From Chicago Girl to First Lady

Author Peter Slevin has covered both Barack and Michelle Obama for many years. The former Washington Post reporter, who's now on staff at Northwestern University's journalism school, joins us to talk about his new book tracing Michelle Obama's family background, her upbringing and education, and her life with her husband.

CPS CEO Takes Leave of Absence Amid Federal Probe

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Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett has taken a leave of absence amidst a federal investigation into a no-bid contract awarded to a company that once employed her.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 4/17

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April 17, 2015- Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 4/17

Eddie Arruza and his panel of journalists break down the week's top local stories, including the federal investigation of CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the Blackhawks' quest for their sixth Stanley Cup in franchise history.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 4/17-4/19

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Watch a Rodgers & Hammerstein classic; tour the largest waterwaste plant on earth; and celebrate and feast on America's favorite cured meat. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Spike Lee Film "Chiraq" Triggers Black-On-Black Violence Debate

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April 16, 2015 - Spike Lee Film "Chiraq"

A new Spike Lee film about black-on-black violence that is still in early production has already stirred up controversy just with its title: Chiraq. The mayor says he doesn't like it because it stigmatizes communities and gives the whole city a bad name. We talk with a local filmmaker with an anti-violence message, as well as experts on black-on-black violence to get their take on the controversy.

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Chicago Festival of Music and Movies Grows Up Fast

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April 16, 2015 - Chicago Festival of Music and Movies

CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies and Music Festival, has quickly evolved into a spring destination. We'll speak with the new program director, who came from the Sundance Festival.

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CPS Under Federal Investigation

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April 15, 2015 - CPS Under Federal Investigation

Chicago Public Schools is under federal investigation, school board officials confirm. We have the latest details.

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Minimum Wage Workers Protest for Better Pay

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Demonstrators in Chicago and around the United States are protesting Wednesday for a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Organizers said workers in other countries would also rally, claiming it’s the largest-ever international demonstration by workers.

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Surprising "Dog Flu" Find Generates More Concerns

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April 15, 2015 - Surprising "Dog Flu" Finds

Officials say the outbreak of the so-called dog flu throughout the Chicago area is now of greater concern than originally thought. Dr. Donna Alexander, administrator of the Cook County Department of Animal & Rabies Control, tells us what the latest findings mean for pets and what animal control officials are doing to contain the outbreak.

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Remembering Cardinal Francis George

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April 17, 2015 - Remembering Cardinal Francis George

Cardinal Francis George has died at age 78 after years of battling cancer. Chicago Tonight looks back on his life and career.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 4/17

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April 17, 2015 - Web Extra: Week in Review 4/17

Eddie Arruza, Craig Dellimore, Dana Kozlov and Danny Ecker discuss the ramifications of director Spike Lee's proposed film project, Chiraq.

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CPS Facing Federal Investigation, Calls For Bankruptcy

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April 16, 2015 - CPS Federal Investigation, Bankruptcy

Gov. Bruce Rauner said this week that bankruptcy may be the best option for the Chicago Public Schools system to get its fiscal house in order. One day later, it was revealed that the federal government is investigating CPS. News reports say the investigation involves a no-bid contract for principal training awarded to a company that once employed CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett. We'll discuss the challenges facing CPS with a panel of experts.

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Inside Look: The Oprah Collection

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April 16, 2015 - Inside Look: The Oprah Collection

Oprah Winfrey is selling hundreds of items from her Chicago condo. Leslie Hindman Auctioneers gives us a guided tour of the lots before the auction takes place on April 25.

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Viewer Feedback: 4/16

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April 16, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 4/16

We share what you had say about our one-on-one with Gov. Bruce Rauner and the possibility of ending some state tax breaks in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Remembering Homaro Cantu

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Homaro Cantu, the talented chef and owner of Moto restaurant, has died.

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An End to Tax Breaks?

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April 15, 2015 - An End to Tax Breaks?

Illinois is one of only three states that does not tax retirement income. That cost the state $2.2 billion in FY 2013, and along with other tax breaks the total revenue the state is foregoing is close to $9 billion. Is it time to reassess and end at least some of these tax breaks? Laurence Msall, president of the Civic Federation, is just back from Springfield and joins us to share his thoughts.

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Playing Games in Chicago

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April 15, 2015 - Playing Games in Chicago

Chicagoans are solving mysteries and playing games on date night and loving it! A panel of Chicago's gamers and puzzlers will talk about how geek has become chic -- and how you can get in on the play.

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