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May 5, 2016 - Full Show

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Watch the May 5, 2016 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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May 5, 2016 - Full Show
May 5, 2016 - Full Show

How Donald Trump’s Rise Could Impact Illinois Races

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Donald Trump (Michael Vadon / Flickr)

Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, the hand-wringing and discord within the party is growing.

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Donald Trump (Michael Vadon / Flickr)
How Donald Trump’s Rise Could Impact Illinois Races
How Donald Trump’s Rise Could Impact Illinois Races

Anita Alvarez Calls for Special Prosecutor in Laquan McDonald Case

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In a surprise move, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez says she wants off the Jason Van Dyke case involving the killing of Laquan McDonald. 

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Anita Alvarez Calls for Special Prosecutor in McDonald Case
Anita Alvarez Calls for Special Prosecutor in McDonald Case

Kenyan Conservationists Work to Save Giraffe as Population Plummets

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Reticulated giraffe herd in the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. (Snakes3yes / Flickr)

In the last two decades the reticulated giraffe population has plummeted and if action isn’t taken to reverse their calamitous decline, they could be eliminated from the wild within a generation. Two Kenyan conservationists join us to discuss the threats these giraffes face and efforts to save them.

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Reticulated giraffe herd in the Samburu National Reserve in Kenya. (Snakes3yes / Flickr)
Kenyan Conservationists Work to Save Giraffe Population
Kenyan Conservationists Work to Save Giraffe Population

Local Crafting Group Knits Refugees, Immigrants Together

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Bahra Puskar

Immigrant and refugee women find joy, companionship and healing in knitting. Jay Shefsky takes us to their workshop.  

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Bahra Puskar
Local Crafting Group Knits Refugees, Immigrants Together
Local Crafting Group Knits Refugees, Immigrants Together

Weekend Events: Chicago Improv Festival, Beer Classic, Mother's Day

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Horatio Sanz & The All-Stars of Comedy at the 2014 Chicago Improv Festival (John Abbot)

Get a laugh or two from one of the dozens of groups performing at the Chicago Improv Festival, have a pint at the Chicago Beer Classic and celebrate mom on Mother's Day.

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Horatio Sanz & The All-Stars of Comedy at the 2014 Chicago Improv Festival (John Abbot)

Viewer Feedback: ‘Replace Police with the National Guard’

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Hear what viewers had to say about our conversation with Lori Lightfoot and Dean Angelo, Phil Ponce's discussion with Archbishop Blaise Cupich and our interview with Julie DiCaro when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Viewer Feedback: ‘Replace Police with the National Guard’
Viewer Feedback: ‘Replace Police with the National Guard’

May 4, 2016 - Full Show

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May 4, 2016 - Full Show
May 4, 2016 - Full Show

Has Friends of the Parks’ Opposition Cost Chicago the Lucas Museum?

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After Friends of the Parks declared its opposition to any lakefront site for the Lucas Museum, Mellody Hobson, wife of movie mogul George Lucas and board member of the Lucas Museum, said they were “seriously pursuing locations outside of Chicago.” 

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Has Friends of the Parks Cost Chicago the Lucas Museum?
Has Friends of the Parks Cost Chicago the Lucas Museum?

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Challenges Facing the Church

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Archbishop Blase Cupich

Faced with major, ongoing financial pressure, the Archdiocese of Chicago is looking hard at its mission and membership. Archbishop Blase Cupich talks about the Chicago Catholic Church's money woes and how it might reorganize and revitalize itself.

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Archbishop Blase Cupich
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Challenges Facing Church
Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Challenges Facing Church

Coalition of Social Service Agencies Files Lawsuit Against Governor, State Agencies

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Andrea Durbin: "Collectively [the agencies] are owed over $100 million to date. That number grows every day. We're just trying to be paid for the work we've done."

On Wednesday, a coalition of 64 Illinois-based human and social service agencies and companies filed a lawsuit against Gov. Bruce Rauner and the directors of six statewide agencies seeking payment for work performed since July 1, 2015.

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Andrea Durbin: "Collectively [the agencies] are owed over $100 million to date. That number grows every day. We're just trying to be paid for the work we've done."
Coalition of Social Service Agencies Files Lawsuit
Coalition of Social Service Agencies Files Lawsuit

In the Fight Against Invasive Plant Species, Fire a Worthy Weapon

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How local forest preserves are using fire to maintain the Chicago area's natural ecosystem, much like Native Americans did prior to European settlement.

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Crain’s Roundup: Can Gondolas Lift Chicago Tourism?

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Can aerial gondolas proposed for tours along the Chicago River lift tourism business in the city? Crain's managing editor Ann Dwyer joins us to discuss this story and more.

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Crain’s Roundup: Can Gondolas Lift Chicago Tourism?
Crain’s Roundup: Can Gondolas Lift Chicago Tourism?

Broadway Star Kate Baldwin on Chicago Roots, ‘The King and I’

15 Things You Might Not Know About ‘The King and I’

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Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban in 'The King and I' (Courtesy of the Lyric Opera)

The star of "The King and I," now on stage at the Lyric Opera, talks about her Evanston roots and performs songs from the production.

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Kate Baldwin and Paolo Montalban in 'The King and I' (Courtesy of the Lyric Opera)
Broadway Star Kate Baldwin on Chicago Roots,'The King and I'
Broadway Star Kate Baldwin on Chicago Roots,'The King and I'

Local Scientists, Institutions Join Global Fight to Save Coral Reefs

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Great Barrier Reef (Lock the Gate Alliance / Flickr)

Coral reefs evolved 240 million years ago, but now scientists say coral reefs could be gone before the end of this century. They say the biggest threat is the warming ocean water. Three major institutions in Chicago are now actively engaged in the fight to save the coral reefs.  

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Great Barrier Reef (Lock the Gate Alliance / Flickr)
Local Scientists, Institutions Fight to Save Coral Reefs
Local Scientists, Institutions Fight to Save Coral Reefs

May 3, 2016 - Full Show

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Watch the May 3, 2016 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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May 3, 2016 - Full Show
May 3, 2016 - Full Show

Ald. Burke's Law Firm Helps Trump Trim $11.7M Off Property Taxes

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Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) and Ald. Ed Burke

Donald Trump has racked up a number of victories in his presidential bid, but he's also been a big winner in Chicago. Hear from the Sun-Times reporters who've uncovered Trump's big tax breaks thanks to Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward).

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Donald Trump (Gage Skidmore / Flickr) and Ald. Ed Burke
Ald. Burke's Law Firm Helps Trump Trim Property Taxes
Ald. Burke's Law Firm Helps Trump Trim Property Taxes