Stories by Paul Caine

Total Eclipse Brings Rare Spectacle to Illinois Aug. 21

A total solar eclipse, which is when the Moon completely covers the Sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. on Aug 21, 2017. (Credit: NASA)

All you need to know to get ready for the coming total eclipse of the sun.

Lightfoot, Emanuel Meet to Discuss Police Board Presidency

After several days of speculation, Lori Lightfoot met with Mayor Rahm Emanuel in hopes of getting clarity over whether or not he would reappoint her as president of the Chicago Police Board.

New Guide Helps Identify Native Trees, Shrubs for Your Garden

(Credit: Charlotte Adelman and Bernard Schwartz, Ohio University Press)

Why native trees and plants not only look good but are better for local wildlife and the environment. A discussion with author Charlotte Adelman.

Why NASA is Seeking Origami Designs

Rabiah Mayas returns to explain why NASA needs your origami skills and other stories from the world of science.

Local Republicans React to the Turmoil in Washington

President Donald Trump lashes out at Jeff Sessions, his attorney general and long-time supporter. How are Republicans feeling about the Trump presidency so far?

Kushner Talks to Senate Investigators as Russia Questions Persist

Jared Kushner, son-in-law and special adviser to the president, is questioned by congressional investigators about his Russia contacts.

Giant Iceberg the Size of Delaware Breaks off Antarctica

The trillion-ton iceberg is now drifting. While experts say it poses no immediate threat, is the event itself the precursor of more change to come as the global environment warms?

AT&T Looks Forward to End of Landlines In Illinois, Opponents Cry Foul

After intense lobbying in Springfield, lawmakers this month passed legislation that could ultimately disconnect 1.2 million landline users in Illinois. 

Prosecutor in ‘Crime Of The Century’ Case Dies at 80

William J. Martin appears on “Chicago Tonight” on July 5, 2016.

The man who led the prosecution of Richard Speck for the brutal murder of eight Chicago nurses died Friday. We revisit last year’s interview with William Martin.

Duckworth: Trump ‘Missing in Action’ as Commander in Chief

U.S. Sen. Tammy Duckworth says President Donald Trump is not behaving as the commander in chief of the United States military should and is ceding too much power to military commanders.

Lawmakers Weigh In As State Budget Deal Edges Closer

After a bruising two-year battle, Illinois may be on the brink of a budget. Lawmakers from either side of the budget divide join us with insights.

Summer Gardening: How to Maximize Your Crops

Organic gardener Jeanne Nolan explains how to keep your gardening soil productive and shares tips for succession planting. 

Cook County to Release Findings of Independent Review of Assessment Process

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios says that he will release the findings of an independent review of the county's property tax assessment system.

Preckwinkle Expects 2018 County Budget to be Nearly $100M Short

Cook County is projecting a budget shortfall of $97.6 million. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to discuss county finances, health care and the controversial soda tax.

Trump Administration in Foreign Territory as Global Crises Mount

The list of foreign policy issues in President Donald Trump’s inbox seems to be growing by the day.

New Book Unearths Role, Influence of Museum Curators

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the Field Museum, and the role and influence of the curators who put the museum's incredible collection together.

Fermilab Celebrates 50 Years of Scientific Discovery

Herman White has been working at Fermilab for more than 40 years.

Since 1967, a laboratory just outside Chicago has been pushing the boundaries of scientific discovery. We go for a look.

‘Shattered’ the Inside Story of What Sunk Hillary Clinton’s Campaign

It was arguably the biggest political upset in American history. Political journalist Jonathan Allen joins us with his insight and to discuss the book he co-authored, “Shattered: Inside Hillary Clinton’s Doomed Campaign.”

‘Love, Africa’ Details Beauty, Danger of Conflicted Continent

Jeffrey Gettleman was born and raised in Evanston, but a trip to Kenya when he was 18 years old changed the trajectory of his life.

Tribune: Cook County Property Assessments ‘Fundamentally Flawed’

An extensive Chicago Tribune investigation claims the county’s property tax system favors the rich over the poor. The Tribune reporter and a representative from the Cook County Assessor’s Office join us in discussion.

Joe Ferguson Says Cash-Strapped City Could Save Millions

With collective bargaining agreements covering more than 90 percent of city workers set to expire this year, a new report from the inspector general highlights millions in potential savings.

Collapse of Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Trigger Rapid Sea Level Rise

(Photo credit: Becky Goodsell)

New research from climate scientists suggests that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet could melt far more quickly than was previously thought.

‘Unbroken Glass’ A Personal Journey for Local Filmmaker

When he was just 6 years old, Dinesh Sabu lost both of his parents. His documentary, “Unbroken Glass,” delves into his family history and how the trauma of loss shaped his own life and that of his siblings. 

Chicago Sun-Times Editor: A Deal With Tronc ‘Made the Most Sense’

(James Cridland / Flickr)

The Chicago Sun-Times is up for sale and its chief rival has agreed to buy it. We hear from the editors of both newspapers.

Cook County Jail Settles Hundreds of Lawsuits

(Thomas Hawk / Flickr)

Cook County has approved hundreds of low-dollar legal settlements in connection with conditions at the Cook County Jail.