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One of Chicago's Worst Intersections Gets Major Makeover

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August 12, 2015 - One of Chicago's Worst Intersections

Construction is well underway at one of Chicago's most notoriously congested and dangerous intersections: the confluence of Elston, Fullerton and Damen avenues. But the final fix is still well over a year away and the realignment required one iconic Chicago business to get out of the way. Eddie Arruza reports on Chicago Tonight.

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The Evocative Paintings of Chicago's Jazz Age Modernist

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A rare survey of the painter Archibald Motley draws to a close later this month at the Cultural Center. Chicago Tonight revisits the brilliantly colorful canvases of this often-overlooked African-American painter, whose variety of subjects and captured the Jazz Age like no one else.

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Springfield Tries to Get Federal Money Flowing

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August 11, 2015 -Springfield Tries to Get Federal Money

An Illinois House committee voted Tuesday on a bill already passed by the state Senate that will allow the state to start spending $5 billion in available federal money. We have the latest from Springfield with Chicago Tonight's Amanda Vinicky.

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Residents Sound Off at FAA Public Meetings on O'Hare Noise

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August 11, 2015 - Residents Sound Off at FAA Public Meetings

Chicago residents who say that the reconfiguration of O’Hare’s runways will lead to higher noise levels in their neighborhoods sound off in front of Federal Aviation Administration officials. On Chicago Tonight, we find out what the FAA is saying about the new flight paths, and how they plan to mitigate the skyrocketing number of community complaints.

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Chicago's Artistic Voices of the 1950s and '60s Focus of New Exhibition

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August 11, 2015 - Chicago's Artistic Voices of the 1950s and

After World War II, many artists broke with traditional methods of creative exploration. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago was one place where independent-minded American artists honed their skills. A new exhibition at the Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art considers some of the artistic voices that rose in Chicago in the 1950s and '60s. Join us for a closer look.

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August 10, 2015 - Full Show

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August 10, 2015 - Full Show

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CPS' Budget Proposal Calls for Layoffs, $480 Million from Springfield

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August 10, 2015 - CPS' Budget Proposal Calls for Layoffs

Chicago Public Schools unveiled Monday a $5.7 billion operating budget proposal that includes laying off 1,491 employees (479 of which are teachers), raising property taxes by $19 million, and banking on $480 million in pension relief from state lawmakers. Chicago Tonight’s Brandis Friedman walks us through the proposal.

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Police Mostly Mum On Patrick Kane Investigation

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August 10, 2015 - Police Mostly Mum On Patrick Kane

Police in Hamburg, N.Y. have confirmed they are investigating an alleged incident at the home of Blackhawks star Patrick Kane, but won't provide details. Chicago Sun-Times investigative reporter Dan Mihalopoulos traveled to the Buffalo suburb to cover the story. He joins Chicago Tonight with more.

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U. of I. in Spotlight After Chancellor's Resignation, Email Violations

University also named 'top party school' by Princeton Review

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August 10, 2015 - U. of I. in Spotlight After Chancellor's

The University of Illinois was the focus of two front-page stories in Sunday's Chicago Tribune, concerning their ranking as the nation's No. 1 party school, a judge's decision last week to allow an academic freedom lawsuit against the university, and failure to turn over private emails about university business. We'll discuss those stories and Chancellor Phyllis Wise's resignation last Thursday with our panel.

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Local Chef’s Book Focuses on Kosher Slow Cooking

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August 12, 2015 - Chef's Book Focuses on Kosher Slow Cooking

One of the country's preeminent kosher chefs helps simplify both holiday dishes and everyday meals. Chef Laura Frankel joins Chicago Tonight to discuss latest her book, Jewish Slow Cooker Recipes.

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August 11, 2015 - Full Show

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August 11, 2015 - Full Show

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Karen Lewis Grades CPS' Budget Math

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August 11, 2015 - Karen Lewis Grades CPS' Budget Math

CPS on Monday unveiled a $5.7 billion operating budget that calls for more than 400 teacher layoffs and banks on $480 million in state aid. Tonight, we'll discuss the district's budget proposal and ongoing teacher contract negotiations with Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis.

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Illinois' Decades-Long Pension Debacle

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August 11, 2015 - Illinois' Decades-Long Pension Debacle

A new, in-depth report looks at how Illinois politicians pulled the state into the current pension mess after decades of poor planning, non-existent estimates, and last-minute decision making. Journalist Dave McKinney wrote the story for Crain's Chicago Business and joins Chicago Tonight to discuss the story and how it provides important context for our current crisis.

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Rare Plants Take Root, Bloom in Chicago This Summer

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August, 11, 2015 - Rare Plants Take Root, Bloom in Chicago

It's an exciting time for nature lovers. The world's largest flower – along with its notoriously horrible odor – is about to bloom for the first time ever in the Chicago area. Over at Montrose Beach, a rare carnivorous plant has taken root. Chicago Tonight digs deeper into these mysteries of Mother Nature.

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Carnivorous Plant Discovered Along Chicago Lakefront

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Lurking in the still waters of the Montrose Beach Dunes is a plant unlike its neighbors. The small, carnivorous plant found earlier this month is not easy to spot, but its discovery marks the first of its kind in the area. 

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Budget Stalemate Day 41

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August 10, 2015 - Budget Stalemate Day 41

The state has been without a budget for 41 days. Is there a compromise on the horizon? Carol Marin talks with four members of the Illinois House of Representatives about what's happening this week in Springfield.

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Activists: 62-Year-Old Pipeline Poses Threat to Straits of Mackinac

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August 10, 2015 - Activists: 62-Year-Old Pipeline Poses

A break in the aging pipeline that crosses under the pristine waters of the Straits of Mackinac could be catastrophic for the Great Lakes. Is the old pipeline a threat? Elizabeth Brackett brought us the story in June. We take another look in this encore presentation.

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