Walking Again

Doctors told U.S. Army veteran RJ Anderson that he'd never walk again after a motorcycle accident left him paralyzed from the chest down. But, with the help of an advanced medical device, he can. He's the first Chicagoan to take home the Re-Walk exoskeleton -- the only exoskeleton approved by the Food and Drug Administration for at-home, personal use. Find out how it works and how it might have a long-term impact on his health.

García on Spiking Crime Numbers

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April 1, 2015 - García on Spiking Crime Numbers

Could spiking crime numbers hurt Mayor Rahm Emanuel's re-election chances one week from the April 7 runoff? According to challenger Jesús "Chuy" García, the uptick in homicides mean that "Rahm has not prioritized public safety." On Wednesday, García said "the numbers look really grim" and that if he is elected mayor, Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy would have to go. We have the details.

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Neighborhood Issues May Fuel Uptown Race

46th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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April 1, 2015 - Neighborhood Issues May Fuel Uptown Race

Ald. James Cappleman was elected in 2011 as a candidate for change. The former social worker, who is one of the Chicago City Council's openly gay members, has been heavily supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel's PAC in his re-election bid. He's facing an April runoff against lawyer Amy Crawford, who is also openly gay.

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World of Weird Words

A Self-Described "Dictionary Evangelist" Looks at the Latest in Linguistics

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April 1, 2015 - World of Weird Words

Erin McKean founded the world's biggest online dictionary, Wordnik. A graduate of The University of Chicago, she has also written books on weird words and given TED Talks about the subject. She joins us to talk about the latest word trends and linguistic gymnastics. Take a quiz on weird words.

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Viewer Feedback: 4/1

Mayoral Runoff Forum

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April 1, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 4/1

We share what you had to say about our mayoral runoff forum in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Chicago Tonight's Mayoral Runoff Forum

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March 31, 2015 - Chicago Tonight's Mayoral Forum

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and challenger Jesús "Chuy" García went head-to-head in a live forum hosted by Phil Ponce and live streamed at wttw.com.

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Indiana's Religious Freedom Law

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March 30, 2015 - Indiana's Religious Freedom Law

Indiana's passage of a so-called religious freedom law has sparked an angry backlash from those who assert that it gives license to businesses to discriminate against same-sex couples on religious grounds. Already there has been a massive backlash against the law, with leaders of business—including Apple's CEO Tim Cook—decrying the law.

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"Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

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March 30, 2015 - "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies"

Tracking the history and treatment of cancer from ancient Egypt through today: we talk with Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, author of the book The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, about a new three-part documentary produced by Ken Burns that begins airing Monday, March 30 on WTTW11.

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The School Project: Testing Season

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March 30, 2015 - The School Project: Testing Season

The School Project is a Chicago-based documentary series that is tracking the past and present status of the city's public school system. The fourth episode  focuses on the battle over standardized testing.

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Lawmakers on 2016 Budget Negotiations

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April 1, 2015 - Lawmakers on 2016 Budget Negotiations

Late last month, the Illinois Legislature passed a stopgap budget fix to plug a $1.6 billion deficit and avoid running out of money before the end of Fiscal Year 2015. With Fiscal Year 2016 starting July 1, the legislature is focused on refining the budget proposed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in February. We discuss where budget negotiations are with a panel of lawmakers.

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Nuclear Sub Cooks Get High-End Chef Tips

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April 1, 2015 - Nuclear Sub Cooks Get High-End Chef Tips

Two U.S. Navy Culinary Specialists have spent their military careers cooking for hungry shipmates. But recently, they spent time in the relatively open kitchen space at the Union League Club of Chicago working with its Executive Chef, Michael Garbin. We follow them during a cooking session.

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Rare Plant Painter

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April 1, 2015 - Rare Plant Painter

We revisit a profile Jay Shefsky did on a Chicago artist on a personal crusade to paint and preserve 200 rare native plants.

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Mayoral Runoff Candidate Post-Forum News Conference

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Chicago mayoral candidates Rahm Emanuel and Jesús "Chuy" García gave a brief news conference following the forum.

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Duckworth Announces 2016 Senate Run

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Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth announced she will run for Senate in 2016 against incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk. 

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Emanuel Foe Faces Runoff Rematch

45th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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March 30, 2015 - Emanuel Foe Faces Runoff Rematch

First-term Ald. John Arena, a member of the City Council's Progressive Caucus and a frequent thorn in Mayor Rahm Emanuel's side, faces a runoff rematch with Chicago Police Lt. John Garrido in the race to represent the northwest side's 45th Ward.

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The First Lady of the Black Press

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March 30, 2015 - The First Lady of the Black Press

Chicago's own Ethel Payne was the third African-American to ever receive White House press credentials -- and she was only the second black woman to do so. We talk with the author of a biography about the importance of her legacy.

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Viewer Feedback: 3/30

Jesse Jackson Jr., CPS and CTU, Urban Coyotes

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March 30, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 3/30

We share what you had to say about Jesse Jackson Jr.'s release from prison, contract negotiations between CPS and CTU, and Chicago's urban coyotes in tonight's viewer feedback.

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