Stories by Paris Schutz

Report: Chicago Police Officers Gaming Overtime System

The inspector general calls it a “culture of abuse.” How he says police officers are gaming the system to collect millions in overtime pay.

City of Chicago Taking Equifax to Court

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is suing consumer reporting agency Equifax after last month’s massive breach that exposed 143 million consumers to possible identity theft—including 5.4 million Illinoisans.

Obama Library Project Could Tap $100 Million in State Funds

Mayor Emanuel and state lawmakers are quietly hatching a plan to give $100 million in state money to the Obama Presidential Center. Is Illinois ready to pony up?

Leadership Change Facing Chicago Office of Police Accountability

A big change could be coming to the police accountability apparatus.

Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Opens

The announcement of a new Chicago arena initially generated some controversy, but the sparkling new building is just about ready for its close-up. We get an exclusive look inside.

What the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Would Mean for Illinois

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GOP officials seem optimistic that the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare can succeed, but critics say it will kick millions off the insurance rolls and drastically spike premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. We discuss the bill.

Ken Burns on ‘Vietnam War’ Series: ‘There Is No One Truth in War’

A still image from “The Vietnam War” series from documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

On Sunday, “The Vietnam War,” a new 10-part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiered on WTTW. Burns and Novick were in Chicago last week and sat down with “Chicago Tonight” to talk about the epic work.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Step Down

Madigan will ‘seek a new challenge’ after end of 4th term

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces a lawsuit against the city of Chicago on Aug. 29, 2017. “As the state attorney general, we are essentially stepping into the shoes of the Department of Justice,” she said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday that she will not seek another term in office in 2018, but declined to say whether or not she would run for another office.

Karl Ove Knausgaard Meditates on Being Present in New Book ‘Autumn’

Scandinavia’s most famous writer, who penned a six-volume autobiography entitled “My Struggle,” comes to Chicago.

Cook County Board to Consider Repeal of Soda Tax

Is the Cook County sweetened beverage tax about to fizzle out?

Mayor Promotes Partnership with Israel on Clean Water Technology

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading a huge delegation in Israel on Monday evening. He tells us why.

Illinois to Withhold Voter Data from Trump Administration, For Now

Questions over President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity have caused anxiety on both sides of the aisle. But Illinois’ voter data will not be turned over, at least for now.

President Trump Ends DACA Program

Local reaction the Trump administration’s announcement to end the program that protected those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

City, Obama Foundation Reveal More Presidential Center Details

The city will have to come up with tens of millions of dollars to realign the roads in Jackson Park to accommodate the wishes of the Obama Foundation, but they say it’s too soon to talk about exact costs.

Civic Federation: TIFs Are Good for Chicago Public Schools

The governor says Chicago could solve a lot of CPS’ financial problems by getting rid of TIF districts, but the mayor and other budget watchdogs say that doing away with them could actually cost public schools money.

Chicagoans Come Together to View Eclipse

Chicagoans from all neighborhoods and walks of life came out of the shadows to fix their appropriately covered eyes on the skies.

Trump’s ‘Both Sides’ Comments Draw Harsh Local Reaction

Harsh local reaction Wednesday to President Donald Trump’s comments that “both sides” are to blame for the riots in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Repeal Cook County Soda Tax

More trouble for the Cook County sweetened beverage tax.

Mayor Mum on City Money for CPS

(Courtesy City Club of Chicago)

The city of Chicago will need to come up with an additional $269 million to help Chicago Public Schools make it through the year, according to the schools’ new budget. Where will this additional city money come from?

J.B. Pritzker Selects State Rep. Juliana Stratton as Running Mate

At a rally Thursday, the Democratic candidate for governor introduced his pick for lieutenant governor. “We need real solutions, and that is what J.B. and I will provide,” state Rep. Juliana Stratton said.

Lollapalooza 2017: What is the City of Chicago Getting?

Lollapalooza 2015 (swimfinfan / Flickr)

It has become a rite of summer for hundreds of thousands each year. But beyond the annual intrigue over who will become the next breakout star comes a persistent question from city residents: Is this massive private festival really worth it?

After Soda Tax Suit, Cook County Seeks Damages of $17M

A countermove by Cook County in the fight over the controversial beverage tax. 

Cook County Beverage Tax In Effect

The new sweetened beverage tax is causing confusion and debate among consumers, and demand from industry groups that the tax be repealed. Is it here to stay?

Uninsured Driver? Secretary Of State Wants to Hear From You

Spokesman acknowledges inefficient program to identify those without insurance

If you’re one of the nine million drivers in the state of Illinois, there’s a slight chance you could be driving on suspended license plates and not even know it. 

City Forecasts Smallest Budget Gap in a Decade

Preliminary numbers released Monday show that the city’s financial picture is improving. But is the news all good?