Progressive Caucus Pushes Taxes Aimed at Wealthy, Corporations

The parade for new city taxes continued Thursday as a group of aldermen made their case to Mayor Emanuel that powerful corporations and the wealthy should shoulder the burden of tax hikes to help plug a massive budget hole. The aldermen are also targeting the private law businesses of powerful political figures like Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward) and House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

Crunch Time for Chicago Public Schools

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Forrest Claypool

With the new school year approaching, Chicago Public Schools must find a way to plug a $1.1 billion deficit and present a balanced budget proposal by the end of August. Monday, we’ll talk with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new leadership team: CPS CEO Forrest Claypool and chief education officer Janice Jackson. 

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Tracking Big-Game Tourism: A Travel Writer's Perspective

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Cecil the lion at Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe.

There's been a roar of outrage over a Minnesota dentist's killing of a lion named Cecil. Joining us to discuss the big-game tourism trade and changing attitudes about it, is Terri Colby, who was with the Chicago Tribune from 1995-2009, including time as an editor for the Tribune's Travel section.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, July 31

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July 31, 2015 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 7/31

From Chicago's top spot in fatal police-involved shootings to a successful road trip for the White Sox, Joel Weisman and his panel have your week in review.

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Progressive Caucus Pushes Taxes Aimed at Wealthy, Corporations

Aldermen: No More Property Tax Breaks for Big Buildings

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July 30, 2015 - Progressive Caucus Pushes Taxes Aimed at

The parade for new city taxes continued Thursday as a group of aldermen made their case to Mayor Emanuel that powerful corporations and the wealthy should shoulder the burden of tax hikes to help plug a massive budget hole. The aldermen are also targeting the private law businesses of powerful political figures like Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward) and House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

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What You Need to Know About the Plastic Bag Ban

Alderman Looks to Close Loopholes on Ban Starting Aug. 1

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July 30, 2015 - What You Need to Know About the Plastic Bag

The city of Chicago's partial ban on plastic bags is now in place, 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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Comedy Writer From Winnetka Files Lawsuit Against Conan O'Brien

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July 30, 2015 - Comedy Writer From Winnetka Files Lawsuit

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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MCA's 'Freedom Principle' Highlights Experimentation in 1960s Chicago

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Installation view, 'The Freedom Principle' at MCA Chicago. (Photo: Nathan Keay; courtesy of MCA)
A distinctly American arts movement was born in Chicago in the 1960s and remains influential to this day. We take a closer look at revolutionary experiments in art and music highlighted in "The Freedom Principle,"  a new summer show at the Museum of Contemporary Art.

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Viewer Feedback: August 3

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We share what you had to say about the Better Government Association's report on police-involved shootings in Chicago, the rising price of rent across the city, whether or not the proposed tax on sugary beverages is a bitter pill, and Geoffrey Baer's conversation with Newt Minow.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review, July 31

The Conversation Continues Online

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July 31, 2015 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/31

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists debate the merits of Lollapalooza, and the impact of the Blackhawks' new training facility coming to the West Side. 

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Noise Complaints at O'Hare Skyrocket

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July 30, 2015 - Noise Complaints at O'Hare Skyrocket

Complaints about jet noise at O’Hare International Airport topped more than 400,000 in May. On Thursday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that will increase the number of runways allowed at O’Hare in an effort to mitigate jet noise affecting some Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs.

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The Future of Landmark Status for Chicago Buildings

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July 30, 2015 - The Future of Landmark Status for Chicago

What is the landmark status of Marina City and other Chicago buildings? And is the Trump sign "classy" or in the words of Chicago Tribune critic Blair Kamin, is it "urban acne"? Kamin joins us on Chicago Tonight for the latest on Chicago architecture.

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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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