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Ask Geoffrey: A Look Back at Chicago's Streetcar Era

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Geoffrey Baer tracks down answers for three questions about Chicago's bygone streetcar heyday. 

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Ask Geoffrey: A Look Back at Chicago's Streetcar Era
Ask Geoffrey: A Look Back at Chicago's Streetcar Era

Alzheimer’s Researchers Cautiously Optimistic in Fight Against Dementia

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High hopes in the search to reverse or prevent Alzheimer’s disease. We'll tell you about two important medical studies being conducted in Chicago.

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Alzheimer’s Researchers Optimistic in Fight Against Dimentia
Alzheimer’s Researchers Optimistic in Fight Against Dimentia

May 31, 2016 - Full Show

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Watch the May 31, 2016 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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May 31, 2016 - Full Show
May 31, 2016 - Full Show

UIC Study: City Council Becoming Less of a ‘Rubber Stamp’

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An annual study from the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that aldermen are increasingly voting independently from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on contested issues.

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UIC Study: City Council Becoming Less of a ‘Rubber Stamp’
UIC Study: City Council Becoming Less of a ‘Rubber Stamp’

Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria a Concern for Doctors, Experts

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Scanning electron micrograph of a human neutrophil ingesting MRSA (Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

Health care experts have long warned that the effectiveness of antibiotics has been declining due to overprescription by doctors and also because of the use of antibiotics in raising livestock for human consumption.

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Scanning electron micrograph of a human neutrophil ingesting MRSA (Courtesy of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)
Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria a Concern for Doctors
Rise of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria a Concern for Doctors

Despite Rauner’s Last-Ditch Stopgap Proposal, No Budget

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It’s the final day of the spring session for the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, and despite maneuvering on all sides to float a solution, the state still does not have a budget. But that doesn’t mean it’s over. 

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Despite Rauner’s Last-Ditch Stopgap Proposal, No Budget
Despite Rauner’s Last-Ditch Stopgap Proposal, No Budget

Keeping Up with Vaccinations a Year-Round Challenge for Some Schools

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With just three weeks left in the school year, some Chicago Public Schools are finishing work that many schools try to have done at the beginning of the year: making sure all children are up to date on their shots and annual physicals.

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Keeping Up with Vaccinations a Year-Round Challenge
Keeping Up with Vaccinations a Year-Round Challenge

Library Chief Makes ‘Most Creative’ List, Talks Beach Reading

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Harold Washington Library

We check in with the Chicago Public Library chief about being named in Fast Company's 100 “Most Creative People in Business” and what books he's taking to the beach this summer.

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Harold Washington Library
Library Chief Makes Most Creative List, Talks Beach Reading
Library Chief Makes Most Creative List, Talks Beach Reading

Mayor Emanuel’s Pension Plan Survives Rauner’s Veto

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel lauded lawmakers who voted to override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto of a pension bill that relieves some short-term pressure on city taxpayers. But what does it mean in the long term?

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Mayor Emanuel’s Pension Plan Survives Rauner’s Veto
Mayor Emanuel’s Pension Plan Survives Rauner’s Veto

Chicago Ranked 12th Fittest City in America

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Chicago (Allen McGregor via Wikimedia Commons)

The City of Broad Shoulders measures up to its moniker in terms of fitness. The Chicago metropolitan area was recently named the 12th fittest in the nation.

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Chicago (Allen McGregor via Wikimedia Commons)

The Week in Review: Budget Clock is Ticking

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Joel Weisman and his panel discuss the week’s news, including the ongoing budget impasse and battle over education funding.

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The Week in Review: Budget Clock is Ticking
The Week in Review: Budget Clock is Ticking

Original Chicago Cocktail: Mayor Bossy

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Following a whopper of a blizzard in 1979, Sauganash native Jane Byrne narrowly upset Mayor Michael Bilandic for the Democratic mayoral nomination. Belly up to the bar and get a little taste of Chicago’s spirited history: a frosty milkshake spiked with whiskey and vodka.

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May 26, 2016 - Full Show

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Watch the May 26, 2016 full episode of "Chicago Tonight."

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May 26, 2016 - Full Show
May 26, 2016 - Full Show

City Treasurer to Mayor Emanuel: Sue Big Banks

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In a surprise move, Chicago's City Treasurer Kurt Summers joins the chorus calling on the mayor to sue big banks over controversial swap deals that have cost taxpayers millions of dollars. 

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City Treasurer to Mayor Emanuel: Sue Big Banks
City Treasurer to Mayor Emanuel: Sue Big Banks

Do Chicago Police Have a Code of Silence?

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A whistleblower lawsuit filed by two police officers claim that Chicago police have a “code of silence.” We discuss whether the code exists with our guests.

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Do Chicago Police Have a Code of Silence?
Do Chicago Police Have a Code of Silence?

Study: Some People ‘Hardwired’ for Chronic Pain

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What our age may or may not say about our health, why some people may be “hardwired” to experience chronic pain, and a possible explanation for the ice geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus. Rabiah Mayas joins “Chicago Tonight” to examine these stories and more. 

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Study: Some People ‘Hardwired’ for Chronic Pain
Study: Some People ‘Hardwired’ for Chronic Pain

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window,’ More

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Kristen Magee (Gloria), Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Grant James Varjas (David) in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window" by Lorraine Hansberry. (Courtesy of Goodman Theatre)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic reviews four plays that address societal challenges and conflicts, including Goodman Theatre’s revival of the rarely staged second play by “Raisin in the Sun” author Lorraine Hansberry.

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Kristen Magee (Gloria), Chris Stack (Sidney Brustein) and Grant James Varjas (David) in "The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window" by Lorraine Hansberry. (Courtesy of Goodman Theatre)
Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window’
Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window’