Illinois Gubernatorial Election 2014

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Welcome to Chicago Tonight’s online coverage of Illinois' 2014 Gubernatorial Election. We’ve gathered information here about the final candidates, Democrat Pat Quinn, Republican Bruce Rauner, and Libertarian Chad Grimm.

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President to Tout Immigration Reform in Chicago

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President Obama will be in town to promote his executive order on immigration. We take a deeper look at how it impacts Chicago.

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Mayoral Candidates File Petitions to Challenge Emanuel

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November 24, 2014 - Mayoral Candidates File Petitions

The mayoral candidate field is finally set. Who's in? Who's out? We break it down.

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Pension Reform Law Struck Down

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Illinois has lost the first round in its attempt to uphold recently enacted changes to the state’s pension law. Sangamon County Court Judge John Belz has found that the pension reform law is unconstitutional and “void in its entirety.” 

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Cross Concedes in Treasurer’s Race

Frerichs to Become State Treasurer

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More than two weeks after the election, the Illinois Treasurer’s race has been decided. Democratic candidate Mike Frerichs will become the next treasurer.

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Complaints About O’Hare Noise

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November 19, 2014 - Complaints About O'Hare Noise

Residents in Chicago and the suburbs complain that changes to takeoff and landing patterns at Chicago O'Hare International Airport are making previously quiet neighborhoods excessively noisy.

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What's Up on Northerly Island?

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November 19, 2014 - What's Up on Northerly Island?

The first phase of the new wilderness park on Northerly Island should be open next spring. We take a look at the transformation of Northerly Island over the last year and a half.

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Funeral Held for Mayor Byrne

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November 17, 2014 - Funeral Held for Mayor Byrne

Dignitaries and politicians packed the church service for the funeral of former Mayor Jane Byrne.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 11/14

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 11/14

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s headlines.

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Viewer Feedback: 11/25

Pension Reform

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We have your thoughts on Illinois' first attempts at pension reform in tonight's viewer feedback.

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Illinois’ Pension Reform Found Unconstitutional

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November 24, 2014 - IL Pension Reform Found Unconstitutional

A Sangamon County judge tossed lawmakers' much touted pension reform law saying it's unconstitutional. Now it heads to the Illinois Supreme Court. What does this mean for pensioners and for Illinois, which has the worst bond rating in the nation and faces a $105 billion unfunded public employee pension liability? 

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Immigration Reform

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November 20, 2014 - Immigration Reform

President Barack Obama addresses the nation on immigration reform. Chicago Tonight talks with local analysts about the president’s speech.

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City Council Approves Mayor’s 2015 Budget

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November 19, 2014 - City Council Approves Mayor's Budget

City of Chicago property taxes will not be going up next year, but a host of other fines and fees will as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's 2015 budget. City Council approved the budget today by a 46-4 vote.

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Patrick Kennedy & Stigma of Mental Illness

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November 19, 2014 - Patrick Kennedy & Mental Illness Stigma

Former congressman and mental illness advocate Patrick Kennedy discusses his life's work, his personal struggle with bipolar disorder and addiction, and why this is one of the most crucial civil rights issues today.

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Springfield Fall Veto Session Kicks Off

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November 18, 2014 - Springfield Fall Veto Session Kicks Off

Lawmakers head back to Springfield for their fall veto session. But will anything happen on the hot button issues of minimum wage, education funding, and Uber ridesharing before Governor-elect Bruce Rauner takes over?

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Remembering Mayor Jane Byrne

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November 17, 2014 - Remembering Mayor Jane Byrne

We look back at Mayor Jane Byrne's political career, her groundbreaking win against the Democratic machine, and her tenure as mayor.

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Former Mayor Jane Byrne Dies

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Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne died Friday morning at age 81. Byrne served from 1979 to 1983, and was Chicago's first and only female mayor.

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