The Threat of "Superbugs"

The World Health Organization warns that the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria or "superbugs" means that we could be on the brink of a "post-antibiotic era" in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill. They say the situation is "so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine." We talk with two experts about the scale of the threat and what we can all do to try and contain it.

New Push for Redistricting Reform

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There’s a renewed push for redistricting reform in Illinois. Independent Maps, a non-partisan statewide coalition, is starting a campaign for a constitutional amendment creating a non-partisan independent commission responsible for drawing Illinois General Assembly districts. Paris Schutz has the latest on the coalition’s efforts.

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What's Next After the Dante Servin Verdict?

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Chicago Police Detective Dante Servin was acquitted earlier this month in the shooting death of an unarmed African-American woman, Rekia Boyd. Critics have blamed Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez for filing the wrong charges against Servin, and have blamed Judge Dennis Porter for acquitting Servin and writing a ruling that appeared to argue different charges would have been warranted. What lessons can be learned from the case, and what needs to change going forward? We're joined by legal experts Len Cavise and Richard Kling.

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The Threat of "Superbugs"

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The World Health Organization warns that the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria or "superbugs" means that we could be on the brink of a "post-antibiotic era" in which common infections and minor injuries can once again kill. They say the situation is "so serious that it threatens the achievements of modern medicine." We talk with two experts about the scale of the threat and what we can all do to try and contain it.

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Malcolm X College Grad Among Nepal Earthquake Victims

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Marisa Eve Girawong, a graduate of Chicago’s Malcolm X College, died in an avalanche resulting from the massive earthquake that struck Mount Everest on Saturday. As the death toll continues to rise, a local medical group is raising money for its partner hospital, Nepal Orthopedic Hospital, in the country's capital of Kathmandu. 

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Legislators on Budget Cuts

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April 27, 2015 - Legislators on Budget Cuts

State lawmakers are reconvening this week in Springfield to work on the budgeting process for next year. We'll hear from legislators from both sides of the aisle. 

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Recruiting for Advanced Placement

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April 27, 2015 - Recruiting for Advanced Placement

Evanston Township High School takes a unique approach to bringing a diverse group of students into Advanced Placement courses.

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Viewer Feedback: 4/27

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April 27, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 4/27

We share what you had to say about chef Rick Bayless' visit and the latest episode of the School Project when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 4/24

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April 24, 2015-Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 4/24

Joel Weisman and his panel of local journalists discuss the week's top stories, including the funeral of Cardinal Francis George, the CPS federal investigation fallout, and the Bulls and Blackhawks playoffs.  

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US Supreme Court Hears Same-Sex Marriage Arguments

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The U.S. Supreme Court justices were deeply divided during oral arguments today on the issue of same-sex marriage. The key question that was debated: Does the Constitution guarantee gay and lesbian couples the right to marry? Four former Supreme Court clerks weigh in with Eddie Arruza.

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Pair of Prominent Artists Explore the Power of "Two" 

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Two is a new book of photographs of people and things accompanied by essays by successful authors. It's a collaboration between Evanston-based photographer Melissa Ann Pinney and acclaimed novelist Ann Patchett (Bel Canto).

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WTTW, WFMT to Host On The Table

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Last year, 11,000 neighbors gathered around 1,000 tables to share a meal on one evening as part of the Chicago Community Trust’s initiative, On The Table. We hope you’ll join us for another meal together on May 12, 2015 – and this time, the conversations will focus on honoring and inspiring the philanthropist in each one of us.

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Mayors Rally Against Rauner’s Budget Cuts

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April 27, 2015 - Mayors Rally Against Rauner’s Budget Cuts

Is Gov. Bruce Rauner balancing the budget on the backs of Illinois towns and municipalities? Dozens of Illinois mayors have come together to fight the governor’s proposal. Paris Schutz has the details.

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Bears’ Chairman George McCaskey

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April 27, 2015 - Bears’ Chairman George McCaskey

In advance of this week’s NFL Draft in Chicago, Bears' Chairman George McCaskey sits down with Phil Ponce to talk football. McCaskey will talk about all the changes at Halas Hall this offseason and what Bears’ fans can expect this year. He also addresses some recent NFL issues and controversies, including questions about concussion care and domestic violence awareness. 

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“Inventing the New American House”

A Chicago Architect's Legacy

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April 27, 2015 - “Inventing the New American House”

In his new book, Stuart Cohen takes us back to the early 20th century for a look at Howard Van Doren Shaw's architectural footprint on the typical American home.

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Cardinal George’s Last Word

A New Book Titled “A Godly Humanism”

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One of the most memorable quotes in Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s homily at the funeral of his good friend and mentor, Cardinal Francis George, came from George himself. “The only thing we take with us when we die is what we have given away,” Sartain said, quoting the Cardinal who had spoken to him about the nature of death. Given this core belief, it is no surprise that George spent much of his final weeks, and even his final hours, fine-tuning the manuscript for a forthcoming book of personal essays called A Godly Humanism. 

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 4/24

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April 24, 2015 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 4/24

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez's decision to not prosecute low-level drug offenders, but instead send them to drug treatment. 

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