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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“The Fabulous Future? America and the World in 2040”

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June 30, 2015 - The Fabulous Future: The World in 2040

Inspired by Fortune Magazine's 1955 publication of The Fabulous Future in America in 1980, this new collection of essays opens a dialogue about what the U.S. and the world could be like in 2040. Will we live happier, longer lives? Where is higher education headed? How will journalism transform? We talk with the editors of the new book.

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Former Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Roper Dies

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Jerry Roper, the former president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has died. He passed Sunday night at the age of 74, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Former CPS CEOs Weigh In on District's Money Woes

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June 29, 2015 - Former CPS CEOs on District's Money Woes

Former Chicago Public Schools chiefs Paul Vallas and Terry Mazany will talk with us as part of a series of discussions we are having with education experts and elected officials on the colossal challenges facing Chicago Public Schools and what it means for students and parents.

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New Lives for Old Bikes

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June 29, 2015 - New Lives for Old Bikes

Each year, Chicago-based Working Bikes collects thousands of used bikes and sends them to partner organizations in Africa and Latin America. There, bike mechanics are trained, bikes are refurbished and local residents get critical personal transportation. Jay Shefsky visited Working Bikes and helped pack a shipping container.

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Former Rep. Mel Reynolds Indicted on Charges for Failing to File Tax Returns

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Disgraced former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds is in trouble with the law once again. In an indictment released today, Reynolds is charged with failing to file tax returns between 2009-2012. 

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 6/26

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June 26, 2015 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 6/26

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s top headlines.

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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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Creating Green Space in the Lawndale Triangle

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June 30, 2015 - Creating Green Space in Lawndale Triangle

Neighbors in an area of North Lawndale called the "Lawndale Triangle" feel cut off. They have no park or green space, and very few places where they can come together as a community. Now, neighborhood leaders and a local nonprofit have joined together to create a community park and garden on a lot that's sat empty for years.

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“Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions”

Art Institute Links Work of American Artist James McNeil Whistler and His European Contemporaries

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June 30, 2015 - Whistler and Roussel: Linked Visions

James McNeil Whistler and Theodore Roussel had linked artistic visions. Their decade of professional collaboration gets a fresh perspective in this look at the creative output of the American mentor and his European student.

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Looking Ahead at This Week in Springfield

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June 29, 2015 - Looking Ahead at This Week in Springfield

The Illinois State Board of Education has identified $450 million to fund CPS' pension contribution. Meanwhile, budget talks continue as Illinois faces a potential shutdown. Amanda Vinicky joins us tonight from Springfield while Paris Schutz has reaction from local lawmakers.

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Former Supreme Court Clerks on Gay Marriage Ruling

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June 29, 2015 - Former Supreme Court Clerks on Gay Marriage

With the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, the last 14 states now must recognize and grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Three former Supreme Court clerks weigh in on the historic 5-4 decision as well as the court’s rulings on the use of an execution drug, political mapping, and EPA limits.

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Wet Start to Summer Does Little to Dampen Growth in WTTW Garden

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June 29, 2015 - Wet Start Does Little to Dampen WTTW Garden

The unseasonably wet start to the summer has done little to dampen growth in the WTTW garden. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan is back with an update from our vegetable patch and some answers to viewer questions.

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SCOTUS Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same sex-marriage. In a landmark 5-4 ruling, Anthony Justice Kennedy wrote, “no union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 6/26

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June 26, 2015: Web Extra: The Week in Review: 6/26

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the Stanley Cup celebration, and the importance of spreading hockey to the South Side. Also, they debate further why contract talks broke down between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Board of Education.

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