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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Toni Preckwinkle on Her Sales Tax Plan

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July 1, 2015 - Toni Preckwinkle on her Sales Tax Plan

Facing a budget crunch, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is proposing a 1 percent hike to the county sales tax. She'll likely face a tough time finding the nine board member votes she needs to get the tax passed. Preckwinkle joins Chicago Tonight to talk about the budget.

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Chase Won't Take Change Anymore

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July 1, 2015 - Chase Won't Take Change Anymore

Chase bank will no longer take more than a little loose change from customers -- a move they say is in the name of customer service. But some customers are outraged, including Robert Reed, who wrote a column for Crain's Chicago Business. He joins us to lament the decline of banking services for retail customers. 

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Looming Government Shutdown and CPS’ Pension Pain

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June 30, 2015 - Looming Gov Shutdown and CPS' Pension Pain

We’ll talk about the latest developments in Springfield with veteran reporter Carol Marin and Springfield correspondent Amanda Vinicky. It’ll be a whooper of day as a state government shutdown appears increasingly likely because Tuesday is the final day in the state’s current budget. Meanwhile, Chicago Public Schools managed to pay its $634 million pension payment Tuesday afternoon. 

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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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Ask Geoffrey: 7/1

Fit Firefighters, Addison's Adventureland, and City Sailors

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July 1, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey

Geoffrey Baer digs into the history of handball in Chicago firehouses, rides the Cinderella Train at Adventureland, and sails away with the Rainbow Fleet.

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Misty Copeland on ‘Life in Motion’

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October 2, 2014 - Misty Copeland on ‘Life in Motion’

Ballerina Misty Copeland became the first African-American female principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre on Tuesday. In October, Copeland visited Chicago Tonight to talk about her recently published memoir, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. We revisit her conversation with Brandis Friedman.

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The Head of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund

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June 30, 2015 - Head of the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund

Today was deadline day for a $634 million payment due to the Chicago Teachers' Pension Fund, and this afternoon the payment was made. But school finances remain in a perilous state. We talk with the head of the pension fund, Charles Burbridge, on what happens next.

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