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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Fashion Outlets of Chicago

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July 23, 2013 - Fashion Outlets of Chicago

The Fashion Outlets of Chicago is set to make its big grand opening in Rosemont next week. We take you inside the mega outlet mall to see what developers say will be a game changer in area retail shopping. Read an article and view a slideshow.

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Chicago vs. Detroit

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July 22, 2013 - Chicago vs. Detroit

In the wake of Detroit filing for bankruptcy last week, we take a look at the possibility of Chicago following the Motor City into financial calamity. Is Chicago’s recent bond rating downgrade a sign of things to come? Or is the city in a totally different situation than Detroit? We have analysis.

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Wrigley Redevelopment Gets Green Light

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July 18, 2013 - Wrigley Redevelopment Gets Green Light

Wrigley Field redevelopment plans pass the Chicago Plan Commission with the support of Ald. Tom Tunney. Paris Schutz has the latest.

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Controversy Arises Over Plan for Evanston Lakefront Hotel

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July 16, 2013 - Controversy Over Lakefront Hotel

There’s a battle brewing in Evanston over the proposed sale of the city-owned Harley Clarke Mansion and surrounding lakefront park land to Hyatt hotel heir, Colonel James Pritzker. He wants to convert the property into a high-end boutique hotel. We have the latest on the controversy. Read minutes from closed door meetings about the sale.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Homes for Sale

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July 15, 2013 - Frank Lloyd Wright Homes for Sale

How do you price a piece of architectural art? Prairie style master Frank Lloyd Wright designed nearly 100 homes in the Chicago area, but now some owners are having trouble selling these homes. Chicago magazine's real estate expert Dennis Rodkin joins us to discuss why sellers are having trouble, and he tells us more about Chicago's housing market.

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Tribune to Spin Off Newspapers

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July 10, 2013 - Tribune to Spin Off Newspapers

The Chicago Tribune has announced it’s splitting its broadcast and publishing divisions, a major shift for a company built on synergy between platforms. Lynne Marek from Crain’s Chicago Business joins us with 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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What Makes a Leader Great?

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July 23, 2013 - What Makes a Leader Great?

Are leaders born or bred? Loyola University business ethics professor Al Gini joins us to discuss his book, 10 Virtues of Outstanding Leaders. Read an excerpt. 

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Chicago's Debt Rating Downgraded

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July 18, 2013 - Chicago's Debt Rating Downgraded

The latest casualty in the state’s battle for pension reform is Chicago’s credit ratings. Moody’s Investors Service has bumped the city’s general obligation and sales tax ratings down three notches. We discuss what this triple downgrade means.

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BGA Exclusive on "Chicago Tonight"

Hospital Investigation

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July 17, 2013 - BGA Exclusive on "Chicago Tonight"

A new investigation by the Better Government Association reveals doctors and staff at Cook County's Stroger Hospital are allegedly shorting their hours and wasting taxpayer money. We discover the BGA's disturbing findings and what the hospital has already done as a result of the investigation. Read an article.

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Feeding the Hungry

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July 13, 2013 - Feeding the Hungry

Hunger is rising; 860,000 people were food insecure in Cook County in 2011. Out of those, one in five were children. The Greater Chicago Food Depository, a nonprofit food distribution and training center, which provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in Chicago, is expanding summer feeding programs to serve kids who usually receive their meals at schools. Read an article.

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Wrigley Deal Passes

Residents, Alderman Still Upset

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Community groups near Wrigley Field have requested a meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel about the proposed changes to Wrigley Field, now approved by the City’s Landmarks Commission.

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