Stories by Amanda Vinicky

Rauner Dismisses Would-Be Opponent as ‘Pawn’

“McCann is being used as a pawn by Pritzker and Madigan,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said Thusday, April 26, 2018.

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner weighs in for the first time on a new entrant to the governor’s race: state Sen. Sam McCann.

Gun-Rights Advocates Beat Back Effort to Regulate Illinois Gun Dealers

Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed the Gun Dealer Licensing Act in March. Wednesday was key to determining whether that veto would stick. 

Illinois’ Budget Impasse Leads to ‘Out of Control’ Interest Payments

(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Illinois may have a budget (for another few months anyway), but the two-year stalemate continues to put a drag on the state’s finances.

Michael Madigan Wins 6th Term as Head of Illinois’ Democratic Party

(Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

He first became head of the Democratic Party of Illinois in 1998. Despite his longevity, House Speaker Michael Madigan isn’t a beloved figure.

Parkland Shooting Survivor Wants Fresh Focus on ‘Never Again’ Movement

May-Ling Ho-Shing is a survivor of the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The 17-year-old shared a message Thursday with students at Thornwood High School in South Holland.

Decades After Deadline, Equal Rights Amendment Regains Steam

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Supporters have tried to resurrect the ERA for years, but the movement gained steam Wednesday, passing the Illinois Senate by a vote of 42 to 12 – more than 35 years past its deadline.

From Pyeongchang to ‘Heart and Seoul,’ Exhibit Highlights Korean Culture

The Winter Olympics are long gone, but at the Chicago Children’s Museum, kids can continue to experience elements of the Korean culture they’ve seen glimpses of on TV.

Gov. Rauner Lays Out an Election-Year Agenda

The remaining 7.5 weeks of the Illinois General Assembly’s spring session comprise Gov. Bruce Rauner’s last real chance before November’s election to show voters that the skills he used to amass a personal fortune can transfer to state government.

What Oversight Should Civilians Have Over Chicago Police?

There’s more rancor than ever in deciding what a community board to oversee Chicago police should look like, and what powers civilians should have. 

Supreme Court Case a Potential Game-Changer for Sports Betting

Federal law permits betting on sports in just a few states that had laws on the books before a federal ban in the early 1990s. But a case before the U.S. Supreme Court could change that.

Loyola Ramblers: What’s Next After Team’s Final Four Run

Bill Behrns, Loyola University Chicago.

Loyola’s Cinderella story came to an end Saturday when the men’s basketball team was bested by Michigan, but that doesn’t mean the competition is over.

Mudslinging Begins as Democrats Look to Take Back Governor’s Mansion

J.B. Pritzker speaks to the media after a “Chicago Tonight” candidate forum on March 14, 2018.

With the race for governor winnowed down, Democrat J.B. Pritzker and Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner are wasting no time in going after one another. 

Battle of the Big Bucks: It’s Pritzker vs. Rauner for Illinois Governor

Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

Brace yourselves, Illinois residents. The matchup between Gov. Bruce Rauner and venture capitalist J.B. Pritkzer virtually guarantees incessant campaigning and political ads leading up to the Nov. 6 general election.

Cook County Assessor’s Race: Andrea Raila in the Running After All

A conversation with on-again, off-again Cook County assessor candidate Andrea Raila, now that she’s on the ballot.

Democratic AG Candidates Say Madigan Should Step Down as Head of Party

Democratic candidates for attorney general raise their hands Monday on “Chicago Tonight” in response to Carol Marin’s question, “Should Mike Madigan step down as chairman of the Democratic Party?”

Political leaders of the fabled Chicago Democratic machine have lost public support from a group of lawyers, one of whom may in the near future be well-placed to do more than just talk about rooting out corruption.

Rauner’s ‘Crystal Clear’ Gun Stance Doesn’t Include Dealer Licensing Bill

Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks Wednesday at a ribbon-cutting for a new AT&T call center on the Northwest Side. (Chicago Tonight)

Gov. Bruce Rauner says he’s been clear about his stance on guns. But he won’t say whether he’ll sign recently passed legislation that would require Illinois gun dealers to be licensed by the state.

Early Voting for March Primary Gets Underway, Though Ballot Issues Persist

Illinois voters can begin casting their votes in a series of heavily contested primary races, as early voting began in earnest Monday.

Illinois Lawmakers Vote to License Gun Dealers

Cardinal Blase Cupich urges lawmakers Wednesday in Springfield to pass gun control laws.

As students in Florida returned to class for the first time since a gunman opened fire at their Parkland high school, Illinois lawmakers advanced a series of gun control measures in Springfield.

2018 Primary: Democrats Pin Hopes on 6th District Voters

As Democrats aim to retake control of the U.S. House, they’re pinning hope on voters who live in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District. But first, primary voters need to decide who will be the nominee.

From Pyeongchang to ‘Heart and Seoul,’ Exhibit Highlights Korean Culture

The Winter Olympics will soon come to an end, but at the Chicago Children’s Museum, kids can continue to experience elements of the Korean culture they’re seeing glimpses of on TV.

Democratic Candidates for Governor Want Madigan to Resign

Democratic candidates for governor Daniel Biss, left, and Chris Kennedy participate in a candidate forum at WTTW on Monday.

Republicans have spent years trying to thwart House Speaker Michael Madigan. As allegations of sexual harassment by those in Madigan’s inner circle continue to swirl, leading Democrats are joining that chorus.

Property Tax System ‘More Regressive’ in Cook County, Report Finds

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios (File footage / Chicago Tonight)

A bombshell report on Cook County’s property tax system exposes flaws in how the assessor determines how much residents owe in property taxes. 

Rauner Re-election Budget Plan Puts Burden on Local Governments

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday laid out a $37.6 billion spending plan that heavily relies on the income tax increase he constantly bemoans and calls for balancing the budget largely by shifting costs to local governments.

Woman Accusing Madigan Aide of Sexual Harassment Speaks Out

Alaina Hampton, right, speaks to the media Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018 with her spokesperson Lorna Brett.

A 28-year-old woman unsatisfied with the way in which House Speaker Michael Madigan handled her accusations of sexual harassment against Kevin Quinn is taking her complaint to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Madigan Fires High-Ranking Aide Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

House Speaker Michael Madigan

After 20 years, Kevin Quinn is “no longer an employee of any of my political committees” given “inappropriate conduct,” House Speaker Michael Madigan announced in a statement Monday.