Stories by Paris Schutz

Domestic Disputes Can Lead to Workplace Violence Against Women

A memorial at Mercy Hospital on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, the day after a shooting at the Near South Side hospital. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune via AP)

Dr. Tamara O’Neal was shot and killed Monday after her ex-fiance confronted her outside of Mercy Hospital. But when it comes to workplace violence against women, O’Neal’s story is not uncommon. 

The Race Begins: Mayoral, Aldermanic Candidates File to Run for Office

Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Monday, Nov. 19, 2018.

And they’re off. Candidates for Chicago mayor, alderman and other municipal posts made it official on Monday, the first day they were able to file petitions with the Chicago Board of Elections.

Bob Fioretti Makes Moves to Run for Chicago Mayor

Attorney and former Chicago Ald. Bob Fioretti. (Chicago Tonight file photo)

Former 2nd Ward Ald. Bob Fioretti, who tried to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2015, and ran against Toni Preckwinkle for Cook County Board president in the 2018 Democratic primary, appears to be running once more for mayor.

State Comptroller Susana Mendoza Running for Chicago Mayor

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza speaks with “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 14, 2018.

She’s officially in. One week after winning re-election as comptroller, and after weeks of speculation and leaks, Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza will run for mayor of Chicago. 

After Midterms, Chicago Mayor’s Race Now Front and Center

Like it or not, another race is in full swing: the contest for Chicago mayor.

J.B. Pritzker Defeats Gov. Bruce Rauner in Race for Illinois Governor

The billionaire Hyatt hotels heir handily defeated Republican incumbent Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday, closing out one of the most expensive statewide races in U.S. history. 

For Chicago Voters, Confusion Clouds Ballot Questions

Beyond selecting candidates, voters face a number of ballot questions that they’ll be asked to weigh in on. But will the results count?

City Knew About Elevated Lead Risk with Water Meters in 2013

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Alexxis Pons Abascal)

City officials were aware of data that showed elevated lead levels in the water of homes that had recently had water meters installed, according to a 2013 study by the city’s Water Department and the U.S. EPA.

City Finds High Levels of Lead in Water of Some Homes

The mayor’s office seeks to downplay a just-released study that found high levels of lead in nearly 20 percent of city homes that were tested.

The Race for Illinois Governor 2018: J.B. Pritzker

J.B. Pritzker wins the Democratic nomination for Illinois governor in the primary election on March 20, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

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 Democratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker.

Aldermen Consider $2 Billion Plan to Get Lead Out of City Water

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City Council members tackle a $2 billion problem they say they can no longer avoid. But how will it be paid for?

Police Board Differs with Superintendent on Firing Cops

Why the majority of Chicago police officers recommended by the police superintendent to be fired this year have instead kept their jobs.

Pritzker Campaign Staffers Allege Racial Discrimination

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Ten minority staffers working for J.B. Pritzker’s gubernatorial campaign have filed suit in federal court for racial discrimination and harassment, alleging they were subject to less favorable treatment than their white counterparts.

Mayor Emanuel Prepares to Release His Final City Budget

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago Tonight file photo)

In his final budget before leaving office, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising no major tax or fee increases, but there are significant new costs. How will they be paid for?

Could Trump, Sessions Derail Chicago’s Police Consent Decree?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan have entered into an agreement to reform the city’s police department. But U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions says it would increase Chicago homicides.

Following Verdict, Rev. Marvin Hunter Calls for Change, Healing

Laquan McDonald’s great-uncle, the Rev. Marvin Hunter.

Family members of Laquan McDonald on Friday made their way to Grace Memorial Baptist Church on the city’s West Side, where the slain teen’s great-uncle, the Rev. Marvin Hunter, preaches.

Cubs in Do-Or-Die Wild Card Playoff

Cubs fan Dennis Zygmunt: “I’ve been following the Cubs for 70 years … Win or lose tonight, I’ll be very happy.”

A live report from Wrigley Field as the Cubs take on the Colorado Rockies.

Cubs Squander Division, Prep for Wild Card Matchup

The Chicago Cubs led their division for the majority of this season. But Monday, hopes for a division title were quashed as the rival Milwaukee Brewers came to Wrigley Field and won tiebreaker game number 163.

Toni Preckwinkle Announces Bid for Chicago Mayor

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

A major new candidate is in the race to replace Rahm Emanuel as mayor of Chicago, but her announcement comes amid controversy over the conduct of one of her top staff members.

Embattled US Attorney General Sessions Slams Chicago Police Reform

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

Speaking before a group of law enforcement officials in Waukegan, the nation’s top law enforcement official pulled no punches when speaking about the police reform process taking place in Chicago.

City Council On the Verge of Major Change

There’s a sea change happening in Chicago politics, not just with the mayor’s race, but with many of the 50 City Council races – and the results could shape the city’s future for years to come.

The 2 Chicagos: What a New Poll Says About the City and Its Residents

New data shows Chicago residents feel either immensely optimistic or pessimistic about the city based on factors like neighborhood, race and age. We take a closer look with the authors of the poll.

Trump to Test Emergency Alert System That Contacts Every Cell Phone

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An effort by FEMA to better warn U.S. residents of major emergencies and threats raises concerns about privacy and how the system could potentially be abused.

Cardinal Cupich Responds to Explosive Letter

Cardinal Blase Cupich speaks out after finding himself in the middle of a firestorm between a former Vatican official and Pope Francis.

City Utilizing Provision in Trump Tax Bill

The recent GOP federal tax cut law isn’t very popular among Democratic politicians. But city officials are taking advantage of one provision that could jump-start development in blighted areas.