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Stories by Nick Blumberg

The Choice for Mayor 2019: Toni Preckwinkle

An in-depth look at Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, who is facing Lori Lightfoot in an April 2 runoff election for mayor of Chicago.

Illinois Senate Democratic, Republican Leaders on Budget Priorities

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Gov. J.B. Pritzker struck a bipartisan tone in his budget speech. What the top Democrat and Republican in the state Senate think of his proposal.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Impact of Jussie Smollett

Eddie Arruza and guests take a dive deep into the broader impact of the Jussie Smollett case.

The Week in Review: Mayoral Candidates Fight to the Finish

Charges for “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. Accusations, missteps and big money in the run-up to election day. A disturbing revelation about the Aurora mass shooter. And Manny Machado disses Chicago.

Mayoral Candidate Forum: Chico, Enyia, Ford, Lightfoot, McCarthy

Join us Tuesday at 7 p.m. for our third and final mayoral candidate forum, moderated by Carol Marin. Watch on WTTW11 or live on Facebook and YouTube.

Candidate Forum: Chicago City Treasurer Hopefuls Face Off

The Chicago mayor’s race is getting a lot of attention, but it’s not the only contested citywide race in the Feb. 26 election. Meet the candidates running to replace outgoing Treasurer Kurt Summers.

Pritzker Admin Lays Out Financial Woes Ahead of Budget Address

Gov. J.B. Pritzker addresses a new bill to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019. (Justin L. Fowler/The State Journal-Register via AP)

As Illinoisans wait for new Gov. J.B. Pritzker to unveil his budget plan, Pritzker’s administration is delving into the perilous state of Illinois’ finances with a series of reports.  

Solis Investigation: Attorneys Explain Potential Impact of Yearslong Federal Probe

Ald. Danny Solis (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Analysis of the possible legal implications of the investigation surrounding Ald. Danny Solis, and the power brokers he recorded for the government.

It’s Tax-Filing Season. What You Need to Know About This Year’s Forms

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Monday marks the start of income tax filing season. Learn about what’s different this year in the wake of new tax laws.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Decriminalizing Marijuana

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss moves by Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to decriminalize marijuana.

The Week in Review: Aldermen Reeling After Latest Burke Revelation

Chicago aldermen are reeling after learning of an FBI mole in their ranks. More fallout from the federal charge against Ald. Ed Burke. Lincoln Yards takes a huge step forward. And the Bears QB preps for the Pro Bowl.

Bringing Hope to Chicago Neighborhoods Through Financial Empowerment

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The city treasurer teams up with a national nonprofit to expand financial empowerment centers in Chicago neighborhoods.

Authors Look to Other Cities to Chart a ‘New Chicago Way’

The challenges facing Chicago are problems with clear solutions. So argue the authors of a new book that charts a path for government reforms in the city.

Remembering Chicago’s ‘Lost Restaurants’

A new book by Chicago-based author Greg Borzo explores the city’s bygone restaurants, from the high-end to the bizarre.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: The Contentious Race for Mayor

Paris Schutz and guests discuss the increasingly contentious race for Chicago mayor.

The Week in Review: Emanuel Pitches Pension Fix

New developments in the federal investigation of Ald. Ed Burke. Mayor Rahm Emanuel swings for the fences on pensions. Mayoral petition challenges are heating up. And the Bears look to avenge their loss to the Packers.

Teaching the Little Rock Nine to Students in Chicago

Terrence Roberts, one of the surviving members of the Little Rock Nine, appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

We speak with Terrence Roberts, a surviving member of the Little Rock Nine, about teaching students to promote equality in their communities.

Biography Explores ‘Love and Strife’ of Legendary Author Saul Bellow

He is widely considered one of the greatest American novelists. Saul Bellow’s anger, appetites and enormous talent are captured in a newly released biography by Zachary Leader, who joins us in conversation.

Uber’s Top Lawyer on ‘Concrete Actions’ to Curb Sexual Misconduct

Ride-hailing giant Uber releases a comprehensive plan to document – and ultimately curb – incidents of sexual misconduct within its ranks. We speak with the company’s chief legal officer Tony West.

Book Explores ‘A Raisin in the Sun’ Author Lorraine Hansberry’s ‘Radiant and Radical Life’

Lorraine Hansberry (Courtesy The Goodman Theatre)

In her new book, Imani Perry tells the overlooked story of "A Raisin in the Sun" author and Chicago native Lorraine Hansberry. 

Kwame Raoul Declares Victory Over Erika Harold in Attorney General Race

Candidates for Illinois attorney general Kwame Raoul and Erika Harold participate in a “Chicago Tonight” forum on Oct. 29, 2018.

Democrats sweep statewide races, with state Sen. Kwame Raoul winning the race for Illinois attorney general; and Comptroller Susana Mendoza, Treasurer Mike Frerichs and Secretary of State Jesse White retaining their seats.

Illinois Attorney General Forum: Kwame Raoul, Erika Harold

Candidates for Illinois attorney general Kwame Raoul and Erika Harold participate in a “Chicago Tonight” forum on Oct. 29, 2018.

In their final meeting before next week’s midterm elections, the Democrat and Republican each pitched themselves as the candidate most capable of putting the priorities of Illinois voters into action.

How Technology is Changing the Face of Retail

This week, retail giant Amazon announced plans to open a fourth Amazon Go location in Chicago next year. Will this high-tech model be the future of retail?

Biographer Traces Ronald Reagan’s ‘American Journey’

Few American presidents occupy as prominent – and complicated – a place in the collective American psyche as Ronald Reagan. Biographer Bob Spitz tells us about his new book.

‘Money Diaries’ Aims to Help Women Take Control of Their Finances

A new book offers a peek at how other people spend their money, and shows how that can you help you control your own finances.