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Illinois Insurers Propose Obamacare Rate Hikes up to 45 Percent

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(Credit: HealthCare.gov)

Monday’s release of proposed 2017 health insurance premium rate increases for coverage offered through the state’s Obamacare exchange induced sticker shock among some industry experts, with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois seeking increases from 23 to 45 percent for its individual health care plans.

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Viewer Feedback: Stop Those Who Protest Free Speech

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Hear what viewers had to say about our story on DePaul University's decision to bar a conservative speaker when we read feedback from the "Chicago Tonight" website, and our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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Viewer Feedback: Stop Those Who Protest Free Speech
Viewer Feedback: Stop Those Who Protest Free Speech

Red Panda Cubs at Lincoln Park Zoo Get Wrigley Field-Inspired Names

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Waveland, a female red panda cub, is examined by Lincoln Park Zoo staff on July 26. (Lincoln Park Zoo)

Two red panda cubs at the Lincoln Park Zoo are born to love the Chicago Cubs. Like their two siblings born the previous year, the names of the cubs, revealed Tuesday, were inspired by Wrigley Field.

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Waveland, a female red panda cub, is examined by Lincoln Park Zoo staff on July 26. (Lincoln Park Zoo)

Mayor Proposes More Tax Hikes to Fix City Pensions

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After the big property tax hit, another new tax may be on the way for weary Chicagoans. Find out how much it might cost and why the mayor says it's necessary.

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Mayor Proposes More Tax Hikes to Fix City Pensions
Mayor Proposes More Tax Hikes to Fix City Pensions

Obama Foundation Makes It Official: Jackson Park for Obama Library

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel: “I want to make sure the entire city of Chicago, specifically the South Side of Chicago, benefits from a once-in-a-lifetime cultural and educational investment.”

The secret got out last week, but the Obama Foundation made it official at a news conference on Wednesday: Jackson Park will be the main home of the 44th U.S. president's library.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel: “I want to make sure the entire city of Chicago, specifically the South Side of Chicago, benefits from a once-in-a-lifetime cultural and educational investment.”
It's Official: Jackson Park for Obama Library
It's Official: Jackson Park for Obama Library

Reform Commission Takes 1st Look at New School Funding Model

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Illinois Education Secretary Beth Purvis, center, serves as chairperson for the state's newly formed School Funding Reform Commission. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

Illinois may become the ninth state since 2000 to adopt a new education funding system, and state leaders are hoping a new reform commission can figure out how its current formula can be fixed.

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Illinois Education Secretary Beth Purvis, center, serves as chairperson for the state's newly formed School Funding Reform Commission. (Matt Masterson / Chicago Tonight)

August 3, 2016 - Full Show

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

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August 3, 2016 - Full Show
August 3, 2016 - Full Show

New Zika Guidelines for Florida as Vaccine Research Progresses

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Important research is happening locally and across the country in an attempt to control the Zika virus.

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Zika Guidelines for Florida as Vaccine Research Progresses
Zika Guidelines for Florida as Vaccine Research Progresses

The Rise of Jon Secada: From Refugee to Top of the Charts

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Jon Secada performs on "Chicago Tonight."

The singer-songwriter and two-time Grammy award-winner joins us in performance and conversation.

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Jon Secada performs on "Chicago Tonight."
The Rise of Jon Secada: From Refugee to Top of the Charts
The Rise of Jon Secada: From Refugee to Top of the Charts

Uproar After DePaul University Bans Conservative Speaker

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Ben Shapiro speaks at a Young America's Foundation event.

Students across the political spectrum are angry with DePaul University's decision not to allow a conservative writer and commentator to speak at an on-campus event.

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Ben Shapiro speaks at a Young America's Foundation event.
Uproar After DePaul University Bans Conservative Speaker
Uproar After DePaul University Bans Conservative Speaker

Alligator Gar Not Effective Weapon Against Asian Carp, Says Biologist

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Despite a spate of recent reports, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources says that reintroducing alligator gar into Illinois' waterways will not prevent Asian carp from reaching Lake Michigan.

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Chicago-Area Man Aims to Be Full-Time Pokemon Trainer

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The smartphone game has taken Chicago by storm. We hunt down and follow some of the area’s most dedicated players, including one who hopes to turn his hobby into a career.

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Chicago-Area Man Aims to Be Full-Time Pokemon Trainer
Chicago-Area Man Aims to Be Full-Time Pokemon Trainer

Obama Pushes Support for TPP, Critics Fear Another NAFTA

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President Barack Obama comments on the TPP during a press conference at the White House with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Aug. 2, 2016. (CNN)

President Barack Obama reiterates his support for the Trans Pacific Partnership. But the trade deal has strong opposition. What's at the core of the agreement that could shape U.S. trade relations in the 21st century?

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President Barack Obama comments on the TPP during a press conference at the White House with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Aug. 2, 2016. (CNN)
Obama Pushes Support for TPP, Critics Fear Another NAFTA
Obama Pushes Support for TPP, Critics Fear Another NAFTA

New Bronzeville Community Center Offers Much-Needed Gathering Place

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The new Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park. (Eddie Arruza / Chicago Tonight)

After years of waiting, Chicago's Bronzeville neighborhood gets a spectacular and much needed arts and recreation center.

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The new Arts and Recreation Center at Ellis Park. (Eddie Arruza / Chicago Tonight)
New Bronzeville Community Center Offers Gathering Place
New Bronzeville Community Center Offers Gathering Place

Old Main Post Office: Troubled Giant on Brink of Transformation

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Chicago's old main post office. (Brianbobcat / Creative Commons)

The building that thousands of cars drive under every day will be turned into commercial office space. Looking at the future of a building that's been empty since 1997. 

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Chicago's old main post office. (Brianbobcat / Creative Commons)
Old Main Post Office on Brink of Transformation
Old Main Post Office on Brink of Transformation

August 2, 2016 - Full Show

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Watch the August 2, 2016 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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August 2, 2016 - Full Show
August 2, 2016 - Full Show

Solutions for the State’s Perplexing Pension Gordian Knot

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Can state lawmakers craft a constitutional fix for the Illinois public pension problem? We talk with one man who has a plan.

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Solutions for the State’s Perplexing Pension Gordian Knot
Solutions for the State’s Perplexing Pension Gordian Knot