Summer Pilot Program 'Targets' Violence Perpetrators

For three hundred South and West Side Chicagoans, a summer job meant more than just a few extra bucks – it may have also meant a safer community. A pilot program called Target 7-11 H.I.T. paid neighbors in Englewood and the west side of Garfield Park to work as violence interrupters, during what is a notoriously deadly time of year for those communities. Brandis Friedman explains how it works.

Fox Lake Mourns Officer's Death as Search for Suspects Enters Day 2

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September 2, 2015 - Fox Lake Mourns Officer's Death as

The far north suburban community of Fox Lake is still grieving as dozens of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers search for three suspects who allegedly shot and killed Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz early Tuesday morning. Brandis Friedman visited Fox Lake on Wednesday and she joins us with the latest.

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Crain's Roundup: Wall Street's Wild Ride, Sprint's Chicago Expansion

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September 2, 2015 - Crain's Roundup: Wall Street's Wild Ride

Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at the wild ride on Wall Street, Sprint adding 1,050 jobs in Chicago, Chrysler’s considering producing Jeep Cherokees here and Illinois becoming the “Land of Delivery.”

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Northwest Chicago Film Society Launches New Season at NEIU

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The Northwest Chicago Film Society kicks off its fall season of 35-millimeter film screenings on Wednesday at the auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University in the North Park neighborhood.

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Summer Pilot Program 'Targets' Violence Perpetrators

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September 2, 2015 - Summer Pilot Program 'Targets' Violence

For three hundred South and West Side Chicagoans, a summer job meant more than just a few extra bucks – it may have also meant a safer community. A pilot program called Target 7-11 H.I.T. paid neighbors in Englewood and the west side of Garfield Park to work as violence interrupters, during what is a notoriously deadly time of year for those communities. Brandis Friedman explains how it works.

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Plus-Size Model Emme Decries Fashion Industry in Chicago-Made Documentary

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Plus-size model Emme (Photo by Lilly Cummings)

The plus-size model speaks out in Model Diet, a locally-produced documentary criticizing the fashion industry’s standards. 

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Examining the Issues Before Congress

Congressmen Foster, Roskam on Iran Nuclear Deal, Planned Parenthood Funding, More

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September 1, 2015 - Examining the Issues Before Congress

Congress reconvenes next Tuesday after a five-week recess, and there are some weighty and urgent matters to attend to, including yet another debt ceiling fiscal cliff. Joining us to share their thoughts on these and other issues are Congressman Bill Foster (D-11th); and Congressman Peter Roskam (R-6th).

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Thinking Big About Sewage: Thornton Reservoir Nears Completion

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September 1, 2015 - Thinking Big About Sewage: Thornton

As the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District cuts the ribbon on it's new sewage reservoir, we revisit Jay Shefsky's visit in May to the bottom of the Thornton Quarry.

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Growing a Movement: Green City Market's Impact on Chicago

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September 1, 2015 - Growing a Movement: Green City Market's

It is a farmers market with a mission. Green City Market in Lincoln Park bills itself as Chicago’s only truly “green” farmers market, linking farmers to chefs and the Chicago community. And even when the seasons are changing, this year-round sustainable market offers a bounty of locally grown foods.

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Taste Test on the Proposed Chicago Soda Tax

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September 2, 2015 - Taste Test on the Proposed Chicago Soda

A proposed penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages is meant primarily as a way to address skyrocketing obesity and diabetes rates. But some of that revenue could go toward funding the city’s big cash crunch. Opponents to the tax claim current beverage taxes haven’t curtailed serious health issues and the new tax would only be one more reason for Chicagoans to do their shopping in the suburbs.

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Corpse Plant Postmortem: Spike's Story Not Over, Say Botanists

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September 2, 2015 - Corpse Plant Postmortem: Spike's Story

We conduct a postmortem on Spike, the smelly corpse flower that failed to bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden. What happened? Paris Schutz has the story.

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'Cook County ICU' on the Human Side of a Famous Hospital

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September 2, 2015 - 'Cook County ICU' on the Human Side of a

Dr. Cory Franklin spent 25 years leading Cook County Hospital's intensive care unit – more than enough for a lifetime of stories. The ICU's former chief joins Chicago Tonight to discuss his new book, Cook County ICU, his most memorable patients, and what they taught him.

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Ask Geoffrey: Sept. 2

Where was Bacon's Arena, the site of Joe Louis' first pro match?

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September 2, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey: Sept. 2

In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, our local history expert goes ringside at Joe Louis' first professional knockout, rides by the site of long-lost Logan Square mansion, and finds out what's cooking at a former bread-baking palace.

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Preview: The Week Ahead in Springfield

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September 1, 2015 - Preview: The Week Ahead in Springfield

Illinois House lawmakers will soon consider whether to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner that could send negotiations with state employee unions to binding arbitration. And with no state budget in place, just how do lawmakers plan on maintaining critical state services? Amanda Vinicky joins Chicago Tonight with a preview of the week ahead in Springfield. 

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Human Rights Group Calls for Legalization of Prostitution

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September 1, 2015 - Human Rights Group Calls for Legalizatio

Amnesty International is calling for the legalization of prostitution, a move some advocacy groups say is short-sighted. We'll hear from both sides.

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Use Your Words: How Small Talk Can Help Build a Child's Brain

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September 1, 2015 - Use Your Words: How Small Talk Can Help

Using your words may be the secret to bridging the achievement gap for kids from different economic backgrounds. Find out about the Thirty Million Words Initiative.

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Chicago Improv Group The Katydids Gets Airtime Following Video Music Awards

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TV Land's upcoming series "Teachers" debuts in January (Photo c/o the Katydids)

TV Land’s female-driven comedy series – from Chicago-based improv group the Katydids – airs in January, but VMA viewers got a sneak peek on Sunday after the awards show.

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