Stories by Evan Garcia

New Book Examines Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Crusade Against American Fascism’

Author Timothy Denevi appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

“Freak Kingdom” dives into the writer’s clashes with the political establishment. Author Timothy Denevi joins us to discuss the book.

Critic Who Dissed Chicago’s Food Scene Defends His Article

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John Kessler served up five criticisms of the city’s restaurant and food culture in a Chicago magazine article this week – and he’s facing some heat for it. Do you think Chicago’s dining scene has “lost its luster”?

Public Transit Outlook: Leaders Talk Infrastructure, Funding Needs

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a hike in the state gas tax to fund transportation infrastructure. The area’s transit heads give us their reaction and an update on the status of the region’s public transportation.

Model Railroad Club Chugs Along in Chicago for More Than 70 Years

At Clarendon Park in the Uptown neighborhood, a fleet of model trains from multiple places and time periods are chugging through coal country. 

A Controversial Fishing Style: Snagging for Salmon in Chicago Harbors

From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, fishermen in Illinois are allowed to use a specific technique to catch salmon that’s banned in several other states. What snagging is, and where you’re allowed to do it.

Bob Dylan’s Legendary Electric Guitar on Display in Chicago

The first electric guitar Bob Dylan played live in performance – a legendary instrument which sparked uproar – is on public display at the American Writers Museum. We go for a look.

The Week in Review: Mendoza Confirms Mayoral Run, Amazon Snubs Chicago

Susana Mendoza is in the race for mayor. Outrage and confusion surround the fatal police shooting of a security guard. Chicago gets the big snub from Amazon. And the Bears get ready for their prime time matchup against Minnesota.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Uptown Theatre Restoration

Paris Schutz and guests discuss the planned $75-million restoration of the landmark Uptown Theatre.

Chicago Researcher Explores Gender Politics in US, Abroad

Lauren Underwood gives her victory speech after winning the election for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District on Nov. 6, 2018.  (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

A record number of women are heading to Congress. How might this shift affect governmental policies both foreign and domestic?

With Jeff Sessions Out, What’s Next for the Department of Justice?

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump’s decision to oust beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions raises questions about the future of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election. 

How Might Newly Elected Democrats Tip the Scales in Cook County?

Newly elected Democrats Scott Britton, left, and Kevin B. Morrison appear on “Chicago Tonight.”

Scott Britton, Kevin B. Morrison and Cam Davis. Meet some of the Cook County Democrats who rode Illinois’ “blue wave” to unseat Republican incumbents on the county board.

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

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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?