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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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 5/1

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May 1, 2015-Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 5/1

Joel Weisman and his panel of local journalists break down the week's top political, business, and sports stories.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/1-5/3

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Don your best derby hats for charity; go fly a kite with your kid; and laugh with Chicago's own Jeff Garlin. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Where Will Budget Funding Be Coming From?

A Look Into State Special Funds

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April 30, 2015 - Where Will Budget Funding Be Coming From?

With nearly 800 special funds operating outside the state budget, it might be a daunting task to oversee. Gov. Bruce Rauner is sweeping about $1.3 billion out of these funds to balance the budget. Who benefits from these funds and how are they being impacted? Eddie Arruza sits down with several budget watchdogs.

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The Importance of Community Colleges

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April 30, 2015 - The Importance of Community Colleges

Chicago is already offering free community college tuition to local students, and nationwide, President Barack Obama is proposing a similar plan. The need for an affordable post-secondary education has become so urgent that these are the ideas educators and administrators are developing. We talk to the experts about why community colleges have received a renewed focus, and what they need to do to be successful. 

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Viewer Feedback: 4/30

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April 30, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 4/30

We share what you had to say about our talk with Charles Preston of the Black Youth 100’s protests in solidarity with Baltimore, the new City Council as coalitions begin to develop, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel's blueprint to Chicago's fiscal solvency. 

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The New City Council

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April 29, 2015 - The New City Council

A new City Council will be sworn in next month, and aldermen are quickly organizing into both new and old coalitions to push their political agendas. But how exactly will this new council take shape? And will it become less of a rubber stamp and more independent from the mayor’s office?

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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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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 5/1

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May 1, 2015 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 5/1

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists weigh in on the media coverage of the Baltimore riots. 

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NFL Draft Kicks Off in Chicago

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April 30, 2015 - NFL Draft Kicks Off in Chicago

The new, supersized NFL Draft gets underway in Chicago this evening. Just what does it mean for the city? Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Pop Goes the Collection

Treasures of Contemporary Art Gifted to Art Institute

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April 30, 2015 - Pop Goes the Collection

The Art Institute of Chicago last week announced a historic gift -- 42 works of pop and contemporary art have been given to the museum. We'll speak with museum President Douglas Druick about this unprecedented windfall of art.

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The State of Chicago Trees

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April 30, 2015 - The State of Chicago Trees

One in five parkway trees in Chicago is threatened by the Emerald Ash Borer beetle. So what can people do to stop the shrinking of the region's tree canopy? The Morton Arboretum's CEO, Gerry Donnelly, joins us to talk about reversing tree loss.

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Mayor Addresses City’s Financial Crisis

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April 29, 2015 - Mayor Addresses City’s Financial Crisis

Mayor Rahm Emanuel lays out a plan to rescue the city’s financial and debt crisis. Paris Schutz explains why that could cost taxpayers hundreds of millions more in the short term.

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Chicago Protesters Join Baltimore in Solidarity

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April 29, 2015-Chicago Protesters Join Baltimore Solidarity

Charles Preston is a member of the Black Youth Project 100 in Chicago. BYP has organized this week's protests in solidarity with Baltimore to show their support and also highlight structural problems in their own community. 

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