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Stories by Nicole Cardos

43rd Ward Candidate Forum: Incumbent Ald. Smith vs. Lindblom

Aldermanic candidates for the 43rd Ward: Incumbent Ald. Michele Smith and Derek Lindblom.

In a North Side ward adjacent to the proposed site of the controversial Lincoln Yards development, two candidates fight for the 43rd Ward aldermanic seat. Incumbent Ald. Michele Smith and Derek Lindblom join us.

Candidates for City Treasurer Play Nice With Just 2 Weeks Until Runoff

City treasurer candidates Melissa Conyears-Ervin and Ameya Pawar participate in a “Chicago Tonight” forum on March 18, 2019.

Qualifications and public banks. Those were the repeated subjects that came up during the treasurer’s forum Monday with candidates Melissa Conyears-Ervin and Ameya Pawar. Watch the full discussion.

City Treasurer Candidate Forum: Conyears-Ervin vs. Pawar

City treasurer candidates Melissa Conyears-Ervin and Ameya Pawar participate in a “Chicago Tonight” forum on March 18, 2019.

Following a three-way battle to replace outgoing Treasurer Kurt Summers in the Feb. 26 election, Chicago voters will have to choose between two candidates in the April 2 runoff.

5th Ward Candidate Forum: Incumbent Ald. Hairston vs. Calloway

Aldermanic candidates for the 5th Ward appear on “Chicago Tonight” on March 13, 2019: Incumbent Ald. Leslie Hairston and William Calloway.

As Chicago voters prepare to head back to the polls, our series of forums continues with 5th Ward candidates Ald. Leslie Hairston and William Calloway.

Alex Kotlowitz on ‘An American Summer’ and Violence in Chicago

The author of “There Are No Children Here” tells us about his new book set in Chicago during the summer of 2013.

Geoffrey Baer on the Making of ‘Chicago on Vacation’

Geoffrey Baer, host of “Chicago on Vacation,” takes a selfie in a dune buggy in Silver Lake, Michigan, with Bob Collins behind the wheel.

WTTW’s Geoffrey Baer has explored almost every inch of the Chicago area in TV specials for more than 20 years. On Tuesday, he hits the road – and stops by to tell us about his adventures.

Attorney: Michael Cohen ‘Was Truthful and He Was Attacked’

In this edited photo, Michael Cohen testifies before Congress on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Cohen’s attorney Michael Monico, right, is highlighted.

Michael Cohen’s attorney Michael Monico shares his thoughts on his client’s testimony before Congress.

How Does Ranked-Choice Voting Work?

What is ranked-choice voting? And how could it have impacted Chicago’s Feb. 26 election?

Jim DeRogatis: ‘A Lot of People Failed a Lot of Women’

Former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Jim DeRogatis talks to Chicago Tonight and other reporters after a news conference by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx announcing charges against R. Kelly, the R&B star, with 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims in Chicago. (AP Photo / Kiichiro Sato)

The latest on R. Kelly from the journalist who’s been reporting on the Grammy Award-winning R&B star for decades.

Chicago Film Critics Reveal Their Top Oscars Picks

An Oscar statue is pictured at the press preview for the 91st Academy Awards Governors Ball, Friday, Feb. 15, 2019, in Los Angeles. The 91st Academy Awards will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24. at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony takes place Sunday night. We check in with two Chicago film critics ahead of the big night. 

4 Candidates for Mayor Address Crime, Finances, Housing in 1st Forum

Paris Schutz moderates a forum with, from left, mayoral candidates Jerry Joyce, Neal Sales-Griffin, Bob Fioretti and John Kozlar on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019.

Chicago Tonight kicked off its series of forums Thursday with four of the 14 candidates vying to be Chicago’s next mayor: Jerry Joyce, Neal Sales-Griffin, Bob Fioretti and John Kozlar.

Mayoral Candidate Forum: Fioretti, Joyce, Kozlar, Sáles-Griffin

In less than two weeks, 14 candidates will appear on the ballot for mayor of Chicago. The first in our series of three mayoral candidate forums kicks off with four of those candidates.

Presidential Hopeful Pete Buttigieg Talks 2020, New Memoir

South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg

The South Bend, Indiana, mayor tells us about his new memoir “Shortest Way Home” – and why his eyes are set on the White House.

Owners of Logan Square Restaurant Add Surcharge to Menu

Chefs and restaurant co-owners Abe Conlon and Adrienne Lo. (Courtesy of Maria Ponce)

There’s a new restaurant trend emerging across the U.S.: a surcharge that’s added to customers’ checks. The owners of one local restaurant say it’s the best way to help their workers. Here’s a taste of how it works.

Browser Extension Rates News Sites Based on Journalistic Standards

A new web browser extension called NewsGuard rates news websites based on trustworthiness, accuracy and other standards.

How can readers know whether a news site is trustworthy? There’s a web browser plug-in created by the company NewsGuard to help determine just that.

These Scientists Study the Arctic. What’s Their Take on ‘Chiberia’?

Chicago scientists Scott Collis (courtesy Scott Collis), left, and Yarrow Axford (photo by Alex P. Taylor).

Subzero temperatures in Chicago are not unlike Arctic parts of the globe. Local scientists Scott Collis and Yarrow Axford share their experiences working on the edges of the world.

Gillette’s ‘We Believe’ Ad Sparks Controversy, Dialogue

A still image from the Gillette commercial, “We Believe: The Best Men Can Be.”

What does a new ad campaign say about masculinity in the #MeToo era? We explore reactions both positive and negative to Gillette’s “We Believe” commercial.

What’s the Price Tag of the Government Shutdown? Economists Weigh In

(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Federal workers are feeling the effects of the government shutdown, but what about everyone else? Local economists weigh in on that and the economic forecast for 2019.

Judge Approves Settlement for 50-Year-Old Housing Discrimination Case

A decadeslong public housing lawsuit has nearly come to an end, marking “a seminal moment in Chicago’s history,” according to a joint statement from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and CHA CEO Eugene Jones Jr.

Van Dyke Sentence a Complicated ‘Victory’ for McDonald Family

The Rev. Marvin Hunter, Laquan McDonald’s great-uncle, appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

The sentencing of Jason Van Dyke raises questions about criminal justice and police reform in Chicago and beyond. The Rev. Marvin Hunter, Laquan McDonald’s great-uncle, weighs in.

Journalists Discuss ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ and Impact on #MeToo Movement

This June 13, 2008 file photo shows R&B singer R. Kelly arriving at the Cook County Criminal Court Building. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Kathy Chaney and Mary Mitchell, who are featured in a new Lifetime docuseries about R. Kelly, weigh in on the latest allegations against the R&B star.

One-on-One With New Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker sat down for an interview with Amanda Vinicky on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, a day before he was sworn in as Illinois’ new governor.

On the eve of his inauguration as Illinois’ 43rd governor, J.B. Pritzker sits down for an interview with Amanda Vinicky and talks about his plans for the state.

Chicago Attorney Jerry Joyce Talks About His Bid for Mayor

(Courtesy Jerry Joyce)

You may have heard his family name in local politics before. Mayoral candidate Jerry Joyce joins us in conversation.

50-Year-Old Housing Discrimination Case Reaches Settlement

A lawsuit against the Chicago Housing Authority is coming to an end. The lead counsel on that case tells us what it’s about – and its impact.

New Book Looks at Publications About Chicago’s Image, Impact

Books about Chicago and the city’s impact around the world are featured in the new book, “Chicago by the Book.” Why some made the cut – and others didn’t.