Opinion

Summer Books

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, our panel of book lovers recommends their best bets for great summer reads. Al Gini, Jessa Crispin and Miguel Figueroa will be here to discuss their summer book picks. For guest bios and descriptions of the books they recommend, check out our list below. Jessa Crispin: Jessa Crispin is […]

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Rahm Emanuel’s Inauguration

Chicago’s new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, was inaugurated Monday in an outdoor ceremony at Millennium Park. Chicago Tonight talked to some of the people who came to watch about what the inauguration meant. Rahm Emanuel’s first minutes as mayor began on Monday after he was sworn in at an outdoor ceremony open to the public. Thousands […]

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Project Cabrini Green

Demolition began on March 30, 2011 on the last high-rise building left in the Cabrini-Green housing development. A public art installation addressing the demolition was created by students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, led by artist and faculty member Jan Tichy, in collaboration with organizations providing after-school programs in the Cabrini-Green […]

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Affordable Housing in Northern Suburbs

Winnetka is not the only northern suburb dealing with questions about affordable housing. In 2010, Highland Park, Glencoe, Lake Forest, Kenilworth, Northbrook, Northfield and Wilmette all were cited by the Illinois Housing Development Authority as among the 49 Illinois communities with less than 10 percent affordable housing. According to the Affordable Housing Planning and Appeal […]

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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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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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Man Discovers Fake Rahm’s Identity, But Keeps It Secret

Only one man in Chicago knew the identity of the Twitter superstar: @MayorEmanuel. Who is he? How did he figure out the person behind the incredibly clever tweets? And why did he decide to keep it a secret? Seth Lavin, 25, is a Chicago Public Schools 5th grade teacher, a husband, a new father — […]

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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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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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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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Mayoral Candidates Answer Tough Questions From Chicago Teens

Four of the mayoral candidates — Carol Moseley Braun, Gery Chico, Miguel Del Valle and Rahm Emanuel — answer questions from Chicago high school students.

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