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Colorful White Sox Broadcaster, MLB Vet Jimmy Piersall Dies

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Photo of Maury Wills, Milton Berle, Jimmy Piersall and Willie Mays in a salute to baseball on the television program “The Hollywood Palace.”

When Jimmy Piersall joined the Chicago White Sox broadcast booth in 1977, no one had ever heard anyone like him on the air. Colorful and brash, Piersall took the concept of “telling it like it is” to a new level.

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Photo of Maury Wills, Milton Berle, Jimmy Piersall and Willie Mays in a salute to baseball on the television program “The Hollywood Palace.”

Judge to Decide Which Bills Get Paid First

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)

Illinois government is sitting on $14.68 billion of bills it can’t afford to pay, and providers of Medicaid are suing to get to the front of the line.

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(Ken Teegardin / Flickr)
Judge to Decide Which Bills Get Paid First
Judge to Decide Which Bills Get Paid First

June 6, 2017 - Full Show

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Watch the June 6, 2017 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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June 6, 2017 - Full Show
June 6, 2017 - Full Show

Zeshan B Puts a South Asian Twist on Classic American Soul

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Meet Lombard native Zeshan Bagewadi—known as Zeshan B—who sings classic soul covers and originals with a big, opera-trained voice.

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Zeshan B Puts a South Asian Twist on Classic American Soul
Zeshan B Puts a South Asian Twist on Classic American Soul

Exit Interview with Alex Holt, Chicago Budget Director

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Alex Holt

A look at the city’s past, present and fiscal future with the outgoing city budget director who is stepping down after six years.

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Exit Interview with Alex Holt, Chicago Budget Director
Exit Interview with Alex Holt, Chicago Budget Director

Chance the Rapper to Receive Humanitarian Award for CPS Work

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Chance the Rapper holds a press conference on March 6, 2017 at Westcott Elementary School to announce a $1 million donation to CPS. (Chicago Tonight)

After winning three Grammys and making national headlines this year for his contributions to the Chicago Public Schools, Chicago-born Chance the Rapper is set to receive another award later this month.

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Chance the Rapper holds a press conference on March 6, 2017 at Westcott Elementary School to announce a $1 million donation to CPS. (Chicago Tonight)

Calls to 911 Drop by Tens of Thousands in First Quarter of 2017

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A significant decrease in calls to Chicago 911 emergency services is not matched by an overall decline in crime. We take a look at the numbers.

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Chicago Fights Summer ‘Brain Drain’ With Superhero Science

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With the end of the school year just weeks away, the Museum of Science and Industry is calling on Chicago’s “kid superheroes” to unite and defeat summer’s top villain: the “evil Dr. Brain Drain.”

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Catchy Ringtone Offers Upbeat Reminder of Immigrants’ Rights

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As concerns over deportation rise in many immigrant communities, a local union has found a unique way to spread an educational message.

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June 5, 2017 - Full Show

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Watch the June 5, 2017 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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June 5, 2017 - Full Show
June 5, 2017 - Full Show

A Growing Line to Buy the Chicago Sun-Times

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The Chicago Sun-Times is for sale, and Tronc—the parent company of the Chicago Tribune—has already signaled an intent to buy the paper. But the Department of Justice is giving others an opportunity to get in on the action.

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A Growing Line to Buy the Chicago Sun-Times
A Growing Line to Buy the Chicago Sun-Times

Chicago Cabbies Say They Are ‘Run Off the Road’ By Uber, Lyft

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(Paul Sableman / Flickr)

Is the cab industry in Chicago collapsing? Cab drivers say their industry is being decimated by ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft flooding the market.

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A ‘Perfect Storm’ Brewing on Chicago’s North Side

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Half Acre Beer Co. (Credit: Brew Bokeh)

A local chamber of commerce has rebranded a Chicago neighborhood as Malt Row, where it says you’ll find the greatest concentration of microbreweries in the city.

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Half Acre Beer Co. (Credit: Brew Bokeh)

The Illinois Senate Passed a Budget. Will the House Follow Suit?

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“We in the Senate did do our jobs. We stood up, we passed a balanced budget. We now need everyone to step up and do their jobs,” said state Sen. Heather Steans.

The Illinois General Assembly has blown a May 31 spring session deadline. So now what? We discuss the Springfield budget battle with state Sens. Heather Steans and Chris Nybo.

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“We in the Senate did do our jobs. We stood up, we passed a balanced budget. We now need everyone to step up and do their jobs,” said state Sen. Heather Steans.
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The Illinois Senate Passed a Budget. Will the House Follow S

Chicago Among 211 Cities Pledging to Uphold Paris Climate Agreement

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(Courtesy of Mayors’ National Climate Action Agenda)

Chicago, Pittsburgh and dozens of other U.S. cities are standing by Paris despite President Donald Trump’s announcement last week that he will withdraw the U.S. from the landmark climate change agreement.

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Music Education Class Sets the Tone for Bright Futures

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A group of students who participated in the M.U.S.I.C. Inc. program. (Courtesy of Sarah Dupuis)

Can the violin lower student dropout rates? A classically trained musician and a social worker think music lessons have the power to inspire change.

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A group of students who participated in the M.U.S.I.C. Inc. program. (Courtesy of Sarah Dupuis)

Urban Nature: ‘The Intricate Ecology … of Vacant Lots’

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Vacant city lots are often dismissed as derelict urban eyesores, but now some environmentalists are viewing these empty spaces as ecological opportunities. 

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Urban Nature: ‘The Intricate Ecology … of Vacant Lots’
Urban Nature: ‘The Intricate Ecology … of Vacant Lots’