Weekend Events Around Town: 7/11-7/13

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The Taste of Chicago, a benefit for cancer research, and an Irish festival; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend. 

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 7/11

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July 11, 2014 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 7/11

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

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Gridlock on Illinois Roads

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July 10, 2014 - Gridlock on Illinois Roads

Insolvency looms for the federal Highway Trust Fund. Brandis Friedman has more on what that means for Illinois highway construction workers and motorists.

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Chicago Actors Cromer, Grapey on ‘The Normal Heart’

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July 10, 2014 - Chicago Actors Cromer, Grapey

Fresh from sharing the Broadway stage with Denzel Washington, Chicago actor/director David Cromer joins us to talk about his latest projects. He’s joined by another mainstay of the Chicago stage, Marc Grapey, who’ll tell us about performing with Cromer in “The Normal Heart” and his Three Oaks Theater Festival in Michigan.

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Convention Looks to Identify Minority Superheroes

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July 10, 2014 - Convention Looks to Identify Minorities

Chicago's Pocket Con convention is set to spotlight black characters in comic books and works from black artists.

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Higher Rates for Municipal Aggregation Program

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July 9, 2014 - Higher Rates for Municipal Aggregation

Hundreds of thousands of city residents have chosen to get their electricity through the municipal aggregation program. But now many of those might want to opt out because of higher rates. Paris Schutz has more.

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Crain's Corner

Navy Pier Wants to Add a Hotel

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July 9, 2014 - Crain's Corner

Navy Pier attracts between 8-9 million visitors each year, but traffic drops as temperatures do in the winter. The non-profit that runs Navy Pier wants to add a hotel to attract visitors year-round. 

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Rare Plant Painter

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July 9, 2014 - Rare Plant Painter

We revisit a profile Jay Shefsky did on a Chicago artist on a personal crusade to paint and preserve 200 rare native plants.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/11

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July 11, 2014 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/11

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists dish on a number of topics including the Justice Department asking state lawmakers to hold-off having members of Gov. Quinn's inner circle testify about an anti-violence program tainted by scandal.

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Wrigley Field's Fate Decided

Commission Approves $575 Million Proposal

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July 10, 2014 - Wrigley Field's Fate to be Decided

The Chicago Landmarks Commission voted unanimously to allow Wrigley Field to undergo a $575 million dollar renovation and expansion that has caused considerable controversy between the Cubs owners and rooftop.

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Springfield News with Dave McKinney

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July 10, 2014 - Springfield News with Dave McKinney

The Justice Department asked state lawmakers to hold-off having members of Gov. Quinn's inner circle testify about an anti-violence program tainted by scandal.

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A Stroke at 30

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July 10, 2014 - A Stroke at 30

At 30, Monifa Thomas was a health and medicine reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. Not long after she passed a complete physical, Monifa had a stroke and was paralyzed on her right side and had great difficulty speaking. We revisit the story of her recovery, return to her medical beat. 

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Forgive Us Our 'Trespasses'

Trio of Photographers Flirt with the Law to Capture Beauty of Beastly Buildings

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Three local friends routinely visit abandoned industrial sites in the Midwest, enter the buildings, and take only photos. They don’t carry crowbars or anything that might attract the attention of the police.

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Political Roundtable on State Spending, Patronage Hires

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July 9, 2014 - Political Roundtable on State Spending

From state spending to patronage hires to gubernatorial race hijinks, there is no shortage of topics in the political sphere this week. We discuss these topics and implications for the city and state with our panel. 

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Remembering Roger Ebert

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July 9, 2014 - Remembering Roger Ebert

Chaz Ebert and Steve James ("Hoop Dreams") join us to talk about "Life Itself," the new documentary on the life of film critic Roger Ebert.

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Ask Geoffrey: 7/9

Street Names, Operation Skywatch, & More

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July 9, 2014 - Ask Geoffrey: 7/9

Geoffrey Baer talks plotters and spotters, is a boulder beholder, and beats feet on School Street.

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