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Stories by Paris Schutz

Are City Employees Abusing Medical Leave?

Nearly half of 911 dispatchers are taking sick leave on a day-to-day basis. We examine why that's happening and how much it may be costing taxpayers in overtime costs.

Human Service Backlog Leaves Mentally Ill Sitting in Jail

Twenty Cook County defendants deemed unfit to stand trial are to be placed in a mental health facility. So why are they sitting in jail instead?

Local Officials Scoff at Trump’s Claims of ‘Rigged Election’

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr)

How difficult is large-scale voter fraud, and how are Illinois officials assuring the integrity of the upcoming election?

Michael Madigan: The Movie

A new documentary about Michael Madigan is playing now in select theaters. What it reveals about the powerful House speaker, and who is behind it.

Cubs Beat Giants, Head to National League Championship Series

The Chicago Cubs celebrate Tuesday’s win over the San Francisco Giants as the team heads to the National League Championship Series for the second straight season. (Chicago Cubs / Facebook)

A thrilling ninth-inning rally clinches the NL Division Series for the Cubs. Looking at just how they did it–and what lies ahead.

Mayor Presents Budget ‘Unlike Any Other’

Is the fiscal tide finally turning for Chicago? The mayor lays out the coming year's spending plan.

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to be Elevated to Cardinal

Archbishop Blase Cupich is going to Rome, where he’ll be elevated to cardinal in a special ceremony next month. 

In Chicago, Gary Johnson Defends Foreign Policy ‘Gaffes’

Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson said Friday at an event at the University of Chicago that despite his recent blunders on foreign policy, he is the preferred candidate among men and women in the armed forces.

COPA Passes City Council

It's official: The Independent Police Review Authority will now become the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA. We'll tell you what the next steps are in the process to reform police oversight, and what action City Council is proposing against Donald Trump.

COPA Gets City Council Vote

Who will police the Chicago police? Plans to clean house and overhaul the police accountability process face a crucial City Council vote.

Duckworth, Kirk Face Off in 1st Senate Debate

Illinois' U.S. Senate candidates, incumbent Republican Mark Kirk and Democrat Tammy Duckworth, square off in a debate for the first time. Why it may be their last.

Mayor Emanuel: Teachers Strike Avoidable

Chicago teachers formally give a 10-day strike notice to the Chicago Board of Education. Why the mayor and schools chief think they can avoid a walkout.

Donald Trump Hits Campaign Trail in Chicago

He may not have had flattering words for Chicago during Monday's presidential debate, but Donald Trump on Wednesday hit Chicago and the suburbs for rallies and fundraisers.

U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon Speaks Out on Police Misconduct

Will there be federal charges against the police officers involved in the potential Laquan McDonald cover-up? Find out what U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon has to say about his office's role in prosecuting police misconduct.

Emanuel: Chicago Gun Violence is ‘Not Beyond Our Ability to Solve’

Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers one of the most anticipated speeches of his tenure at Malcolm X College on the city's Near West Side.

Chicago Police Department to Boost Force by 1,000

The ranks of the Chicago Police Department are about to swell. Superintendent Eddie Johnson announced Wednesday the hiring of 1,000 new police officers, detectives and sergeants.

Garry McCarthy Says He Was Against Releasing Laquan McDonald Video

Garry McCarthy speaks at the City Club of Chicago on Monday, Sept. 19.

Chicago's former top cop speaks out and raises some eyebrows by saying how he would have handled the Laquan McDonald situation.

Chicago State Trustees Face Heat After $600,000 Breakup with President

Chicago State University Trustees voted 6-1 to accept the resignation of President Thomas Calhoun after only nine months on the job, and OK’d a $600,000 severance package for him.

Former State Rep. Ron Sandack Sent Alleged Extortion Money to Philippines

Ron Sandack appears on "Chicago Tonight" on June 2.

Former Rep. Ron Sandack (R-Downers Grove), who resigned abruptly in July, sent extortion money via Western Union to the Philippines after being threatened online and over Skype, according to a police report released Friday to “Chicago Tonight” by the Downers Grove Police Department.

Chicago State University Parting with President After Only 9 Months

Thomas Calhoun

More drama at financially strapped Chicago State University: The president is out after only nine months on the job. Why students and faculty members say they are livid, and why they believe political patronage is the culprit.

City Council Votes to Raise Water Tax

The debate over water and sewer taxes is over in Chicago: they are going to go up. But what do aldermen want to do about driverless cars in Chicago? The latest from Wednesday's meeting.

Are Political Power Brokers Influencing Chief Judge Election?

Tim Evans, Chief Judge of Cook County Circuit Court

A quiet election is about to take place that could have major reverberations. Why two judges are trying to knock Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans out of his job.

Political Analyst Paul Green Remembered

Paul Green, right, and Mayor Richard M. Daley (City Club of Chicago)

Some of Paul Green's closest colleagues are dealing with the shock of his sudden death Saturday of complications from an aortic aneurysm.

Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein Tours Austin

Dr. Jill Stein came back to Chicago on Thursday to tour the West Side neighborhood of Austin and highlight issues central to her platform: gun control, unemployment, climate change and education reform.

Water Tax Hike Alone Won’t Fix Pension Fund

Aldermen are set to vote to raise water taxes by 30 percent to fix city pensions. But new analysis shows it won't be nearly enough, and that has some council members saying they were duped by the mayor.