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.

Sean McKeough, Co-Founder of Riot Fest, Dies at 42

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Sean McKeough (Christopher Andrew / Courtesy of Riot Fest)

“His drive and passion really laid the groundwork for an environment for this culture to thrive,” said Louie Mendicino, Sean McKeough’s friend of 10 years. “He created a space for people to cultivate their art.”

CTU President Karen Lewis Calls for Fewer Charters, More Revenue

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis spent an hour Wednesday afternoon lecturing students and taking questions on education policy at the University of Illinois-Chicago. (Chicago Tonight)

With labor negotiations finished and a new contract finalized, Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis is now calling for an end to the “explosion” of charter school chain growth.

Budget Standoff Stiffens as General Assembly Nears End of Session

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The budget standoff is not over as the General Assembly’s fall session draws nearer to a close and to a possible doomsday scenario.

Ask Geoffrey: Where Does Chicago’s Water Go?

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(Roman Boed / Flickr)

Geoffrey Baer dives into the history of Chicago’s water and answers viewer questions about ghostly paper images haunting a South Side neighborhood and memories of a space-themed park.

Winter Overnight Parking Ban Begins This Week

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(Maggie Not Margaret / Flickr)

The city’s annual winter overnight parking ban goes into effect early Thursday and continues through April 1, 2017.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Dec. 1-4

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Santa swaps his sleigh for a motorcycle this weekend. Spot him along Western Avenue. (Jack Voss / Chicago Toys for Tots Motorcycle Parade)

Holiday markets, an enormous motorcycle parade, World AIDS Day, Cuban rhythms and more usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.