Stories by Paul Caine

Northwestern Study: 1 in 5 Chicagoans Test Positive for Coronavirus Antibodies

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Far more Chicagoans may have been infected by COVID-19 than previously thought. We discuss the preliminary findings of a new study with Dr. Elizabeth McNally of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

New City Initiative Aims at Giving Young Learners the Chance to Thrive

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“As a city, we must ensure every child, regardless of their ZIP code, receives a high-quality early education, providing them the tools and opportunities they need to thrive,” said Mayor Lightfoot in a statement.  

Stuttering Bears Face Quarterback Legend Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Quarterback Nick Foles fails to get the job done against the Colts. Can the Bears find an offense Thursday night? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us his take.

Preying on the Vulnerable: Half of Trafficked Women and Girls Are Immigrants

Dr. Izabel Olson speaks with “Latino Voices.” (WTTW News)

Human trafficking has increased by as much as 40% during the coronavirus pandemic, according to the anti-trafficking group Polaris. Dr. Izabel Olson talks about how to break the cycle of abuse.

Bears Bench Trubisky, Foles to Start Against Colts

Former Bears offensive lineman James "Big Cat" Williams previews the matchup against the Colts.

Could Ranked-Choice Voting Reduce Partisanship in Politics?

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Voters are about to go to the polls to choose one candidate for each race on the ballot. But what if they could pick multiple candidates for each race, ranked in order of their preference?

Bears Undefeated But Questions Remain After 1st Two Games

The Bears are 2-0 but they barely beat the Giants last week after dominating the first half. What do the Bears need to remain undefeated?

Study: Vitamin D Deficiency May Raise Risk of Getting COVID-19

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Researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine have found an apparent link between vitamin D deficiency and the likelihood of getting COVID-19. Paleontologist Neil Shubin has details on that story and more.

Illinois Tech’s New Innovation Hub Leader Aims to Make Entrepreneurship Accessible to All

Maryam Saleh speaks with “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, Sept. 21, 2020. (WTTW News)

Maryam Saleh, an entrepreneur and Chicago-based computational neuroscientist, tells us about her new role leading the Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Bears vs. Giants Preview: Chicago Looks to Build on Last Week’s 4th Quarter, Start 2-0

After a come-from-way-behind victory against Detroit, the Bears now face the New York Giants in the home opener on Sunday. Former Bears player James “Big Cat” Williams has this preview.

Trump Calls For More Stimulus Money, Pritzker Warns of ‘Thousands’ of State Layoffs

Gov. J.B. Pritzker speaks Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020 about the impact of the coronavirus on the state and its finances.

“State and municipal budgets across the nation and here in Illinois are being decimated,” Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Wednesday. “It’s not a blue state problem or a red state problem.”

Social Media Misinformation a Major Challenge for Election Authorities, Voters

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In an age when false information can be disseminated to millions with a single tweet or Facebook post, combatting that misinformation is all the more important. What election officials are doing to dispel misleading myths.

US EPA Rolls Back Obama-Era Regulations that Protect Lake Michigan Water

Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. (WTTW News)

Will new EPA regulations allow a Wisconsin power plant to dump more toxic metals into Lake Michigan? Chicago Tribune reporter Michael Hawthorne explains.

Opponents of Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park Considering Appeal to US Supreme Court

Jackson Park in Chicago. (WTTW News)

We speak with Protect Our Parks founder and president Herb Caplan about the latest in the legal battle over the $500 million project planned for Chicago’s South Side.

Argonne, Fermilab at Forefront of ‘Transformational’ Quantum Research

Two new research centers headquartered at Argonne National Laboratory and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory will boost transformational breakthroughs in quantum information science. Here, Argonne scientist Dafei Jin observes a dilution refrigerator—a cryogenic cooling device for materials used for quantum computing. (Photo by Mark Lopez / Argonne National Laboratory)

Quantum technology is expected to transform our world, and Chicago appears to be at the center of this quantum acceleration, thanks to funding from the Department of Energy to establish two quantum research centers locally.

Local GOP Lawmakers Praise First Lady’s ‘Home Run’ RNC Speech

Clockwise, from left: State Reps. Dan Brady, John Cabello and Terri Bryant appear on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020. (WTTW News)

The president’s wife and children present the case for their dad’s reelection. Republican state lawmakers share their thoughts about the Republican National Convention so far.

Local Republicans Expect Economic Optimism, ‘Law and Order’ Message from RNC

The leader of the Chicago Republican Party said Monday that he is expecting to hear a strong “law and order” message from this week’s National Republican Convention combined with a hopeful economic vision for the future.

Former President Obama’s Speechwriter Talks Crafting DNC Speech

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Former President Barack Obama launched a blistering attack on his successor at Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention. Obama’s speechwriter talks about that speech and the challenge of writing for a virtual convention.

Durbin Backs Pelosi’s Move to Recall Congress Amid Postal Service Standoff

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin speaks with “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, Aug. 17, 2020. (WTTW News)

A political convention unlike any other is underway as Democratic leaders step up their fight against President Donald Trump and his attacks on mail-in voting. We discuss that and more with U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin.

GOP Congressman Says Chicago May Need National Guard If Looting Continues

Illinois U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis appears Monday, Aug. 10, 2020 on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom. (WTTW News)

Illinois U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis says Chicago may have to call the National Guard back to the city if it is unable to prevent further looting. Davis and U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi, a Democrat, join us in conversation.

Democrats, Republicans ‘Miles Apart’ on Unemployment Insurance Deal, Says Bustos

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., walks back to his office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)

As cities and states across the nation struggle to get control of COVID-19, members of Congress butt heads over another stimulus package. Illinois U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos weighs in on those topics and more. 

Secret Service Agent Shot in Reagan Assassination Attempt Retires as Orland Park Police Chief

Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Tuesday, July 28, 2020. (WTTW News)

The Secret Service agent who took a bullet to protect President Ronald Reagan has spent the last 26 years as chief of police in Orland Park. We speak with Tim McCarthy ahead of his Aug. 1 retirement.

Dr. Ezike: Residents’ Actions Will Determine if Reopening Rollback Needed

Dr. Ngozi Ezike, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, appears on “Chicago Tonight” via Zoom on Monday, July 27, 2020. (WTTW News)

With Illinois reporting more than 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the sixth consecutive day, the state’s top public health official says the question of a reopening rollback will be answered by residents.

New Solar Orbiter Snaps Closest Pictures Ever Taken of the Sun

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We journey to the sun’s surface and explore more from the world of science with University of Chicago paleontologist Neil Shubin.

More Than Half of Chicagoans Expected to Vote by Mail in November

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A record 121,000 Chicagoans have sent in applications to vote by mail in the November election. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump claims without evidence the 2020 election will be “the most rigged.”

Trump Pressures Schools to Reopen But Many CPS Teachers Fearful of Classroom Return

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President Donald Trump is pressuring schools to fully reopen in the fall. But as many teachers, parents and even some students are expressing fears over returning to school, cases of COVID-19 are rising across the country.