Archive for June, 2011

The Wilder Life

After more than two decades, Wendy McClure reached for the books of her childhood and rediscovered the world of Laura Ingalls Wilder. One year and seven states later, McClure emerged from her journey back to the 19th century with a new book detailing what she discovered — and what she thinks about it. She joins […]

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Evanston History Center

Evanston housewife Ethel Sampson began making a quilt in the 1930s, at the beginning of the Great Depression. She kept collecting fabrics for her quilt until her death in 1961. Now the quilt has turned into a fascinating historical artifact. It’s on display as part of a collection of curios showcasing Evanston history. Eddie Arruza […]

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The Civic Federation Releases Report of Financial Recommendations

On Thursday, The Civic Federation released “Recommendations for a Financially Sustainable City of Chicago,” a report detailing 40 recommendations to improve the city’s finances long term. These recommendations range from public works to pensions, and are primarily directed at Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council. “The Civic Federation sees a need for the Mayor […]

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Cabin Fever

The clash between nature and technology can be all too familiar these days. One man from suburban Chicago has set off to rediscover balance with nature, and explore a modern interpretation of Henry David Thoreau. Tom Montgomery Fate, author of Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild, joins us on Chicago Tonight at […]

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Architect Louis Sullivan

He was brilliant and passionate, hot-tempered and egotistical, and he altered the course of American architecture. Louis Sullivan’s life story is like a Greek tragedy. And his buildings are works of great art. In the mid-twentieth century, many of his buildings were torn down and Sullivan himself was nearly forgotten. In their new book, Louis […]

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Bill Clinton in Chicago

Eleven years after leaving office and it’s still the economy for former president Bill Clinton. He’s in town with his Clinton Global Initiative for a summit on jobs and spurring growth in the U.S. economy. He also had kind words for the city’s current mayor – his former White House staffer: Rahm Emanuel. “I predict […]

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Emerald Ash Borer

In Chicago and northeastern Illinois, ash trees are everywhere. And wherever there are ash trees, there’s a good chance there are emerald ash borers (EAB). Despite their green color, these beetles are not good for the environment. They are, in fact, responsible for the destruction of the ash trees that comprise an estimated 20 percent […]

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Mayor Emanuel & Walgreens Announce 600 New Jobs

On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Walgreens’ new “Chicago Hometown Investment Initiative” will bring 600 new jobs to Chicago over the next two years. The initiative will also quadruple the number of Walgreens stores located in the city’s food deserts. This is the fifth major jobs announcement Mayor Emanuel has made during his term, […]

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Jurors from Blagojevich Retrial Speak Out

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, the jury forewoman from the Blagojevich retrial, along with two other jurors, joins Elizabeth Brackett to discuss the deliberation process and how they arrived at their verdict. We also spoke with two additional jurors from the trial. We asked Maya Moody and Rosemary Bennett a series of questions by […]

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Mayor Emanuel Announces Allscripts’ Commitment to 300 New Jobs

On Tuesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Allscripts will be joining GE Capital, United Airlines, and Motorola Solutions as the fourth company to make major commitments to bring jobs to Chicago during his tenure. Allscripts is the leading global provider of Electronic Health Records, Connectivity and Information systems to hospitals and physicians. The company has […]

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Over, Thank You

On Monday, June 27, 2011, former governor Rod Blagojevich was found guilty of 17 of the 20 counts; one count not guilty and two were undecided. It was a surprising, to me at least, indictment of Blagojevich. And the jury held a press conference to stay the hounds of the “rapacious media.” Tomorrow the names […]

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Blagojevich Trial Verdict

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich corruption retrial have found the former Illinois governor guilty on 17 counts, not guilty on 1 count and were hung on 2 counts. The counts included wire fraud, extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit extortion and conspiracy to solicit bribes. The 20 counts involved five schemes: the marquee allegation of attempting […]

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Blagojevich Arrives

Rod and Patti Blagojevich just arrived on the 25th floor of the Federal Building. When he passed waiting reporters, he asked me how I had done in a triathlon this weekend. I gave him a thumbs up and he replied, “hope I’m as lucky.”

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Mayor Emanuel to hold Phone & Facebook Town Halls

On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his participation in two upcoming town hall discussions—one through telephone and the second through Facebook—in order to keep his administration open to public inquiry. “A commitment to openness and accountability is at the core of our administration; Chicagoans have questions and deserve open, honest answers from their government,” said […]

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Blago Verdict

There is a verdict in the Blagojevich trial. Jurors sent the judge a note this morning saying they had reached a verdict on 18 counts but were unable to reach a verdict on the remaining 2 counts. Rod Blagojevich will be in the courtroom at 1:00 pm when the jury will announce its verdict.

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