Influential Aldermen Defends Weakening IG Oversight

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Pat O’Connor

40th Ward Alderman Pat O’Connor, the mayor’s City Council floor leader, lashed out today at claims that he passed a bill trying to weaken the city council watchdog’s power to police campaign finance. And he says the timing of the bill, first reported by Chicago Tonight, is not connected to a recently opened probe into possible campaign finance violations O’Connor may have committed. O’Connor says the new law does not take away Legislative Inspector General Faisal Khan’s power to investigate improper campaign contributions.

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Weekend Events Around Town: 8/1-8/3

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A healthy living fest, Bears practice under the lights, and a free ABBA-inspired concert; Chicago Tonight knows what’s going on this weekend.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 8/1

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August 1, 2014-Web Extra: The Week in Review: 8/1

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s initiative to temporarily house 1,000 immigrant children. 

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Working With Watson

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July 31, 2014-Working With Watson

The computer Watson, best known for winning a $1 million prize on the quiz show "Jeopardy!," is now using the vast power of its artificial intelligence for everything from medical diagnostics to creating new cooking recipes. We talk to Chicagoan Stephen Gold, vice president at IBM's Watson group, about what Watson has in store for us.

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Summarizing Summer Movies

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July 31, 2014-Summarizing Summer Movies

The big studio blockbusters fizzled at the box office this summer. We look at the films that got people talking and put people into theater seats. We also look ahead to the highly anticipated fall films. 

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Aldermen Vote, Reduce Campaign Finance Oversight

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July 30, 2014-Aldermen Vote,Reduce Campaign Finance Oversigh

Aldermen vote to drastically reduce oversight of their campaign fundraising. Is it a sign that City Council still isn't ready for reform?

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Local Historian Receives National Humanities Medal

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July 30, 2014-Local Historian Receives National Humanities

Historian Darlene Clark Hine of Chicago received the 2013 National Humanities Medal from President Barack Obama. Hine was honored for her work on understanding the African American experience. We talk with Hine about the award and her work.

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Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

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July 30, 2014-Scientific Chicago with Rabiah Mayas

From invasive species to summer storms, there's a lot going on in the world of science. Museum of Science and Industry's Rabiah Mayas stops by for another Scientific Chicago.

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Aldermen Grill McCarthy on Crime Stats

Police Superintendent Critical of Media for How it Reports Crime

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McCarthy testifies in front of City Council Committee

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says that he believes there is no indication that the department is ‘faking crime stats’ in an effort to artificially give off the perception that crime is lower than it is.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 8/1

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August 1, 2014-Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 8/1

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week's headlines.

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Addressing Chicago’s Violence

It Takes a Village to Fix It

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July 31, 2014-Addressing Chicago’s Violence

City officials aren’t the only ones trying to make a dent in Chicago’s violence. There are heroes and heroines throughout Chicago’s neighborhoods providing positive alternatives for youth in an effort to help reduce the violence that plagues the city. We’ll meet some of those community activists who are trying to make a difference.

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'All Our Tragic'

Performance to Feature 32 Greek Tragedies

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July 31, 2014-'All Our Tragic'

Sean Graney, founder of The Hypocrites, works to wrap up rehearsals on "All Our Tragic," his lengthy adaptation of every extant Greek tragedy.

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Viewer Feedback: 7/31

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July 31, 2014-Viewer Feedback: 7/31

We share what you had to say about aldermen voting to reduce campaign finance oversight when we read some of our viewer feedback.

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Cook County Sheriff Talks State's Mental Health Problems

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July 30, 2014-CookCounty Sheriff Talks State's Mental Health

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart joins us to talk jail overcrowding, criminal justice setbacks, and what he calls the criminalization of mental illness in the state of Illinois and across the country. 

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Pete Seeger's Letters

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July 30, 2014-Pete Seeger's Letters

Chicago banjo player Michael Miles had a 25-year correspondence with legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger, who died earlier this year. Miles tells Jay Shefsky how the cards and letters changed his life.

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Ask Geoffrey: 7/30

"L" Cars, & Catalpa Avenue

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July 30, 2014-Ask Geoffrey

Geoffrey Baer tells us what's at the end of the line for old "L" cars and more as we revisit a previous edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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