia Irizarry / Facebook)

More fallout in the wake of a viral video that has resulted in hate crime charges and a police officer’s resignation.

US Chamber: $3.8 Billion Worth of Illinois Goods Threatened by Trade War

Tariffs proposed by the Trump administration could impact everything from soybeans to machinery and equipment.

Viral Video Puts Spotlight on Cook County Forest Preserve

A screen shot from a video filmed at a Cook County forest preserve. “This is what I’m wearing,” says the woman at the center of the video, showing a Puerto Rican flag shirt. (Mia Irizarry / Facebook)

A video shot in a Cook County forest preserve has caught fire on social media and is prompting blowback from county officials on both sides of the aisle.

Political Fallout of Landmark Supreme Court Decision

(Daderot / Wikimedia Commons)

Reaction to the Supreme Court's ruling on an Illinois case that deals a major blow to public sector unions.

Federal Government Ends Oversight of Cook County Jail’s Medical Center

Inside the Cook County jail is a full-fledged medical center that treats every one of the 6,000-7,000 detainees housed there on a daily basis. We get an exclusive tour. 

Elon Musk’s Boring Company on Track to Build O’Hare Express Train

Each pod would hold 8-16 people. (Credit: The Boring Company)

The concept sounds like it was lifted straight out of science fiction, but billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk says he is going to make it happen.

Former Madigan Operative Accused of Sexual Harassment Speaks Out

Alaina Hampton, right, speaks to the media Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 with her spokesperson Lorna Brett.

Accusations of sexual harassment against Kevin Quinn started the #MeToo avalanche in House Speaker Michael Madigan’s office. Now, the former Madigan operative is making public statements for the first time since he lost his job in January.

Chicago Groups Challenge Trump Administration on Immigration

Should immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S. be separated from their children? That question is at the heart of a dispute between immigration groups and the Trump administration.

Top Madigan Official Accused of Harassment Resigns

Sherri Garrett speaks at a press conference Wednesday, June 6, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Tim Mapes, House Speaker Michael Madigan’s top aide, has resigned following allegations made by a state employee accusing Mapes of making sexually inappropriate remarks.

Obama Presidential Center Sails Through City Council

Obama Presidential Center rendering (Courtesy Obama Foundation)

The project that will transform 19.3 acres of Jackson Park into the Obama Presidential Center aced its final in a series of city votes Wednesday.

Speaker Madigan Denies Retaliation Claims, Calls for Investigation

House Speaker Michael Madigan (File photo)

A firestorm erupts over a state Democratic lawmaker’s claims that Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan is retaliating against her.

Plan Commission Greenlights Obama Presidential Center

Opponents and allies alike came together for a big vote Thursday on the future of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.