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Stories by Nicole Cardos

Where Do Illinois Republicans Go From Here?

Gov. Bruce Rauner delivers his concession speech on Nov. 6, 2018 after being defeated in the general election by Democrat J.B. Pritzker.

President Donald Trump has been vocal on the topic of where the GOP stands, but where do Republicans in Illinois think they’re headed?

Scooter Sharing: How It Works, and Why Some Are Worried

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Electric scooters are growing in popularity across the country, and now leaders of scooter-sharing companies – and residents themselves – want to bring them to Chicago.

Trump’s Post-Election Remarks, Sessions’ Resignation Rock Washington

A tense news conference with the president, and a new head of the Justice Department after Jeff Sessions resigns. A report from Yamiche Alcindor of the “PBS NewsHour.”

Trump, Obama Rhetoric Symbolizes ‘Titanic Clash’ of Parties

Closing arguments and tight races on this election eve. Lisa Desjardins of the “PBS NewsHour” breaks down the high stakes of the midterms.

Eve Ewing’s Talents Expanding, But CPS Focus Endures

Eve Ewing (Photo by Nolis Anderson)

She is a poet, sociologist, podcaster and now comic book writer. Eve Ewing’s list of professional titles keeps growing, but her focus on Chicago Public Schools endures. And her interest is not just academic – it’s personal.

Illinois Races Heat Up One Week Ahead of Elections

Lisa Desjardins of the “PBS NewsHour” joins us to discuss how things are looking for candidates in Illinois and other key states, and whether some districts are still expecting a so-called blue wave on Nov. 6.

Chicago’s Low-Line: Phase 1 Completed, Phase 2 to Come

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An update on a pedestrian path set below CTA train tracks on the city’s North Side: what’s become of the project since our spring 2017 visit, and what is yet to come.

14th Congressional District Forum: Lauren Underwood

Her campaign ads focus on health care, but what are her plans for other issues? We hear from 14th Congressional District candidate Lauren Underwood.

A Look at President Trump’s Rally Strategy Ahead of Illinois Visit

President Donald Trump is visiting southern Illinois this weekend. What our colleges at the “PBS NewsHour” say we can expect from that visit. 

On College Campuses, Consent Education is Lacking, New Book Argues

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“Consent on Campus: A Manifesto” looks at how colleges can improve their policies and education on sexual violence and consent. We speak with the book’s author, Donna Freitas.

Manufacturing, Optimism Rising Nationwide as Illinois Lags Behind

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A new survey finds Americans are optimistic about manufacturing. But with a looming trade war and uncertainty over a new deal with Canada and Mexico, there’s still some concern for the future.

Sears Files for Bankruptcy. What That Really Means.

Is it the end of an era? NPR reporter David Schaper joins us to discuss what the future may hold for the former retail giant.

March to the Polls to Honor First-Time Voters Ahead of Midterm Elections

Crowds gather in Grant Park on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 for the March to the Polls. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

A women’s march in Chicago is planned for Saturday. Why organizers say this event will be different from others.

New Book Examines Government Policies’ Impact on Residential Segregation

It’s long been believed that residential segregation was a result of personal choices. But a new book argues segregation happened by design.

New Supreme Court Session Features Gerrymandering, Death Penalty Cases

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Although a ninth judge has yet to be confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court, the show must go on. The eight justices returned to the Temple of Justice this week to hear a new set of lawsuits.

Chicago’s Only Medicinal Garden Adds Therapeutic Touch to Local Research

How an urban garden is contributing to research on women’s health. We stop by the Dorothy Bradley Atkins Medicinal Garden at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Supreme Questioning at Kavanaugh Hearing Ignites Strong Emotions

“My family and my name have been totally and permanently destroyed by vicious and false additional accusations,” Judge Brett Kavanaugh said during a hearing on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018.

Local reaction to emotional testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee from Judge Brett Kavanaugh and his accuser Christine Blasey Ford.

Testimony Tactics: Role of Strategy, Optics in Kavanaugh Hearing

Christine Blasey Ford and Brett Kavanaugh are sworn in Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

It was a long day for the Senate Judiciary Committee, and an even longer one for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and one of the women accusing him of sexual misconduct, Christine Blasey Ford.

New Report Highlights Harassment in Illinois Politics

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New recommendations for how Illinois campaigns and government offices can eliminate harassment in the workplace. We hear from two of the women behind the report.

New Book Argues US Foreign Policy is ‘Doomed to Fail’

In “The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams and International Realities,” professor John J. Mearsheimer argues the broad-reaching foreign policy goals of the U.S. have backfired. 

Trump, Rosenstein to Meet After Reports of Deputy AG’s Departure

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday following a series of conflicting reports about Rosenstein’s future leading the Justice Department. 

Kavanaugh Allegations Ignite Debate Over Decades-Old Claims

Judge Brett Kavanaugh discusses Roe v. Wade during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

With a Supreme Court nominee’s confirmation in question, a nationwide debate has ignited over how much weight should be given to a decades-old allegation.

Pop Songwriter Justin Tranter Lays Track for Local Talent

Meet the Chicago-area native who is the songwriter behind some of pop music’s biggest hits.

Recent Police Suicides Prompt Advocates’ Call for Increased Resources

The Chicago Police Department’s Calumet District station on the city’s Far South Side. (Chicago Tonight)

A look at mental health resources available to Chicago police officers following the department’s third suicide in the last two months.

Looking Back and Ahead: Durbin Talks Kavanaugh, Chicago Mayoral Race

News of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision not to run again caught the senator by surprise. “I think it’s a wide-open contest at this moment,” Sen. Dick Durbin said on Chicago Tonight.