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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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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'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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IL House Fails to Pass Temporary Budget

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On Wednesday, July 1, the Illinois House of Representatives failed to pass a one-month temporary budget by a vote of 67-32. View an interactive graphic of how each representative voted.

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Cook County Commissioner, CFO on Sales Tax Hike

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July 2, 2015 - Cook County Commissioner on Sales Tax Hike

The Cook County Board will soon vote on whether or not to increase the sales tax, as proposed by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer and Cook County CFO Ivan Samstein join us tonight to share their thoughts on the proposed tax hike.

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Toni Preckwinkle on Her Sales Tax Plan

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July 1, 2015 - Toni Preckwinkle on her Sales Tax Plan

Facing a budget crunch, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is proposing a 1 percent hike to the county sales tax. She'll likely face a tough time finding the nine board member votes she needs to get the tax passed. Preckwinkle joins Chicago Tonight to talk about the budget.

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Government Debts Loom Over Local, World Economy

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June 30, 2015 - Gov Debts Loom Over Local, World Economy

With a fast-approaching debt payment due to the International Monetary Fund and no deal in sight, the world waits to see whether cash-strapped Greece will remain a part of the Euro currency. And here at home, massive pension debts and political battles are complicating budget deals for the state of Illinois and city of Chicago. We talk with two economists about both local and global economic issues.

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Former Supreme Court Clerks on Gay Marriage Ruling

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June 29, 2015 - Former Supreme Court Clerks on Gay Marriage

With the Supreme Court's ruling on gay marriage, the last 14 states now must recognize and grant marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Three former Supreme Court clerks weigh in on the historic 5-4 decision as well as the court’s rulings on the use of an execution drug, political mapping, and EPA limits.

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SCOTUS Legalizes Same-Sex Marriage Nationwide

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that states cannot ban same sex-marriage. In a landmark 5-4 ruling, Anthony Justice Kennedy wrote, “no union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice and family.”

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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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IL Senate Passes Temporary Budget

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On Wednesday, July 1, the Illinois Senate passed a one-month temporary budget by a vote 37-0. View an interactive graphic of how each senator voted.

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Impact of State Shutdown

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July 2, 2015 - Impact of State Shutdown

The state's failure to reach a budget agreement has caused a government shutdown, and now top officials are hashing out in court what exactly can and can't stay open. Medicaid and social service providers are in limbo wondering if they and other government providers will be able to make payroll and stay open, as the legislative standoff drags on. 

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Fiscal Year Begins Without a Budget

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July 1, 2015 - Fiscal Year Begins Without a Budget

State lawmakers are considered a temporary one-month budget in an effort to keep state government funded. That measure failed in the House. Senate President John Cullerton has proposed a measure that addresses the pension crisis facing Chicago Public Schools, while also incorporating a property tax freeze which Gov. Bruce Rauner sought. We talk with Chicago Tonight correspondents Carol Marin and Amanda Vinicky.

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Looming Government Shutdown and CPS’ Pension Pain

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June 30, 2015 - Looming Gov Shutdown and CPS' Pension Pain

We’ll talk about the latest developments in Springfield with veteran reporter Carol Marin and Springfield correspondent Amanda Vinicky. It’ll be a whooper of day as a state government shutdown appears increasingly likely because Tuesday is the final day in the state’s current budget. Meanwhile, Chicago Public Schools managed to pay its $634 million pension payment Tuesday afternoon. 

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Looking Ahead at This Week in Springfield

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June 29, 2015 - Looking Ahead at This Week in Springfield

The Illinois State Board of Education has identified $450 million to fund CPS' pension contribution. Meanwhile, budget talks continue as Illinois faces a potential shutdown. Amanda Vinicky joins us tonight from Springfield while Paris Schutz has reaction from local lawmakers.

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Former Rep. Mel Reynolds Indicted on Charges for Failing to File Tax Returns

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Disgraced former Illinois congressman Mel Reynolds is in trouble with the law once again. In an indictment released today, Reynolds is charged with failing to file tax returns between 2009-2012. 

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 6/26

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June 26, 2015: Web Extra: The Week in Review: 6/26

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the Stanley Cup celebration, and the importance of spreading hockey to the South Side. Also, they debate further why contract talks broke down between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Board of Education.

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