Archive for March, 2011

History of Parkour

Parkour is a physical discipline where participants use speed and efficiency to move forward freely from point A to B, negotiating obstacles along the way and using only their bodies and the environment. Jumping, rolling, climbing, swinging and wall scaling are all techniques that are used in Parkour. It is most commonly practiced in urban […]

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Recycling Rundown

While Chicago debates the decision to privatize recycling, Chicago Tonight takes a look at what other major cities across the U.S. are doing to ensure that their recyclables are picked up: San Francisco: The city of San Francisco has partnered with private company Recology to provide curbside removal of recycling, trash and compostable material in […]

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Father Pfleger’s Tenure at St. Sabina

With his future at St. Sabina up in the air, Chicago Tonight takes a look back at Father Michael Pfleger’s controversial tenure at the storied parish. Here’s a timeline of Father Pfleger’s history since he took the helm at St. Sabina Church.          

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Brooks and Cognitive Development

New York Times conservative Op-ed Columnist David Brooks has written on just about everything — politics, war, class and beyond. In his new book, he is revealing the power of our unconscious and its role in our development. In his book, The Social Animal: The Hidden Sources of Love, Character, and Achievement, David Brooks suggests […]

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Committee to Enhance City-County Cooperation

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel announced the creation of a joint six-member committee today. The committee will be in charge of examining all areas of city and county operations and producing a report on how they can best work together to cut costs, improve service delivery and streamline residents’ interactions […]

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Gabrielle Hamilton: ‘Reluctant Chef’ & Author

Gabrielle Hamilton is the chef and owner of Prune restaurant in New York. Hamilton has an MFA in fiction writing. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, GQ, Bon Appétit, Saveur, and Food & Wine. Her most recent book, Blood, Bones & Butter is a memoir following Hamilton’s unconventional journey […]

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Geraldine Ferraro Dies at 75

Geraldine Ferraro, the first female vice-presidential candidate for a major American political party and former Democratic congresswoman, died Saturday at the age of 75. After first being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1978, Ferraro, a Democrat, went on to serve New York’s ninth congressional district for three terms. She ran as Walter […]

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Local Moms React to School Breakfast in Classrooms

The Chicago Board of Education passed a mandate requiring free breakfast to be served in all elementary school classrooms. Hundreds of parents have signed petitions objecting, citing everything from food allergies to lack of nutrition, to a waste of classroom time. We talked to three local moms about the program. Here’s what they had to […]

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Origins of Puppet Opera

William “Bill” Fosser’s Opera in Focus has its roots in the legendary Chicago puppet opera at the downtown Kungsholm restaurant, in a building that is now home to Lawry’s the Prime Rib restaurant. Bill Fosser first worked on the Kungsholm puppet opera at the age of 14, in 1943. The original idea for an elaborate […]

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Grammy-winning Composer ‘Working’ in Chicago

The year was 1971. A young musician from New York City, Stephen Schwartz, was about to strike gold. The recently married 22-year-old had labored over a musical, writing both the lyrics and music. He called it “Godspell.” Soon after it landed on Broadway, it became one of the most famous musicals of his generation. Schwartz […]

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Local E.R. Doctor Discusses Radiation Exposure

People across the world wait anxiously for the next development in the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown scare. This map of Japan shows the potential radius the radiation threat extends from the nuclear power plant with a situation. People from Sendai and Fukushima are being shuttled south to Tokyo, which is just out of harm’s […]

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Scientific Chicago: Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s Disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States. And it’s the only one in the top 10 causes of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. That’s according to a report released today by the Alzheimer’s Association. But now, researchers at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine have […]

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Behind the Scenes of Producing a Chicago Tonight Story

Chicago Tonight Producer Marc Vitali is the wizard behind many of the arts and entertainment stories you watch on our show. Now, it’s his turn to be on center stage. I tagged along with Marc for a day while he produced a piece to figure out how a Chicago Tonight story comes to fruition. This […]

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Theater Director Peter Sellars Still on Top

Noted American theater director, Peter Sellars, is renowned for his unique contemporary stagings of classical and contemporary operas and plays. His latest production of George Frideric Handel’s 1744 opera, “Hercules” at Lyric Opera of Chicago, continues his exploration of present-day events and themes, as seen through the lens of classical works. In his college years, […]

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Quinn Signs Bill to Abolish Death Penalty

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a bill today to end the death penalty in Illinois. “We’ve abolished the death penalty in Illinois, the land of Lincoln. This is the most difficult decision that I’ve made as governor. It was made after many days and nights of reflection and review,” said Quinn at a press conference Wednesday. […]

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