Stories by Nicole Cardos

DCFS Acting Director on Plans for Reform of Troubled Agency

Acting Director Marc Smith appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has faced troubles for years. Acting Director Marc Smith talks about issues facing the state’s child welfare agency.

New Mayor, New Solutions to Chicago’s Finances? Local Analysts Weigh In

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot waves after being sworn in during her inauguration ceremony Monday, May 20, 2019. (AP Photo / Jim Young)

It’s her first week in office, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot doesn’t have time to waste when it comes to city finances. How can Chicago address its fiscal troubles?

Move Over, Meat! Alternative Options Growing in Popularity

As new products come on the market, traditional beef patties are being challenged by plant-based alternatives. (Engin_Akyurt / Pixabay)

There might be a new kind of meat cooking on the grill this weekend: alternative meat. But what is it? And why the craze?

Looking Ahead: Analysts Preview Lightfoot Administration

In this May 14, 2018 file photo, Lori Lightfoot talks about bid for Chicago mayor on “Chicago Tonight.” One year later, Lightfoot is preparing for her May 20, 2019 inauguration as Chicago mayor.

Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot unveils an ambitious 100-day plan. We talk to experts about what the future holds under a Lightfoot administration.

New Report Grades Chicago Hospitals on Patient Safety

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How safe are Chicago hospitals? A new report says some of them are not making the grade when it comes to patient safety and preventable death. 

Could New $1,000 State Tax Drive Electric Car Owners Out of Illinois?

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State Sen. Martin Sandoval’s legislation would hike the electric vehicle registration fees from $17.50 to $1,000. It would also include tax and fee increases on gas, license plates and driver’s licenses.

‘World’s Fastest Man’ Remembers Cyclist Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor

At a time of Jim Crow laws, how did a black man compete to become the fastest athlete of his time? A new book by Michael Kranish tells the story a trailblazing cyclist and his connection to Chicago. 

Single Mother of 3 Successful Children Embraces ‘Power of Presence’

How to raise children to be successful adults? That’s the million-dollar question for every parent. A new book by Joy Thomas Moore has some suggestions.

Emanuel Supports Retirement Income Tax, But is it Too Taxing on Seniors?

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Outgoing Mayor Rahm Emanuel is the latest supporter of a retirement income tax. A look at the potential impact on Illinois, Chicago – and seniors.

Former Ambassador Says US-Canada Relationship in Trouble

U.S. Ambassador to Canada Bruce Heyman, left, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Courtesy Uncharted, LLC)

Canada is America’s most trusted ally, but that relationship is at risk. In their new book “The Art of Diplomacy,” a former U.S. ambassador to Canada and his wife explain.

South Side Home Movie Project Aims to Fill in Historical Gaps

Candace Ming exhibits footage with a donor at the Five Year Anniversary Bash at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, October 7, 2017. (Courtesy South Side Home Movie Project)

A South Side native watches her long-forgotten home movies for the first time in 35 years. What was on them – and how the viewing was made possible.

Report Projects Grim Future for Social Security, Medicare

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If you’re expecting to receive Social Security benefits, brace yourself. Costs for Social Security are projected to exceed the program’s income next year, which means beneficiaries may not get all that’s been promised to them. 

MIT Economists Argue for Increased Public Investment to ‘Jump-Start’ America

MIT economist Simon Johnson, co-author of the new book “Jump-Starting America,” appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

In their new book, a pair of MIT economists say that if the government doesn’t start investing more in research and development, America’s future growth will be in jeopardy. Co-author Simon Johnson makes the case.

Proposal to Wipe Out Student Loan Debt Ignites Conversation

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What began as a proposal by a presidential candidate has since turned into a heated debate over managing the nation's trillion dollar student debt burden. 

Is Ageism the Last Socially Acceptable ‘Ism?’ A New Book Argues Yes

What does ageism look like in the workplace, and how much of a problem is it in the U.S.? A new book uncovers that and more.

Chicago-Area Congressmen Discuss Mueller Report, 2020 Census

In this Oct. 28, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated at FBI Headquarters in Washington. (AP Photo / Charles Dharapak, File)

U.S. Reps. Danny Davis and Sean Casten join us to discuss the latest headlines out of Washington D.C., including the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report and the 2020 census. 

Who Might Be Responsible for the Sri Lanka Attacks?

Sri Lankans carry a dead body at St. Sebastian's Church damaged in a blast in Negombo, north of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo / Chamila Karunarathne)

The deadly attacks in Sri Lanka are likely the result of an international terrorist group, says Robert Pape, director of the Chicago Project on Security and Threats at the University of Chicago.

Medal of Honor Recipient on His Path from Bullied Victim to War Hero

Chicago native Allen Lynch is one of 74 living veterans to have received the Medal of Honor. (Courtesy Pritzker Military Museum & Library)

Long before becoming a decorated war veteran, Chicago native Allen Lynch was a victim of bullying, which he details in a new autobiography. 

Local Attorneys Offer Key Takeaways from Mueller Report

President Donald Trump holds up a statue of the Wounded Warrior Project logo presented to him during a Wounded Warrior Project Soldier Ride event in the East Room of the White House, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

What’s in the redacted version of the Mueller report, and what it could all mean for the president.

Why One Sociologist Says It’s Time for Black Women to Date White Men

Cheryl Judice, the author of the new book “Interracial Relationships between Black Women and White Men,” tells us why she believes more black women should date outside their own race.

Will Illinois Blow Up its Tax System? We Ask State Lawmakers

They’ll be faced with a lot of work when they reconvene from spring break. We discuss taxes, marijuana and meeting Chicago Mayor-elect Lori Lightfoot with Illinois lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.

New Book Tells Stories from Inside the Therapist’s Room

Lori Gottlieb (Courtesy Shlomit Levy Bard)

She is a psychotherapist and author of the “Dear Therapist” advice column. Lori Gottlieb tells us about her new book, “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone.”

South Side Home Movie Project Aims to Fill in Historical Gaps

Candace Ming exhibits footage with a donor at the Five Year Anniversary Bash at the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, October 7, 2017. (Courtesy South Side Home Movie Project)

A South Side native watches her long-forgotten home movies for the first time in 35 years. What was on them – and how the viewing was made possible.

How Will Chicago’s 2019 Runoff Election Go Down in History?

In this March 24, 2019 photo, Chicago mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot, right, participates in a candidate forum sponsored by One Chicago For All Alliance at Daley College in Chicago. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford)

Whether Lori Lightfoot or Toni Preckwinkle becomes the next mayor of Chicago, the 2019 runoff is one for the history books. We take a deep dive into the political significance of this election.

US Sees Second-Highest Number of Measles Cases in Nearly 2 Decades

Measles, a virus once thought to be eradicated in the U.S. less than 20 years ago, seems to be rearing its head again. Where are we seeing the virus take hold, and why doesn’t it completely die off?