The Week in Review: Battle Between CPS, CTU Escalates

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Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Teachers Union union are at virtual war over the teachers' contract. Distrust of police runs high. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's job approval tanks. And Gov. Bruce Rauner wants a toll lane on the Stevenson Expressway. Joel Weisman and our panel discusses these stories and more in this edition of "The Week In Review."

Chicago Scientists Prepare Ultra-Sensitive Camera for South Pole Telescope

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Scientists at the University of Chicago are hoping a new, highly sensitive camera they're developing for the South Pole Telescope will reveal new information about the early universe. The camera measures something that's nearly 14 billion years old: radiation left over from the Big Bang.

Chicago Teachers Union Rallies Against Cuts

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Chicago teachers took to the streets Thursday to protest $100 million in new cuts being made by the financially troubled Chicago Public Schools that is struggling to close a $480 million budget gap.

President Obama Praises Local Leader in Calls for Religious Tolerance

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President Barack Obama on Wednesday visited a U.S. mosque for the first time during his presidency. We speak with a Chicagoan who was one of 10 Muslim-Americans invited to sit down and talk with the president before he delivered a speech on religious tolerance.

Weekend Events: Strandbeest, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Super Bowl Chili

It's the Weekend Agenda: Feb. 5-7

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Find out what a "Strandbeest" is, see Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform and celebrate the Super Bowl with a bowl of chili.

The Rise and Fall of Chicago's Influential Black Comedy Club

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Steve Harvey was just one of the comedians who made All Jokes Aside one of the most influential black comedy clubs ever. We talk with the club's owner, who tells his story in a new book.  

Case Against Lucas Museum Moves Forward

Federal judge sides with preservation group at Thursday's hearing

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The city's move to dismiss a case against the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art was thrown out Thursday in federal court, paving the way for a longer fight and potentially delaying the museum's spring construction plans. 

Evanston Artist, 97, Mixes Passion for Social Activism with Painting

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Peggy Lipschutz is passionate about painting. She is perhaps best known as a painter of social and political causes. This past fall an exhibit at the Noyes Cultural Center showcased her decades-long career. We revisit Jay Shefsky's tour of the exhibit and talk with this prolific painter.

Viewer Feedback: 'State Should Take Over CPS'

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Hear what viewers had to say about Illinois Comptroller Leslie Munger’s warning about state taxes, Carol Marin’s interview with CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and Chicago’s high-rise boom when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Schools Chief Forrest Claypool Addresses CPS' Shaky Finances

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool on Wednesday spoke passionately about the need for education funding reform, calling the current system by which CPS is funded "separate but unequal." Watch our full interview.

Rare Shakespeare Collection Makes Only State Stop at Wauconda Museum

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A museum in Wauconda has the privilege of being the only institution in the state to exhibit a rare copy of the First Folio, a 400-year-old collection of 36 plays by Shakespeare.

Gov. Rauner Doubles Down on CPS Takeover, Bankruptcy

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Gov. Bruce Rauner says he believes the General Assembly will pass his proposed legislation to have a state takeover of Chicago Public Schools and to enable them to declare bankruptcy. This, as CPS finally completes its delayed $875 million borrowing deal. Paris Schutz has more.

Jewish Film Series Includes Chicago Premiere of 2 Documentaries

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A four-part film series kicks off Sunday at the Spertus Institute, a Jewish museum and education center in the downtown area.

Examining the Impact of a State Takeover of Local Schools

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In a report released last month, researchers say they have no consensus over whether local control of a school district is any better for student performance or financial management than state control of a school district. Brandis Friedman takes a look at one district where the state is in charge to see how its schools are faring.

Ask Geoffrey: Which Came First, Eisenhower or Old Main Post Office?

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The Eisenhower Expressway runs underneath the Old Main Post Office, causing one viewer to wonder which came first. Geoffrey Baer delves into the history of these interlinked landmarks and answers other viewer questions in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Crain’s Roundup: Chicago’s Shrinking Headquarters, Vacant Dominick’s Stores

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Chicago may be home to many Fortune 500 companies, but are corporate headquarters here shrinking? We get the latest from Crain's Chicago Business.