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Stories by Evan Garcia

All Cooped Up: Renting Chickens in Chicago

The backyard chicken trend gets a leg up with the prospect of temporary ownership – and farm-fresh eggs.

Is Hate on the Rise in America?

The Chicago Police Department documented 72 hate crimes in 2016 – a 20-percent spike compared to 2015. That increase falls in line with hate crime upticks in other large U.S. cities, like New York City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Great Lakes Summit to Tackle ‘Environmental Racism’

A view of the Great Lakes from space. (USEPA Environmental-Protection-Agency / Flickr)

Issues impacting the Great Lakes and communities surrounding the massive freshwater system will be at the center of a two-day conference in Chicago starting Wednesday.

Flight Overbooked? Use Game Theory to Get the Biggest Payout

Using math to get the most bang for your buck on an overbooked flight.

House Passes Health Care Bill Repealing Obamacare

All seven Illinois House Republicans voted in favor of the bill Thursday that rolls back several features of the Affordable Care Act.

Rauner, Emanuel Butt Heads Over Thompson Center Plans

(Ken Lund / Flickr)

What does the future hold for Helmut Jahn’s 16-story Loop office building?

The Night Ministry Offers Aid, ‘Human Connection’

A Night Ministry volunteer serves lasagna to members of the Back of the Yards community.

Chicago Tonight rides along with the Rev. Faith Miller and the rest of the Night Ministry for a scheduled stop in the Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Chicago’s Last ‘Harbor Boss’ Tells All in New Book

Chicago’s Burnham Harbor (David Ohmer / Flickr)

Robert Nelson’s at-times tumultuous tenure as Chicago’s “harbor boss” is chronicled in his new book “Dirty Waters: Confessions of Chicago’s Last Harbor Boss.”

Unpacking Trump’s Tax Plan

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin

President Donald Trump’s tax plan was formally rolled out Wednesday. As promised on the campaign trail, the plan includes several business-friendly tax measures.

Doomsday Squad at Argonne National Laboratory Prepares for Chaos

Disaster scenarios near and far are daily considerations for a group of local scientists and engineers. We meet two members of the Global Security Sciences division at Argonne, nicknamed the Doomsday Squad.

The State of Free Speech on College Campuses

A Black Lives Matter protester interrupts a speech by conservative blogger Milo Yiannopoulos at DePaul University in May 2016. (Courtesy of Diamaris Martino)

Universities across the U.S. are trying to reconcile two conflicting free speech concerns: the right of students to protest controversial speakers and the right of those commentators to speak on campus.

‘Forgotten Chicago’ Uncovers History Worth Remembering

The 50th on the Lake motel was operating on Lake Shore Drive by 1958. After several transformations, it’s known today as the Lake Shore Hotel. (Courtesy of Jacob Kaplan)

For nearly a decade, the website Forgotten Chicago has documented the city’s storied past. Meet the site’s co-founder and editor, Jacob Kaplan.

‘Money Smart’ Decisions for All Ages

(Pictures of Money / Flickr)

Nationally syndicated columnist Ilyce Glink offers advice on everything from managing student debt to retirement funds.

Rep. Quigley on House Committee’s Russia Investigation

Nearly four months into Donald Trump’s presidency, tension over foreign affairs is flaring up.

Will United Airlines Incident Change the Way We Fly?

Viral videos showing a 69-year-old passenger being dragged off a United Airlines flight have sparked public outrage and discussions over passengers’ rights. But will the incident have any lasting impact on air travel policies?

Chicago Housing Authority CEO on Overdue Plan for Transformation

Demolition of one of the Robert Taylor Homes. (Daniel X. O'Neil / Flickr)

The Chicago Housing Authority is playing catch-up on a goal it planned to meet eight years ago. We speak with CHA CEO Eugene Jones about the city’s public housing plans.

During Lent, Chicago Architect Turns Lens to Neighborhood Churches

St. Helen's Catholic Church in Ukrainian Village. (Courtesy of Dan O'Brien)

Dan O’Brien has embarked on what he calls his “Lenten architectural pilgrimage” for about 10 years. “The artistic effort that was put into designing these spaces ... were all meant to tell a story,” he says.

Chicago Flag Turns 100

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(Daniel Huizinga / Flickr)

The mighty Chicago flag gets a special shout-out in City Council just in time for its 100th birthday. We mark Chicago Flag Day by exploring its evolving design, history and popularity.

Ameya Pawar: ‘More Money Doesn’t Always Mean You Win’

| Nicole Cardos

The Chicago alderman joins host Eddie Arruza to discuss his run for Illinois governor.

Gaelynn Lea Strikes a Chord with ‘Tiny Desk’ Win, Advocacy Work

Winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest catapulted musician Gaelynn Lea into the international spotlight. (Courtesy of Gaelynn Lea)

The violinist and songwriter beat more than 6,000 entrants to be the ultimate winner of NPR’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest.

Governor’s Race Heats Up, Emanuel Dodges Questions About Email

Carol Marin discusses the political happenings of Springfield and Chicago with Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago Sun-Times, Lauren Chooljian of WBEZ and Heather Cherone of DNAinfo.

Paul Vallas and CSU Board Chairman Discuss Struggling School’s Future

Paul Vallas and Chicago State University Board Chairman Marshall Hatch discuss the ongoing search for university leadership and what lies ahead for the beleaguered school.

Urban Wildlife Monitoring Program Expanded by Lincoln Park Zoo

A group of coyotes captured by a motion-detected camera in Chicago. (Courtesy of Lincoln Park Zoo)

Since 2010, the zoo’s Urban Wildlife Institute has used motion-detecting cameras and acoustic monitoring equipment to record and document animals roaming through the city.

New Book Chronicles the Great Lakes’ History and Threats

(Dustin Tinney / Flickr)

In his book “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes,” author Dan Egan chronicles the history of the world’s largest group of freshwater lakes as well as the natural and man-made dangers threatening it.

Chicago City Council to Vote on Street Performer Restrictions

City Council is expected to vote March 29 on an amendment to the city’s noise ordinance that would restrict some street performers from major stretches of two downtown streets.