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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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 goes into effect August 1, 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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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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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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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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