Stories by Paul Caine

Backed by Rauner, Former Miss America Harold is GOP Pick for AG

Erika Harold is a Harvard-trained lawyer and former Miss America. Strongly backed by Gov. Bruce Rauner, she is also the Republican candidate to replace Lisa Madigan as Illinois’ next attorney general. Harold joins us in discussion.

Kwame Raoul Wins Democratic Nomination for Illinois Attorney General

State Sen. Kwame Raoul participates in a Chicago Tonight candidate forum March 12, 2018.

State Sen. Kwame Raoul has won a hard-fought race against a crowded field of eight candidates vying to be the Democratic nominee for Illinois attorney general. He will face political neophyte and former Miss America Erika Harold who won the GOP nomination.

2018 Governor’s Race Forum: Republican Jeanne Ives

State Rep. Jeanne Ives is running an insurgent campaign to challenge Gov. Bruce Rauner in the Republican gubernatorial primary on March 20. Hear about her campaign and plans for the state in our full video.

Illinois Attorney General Forum: Republican Gary Grasso

There’s no shortage of candidates to replace Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. But while Democrats have eight candidates to choose from, on the Republican side there are just two.

Sen. Fred Harris on the Kerner Report and Progress Made – and Lost

President Lyndon B. Johnson, seated, discusses the 1967 Detroit riot with members of his staff in the Oval Office. (LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto)

In 1967, African-Americans took their discontent to the street and President Lyndon Johnson tasked a commission to find out why. The last surviving member of that commission talks about progress made and lost in the years since.

Local Students Discuss Movement for Gun Law Reform

As survivors of the Parkland shooting return to school in Florida, we ask local high school students their thoughts on school safety and gun control.

Michio Kaku Explores Colonization of Mars, Travel to the Stars

This computer-generated image depicts part of Mars at the boundary between darkness and daylight. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

Could a new space race led by private entrepreneurs take humans to Mars and beyond? Futurist and best-selling author Michio Kaku talks about humanity’s destiny to colonize the solar system and reach for the stars.

Illinois Democrats Pushing for State Licensing for Gun Stores

As President Donald Trump indicates his desire to work on gun safety measures, Democrats in Springfield are aiming to tighten controls on gun dealers.

Sen. Dick Durbin Demands Action on Gun Control After Florida Massacre

Democrats remain committed to pushing for meaningful gun control, the U.S. Senator says. We discuss gun control, the Mueller investigation and efforts to get a deal for Dreamers.

Mueller Investigation Heats Up as 13 Russians Indicted

Special counsel Robert Mueller

President Trump’s national security adviser says there’s no doubt Russia meddled in the 2016 presidential election. The latest on the Mueller investigation.

Von Steuben Robotics Team Leads the Way for Girls in Science

(Courtesy Von Steuben Metropolitan Science Center)

Meet the team from Von Steuben High School that’s on its way to the prestigious U.S. Open Robotics Championship.

Critics Say Non-Disclosure Agreements Enable Abuse

Harvey Weinstein

Non-disclosure agreements enabled USA Gymnastics to cover up Larry Nassar’s crimes and Harvey Weinstein to silence his alleged victims. Should they be allowed—and are they enforceable?

DNAinfo Alumni to Launch New Hyperlocal Website

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The news site DNAinfo Chicago shut down three months ago. Now, former staffers are coming back with a new business model and a new name, but with the same focus on hyperlocal news.

Elon Musk’s SpaceX: A New Era of Commercial Space Exploration?

Falcon Heavy demo mission on Feb. 6, 2018. (SpaceX / Flickr)

Could Elon Musk’s successful launch and landing of his Falcon Heavy rocket usher in a new era of commercial exploration—and exploitation—of space? This story and more from the world of science with Neil Shubin.

Three Corporate Titans Aim to Disrupt American Health Care

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Three of the richest men in America want to bring radical change to health care. Could their new company bring down costs?

Illinois Now Ranks Among Top 5 States for Film, TV Production

(Till Krech / Flickr)

From “Empire” to “Electric Dreams,” Chicago is fast becoming a major television and film production hub. We speak with the director of the Illinois Film Office.

Commercial Property Tax Assessments Spark City Council Fight

Powerful Chicago Ald. Ed Burke is under fire once again for an alleged conflict-of-interest violation involving two downtown buildings.

American Birder Noah Strycker Goes on Epic Quest for His ‘Big Year’

(Courtesy of Noah Strycker)

Meet the man who literally went to the ends of the Earth to see as many bird species as possible.

Access to Pharmacies Increasingly Difficult on South, West Sides

A lack of drug stores in poor communities on the South and West Sides is creating so-called “pharmacy deserts.” What this means for some Chicago residents, and how researchers are looking for solutions.

US Warns of North Korean Threat Amid Winter Olympic Diplomacy

Protests erupt in South Korea as a delegation from North Korea arrives ahead of the Winter Olympics. Can Olympic diplomacy defuse the threat of war on the Korean Peninsula?

Government Shutdown Looms Ahead of Trump’s 1-Year Anniversary

President Donald Trump could begin his second year in office with a government shutdown. An assessment of his first year, and a look ahead.

Meteor Fireball Seen Across Midwest, Sonic Boom Shakes Michigan Homes

An image taken from a video shows a meteor flash on Jan. 16, 2018. (T. Masterson / International Meteor Organization)

A fireball streaked across the Midwestern sky Tuesday night, creating a sonic boom. An Adler Planetarium astronomer tells us more about this rare celestial fireworks display.

Motor Vehicle Deaths Claim 40,000 Americans in 2016

(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Sadie Colbert / Released)

Deaths from distracted driving are rising sharply. We talk with a transportation safety expert about what can be done to bring the number of fatalities down.

Dick Simpson on His Life as a Chicago Progressive

He has seemingly been part of the Chicago political scene forever, first as an activist but then as an alderman, political science professor and twice as an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. Dick Simpson talks about his new book.

Microbes: Earth’s Oldest and Most Essential Life Forms

(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

They are the oldest forms of life on Earth and without them humans would not exist. How microbes shape the planet and its people.