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Stories by Paul Caine

Puerto Rico Sending Addicts to Chicago

Why is Puerto Rico sending addicts from the island to Chicago? WBEZ reporter Odette Yousef explains the story.

Cook County Court to Try New Approach to Justice

The Circuit Court of Cook County is creating a restorative justice community court that aims to empower victims and residents to help rehabilitate nonviolent adult offenders. The pilot program is expected to begin in early 2017 in North Lawndale.

Chicago Science Fest Highlights Groundbreaking Local Research

Chicago Science Festival 2015. (Monica Metzler / Illinois Science Council)

The second annual festival promises a treat for the scientifically curious, whether your interests lie in psychology and neuroscience or Chicago's urban wildlife and HBO's popular "Game of Thrones" series.

Bruising Battle Over Lucas Museum Site Continues

Friends of the Parks has made some powerful enemies in maintaining its opposition to any lakefront site for the Lucas Museum. Is it worth losing the museum in order to maintain the sanctity of the lakefront?

Push for Education Funding Reform as Budget Impasse Nears 1-Year Mark

A vote this week in the Illinois Senate could determine whether poorer school districts like Chicago Public Schools get more state money. But top Republicans say it’s a nonstarter because more affluent suburban school districts would lose money as a result. 

Has Friends of the Parks’ Opposition Cost Chicago the Lucas Museum?

After Friends of the Parks declared its opposition to any lakefront site for the Lucas Museum, Mellody Hobson, wife of movie mogul George Lucas and board member of the Lucas Museum, said they were “seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago.” 

Ald. Burke's Law Firm Helps Trump Trim $11.7M Off Property Taxes

Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) and Ald. Ed Burke

Donald Trump has racked up a number of victories in his presidential bid, but he's also been a big winner in Chicago. Hear from the Sun-Times reporters who've uncovered Trump's big tax breaks thanks to Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward).

Dennis Hastert Case Renews Questions About Nature of Sexual Predators

Courtroom sketch by Thomas Gianni shows Dennis Hastert standing with the aid of a walker while U.S. District Judge Thomas Durkin asks him questions about molestation.

In court, Dennis Hastert admitted to being a sexual abuser. We hear from some professionals who treat victims of sexual predators about detecting the signs of child sexual abuse.

For Expectant Mother, Possible Exposure to Zika a Terrifying Ordeal

| Kristen Thometz

The Zika virus has been shown to cause microcephaly and other fetal brain abnormalities. We talk with a local woman, pregnant with her first child, who has been dealing with the terrifying possibility that she and her unborn child may have been exposed to the virus.

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa Talks Politics, Immigration

President of Ecuador Rafael Correa

The country of Ecuador is recovering from a massive earthquake that hit on Saturday, leaving 350 people dead and thousands homeless. Last Thursday, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa joined “Chicago Tonight” to talk about the South American nation that straddles the equator.

Complaints of ‘Rigged’ Delegate System Follow Trump Loss in Colorado

As Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump blasts the delegate-selection process, we take a look at how it works on both sides of the aisle.

Climate Disruption and the Path to a Sustainable Future

A recent report from the Obama administration warned that changes to the climate could lead to thousands more Americans dying prematurely every year from a variety of causes. Local scientist and professor Seth Darling discusses the challenges of climate disruption and shares his thoughts on creating a path to a sustainable future.

Democrats Propose New School Funding Formula

State Sen. Andy Manar plans to introduce a new school funding formula bill on the floor of the Illinois Senate on Wednesday. The bill, if passed, would shift money from wealthier districts to poorer districts—with cuts to wealthier districts being phased in over four years.

Aldermen Discuss New Chicago Police Chief

As Mayor Rahm Emanuel does an end-run around his own civilian police board to appoint a new interim police chief, “Chicago Tonight” asks a panel of aldermen to assess the power of the mayor in a post-Laquan McDonald world.

Blame the Ancestors: Why Neanderthal DNA Can Be Bad For Your Health

| Meredith Francis

A new study shows why Neanderthal DNA can be bad for you. Astronomers capture visual evidence of an exploding star. And sometimes, it’s a bad idea to go to the Internet for help. Rabiah Mayas from the Museum of Science and Industry joins “Chicago Tonight” to examine these stories and more.

Local FBI Chief Addresses Data Collection, Corruption

FBI Special Agent in Charge Michael Anderson, who was recently appointed to lead the Chicago office, addresses concerns over data collection by the government, public corruption and the difficulties of policing after the Laquan McDonald shooting.

Local FBI Chief Talks Terror Challenges

In the wake of the attacks in Brussels, the recently appointed Special Agent in Charge for the FBI division in Chicago joins “Chicago Tonight” to discuss the challenges in addressing terrorist threats.

Lego Architect Reaches New Heights With MSI Exhibit

Adam Reed Tucker built a Lego model of the Museum of Science and Industry as its original building: the Palace of Fine Arts. (J.B. Spector / Museum of Science and Industry)

Meet the local man who's a certified Lego professional with a brand new exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry.

Peru’s Protected Treasure: Reserve is Key for Conservation

A small nature reserve at a tiny point on the southern coast of Peru is playing a big role in protecting endangered marine and bird species. Learn how the Chicago Zoological Society has been working with the community to engage locals in the conservation effort.

Jim Kirk on the Future of Print Media in Chicago

In an era in which the Internet and social media have completely disrupted long-established business models for the entire print industry, do newspapers anywhere have a long-term future?

Exploring the Science of Addiction

Rising rates of addiction to heroin and prescription drugs have been making headlines across the country. Find out what the latest science is telling us about the nature of addiction.

Hyatt Chief Talks Support for Khan Academy’s Learnstorm

Mark Hoplamazian

Chicago-based hotel and hospitality company Hyatt Hotels Corporation has partnered with online education provider Khan Academy to bring a free and innovative digital learning challenge to Chicago. Joining us to talk about the program is Mark Hoplamazian, CEO and President of Hyatt.

Illinois’ 10th Congressional District Candidates

The two candidates looking for the Democratic nomination in the north suburban 10th Congressional District are here to talk about why they want to challenge Republican incumbent Bob Dold in November.

Loyola University Offers Medical Students Meditation to Combat Stress

| Meredith Francis
(RelaxingMusic / Flickr)

Why Loyola Medical students are being encouraged to learn Transcendental Meditation – and how it could make them better doctors.