Plan to Fund Chicago Police, Fire Pensions Surfaces in Springfield

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A much anticipated plan to shore up Chicago’s beleaguered police and fire pension funds has finally surfaced in Springfield. The measure would double the city's payment into the fund next year and triple it in the next five years.

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Former US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert Indicted

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May 28, 2015-Former US Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert

Late Thursday afternoon, former U.S. Speaker Dennis Hastert was charged in a scheme to withdraw millions of dollars to pay off an accuser for “past misconduct.” The indictment says Hastert lied to the FBI about the purpose of the withdrawals. Paris Schutz has more on the developing case.

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Psychologist Takes Over As Cook County Jail Director

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May 28, 2015-Psychologist Takes Over As Cook County Jail

Dr. Nneka Jones Tapia, a clinical psychologist, is the new director of the Cook County Jail. Jones Tapia has been working as a deputy director at the jail since 2013, and previously served as chief psychologist for the jail’s health care provider. The Cook County Sheriff’s office believes Jones Tapia is the first mental health professional to head up a prison or jail in the U.S. Jones Tapia joins us.

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 27, 2015-Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

The showdown between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan continues as state lawmakers stare down a May 31 deadline to approve a budget plan. On Wednesday, lawmakers will continue to vote on a series of measures that make up the spending plan, backed by Madigan, that’s about $3 billion short. At the same time, lawmakers will hold hearings on items that make up Rauner’s Turnaround Illinois agenda.

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 26, 2015-Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

It’s crunch time as state lawmakers have less than a week to pass a budget and close a $6 billion deficit before the end of the current legislative session. We talk with Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky about the likelihood of a budget being passed before the Sunday deadline. 

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 22, 2015 - Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

As Illinois' Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan pushes for a three percent millionaire's tax to raise fresh revenue for the cash-strapped state, Republican lawmakers respond with a proposal for term limits to limit the power of long-time legislative leaders like Madigan. Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky rounds up all the latest news.

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New City Council Brings New Effort at Reform

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May 20, 2015 - New City Council Brings New Effort at Reform

The newly seated City Council takes another stab at reform as aldermen select someone to lead the new independent budget office. Paris Schutz has the details on that and more on the heated relocation of Riot Fest.

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Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

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May 19, 2015-Springfield News with Amanda Vinicky

The May 31 deadline for state lawmakers to approve a budget and solve a $6 billion shortfall is quickly approaching. We talk with Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky about what tax hikes and other revenue generators are on the table, what services could be on the chopping block, whether lawmakers will be able to pass a budget before the end of the month, and, if not, how that affects the numerous legislative items on their plate. 

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Mayoral and Aldermanic Inauguration

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May 18, 2015 - Mayoral and Aldermanic Inauguration

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, 50 aldermen, including 13 newcomers, and citywide elected officials are sworn into office at the Chicago Theater. Paris Schutz has the details on today’s ceremony.

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Final Days of the IL Legislative Session

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May 28, 2015-Final Days of the IL Legislative Session

It’s the final stretch of the legislative session. Will lawmakers be able to approve a budget by Sunday or will a special session be necessary? Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky updates us on that and more.

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South Side Pastor Corey Brooks

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May 28, 2015-South Side Pastor Corey Brooks

Pastor Corey Brooks sits down with Paris Schutz to discuss his controversial endorsement of Republican Bruce Rauner for governor, his mission to curb violence and bring economic development to his community, and why he is inviting presidential candidates from both sides of the aisle to come to the South Side for a series of town hall meetings.

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Rand Paul Campaigns in Chicago

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May 27, 2015- Rand Paul Campaigns in Chicago

Sen. Rand Paul brings his presidential campaign to the South Side of Chicago. Will his message resonate here? Paris Schutz has the latest. 

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Debating the Prevailing Wage Law

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May 26, 2015-Debating the Prevailing Wage Law

One way Gov. Bruce Rauner has proposed cutting spending is to repeal the so-called “prevailing wage” law. So what is the prevailing wage and why is it on the books? Our experts debate the pros and cons of eliminating the prevailing wage the state pays for public construction projects. 

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Belmont Flyover

Brown Line Project Increases In Size and Cost

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May 22, 2015 - Belmont Flyover

In a time of tight budgets, why is the CTA pushing a $570 million 'flyover' project? Paris Schutz reports. 

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Global Cities Driving the Global Economy

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May 20, 2015 - Global Cities Driving the Global Economy

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times will examine how global cities are driving political, social, and economic policies and solving critical world challenges during a three-day forum. Ivo Daalder, president of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, joins us.

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Cook County Sheriff on Reducing the Jail Population

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May 19, 2015-Cook County Sheriff on Reducing the Jail

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart joins Chicago Tonight to talk about the new county jail director and efforts to get mentally ill people treatment instead of incarcerating them.

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New Aldermen Sworn In

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May 18, 2015 - New Aldermen Sworn In

There are 13 new members joining City Council today. We talk to four of them about their priorities and the fiscal challenges that face Chicago in the next four years.

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