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Stories by jay smith
Jul 2, 2023 | Jay Smith
Jul 4, 2022 | Jay Smith
My heart aches. It aches for those who were lost, their families and for the devastating days ahead. I also thought about next weekend, and the weekend after.
Jun 13, 2022 | Jay Smith
Jim Ryan served as Illinois attorney general for eight years starting in 1995. He twice ran, unsuccessfully, for Illinois governor. He died on Sunday after what his family said were “several lengthy illnesses.” He was 76.
Apr 2, 2021 | Jay Smith
Loyola University Chicago’s NCAA run has put the Ramblers in the national spotlight once again. We remember the 1963 championship team.
Aug 24, 2020 | Jay Smith
Paris Schutz has a report from day one of the 2012 GOP convention in Tampa.
Aug 20, 2020 | Jay Smith
Former Mayor Richard M. Daley talks about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden from our coverage of the 2008 Democratic Convention.
May 20, 2020 | Jay Smith
Tyler Saladino had some exciting moments on the South Side when he spent parts of four seasons with the White Sox. Now he’s on the field in South Korea.
May 18, 2020 | Jay Smith
In honor of “The Last Dance,” the 10-part ESPN documentary about the Chicago Bulls championship years, we revisit an interview from the “Chicago Tonight” archives.
May 11, 2020 | Jay Smith
The behind-the-scenes story of Scottie Pippen’s infamous refusal to take the court during a 1994 playoff game as told by Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson on “Chicago Tonight” in 1995.
Apr 28, 2020 | Jay Smith
If you’re watching ESPN’s Michael Jordan documentary series “The Last Dance,” you have lots of company — and you may have spotted another familiar face on the series recently.
Mar 31, 2020 | Jay Smith
There is no joy in Mudville (or in Chicago for that matter) as the coronavirus pandemic has struck out Major League Baseball. Jason Benetti and Len Kasper talk about what might have been — and what may happen in the weeks to come.
Mar 25, 2020 | Jay Smith
While Illinois residents have been following a stay-at-home order since Saturday, people in China have been dealing with restricted living conditions for months. We speak with a Chicago native who now teaches high school in the Chinese city of Zhangjiagang.
Feb 4, 2020 | Jay Smith
With spring training right around the corner, we look to the coming season with White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper.
Jan 27, 2020 | Jay Smith
It’s been a busy winter for Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn, but after a flurry of moves, it may be time for him to rest a bit. “I think for the most part, the heavy lifting for the offseason is done,” Hahn said.
Dec 26, 2019 | Jay Smith
At a time of great division in the U.S., a little bit of Mr. Rogers can go a long way to remind us of simpler times. We revisit a 1985 interview between Fred Rogers and original “Chicago Tonight” host John Callaway.
Apr 25, 2019 | Jay Smith
Viewers weigh in on a report that says Chicago is one of the most polluted cities in America. And you left some thoughtful sentiments about Chicago Tonight's 35th birthday.
Feb 11, 2019 | Jay Smith
It might be cold and snowy outside, but pitchers and catchers report Wednesday for their first spring training workouts. We ask White Sox broadcaster Jason Benetti and Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper about the upcoming season.
Feb 7, 2019 | Jay Smith
We learn the ABCs of jazz with Chicago author and illustrator Neil Shapiro, whose new book is a “work of love” – and an ode to the greats.
Jan 7, 2019 | Jay Smith
Viewers weigh in on Ald. Ed Burke’s attempted extortion charge and the firearms found in his offices.
Dec 13, 2018 | Jay Smith
Viewers weigh in on a controversial fishing technique called “snagging.”
Aug 7, 2018 | Jay Smith
The Chicago Blackhawks legend played 22 seasons with the team, and is the franchise leader in assists, points and games played. He died Tuesday.
Aug 7, 2018 | Jay Smith
After more than six months of anticipation, the former “Week in Review” host throws out the ceremonial first pitch as the White Sox took on the New York Yankees.