Spike was "flashing signals" on Aug. 26.

Corpse Flower 'Lacks Energy to Bloom,' Says Chicago Botanic Garden

After much anticipation, the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday night announced that Spike is not expected to bloom. 

State Budget Stalemate: Week 10

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The state's budget standoff is entering its 10th week on Wednesday. We talk with two of the most outspoken leaders from both sides of the aisle to see if any compromise is on the horizon. Joining Chicago Tonight are Rep. Lou Lang and Rep. Ron Sandack. 

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SpongeBob SquarePants Musical to get Pre-Broadway Tryout in Chicago

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SpongeBob SquarePants about to get his own musical. (Antonio Perez, Flickr)

The musical, directed by Steppenwolf’s Tina Landau will feature original songs from David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, among others. 

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Corpse Flower 'Lacks Energy to Bloom,' Says Chicago Botanic Garden

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Spike was "flashing signals" on Aug. 26.

After much anticipation, the Chicago Botanic Garden on Saturday night announced that Spike is not expected to bloom. 

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, August 28

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August 28, 2015: Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review

On this edition of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman, our panel of guests discuss state and local politics, education, traffic, sports, and more.

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Rising Rent in Lincoln Square Drives Out Fine Wine Brokers

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Fine Wine Brokers co-owner Louise Rohr (Rebecca Palmore / Chicago Tonight)

Lincoln Square's Fine Wine Brokers, a 20-year neighborhood staple, will close Aug. 31, according to the shop’s co-owner Louise Rohr, who cited rising rent as the deciding factor in the store’s closure.

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Hurricane Katrina: Remembering the Storm 10 Years Later

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August 27, 2015 - Hurricane Katrina: Remembering the Storm

Chicago Tonight marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with two storm survivors who moved to Chicago after the destructive storm ripped through the New Orleans area. Joining us to share their stories and memories are David Kaplinsky and Tovi Khali.

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Lessons Learned from Nieman Fellow Dawn Turner

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August 27, 2015 - Lessons from Nieman Fellow Dawn Turner

Awarding-winning Chicago Tribune columnist Dawn Turner is back in town after spending a year at Harvard University for the prestigious Nieman Fellowship. Turner joins Chicago Tonight on Thursday to discuss what she learned during her time away.

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Hedy Weiss Theater Reviews

‘Kurios,’ ‘October Sky,’ ‘Assassination Theater,’ and More

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August 27, 2015 - Hedy Weiss Theater Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times theater critic Hedy Weiss reviews Kurios – the latest from Cirque du Soleil – and the world premiere musical October Sky, directed by Rachel Rockwell at Marriott Lincolnshire.

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Chicago-Based 'Bobby & Iza' Pilot Up for NBC Comedy Web Series

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Chicago actor Bobby Richards in "Bobby & Iza"

Two Chicago actors could see their pilot picked up by NBC for a web series. 

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Viewer Feedback: August 31

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We share what you had to say about some of our recent stories when we read viewer feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Hypocrites' Director on 'American Idiot': It's Not About '3 White Boys'

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Hypocrites 'American Idiot' (John Evan Hanover)

Previews for Green Day musical American Idiot begin Friday in a staging by The Hypocrites at the Den Theatre in Wicker Park.

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Chicago Tonight's Weekly News Quiz: Round 3

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(Photo courtesy Bryce Edwards / Flickr)

Were you watching this week? Test your knowledge with these six questions.

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Fate of CPS’ $500 Million Pension Relief in Hands of House

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August 27, 2015 - Fate of CPS’ $500 Million Pension Relief

The Chicago Public Schools budget that is short half a billion dollars is officially enacted. The fate of that $500 million assistance is in the hands of the Illinois House, where support is currently tenuous at best. Thursday, some House lawmakers sent a message to the city and Chicago Public Schools: certain things have to happen before that chamber gets on board. What are they?

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Shoreline Facelift Unfolds to Ease Fullerton Beach Traffic

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August 27, 2015 - Shoreline Facelift at Fullerton Beach

One of the most sizable redesigns of the Chicago lakefront is underway at Fullerton Avenue beach, and the change is predicted to be eye-popping. By next summer, everyone passing through the area will have a lot more breathing, sunning, and picnicking room. Chicago Tonight's Eddie Arruza has the story.

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More than Apostrophes: A 'Subversive' Copy Editor on Chicago Style

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Carol Fisher Saller

Carol Fisher Saller's principles of copy editing might surprise anyone who's ever tussled with an editor over a piece of writing. She argues communication and collaboration between writer and editor are key; style rules are useful guidelines, not the straps of a straitjacket; and that language's evolution isn't anything to rail against. She joins Chicago Tonight. 

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Viewer Feedback: August 27

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August 27, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: August 27

We share what you had to say about some of our recent stories when we read viewer feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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