Social Issues

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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Local Moms Weigh in on Longer School Days

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools CEO Jean-Claude Brizard joined United Neighborhood Organization CEO Juan Rangel at Marquez School on Thursday, June 23 to meet with parents, teachers and students to discuss the positive impact of a longer school day with additional instructional time. Watch Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm for the story. “We […]

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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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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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Educating the Public about Gang Life

Lance Williams is an academic with one foot in the classroom, the other on the pavement. He’s considered an academic expert on Chicago gang life, with a doctorate in public health that focuses on youth intervention. He also helped write the first concise book on the Black P Stone Nation, one of Chicago’s longstanding gangs. […]

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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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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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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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