Stories by Brandis Friedman

Rick Bayless, Sarah Grueneberg Win Awards at ‘Oscars’ of Food Industry

Rick Bayless, center, poses with his wife and business partner, Deann, and Dave Hardie, director of San Pellegrino. (Credit: Huge Galdones)

The who’s who in American cuisine descended on Chicago’s Lyric Opera House for the 2017 James Beard Awards.

Court Tosses CPS Discrimination Lawsuit Against State

“Obviously we’re very disappointed in the judge’s ruling that it is permissible for the state of Illinois to discriminate on the basis of race,” said CPS CEO Forrest Claypool on Friday. (Chicago Tonight)

A Cook County Judge has dealt a financial setback to Chicago Public Schools – stating that the school district’s complaint is “not the vehicle to address [the state’s] inequity” in education funding.

Could House Calls Be the Future of Medical Care?

Bringing the doctor’s office to patients when they’re no longer able to bring themselves.

Teachers Claim CPS ‘Harassing’ Members Over Sick Leave

Some Chicago teachers say CPS is looking into whether they are skipping school.

New Investment Helps Young Chicagoans Find Their Opportunity

In an effort to curb violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has directed resources to expand mentoring programs in Chicago Public Schools. A new effort is targeting young men and women who aren’t in school.

CPD Use of Force Policy Getting Revisions Amid Larger Reform Effort

The Chicago Police Department's controversial use of force policy gets a do-over. 

History Comes to Life as CPS Students Meet ‘Hamilton’

The Founding Father who became the subject of one of the most popular Broadway musicals in a generation is also the subject of a history lesson in Chicago Public Schools.

Chance the Rapper Donates $1M to Chicago Public Schools

The Grammy winner announced a $1 million donation to CPS, just as Gov. Bruce Rauner’s office presented new ideas to rescue the cash-strapped district from its funding wreckage.

Cash-Strapped CPS Files Motion, Threatens Shorter School Year

Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools students could be in for a shorter school year.

Emmett Till’s Family Reacts to Accuser’s Confession, 60 Years Later

A stunning confession in the most notorious civil rights case of the 20th century.

CTU, Principals: Special Education in Crisis

(Brandis Friedman / Chicago Tonight)

Strong charges from the Chicago Teachers Union leveled against Chicago Public Schools about funding the district’s diverse learners.

School Funding Reform Commission Delivers Report, Legislation TBD

Another commission, another report on school funding reform. Will lawmakers’ recommendations create a new formula?

Chicago Police Department Ramps Up Training for ‘Police Legitimacy’

The Chicago Police Department’s Procedural Justice training. (Brandis Friedman / Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Tonight sits in on a training class that aims to teach Chicago police officers how to better engage with the community.

Remembering the 1st Step of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1,000-Mile March

Once a neighborhood unwelcoming to families of color, Marquette Park is not only a more diverse community today, but one that's now home to a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. memorial.

How 2012 Chicago Teachers Strike Changed Fight Over Public Education

A new book argues the teachers strike of 2012 did more than just force a contract. A look inside “A Fight for the Soul of Public Education.”

Judges Help Foster Children Find Independence

Brandon Johnson works in the kitchen at Chicago restaurant the Girl and the Goat. (Chicago Tonight)

From the foster system to one of the hottest restaurants in town: How one young man is “mixing it up.”

Bitter Cold Especially Challenging for Chronically Homeless

Weathering the cold is especially hard on people who live outside. What’s being done to help the homeless.

Part-Time Professors at City Colleges Want More From Their Employer

Adjunct professor Claire Boeck (Chicago Tonight)

Adjunct professors at the state’s biggest community college system say their working conditions make it difficult for them to do their jobs.

Watchdog Says CPS Board Blocking Ethics Investigation

CPS Inspector General Nick Schuler addresses the Chicago Board of Education on Wednesday. (Chicago Tonight)

An investigation into whether or not the Chicago Board of Education’s top attorney violated a Chicago Public Schools ethics policy has been stalled, according to the district’s Inspector General Nick Schuler.

CPS Board Approves Revised Budget With $215M Gap

Charter Applications and Inspector General Investigation on the Table

Chicago Board of Education President Frank Clark (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools has a budget, but it could change again before the end of the school year.

Mentoring Program at Chicago Schools Expands to Girls

(Brandis Friedman / Chicago Tonight)

No longer just for the boys, a popular mentoring program is now making sure girls aren’t being left behind.

DACA Recipients Fear the Future Under Trump

As inauguration day grows closer, so does the fear for some young immigrants that their status in the U.S. will be revoked.

Learning Gardens at CPS Schools Plant Seeds for Healthy Food Choices

Students at some Chicago Public Schools are getting their hands dirty while feeding their minds.

New Report Aims to Increase Principal Retention at CPS

A tough job, but hundreds of Chicago educators do it–a new report on making sure the best principals are on the jobs in Chicago Public Schools.

Detainees Work Through Trauma in Jail, Aim for ‘Something Different’

We bring you part two of our story on a program that aims to stop the revolving door of the criminal justice system – from inside the Cook County Jail.