Spike, a corpse plant, on Aug. 3, left, Aug. 26, center, and Sept. 1 at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Corpse Plant Postmortem: Spike's Story Not Over, Say Botanists

We conduct a postmortem on Spike, the smelly corpse flower that failed to bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden. What happened? Paris Schutz has the story.

Chicago Tonight's Weekly News Quiz: Round 4

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Were you watching this week? Test your knowledge with these eight questions.

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Emanuel Eyes $500 Million Property Tax Increase, Sources Say

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reportedly considering a $500 million property tax hike—one of the largest in the city’s history—to help pay police and fire pensions and construction projects for Chicago Public Schools. The tax increase is expected to be included in the mayor’s 2016 budget. We examine what’s reportedly in Emanuel’s budget and what it means for city residents.

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From Weird Science to Strange Brews, Emily Graslie Has the Scoop

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Emily Graslie (Photo by Joe Tighe)

Emily Graslie may just have the coolest job in the world. She's the Chief Curiosity Correspondent for the Field Museum and the driving force behind the popular YouTube channel The Brain Scoop. Graslie joins Chicago Tonight to discuss her work popularizing science.

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The SpongeBob Musical: Songwriting Celebs and their SpongeBob Twins

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Squidward and Steven Tyler

In light of The SpongeBob Musical, we matched up songwriting celebs to their SpongeBob counterparts.   

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Fox Lake Mourns Officer's Death as Search for Suspects Enters Day 2

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September 2, 2015 - Fox Lake Mourns Officer's Death as

The far north suburban community of Fox Lake is still grieving as dozens of local, state, and federal law enforcement officers search for three suspects who allegedly shot and killed Fox Lake police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz early Tuesday morning. Brandis Friedman visited Fox Lake on Wednesday and she joins us with the latest.

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Crain's Roundup: Wall Street's Wild Ride, Sprint's Chicago Expansion

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September 2, 2015 - Crain's Roundup: Wall Street's Wild Ride

Crain’s Chicago Business deputy managing editor Ann Dwyer takes a closer look at the wild ride on Wall Street, Sprint adding 1,050 jobs in Chicago, Chrysler’s considering producing Jeep Cherokees here and Illinois becoming the “Land of Delivery.”

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Northwest Chicago Film Society Launches New Season at NEIU

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The Northwest Chicago Film Society kicks off its fall season of 35-millimeter film screenings on Wednesday at the auditorium at Northeastern Illinois University in the North Park neighborhood.

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Summer Pilot Program 'Targets' Violence Perpetrators

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September 2, 2015 - Summer Pilot Program 'Targets' Violence

For three hundred South and West Side Chicagoans, a summer job meant more than just a few extra bucks – it may have also meant a safer community. A pilot program called Target 7-11 H.I.T. paid neighbors in Englewood and the west side of Garfield Park to work as violence interrupters, during what is a notoriously deadly time of year for those communities. Brandis Friedman explains how it works.

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Labor Day Weekend Events Around Chicago: Sept. 4-6

Five Fests and a Q&A with Queen of Earth Director Alex Ross Perry

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It's Labor Day weekend, Chicago. You won't be able to wear white after Monday, so flash your brights at this great lineup of festivals, including Turkish Fest, Jazz Fest and the Chicago Fringe Fest. Oh, and don't miss a Q&A at Music Box Theatre with Queen of Earth director Alex Ross Perry. Take your pick.

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Chicago Cubs Playoff Scenarios: North Side Believers or Overachievers?

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It's been a magical season for the Chicago Cubs: a Sunday night no-hitter added to one of the best records in baseball, and a likely playoff appearance. Joining us to take a closer look at what's been going right on the North Side–and what's ahead–is Chicago Tribune baseball writer Paul Sullivan.

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Julius Rosenwald Documentary Explores Life of 'Unsung Hero'

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September 3, 2015 - Julius Rosenwald Documentary Explores

Chicago businessman Julius Rosenwald was also a courageous philathropist and his work resonates to this day. The new documentary Rosenwald opens this Friday in Chicago and Highland Park. Chicago Tonight discusses the film–and the man at the center of it–with filmmaker Aviva Kempner, and Peter Ascoli, a faculty member of the Spertus Institute who is Julius Rosenwald's grandson.

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Viewer Feedback: Sept. 3

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September 3, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: Sept. 3

We share what you had to say about some of our recent stories when we read viewer feedback from the Chicago Tonight website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Taste Test on the Proposed Chicago Soda Tax

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September 2, 2015 - Taste Test on the Proposed Chicago Soda

A proposed penny-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages is meant primarily as a way to address skyrocketing obesity and diabetes rates. But some of that revenue could go toward funding the city’s big cash crunch.

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Corpse Plant Postmortem: Spike's Story Not Over, Say Botanists

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September 2, 2015 - Corpse Plant Postmortem: Spike's Story

We conduct a postmortem on Spike, the smelly corpse flower that failed to bloom at the Chicago Botanic Garden. What happened? Paris Schutz has the story.

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'Cook County ICU' on the Human Side of a Famous Hospital

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September 2, 2015 - 'Cook County ICU' on the Human Side of a

Dr. Cory Franklin spent 25 years leading Cook County Hospital's intensive care unit – more than enough for a lifetime of stories. The ICU's former chief joins Chicago Tonight to discuss his new book, Cook County ICU, his most memorable patients, and what they taught him.

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Ask Geoffrey: Sept. 2

Where was Bacon's Arena, the site of Joe Louis' first pro match?

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September 2, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey: Sept. 2

In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, our local history expert goes ringside at Joe Louis' first professional knockout, rides by the site of long-lost Logan Square mansion, and finds out what's cooking at a former bread-baking palace.

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