What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

A Cook County judge ruled Friday that Chicago's plan to change city workers’ pensions was unconstitutional. The city vows to appeal the decision. We look at the ruling, whether any pension reform can be constitutional, what the consequences are to the city's plummeting bond rating, and whether the city will have to raise taxes to cover the pension liability. 

City Council Committee Debates ‘Chi-Raq’ Film Title

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July 27, 2015 - City Council Committee Debates ‘Chi-Raq’

There was heated debate at a City Council committee meeting Monday on whether or not to strip Illinois Film tax credits from Spike Lee's forthcoming film Chi-Raq. Some say the title validates gang culture while others fumed that aldermen have far better things to do with their time. Is the title Chi-Raq here to stay? 

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On 25th Anniversary, City Official Addresses Chicago’s ADA Advancements

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July 27, 2015 - On 25th Anniversary, City Official Addresses

Sunday marked the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Here to discuss the landmark legislation is Karen Tamley, commissioner of the Chicago Mayor's Office for Persons with Disabilities.

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Professor's Success Required Squashing Fear of Insects

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July 27, 2015 - Professor's Success Required Squashing Fear

National Medal of Science recipient May Berenbaum is an expert in the interaction of insects with plants, the founder of an annual insect-themed film festival, and the namesake of an X-Files character and new species of cockroach. She joins us on Chicago Tonight.

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Writer Seeks Best Restaurants from Back Seat of Cab

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Layne Mosler. (Photo by Rumen Milkow)

When Layne Mosler hails a cab, she doesn't have a destination in mind. What her driver doesn't know is that Mosler's next stop will be his (or her) favorite restaurant. This strategy has led her to discover some of the best eats in cities across the globe, which she details on her blog Taxi Gourmet. Now, Mosler shares her adventures in her new book, Driving Hungry.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, July 24

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July 24, 2015 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 7/24

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s top stores in politics, business, and sports.

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Emanuel to Phase Out Seven Downtown TIF Districts

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July 23, 2015 - Emanuel to Phase Out Seven Downtown TIF

This month Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he plans to wind down seven Tax Increment Financing Districts located near downtown. Critics of the move say he’s hanging downtown out to dry, but others say this is a first step toward taxing transparency. We’ll hear from Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz and Tom Tresser of the TIF Illumination Project.

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50 Years Later, Fair Housing Movement on North Shore Marches On

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July 23, 2015 - 50 Years Later, Fair Housing Movement on

Fifty years ago, a number of white suburban residents started a fair-housing movement called the North Shore Summer Project, and their work caught the attention of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Chicago Tonight’s Brandis Friedman takes a closer look at the movement – then and now – to diversify the area.

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Real-Life Ant Man Reviews 'Ant-Man' Movie

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July 23, 2015 - Real-Life Ant Man Reviews 'Ant-Man' Movie

Ant expert Sean Menke reviews Marvel Studios’ new superhero movie Ant-Man, which follows ex-con Scott Lang (played by Paul Rudd) as he saves the day by harnessing a super-secret particle that allows him to shrink. Menke joins us to talk about Ant-Man, the science behind the movie, and his extensive studies on the small insects.

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What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

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July 27, 2015 - What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

A Cook County judge ruled Friday that Chicago's plan to change city workers’ pensions was unconstitutional. The city vows to appeal the decision. We look at the ruling, whether any pension reform can be constitutional, what the consequences are to the city's plummeting bond rating, and whether the city will have to raise taxes to cover the pension liability. 

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Art Institute Exhibition Draws Attention to 'Underappreciated' Artist

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'Whistler and Roussel' at the Art Institute of Chicago
The American-born artist James McNeil Whistler had a profound impact on his 19th century European contemporaries. An exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago looks at Whistler's artistic vision – and his influence on a little-known French artist held in high regard by curators and collectors.

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Viewer Feedback: July 27

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July 27, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: July 27

We share what you had to say about the continued debate over the title of Spike Lee’s new film Chi-Raq and the ongoing budget stalemate in Springfield.

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Chicago Pension Reform Struck Down

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Mayor Emanuel and the city of Chicago are back to square one in efforts to resolve the funding crisis for two of the city's four pension funds, likely exacerbating the city's ongoing fiscal problems. 

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Web Extra: The Week in Review, July 24

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July 24, 2015 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/24

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists further discuss the Sandra Bland case, why some police officers treat African-American citizens different than whites, and the effectiveness of video surveillance devices.

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Newt Minow on Donald Trump’s Candidacy, Problems with the Primary Process

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July 23, 2015 - Newt Minow on Donald Trump’s Candidacy

He famously called television a “vast wasteland," but Newton Minow's influence goes far beyond that iconic phrase. Geoffrey Baer sat down with Minow to talk about some current political issues.

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Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

Printing 3-D Food, Health Benefits of Trees, & Smartphones' Impact on Commuting

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July 23, 2015 - Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

Is food printing tipped to become the killer app that puts 3-D printers in every kitchen? Rabiah Mayas is back to discuss printed pizza and other developments in the world of science.

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Renée Fleming on ‘Bel Canto,’ the Upcoming Season

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July 23, 2015 - Renée Fleming on ‘Bel Canto,’ the Upcoming

Renée Fleming, creative consultant for the Lyric Opera of Chicago, discusses the upcoming season at the opera house which will feature an opera curated by her.

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