Illinois Senate to Consider Property Tax Freeze

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The Illinois Senate is back in session in Springfield to consider a property tax freeze and possible funding relief for social service providers. Amanda Vinicky will join us with the latest on Chicago Tonight.

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Countdown to Congress

Congressmen Weigh in on Iran Nuclear Deal, Debt-Ceiling Deadline, More

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Illinois Congressmen Luis Gutiérrez, left, and Randy Hultgren

Illinois Congressmen Randy Hultgren (R) and Luis Gutiérrez (D) join Chicago Tonight to discuss Iran, Planned Parenthood, clean energy, the 2016 election, and more issues they'll face next month.

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Child Care Advocates Seek Investigation Into Program Changes

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There are new rules this summer surrounding child care for low-income families in Illinois. Child care advocates say that the changes–which they argue are not connected to the state budget impasse in Springfield–will eliminate 90 percent of new program applicants from eligibility. 

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Gun Theft in Rail Yard Raises Security Questions

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August 3, 2015 - Gun Theft in Rail Yard Raises Questions

More than 100 guns were stolen from a Norfolk Southern freight train that was parked in a rail yard on the South Side. On Monday, we discuss growing concerns surrounding the security of trains carrying dangerous freight through Chicago.

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Progressive Caucus Pushes Taxes Aimed at Wealthy, Corporations

Aldermen: No More Property Tax Breaks for Big Buildings

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July 30, 2015 - Progressive Caucus Pushes Taxes Aimed at

The parade for new city taxes continued Thursday as a group of aldermen made their case to Mayor Emanuel that powerful corporations and the wealthy should shoulder the burden of tax hikes to help plug a massive budget hole. The aldermen are also targeting the private law businesses of powerful political figures like Ald. Ed Burke (14th Ward) and House Speaker Michael Madigan. 

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What You Need to Know About the Plastic Bag Ban

Alderman Looks to Close Loopholes on Ban Starting Aug. 1

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July 30, 2015 - What You Need to Know About the Plastic Bag

The city of Chicago's partial ban on plastic bags is now in place, but the ordinance as it's currently written will still allow stores to give out plastic bags, provided they meet certain standards. We discuss the new rules, and proposed changes to them, with our panel on Chicago Tonight

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Aldermen Weigh Options for Tackling City's Deficits, Pension Debts

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July 29, 2015 - Aldermen Weigh Options for Tackling City's

The City Council today tackled a host of issues in its final meeting before a two-month break. But one issue that didn't come up between aldermen and Mayor Emanuel is the big, expensive elephant in the room. Carol Marin talks with a panel of aldermen to analyze the city’s options for making its pension payments. 

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BGA: Chicago Ranks No. 1 in Fatal Police Shootings Among Top 10 Cities

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July 28, 2015 - BGA: Chicago Ranks No. 1 in Fatal Police

Chicago police officers shot and killed 70 people between 2010 and 2014, according to a new report from the Better Government Association. Andrew Schroedter, senior investigator with the BGA, joins Chicago Tonight to talk about these numbers and their implications for Chicago.

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What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

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July 27, 2015 - What's Next for Chicago's Pension Problems?

A Cook County judge ruled Friday that Chicago's plan to change city workers’ pensions was unconstitutional. 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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How to Interact with Police if You're Pulled Over or Detained

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The family of Illinois motorist Sandra Bland files a lawsuit against law enforcement officials in Texas. On Chicago Tonight, we'll take a closer look at motorists' rights, as well as the right way to act when getting stopped by police.

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Combating the Rising Use of Heroin in City, Suburbs

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Some advocates and law enforcement officials say heroin use is rising in Illinois and that Chicago has one of the largest open drug markets in the country.

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, July 31

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July 31, 2015 - Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 7/31

From Chicago's top spot in fatal police-involved shootings to a successful road trip for the White Sox, Joel Weisman and his panel have your week in review.

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Noise Complaints at O'Hare Skyrocket

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July 30, 2015 - Noise Complaints at O'Hare Skyrocket

Complaints about jet noise at O’Hare International Airport topped more than 400,000 in May. On Thursday, Gov. Bruce Rauner signed legislation that will increase the number of runways allowed at O’Hare in an effort to mitigate jet noise affecting some Chicago neighborhoods and suburbs.

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Alderman Looks to Tax Sugary Beverages

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July 29, 2015 - Alderman Looks to Tax Sugary Beverages

Could Chicagoans soon be paying higher taxes for sugary drinks? We'll tell you about that and other items Chicago's City Council took up today.

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City Council Scrambles for New Revenue in Wake of Pension Ruling

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July 28, 2015 - City Council Scrambles for New Revenue in

Mayor Emanuel, back in Chicago after a vacation in Europe, returns to a fiscal situation that is bleaker than it was when he left, thanks to last week's court ruling throwing out a law that cut benefits for many city retirees.

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City Council Committee Debates ‘Chi-Raq’ Film Title

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July 27, 2015 - City Council Committee Debates ‘Chi-Raq’

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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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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