Ask Geoffrey: What Exactly is the Skokie Ditch?

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Geoffrey Baer answers viewer questions about Chicago's North suburban neighbors in this week's edition of Ask Geoffrey.

Social Media, Videos Fuel Gang Violence, Notoriety

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As Chicago struggles to understand and control rising gun violence, there may be insight to be found in social media.  

1st Summer Harvest Finds Organic Garden Thriving

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We get a tasty sampling of the first harvest of our garden with organic gardener Jeanne Nolan.

Rauner, Madigan, Cullerton Spar on CPS Funding

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Senate President John Cullerton speaks to reporters on Tuesday.

The governor and legislative leaders meet on the eve of Wednesday's special session. Was anything resolved on a budget and how much money Chicago Public Schools will receive?

What Can Consumers Expect for 2017 Health Care Premiums?

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With Obamacare premiums expected to rise, what options do consumers have now?

Mel Brooks Celebrates 90th Birthday

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Mel Brooks. (Photo credit, from left: Towpilot, Angela George / Wikimedia Commons)

The great Mel Brooks turns 90 on Tuesday. A WTTW11 crew met him in February 2001 when this genuine genius of entertainment was just a babe at 74 years old.

Starting July 1 You Must Be 21 to Buy Tobacco Products in Chicago

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Increasing the legal age to purchase tobacco products from 18 to 21, the city of Chicago says, will decrease smoking among youth, boost health and save lives.

Bobcat Trapping Ban Still on the Table, Says Lawmaker

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While bobcats are seldom seen by humans due to the species' elusive nature, wildlife experts say their numbers have increased in Illinois. (Don DeBold / Wikimedia Commons)

An Illinois senator is renewing his call for a proposed ban on bobcat trapping and the sale of the animals' pelts after a reported deal with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources fell through.

Supreme Court Strikes Down Abortion Access Law, Deadlocks on Immigration

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The Supreme Court strikes down Texas abortion restrictions. Former Supreme Court clerks highlight the term's other blockbuster cases.

Witness Cooperation in Murder Cases a Chronic Problem in Chicago

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It's a chronic problem in Chicago: unsolved murder cases. A look at one case, gone three-years cold.

Will Special Session Yield Stopgap Budget, Education Deal?

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The state of Illinois is a mere days away from passing the one-year mark without a state budget in place. Could there be a deal reached during a special session scheduled for Wednesday?

CPD: Fear of Retaliation Drives Community Code of Silence

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Unsolved murder cases like that of Marissa Boyd-Stingley are a chronic problem in Chicago. Why are some witnesses unwilling to share information with police? We asked CPD's Chief of Detectives Gene Roy to weigh in.

What Stunning Brexit Vote Means for US

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The Leave votes have carried the day in what has been called the single most important vote in Europe in the past 50 years. A look at the impact of the referendum which is expected to mark the end of Britain's membership in the European Union.

Viewer Feedback: ‘The People’s Lakefront is Not for Sale’

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We got strong reaction from viewers about George Lucas’ decision to build the Lucas Museum in California. Hear what viewers had to say when read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lila Downs Blends Tradition, Activism in Music

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Lila Downs is an innovative singer with roots in both Minnesota and Oaxaca, Mexico. She studied voice and anthropology in college and marries the two interests in her culturally inspired musical pursuits. 

Chicago Loses Lucas Museum to California

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The multi-episode saga to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art on Chicago’s lakefront is apparently over. In a statement sent just before noon on Friday, “Star Wars” creator George Lucas himself announced that the ongoing litigation from Friends of the Parks effectively killed off the project.