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Possible Hike in Chicago Property Taxes

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July 8, 2015 - Possible Tax Hikes in Chicago Property Taxes

According to a Crain's Chicago Business analysis, Chicago police and fire pensions could drive up property taxes by more than 30 percent. Crain’s senior reporter Thomas A. Corfman joins us to explain the analysis.

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Local Organization Helps Transgender People Find Work

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July 8, 2015 - Organization Helps Trans People Find Work

SCOTUS’ legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide is celebrated as a turning point, but in many states it’s legal for employers to fire workers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Some observers say transgender people face larger obstacles than gays and lesbians. We take a look at a local organization that helps transgender people improve their work skills, find jobs, and overcome social stigmas facing the trans community. 

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July 7, 2015 - Full Show

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July 7, 2015 - Full Show

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Who Wins and Who Loses in a Government Shutdown?

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July 7, 2015 - Who Wins & Loses in Government Shutdown

State lawmakers are expected to meet this week to consider a temporary, one-month budget in an effort to stave off the devastating effects of a government shutdown. But as the budget stalemate between Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Democrat-controlled General Assembly continues with no clear resolution in sight, who wins and who loses? 

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Chicago Housing Market Heats Up, Condos Consider Smoking Bans

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July 7, 2015 - Housing Market Heats Up, Condo Smoking Bans

Can Chicago condo buildings ban smoking in owners’ units? Some buildings are making the change. We talk with Crain’s Chicago Business real estate reporter Dennis Rodkin about that, the new disclosure rules coming, and the latest trends in the housing market.

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A New Impression of Degas

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July 7, 2015 - A New Impression of Degas

The Art Institute of Chicago offers a fresh perspective on French Impressionist painter Edgar Degas in Degas: At the Track, On the Stage, an exhibition focusing on works that feature movement or performance.

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Famed Chicago Trading Pits Close

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July 6, 2015 - Famed Chicago Trading Pits Close

The famed frenzy of open outcry trading that filled the Chicago Board of Trade’s pits for more than 80 years will cease Monday. The closure of most of the futures pits comes as most futures are traded electronically these days. Eddie Arruza visited the CBOT and has the latest.  

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'Draft Biden' PAC Pushes for VP to Run in 2016

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July 6, 2015 - Draft Biden PAC pushes VP to Run in 2016

Vice President Joe Biden has run for president of the United States twice, most recently as an early Democratic contender in the 2008 primary. A Chicago-based movement called "Draft Biden" is trying to get him to run for a third time. William Pierce, director of "Draft Biden," joins Chicago Tonight for a conversation about the group.

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Grateful Dead Post-Mortem

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July 6, 2015 - Grateful Dead Post-Mortem

In the wake of the Grateful Dead's final shows, we reflect on the weekend with a music industry professional and a dedicated Deadhead.

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Chicago’s Shared Streets, Efforts to Boost Biking

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July 8, 2015 - Shared Streets, Efforts to Boost Biking

Construction gets underway this week on the Argyle Streetscape project in Uptown, which will create a first-of-its-kind Chicago street that's shared among bikes, cars, and pedestrians. The city has also announced a discounted Divvy bike share membership rate for lower-income Chicagoans, and it's currently adding protected lanes to encourage more bicycling. We'll take a closer look.

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Eliza Fournier Shares Gardening Tips for Summertime Greens

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July 8, 2015 - Gardening Tips for Summertime Greens

The Chicago Botanic Garden's Eliza Fournier joins Chicago Tonight with tips and demonstrations on how to make the most of your garden in July.

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Coalition Files Suit Over Gun Sales in Suburbs

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July 7, 2015 - Coalition Files Suit over Gun Sales in Suburb

Several mothers of young men killed by gun violence in Chicago are named as plaintiffs in a lawsuit against three suburban Chicago communities: Lyons, Riverdale, and Lincolnwood. Attorneys who filed the suit Tuesday morning explain that those towns have lax or insufficient methods of licensing and regulating their gun dealers, and are therefore disproportionately impacting poor and minority communities in Chicago.

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WBEZ: Puerto Rican Drug Addicts Sent To Chicago Likely Victims of Identity Theft

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July 7, 2015 - WBEZ: Drug Addicts Likely Victims of ID Theft

A story by WBEZ and This American Life in April revealed that heroin abusers from Puerto Rico were being sent to unlicensed drug rehab programs in Chicago, many of which appear to be little better than flophouses and use methods that are questionable at best. The facilities often force clients to give them their identity papers for safe keeping, and don't always give them back when the clients leave. A follow-up report from WBEZ has found that some of the Puerto Rican addicts sent to Chicago appear to be victims of identity theft.

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Now On Stage: 'All Our Tragic'

12-Hour Performance to Feature 32 Greek Tragedies

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July 7, 2015 - Now On Stage: 'All Our Tragic'

Last summer, Sean Graney, founder of The Hypocrites, debuted All Our Tragic, his lengthy adaptation of every extant Greek tragedy. As the performance returns to the stage, we revisit our story on the 12-hour play.

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July 6, 2015 - Full Show

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July 6, 2015 - Full Show

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Shutdown Showdown

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July 6, 2015 - Shutdown Showdown

Lawmakers left Springfield for the Fourth of July weekend without a budget deal in place triggering a partial government shutdown. We talk with legislators from both sides of the aisle about what to expect if the impasse continues and what's on the session's agenda this week to resolve the fiscal crisis.

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Community Steadies School District

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July 6, 2015 - Community Steadies School District

All of the schools in North Chicago have been in some state of academic failure for years. To address the unmet needs of the students and schools, a nonprofit was formed by a local family foundation. Brandis Friedman reports on the district’s transformation.

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