Rising Rents Put the Squeeze on Many in Chicago

Some bad news for anyone searching for a Chicago apartment: Rents are going up, and in some places, dramatically. We talk about the factors behind the rent hikes with our panel.

What You Need to Know About the Plastic Bag Ban

Alderman Looks to Close Loopholes on Ban Starting Aug. 1

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The city of Chicago's partial ban on plastic bags goes into effect August 1, but the ordinance as it's currently written will still allow stores to give out plastic bags, provided they meet certain standards. We discuss the new rules, and proposed changes to them, with our panel on Chicago Tonight

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Alderman Looks to Tax Sugary Beverages

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July 29, 2015 - Alderman Looks to Tax Sugary Beverages

Could Chicagoans soon be paying higher taxes for sugary drinks? We'll tell you about that and other items Chicago's City Council took up today.

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Rising Rents Put the Squeeze on Many in Chicago

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July 29, 2015 - Rising Rents Put the Squeeze on Many in

Some bad news for anyone searching for a Chicago apartment: Rents are going up, and in some places, dramatically. We talk about the factors behind the rent hikes with our panel.

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Changing Electric Bills Shouldn't Induce Sticker Shock

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July 29, 2015 - Changing Electric Bills Shouldn't Induce

The watchdog group Citizens Utility Board on Wednesday alerted Chicago customers to upcoming changes to their power bills and offered tips for avoiding bad deals.

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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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Comedy Writer From Winnetka Files Lawsuit Against Conan O'Brien

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Conan O'Brien. (Meghan Sinclair / Team Coco)

A freelance comedy writer from Winnetka accuses Conan O’Brien of using jokes he posted on Twitter and has filed a lawsuit against the late-night comedian. Tonight, we’ll talk about the ethics of comedy and how jokes are shared with comedian Dwayne Kennedy and Curtis Flagg, the director of operations at Chicago’s Laugh Factory.

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Aldermen Weigh Options for Tackling City's Deficits, Pension Debts

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July 29, 2015 - Aldermen Weigh Options for Tackling City's

The City Council today tackled a host of issues in its final meeting before a two-month break. But one issue that didn't come up between aldermen and Mayor Emanuel is the big, expensive elephant in the room. Carol Marin talks with a panel of aldermen to analyze the city’s options for making its pension payments. 

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Students Dig for Lost Treasures in the Gold Coast

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July 29, 2015 - Students Dig for Lost Treasures in the Gold

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 archaeological dig on the grounds of a famous house.

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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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