Summer Reading Selections

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June 25, 2015 - Summer Reading Selections

If you're headed to a beach somewhere to bake on the sand for a while ... well, first of all, don't forget the sunscreen. But just as importantly, don't forget to bring a bag full of books to keep you company. 

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CPS' Financial Disaster

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June 24, 2015 - CPS' Financial Disaster

In light of a recent report by Ernst & Young regarding the school district's dire finances, the hotly debated issue is expected to be front and center at the last board meeting of the fiscal year. This meeting falls the day after state legislators in Springfield failed to pass a measure allowing the district to delay a substantial payment to the teacher pension fund.

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Toni Preckwinkle Pushes for Sales Tax Hike

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June 24, 2015 - Toni Preckwinkle Pushes for Sales Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle sounds off on why she wants to raise the sales tax 1 percent. Will she have support from the board to do it?

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Ask Geoffrey: 6/24

Geoffrey Baer Heads to the Pier

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June 24, 2015 - Ask Geoffrey

It's finally summer! Geoffrey's headed for the lakefront with three questions about the area around Chicago's most popular tourist destination.

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Illinois House Rejects CPS Pension Payment Bill

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June 23, 2015 - Illinois House Rejects CPS Pension Bill

The Illinois House failed to approve a bill that would have delayed CPS’ massive pension payment due at the end of the month. Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky has the latest on that and why the Governor’s office skipped a House and Revenue Finance Committee meeting.

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Catholics and Climate Change

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June 23, 2015 - Catholics and Climate Change

Pope Francis' recent views on climate change are sparking debates within the Catholic community. Joining us are Mark Potosnak, a member of the Catholic Climate Covenant and assistant professor of environmental science at DePaul University, and Mary Anne Hackett, president and CEO of Catholic Citizens of Illinois.

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Status of State Budget

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June 22, 2015 - Status of the State Budget

Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky talks with us about where state budget negotiations stand as the beginning of fiscal year 2016 approaches quickly. 

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Report Shows Link Between Lower Income and Test Scores

Daily Herald and WBEZ Series Focuses on Education and Poverty

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June 22, 2015 - Link Between Lower Income and Test Scores

In the first of a four-part series, Daily Herald reporter Melissa Silverberg and WBEZ's Linda Lutton take a look at poverty and education in Illinois. Their studies of state testing over the last decade revealed that the schools with the most low-income students performed the worst. Silverberg and Tim Broderick, data analyst and graphic designer for the project, join us tonight to share their results of the state Poverty-Achievement gap.

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Viewer Feedback: 6/25

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June 25, 2015 - Viewer Feedback

We share what you had to say about Paris Schutz’ conversation with Mayor Rahm Emanuel when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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Analyzing CPS’ Financial Challenges

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June 24, 2015 - Analyzing CPS' Financial Challenges

The Chicago Board of Education is expected to sign off on a $200 million borrowing plan today to help the cash-strapped district manage its financial woes until the end of the month. But the massive cash-crunch facing CPS will remain and some observers fear that teacher layoffs and other school cuts might be inevitable. 

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“Chicago and Its Botanic Garden”

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June 24, 2015 - Chicago and its Botanic Garden

Chicago's Botanic Garden celebrates its 125th anniversary this year. Author Cathy Jean Maloney joins us to share her new book about the Horticultural Society's illustrious history.

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Hall of China Opens at the Field

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June 24, 2015 - Hall of China Opens at the Field

The Field Museum of Natural History unveils its newest permanent exhibition, the Cyrus Tang Hall of China.

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Mayor Emanuel on the CPS Cash Crunch, City Budget

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June 23, 2015 - Mayor Emanuel on CPS Cash Woes, City Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Chicago Tonight to talk about the pension payment owed by CPS next week, the school system and city's budget deficits, and whether he expects any good news from Springfield.

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The Artist Behind Playboy

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June 23, 2015 - The Artist Behind Playboy

The 90 year-old-artist, Art Paul, is perhaps best known as the original art director at Playboy and a champion of young artists. Now his own work is in the spotlight for a new show at a Ukrainian Village gallery.

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Safety in Sanctuaries

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June 22, 2015 - Safety in Sanctuaries

A panel of local religious leaders joins us to talk about the racially motivated shooting at the historic Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina and how they are addressing safety concerns from their congregations.

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Un-Chartered Territory

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June 22, 2015 - Un-Chartered Territory

When CPS shuttered 50 elementary schools a couple of years ago, the district promised those neighborhood schools would not be replaced by charter schools. But, as the city's 130 charter schools continue to open and expand, some are having difficulty finding the right real estate for their schools. We take a look at one charter school struggling to find a permanent home.

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