Web Extra: The Week in Review: 4/18

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the pervasive patronage at Metra, the CTA plans for an L overpass at Belmont. Watch the web extra video.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 4/18 - 4/20

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An Easter-themed party, a photography class and classic musical; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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Rep. Hultgren on ACA, Common Core & More

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April 17, 2014 - Rep. Hultgren on ACA, Common Core & More

Rep. Randy Hultgren joins us to discuss the Affordable Care Act, election year politics, Common Core education standards, and what he’s doing to try and combat rising heroin abuse in Illinois.

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Organ Transplants

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April 17, 2014 - Organ Transplants

The waiting list of patients seeking an organ transplant has reached almost 125,000 people, but the amount of willing donors is far behind that number. We discuss the past, present and future of organ transplantation. Read the personal story of a nurse-turned-organ donor.

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"The Sound of Music"

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April 17, 2014 - "The Sound of Music"

Rodgers and Hammerstein hit the opera house when Lyric Opera stages The Sound of Music. We hear from two stars and get an in-studio performance of “Climb Ev’ry Mountain.” Read an interview with the actress who plays Maria in the musical, Jenn Gambatese.

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WTTW, CCT to Host On The Table

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As a WTTW viewer, we know you care about our community and its issues. Now, as part of the Chicago Community Trust initiative, On the Table, 10,000 people across the region will share a meal on May 12, 2014 to talk about and discuss ideas about the future of the Chicago region. Read more about the event.

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Gambling in Chicago

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April 16, 2014 - Gambling in Chicago

Could Chicago soon be home to one of the world’s largest casinos? Read an article.

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Chef Rick Bayless Ramps Up for Spring

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April 16, 2014 - Chef Rick Bayless Ramps Up for Spring

Chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless stops by to share some delicious springtime dishes. Check out two recipes and view a behind-the-scenes slideshow.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 4/18

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the week's top headlines.

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Will Taxpayers Foot Bill for Obama Presidential Library?

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April 17, 2014 - Will Taxpayers Foot Bill?

Illinois taxpayers may be on the hook for $100 million to bring an Obama Presidential Library and Museum to Chicago. Paris Schutz has the story.

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Crain's Corner

Will Walgreens & Cosi Move from Illinois?

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April 17, 2014 - Crain's Corner

We take a closer look at whether Deerfield-based Walgreens will move to Switzerland due to pressure from a block of investors. And could Cosi, the struggling restaurant chain also based in Deerfield, be moving out of state? Brigid Sweeney from Crain’s Chicago Business gives us the details. View a timeline of Walgreens' history.

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Empty Lots for Sale in Chicago

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April 17, 2014 - Empty Lots for Sale in Chicago

Vacant plots of land are selling for $1 in Englewood. Brandis Friedman explains why. Read an article and view a map.

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Viewer Feedback: 4/17

Chicago Pensions and City Council

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April 17, 2014 - Viewer Feedback: 4/17

We share what you had to say about Mayor Emanuel's recently passed pension reform deal when we read some of our viewer feedback. 

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Rep. Quigley on Ukraine, Minimum Wage & More

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April 16, 2014 - Rep. Quigley on Ukraine, Minimum Wage

Rep. Mike Quigley talks with Carol Marin about the situation in Ukraine, minimum wage, the upcoming Senate election, and more. View a timeline of Rep. Quigley's career.

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Matt Taibbi on “The Divide”

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Matt Taibbi is arguably one of the most influential journalists of his age. He's perhaps best known for his work covering the financial crisis as a contributing editor for Rolling Stone magazine. Taibbi has a new book out called The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap. He joins us. Read an article and a book excerpt. 

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Rauner Wants "Special Deal" for Police, Firefighter Pensions

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Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner says he favors a different set of retirement benefits for state police and fire personnel. Read an article.

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