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Debating Illinois’ Energy Future

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June 8, 2015 - Debating Illinois' Energy Future

There's a lobbying and advertising war going on in Illinois. No, it's not related to the state budget. It pits the state's largest producer of energy, Exelon, which is asking for a rate hike to help its struggling nuclear power plants, against wind and solar energy groups that say Exelon is merely a billion dollar corporation seeking a bailout.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 6/5

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June 5, 2015- Web Extra: The Week in Review: 6/5

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s endorsement of Tammy Duckworth in the race for Senate and the widening field of candidates seeking to replace Mark Kirk who’s running for re-election, as well as businessman Willie Wilson’s announcement to run for president. 

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June 4, 2015- Full Show

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Blair Kamin on The 606

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June 4, 2015 - Blair Kamin on The 606

This Saturday, The 606, park and trail system will officially open. Chicago Tribune Pulitzer-prizewinning architectural critic Blair Kamin shares his thoughts about the trail ahead of its opening.

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June 3, 2015 - Full Show

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June 3, 2015 - Full Show

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The Battle Over Workers’ Comp Reform

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June 3, 2015- Battle Over Workers' Comp

Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan plans to bring a workers’ compensation reform measure to the floor Thursday when the House returns to session. It’s the latest move in an ongoing fight over workers’ comp reform between Democrats and Gov. Bruce Rauner. We take a look at what Rauner's proposing, whether it has any chance of passage, and how workers’ comp has already been reformed in Illinois.

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June 2, 2015 - Full Show

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June 2, 2015 - Full Show

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Durkin on the Battle Over an Illinois Budget

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June 2, 2015- Durkin on the Battle Over an Illinois Budget

Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin joins Chicago Tonight to talk about the general assembly's recently wrapped-up spring legislative session. The session, which saw sometimes tense battles between the Democratic majority in the legislature and rookie Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, ended without a budget deal.

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Chicago Blackhawks Gear Up for Stanley Cup Final

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June 2, 2015- Blackhawks Gear Up for Stanley Cup Final

For the third time in six seasons, the Chicago Blackhawks are headed to the Stanley Cup Final. The Western Conference champions face the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday. We discuss the matchup with a former Blackhawks player.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 6/5

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June 5, 2015 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 6/5

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s top stories in politics, business, and sports. 

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Weekend Events Around Town: 6/5-6/7

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Bike over to The 606; read up on the latest indie comics; and be Greek for a day or three. Chicago Tonight has your weekend picks.

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Overtime Session Begins in Springfield

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June 4, 2015 - Overtime Session Begins in Springfield

Speaker Michael Madigan and the House return to work today as the overtime session begins. Is it political theater or is this a sign of a compromise with Gov. Bruce Rauner?

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Planting Summer Crops

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June 4, 2015 - Planning Summer Crops

Now that the temperature has warmed up, we’re ready to plant the seeds and transplants for our summer crops. The Organic Gardener Jeanne Nolan visits our garden to help us plant our latest round of viewer selected crops and check in on the crops we planted a month ago.  

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Rauner Calls for Property Tax Freeze

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June 3, 2015- Rauner Calls for Property Tax Freeze

Gov. Bruce Rauner wants a freeze on all property taxes in Illinois. He says that’s what he needs before he’ll agree on new revenue in a budget. Will it work? Paris Schutz has the latest.

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A Different Kind of Comic Convention Hits Town

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June 3, 2015- Different Kind of Comic Convention in town

Not all comic books are about spandex and capes. Fans of independent comic books will gather at the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, which is also known as CAKE, on June 6 and 7. The comic convention will feature signings from some big names in the industry, such as Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, as well as panel discussions and workshops. 

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Rauner Administration Details Steps to Prepare for Madigan-Cullerton Budget

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Late Tuesday afternoon, the Rauner administration released a statement outlining steps it’s prepared to take in response to the budget passed by House Speaker Michael Madigan, Senate President John Cullerton and their caucuses. The Democratic budget is nearly $4 billion short for fiscal year 2016 which begins July 1.

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Principals’ Union President on Dirty Classrooms and Budget Shortfall

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June 2, 2015-Principals’ Union President on Dirty Classrooms

It’s literally a mess at Chicago Public Schools, according to the head of Chicago principals’ union. Clarice Berry, president of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association, joins us to discuss a controversial CPS contract for janitorial services that did not include 22 schools, and some ways the cash-strapped district can save money. 

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