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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Viewer Mail: 3/29

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If the Supreme Court finds that the government cannot mandate the purchase of health insurance, would that affect the mandatory Illinois auto insurance law? We have your thoughts in tonight's Viewer Mail.

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Values-Based Leadership

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What qualities make a great leader? And what is the difference between leadership and values-based leadership? A former top CEO wrote the book and he joins us with his four sometimes surprising principles for success.

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Chicago Explores Bus Rapid Transit

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We talk with CTA president Forrest Claypool about how the transit agency will benefit from Mayor Emanuel's infrastructure announcement, and then we continue our look at Bus Rapid Transit in Mexico City and how Chicago will try its own BRT pilot program.

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Protests

Thousands of protesters are coming to Chicago in May for the NATO summits. The White House’s decision to move the G-8 summit to Maryland’s Camp David didn't stifle protesters; they called it a victory. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has pledged that protesters’ First Amendment rights would not be violated, but said he has rights, too.

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NATO Summit

Welcome to Chicago Tonight’s online coverage of the Chicago NATO summit. We’ve gathered everything you need to know about growing protest plans, security measures, the summit’s effect on Chicago businesses, and the policies world leaders are expected to discuss. Read the latest developments here, and view our Players page to get up to speed on who matters for the summits.

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NATO Host Committee Raises $36.5 Million

The Chicago NATO host committee says the donations will be enough to fully fund the May summits.

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Fela! in Chicago

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The Tony-award winning musical Fela! is in town. The show's lead producer tells us how love for Fela's music led to a triumphant stage production.

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Ivo Daalder

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Ivo Daalder, the U.S. ambassador to NATO, discusses the Afghan troop withdrawal and other items on the agenda at the upcoming NATO summit. Visit Chicago Tonight's NATO in Chicago page for more on the summit.

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Emanuel Announces $7 Billion Infrastructure Plan

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Mayor Emanuel announces $7 billion for improvements to parks, airports, and mass transit over the next three years. But how will the cash-strapped city pay for it? The mayor goes one-on-one with Paris Schutz.

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Security

Even though the city is no longer hosting the more controversial G-8 conference, Chicago still expects about 7,500 protestors during the NATO summit in May. Those protests have the Chicago Police Department on alert, spending the past few months training and acquiring new riot gear.

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Agenda

On May 20 to 22, 2012, President Barack Obama will welcome leaders from NATO’s 28 member states to his hometown of Chicago for a high-level meeting on international security, economics, and other pressing 21st century concerns. 

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NATO Protesters Lose Permit Appeal

Anti-NATO protesters will not be able to march through the Loop during the NATO summit in May, an administrative judge ruled Thursday.

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