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July 31, 2017 - Full Show

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Watch the July 31, 2017 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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July 31, 2017 - Full Show
July 31, 2017 - Full Show

Mayor Declines to Say Whether He’ll Reappoint Police Board President

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Lori Lightfoot appears on “Chicago Tonight” on April 5, 2017.

The Chicago Police Board could be without a president Tuesday. The term of current President Lori Lightfoot expired Monday.

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Lori Lightfoot appears on “Chicago Tonight” on April 5, 2017.

The Future of Health Care After Republicans Fail to Repeal and Replace

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A bipartisan coalition of 43 House members, including three from Illinois, said Monday they’ve come up with a compromise plan to stabilize the health care market. What happens next?

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Future of Health Care After Failure to Repeal, Replace
Future of Health Care After Failure to Repeal, Replace

City Forecasts Smallest Budget Gap in a Decade

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Preliminary numbers released Monday show that the city’s financial picture is improving. But is the news all good?

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City Forecasts Smallest Budget Gap in a Decade
City Forecasts Smallest Budget Gap in a Decade

Illinois State Fair to Auction Off $100,000 in Unclaimed Property

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The nine-day event has something for everyone, including an attraction that’s been found to lure folks to the fair who might not otherwise go: an auction of unclaimed property.

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Illinois State Fair Auctions Off $100K in Unclaimed Property
Illinois State Fair Auctions Off $100K in Unclaimed Property

Viewer Feedback: ‘The Chicago Public School System Is a Failure’

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We hear from you about the the school funding debate in Springfield.

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Viewer Feedback: ‘Chicago Public School System Is a Failure’
Viewer Feedback: ‘Chicago Public School System Is a Failure’

Book Inspires Young People to Create ‘No Small Plans’ For Chicago

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(Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation)

A new graphic novel wants to empower Chicago teenagers to push for the city they deserve. Meet one of the teens who created the book.

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(Courtesy of the Chicago Architecture Foundation)
Book Inspires Young People to Create ‘No Small Plans’
Book Inspires Young People to Create ‘No Small Plans’

Red Cross Facing ‘Critical’ Blood Shortage

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American Red Cross collections staff member Cherrelle Simon collects a blood donation from Clint Kraft.  (Amanda Romney / American Red Cross)

“Blood donations are being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, which could lead to delays in patient care,” said Laurie Nehring of the American Red Cross. “We are doing everything we can to prevent that from happening.” 

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American Red Cross collections staff member Cherrelle Simon collects a blood donation from Clint Kraft.  (Amanda Romney / American Red Cross)

Toxic Metals Study Examines Kids’ Toenails on Chicago’s Southeast Side

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Chicago researchers are looking for lead, manganese and other metals that could affect lung function in children with asthma. 

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Durbin to CDC: Investigate Manganese Risks on Chicago’s Southeast Side

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The Illinois senator is calling on federal environmental and public health regulators to conduct a new assessment of toxic pollutants in one of the city’s most industrialized areas.

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Durbin to CDC: Investigate Manganese Risks on Southeast Side
Durbin to CDC: Investigate Manganese Risks on Southeast Side

Pest Spotted in the WTTW Garden

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We’re not the only ones enjoying the tomatoes. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan shares her advice on how to rid our garden of a cute – yet pesky chipmunk.

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New Study Has ‘Strong’ Praise for Illinois Education Accountability Plan

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(Chicago Tonight)

Illinois was praised for the clarity of its four-tier school ranking system and its focus on student growth, which makes up half of the weight behind a school’s annual rating in the proposed system.

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Cook County Judge Tosses Soda Tax Lawsuit

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The Cook County penny-per-ounce sugary beverage tax is back, pending an appeal. Friday, Cook County Judge Daniel Kubasiak granted a motion to dismiss the case, arguing that the law did not violate the Illinois Constitution. 

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The Week in Review: School Spending Showdown

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Despite Gov. Bruce Rauner’s demands that the school spending bill be sent to him this week, Democrats say they’ll give it to him on Monday. In Chicago, officials are expanding gunshot detecting technology to more high-crime areas.

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The Week in Review072817

Historical Happy Hour: A Toast to the Everleigh Sisters

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We raise a glass to a pair of sisters who made a fortune as brothel owners in the City of Big Shoulders with a ladylike drink.

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July 27, 2017 - Full Show

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Watch the July 27, 2017 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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July 27, 2017 - Full Show
July 27, 2017 - Full Show

Illinois Shuts Down ‘The Fire Ball’ Rides

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The Illinois Department of Labor has joined other states in shutting down carnival rides similar to the one that malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday.

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