Stories by Paris Schutz

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.

Spotlight Politics: Mayoral Candidates Scramble Amid Burke Fallout

Defensive words from City Council members who have proposed a flurry of reforms in the wake of the Ald. Ed Burke scandal. Political reporters Carol Marin and Paris Schutz dive into that story and more in this week’s roundtable.

Burke Scandal Spurs Flurry of Reform Proposals

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)

In the wake of federal corruption charges against Ald. Ed Burke, aldermen and mayoral candidates are laying out major ethics proposals that could radically change the business of City Council.

Bears’ Season Ends with Cody Parkey’s Field Goal Clank

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey (1) reacts after missing a field goal in the closing minute during the second half of an NFL wild-card playoff football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. (Nam Y. Huh / AP Photo)

Embattled kicker Cody Parkey missed the 43-yard potential game-winning field goal, allowing the Philadelphia Eagles to escape with a 16-15 victory.

Ald. Ed Burke Loses City Council Power

In this July 31, 2015 file photo, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke chairs a meeting of the City Council’s Finance Committee. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

It took Ald. Ed Burke 50 years to build up an unprecedented level of power in City Council. It took only 24 hours for him to lose much of it.

Ald. Ed Burke Charged with Attempted Extortion

| Amanda Vinicky
Ald. Ed Burke, 75, walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Federal agents raided longtime Chicago Ald. Ed Burke’s ward and government offices Nov. 29, and for the first time there’s insight as to what they were looking for: evidence of an extortion scheme.

Spotlight Politics: Chicago Alderman in Jail

Ald. Ricardo Munoz, 22nd Ward (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Ald. Ricardo Munoz is facing domestic abuse charges, and the field of candidates for Chicago mayor is narrowing. Political reporters Paris Schutz and Amanda Vinicky have those stories and more in this week’s roundtable.

After Short Holiday Break, Mayoral Challenges Resume

Mayoral candidate Dorothy Brown calls for other campaigns to stop challenging her petition signatures.

The field of candidates is starting to take its final shape. Who’s in and who’s out in the race for Chicago mayor.

Bill Daley Unveils Partial 2017 Tax Returns

| Amanda Vinicky
Former U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff Bill Daley appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 17, 2018.

The Daley campaign provided “Chicago Tonight” the cover sheets for his 2017 federal income 1040 form. They show that Bill Daley paid an effective tax rate of 37 percent on adjusted gross income of just over $2.5 million.

Mayor’s Race: Lesser-Known Candidates Face Steep Climb

Jim Allen, spokesman for the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Dec. 18, 2018.

Major players in the race for Chicago mayor have emerged. But what about some of the lesser-known names among the 21 who have filed to run? Do they stand a chance to make the ballot?

Vallas Drops Petition Challenge; Lightfoot Calls on Preckwinkle to Do Same

“Toni Preckwinkle is doing what a party boss does,” mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot said Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

Election officials and campaigns are in a frenzy to sort out who will be on the mayoral ballot in February, and things likely won’t let up until well into the new year.

Spotlight Politics: Challenges and Shenanigans in the Mayor’s Race

The race for Chicago mayor is intensifying and the feuding among candidates has begun. We take a deep dive into the 2019 municipal election and other top political headlines in our weekly roundtable.

Mayor Emanuel: Change State Constitution on Pensions

In this file photo, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel speaks to the media on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

He may be leaving office soon, but Mayor Rahm Emanuel is about to put forward a proposal that’s likely to generate controversy as the race for his successor heats up.

Madigan-Connected Alderman Responds to Election Fraud Allegations

A ‘Chicago Tonight’ Exclusive

Ald. Marty Quinn, 13th Ward, speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Dec. 10, 2018.

David Krupa, a 19-year-old aldermanic candidate, alleges election fraud as he tries to take on Ald. Marty Quinn, a top ally of Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, in the 13th Ward.

Chicago Mayoral Candidates Differ on Elected School Board

“I’m proud to receive the support of the Chicago Teachers Union, of SEIU Healthcare, of SEIU 73,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle secures a mayoral endorsement from the Chicago Teachers Union as candidates stake out positions on an elected CPS board. 

Spotlight Politics: Top Spot on Mayoral Ballot Goes To …

A lesser-known mayoral candidate wins a lottery to get the top spot on February’s ballot. We take a deep dive into that and other top political headlines in our new weekly feature.

Ald. Ed Burke Holds High-Dollar Fundraiser Amid Federal Probe

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

Powerful Ald. Ed Burke, who is under federal scrutiny, holds a fundraiser as mayoral candidates start to distance themselves from the embattled chair of the City Council Finance Committee.

Chicago Mayor’s Race: Candidates Challenge Petition Signatures

Candidates for Chicago mayor have now officially entered the rough and tumble part of the contest, and Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza says other campaigns are trying to silence her voice.

Embattled Ald. Ed Burke Facing Re-Election Challenge

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)

As powerful Ald. Ed Burke deals with fallout from the federal raid on his city and ward offices, four candidates have quietly lined up bids to try and unseat him in the 14th Ward.

FBI Raids Offices of 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke

| Amanda Vinicky
Chicago Ald. Ed Burke, 14th Ward. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

The FBI executed search warrants Thursday at both the ward office and City Council office of powerful Ald. Ed Burke, City Council’s longest serving member. What Burke had to say about the day’s events.

Controversial Lincoln Yards Proposal to Get Public Airing

Lincoln Yards artist’s rendering (Courtesy Sterling Bay)

It’s a $6 billion city-within-a-city proposed for a densely populated area on the city’s North Side. Why the massive project is getting so much pushback.