Archive for June, 2011

Blagojevich Found Guilty on 17 Counts

Jurors in the Rod Blagojevich retrial have found the former governor guilty on 17 counts, not guilty on 1 count and hung on 2 counts. The verdict was read shortly after 2:00 pm Monday. Visit our Blagojevich Trial Verdict page to see a breakdown of how the jury voted. Watch Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm [...]

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Can This Be The Day?

Can this be the day? Should I go down to the courthouse this morning and wait for the verdict? Do I have a premonition of events to come? Is the pressure in my gut telling me that this is it? Am I psychic or do I just have gas? On the other hand, it is [...]

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More on the Story: Week in Review (6/20-6/24)

Here is a roundup of Chicago Tonight‘s web stories from this week: Monday, June 20: – Caring for Aging Parents – Assyrian Dictionary Blagojevich Retrial: – Breakdown of the Alleged Shakedowns – Blah, Blah, Blago Blog unPHILtered Blog: – Grading the Teacher, Part One Tuesday, June 21: – Jeffrey Lyons: ‘Stories My Father Told Me’ [...]

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Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois Competition Launched

On Friday morning, Mayor Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced the launch of Apps for Metro Chicago Illinois Competition, an unprecedented effort to use open data sets from multiple government organizations to benefit the community. “This competition will allow individuals to interact directly with their government and make a [...]

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Weekend Events Around Town: 6/24 – 6/26

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! Before the Pyramids: The Origins of Egyptian Civilization at The Oriental Institute See what Egypt was like in its earliest days at The Oriental Institute. This special exhibit showcases artifacts over 1,000 years older than the pyramids, from Egypt’s [...]

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Nine Days Deliberating

Will the jury meet Friday? Blagojevich I’s jury did not meet on Fridays because of previous commitments made when it was anticipated that the trial would last much longer than it did, and we had been sitting in court only four days a week. During the trial, those members of the jury who worked would [...]

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Mayor Emanuel, CPS CEO Brizard Tout Benefits of Longer School Day

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard joined United Neighborhood Organization CEO Juan Rangel at Marquez School on Thursday to meet with parents, teachers and students to discuss the positive impact of a longer school day with additional instructional time. “We need to provide our children with the quality education they deserve,” [...]

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Gay Etiquette

June is known as “Pride month” when the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community celebrates its accomplishments and progress. And as society opens up and becomes more accepting, a funny thing happens: awkward social situations. But there’s one man who’s trying to help navigate the joyful and sometimes painful process of interacting with each other. [...]

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Still Waiting

Yesterday, I talked with a reporter who said she would be on the air in a few minutes and she had nothing; nothing important to report about Blagojevich II. Susan Berger had two tweets today. Today, Mark Brown, Chicago Sun-Times columnist, had an expert come up with four fanciful scenarios concerning what was happening with [...]

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Poetry Foundation

Poetry magazine has opened its first permanent center downtown. At the corner of Dearborn and Superior streets, the Poetry Foundation has constructed a magnificent building that will host poetry readings, book launches and visiting school children. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, we take a tour inside the Poetry Foundation’s bold new downtown building. Check [...]

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Summer Programs Expanded for Chicago Youth

On Wednesday morning, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced One Summer Chicago, expanded summer program opportunities for youths throughout Chicago. “We’re investing in our children’s safety and in their futures,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Through coordination between the city, county, business and foundation community, an additional 2,800 kids across the city [...]

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Time to Summarize

During this down time where all of the heavy lifting is being done by the jury, everyone else who has been following this trial has a time to reflect, and, if they have them, look at their notes. One of the better summaries I’ve seen is on Susan Berger’s web site: www.blagojustice.com. She also does [...]

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Jeffrey Lyons: ‘Stories My Father Told Me’

Jeffrey Lyons had quite a role model: his father. Leonard Lyons wrote “The Lyons Den” column for the New York Post from 1934 to 1974, and it was syndicated to more than 100 newspapers worldwide. The column chronicled the lives of the famous and often glamorous people that Lennie Lyons — as he was known [...]

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Cornell Boxes

Artist Joseph Cornell called his inventive boxes “dream theaters.” These delightful constructions demonstrate his range of interests from astronomy to birds to ballet. Cornell influenced Andy Warhol and impressed Marcel Duchamp. Since the 1940s, the one-of-a-kind boxes created by Cornell have delighted viewers with their mysterious assemblages of everyday things. A new exhibit at the [...]

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Jury Instructions

On May 20, 2011, the government filed its proposed instructions for the jury. These, however, are not the final instructions. According to the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, only Judge James Zagel and the jury have the final instructions, agreed upon by both the prosecution and the defense. After the government filed its proposed [...]

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