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U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk expands efforts to fight heroin overdoses in Cook and surrounding counties.

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At 30, Monifa Thomas was a health and medicine reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. Not long after she passed a complete physical, Monifa had a stroke and was paralyzed on her right side and had great difficulty speaking. We revisit the story of her recovery and return to her medical beat.

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Despite a gradually improving economy, the Greater Chicago Food Depository has seen an increase in low-income individuals needing food assistance. Among those in need are military veterans. We hear from veterans and the executive director of the Food Depository about why servicemen and women are among those seeking help with their food needs.

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We revisit a conversation with a cardiologist who believes a vegan diet is good for your heart.

Petcoke & Crime Stats

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We share what you had to say about the continuing petcoke problem on Chicago's southeast side and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy's latest crime statistics in tonight's viewer feedback.

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KCBX reduces its petcoke piles by half and says new air monitors show that petcoke dust does not leave its facility. But the EPA cites the company for two violations of national air quality standards.

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Former congressman and mental illness advocate Patrick Kennedy discusses his life's work, his personal struggle with bipolar disorder and addiction, and why this is one of the most crucial civil rights issues today.

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As the medical marijuana pilot program gets underway in Illinois, some fear the corruption and cronyism the state is known for will dominate who will be granted the first licenses. We explore the application process and how it will be overseen by state officials.

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Enrollment opens Nov. 15 for Illinois residents purchasing health insurance on the Get Covered Illinois marketplace. We’ll talk about the new health care choices people have here. 

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How are Cook County health officials preparing for potential Ebola cases? Paris Schutz has the story.

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Passengers arriving from West Africa at O’Hare International Airport will be screened for Ebola. Paris Schutz details what the screenings involve for those passengers.

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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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During a press conference this afternoon, the CTU announced there will be a temporary changing of the guard at the union while Karen Lewis recovers from what is described as a serious illness. Brandis Friedman has the latest. 

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More than 100 state hospitals will be penalized by Medicare for having too many patients return to a hospital within a month of being admitted for treatment. We discuss the impact these penalties will have on hospitals and patient care.

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Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis underwent emergency surgery today. NBC 5 News Reporter Mary Ann Ahern joins us with the details on the story she broke this afternoon.

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The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died, and Ebola screenings will soon be implemented at O’Hare. We discuss the latest Ebola cases and precautions being put in place to stop the spread of the disease.