Summer Pilot Program 'Targets' Violence Perpetrators

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September 2, 2015 - Summer Pilot Program 'Targets' Violence

For three hundred South and West Side Chicagoans, a summer job meant more than just a few extra bucks – it may have also meant a safer community. A pilot program called Target 7-11 H.I.T. paid neighbors in Englewood and the west side of Garfield Park to work as violence interrupters, during what is a notoriously deadly time of year for those communities. Brandis Friedman explains how it works.

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Plus-Size Model Emme Decries Fashion Industry in Chicago-Made Documentary

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Plus-size model Emme (Photo by Lilly Cummings)

The plus-size model speaks out in Model Diet, a locally-produced documentary criticizing the fashion industry’s standards. 

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Examining the Issues Before Congress

Congressmen Foster, Roskam on Iran Nuclear Deal, Planned Parenthood Funding, More

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September 1, 2015 - Examining the Issues Before Congress

Congress reconvenes next Tuesday after a five-week recess, and there are some weighty and urgent matters to attend to, including yet another debt ceiling fiscal cliff. Joining us to share their thoughts on these and other issues are Congressman Bill Foster (D-11th); and Congressman Peter Roskam (R-6th).

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Thinking Big About Sewage: Thornton Reservoir Nears Completion

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September 1, 2015 - Thinking Big About Sewage: Thornton

As the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District cuts the ribbon on it's new sewage reservoir, we revisit Jay Shefsky's visit in May to the bottom of the Thornton Quarry.

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Growing a Movement: Green City Market's Impact on Chicago

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September 1, 2015 - Growing a Movement: Green City Market's

It is a farmers market with a mission. Green City Market in Lincoln Park bills itself as Chicago’s only truly “green” farmers market, linking farmers to chefs and the Chicago community. And even when the seasons are changing, this year-round sustainable market offers a bounty of locally grown foods.

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City Holds Town Hall Meeting on Budget

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August 31, 2015 - City Holds Town Hall Meeting on Budget

The mayor and top city officials are speaking to the public at this hour in the first of a series of town hall meetings on the city budget. That budget could be as much as $754 million out of whack thanks to escalating pension costs. Higher taxes and fees are almost certainly inevitable, the question is which? How are residents responding to the shortfall? Paris Schultz joins us live from Malcolm X College.

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Chicago-Based 'Bobby & Iza' Pilot Up for NBC Comedy Web Series

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Chicago actor Bobby Richards in "Bobby & Iza"

Two Chicago actors could see their pilot picked up by NBC for a web series. 

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SpongeBob SquarePants Musical to get Pre-Broadway Tryout in Chicago

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SpongeBob SquarePants about to get his own musical. (Antonio Perez, Flickr)

The musical, directed by Steppenwolf’s Tina Landau will feature original songs from David Bowie, Cyndi Lauper, and Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, among others. 

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Ask Geoffrey: Sept. 2

Where was Bacon's Arena, the site of Joe Louis' first pro match?

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September 2, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey: Sept. 2

In this edition of Ask Geoffrey, our local history expert goes ringside at Joe Louis' first professional knockout, rides by the site of long-lost Logan Square mansion, and finds out what's cooking at a former bread-baking palace.

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Preview: The Week Ahead in Springfield

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September 1, 2015 - Preview: The Week Ahead in Springfield

Illinois House lawmakers will soon consider whether to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner that could send negotiations with state employee unions to binding arbitration. And with no state budget in place, just how do lawmakers plan on maintaining critical state services? Amanda Vinicky joins Chicago Tonight with a preview of the week ahead in Springfield. 

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Human Rights Group Calls for Legalization of Prostitution

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September 1, 2015 - Human Rights Group Calls for Legalizatio

Amnesty International is calling for the legalization of prostitution, a move some advocacy groups say is short-sighted. We'll hear from both sides.

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Use Your Words: How Small Talk Can Help Build a Child's Brain

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September 1, 2015 - Use Your Words: How Small Talk Can Help

Using your words may be the secret to bridging the achievement gap for kids from different economic backgrounds. Find out about the Thirty Million Words Initiative.

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Chicago Improv Group The Katydids Gets Airtime Following Video Music Awards

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TV Land's upcoming series "Teachers" debuts in January (Photo c/o the Katydids)

TV Land’s female-driven comedy series – from Chicago-based improv group the Katydids – airs in January, but VMA viewers got a sneak peek on Sunday after the awards show.

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State Budget Stalemate: Week 10

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August 31, 2015 - State Budget Stalemate: Week 10

The state's budget standoff is entering its 10th week on Wednesday. We talk with two of the most outspoken leaders from both sides of the aisle to see if any compromise is on the horizon. Joining Chicago Tonight are Rep. Lou Lang and Rep. Ron Sandack. 

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The Fight Over Dyett High School

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August 31, 2015 - The Fight Over Dyett High School

The fight to reopen a South Side high school has caused 12 parents and activists to go on a hunger strike to get Chicago Public Schools to hear their concerns. We look at the history of the closure and what the new proposals are.

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Why Allstate Wants to Monitor Your Driving, and Your Data

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August 31, 2015 - Why Allstate Wants to Monitor Your Driving

Patents recently issued to Northbrook-based insurance giant Allstate could allow the company to monitor your car for sources of distraction, collect health data on drivers, and even monitor what's going on around your vehicle. The company says any new technology will improve driver safety, but some are worried it could violate the privacy of drivers, passengers and passers-by. 

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