Legislators Condemn Rauner’s Reaction to Political Cartoon

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(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Top legislators spent hours Monday working on an education funding package, and reaction to a political cartoon is still simmering. 

Civic Federation: TIFs Are Good for Chicago Public Schools

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The governor says Chicago could solve a lot of CPS’ financial problems by getting rid of TIF districts, but the mayor and other budget watchdogs say that doing away with them could actually cost public schools money.

Rauner Spokeswoman Confirms Governor to Sign Immigration Bill

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Gov. Bruce Rauner may be set to sign legislation limiting cooperation between officials in Illinois and federal immigration authorities.

Zachary Fardon on Violence, Police Reform and His New Job

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Zachary Fardon appears on “Chicago Tonight” on March 23, 2017.

The former U.S. attorney, who was asked to resign by the Trump administration in March, joins us in discussion.

Bill Graham, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Pioneer Who Escaped Nazi Germany

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Bill Graham between takes during the filming of “A '60s Reunion with Bill Graham: A Night at the Fillmore,” 1986. (Courtesy of Ken Friedman)

He helped to define rock ‘n’ roll in the 1960s—and his life was a forged as a child in Nazi Germany. We explore an exhibition about Bill Graham at the Illinois Holocaust Museum.

Emanuel, CPS Using Student Achievement in Fight for Funding

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(Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools says its English language learners have significantly trimmed the achievement gap compared to native English speaking students – a data point Mayor Rahm Emanuel and district officials want to use in their ongoing fight for adequate funding from Springfield.

Bipartisan House Caucus Hopes to Achieve Health Care Reform

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U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski joins us to discuss ongoing health care negotiations.

Solar Eclipse 2017: ‘Business as Usual’ for Animals at Lincoln Park Zoo

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(Courtesy Lincoln Park Zoo)

About a dozen different species were under close watch during the event as scientists looked for any changes in behavior. 

Crain’s: Cook County Union Lauds Preckwinkle for New Contract

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Toni Preckwinkle appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 22, 2017.

As the fight over the Cook County sweetened beverage tax enters yet another round, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is getting some praise from one of the county's biggest unions.

Dick Gregory, Comedian and Activist, Dies at 84

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(Dick Gregory / Facebook)

The comedian and civil rights activist died on Saturday. He was 84. 

Chicagoans Come Together to View Eclipse

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Chicagoans from all neighborhoods and walks of life came out of the shadows to fix their appropriately covered eyes on the skies.

Thousands Catch Eclipse Fever at Adler Planetarium

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The last time a total solar eclipse spanned the continental United States from coast to coast was 99 years ago. Thousands joined in the Adler Planetarium’s celestial celebration to mark the occasion.

Former Neo-Nazi on White Supremacy: ‘It’s Terrorism’

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“Until the government starts to call it what it is – and that’s terrorism – I’m not sure the point will fully come across as to how dangerous of a problem this is,” said Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi, of far-right extremism.

Solar Eclipse Sparks ‘Festival’ Atmosphere in Carbondale

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Onlookers were treated to a clear view of the solar eclipse in Carbondale. “It was a festival sort of atmosphere,” Amanda Vinicky said. “You literally had a beer tent, carnival rides, and band, a whole lot of very excited people wearing garb for the solar eclipse.”

Photos: Visitors (and Animals) Take in Solar Eclipse at Lincoln Park Zoo

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(Alex Ruppenthal / Chicago Tonight)

Animal behavior experts noticed the biggest change in one particular species during Monday’s eclipse: humans. 

Adler Astronomer: ‘Absolutely Phenomenal’ Solar Eclipse in Carbondale

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Adler Planetarium astrophysicist Lucianne Walkowicz joins us from the eclipse epicenter in Carbondale.