Illinois in ‘Dire Straits’ and Leaders, Governor Can’t Even Agree to Meet

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(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

An updated “doomsday” picture offered by Comptroller Susana Mendoza: Without a budget in place soon, she won’t be able to write checks to pay for the most basic of services come August.

Outsider to Review Cook County Assessment Process

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle says embattled Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, a close political ally, has agreed to an outside evaluation of the property tax assessment process.

Teachers Union Merger Could Give Educators a Leg Up in Negotiations

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(Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

University of Illinois labor education professor Robert Bruno takes a look at the proposed merger between the Chicago Teachers Union and ChiACTS Local 4343 charter union.

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to Clara Lipman

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We salute the sparkling stage presence of a turn-of-the-century star with a cocktail made with Prosecco, limoncello and summer fruit.

Women Who Code Relaunches Chicago Chapter

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The Chicago chapter of Women Who Code wants to help shape the culture of the city’s technology industry.

The international nonprofit Women Who Code boasts 100,000 members worldwide. This week, it’s relaunching its Chicago chapter and plans to offer meet-ups and other networking opportunities.

The Week in Review: Illinois’ Budget Crisis Deepens

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Still no budget out of Springfield. Shootings and murders dip in May. The Chicago Bulls ship Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a rare allergy puts Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa out the for season—and perhaps permanently.

Man Accused of Stealing $7M from Elderly Homeowners Pleads Not Guilty

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A Chicago businessman pleads not guilty in federal court to charges he stole $7 million from elderly homeowners in a reverse mortgage scheme.

As End of Fiscal Year Nears, Little Progress in Springfield

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(Jim Bowen / Flickr)

The end of the fiscal year is a week from Friday. Is Illinois any closer to getting a budget passed by that deadline?

Jesus ‘Chuy’ Garcia Mulling Bid for Cook County Clerk

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Democratic sources tell Chicago Tonight that Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia is mulling a run for the post, contingent on whether he can garner enough Democratic support.

Preckwinkle Expects 2018 County Budget to be Nearly $100M Short

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Cook County is projecting a budget shortfall of $97.6 million. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to discuss county finances, health care and the controversial soda tax.

Chris Kennedy Making a Name for Himself in Governor’s Race

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In the crowded race for governor, businessman Chris Kennedy’s making a name for himself by bucking Democratic Party leaders.

New Illinois Guidelines Aim to Boost College and Career Readiness

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(Chicago Tonight)

New state guidelines adopted this month will help kids get ready for life after 12th grade – whether that means picking a college or finding a job.

Stones Retrospective ‘Exhibitionism’ Rolls Into Chicago

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(Courtesy Paul Natkin)

From handwritten lyrics to vintage instruments to iconic outfits, a new look at 50 years of the Rolling Stones.

Groups Seek Investigation into Cook County Property Tax System

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Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios

A coalition of community groups is asking for an investigation into the Cook County property tax assessment system run by Assessor Joseph Berrios.

In Springfield, Special Session Off to a Slow Start

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The 10-day special session called by Gov. Bruce Rauner got off to a slow start Wednesday, with legislators spending none of their short time on the House and Senate floors debating material fiscal matters. 

Should Illinois School Districts Hire More Minority Teachers?

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In an affluent suburb, a school district is engaged in a bold experiment to help minority students perform better—or a misguided form of bureaucratic overreach, depending on your point of view.