Examining Illinois’ Unemployment Numbers

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Illinois officials are touting one of the largest drops in unemployment in Illinois history. But is the picture really that rosy? Paris Schutz goes behind the numbers. 

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The Failure of Mandated Disclosure

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Ever click "I agree" before reading the disclosure? Omri Ben-Shahar speaks with us about his book focused on the purpose and shortcomings of mandated disclosures.

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“Emotionally, I feel…”

Building P.E.A.C.E for Over 20 Years

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One Summer Chicago provides teens with summer jobs. Learn about one participating organization whose founder hopes the program will help curb violence. 

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Fate of Term Limits Initiative

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July 21, 2014 - Fate of Term Limits Initiative

Is an initiative backed by Bruce Rauner to institute term limits on lawmakers all but dead? Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Jeanne Nolan Talks Garden Tips

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July 21, 2014 - Jeanne Nolan Talks Garden

Jeanne Nolan stops by our studio to talk about our organic vegetable garden and how this summer’s unusual weather has affected gardens.

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The Business of Beer

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July 21, 2014 - The Business of Beer

The new Lagunitas brewery and tap room in Douglas Park is up and running but founder and Chicago native Tony Magee is always looking to expand. We chat with Magee about his company, business philosophy and plans for the future.  

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Taking a Swing at the New Steppenwolf Show

Can a Raunchy Sex Satire Be Both “Funny and Never Dull” AND “Smug and Vacuous?”

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 “The Qualms” is the foul-mouthed new play from Pulitzer Prize-winner Bruce Norris (“Clybourne Park”).

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/18

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July 18, 2014 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/18

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists dish on a number of topics in this web extra video.

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President Obama Signs LGBT Non-Discrimination Order

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President Obama signed an executive order that protects workers for the federal government and workers of federal contractors from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. We take a look at the order and its impact. 

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University Offers Video Game Scholarships

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Robert Morris University is the first college to offer scholarships for the best gamers to play the popular online game “League of Legends.”

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Hebru Brantley Statues Vandalized

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The Chicago Park District revealed Sunday “The Watch” by local artist Hebru Brantley had been vanalized. Revisit our conversation with Brantley on "The Watch" in a web extra video.

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Suspicious Spikes in Red Light Tickets

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July 21, 2014 - Suspicious Spikes in Red Light Tickets

The Chicago Tribune uncovers a disturbing and inexplicable spike in red light camera tickets around Chicago.

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No More Microbeads

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July 21, 2014 - No More Microbeads

Illinois is the first state to ban microbeads in personal care products.

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Viewer Feedback: 7/21

Navy Pier Gets $20 Million Donation

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July 21, 2014 -Viewer Feedback: 7/21

We share what you had to say about recent stories when read some of our viewer feedback.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 7/18-7/20

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An art campaign, Chinatown fair and play featuring Sandra Oh; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend. 

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 7/18

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July 18, 2014 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 7/18

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

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