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Stories by Paris Schutz

Why Did State Lawmakers Approve of Cook County Tax Sale Law?

Tuesday marks day two of the semi-annual Cook County tax sale, where those delinquent on their property taxes have their liens sold to private investors, who can then collect massive interest rates. A push to change the system by some public officials has simply raised more questions.

Delinquent Taxpayers Face Ballooning Interest Payments in Cook County

Why Cook County property owners who are eight months delinquent in paying taxes are about to owe major fees to private companies.

City Proposes Municipal ID Program

Don't have a drivers’ license or other form of official documentation? Chicago may soon be issuing municipal IDs to provide documentation to undocumented immigrants, ex-offenders and the homeless. 

Report: City Misuses Affordable Housing Funds

The Altgeld Gardens Homes on Chicago’s Far South Side provide affordable housing to low-income households. (Zol87 / Wikimedia)

The city of Chicago has a fund paid for by big developers that helps subsidize low-income residents who need help paying rent. But is all of that money going where it's supposed to? 

Former US Attorney Zachary Fardon Speaks Out

Fardon sits down for exclusive first interview since leaving office

Recently departed U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon, who brought down former House Speaker Dennis Hastert and CPS chief Barbara Byrd-Bennett, joins us for an exclusive interview.

Logan Square, Pilsen at Crux of Gentrification Debate

We explore two neighborhoods that are at the epicenter of the gentrification battle, and how elected officials, community groups and developers are waging it.

Key Illinois Republican Predicts Passage of Health Care Law

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam indicated he supports the measure although he is concerned about the possible impact of the Medicaid rollback. “The Medicaid question, particularly for Illinois, is very challenging,” he said.

Great Lakes Funding Threatened

(Frank McNamara / Flickr)

Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes could see a substantial amount of federal funding dry up.

US Attorney Zachary Fardon Asked to Resign

Zachary Fardon

United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions has asked for the immediate resignation of 46 remaining U.S. attorneys that were appointed under the previous presidential administration.

Reports: Bears to Sign QB Glennon

The Chicago Bears look to rebound from their miserable 3-13 season when the free agent signing period starts Thursday. And multiple reports say the Bears are all but certain to sign a new quarterback.

Local Politicians, Advocacy Groups React to GOP’s ACA Replacement

House Republicans released their plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Monday night. How will it impact insurance rates, coverage and Medicaid? 

Local Groups React to Revised Travel Ban

Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly

Local reaction was quick and sharp Monday to the president’s revised travel ban. Will it pass constitutional muster?

Regulators Probe Massive Peoples Gas Pipeline Upgrade

Why regulators are taking another look at Peoples Gas' expensive plan to overhaul its infrastructure and stick natural gas customers with the bill.

Illinois Lawmakers Weigh Legalizing Gun Silencers

Legislation in Springfield to make gun silencers legal is getting bipartisan support, but gun control advocates warn that legalizing them will make the already dangerous streets of Chicago worse. 

How Will Trump’s Transgender Bathroom Guidelines Impact Local Schools?

Illinois public officials and school districts weigh in on which bathroom or locker room a transgender student should use. 

City Council, Police Union Gird for Battle

Aldermen say they are prepared to go to battle against the police union to get rid of contract provisions they say lead to a culture of cover-up.

Mexican Political Leader in Chicago

As concerns grow over heightened immigration measures, a top political leader from Mexico comes to Chicago with a message.

Civic Federation: Hike Income Tax 40 Percent

Laurence Msall of the Civic Federation shares his reaction to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s state of the state address on Jan. 25 on “Chicago Tonight.”

The state of Illinois will not get out of its budget hole without a significant income tax hike, according to a new report issued by the Civic Federation, a fiscal watchdog group.

Immigration Raid Has Chicago Businesses, Residents on Edge

(Courtesy Department of Homeland Security)

The crackdown on undocumented immigrants has some Chicago residents on edge, while business leaders say it’s impacting the local economy.

Iranian-Born Chicago Artist Reunites with Husband After Travel Ban

After a week of fear and stress, an Iranian-born Chicago artist was finally able to return to the U.S. following a court ruling that put an injunction on the president’s travel ban. Now she is sharing her story.

Chris Kennedy Running for Governor

A new official entrant – with a familiar name – in the race for governor. Why Chris Kennedy says he’s in it to win it this time.

Syrian Refugees Arrive in Chicago

After being turned away last week, a Syrian refugee family arrives in Chicago. Will there be a happy ending for the family or could they be turned away again?

Left Wing ‘Tea Party’ Growing in Chicago

Jason Rieger of Indivisible Chicago

Behind the new movement called Indivisible that has bubbled up in Chicago and around the nation in response to the election of Donald Trump. 

Local Officials Condemn, Question Trump Travel Ban

The latest from local elected officials on President Donald Trump’s travel ban after a weekend of confusion and protest at O’Hare.

Refugees, Visa and Green Card Holders Detained, Turned Away at O'Hare

Protesters gather at O’Hare airport Saturday afternoon. (Paris Schutz / Chicago Tonight)

What began as a regular Saturday at O’Hare International Airport grew into a dizzying scene of demonstrators and attorneys working feverishly to release travelers who had been detained by U.S. customs and border patrol officials.