Stories by Bernie Lubell


Thousands of protesters are coming to Chicago in May for the NATO summits. The White House’s decision to move the G-8 summit to Maryland’s Camp David didn't stifle protesters; they called it a victory. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged that protesters’ First Amendment rights would not be violated, but said he has rights, too.

Esther Cepeda

When She Chose Life

Web-Exclusive Video: Esther Cepeda shares difficult decision

Esther Cepeda's column sheds light on women's health care issues. Phil Ponce talks to Cepeda in a web-exclusive interview.

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. Image credit: Chicago Police Department

Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy joins us to talk about the recent string of violence in Chicago, planning for the upcoming NATO summit and more.



Anonymous is a group born from the internet that represents anarchy.


The Coalition Against NATO/G8 War & Poverty Agenda (CANG8) is organizing protests for the NATO summit. The group has already obtained city permits to hold a rally in Daley Plaza and march to McCormick Place during the summit.

Occupy Chicago

Occupy Chicago is a spawn of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which originated in New York City.


Adbusters is one of the organizations that helped launch the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011.

Harvey Grossman

Harvey Grossman

Harvey Grossman is the legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Chicago. His main concern is that protesters maintain their First Amendment rights. 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed poorly received ordinances in an attempt to thwart protests, which included soaring fines for protesters. 

Andy Thayer

Andy Thayer

Andy Thayer is no stranger to controversy. He’s had a key role in organizing protests in Chicago.

Primary Congressional Winners

We're joined by winners of the contentious 8th and 10th Congressional primaries. They talk general election strategy and more.


Illinois Primary Rundown

Who won, who lost and who will face off in the general election

Tuesday night marked the end of an undoubtedly contentious primary season in Illinois. Learn more about how it all went down.

Chicago in the 21st Century

A new book examines Chicago's status as a global city.

Navy Pier

Winner of Navy Pier Redesign Contest Announced

The winning redesign team of the Navy Pier contest was chosen, but not necessarily the design itself.  We find out why.


Physician for Transgender Inmates at Cook County Jail

Dr. Kameron Matthews, the primary care physician to all transgender inmates at Cook County Jail, joins us to talk about the transgender policies at Cook County Jail.


Transgender and Behind Bars

Collaborative policy addresses unique needs of "vulnerable population"

No one questions Mimi on the street about her appearance, she says, but there is an exception -- when she has to show her I.D. Mimi says she committed Medicaid fraud to hide her identity, but now she sits in Cook County Jail. A post-operative transsexual, Mimi is considered at-risk in jail.

Web Extra: Illinois Supreme Court Candidate Forum

We continue our discussion with the four Democratic candidates vying for an open seat on the Illinois Supreme Court in our web-exclusive video.


Juan Thomas Candidate Questionnaire

Juan Thomas candidate questionnaire.

Gas Prices Soar

Gas prices are soaring and so is outrage at the pump. What's the problem and are there any solutions? Carol Marin and her panel break it down.


Debbie Halvorson Extended Interview

Debbie Halvorson is facing incumbent Jesse Jackson, Jr. in the race for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 2nd District. It’s widely considered one of the most hotly contested races of this primary season. Halvorson has been outspoken against Jackson, Jr., citing an Ethics Committee investigation and his efforts to build the long-awaited Peotone Airport. But the numbers speak for themselves—Jackson, Jr.’s has spent 17 years in Congress compared with Halvorson’s two—and she was ousted after only one term by Republican Adam Kinzinger.

Jesse Jackson, Jr. Extended Interview

Among the most hotly contested races in the congressional primary season is between Jesse Jackson, Jr. and former Rep. Debbie Halvorson, both vying for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 2nd District. Jackson, Jr. has served the South Side and south suburbs for nearly two decades, but recently has encountered “distractions,” as Halvorson likes to call them. There’s his alleged involvement in the Blagojevich scandal, among others, but Jackson, Jr. says he has never been afforded the presumption of innocence.


Cook County Clerk David Orr

Cook County Clerk David Orr

Today is the first day of early voting for the March 20th primaries in Cook County. County Clerk David Orr is here to talk about that, and much more.


Don Manzullo Extended Interview

Donald Manzullo touts himself as the true conservative in the race for Congress in the 16th District. He is running against Adam Kinzinger, a Tea Party freshman in Congress, endorsed last election cycle by former vice-presidential candidate, Sarah Palin. This race presents an interesting dynamic because both Manzullo and Kinzinger are incumbents.

Jonathan Farnick

Jonathan Farnick is a candidate for the Democratic nomination for Congress in the 14th District.

Adam Kinzinger Q & A

Adam Kinzinger candidate questionnaire.

Adam Kinzinger

Adam Kinzinger is a candidate for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 16th District. He is also an incumbent.