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Stories by Paris Schutz

Progressive State Income Tax Proposed in Springfield

A bill that's advancing in Springfield would move Illinois from a flat income tax of 3.75 percent to a graduated system, where higher earners pay higher rates. Does the bill stand a chance of becoming law?

Chicago Teachers Union Rejects Fact-Finding Report, Talks Strike

Karen Lewis

The Chicago Teachers Union explains why it's counting down the clock to another strike. But will the strike happen at the end of this school year or the beginning of next?

Mayor Emanuel, Aldermen React to Police Task Force Report

The Police Accountability Task Force released its report Wednesday on the Chicago Police Department, saying the CPD is broken and has a “history of racial disparity and discrimination.” Will the City Council move to abolish IPRA?

Eddie Johnson Fast-Tracked for Permanent CPD Superintendent

Eddie Johnson appears before City Council on Tuesday.

A City Council committee on Tuesday gave a thumbs-up to an ordinance that will temporarily suspend the legally required process for selecting a police superintendent, and make the mayor's pick permanent.

Aldermen Approve $6.5 Million in Police Misconduct Payouts

Aldermen on Tuesday are widely expected to approve a one-time change to city law to name Eddie Johnson the permanent Chicago Police Department superintendent. The move comes on the heels of a committee vote Monday to approve another $6.5 million in payouts to victims of police misconduct.

Aldermen Sound Off on Next Top Cop, Calls to Abolish IPRA

Could reports of an exam-cheating probe related to Eddie Johnson's fiancée derail his confirmation as top cop? Should IPRA be abolished? A panel of aldermen tackle these questions and more.

New Cook County Hospital Redevelopment Plans

Ambitious plans to redevelop the vacant old Cook County Hospital building. Why County Board President Toni Preckwinkle thinks it might actually happen this time.

Chicago Police Department Under Scrutiny Amid Cheating Probe

More scrutiny on the Chicago Police Department. On Tuesday, a City Council member called for the abolishment of the Independent Police Review Authority, and a new report cites allegations that the fiancée of new police superintendent Eddie Johnson is part of a probe into cheating on a lieutenant’s exam.

Wrigley Field Construction Continues Ahead of Cubs' Home Opener

Crews are working around the clock to prepare Wrigley Field for next Monday's home opener. What will be ready to go, and what will continue to be under construction through the season?

Preparing for CTU’s Day of Action

The Chicago Teachers Union is preparing for a "day of action" on Friday with rallies and protests to take place from early morning through the evening. What are the alternatives for parents who need to drop their kids at school, what is the strike about, and is it even legal? 

Chicago State University Faces Closure Over Budget Impasse

It has already cut its school year short and is now warning of hundreds of layoffs. Chicago State University's chancellor says the school is in shock because the state budget stalemate has starved it of funding. But is the 150-year-old school in danger of closing? 

CPD Insider Eddie Johnson Selected as New Interim Superintendent

Eddie Johnson

In a surprise end-run, Mayor Emanuel shuns the recommendations of his police board and makes it known he wants Eddie Johnson to be police superintendent.

Chicago Police Board Approves 3 Finalists for Superintendent

After a nationwide search that lasted nearly four months, three finalists for Chicago police superintendent were named. Among them are 36-year Chicago police veteran Eugene Williams and two outsiders, Cedric Alexander and Anne Kirkpatrick.

Obama Taps Chicago Native Merrick Garland for Supreme Court

Merrick Garland (Courtesy of White House)

Chicago native and Chief Judge for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals Merrick Garland is President Barack Obama's choice to replace the late Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Madigan Flexes Muscle in General Assembly Primaries

Gov. Bruce Rauner is coming up empty in his bid to influence several General Assembly primary races, despite he and allies spending millions of dollars. If tonight’s races are indicative of a wider proxy war with House Speaker Mike Madigan, Madigan appears to be the runaway winner. 

Video of Chicago Activist Rushing Trump Stage Goes Viral

Paris Schutz interviews Jedidiah Brown.

Outspoken Chicago activist Jedidiah Brown says he's received death threats and has been put on temporary leave from his job following Donald Trump's canceled rally at UIC Pavilion on Friday night, an event Brown says was racially charged and dangerous.

Rogue Representative Dunkin Fights for Political Life

It's a simple state legislative primary, but observers view it as ground zero in the standoff between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan. Paris Schutz has more on a race that has the money and mud flying. 

Elected CPS Board Gains Traction

The Chicago Public Schools system is one step closer to having an elected school board instead of one in which members are appointed by the mayor.

Lovie Smith Named University of Illinois Football Coach

A familiar face comes back to Illinois to coach the Fighting Illini. We have reaction from former Bears Coach Lovie Smith on his new gig.

CPS, CTU Back Off Threats

The Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union seem to be engaged in a game of “chicken,” where the both sides continue to decelerate before collision.

Early Voting Soars in Madigan vs Gonzales Race

Early voting numbers in the March 15 primary are up this year. But in one ward, the numbers are towering over all of the rest.

Interim CPD Superintendent Escalante: Police Morale ‘Improving’

John Escalante

A startling rise in homicides to start the year has public officials searching for answers. Chicago's interim Police Superintendent on Tuesday sought to explain the spike in crime and how he plans to address it.

Gov. Rauner: Speaker Madigan Holding Higher Education Hostage

Gov. Bruce Rauner

Gov. Bruce Rauner says there are bills he supports that would fund higher education institutions in Illinois, but he says powerful House Speaker Mike Madigan is making sure they do not go anywhere. Paris Schutz has the latest.

Ald. Ed Burke’s Workers’ Compensation Program Under Increased Scrutiny

Should powerful Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward) be able to run the city's $100 million workers' compensation program? A pair of whistle-blowers say no and want an investigation into alleged patronage abuses. Paris Schutz has the story.

Budget Impasse Leaves Homeless Programs Out in the Cold

A coalition of homeless service providers who pleaded with Gov. Bruce Rauner on Friday to unlock $310 million worth of state funding say they will likely only get a small part of their wish.