Archive for February, 2011

Local Dad Builds Bicycles for People with Special Needs

Steven Cohen, founder of JoRide Bicycles, started his business accidentally. He was trying to build a bike for his autistic son, Joey; one that would fit his son’s unique needs. The design of the bike was adapted especially for Joey, allowing him to experience the joy of bike riding. So Cohen took that bike model […]

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‘Why Can’t We Be Friends with Benefits?’ says Public Unions

Chicago Tonight Callaway Fellow and Wisconsin native Bob Spoerl took a trip to Madison on Wednesday night, nine days after the protest began. Here are his observations: In case you haven’t consumed any news over the past week and a half, let me recap what’s been going on in my home state. First, the new […]

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Meet 4 Winners in Chicago’s Aldermanic Races

Will Burns 4th Ward Map Age: 37 Political Affiliation: Democrat Votes: 65% Education: BA, Law, Letters, and Society The College of the University of Chicago 1995, MA, Social Sciences The University of Chicago 1998 Personal: Married; 1 child Previous Political Experience: State Rep. 2009 to Present Deputy Chief of Staff, Senate President Emil Jones, Jr. […]

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Emanuel Wins Race for Mayor; Chico Concedes

Rahm Emanuel has won the race for mayor of Chicago. “Tonight, we are moving forward in the only way we truly can: together, as one city, with one future,” Emanuel said in his victory speech. Gery Chico conceded at 8:30 pm Tuesday, after Emanuel held a commanding lead over the other candidates throughout the evening. […]

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Thousands of Protesters Swarm Wisconsin State Capitol

Thousands of protesters gathered at the Wisconsin State Capitol to protest against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to strip collective bargaining rights from most public employees. Walker says the move is necessary, given the state’s budget woes. But workers have been protesting since last week, calling it an assault on workers’ rights and an attempt […]

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Lasers Lighting the Sky, Blinding Pilots Nationwide

Over the last half-decade, the number of reported laser pointing incidents at airplanes nationwide has increased nearly ten-fold. In 2005, there were around 300 such incidents reported to the Federal Aviation Administration. This January, the FAA reported that in 2010, the incident reports topped 2,800. That’s nearly double the number of incidents reported in 2009. […]

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Local Moms React to “Tiger Mother” Parenting

Mothers across the country, including here in the Chicago area, are buzzing about Amy Chua’s controversial new book. So, what exactly is Chinese mothering? Here is an excerpt from Chua’s book, Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother: A lot of people wonder how Chinese parents raise such stereotypically successful kids. They wonder what these parents […]

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Walking Away From Foreclosure

This is what some lenders are doing: they file a foreclosure and then ‘walk away’ because they deem it too expensive to maintain long-term vacant homes. And it’s going to cost Chicago some $36 million, according to a recent report from the Woodstock Institute. As of September 2010, 6.3 percent of the addresses in Chicago […]

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Behind the Scenes of WTTW’s Mayoral Candidate Forum

Unless you are running for mayor, a member of the City Club of Chicago, or you work for Chicago Tonight, you missed the drama before Monday’s mayoral candidate forum. While the show went on as planned, the antics before the show included two uninvited mayoral candidates crashing the party at WTTW studios; and one mayoral […]

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Snowmobile Rescue Caught On-Camera: Believe It!

A Chicago Tonight viewer e-mailed us about a story we aired Thursday night. The e-mail said: “Please do not insult my intelligence. I find it hard to believe that reporter Ash-har Quraishi just happened to be standing along a random Chicago side street as a medical rescue occurred via snowmobile. I expect more from my […]

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Blizzard of 2011: As Seen Through Your Camera

We asked you to send us your pictures of Chicago’s massive snowstorm. Here is a gallery featuring some of those images. It’s the Blizzard of 2011, as seen through the cameras of Chicago Tonight viewers and employees. Thanks, and stay warm.

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The Long Search For Cars Abandoned On Lake Shore Drive During Blizzard

  Chicago Tonight Producer Paris Schutz was out Wednesday in the aftermath of the blizzard, as motorists were recovering from the Lake Shore Drive closure Tuesday night. Here are his observations: City emergency officials are trying to rectify a chaotic situation along the lakefront. Some motorists who abandoned their cars on Lake Shore Drive still […]

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Blizzard of 2011: Your Videos

We asked you to send in your videos of your experience in Chicago’s Blizzard of 2011: WTTW’s Elizabeth Brackett documented her harrowing trip home the night of the big snow, Tuesday, February 1st. The next day, the big dig began — without much success for Brackett, or the cars stranded on Lake Shore Drive. Check […]

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