Web Extra: The Week in Review: 5/22

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May 22, 2015 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 5/22

Eddie Arruza and his panelists discuss the national trend of decriminalization of marijuana, and the likelihood of Governor Bruce Rauner signing it into law here in Illinois. 

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/22-5/24

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Get up close and personal with technology at the Museum of Science and Industry; celebrate the men and women who served our country; and take a tour of future storm water reservoir. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Crisis in the Classroom

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May 22, 2015 - Crisis in the Classroom

Kids are almost out of school for the summer, but some long days are ahead for Chicago Public Schools as it tries to close a more than $1 billion budget deficit, most of which is tied to a $700 million pension payment that is due. On top of that, district officials are negotiating with the Chicago Teachers Union over a new teacher contract. Chicago Tonight talks with CTU President Karen Lewis.

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Rabbi Rethinks Theology

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May 22, 2015 - Rabbi Rethinks Theology

Rabbi Herman Schaalman turned 99 years old this year. After a life spent studying religious texts and the Torah, he’s starting to doubt the existence of God. We'll talk with the rabbi about his own evolution.

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The Robots are Coming!

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May 22, 2015 - The Robots are Coming!

Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry premieres a new national touring exhibit, Robot Revolution, that explores how robots, created by human ingenuity, will ultimately be our companions and colleagues, changing how we play, live, and work together. We get a preview from one of the exhibit’s creators.

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The New University of Illinois President

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May 20, 2015 - The New University of Illinois President

The University of Illinois’ new president is a geophysicist who studies the earth’s atmosphere. But his focus now will be on moving the state’s huge university system forward. We’ll talk with him about possible budget cuts, tuition costs, and his vision for the future.

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Method Factory

Colorful Factory Brings Green Tech to Pullman

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May 20, 2015 - Method Factory

For the first time in 30 years, a brand-new factory has opened in the historic Pullman neighborhood. We take an inside look at how the Method soap is made and find out why it’s so important to the neighborhood.

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Ask Geoffrey: 5/20

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May 20, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey: 5/20

Who makes the city's flowery fireworks happen every summer? Geoffrey Baer digs into Chicago's public gardens, plus visits West Englewood's Old Abe and a gate to nowhere in Streeterville.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 5/22

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Eddie Arruza and his panel of journalists discuss the week's top stories on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review. Headline topics include Mayor Emanuel's second-term agenda, the problematic Peoples' Gas main replacement program, and the fight for $15 minimum wage. 

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 22, 2015 - Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

As Illinois' Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan pushes for a three percent millionaire's tax to raise fresh revenue for the cash-strapped state, Republican lawmakers respond with a proposal for term limits to limit the power of long-time legislative leaders like Madigan. Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky rounds up all the latest news.

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Belmont Flyover

Brown Line Project Increases In Size and Cost

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May 22, 2015 - Belmont Flyover

In a time of tight budgets, why is the CTA pushing a $570 million 'flyover' project? Paris Schutz reports. 

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The Human Calculator

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May 22, 2015 - The Human Calculator

Scott Flansburg is in the Guinness Book of World Records as the “Fastest Human Calculator.” Flansburg correctly added a randomly selected two-digit number (38) to itself 36 times in 15 seconds without the use of a calculator. Flansburg shares his gift and love of math with children all around the world. He joins Chicago Tonight to put our own calculator to the test.

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New City Council Brings New Effort at Reform

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May 20, 2015 - New City Council Brings New Effort at Reform

The newly seated City Council takes another stab at reform as aldermen select someone to lead the new independent budget office. Paris Schutz has the details on that and more on the heated relocation of Riot Fest.

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Global Cities Driving the Global Economy

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May 20, 2015 - Global Cities Driving the Global Economy

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times will examine how global cities are driving political, social, and economic policies and solving critical world challenges during a three-day forum. Ivo Daalder, president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, joins us.

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“The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets”

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May 20, 2015 - “The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets”

We dive into sugar and spice and everything nice, or not so nice. In The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets, editor Darra Goldstein shares the powerful ways sugar has played a role in our world, both good and bad.

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 19, 2015-Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

The May 31 deadline for state lawmakers to approve a budget and solve a $6 billion shortfall is quickly approaching. We talk with Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky about what tax hikes and other revenue generators are on the table, what services could be on the chopping block, whether lawmakers will be able to pass a budget before the end of the month, and, if not, how that affects the numerous legislative items on their plate. 

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