Stories by evan garcia

Chicago’s Last Tannery Specializes in Horse Leather, NFL Footballs

Horween Leather has some high-profile clients. And if you’re a sports fan, chances are you’ve seen their work at play.

Russians Hacking Routers in the US and UK, Officials Warn

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Government officials from the U.S. and the United Kingdom warn that Russian hackers are targeting consumer and business routers. How to protect your devices.

Celebrity Shout-Outs for Sale via Chicago-Based Company Cameo

Fans can a buy a shout-out from Dennis Rodman for $1,000 on Cameo.

Are selfies the new autograph? A local company connects celebrities with their fans through personalized videos.

Journalist Connects Family’s Turbulent Past with Chinese History

A reporter researching his family history tells an intimate story of China’s modernization. Scott Tong discusses his new book “A Village with My Name.”

Cases For and Against Net Neutrality Set for Debate at Northwestern


Northwestern University hosts an Oxford-style debate on net neutrality this week. What are the pros and cons?

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Chicago Tribune Guild

Paris Schutz and guests discuss unionization effort by dozens of Chicago Tribune employees and the Chicago Bears’ decision to let Cameron Meredith walk.

The Week in Review: Illinois Politicians Turn the Tables on Zuckerberg

Sen. Dick Durbin grills Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chicago homicides are in decline. South suburban Harvey goes belly-up. And Cubs bats come to life despite injury to star slugger Anthony Rizzo.

Illinois Politicians Grill Zuckerberg During Facebook Hearings

Two Illinois politicians grabbed national headlines as they grilled Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg during his testimonies before Senate and House committees this week.

Chicago Hospitals Strive to Increase Life Expectancy on West Side

On Chicago’s West Side, the average life expectancy is just 69 years. What one coalition of health care institutions and professionals is doing to change that.

United 2017 Dragging Incident a Lesson for Airlines?

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United Airline’s PR disaster might have served as a wake-up call to major airlines. An annual report rates how they’re doing.

Is Roskam Worried About a ‘Blue Wave’ in Illinois’ 6th District?

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

Republican U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam is running for his seventh term in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District, but not without stiff competition from the left.

If Atlanta Got Crippled by a Cyberattack, How Safe Are You?

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Atlanta is still in the throes of a major cyberattack. How vulnerable are cities like Chicago to hackers using ransomware?

The Dark Side of Social Media: Is Your Data Safe?

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Facebook is facing backlash in the wake of a data privacy scandal. University of Chicago computer science professor Ben Zhao shares his perspective.

Should College Athletes Be Paid? A Chicago Economist Weighs In

Loyola Ramblers players and fans attend a rally at Gentile Arena on Sunday, March 25, 2018. (Virginia Barreda / Chicago Tonight)

As the Loyola Ramblers go to the Final Four, the question of paying college athletes resurfaces.

Chicago Teens March for Gun Control in DC

Chicago student Mya Middleton, 16, speaks at the March For Our Lives in Washington, D.C., on March 24, 2018.

Meet two Chicago high school students who were part of the massive March For Our Lives event Saturday in Washington, D.C.

Trump’s Tariffs on China Stoke Trade War Fears

China faces steep tariffs for allegedly stealing U.S. intellectual property. Is a trade war in the offing?

Casten, Bennett Take on Incumbent Reps. Roskam, Schneider in November

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Meet the primary winners set to take on suburban incumbent U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam and Brad Schneider in the November general election.

2018 Primary: 6 Congressional Districts to Watch

Not one of the incumbents in Illinois’ 18 congressional districts lost their party’s nomination in the March primary. From Lipinski to Quigley to “Chuy” Garcia, see how these primary races shook out.

Reports: Facebook Users’ Personal Data Exploited to Help Trump’s Campaign

A British firm is accused of using personal Facebook data of millions to help Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016.

Political Reporters on the Illinois Primary Races to Watch

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Voters across the state are heading to the polls. Three political reporters give us their takes on noteworthy primary races.

4th Congressional District Forum: Gonzalez, Flores, Garcia

Democrats Richard Gonzalez, Sol Flores and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia are vying to replace U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez. What solutions do they envision for problems impacting this predominantly Hispanic district?

Photos: Joe Biden Discusses Income Inequality at Northwestern

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Northwestern University on March 9. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Amid increasing speculation over a possible run for president in 2020, the former vice president delivered a speech Friday at Northwestern University. See photos from the event.

Conservationist Flies All Over the World to Save Cranes

A whooping crane family (Klaus Nigge / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters / Flickr)

Bird experts from around the world are flocking to a Chicago Audubon Society event in Chicago this weekend. We speak with conservationist George Archibald, who delivers the keynote speech at event.

Cook County Board President Forum: Toni Preckwinkle, Bob Fioretti

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former Ald. Bob Fioretti appear on “Chicago Tonight” in October and November 2017, respectively.

A candidate forum ahead of the March 20 primary features the incumbent and her challenger, a former Chicago alderman.

Chicago Nonprofit Opens Architecture Industry to Diverse Voices

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unity Temple in Oak Park.

Meet Maya Bird-Murphy, an Oak Park architecture enthusiast aiming to open the industry to more minorities and women.

Advancements in Artificial Intelligence Prompt Curiosity, Concern

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Artificial intelligence research has been around for more than half a century, but we’ve only recently seen developments in AI technology that might bring sci-fi film plotlines to life. Should we be afraid?