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Stories by Evan Garcia

Illinois Rep. Steven Andersson Deposed as House GOP Floor Leader

He broke from Republican ranks in Springfield last week. Now, state Rep. Steven Andersson has been asked to step down as GOP floor leader. He joins us in discussion.

Putting It Off: DePaul Professor Talks Procrastination

For most of us, procrastination means periodically putting off tasks, but some people make delaying responsibilities a way of life. Meet a researcher who has studied procrastination for two decades.

Northwestern Opens Gender-Neutral, Multi-Stall Bathroom

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As the national debate over gender-neutral bathrooms continues, Northwestern says its new facility is the first of its kind at a major Chicago university.

Rauner Threatens to Prolong Special Session If There’s No Budget by Friday

In a statement released Wednesday, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he would prolong the special legislative session “if the legislature fails to send a balanced budget package to my desk by Friday.”

Senate Republicans Push for Vote on Health Care Bill

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Before they break for a July Fourth recess next week, Senate Republicans are trying to rally support and votes for a bill intended to repeal and replace Obamacare.

Sun-Times Critic Hedy Weiss Under Fire for Steppenwolf Review

A recent review by Hedy Weiss of the Steppenwolf production “Pass Over” has gotten the Chicago Sun-Times theater critic of more than 30 years in some hot water.

‘Ugly Prey’ Tells Story of First Woman Sentenced to Hang in Chicago

Before Sabella Nitti was sentenced to hang in 1923 for the murder of her husband, no other woman in Chicago had received such a fate. But Nitti’s case was different in more ways than one.

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.

Illinois State Reps Discuss Budget Ahead of Special Session

The pressure is on for Illinois lawmakers to strike a budget deal before July 1. We speak with two members of the Illinois House as they prepare for this week’s special session.

What the US Can Learn from Southeast Asia

Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry addresses the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN, during a U.S.-ASEAN Summit held in Brunei on Oct. 9, 2013. (U.S. Department of State)

An alliance of Southeast Asian countries turns 50. What the Western World can learn from it.

Chicago’s Taxi Industry Is In Crisis: Can It Be Saved?

Chicago taxi drivers protest ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft by holding signs and driving around City Hall in February 2015. (ScottMLiebenson / Wikimedia Commons)

Since ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft hit the Chicago market in 2013, overall taxi ridership in the city has taken a plunge. We discuss the future of Chicago’s cab industry.

Chicago FOP President and ACLU Weigh In on Police Reform

On the road to reform, which path should the Chicago Police Department take: one with or without federal oversight?

James Comey Testifies: Trump Administration ‘Chose to Defame Me’

During Thursday’s hearing, the former FBI Director said his rationale for documenting conversations with President Donald Trump was due to a fear that Trump “might lie about the nature of [their] meeting.”

Celebrating Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th Birthday

Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania.

The Wisconsin native, born on June 8, 1867, is widely regarded as the greatest American architect ever. We discuss his legacy with David Bagnall, the curator of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.

The Illinois Senate Passed a Budget. Will the House Follow Suit?

“We in the Senate did do our jobs. We stood up, we passed a balanced budget. We now need everyone to step up and do their jobs,” said state Sen. Heather Steans.

The Illinois General Assembly has blown a May 31 spring session deadline. So now what? We discuss the Springfield budget battle with state Sens. Heather Steans and Chris Nybo.

CPS Schools Fall Behind on Asbestos Removal, Univision Report Says

A new report shows Chicago Public Schools has fallen behind on removing or encapsulating asbestos found in dozens of school buildings.

Real Estate Website Zillow Sued Over Price Estimates, Offers Reward

In a class-action lawsuit filed this month in Cook County, a suburban family argues that estimates on the real estate website are inaccurate and illegal under Illinois law because they’re not licensed appraisals.

US Household Debt Exceeds Peak Levels of 2008 Recession

After nearly a decade, household debt in the U.S. has surpassed its peak levels of the 2008 Great Recession.

Study: Intermarriages on the Rise 50 Years After Loving v. Virginia

Fifty years after Loving v. Virginia, depicted last year in the film “Loving,” a new study examines interracial marriages.

Business Group Recommends Tax Hikes, Governor’s Office Responds

Eight billion dollars in new revenue. That’s part of the surprising prescription for Illinois’ fiscal troubles, outlined in a report by some of Illinois’ premier business leaders.

Obstruction of Justice? Former Federal Prosecutors Weigh In On Trump

President Donald Trump speaks to U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduates on May 17, 2017.

A memo written in February by former FBI Director James Comey raises new questions about the presidency of Donald Trump. Two former assistant U.S. attorneys join us in discussion.

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.