The Fight Over Dyett High School

The fight to reopen a South Side high school has caused 12 parents and activists to go on a hunger strike to get Chicago Public Schools to hear their concerns. We look at the history of the closure and what the new proposals are.

Preview: The Week Ahead in Springfield

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Amanda Vinicky

Illinois House lawmakers will soon consider whether to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner that could send negotiations with state employee unions to binding arbitration. And with no state budget in place, just how do lawmakers plan on maintaining critical state services? Amanda Vinicky joins Chicago Tonight with a preview of the week ahead in Springfield. 

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Chicago Improv Group The Katydids Gets Airtime Following Video Music Awards

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TV Land's upcoming series "Teachers" debuts in January (Photo c/o the Katydids)

TV Land’s female-driven comedy series – from Chicago-based improv group the Katydids – airs in January, but VMA viewers got a sneak peek on Sunday after the awards show.

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State Budget Stalemate: Week 10

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August 31, 2015 - State Budget Stalemate: Week 10

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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The Fight Over Dyett High School

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August 31, 2015 - The Fight Over Dyett High School

The fight to reopen a South Side high school has caused 12 parents and activists to go on a hunger strike to get Chicago Public Schools to hear their concerns. We look at the history of the closure and what the new proposals are.

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Why Allstate Wants to Monitor Your Driving, and Your Data

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August 31, 2015 - Why Allstate Wants to Monitor Your Driving

Patents recently issued to Northbrook-based insurance giant Allstate could allow the company to monitor your car for sources of distraction, collect health data on drivers, and even monitor what's going on around your vehicle. The company says any new technology will improve driver safety, but some are worried it could violate the privacy of drivers, passengers and passers-by. 

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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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Use Your Words: How Small Talk Can Help Build A Child's Brain

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Using your words may be the secret to bridging the achievement gap for kids from different economic backgrounds. Find out about the Thirty Million Words Initiative.

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City Holds Town Hall Meeting on Budget

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August 31, 2015 - City Holds Town Hall Meeting on Budget

The mayor and top city officials are speaking to the public at this hour in the first of a series of town hall meetings on the city budget. That budget could be as much as $754 million out of whack thanks to escalating pension costs. Higher taxes and fees are almost certainly inevitable, the question is which? How are residents responding to the shortfall? Paris Schultz joins us live from Malcolm X College.

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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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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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Low Gas Prices to Fuel Congested Labor Day Roadways: AAA Report

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August 31, 2015 - Low Gas Prices to Fuel Congested Labor Day

The lowest gas prices in a decade combined with an improved economy are fueling traffic. So says a new AAA report predicting we'll see the worst Labor Day holiday traffic in seven years. In another traffic study, Chicago is reported to have five of the nation's most congested roadways. What's driving the traffic and what are the solutions?

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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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