Fiscal Year Begins Without a Budget

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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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Toni Preckwinkle on Her Sales Tax Plan

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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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Gov. Bruce Rauner Vetoes Budget Bills

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June 25, 2015 - Gov. Bruce Rauner Vetoes Budget Bills

Lawmakers and the governor are now back to square one on the state budget, just five days before a potential state government shutdown. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed all but the education portion of the budget sent to him by the General Assembly, saying it was $4 billion out of whack. But the governor also offered to compromise on big ticket items. Can a deal be saved? 

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Five Final Cases for SCOTUS

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June 25, 2015 - Final Five Cases for SCOTUS

The United States Supreme Court has five final cases to decide, including same-sex marriage. Does today’s decision give us any clue as to how the judges will rule on the remaining cases?

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Illinois House Rejects CPS Pension Payment Bill

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June 23, 2015 - Illinois House Rejects CPS Pension Bill

The Illinois House failed to approve a bill that would have delayed CPS’ massive pension payment due at the end of the month. Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky has the latest on that and why the Governor’s office skipped a House and Revenue Finance Committee meeting.

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Status of State Budget

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June 22, 2015 - Status of the State Budget

Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky talks with us about where state budget negotiations stand as the beginning of fiscal year 2016 approaches quickly. 

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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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SCOTUS Saves Obamacare

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June 25, 2015 - SCOTUS Saves Obamacare

The United States Supreme Court today sided with the Obama administration and upheld a key provision of the Affordable Care Act. In a 6-3 ruling the justices decided that insurance subsidies created by Obamacare can be offered in both state and federal health care exchanges. 

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Toni Preckwinkle Pushes for Sales Tax Hike

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June 24, 2015 - Toni Preckwinkle Pushes for Sales Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle sounds off on why she wants to raise the sales tax 1 percent. Will she have support from the board to do it?

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Mayor Emanuel on the CPS Cash Crunch, City Budget

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June 23, 2015 - Mayor Emanuel on CPS Cash Woes, City Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel joins Chicago Tonight to talk about the pension payment owed by CPS next week, the school system and city's budget deficits, and whether he expects any good news from Springfield.

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City Expands Blackhawks’ Parade Route

City Council Approves $1.1 Billion Borrowing Plan

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June 17, 2015 - City Expands Blackhawks' Parade Route

The City of Chicago is expanding the planned parade route for the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions. Paris Schutz details why the route is being doubled and the City Council’s vote to approve a $1.1 billion borrowing plan.

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