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Preckwinkle Parts Ways with Top Aide After Controversial Social Media Post

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle takes questions from the media after announcing her mayoral campaign on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2019. (Chicago Tonight)

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, considered a front-runner in the race for Chicago mayor, has cut ties with Scott Cisek after he made a controversial post on Facebook.

Spotlight Politics: Incumbent Aldermen Under Pressure

Six days to go until Chicago’s mayoral and aldermanic elections, and in many races, it’s anybody's guess who will win. Paris Schutz and Carol Marin take us behind the scenes in this week's political roundtable. 

Mayoral Candidates Play Nice in Final WTTW Forum

Chicago mayoral candidates Garry McCarthy, Gery Chico, Amara Enyia, La Shawn Ford and Lori Lightfoot appear on “Chicago Tonight” Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019.

If the mayoral candidate forum Monday was punctuated by testy exchanges between Susana Mendoza and Bill Daley, Tuesday’s crew of five candidates – moderated by Carol Marin – kept it mostly civil.

Controversial Lincoln Yards TIF Moves Forward

An artist’s rendering of the Lincoln Yards master plan released in January 2019. (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

An obscure city commission voted Tuesday to approve a $900 million tax increment financing district that will help fund infrastructure upgrades for the proposed $6 billion Lincoln Yards development.

Mayoral Candidates Turn Up Heat in 2nd WTTW Forum

Paul Vallas, Willie Wilson, Toni Preckwinkle, Bill Daley and Susana Mendoza appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, Feb. 18, 2019.

With a little more than one week left until the election for Chicago mayor, five of the perceived front-runners amped up their rhetoric in WTTW’s second of three candidate forums.

Obama Presidential Center Faces Court Ruling Tuesday

This illustration released on May 3, 2017 by the Obama Foundation shows plans for the proposed Obama Presidential Center with a museum, rear, in Jackson Park on Chicago's South Side. (Obama Foundation via AP, File)

A federal judge could decide this week whether or not to toss a lawsuit challenging the construction of the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. 

Spotlight Politics: Mayoral Money Machine Revs Up

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Bill Daley gets a major endorsement for mayor while hauling in big bucks. Carol Marin, Paris Schutz and Amanda Vinicky have details on that story and more in this week’s political roundtable.

Cracked Lake Shore Drive Bridge Reopens

A portion of northbound Lake Shore Drive reopened Tuesday after having been shut down for more than 24 hours, raising questions about the condition of Chicago’s other bridges. 

Early Voting – Now in All 50 Wards – Begins in Chicago

Early voting kicks off this week in all 50 Chicago wards.

With Chicago’s municipal election two weeks away, early voting kicked off Monday in all 50 wards. 

Spotlight Politics: More Stories of Aldermen Behaving Badly

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Chicago aldermen are caught up in some questionable or unscrupulous behavior, as the campaign for mayor gets down and dirty. Carol Marin, Paris Schutz and Amanda Vinicky have details in this week’s roundtable.

Ald. Ed Burke Accused of Electioneering

A still image taken from a video shared with Chicago Tonight by the Garcia for Congress campaign of U.S. Rep. Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, who is backing one of Ald. Ed Burke’s opponents in the 14th Ward aldermanic race.

Embattled 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke, clad in a top hat and overcoat, is seen in a video shared with Chicago Tonight handing out shoulder bags at a polling place during November’s general election.

Growing List of Aldermen Speak Out Against Lincoln Yards Development

Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

Opponents of the $6 billion proposal are calling for more affordable housing units. “Affordable housing is a crisis throughout the entire city,” said Ald. James Cappleman, who is spearheading the opposition.

Spotlight Politics: Bombshell Solis Revelations Roil City Politics

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Ald. Danny Solis (WTTW News file photo)

Shocking news from City Hall as the scandal touches the statehouse. Political reporters Carol Marin, Paris Schutz and Amanda Vinicky dive into the story in this week’s roundtable.

Chicago Copes with Record-Setting Cold

Just how historic is Wednesday’s polar punch, and how are city agencies helping residents cope?

Chicago Mayor’s Race: Mendoza, Preckwinkle Spar Over Ethics

Susana Mendoza, one of 14 candidates running for Chicago mayor, releases her ethics plan as early voting is set to begin Tuesday.

Released Documents Detail What Feds Sought in Burke Raid

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)

Newly released documents shed light on recent FBI raids of Ald. Ed Burke’s City Hall office and the broader investigation surrounding the longtime 14th Ward alderman.

Spotlight Politics: Solis, Burke Shock Waves Reverberate in Mayor’s Race

How do stunning new developments in an FBI corruption case impact the race for mayor? Political reporters Carol Marin and Paris Schutz dive into that story and more in this week’s roundtable.

Some Aldermen Angered by Report Solis Wore Wire

Ald. Danny Solis, 25th Ward, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 26, 2018.

City Council reacts to a stunning report that longtime Ald. Danny Solis secretly recorded Ald. Ed Burke as part of a federal corruption investigation. 

Report: Ald. Danny Solis Secretly Recorded Ald. Ed Burke

Ald. Danny Solis (Chicago Tonight file photo)

The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that 25th Ward Ald. Danny Solis secretly recorded Ald. Ed Burke on multiple occasions to assist an FBI investigation. 

Tall Buildings, More Park Space in $6 Billion Lincoln Yards Master Plan

An artist’s rendering of the Lincoln Yards master plan released in January 2019. (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

Sterling Bay calls the project a “once in a lifetime opportunity to transform a former industrial site into a vibrant river front community.” But at least one alderman says the deal amounts to an unprecedented public giveaway to a private developer.

City Asks Public to Weigh In on O’Hare Expansion Designs

The O’Hare expansion proposal by London-based Foster Epstein Moreno Joint Venture (Chicago Department of Aviation)

Chicago’s Department of Aviation unveiled proposals Thursday from five architectural firms competing to design O’Hare International Airport’s $8.5-billion expansion project. 

Final $6 Billion Lincoln Yards Proposal Expected This Week

Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

A $6 billion mixed-use development on the North Side is scheduled for a city vote next week, even though final plans have yet to be drawn up. Some aldermen and community groups are asking, “What’s the rush?”

Lawsuit Opposing Obama Presidential Center Grows

Three groups file amicus briefs joining the original suit filed by Protect Our Parks, alleging it would be illegal for the Obama Foundation to go forward with the project in federally protected parkland.

An In-Depth Look at the Life of Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, then Democratic candidate for governor, fields questions from high school students during a special episode of “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 8, 2018.

From a childhood marked by privilege and tragedy to a life of business success and philanthropy, we bring you an original, in-depth look at the life of new Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

Officials Seek Warrant to Search R. Kelly’s Chicago Recording Studio

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 Lifetime docuseries “Surviving R. Kelly” has spurred renewed scrutiny of the R&B star after years of reports of alleged sexual abuse of underage girls.