Preservation Chicago Names 7 Endangered Buildings

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Preservation Chicago released today its annual list of seven buildings in Chicago that may be in danger of demolition, and one of them isn’t a building.

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Mayor’s Mea Culpa in New Campaign Ad

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March 4, 2015-Mayor’s Mea Culpa in New Campaign Ad

Is there a kinder, contrite Mayor Rahm Emanuel?  A new push by the mayor to soften his image comes in the face of criticism about his personal style. This, the state budget, and the ongoing controversy over the Obama Library are taking center stage in the campaign for mayor today. 

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Chicago's Future Chefs

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March 4, 2015 - Chicago's Future Chefs

Over the weekend, students from 13 Illinois high school students competed for their chance to represent Illinois in a national cooking competition. The budding "cheftestants" may be only high school students now, but with the help of the ProStart Invitational competition, they can hope to be the next Grant Achatz or Stephanie Izard.

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Is This Modern Art?

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March 3, 2015 - Is This Modern Art?

A new play at Steppenwolf Theatre has sparked a heated conversation -- precisely what the creators wanted. Based on the 2010 graffiti "bombing" of the then-relatively new Modern Wing of The Art Institute of Chicago, This Is Modern Art tells the story of the graffiti crew that carried out the event, but it also poses questions about the creation of art and who qualifies as an artist. 

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Moody's Downgrades City's Credit Rating

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Moody’s Investors Service downgraded the rating on the city of Chicago’s $8.3 billion in general obligation debt to Baa2 from Baa1 on Friday, Feb. 27. 

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CPS Will Give PARCC Test District-Wide

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March 2, 2015 - CPS Will Give PARCC Test District-Wide

Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett announced this morning that the district will, in fact, administer the PARCC test to all required grades, rather than 10 percent of schools as previously planned. We have the details.

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Colombian Artist's Work Speaks to Universal Themes

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March , 2015 - Doris Salcedo MCA

An artist revered in her home country of Colombia has made a strong impression on the international art world. We visit the MCA Chicago for the opening of Doris Salcedo's first-ever retrospective. 

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Park District Proposes Morgan Shoal Improvement Plan

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Community residents liked what they heard about plans to improve the lakefront along the Morgan Shoal on the city’s south side.

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Willie Wilson’s Path from Mayoral Candidate to Power Broker

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Willie Wilson was scheduled to appear on tonight’s broadcast of Chicago Tonight, but he cancelled his appearance. Wilson told us that he could not come on the show because he was meeting with both mayoral candidates.

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Pluto's Assassin -- and Why He's Not Remorseful

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March 4, 2015 - Pluto's Assassin -- and Why He's Not Remorse

Caltech Astrophysicist Mike Brown was one of the scientists who, in 2006, led the successful crusade to get the former planet Pluto downgraded to the status of dwarf planet. He joins us to discuss what he's found far, far away in our solar system.

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"Believer: My Forty Years in Politics"

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March 3, 2015 - "Believer: My Forty Years in Politics"

David Axelrod has had a long and storied career as a political consultant. His new memoir, Believer: My Forty Years in Politics covers not just his time working for President Obama in the White House, but also delves into his personal struggle in dealing with his father's death, his early career, and family life. Axelrod joins us to discuss his work and political musings.

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Viewer Feedback: 3/3

Election, Teach For America & Pullman

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March 3, 2015 - Viewer Feedback

We share what you had to say about last week's elections, Teach For America's recruiting troubles, and Pullman Historic District's designation as a national park in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Mayoral Race Heats Up

City’s Credit Rating, Obama Library Become Focus of Race

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March 2, 2015 - Mayoral Race Heats Up

The Obama Library and the city's beleaguered credit rating take center stage in the mayoral race, as a new poll shows Rahm Emanuel and Jesús "Chuy" García are in a dead heat.

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White Sox Legend Minnie Miñoso Dies

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March 2, 2015 - White Sox Legend Minnie Minoso Dies

White Sox great Minnie Miñoso, Chicago's first black major league player, died this Sunday. Professor Adrian Burgos Jr., who specializes in Latin American studies and baseball at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, joins us to discuss Miñoso's legacy.

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Poll: Emanuel, García in Dead Heat‬

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A new poll concludes that Mayor Rahm Emanuel is "very likely" even with challenger Jesús "Chuy" García. The poll, conducted by Ogden & Fry, shows Emanuel up 43 percent to 38.5 percent, with 18.6 percent undecided.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 2/27

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February 27, 2015-Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 2/27

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the week's top headlines.

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