Stories by Crystin Immel

Bears, Packers Meet for 200th Time as Both Teams Eye the Playoffs

It may be the best rivalry in all of sports. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams joins us to preview the 200th meeting of the Bears and Packers.

Bears vs. Cowboys Preview: Chicago Hopes to Gain Ground in Playoff Picture

Can the Bears actually make a playoff push? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams joins us to preview their matchup with the Cowboys.

Bears vs. Lions Preview: Thanksgiving Day Matchup for Divisional Rivals

Will it be feast or famine for the Bears when they play the Lions on Thursday? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us three key takes on what the Bears need to do to win.

Bears Hope to Rebound Against 2-Win Giants

Is there still hope for the Chicago Bears? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams joins us to preview their matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday.

Bears vs. Rams Preview: 2 Teams with Unfinished Business

The Chicago Bears (4-5) look to get back on track when they face the Los Angeles Rams (5-4) on Sunday Night Football. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us a preview.

Bears, Lions Hope to Salvage Seasons in Divisional Showdown

The Chicago Bears (3-5) look to snap a four-game losing streak when they face the Detroit Lions (3-4-1) on Sunday. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us a preview.

Bears Face Eagles in Rematch of Playoff Loss

The Chicago Bears (3-4) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (4-4) on Sunday in a rematch of last season’s playoff game. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us a preview.

Bears Look to Jump-Start Offense Against Chargers

Is there a spark of life yet in the Bears? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams previews the team’s matchup with the Chargers on Sunday. 

Bears vs. Saints: Trubisky May Return, But Injuries Mount

The Chicago Bears host the New Orleans Saints. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams has a preview.

Bears vs. Raiders: Mack Faces Former Team in London

The Chicago Bears head across the pond for their matchup with the Oakland Raiders. Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams has a preview.

Banged-Up Bears Look to Keep Things Rolling Against Vikings

Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams gives us three key takes on what the Chicago Bears need to do to beat the Minnesota Vikings in week four.

Bears vs. Redskins: Chicago’s Offense Looks to Improve After Slow Start

Can the Bears build on last week’s photo finish? Former Bears offensive lineman James “Big Cat” Williams breaks down the Bears chances against the Redskins.

Bears Face Fangio, Broncos in Week 2 Matchup

The Bears head to Denver in search of their first win after a lackluster season opener. Former Bears player James “Big Cat” Williams has this preview.

Bears, Packers Kick Off NFL’s 100th Season Thursday Night

Are the Bears’ kicking woes a thing of the past? Former Bears offensive lineman and WTTW News football analyst James “Big Cat” Williams kicks off the season with a preview of the Bears-Packers showdown.

10 of the Most Interesting Polling Places in Chicago

Studio Gang’s Eleanor Boathouse at Park 571 (Tom Harris Photography / Studio Gang)

If you’re voting on Election Day, odds are you’ll cast your ballot at a church, school, library, or police station. But with more than 2,000 polling precincts across the city, there are a few unexpected polling places in the mix. Here are 10.

Author Gillian Flynn Talks ‘Sharp Objects,’ #MeToo Movement and More

Gillian Flynn appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 12, 2018.

The Chicago-based, bestselling author of “Gone Girl” talks about her newly adapted HBO miniseries and more.

Loyola Ramblers: Where to Watch Saturday’s Final Four Game

Loyola Ramblers fans cheer on the team at in Rogers Park bar Bruno’s on Thursday, March 15, 2018.

The underdog Ramblers take on the 3rd-seeded Michigan Wolverines on Saturday evening. Where to watch the game in and around Chicago.

‘Making a Murderer’ Defense Attorney on Broken Justice System

One of Steven Avery’s defense attorneys from Netflix’s “Making a Murderer” discusses his new book “Illusion of Justice.”

State Appeals Brendan Dassey’s Overturned Conviction

Brendan Dassey (Tracy Symonds-Keogh / Wikimedia Commons)

Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel announced Friday he has filed a notice to appeal a federal judge’s decision to overturn Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction, a case documented in the Netflix series “Making a Murderer.”

Attorney for Brendan Dassey of ‘Making a Murderer’ on Overturned Conviction

Footage from the interrogation of Brendan Dassey, as seen in the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer.” (Courtesy Netflix)

Brendan Dassey, whose confession to involvement in the murder of Teresa Halbach was depicted in the wildly popular Netflix documentary series “Making a Murderer,” may be released from prison by Thanksgiving. We hear from his post-trial attorney on the judge's ruling.

‘Making a Murderer’ Shines Light on False Youth Confessions

Chicago-Based Lawyers for Brendan Dassey Await Judge’s Decision

Steven Avery in the Netflix original documentary series "Making A Murderer." (Courtesy of Netflix, Inc.)

The two men at the center of the Netflix documentary series, Steven Avery and his nephew Brendan Dassey, are serving lengthy sentences, but one of Dassey's Chicago-based attorneys is questioning the interrogation methods used by the police. He joins us to discuss the series and what’s next for his client.

Illinois Senate Passes Temporary Budget

The Democratic-led Illinois Senate on Wednesday passed the temporary one-month budget by a vote of 39-0 (with 15 voting present) that the House passed last week, but can they override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto? Amanda Vinicky joins us tonight with the latest updates from Springfield.

Illinois House Lawmakers Return to Springfield

Credit: Amanda Vinicky

Illinois House lawmakers are back in session in Springfield a week after representatives failed to pass a one-month spending plan. The Democrat-controlled House led by Speaker Michael Madigan is scheduled to take up the temporary spending plan again despite opposition from Gov. Bruce Rauner and Republican lawmakers. We talk with Chicago Tonight's Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky about the status of the budget and more.

Final Days of the IL Legislative Session

It’s the final stretch of the legislative session. Will lawmakers be able to approve a budget by Sunday or will a special session be necessary? Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky updates us on that and more.

Tech Hub 1871 Seeks Another Expansion

Chicago’s technology incubator, 1871, seeks public funding to expand for the second time in a year, following a 25,000 square foot expansion last year. The potential state-backed expansion concerns privately run co-working spaces and offices that rival 1871. We hear the latest from Crain's Chicago Business reporter John Pletz.