Weekend Events Around Town: 12/19-12/21

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Burning Bluebeard, The Fireball Santa Crawl, and Cirque Dreams Holidaze; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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Mayoral Candidate García Unveils Plan to Fight Crime

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December 18, 2014-Mayoral Candidate García Unveils Plan

Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García is trying to gain traction in the race to unseat Rahm Emanuel for mayor of Chicago. Today, García unveiled a list of initiatives he believes will reduce the city's violence. But does his plan add up? 

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Asian Carp Control

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December 18, 2014-Asian Carp Control

The Army Corps of Engineers moves ahead on its plan to control Asian carp and other invasive species.

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“Burning Bluebeard”

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December 18, 2014-"Burning Bluebeard"

Clowns relate the true story of Chicago's 1903 Iroquois Theatre fire in a stunning and funny revival of a show called Burning Bluebeard at Theater Wit.

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Viewer Feedback: 12/18

Fire Safety, Bankruptcy, & Spending Bill

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December 18, 2014-Viewer Feedback: 12/18

We share what you had to say about Laurie Zoloth's call to cancel the American Academy of Religion's annual meeting, high-rise fire safety ordinances in Chicago, what caused the financial problems of state municipalities considering bankruptcy, and Congressmen Aaron Schock and Mike Quigley’s comments on the 2015 federal spending bill.

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Congressman Quigley on Congressional Priorities

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December 17, 2014 - Quigley on Congressional Priorities

Congressman Mike Quigley stops by to talk congressional priorities and the tone that was set by the spending bill passed over the weekend.

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Styling the Magnificent Mile

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December 17, 2014 - Styling the Magnificent Mile

A recent exhibit at the Chicago History Museum explains how the Mile became known for being Magnificent.

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Ask Geoffrey: 12/17

Kiosk Sphinx, Downtown Bank, & Hyde Park Church

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December 17, 2014 - Ask Geoffrey: 12/17

Why did beautiful bronze reliefs at a Hyde Park church create an artistic controversy? Geoffrey Baer answers this question and more in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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When “Tennessee” Came to Chicago

Tennessee Williams visited the city at a critical moment in his career

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The great playwright came unprepared for two things: rewrites and the city itself. “I can’t find the tranquility in Chicago to write.”

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Local Reaction to Obama’s Action on Cuba

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December 18, 2014-Local Reaction to Obama’s Action on Cuba

On Wednesday, President Barack Obama announced a stunning policy shift on Cuba. We discuss the policy changes and local reaction to the news. 

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Modern Chicago with Blair Kamin

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December 18,2014-Modern Chicago with Blair Kamin

Chicago Tribune's award-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin stops by to discuss Maggie Daley Park and future plans for the city.

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Chicago’s Dwindling Neon Signs

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December 18,2014-Chicago's Dwindling Neon Signs

Photographer and long-time neon sign enthusiast Nick Freeman joins us to talk about his new book, Good Old Neon: Signs You're In Chicago. Freeman has documented hundreds of neon signs around Chicagoland, some of which no longer exist.

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Memorial Held for Judy Baar Topinka

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December 17, 2014 - Memorial Held for Judy Baar Topinka

Lawmakers, dignitaries and everyday citizens came together to pay tribute to Judy Baar Topinka today. But is there any resolution to who her successor will be?

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Controversial ‘Sabbatical’

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December 17, 2014 - Controversial ‘Sabbatical’

President of the American Academy of Religion Laurie Zoloth proposes her colleagues take a sabbatical from their annual conference every six years.

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Words of the Year 2014

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December 17, 2014 - Words of the Year 2014

Vape? Bae? Lumbersexual? What do you think the Word of the Year for 2014 should be? University of Chicago linguist Jason Riggle tells us what words were on everybody's lips this year and why.

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Congressman Schock on 2015 Spending Bill

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December 16, 2014 - Congressman Schock on 2015 Spending Bill

Congressman Aaron Schock talks about the issues facing the new Congress and much more.

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