CVS Opens Local Pharmacy Distribution Center

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August 20, 2013 - CVS Opens Local Pharmacy Distribution Cent

CVS has opened a massive mail order pharmacy in Mount Prospect. We tour the facility and hear what the company's CEO has to say about the impact of the Affordable Care Act. Read an article.

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Web Extra: Speed Camera Locations

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel's new speed cameras could make the city a fast buck. The city debuted its new automated camera system on Monday, with cameras now operational in four neighborhood parks. An additional eight locations will catch speed demons on film next month. View a map of speed camera locations.

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Neighbor Carts

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August 6, 2013 - Neighbor Carts

Neighbor Carts hires workers with pre-existing barriers to employment, while simultaneously working to eradicate the city's vast food deserts. We revisit Jay Shefsky's story about the company's innovative business model. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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Local Store Closed for Gang Activity

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July 31, 2013 - Local Store Closed for Gang Activity

Humboldt Park neighbors come together to get gangs off the street corner. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

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Web Extra: Cats at Work Project

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While Jay Shefsky tagged along with city workers to learn more about rat control in Chicago, we were curious to find out about other local organizations that had alternative ways of dealing with rats – aside from spreading poison to kill the pesky creatures. We spoke with Jenny Schlueter, Community Cats Program Director at the Tree House Humane Society, about a “green” approach to rat control in Chicago called the Cats at Work Project. Read an interview.

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Lake Shore Drive Redesign

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July 30, 2013 - Lake Shore Drive Redesign

Are you sick of traffic jams and lakefront path congestion on the 7-mile stretch on the north end of Lake Shore Drive? An overhaul of the Drive from Grand Avenue all the way to the end at the Hollywood curve is in the planning phase. Some ideas include reducing driving speeds, easing the Oak Street curve, adding bus-only lanes, relieving traffic pinch points, and improving lakefront access and easing overcrowding on the lakefront path. We have analysis.

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Viewer Feedback: 7/29

Fire Sprinkler Requirements

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We share your thoughts about the fire marshal's proposal to change sprinkler code requirements in Illinois in tonight's Viewer Feedback.

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Fire Sprinkler Requirements

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July 25, 2013 - Fire Sprinkler Requirements

There’s a battle raging over the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s plan to require all residential and business buildings taller than four stories to be retrofitted with sprinkler systems costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Churches, restaurants, and any building used for gatherings of 50 or more people would also be required to add sprinklers. Opponents say the expense outweighs the fire safety benefits. Eddie Arruza and his guests analyze both sides.

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Chicago's Rebounding Housing Market

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July 23, 2013- Chicago's Rebounding Housing Market

We take a look at Chicago’s rebounding housing market. How does the city compare with the rest of the county? And will this upward trend continue? Elizabeth Brackett and her guests discuss the issue.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 8/16

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August 16, 2013 - Web Extra: The Week in Review

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists take on changes in journalism in this web extra conversation. Was the sale of The Washington Post to Jeff Bezos a vanity purchase? And what changes are ahead at the Sun-Times and Crain’s? Watch the web extra video.

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The Future of Newspapers

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In a whirlwind week for newspapers, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos plans to buy The Washington Post for $250 million, while Boston Red Sox Owner John Henry has purchased The Boston Globe from the New York Times Company. We discuss the future of the newspaper industry in light of the sales.

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City Budget Director on Shortfall and Plans

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August 1, 2013 - City Budget Director on Shortfall and Plans

With a budget shortfall projected at over $300 million, what’s a city budget director to do? Alexandra Holt joins us to discuss her plan of action for the City of Chicago. Read the city's 2013 Annual Financial Analysis.

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Rats!

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July 31, 2013- Rats!

Chicago's Department of Streets and Sanitation says that requests for rat control services are down 15 percent this year. One reason, they say, is that city crews have done 30 percent more rodent control inspections and baiting jobs than in this period last year. That got Jay Shefsky wondering about the people who do those inspections and baiting jobs. Recently, he tagged along with a crew and shows us what he found. Read an article.

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Mayor Touts Drop in CTA Absenteeism on Heels of New Fare System Launch

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July 30, 2013 - Mayor Touts Drop in CTA Absenteeism

The CTA says it has saved $10 million this year, but it faces a host of other financial problems and the rollout of the new Ventra fare card system. Will fares go up? Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Ad Firm Merger

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July 29, 2013 - Ad Firm Merger

New York-based ad firm Omnicom and Paris-based ad firm Publicis merged on Sunday, creating the largest advertising firm with $23 billion in combined revenue. The merger might create complications since it will bring together rival clients, such as Coca-Cola and Pepsi, Procter & Gamble and Johnson & Johnson, and AT&T and Verizon. We have analysis.

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Was Bond Rating Lowered by IL Business Leader Lobbying?

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July 25, 2013 - Was Bond Rating Lowered by Lobbying?

Did Illinois business leaders lobby ratings agencies to lower the state's bond rating? Paris Schutz has the latest details on a bizarre twist in the pension debate.

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Wrigley Plan Faces City Council Committee

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The deal to renovate Wrigley Field looks to have finally crossed the plate. A City Council committee unanimously approved the deal Tuesday after some furious late inning, back room negotiations. Read an article and the mayor's statement.

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