City Council Committee Debates ‘Chi-Raq’ Film Title

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There was heated debate at a City Council committee meeting Monday on whether or not to strip Illinois Film tax credits from Spike Lee's forthcoming film Chi-Raq. Some say the title validates gang culture while others fumed that aldermen have far better things to do with their time. Is the title Chi-Raq here to stay? 

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What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

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A Cook County judge ruled Friday that Chicago's plan to change city workers’ pensions was unconstitutional. Her ruling mirrors the Illinois Supreme Court’s recent decision that state lawmakers are constitutionally prevented from reducing public workers’ pensions. The city vows to appeal the decision. We look at the ruling, whether any pension reform can be constitutional, what the consequences are to the city's plummeting bond rating, and whether the city will have to raise taxes to cover the pension liability. 

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Emanuel to Phase Out Seven Downtown TIF Districts

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July 23, 2015 - Emanuel to Phase Out Seven Downtown TIF

This month Mayor Rahm Emanuel says he plans to wind down seven Tax Increment Financing Districts located near downtown. Critics of the move say he’s hanging downtown out to dry, but others say this is a first step toward taxing transparency. We’ll hear from Crain’s Chicago Business columnist Greg Hinz and Tom Tresser of the TIF Illumination Project.

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Cullerton to Rauner: Submit a New Budget to General Assembly

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July 22, 2015 - Cullerton to Rauner: Submit a New Budget

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is a key player in the state budget standoff. Yesterday, Gov. Rauner told reporters that the state would have a budget if it was up to him, Sen. Cullerton, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Today, what remained of the goodwill between Rauner and Democratic leaders seems to have evaporated. Paris Schutz has more.

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Rauner Lays Blame for Budget Impasse at Madigan's Feet

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July 21, 2015 - Rauner Lays Blame for Budget Impasse

Gov. Bruce Rauner on Tuesday held a press conference to lay blame for the weeks-long partial state government shutdown at the feet of House Speaker Mike Madigan, and to decry lawmakers for taking a pay raise when there's no budget in place. We'll get the latest Springfield news from Chicago Tonight's Amanda Vinicky.

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State Budget Stalemate: Week Three

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July 20, 2015 - State Budget Stalemate: Week Three

This is week three of the partial state government shutdown. Carol Marin talks with four lawmakers about whether a compromise is in the foreseeable future.

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Cook County Board Approves Sales Tax Increase

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July 15, 2015-Cook County Board Approves Sales Tax Increase

Cook County Commissioners approved Wednesday a 1-percent increase in the county portion of the sales tax, which brings Chicago’s sales tax to 10.25 percent. President Toni Preckwinkle’s proposed penny-on-the-dollar sales tax was approved by a vote of 9-7.

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Illinois Senate Expected to Consider Temporary Budget

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July 14, 2015 - Illinois Senate Expected to Consider Budget

The Illinois Senate is back in session Tuesday. This week’s showdown is centered on who will keep state workers paid: the Democrat-controlled General Assembly or Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.

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Andrea Zopp Makes Bid for U.S. Senate

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July 14, 2015 - Andrea Zopp Makes Bid for U.S. Senate

Andrea Zopp talks about her candidacy to become the democratic nominee in the primary race for U.S. Senate against Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth. The winner will face incumbent Senator Mark Kirk.

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Chicago Pension Reform Struck Down

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Mayor Emanuel and the city of Chicago are back to square one in efforts to resolve the funding crisis for two of the city's four pension funds, likely exacerbating the city's ongoing fiscal problems. 

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Newt Minow on Donald Trump’s Candidacy, Problems with the Primary Process

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July 23, 2015 - Newt Minow on Donald Trump’s Candidacy

He famously called television a “vast wasteland," but Newton Minow's influence goes far beyond that iconic phrase. Geoffrey Baer sat down with Minow to talk about some current political issues.

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Blagojevich Gets Some Convictions Overturned by Appeals Court

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July 21, 2015 - Blagojevich Gets Some Convictions Overturned

A U.S. Appeals Court on Tuesday overturned five of the 18 convictions against former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who is currently serving a 12-year sentence in a Colorado federal prison.

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Task Force Proposes Consolidation, Dissolution of Local Governments

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July 21, 2015 - Task Force Proposes Consolidation

In a city that has 50 aldermen, it might not come as a surprise that Illinois has the most units of government in the country, nudging out the competition with 6,964 governmental bodies, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This fact isn’t lost on Gov. Bruce Rauner, who created the Local Government and Unfunded Mandates Task Force to come up with recommendations on how to trim down that number. We discuss the task force’s recommendations.

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Analyzing the Cook County Sales Tax Hike

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July 16, 2015 - Analyzing the Cook County Sales Tax Hike

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle won a victory Wednesday after the county board narrowly signed off on her controversial sales tax hike, but there might be some legal and political risks. We’ll talk with the Civic Federation president Laurence Msall and Nick Kachiroubas, an assistant professor at DePaul University’s School of Public Service.

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Illinois Senate Passes Temporary Budget

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July 15, 2015- Illinois Senate Passes Temporary Budget

The Democratic-led Illinois Senate on Wednesday passed the temporary one-month budget by a vote of 39-0 (with 15 voting present) that the House passed last week, but can they override Gov. Bruce Rauner's veto? Amanda Vinicky joins us tonight with the latest updates from Springfield.

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Cook County Sales Tax Hike Faces Wednesday Vote

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July 14, 2015 - Cook County Sales Tax faces Wednesday Vote

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle has proposed raising the county sales tax by a penny on the dollar to help cover a pension-fueled budget shortfall. Wednesday, the county board is scheduled to vote on the hike. President Preckwinkle joins Chicago Tonight. We'll also hear from Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer, who opposes raising the sales tax.

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Iran Nuclear Deal Reached

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After more than 20 months of negotiations, a landmark deal was reached Tuesday between world powers and Iran that curbs Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for the easing of economic sanctions. The deal reduces Iran’s stockpiles of enriched uranium and the number of its centrifuges by two-thirds. It also prevents Iran from producing weapons-grade plutonium. 

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