Stories by Taurean Small

Cubs Fire Manager Rick Renteria

The Chicago Cubs announced Friday the team would move forward without manager Rick Renteria.

Illinois Job Growth

New numbers touted by the governor’s office show that the Illinois unemployment rate has fallen more than any other state in the last year. But is it all good economic news? Paris Schutz has the story.

Crain’s Corner

Rauner and the Gubernatorial Election

The Nov. 4 election is rapidly approaching, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner isn’t any closer to revealing his plans for running the state. Rauner recently appeared before Crain’s editorial board, and Greg Hinz joins us to talk about Rauner’s visit and the upcoming election.

Image from the October edition of National Geographic magazine.

Scientists Speak about Spinosaurus

Paleontologists Discover Largest Predatory Dinosaur

The scientists behind the discovery of Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur ever found, visit Chicago Tonight.

Smartphone Market Heats Up

Motorola raises the curtain on the Moto X and its so-called "wearable," while Apple unveils two larger-sized iPhones and an upcoming watch. Two tech reporters give us their reviews of the latest smart gadgets hitting the market.

Radio Icon Roy Leonard Dies

Respected broadcaster Roy Leonard died Thursday at Evanston Hospital after a brief illness.

Photo by Josclynn Brandon

Candlelight Protest Addresses Diversity in River North

Chicago’s predominantly-white River North neighborhood was the scene of a candlelight protest to promote racial diversity.

Analyzing the ‘CPS Preference’ Policy

CPS Grads to Get Leg Up in Fire Department Exam

The city is preparing to take applications for firefighters for the first time in almost a decade, but the plan to diversify the department is not sitting well with everyone. We take a look at the policy that gives preference to hiring CPS graduates from both sides of the spectrum.

How Old Do You Look?

A local professor has co-created a computer program that calculates age from a selfie. We talk about the development, process, and accuracy of the project FaceMyAge. 

City Sticker Deadline Approaches

City Clerk Susana Mendoza talks changes to the city's vehicle sticker program.

The Silver Lining in Breast Cancer

Hollye Jacobs was a nurse, social worker and child development specialist, when she found herself moving into the role of a patient. We revisit her journey through surviving breast cancer and her new book, The Silver Lining, a supportive guide to help other cancer survivors. Read book excerpts, view a slideshow, and read an interview with the book's photographer.

Judge Rules Against Term Limits, Redistricting

Petitions calling for limiting Illinois legislators’ terms and political redistricting hit a major road block that could keep them off the November ballot. 

Weekend Events Around Town: 6/20 - 6/22

A breakdance show, a Scottish festival and Chicago's Pride Parade; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend. 

1871 Gets $2.5 Million State Grant for Expansion

One of Chicago's top technology incubators, 1871, is getting a substantial state grant to expand its Merchandise Mart space another 25,000 square feet.

Weekend Events Around Town: 6/6 - 6/8

A food festival, a Star Trek convention, and a street art fair; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

Weekend Events Around Town: 5/30 - 6/1

A street festival, a tribute show and a food truck show; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

Weekend Events Around Town: 5/23 - 5/25

A comedy show, a tavern tour and a pirate-themed circus ; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

Hedy Weiss: Theater Reviews

Theater and Dance Critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss reviews a production of “Charles Ives” at the Strawdog Theater and more. Read more about the plays and watch additional reviews. 

Weekend Events Around Town: 5/16 - 5/18

A Chinese classic play, a workout event and a food tour; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

Weekend Events Around Town: 5/9 - 5/11

A film festival, an orchestra concert and a Mother's Day celebration; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

Web Extra: Cook County Parenting Course

Read an interview with Tedi McClain and Ebenezer Amalraj of Cook County Jail's Alpha Parenting Course.

Hedy Weiss: Theater Reviews

Theater and Dance Critic of the Chicago Sun-Times, Hedy Weiss reviews a new production of "Avenue Q" – plus the latest from Lookingglass Theatre and more. Learn more about the plays reviewed by Hedy and watch web extra video reviews.

Weekend Events Around Town: 5/2 - 5/4

A fashion show, a wine tasting event and an art fair; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

Weekend Events Around Town: 4/25 - 4/27

A classic play, a party at the zoo and a concert; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

State Guidelines for Medical Marijuana

Last week the first formal draft rules for the Illinois Medical Cannabis Pilot Program were published. Program coordinator Bob Morgan explains the guidelines for patients, the changes that were made, and the future of the program.  

Crain's Corner

Chicago's $20 Million Club

We’ll talk to Joe Cahill of Crain’s Chicago Business about Chicago’s $20 million club – the small group of area CEOs that earned $20 million or more last year. View a graphic of Chicago's top-earning CEOs.