City Council Scrambles for New Revenue in Wake of Pension Ruling

Mayor Emanuel, back in Chicago after a vacation in Europe, returns to a fiscal situation that is bleaker than it was when he left, thanks to last week's court ruling throwing out a law that cut benefits for many city retirees.

Rising Rents Put the Squeeze on Many in Chicago

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Rents are rising in Chicago and some renters are forking over more of their paychecks each month. In Chicago, some neighborhoods have seen rents skyrocket over the last couple of years. Wednesday, we’ll talk about the factors behind the rent hikes with our panel.

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Ask Geoffrey

Auto Wash Bowl, Balbo Column & Baldwin Ice Cream

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Geoffrey Baer tells a sweet South Side success story, tests the waters at an unusual car wash, and finds the facts behind a fascist monument in this encore edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Judge: State to Pay Medicaid in Cook County

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July 28, 2015 - Judge: State to Pay Medicaid in Cook County

Many of Illinois' most vulnerable residents could be the hardest hit by the budget stalemate in Springfield. But last Thursday, a U.S. District Judge ensured that Cook County Medicaid recipients will not become victims of the political impasse. 

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Consumers to Pay Higher Gas, Electric Bills

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July 28, 2015 - Consumers to Pay Higher Gas, Electric Bills

Crain’s Chicago Business senior reporter Steve Daniels takes a closer look at the soaring cost of Peoples Gas' massive gas main replacement program and higher charges coming to Commonwealth Edison customers.

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John Dillinger Returns to Crown Point with Opening of New Museum

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July 28, 2015 - John Dillinger Returns to Crown Point with

Armed with a fake wooden gun, the infamous gangster John Dillinger made a daring escape from the Crown Point County Jail in Northwest Indiana in 1934. More than 80 years later, Dillinger has returned to Crown Point. Joining us to discuss the new John Dillinger Museum is Speros Batistatos, president and CEO of the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority.

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What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

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July 27, 2015 - What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

A Cook County judge ruled Friday that Chicago's plan to change city workers’ pensions was unconstitutional. The city vows to appeal the decision. We look at the ruling, whether any pension reform can be constitutional, what the consequences are to the city's plummeting bond rating, and whether the city will have to raise taxes to cover the pension liability. 

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Art Institute Exhibition Draws Attention to 'Underappreciated' Artist

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'Whistler and Roussel' at the Art Institute of Chicago
The American-born artist James McNeil Whistler had a profound impact on his 19th century European contemporaries. An exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago looks at Whistler's artistic vision – and his influence on a little-known French artist held in high regard by curators and collectors.

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Viewer Feedback: July 27

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July 27, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: July 27

We share what you had to say about the continued debate over the title of Spike Lee’s new film Chi-Raq and the ongoing budget stalemate in Springfield.

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Students Dig for Lost Treasures in the Gold Coast

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High-end treasures in Chicago's Gold Coast are usually found in pricey stores. But we'll tell you about some being uncovered at an archeological dig on the grounds of a famous house.

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City Council Scrambles for New Revenue in Wake of Pension Ruling

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July 28, 2015 - City Council Scrambles for New Revenue in

Mayor Emanuel, back in Chicago after a vacation in Europe, returns to a fiscal situation that is bleaker than it was when he left, thanks to last week's court ruling throwing out a law that cut benefits for many city retirees.

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BGA: Chicago Ranks No. 1 in Fatal Police Shootings Among Top 10 Cities

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July 28, 2015 - BGA: Chicago Ranks No. 1 in Fatal Police

Chicago police officers shot and killed 70 people between 2010 and 2014, according to a new report from the Better Government Association. Andrew Schroedter, senior investigator with the BGA, joins Chicago Tonight to talk about these numbers and their implications for Chicago.

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Life After Hate

Former Skinhead Leader Reflects on Personal Transformation

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Christian Picciolini was once a neo-Nazi skinhead leader in Chicago. Today he runs an organization called Life After Hate. Jay Shefsky tells the story of Picciolini's remarkable transformation.

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City Council Committee Debates ‘Chi-Raq’ Film Title

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July 27, 2015 - City Council Committee Debates ‘Chi-Raq’

There was heated debate at a City Council committee meeting Monday on whether or not to strip Illinois Film tax credits from Spike Lee's forthcoming film Chi-Raq. Some say the title validates gang culture while others fumed that aldermen have far better things to do with their time. Is the title Chi-Raq here to stay? 

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On 25th Anniversary, City Official Addresses Chicago’s ADA Advancements

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July 27, 2015 - On 25th Anniversary, City Official Addresses

Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here to discuss the landmark legislation is Karen Tamley, commissioner of the Chicago Mayor's Office for Persons with Disabilities.

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Professor's Success Required Squashing Fear of Insects

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July 27, 2015 - Professor's Success Required Squashing Fear

National Medal of Science recipient May Berenbaum is an expert in the interaction of insects with plants, the founder of an annual insect-themed film festival, and the namesake of an X-Files character and new species of cockroach. She joins us on Chicago Tonight.

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Writer Seeks Best Restaurants from Back Seat of Cab

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Layne Mosler. (Photo by Rumen Milkow)

When Layne Mosler hails a cab, she doesn't have a destination in mind. What her driver doesn't know is that Mosler's next stop will be his (or her) favorite restaurant. This strategy has led her to discover some of the best eats in cities across the globe, which she details on her blog Taxi Gourmet. Now, Mosler shares her adventures in her new book, Driving Hungry.

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