Cook County Sheriff on Reducing the Jail Population

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May 19, 2015-Cook County Sheriff on Reducing the Jail

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart joins Chicago Tonight to talk about the new county jail director and efforts to get mentally ill people treatment instead of incarcerating them.

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The Little Rock Nine

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May 19, 2015-The Little Rock Nine

The Little Rock Nine changed history when they integrated Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957. The images of their arrival at the school, protected by soldiers from a baying mob of hate-filled white students and adults are iconic. The eight surviving members of that courageous group are in town to receive the 2015 Lincoln Leadership Prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation. They join us to discuss their activism and their thoughts on the current state of race relations in America.

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Mayoral and Aldermanic Inauguration

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May 18, 2015 - Mayoral and Aldermanic Inauguration

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 50 aldermen, including 13 newcomers, and citywide elected officials are sworn into office at the Chicago Theater. Paris Schutz has the details on today’s ceremony.

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"Born Survivors" on the Infants of the Holocaust

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May 18, 2015 - "Born Survivors," Infants of the Holocaust

In the new book Born Survivors, author Wendy Holden tells the story of three women who gave birth in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. The three babies managed to survive, and they finally meet one another 65 years later.

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Viewer Feedback: 5/18

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May 18, 2015 - Viewer Feedback: 5/18

We share what you had to say about Spike Lee’s new movie Chiraq, whether Chicago should file for bankruptcy, and the death of blues guitarist B.B. King when read some of our viewer feedback. 

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Blues Legend B.B. King Dies at 89

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The King of Blues, B.B. King, died Thursday at the age of 89 at his home in Las Vegas, according to a message posted to his official website. Earlier this month, the legendary guitarist wrote he was receiving hospice care at his residence.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 5/15

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May 15, 2015-Web Extra: The Week in Review: 5/15

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists continue the conversation by discussing media access to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Gov. Bruce Rauner.  

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Rauner Questions Constitutionality of Pension Proposals

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For the first time, Gov. Bruce Rauner discussed his concerns over the constitutionality of his and Senate President John Cullerton’s pension proposals. The governor also spoke about taking several of his turnaround agenda items “off the table,” but he wouldn’t say what those items were.

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Moody’s Official on City’s Credit Downgrade

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May 19, 2015-Moody’s Official on City’s Credit Downgrade

Just why did the city's bond rating get downgraded to junk status by one ratings agency? A Moody's official speaks out. Paris Schutz has the details.

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Thinking Big About Sewage

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May 19, 2015-Thinking Big About Sewage

When it comes to treating our sewage, Chicago has a history of thinking big from reversing the flow of the Chicago River to the creation of Deep Tunnel. Jay Shefsky visits the Thornton Quarry and goes to the bottom of Deep Tunnel to see where the water will flow into the new reservoir later this year.    

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New Aldermen Sworn In

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May 18, 2015 - New Aldermen Sworn In

There are 13 new members joining City Council today. We talk to four of them about their priorities and the fiscal challenges that face Chicago in the next four years.

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The School Project: Teaching

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May 18, 2015 - The School Project: Teaching

The School Project is a Chicago-based documentary series that is tracking the past and present status of the city's public school system. The sixth and final episode examines education reforms and teaching philosophies.

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ANALYSIS: Emanuel Engages On Critical Issues, But Balanced Budget Claims Questionable

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During his first in a planned series of interviews with Chicago Tonight, Mayor Emanuel asserted he balanced the city’s budget in each of the last four years. But while the budgets may have been balanced on paper, budget analysts and journalists say the record is far muddier.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 5/15

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May 15, 2015-Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 5/15

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss Moody’s downgrading of Chicago’s credit, the Obama Library coming to town, and more in this edition of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 5/15-5/17

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Credit: Shedd Aquarium/Brenna Hernandez

Meet the newest inhabitants at the Shedd Aquriuam; kick off the street festival season; and enjoy a glass of wine while you stroll. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Moody’s Issues a Warning Against Illinois

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Moody’s Investors Service has issued a “credit negative” warning against the state in light of last Friday’s State Supreme Court ruling rejecting changes to public pensions. It’s a somewhat tepid response to the ruling, relative to the double ratings drop Moody’s applied to city of Chicago’s credit, resulting in junk bond status. In today’s report, Moody’s says the reforms could have reduced the unfunded pension liability by about $21 billion. 

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