RTA Chairman on His Calls for a Tax Hike

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Regional Transportation Authority Chairman Kirk Dillard has just called for new tax revenue to help fund the region's mass transit systems which currently have a $30 billion project backlog. Chairman Dillard joins us to discuss the need for new revenue and the impact of proposed cuts to transportation funding by Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

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The Most Unexpected Journey

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A Tinley Park man who suffers from muscular dystrophy and has had five heart surgeries for his atrial fibrillation was in Nepal to climb Mount Everest when the deadly earthquake struck. We'll hear about his emotional journey.

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Chicago Casino Hearings

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May 4, 2015 - Chicago Casino Hearings

New hearings on a possible Chicago casino are underway today. Is the mayor's wish for a casino to fund pensions finally close to coming true? Paris Schutz has the latest.

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“Big Cat” Williams on the NFL Draft

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May 4, 2015 - “Big Cat” Williams on the NFL Draft

Former Bear James "Big Cat" Williams joins us to discuss the Bears draft picks, and give us his take on Chicago hosting the NFL Draft.

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PBS Chief Paula Kerger

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May 4, 2015 - PBS Chief Paula Kerger

Paula Kerger, president and CEO of PBS, joins Chicago Tonight to discuss her vision for the future of public media, the challenges PBS and its member stations face with fundraising and editorial control, and how public media can grow and build their audiences.

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Gov. Rauner on Turnaround Agenda

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The governor gave a speech today he’s given many times, calling for lawmakers to pass his "turnaround agenda" that includes local right-to-work zones.

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Crystin's NFL Draft Notebook

Day 2: In Enemy Territory

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Crystin Immel returned to Auditorium Theatre to cover rounds two and three of the NFL Draft on Friday. But things didn't go as smoothly as she planned. 

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Parks Group Says Lawsuit Still an Option Against Obama Library

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The Friends of the Parks says it won’t rule out a lawsuit against the Barack Obama Presidential Library even as Gov. Bruce Rauner is expected to sign a bill aimed at squashing potential legal hurdles for the library and the George Lucas museum.

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One-on-One with Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich

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Archbishop Blase Cupich talks about the state of the Catholic Church, finances, schools, and what his role is in lobbying lawmakers and Gov. Bruce Rauner for social services funding. 

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Life After Hate

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Christian Picciolini was once a neo-Nazi skinhead leader in Chicago. Today he runs an organization called Life After Hate. Jay Shefsky tells the story of Picciolini's remarkable transformation.  

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New College of DuPage Board Takes Action

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May 4, 2015 - New College of DuPage Board Takes Action

There's a new board chairwoman at the College of DuPage, and she wasted no time making changes. In a contentious first vote on Thursday, April 30, the new majority of reform trustees voted 4-3 to put the school's controversial president, Robert Breuder, on paid administrative leave. 

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Nature Preserve Comes to Life

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May 4, 2015 - Nature Preserve Comes to Life

In 2011, the Chicago Park District bought 20 acres of land on the city's north side. The plot of land had sat unused and untended for many years. Nearly four years later, work on the nature preserve is moving quickly with a scheduled unveiling set for this summer. We get a preview.

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Viewer Feedback: 5/4

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May 4, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 5/4

We share what you had to say about the ongoing battle over the site of the Barack Obama Presidential Library and the renewed focus on community colleges.

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Crystin's NFL Draft Notebook

Day 3: Grading the NFL Draft

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The picks are all in, and after three days of festivities and thousands of fans pouring into Grant Park, the 2015 NFL Draft in Chicago has concluded. Crystin Immel grades the NFL on the overall fan experience they provided in Grant Park.

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Steep Cuts for CPS's Capital Budget

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Citing the district's $1.1 billion deficit, Interim CEO Jesse Ruiz announced that the district is proposing a $160 million capital budget for fiscal year 2016 -- a significant decline compared to FY2015's approved budget of $509 million.

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Crystin's NFL Draft Notebook

Day 1: From Back Room to Row One: Getting In and Staying In

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Crystin Immel is an Assistant Producer and the assignment desk editor for Chicago Tonight. She’s also a big NFL fan. We thought it would be fun to send her to the NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre to see the draft through her eyes. 

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