Stories by Paul Caine

How Simona Rollinson is Transforming Cook County Technology

Meet Cook County’s award-winning chief information officer who is trying to bring 21st century IT solutions to county government.

3 Aldermen Go Against Mayor to Push for New Riverfront Park

The Chicago River at Fullerton Avenue

A trio of aldermen push for the city to develop a riverfront park along the North Branch of the Chicago River – but the mayor has other plans.

As Obama Presidential Center Edges Closer to Final Design, New Lawsuit Filed

Obama Presidential Center rendering (Image by DBOX)

A group called Protect Our Parks says developers of the Obama Presidential Center have pulled a “bait and switch.” Could they slow the project down?

Why Lori Lightfoot Wants to Replace Mayor Rahm Emanuel

The former police board president, appointed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, on why she now wants to replace him.

Former Senior EPA Administrator on Trump’s Environmental Moves

The proposed new Foxconn plant in Wisconsin gets an air quality exemption. We speak with a former senior EPA administrator on the impact of that move and more.

ERA Battle Moves to House, Supporters on Brink of Victory

After a decadeslong battle, Illinois may be on the brink of ratifying the federal Equal Rights Amendment. The pros and cons of passage.

VW Settlement: Draft Plan for Cash Disappoints Activists, Lawmakers

Debate and dissent over how Illinois should spend its share of the Volkswagen diesel emissions payout.

New COPA Chief Sydney Roberts Starts at Revamped Police Oversight Body

Sydney Roberts appears on “Chicago Tonight” on May 2, 2018.

The new head of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability talks about building trust with skeptical communities.

First Planting of Spring in the Chicago Tonight Garden

Jeanne Nolan and Phil Ponce venture into the WTTW garden for the first round of spring planting – with a little input from viewers.

Spring Planting Starts with Soil Preparation

As any good gardener knows, the key to healthy plants is starting with good soil. The team from the Organic Gardener helps us prepare our garden for spring planting.

As We Live Longer, Can We Also Live Well?

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An expert on aging talks about the possibilities and problems that come with living longer.

Melania Trump and the Role of First Lady

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump at the 58th presidential inaugural parade in Washington D.C., on Jan. 20, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Pvt. Gabriel Silva / Wikimedia Commons)

First lady Melania Trump hosts her first state dinner. A look at the historical role of first lady and how Trump is approaching the job.

Ja’Mal Green: 22-Year-Old Activist Sets Sights on City Hall

The community organizer and entrepreneur is making history as the youngest candidate to run for mayor. A conversation with Ja’Mal Green.

‘Daughter of the Cold War’ on George Kennan, Russia and Remarkable Life

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Grace Kennan Warnecke, the daughter of legendary American diplomat George Kennan, talks about her new memoir.

Safe Drinking Study Suggests Alcohol Guidelines for Men Too Loose

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A massive new international study finds the health impacts of alcohol may be worse than previously thought.

Pension Liabilities Leave City, State With Few Options

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With billions in unfunded pension liabilities, what options remain for lawmakers to defuse the state’s pension time bomb?

Why Troy LaRaviere Wants Mayor Emanuel’s Job

Troy LaRaviere

As principal of Blaine Elementary School in Lakeview, Troy LaRaviere was one of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s harshest critics. Now he wants Emanuel’s job.

Trump’s Trade War Heats Up

Tensions over trade restrictions heat up as China responds with tariffs of its own on more than 100 U.S. products.

China’s First Space Station Crashes Back to Earth

Rabiah Mayas, one of our favorite explainers of all things scientific, shares some of the latest top science news from Chicago and around the world.

‘Heart is a Shifting Sea’ an Intimate Portrait of Marriage in India

Elizabeth Flock (Photo: Abbey Oldham)

A new book on changing attitudes towards love and marriage in India from an author with a local connection.

Aviation Official Ginger Evans on $8.5 Billion O’Hare Expansion Plan

“It truly is a win-win for everyone,” Chicago Aviation Department Commissioner Ginger Evans said about the expansion plan Wednesday, March 28.

What the massive O’Hare expansion project will mean for passengers and taxpayers.

Dozens of Russian Diplomats Expelled, Bolton Joins White House

President Donald Trump has named John Bolton, President George W. Bush’s United Nations ambassador, to be his next national security adviser.

As tensions ramp up with Russia, questions also grow about the direction of U.S. foreign policy with the arrival of a new national security adviser.

Driehaus Prize: Architects Focus on Public Housing With Classical Style

A still image from the documentary “Architects Marc and Nada Breitman: Talk of the Town.”

Geoffrey Baer travels to France to meet this year’s winners of the Driehaus Prize for architecture.

Raoul Emerges From Crowded Field to Be Democrats’ AG Pick

State Sen. Kwame Raoul emerged from a crowded field to win the Democratic nomination for attorney general – beating former Gov. Pat Quinn and six others in the process. He joins us in discussion.

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.