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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. 

Sanctuary City Stare Down

Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city that harbors undocumented immigrants is on thin ice, but the mayor and other city leaders say they aren’t backing down.

Department of Justice Releases ‘Sobering’ Report on CPD

(Chicago Tonight)

The city of Chicago has signed an “agreement in principle” to negotiate a consent decree with the federal government that would give the embattled Chicago Police Department federal oversight to enact sweeping reforms.

DOJ Finds Civil Rights Abuses in Chicago Police Department

New Details Emerge on CPD Department of Justice Report

Friday morning the U.S. Department of Justice makes public the results of its yearlong investigation into the Chicago Police Department. It is said to be sharply critical.

Tiger Woods-Designed Golf Course in Jackson Park Gets Green Light

The Chicago Park District takes the first steps to bring a Tiger Woods-inspired golf course to Jackson Park, but not without controversy.

President Obama’s Farewell Address: What to Expect

A little more than eight years ago, Barack Obama gave his presidential acceptance speech in Grant Park. Tuesday, he’ll bookend his presidency with a much anticipated farewell address at McCormick Place.

Budget ‘Grand Bargain’ Shaping Up in Springfield

| Amanda Vinicky
The Illinois State Capitol (Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons). Inset: Senate President John Cullerton, Republican Leader Christine Radogno.

After nearly two years of budget gridlock, spiraling deficits and political acrimony in Springfield, a grand bargain on the budget is coming together in the Illinois Senate.

Justice Department to Conclude CPD Investigation Next Week

The incoming Trump administration has signaled a different direction with its policies on policing and civil rights. Does that mean Chicago may not have to comply with this report?

Gov. Rauner on Budget: ‘I’m Flexible’

The state begins the new year, once again, without a budget. A one-on-one with Gov. Bruce Rauner to find out how he plans to finally come to a compromise.

Illinois Delegation Split on Repeal of Obamacare

Tammy Duckworth (left) is sworn in as senator Tuesday.

On Tuesday, the 115th Congress was sworn in, including new members from the Illinois delegation. Up next, according to congressional leaders, is the repeal of the Affordable Care Act. How will that work, and will the Democratic Party aim to block it?

Study: Illinois’ Fiscal Mess Will Take a Decade to Fix

(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

It’s no secret that Illinois is in a perilous fiscal situation. But just how bad is it? A new study aims to answer that question definitively.

City, ‘Secret Santa’ Save Uptown Homeless Shelter

(Chicago Tonight)

The city of Chicago and a generous “secret Santa” stepped in at the eleventh hour to keep a North Side homeless shelter open after months and months of public protest. What does it mean for the city's homeless population?