Aldermen on City Budget, Mayor’s Race, More

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October 15, 2014 - Aldermen on City Budget and Mayor’s Race

The Chicago City Council gets a look at Mayor Emanuel’s improved proposed budget plan. Some budget items have been known for a while, but there are a number of surprises in store for closing the $297 million budget hole. We discuss where Chicagoans can expect cuts, and what payments will be pushed back to next year. 

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Legendary Chicago Actor Reflects on Career

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October 15, 2014 - Legendary Chicago Actor Reflects on Life

Veteran Chicago actor Mike Nussbaum joins us on Chicago Tonight to talk about his long career that keeps going strong.

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Illinois Network of Charter Schools Calls Report Inaccurate

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October 14, 2014 - Study: Charter Schools Underperforming

The Illinois Network of Charter Schools says the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity’s report on Chicago charter schools is inaccurate. 

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Vatican Report Signals Shift on Morals, Values

Draft Report Encourages Acceptance of Gays, Unconventional Families

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October 14, 2014 - Vatican Report Signals Shift on Morals

The Vatican recently released a preliminary report calling for church leaders to reconsider their treatment of gay people, cohabitating couples, divorced and remarried couples, as well as children of less traditional families. Our panel discusses the draft report and its implications. 

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The Growth of Incarceration

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October 14, 2014 - The Growth of Incarceration

As Illinois lawmakers look into ways to reform the state's prison system, we hear from the lead author of a comprehensive report on the U.S. prison system.

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Renée Fleming’s Many Roles at Lyric Opera

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October 14, 2014 - Renée Fleming's Many Roles at Lyric Opera

Soprano Renée Fleming has performed a number of unforgettable roles at Lyric Opera of Chicago. But perhaps her most lasting legacy will be her influence behind the scenes.

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Joe Ferguson on City’s Red Light Cameras

IG Audit Reveals City’s Red Light Camera Program Was “Fundamentally Deficient”

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October 13, 2014 - Joe Ferguson on City’s Red Light Cameras

City Inspector General Joe Ferguson goes in depth about his audit of the city's beleaguered red light camera program, which is found to have collected millions in tickets from drivers because of curious changes to protocols.

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“Big Cat” Williams on Bears vs. Falcons

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October 13, 2014 - "Big Cat" Williams on Bears vs. Falcons

The Chicago Bears snap a two-game losing streak with a 27-13 win at Atlanta. James "Big Cat" Williams joins Ann Kreiter to recap the victory.

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Alan Cumming Details Life, Childhood in Memoir

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October 15, 2014 - Alan Cumming Details Life, Childhood

Actor Alan Cumming has starred in movies, hit TV series, and stage classics including the role of the emcee in Broadway's “Cabaret.” He visits Chicago Tonight to talk about his life, new memoir, and discovering some truths.

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Ask Geoffrey: 10/15

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October 15, 2014 - Ask Geoffrey: 10/15

Geoffrey Baer visits the site of a famously tiny Loop restaurant, a suburban neighborhood endorsed by an Olympian, and those scary steel fire escapes on downtown buildings.

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Quinn, Rauner Face Off in Second Debate

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October 14, 2014 - Quinn, Rauner Face Off in Second Debate

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner will debate for the second time ahead of the Nov. 4 election. Paris Schutz will have the latest from tonight's debate between the gubernatorial hopefuls, locked in a tight race.

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Study Says Charter Schools Are Underperforming

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October 14, 2014 - Study: Charter Schools Underperforming

Chicago charter schools underperform traditional schools, according to a study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. We talk with the director of the institute about the study.

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‘The Birth of the Pill’

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October 14, 2014 - ‘The Birth of the Pill’

Chicago journalist Jonathan Eig visits Chicago Tonight to talk about his new book, “The Birth of the Pill,” and the history of the development of the birth control pill.

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Karen Lewis Will Not Run For Mayor

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis will not run in the upcoming mayoral election, according to a statement released Monday afternoon.

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Toni Preckwinkle Talks Cook County Budget

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October 13, 2014 - Toni Preckwinkle Talks Cook County Budget

Toni Preckwinkle explains her proposed 2015 budget which contains no new taxes, fines or fees for the second consecutive year.

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J.B. Pritzker on the Chicago Venture Summit

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October 13, 2014 - Pritzker on the Chicago Venture Summit

Chicago investor J.B. Pritzker talks about the Chicago Venture Summit, in which local tech entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to investors from around the country.

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