Springfield Standoff: Lawmakers Weigh In on Budget Stalemate

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(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Legislative leaders are still bickering – with no budget compromise in sight. Two lawmakers weigh in on the ongoing budget stalemate.

‘AIDS in America’ Exhibition Responds to Cultural Climate of 1980s

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LADZ (John Arsenault and Adrian Gilliland), Eden #31, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the artists)

An ambitious new art exhibition looks at the cultural impact of, and creative response to, AIDS in America.

Photos: Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest

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(Chicago Tonight)

Chicago’s first snowfall came just in time for the beginning of the city’s annual winter celebration at Navy Pier.

Rauner Defends Support of Exelon Bill, Veto of CPS Funds

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Speaking before a group that opposed the recent bill to raise electric rates and bail out two failing nuclear plants, Gov. Bruce Rauner explained why he supported it.

CPS Adding $600 Million in Supplemental Capital Plans

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(Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools says it plans to add $600 million in projects to its capital improvement budget for the upcoming year, but how much money the district will actually spend remains to be seen as it waits to gauge “market conditions and community feedback.”

Emanuel Creates Legal Fund with $1M to Protect Immigrants, Refugees

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday the creation of a legal protection fund to help thousands of immigrants and refugees threatened with deportation and pledged $1 million to start the fund.

The Week in Review: Legislative Veto Session Turns Ugly

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The Springfield standoff turns even uglier as Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes $215 million in CPS pension relief. Chicago’s deadly year surpasses 700 murders. And Jay Cutler is set to have season-ending surgery. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

New Hotline Deals Solely with Reports of Discrimination, Hate Crimes

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Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart and leaders from religious and minority communities announce a new hotline for reporting incidents of discrimination. (Chicago Tonight)

In response to a recent surge in the number of hate crimes reported nationwide, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart has launched a hotline for reporting incidents of discrimination.

State Lawmakers Pass Nuclear Plant ‘Bailout’

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(Chicago Tonight)

After a long debate, a last-minute push to bail out two downstate nuclear plants passed the Illinois General Assembly late Thursday at the tail end of the veto session.

Trump’s Business Entanglements Create Ethics Concerns

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How President-elect Donald Trump’s global business empire could create potential conflicts of interest.

Rauner Vetoes $215 Million CPS Pension Funding

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(Chicago Tonight)

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would have provided Chicago Public Schools with $215 million in pension relief funding, blowing a massive hole in the district’s 2017 budget.

Tong’s Trains: The Surprising Backstory of a WTTW Favorite Lunch Spot

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Bill Tong (Chicago Tonight)

Growing up with a Chinese restaurant on the first floor, an extended family upstairs and a killer train set in the basement. The story behind our neighborhood Chinese lunch place.

Teenage Binge Drinking Can Affect Future Children, Study Says

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Binge drinking as a teen could affect the brain function of your future children, according to a recent Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study.

Mother Inspires Hope, Raises Awareness of Rare Infant Seizure Disorder

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Ellen Wehrman and her son, Charlie, spend his first birthday preparing for an EEG. Wehrman, a former Loyola University Chicago student activities coordinator, will receive an award this week for raising awareness of infantile spasms, a rare disorder. (Courtesy Ellen Wehrman)

Only 2,500 children are diagnosed with infantile spasms in the U.S. each year. Meet one family that is sharing their story to raise awareness of the uncommon disorder.

Cook County Demolishing Some Older Jail Buildings

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With a two-year decline in jail population, Cook County is demolishing some older jail buildings that once housed inmates.

Giant Transit TIF Unanimously Passes City Council

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Why the City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to create a massive TIF district to fund the CTA.