Stories by Evan Garcia

Dems Make Big Moves on Cook County and MWRD Boards

Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 16, 2017.

Although she announced her run for mayor in September, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle pushed forward in an uncontested re-election bid. How other county races look for Democrats.

In 14th District, Political Newcomer Underwood Defeats GOP Rep. Hultgren

Lauren Underwood gives her victory speech Tuesday after winning the election for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District.  (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

In a highly watched race in the northwest and western suburbs, Lauren Underwood, a 32-year-old registered nurse, declared victory over incumbent Republican U.S. Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-Plano).

The Week in Review: Last Lap for Illinois Governor’s Race

The home stretch of campaign season and the final days of the governor’s race included a major snub – and some poor judgment. Plus: Alarming news about Chicago’s drinking water, and the Bears still top the NFC North.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Kanye West ‘Distancing’ Himself

Kanye West’s donation of $126,460 to Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia follows a tweet in which he says he’s “distancing [himself] from politics.”

Illinois Comptroller Forum: Susana Mendoza, Darlene Senger

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza, left, and Darlene Senger appear on “Chicago Tonight.”

Incumbent Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza and her Republican challenger Darlene Senger talk about paying the state’s bills and more.

Public Weighs in on Proposed Police Consent Decree. What’s In It?

Chicagoans can weigh in on the proposed police consent decree over the next two days. We unpack the legal document.

Blair Kamin: Cityfront Center Development is ‘Mediocre,’ ‘Underachieving’

The Chicago Tribune architecture critic points out what he sees as the shortcomings of Cityfront Center in Streeterville.

Neil deGrasse Tyson Explores ‘Unspoken Alliance’ Between Space Exploration, Military Might

Neil deGrasse Tyson appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

The evolving and often parallel relationship between scientific and military minds is the focus of a new book from astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson: “Accessory to War: The Unspoken Alliance Between Astrophysics and the Military.”

Duck Hunting in Chicago? Yep, at City’s Only State Park

For 70 years, hunters have been shooting waterfowl at Wolf Lake on the city’s Far South Side. It is the only state park within city limits, and one of the only places to hunt in Chicago. We go for a visit.

A Chicago Pension Fix? Using Revenue from Public Assets

Could profits from public assets like Midway Airport help fund Chicago’s pensions? The former mayor of Highland Park thinks so.

U. of I. Professor Wins ‘Genius Grant’ for Civil Justice Research

Rebecca Sandefur (Credit: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)

Sociologist Rebecca Sandefur has received the prestigious award for her research on the hurdles low-income communities face when seeking civil justice. She joins us in discussion.

Journalists Weigh In On Van Dyke Murder Case, Conviction

The high-profile case and its impact on Chicago: A conversation with journalists Jamie Kalven, Kimberly Egonmwan, Greg Hinz and John Fountain.

Activist DeRay Mckesson Makes a ‘Case for Hope’ in New Book

DeRay Mckesson appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

We speak with the prominent Black Lives Matter activist about his new memoir, “On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope.” 

Growing Economy: Low Unemployment, Inflation as Fed Raises Interest Rate

“We have successfully completed negotiations on a brand-new deal to terminate and replace NAFTA,” President Donald Trump announced Monday, Oct. 1, 2018.

President Donald Trump is boasting a booming economy, but will higher interest rates stop it?

Shopping Online? Pay Up: Out-of-State Retailers Charging Sales Tax

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Online shoppers in Illinois are now required to pay the state’s sales tax when making purchases from certain out-of-state retailers.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Will Brett Kavanaugh be Confirmed?

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.

The Week in Review: Van Dyke Defense Shows Animated Video of Shooting

Defense attorneys for Jason Van Dyke show jurors an animated video of the fatal shooting. How political campaigns can prevent sexual harassment. And the Chicago Cubs clinch their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.

Third Woman Accuses Brett Kavanaugh of Sexual Misconduct

Judge Brett Kavanaugh discusses Roe v. Wade during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

The Supreme Court nominee is strongly denying new accusations of sexually aggressive behavior in high school, calling them “ridiculous and from the Twilight Zone.”

Trump Administration Releases New Cybersecurity Strategy

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A new cybersecurity plan unveiled last week by the Trump White House indicates that the U.S. could take more aggressive steps to combat foreign hackers. 

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Prosecution Rests in Van Dyke Trial

Paris Schutz and guests discuss the murder trial of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who fatally shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. 

The Week in Review: Preckwinkle Enters Chicago Mayor’s Race

J.B. Pritzker and Gov. Bruce Rauner rumble in their only TV debate. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins the race for Chicago mayor. Explosive testimony in the Jason Van Dyke murder trial. And the Cubs and Brewers go down to the wire in the NL Central.

City Hall Veteran Gery Chico Enters Chicago Mayor’s Race

Gery Chico appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 19, 2018.

A former Chicago mayoral candidate who lost to Rahm Emanuel in 2011 is back in the race now that his former foe has withdrawn.

After Mistaking Murals for Graffiti, City Considers Public Art Registry

After the erroneous removal of two neighborhood murals, City Council is considering a proposal to protect and formally register Chicago’s public art.

Is Emanuel’s $10B Bond Borrowing Plan the Right Pension Fix?

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has floated the idea of selling more than $10 billion in pension obligation bonds. We dig into the idea.

The Week in Review: Mayor Emanuel Won’t Seek 3rd Term

A shocker from Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a flood of candidates consider a run. The mayor leaves plenty of unfinished business for his successor while Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial gets underway.