Famed Chicago Trading Pits Close

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July 6, 2015 - Famed Chicago Trading Pits Close

The famed frenzy of open outcry trading that filled the Chicago Board of Trade’s pits for more than 80 years will cease Monday. The closure of most of the futures pits comes as most futures are traded electronically these days. Eddie Arruza visited the CBOT and has the latest.  

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“Draft Biden” PAC Pushes for VP to Run in 2016

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July 6, 2015 - Draft Biden PAC pushes VP to Run in 2016

Vice President Joe Biden has run for president of the United States twice, most recently as an early Democratic contender in the 2008 primary. A Chicago-based movement called "Draft Biden" is trying to get him to run for a third time. William Pierce, director of "Draft Biden," joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation about the group.

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Grateful Dead Post-Mortem

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July 6, 2015 - Grateful Dead Post-Mortem

In the wake of the Grateful Dead's final shows, we reflect on the weekend with a music industry professional and a dedicated Deadhead.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 7/3-7/5

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Fourth of July celebrations are happening all across the Chicagoland area. But there are also other great events happening from the Windy City RibFest to the African/Caribbean International Festival of Life. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks. 

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Impact of State Shutdown

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July 2, 2015 - Impact of State Shutdown

The state's failure to reach a budget agreement has caused a government shutdown, and now top officials are hashing out in court what exactly can and can't stay open. Medicaid and social service providers are in limbo wondering if they and other government providers will be able to make payroll and stay open, as the legislative standoff drags on. 

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"The Ghost In My Brain"

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July 2, 2015 - The Ghost In My Brain

In 1999, a car accident left DePaul University professor Clark Elliott concussed. As a leading scientist in the field of artificial intelligence he was intrigued by the impact on his brain and kept meticulous notes documenting the effects of his traumatic brain injury. Those notes became the basis for his new book. He joins us on Chicago Tonight.

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Summer Music in Chicago

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July 2, 2015 - Summer Music in Chicago

Chicago music fans have a lot to look forward to this summer with the Grateful Dead and Lollapalooza making headlines here. But Humboldt Park neighbors rejected the return of Riot Fest. Rock critics Greg Kot and Jim DeRogatis join us to talk about the headliners and the headlines.

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Planning for CPS’ Financial Future

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July 1, 2015 - Planning for CPS' Financial Future

Chicago Public Schools was able to make its $634 million pension payment on Tuesday after using borrowed funds and cutting 1,400 jobs. Paris Schutz has the latest on CPS’ funding crisis, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s long-term plan to address how school districts and teachers’ pensions are funded.

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Shutdown Showdown

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July 6, 2015 - Shutdown Showdown

Lawmakers left Springfield for the Fourth of July weekend without a budget deal in place triggering a partial government shutdown. We talk with legislators from both sides of the aisle about what to expect if the impasse continues and what's on the session's agenda this week to resolve the fiscal crisis.

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Community Steadies School District

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July 6, 2015 - Community Steadies School District

All of the schools in North Chicago have been in some state of academic failure for years. To address the unmet needs of the students and schools, a nonprofit was formed by a local family foundation. Brandis Friedman reports on the district’s transformation.

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Thinking Big About Sewage

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July 6, 2015 - Thinking Big About Sewage

When it comes to treating our sewage, Chicago has a history of thinking big from reversing the flow of the Chicago River to the creation of Deep Tunnel. Jay Shefsky visited the Thornton Quarry and went to the bottom of Deep Tunnel to see where the water will flow into the new reservoir later this year. We revisit that story.    

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Fourth of July Fireworks

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Celebrate Independence Day underneath a colorful display of fireworks. Chicago Tonight has your picks for shows in the Chicagoland area on Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4. 

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Cook County Commissioner, CFO on Sales Tax Hike

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July 2, 2015 - Cook County Commissioner on Sales Tax Hike

The Cook County Board will soon vote on whether or not to increase the sales tax, as proposed by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Cook County CFO Ivan Samstein join us tonight to share their thoughts on the proposed tax hike.

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CPS' Early College Stem High Schools

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July 2, 2015 - CPS' Early College Stem High Schools

At five CPS neighborhood high schools, students are earning college credit through a number of dual-credit courses. Those schools are also providing those students with a focused education on the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, or STEM for short. We take a look at how these schools work, how partnering with corporations like Microsoft and IBM helps, and why learning STEM benefits students who don't want to pursue science as a profession.

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Viewer Feedback: 7/2

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July 2, 2015 - Viewer Feedback

We share what you had to say about Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed 1 percent sales tax, Chase Bank’s decision to no longer accept pocket change, and the death of Jerry Roper, former president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

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Fiscal Year Begins Without a Budget

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July 1, 2015 - Fiscal Year Begins Without a Budget

State lawmakers are considered a temporary one-month budget in an effort to keep state government funded. That measure failed in the House. Senate President John Cullerton has proposed a measure that addresses the pension crisis facing Chicago Public Schools, while also incorporating a property tax freeze which Gov. Bruce Rauner sought. We talk with Chicago Tonight correspondents Carol Marin and Amanda Vinicky.

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