Memorial Held for Judy Baar Topinka

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Lawmakers, dignitaries and everyday citizens came together to pay tribute to Judy Baar Topinka today. But is there any resolution to who her successor will be?

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Controversial ‘Sabbatical’

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President of the American Academy of Religion Laurie Zoloth proposes her colleagues take a sabbatical from their annual conference every six years.

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Words of the Year 2014

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Vape? Bae? Lumbersexual? What do you think the Word of the Year for 2014 should be? We hear from linguists who tell us what words were on everybody's lips this year and why. Plus, we want you to share your nominations in the comments section below.

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Congressman Schock on 2015 Spending Bill

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December 16, 2014 - Congressman Schock on 2015 Spending Bill

Congressman Aaron Schock talks about the issues facing the new Congress and much more.

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Tax Tips for the New Year

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December 16, 2014 - Tax Tips for the New Year

We have some timely tax tips from Dave Henderson of Duggan Bertsch.

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Guitar Maker Ian Schneller

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December 16, 2014 - Guitar Maker Ian Schneller

Specimen Products is the brainchild of Ian Schneller. He's an artist and musician who makes and repairs stringed instruments and audio equipment. He also runs a school that teaches people to make a variety of instruments and audio equipment; but Schneller's real hope is that his students discover the disappearing art of making things by hand without the aid of a computer.

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IL Attorney General Weighs in on Comptroller Succession

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December 15, 2014 - IL AG Weighs in on Comptroller Office

There is some clarity today on what will happen to the Illinois comptroller's office in the wake of Judy Baar Topinka's death.

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Chicago Gas Prices Fall

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December 15, 2014 - Chicago Gas Prices Fall

What's behind the plunging price of gas and how low can it go? An oil industry analyst gives us some insights.

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Congressman Quigley on Congressional Priorities

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Congressman Mike Quigley stops by to talk congressional priorities and the tone that was set by the spending bill passed over the weekend.

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Styling the Magnificent Mile

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A recent exhibit at the Chicago History Museum explains how the Mile became known for being Magnificent.

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Ask Geoffrey: 12/17

Kiosk Sphinx, Downtown Bank, & Hyde Park Church

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Why did beautiful bronze reliefs at a Hyde Park church create an artistic controversy? Geoffrey Baer answers this question and more in this week’s edition of Ask Geoffrey.

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Can Cities In Illinois Go Bankrupt?

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December 16, 2014 - Can Cities In Illinois Go Bankrupt?

The Better Government Association reports that some Illinois municipalities struggling with high debt loads and troubled budgets could be looking at bankruptcy as an option to get out of a financial hole -- even though it's technically illegal.

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"Big Cat" on Bears' 31-15 Loss to Saints

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December 16, 2014 - "Big Cat" on Bears' 31-15 Loss to Saints

The Chicago Bears lost their third straight game, with their offensive freefall on full display for a nationally televised audience. James "Big Cat" Williams gives us his take on Jay Cutler's poor performance, and the defense's inability to stop Drew Brees.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates Uncut

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December 15, 2014 - Web Extra: Ta-Nehisi Coates Uncut

The Atlantic correspondent and author Ta-Nehisi Coates discusses his thoughts on the students at North Lawndale College Prep, his mea culpa for glossing over the accusations against Bill Cosby in the past, and he explains why The Case for Reparations is unrelated to the black conservatives’ argument.

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Abner Mikva on a Lifetime of Public Service

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December 15, 2014 - Mikva on a Lifetime of Public Service

Abner Mikva talks about a lifetime of public service and what it was like to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, from President Barack Obama.

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Learning By Doing

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December 15, 2014 - Learning By Doing

With support from the Chicago Public Education Fund, a CPS K-12 magnet school is using time and technology to benefit students.

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