Fourth of July Fireworks

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Celebrate Independence Day underneath a colorful display of fireworks. Chicago Tonight has your picks for shows in the Chicagoland area on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. 

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Cook County Commissioner, CFO on Sales Tax Hike

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The Cook County Board will soon vote on whether or not to increase the sales tax, as proposed by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Cook County CFO Ivan Samstein join us tonight to share their thoughts on the proposed tax hike.

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CPS' Early College Stem High Schools

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At five CPS neighborhood high schools, students are earning college credit through a number of dual-credit courses. Those schools are also providing those students with a focused education on the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, or STEM for short. We take a look at how these schools work, how partnering with corporations like Microsoft and IBM helps, and why learning STEM benefits students who don't want to pursue science as a profession.

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Viewer Feedback: 7/2

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We share what you had to say about some of our recent stories when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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Fiscal Year Begins Without a Budget

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July 1, 2015 - Fiscal Year Begins Without a Budget

State lawmakers are considered a temporary one-month budget in an effort to keep state government funded. That measure failed in the House. Senate President John Cullerton has proposed a measure that addresses the pension crisis facing Chicago Public Schools, while also incorporating a property tax freeze which Gov. Bruce Rauner sought. We talk with Chicago Tonight correspondents Carol Marin and Amanda Vinicky.

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Chase Won't Take Change Anymore

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July 1, 2015 - Chase Won't Take Change Anymore

Chase bank will no longer take more than a little loose change from customers -- a move they say is in the name of customer service. But some customers are outraged, including Robert Reed, who wrote a column for Crain's Chicago Business. He joins us to lament the decline of banking services for retail customers. 

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Misty Copeland on ‘Life in Motion’

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October 2, 2014 - Misty Copeland on ‘Life in Motion’

Ballerina Misty Copeland became the first African-American female principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday. In October, Copeland visited Chicago Tonight to talk about her recently published memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. We revisit her conversation with Brandis Friedman.

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The Head of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund

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June 30, 2015 - Head of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund

Today was deadline day for a $634 million payment due to the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund, and this afternoon the payment was made. But school finances remain in a perilous state. We talk with the head of the pension fund, Charles Burbridge, on what happens next.

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Impact of State Shutdown

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The state shutdown is in full effect, but even top state officials disagree on who it impacts. Paris Schutz has the latest. 

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"The Ghost In My Brain"

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In 1999, a car accident left DePaul University professor Clark Elliott concussed. As a leading scientist in the field of artificial intelligence he was intrigued by the impact on his brain and kept meticulous notes documenting the effects of his traumatic brain injury. Those notes became the basis for his new book. He joins us on Chicago Tonight.

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Summer Music in Chicago

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Chicago music fans have a lot to look forward to this summer with the Grateful Dead and Lollapalooza making headlines here. But Humboldt Park neighbors rejected the return of Riot Fest. Rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis join us to talk about the headliners and the headlines.

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Planning for CPS’ Financial Future

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July 1, 2015 - Planning for CPS' Financial Future

Chicago Public Schools was able to make its $634 million pension payment on Tuesday after using borrowed funds and cutting 1,400 jobs. Paris Schutz has the latest on CPS’ funding crisis, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s long-term plan to address how school districts and teachers’ pensions are funded.

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Toni Preckwinkle on Her Sales Tax Plan

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July 1, 2015 - Toni Preckwinkle on her Sales Tax Plan

Facing a budget crunch, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is proposing a 1 percent hike to the county sales tax. She'll likely face a tough time finding the nine board member votes she needs to get the tax passed. Preckwinkle joins Chicago Tonight to talk about the budget.

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Ask Geoffrey: 7/1

Fit Firefighters, Addison's Adventureland, and City Sailors

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July 1, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey

Geoffrey Baer digs into the history of handball in Chicago firehouses, rides the Cinderella Train at Adventureland, and sails away with the Rainbow Fleet.

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Looming Government Shutdown and CPS’ Pension Pain

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June 30, 2015 - Looming Gov Shutdown and CPS' Pension Pain

We’ll talk about the latest developments in Springfield with veteran reporter Carol Marin and Springfield correspondent Amanda Vinicky. It’ll be a whooper of day as a state government shutdown appears increasingly likely because Tuesday is the final day in the state’s current budget. Meanwhile, Chicago Public Schools managed to pay its $634 million pension payment Tuesday afternoon. 

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Government Debts Loom Over Local, World Economy

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June 30, 2015 - Gov Debts Loom Over Local, World Economy

With a fast-approaching debt payment due to the International Monetary Fund and no deal in sight, the world waits to see whether cash-strapped Greece will remain a part of the Euro currency. And here at home, massive pension debts and political battles are complicating budget deals for the state of Illinois and city of Chicago. We talk with two economists about both local and global economic issues.

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