Former Chamber of Commerce CEO Jerry Roper Dies

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Jerry Roper, the former president and CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce has died. He passed Sunday night at the age of 74, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

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Former CPS CEOs Weigh In on District's Money Woes

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June 29, 2015 - Former CPS CEOs on District's Money Woes

Former Chicago Public Schools chiefs Paul Vallas and Terry Mazany will talk with us as part of a series of discussions we are having with education experts and elected officials on the colossal challenges facing Chicago Public Schools and what it means for students and parents.

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New Lives for Old Bikes

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June 29, 2015 - New Lives for Old Bikes

Each year, Chicago-based Working Bikes collects thousands of used bikes and sends them to partner organizations in Africa and Latin America. There, bike mechanics are trained, bikes are refurbished and local residents get critical personal transportation. Jay Shefsky visited Working Bikes and helped pack a shipping container.

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Former Rep. Mel Reynolds Indicted on Charges for Failing to File Tax Returns

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Disgraced former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds is in trouble with the law once again. In an indictment released today, Reynolds is charged with failing to file tax returns between 2009-2012. 

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 6/26

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June 26, 2015 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 6/26

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s top headlines.

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CTU Says Contract Negotiations Broke Down

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The Chicago Teachers Union says contract negotiations with the school board broke down today.  CTU President Karen Lewis says the district is threatening to lay off 3,000 teachers, increase class sizes and make $200 million in budget cuts. 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner Vetoes Budget Bills

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June 25, 2015 - Gov. Bruce Rauner Vetoes Budget Bills

Lawmakers and the governor are now back to square one on the state budget, just five days before a potential state government shutdown. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed all but the education portion of the budget sent to him by the General Assembly, saying it was $4 billion out of whack. But the governor also offered to compromise on big ticket items. Can a deal be saved? 

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Five Final Cases for SCOTUS

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June 25, 2015 - Final Five Cases for SCOTUS

The United States Supreme Court has five final cases to decide, including same-sex marriage. Does today’s decision give us any clue as to how the judges will rule on the remaining cases?

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Looking Ahead at This Week in Springfield

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June 29, 2015 - Looking Ahead at This Week in Springfield

The Illinois State Board of Education has identified $450 million to fund CPS' pension contribution. Meanwhile, budget talks continue as Illinois faces a potential shutdown. Amanda Vinicky joins us tonight from Springfield while Paris Schutz has reaction from local lawmakers.

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Former Supreme Court Clerks on Gay Marriage Ruling

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June 29, 2015 - Former Supreme Court Clerks on Gay Marriage

With the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, the last 14 states now must recognize and grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Three former Supreme Court clerks weigh in on the historic 5-4 decision as well as the court’s rulings on the use of an execution drug, political mapping, and EPA limits.

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Wet Start to Summer Does Little to Dampen Growth in WTTW Garden

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June 29, 2015 - Wet Start Does Little to Dampen WTTW Garden

The unseasonably wet start to the summer has done little to dampen growth in the WTTW garden. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan is back with an update from our vegetable patch and some answers to viewer questions.

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SCOTUS Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same sex-marriage. In a landmark 5-4 ruling, Anthony Justice Kennedy wrote, “no union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 6/26

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June 26, 2015: Web Extra: The Week in Review: 6/26

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the Stanley Cup celebration, and the importance of spreading hockey to the South Side. Also, they debate further why contract talks broke down between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Board of Education.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 6/26-6/28

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Break out your rainbow gear to show your pride; view the colorful artwork of former Playboy art director Art Paul; and get crafty at the Renegade Craft Fair. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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SCOTUS Saves Obamacare

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June 25, 2015 - SCOTUS Saves Obamacare

The United States Supreme Court today sided with the Obama administration and upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In a 6-3 ruling the justices decided that insurance subsidies created by Obamacare can be offered in both state and federal health care exchanges. 

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Chicago Pride Parade’s Safety, Future

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June 25, 2015 - Chicago Pride Parade's Safety, Future

Chicago celebrates its 46th annual Pride Parade on Sunday. We talk with the man behind the parade and Ald. Tom Tunney about the history, security, and future of one of Chicago's largest parades.

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