AFSCME Sets Dates for Strike Vote

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AFSCME members protest in Springfield in May 2016. (Amanda Vinicky / Chicago Tonight)

The prolonged standoff between Gov. Bruce Rauner and Illinois’ largest public employees’ union may lead to an unprecedented strike of state government employees.

Cook County Surpasses Emission Reduction Targets

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

Cook County is ahead of schedule on its goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by 2050, a new report shows.

Sanders-Inspired Rally to ‘Save Health Care’ Happening Sunday in Chicago

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 Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention. (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

Politicians and health care advocates across the country will hold rallies Sunday calling for the protection of millions of Americans’ health care coverage. Get the Chicago rally details.

CPS Adds to List of Properties Up For Sale

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(Chicago Tonight)

After working to sell and repurpose shuttered school buildings over the past three years, the district announced in a school action update Thursday it will be adding 10 more surplus properties to the list of those available for sale.

New Report Reveals Low Morale Among Police Officers Nationwide

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(Chicago Tonight)

A majority of police officers say their jobs have become more difficult and dangerous in the wake of high-profile deaths of black citizens during police encounters, a new survey by the Pew Research Center reveals.

DOJ Finds Civil Rights Abuses in Chicago Police Department

New Details Emerge on CPD Department of Justice Report

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Friday morning the U.S. Department of Justice makes public the results of its yearlong investigation into the Chicago Police Department. It is said to be sharply critical.

Privacy in the Age of Voice-Activated Digital Assistants

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Amazon Echo (Adam Bowie / Flickr)

Amazon’s voice-activated digital assistant is a hot seller, but there are privacy issues.

As City Prepares to Borrow $1.2B, Mayor Asks Moody’s to Withdraw Ratings

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WBEZ reporter Dan Weissmann

The city plans to go to the debt markets for almost $1.2 billion, including more so-called “scoop and toss” borrowing.

Rauner on 2-Year Anniversary: ‘I Will Never Give Up’

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“We made some wonderful progress, also had some frustrations with lack of progress on some key items,” Gov. Bruce Rauner said of his tenure Thursday as he took to Facebook Live for a two-year review. 

Does Trump’s New Business Plan Satisfy Ethical Concerns?

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(Courtesy of CNN)

Does President-elect Donald Trump’s new business plan allay fears that he could be financially influenced as president? We examine the ethical and legal questions surrounding his business affairs.

Kurt Vonnegut Artwork Finds New Home at Chicago Veterans Museum

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We speak with the president of the National Veterans Art Museum about a new exhibition of sketches by the acclaimed author of “Slaughterhouse Five.”

Subversive Copy Editor: Dust Off That Dictionary

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“Anyone who has deadlines should also have a dictionary.” So writes Carol Fisher Saller in her book “The Subversive Copy Editor.” Saller returns to Chicago Tonight with some simple advice.

Emanuel Names New Chicago Police Board Appointment

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel has named former chief deputy U.S. Marshal John P. O’Malley to the Chicago Police Board, which decides the most serious cases of police discipline. 

Viewer Feedback: ‘Put the Blame Where it Belongs’

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Our story about Pritzker Elementary School’s lack of a librarian drew strong opinions on both sides, and our story on social media and violence prompted your remarks. 

Madigan Wins Speaker’s Office, As Senate Sets Leadership Limits

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Michael Madigan wins an unprecedented 17th term as Illinois House Speaker, and the Republican Party is already undermining its own calls for bipartisanship.  

Tiger Woods-Designed Golf Course in Jackson Park Gets Green Light

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The Chicago Park District takes the first steps to bring a Tiger Woods-inspired golf course to Jackson Park, but not without controversy.