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Stories by Nicole Cardos

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.

Former Federal Prosecutor Talks Charges Against Ald. Ed Burke

Ald. Ed Burke speaks to “Chicago Tonight” and other media after returning to his home on the Southwest Side on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018. Earlier in the day, federal agents conducted a raid on his offices. (Brian Cassella / Chicago Tribune via AP)

This isn’t the first time a Chicago lawmaker has been charged with a federal crime, but the case does bring up several questions. Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, gives us his take.

How Fritz Kaegi Plans to Transform the Cook County Assessor’s Office

Fritz Kaegi appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Jan. 3, 2019.

The new Cook County assessor has vowed to bring fairness, transparency, ethics and modernization to the office. Fritz Kaegi joins us to discuss his 100-day plan and more.

New Book Examines Past, Present and Future of Free Speech in U.S.

How did we get the free speech protections we enjoy today, and where might they head in the future? A new book uncovers that – and more.

Ja’Mal Green Drops Out of Mayor’s Race

Ja’Mal Green talks about his mayoral bid on “Chicago Tonight” on April 24, 2018.

Activist and entrepreneur Ja’Mal Green has dropped out of the race to become Chicago’s next mayor. His departure brings to 17 the number of candidates vying for the seat.

‘Brotherhood’ Takes Deep Dive Into America’s U-2 Spy Program

Lockheed U-2A (U.S. Air Force photo)

Who were the central players behind America’s U-2 spy program? A new book by Monte Reel tells all. 

Trump, Democrats Continue Battle Over Funding, With No Budget in Sight

“Whatever it takes. I mean, we’re going to have a wall. We’re going to have safety. We need safety,” President Donald Trump said Wednesday when asked how long he anticipates the shutdown to continue.

Six days of a federal shutdown with no budget deal in sight. What’s happening in and out of the nation’s capital, and what can we expect? Lisa Desjardins of the “PBS NewsHour” joins us.

‘Wright Brothers, Wrong Story’ the Untold Account of Historic Flight

Orville Wright pilots a historic, 12-second flight on Dec. 17, 1903 at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, as Wilbur Wright observes.

Local author William Hazelgrove debunks what he calls “the Wright Brothers myth” in his new book about the history-making duo.

Bob Fioretti Focuses on Taxes, Pensions in 2nd Bid for Chicago Mayor

Chicago mayoral candidate and former Ald. Bob Fioretti appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

The attorney and former 2nd Ward alderman tells us why he’s running for Chicago mayor – again.

Plaintiff: ‘Warehousing’ Children Can Ignite Feelings of ‘No Self-Worth’

Plaintiff Burl F. speaks to the media about the class-action lawsuit on Dec. 13, 2018.

A new lawsuit claims DCFS is keeping Illinois children in psych wards beyond medical necessity. We hear from the plaintiff in that case.

After Texas Ruling, What’s Next for Obamacare?

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A federal judge’s ruling puts the future of Obamacare on the line. Is the sweeping health care initiative again in peril?

5 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Data Breaches

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The recent Marriott hotel data breach affected half a billion people. Who’s behind the attack, and what can we learn from it? We speak with Blase Ur, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Chicago.

Plan Proposes Moving $100M Workers’ Comp Program to New Hands

In this May, 4, 2011 file photo, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke speaks at a City Council meeting in Chicago. (AP Photo /M. Spencer Green, File)

Some City Council members want to put the $100 million-a-year workers’ compensation program in new hands. We hear from the alderman leading the charge. 

Pension Plan: How Mayor Emanuel Hopes to Confront Pension Obligations

“No one thing is going to solve the problem across four funds,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said of Chicago’s pension crisis on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel makes a major announcement on addressing the city’s pension crisis. What the plan calls for – and what it means moving forward.

Photographer’s ‘Scream Sessions’ Aim to Challenge Stereotypes

(Courtesy Whitney Bradshaw / “Outcry”)

Local photographer Whitney Bradshaw is using her art to help women speak up. We stop by for a look at – and a listen to – these unusual “scream sessions.”

After 23 Years on City Council, Ald. Solis Not Seeking Re-Election

Ald. Danny Solis (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Just days after he said he was going to file petitions to seek re-election as 25th Ward alderman, Danny Solis announced he’s not pursuing another term. He joins us to reflect on his career and look to the city’s future.

Monsters, Musicals and Must-Sees at the Theater

The cast of “The Steadfast Tin Soldier” at Lookingglass Theatre. (Photo by Liz Lauren)

From monsters and novelists to a depressed construction foreman in Belarus, the Chicago theater scene is as varied as ever. Hedy Weiss joins us with reviews and recommendations.

What Social Media Posts Can Tell Us about Gang Violence

(Courtesy Desmond Upton Patton)

Gang violence in Chicago has been researched, debated and battled for years. What role might artificial intelligence play in preventing violence?

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.”