City Holds Town Hall Meeting on Budget

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The mayor and top city officials are speaking to the public at this hour in the first of a series of town hall meetings on the city budget. That budget could be as much as $754 million out of whack thanks to escalating pension costs. Higher taxes and fees are almost certainly inevitable, the question is which? How are residents responding to the shortfall? Paris Schultz joins us live from Malcolm X College.

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State Budget Stalemate: Week 10

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The state's budget standoff is entering its 10th week on Wednesday. We talk with two of the most outspoken leaders from both sides of the aisle to see if any compromise is on the horizon. Joining Chicago Tonight are Rep. Lou Lang and Rep. Ron Sandack. 

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Hurricane Katrina: Remembering the Storm 10 Years Later

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August 27, 2015 - Hurricane Katrina: Remembering the Storm

Chicago Tonight marks the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with two storm survivors who moved to Chicago after the destructive storm ripped through the New Orleans area. Joining us to share their stories and memories are David Kaplinsky and Tovi Khali.

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60 Years Later: The Murder of Emmett Till

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August 25, 2015 - 60 Years Later: The Murder of Emmett Till

The death of the 14-year-old Chicago boy, brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955, became far more than just another lynching during the Jim Crow era. His mother's decision to display the mutilated body of Emmett Till during his funeral altered the course of history by invigorating a movement. Till's family remembers his life and his death, and compares his story to those we hear today.

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Third Way Out of State Budget Impasse Emerges

Change in Corporate Income Tax Floated

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August 24, 2015 - Third Way Out of State Budget Impasse

There’s a potential third way out of the deadlock over how to close a $6 billion state budget gap. Gov. Bruce Rauner is refusing to sign off on a budget without changes to collective bargaining and public employee unions. And the Democrats are refusing to go along with that. So, what are the alternatives? Paris Schutz has the details.

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US Senate Candidates Fail to Get Endorsement of Cook County Democrats

Duckworth, Zopp fail to get backing of the Democratic Party

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August 19, 2015 - US Senate Candidates Fail to Get

Wednesday is a make-or-break day for candidates running for office in 2016. The powerful Cook County Democratic Organization met for what is their traditional slating session. Which candidates won the coveted endorsement and how does it bode for 2016?

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Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan to Improve 2 CTA Bus Routes

Plan Raising Questions About the Future of BRT for Chicago

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Tuesday a plan to improve the service of two of the city's busiest bus routes. The three-part plan calls for improved speed and overall performance of Chicago Transit Authority buses along Western Avenue (No. 49) and Ashland Avenue (No. 9). Get details of the plan and read the mayor's announcement.

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Springfield Stalemate

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August 17, 2015 - Springfield Stalemate

Two leaders in the Illinois House of Representatives join Phil Ponce on Chicago Tonight to discuss the budget stalemate in Springfield and a possible property tax freeze.

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Should Downstate, Suburban Schools Pay for Their Pensions?

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August 13, 2015 - Should Downstate, Suburban Schools Pay for

Should downstate and suburban school districts pay the hundreds of millions in costs to fund their teacher pensions? A group of Chicago area state lawmakers say yes. They say it’s a better way to level the playing field between Chicago and other school districts. But not everyone is on board.

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Fate of CPS’ $500 Million Pension Relief in Hands of House

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August 27, 2015 - Fate of CPS’ $500 Million Pension Relief

The Chicago Public Schools budget that is short half a billion dollars is officially enacted. The fate of that $500 million assistance is in the hands of the Illinois House, where support is currently tenuous at best. Thursday, some House lawmakers sent a message to the city and Chicago Public Schools: certain things have to happen before that chamber gets on board. What are they?

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State Budget Stalemate: Week 8

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August 25, 2015 - State Budget Stalemate: Week 8

Still no budget in Springfield and now the state's comptroller says Illinois is starting to fall far behind in paying its bills. We have the latest on this and other news out of Springfield on Chicago Tonight with Amanda Vinicky.

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Mayor Emanuel Looks to Residents for Budget Solutions

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel on 'Chicago Tonight'

If you have any ideas about how Chicago can come up with more than $750 million to help balance its budget—then the city wants to hear them. Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office today announced three town hall meetings as he prepares to unveil his 2016 budget to the City Council on Sept. 22.

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Democrat Day at State Fair Highlights Election Rifts

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August 20, 2015 - Democrat Day at State Fair Highlights

Thursday is Democrat Day at the Illinois State Fair and, as expected, they used the opportunity to slam Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s anti-union, pro-business Turnaround agenda that they say is preventing lawmakers from approving a statewide budget. We’ll have more news from Springfield with Chicago Tonight’s Amanda Vinicky.

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Can City Pension Reforms Survive?

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August 19, 2015 - Can City Pension Reforms Survive?

The Illinois Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments over Chicago's pension reforms in November. Attorney John Schmidt says the city's pension reforms are fundamentally different than the state's reforms that were struck down earlier this year. Schmidt joins us on Chicago Tonight.

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Proposed Privatization Ordinance Aims to Prevent Repeat of Parking Meter Deal

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August 18, 2015 - Proposed Privatization Ordinance

A new proposal before the City Council aims to prevent another controversial privatization deal like the infamous parking meter lease of 2008, but some critics say the plan doesn’t go far enough. Joining Chicago Tonight to discuss the proposed ordinance is Judy Stevens, policy coordinator at the Better Government Association, which consulted the Emanuel administration when crafting the ordinance. 

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Campaigns in Chicago

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August 17, 2015 - Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Campaigns in

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic candidate for president, brings his campaign to Chicago Monday evening. The senator and self-avowed socialist has attracted huge crowds and national attention, with polls that show he is gaining on Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton. What is behind the buzz, and who in Chicago is behind him? Paris Schutz joins us with that story.

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Plan to Free Up Federal Money Passes in House

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August 12, 2015 - Plan to Free Up Federal Money Passes

The House today passed a bill freeing up nearly $5 billion in federal money. But Democrats failed to get enough support for an amendment to spend state dollars on some human services. After the vote, House Speaker Michael Madigan expressed frustration over the failed effort, but Republicans weren't buying it. We'll get the latest from Springfield with Chicago Tonight's Amanda Vinicky.

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