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“The Interrupters”

The Interrupters is a new documentary about the fight against violence on Chicago streets. Director/producer Steve James and author-turned-producer Alex Kotlowitz, whose original article inspired the film, join us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, along with one of the Violence Interrupters. The film follows a year in the life of the city of Chicago as […]

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A-Paddling We Will Go

Intrepid reporter reluctantly accepts his assignment to enjoy new beach sport on a gorgeous summer day Forget swimming and jet skiing. Give the yacht a break. There’s a new way to take on the tempestuous waters of Lake Michigan. It’s not exactly surfing or kayaking. It’s not exactly propelling a gondola, but it’s a hybrid […]

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Chase to Bring More Than 400 Jobs to Chicago

Chase will create more than 400 news jobs in Chicago by the end of 2012 and will open four new branches in the city, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Tuesday. “By creating new jobs in neighborhoods across Chicago, this expansion will help kick-start economic growth in communities throughout our city,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This announcement […]

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Snakes on a Plain

The snakes have escaped from Lincoln Park Zoo. And by all accounts, zoo officials have been complicit in this little scheme. Specifically, we are talking about a silky emerald green species known as the “Smooth Green Snake.” The ones we saw were between one and two feet long, and perhaps 2/3 the circumference of a […]

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Safety Tips and Crime Statistics

If Chicago and Toronto have the same population, then why does Chicago have almost eight times the number of murders each year? WBEZ’s Robert Wildeboer joins Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to help us find out. Like any major city, Chicago has its fair share of crime, particularly in the summer when crime rates traditionally […]

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Cook County Hospital

Practicing third world medicine in America? That’s what one doctor has to say about the conditions at the former Cook County Hospital in his new book, COUNTY: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital. Dr. David Ansell joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm to discuss the controversial hospital. Dr. Ansell is an […]

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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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Weekend Events Around Town: 6/17 – 6/19

Need some ideas for what to do this weekend? Chicago Tonight knows what is going on! Grant Park Music Festival The 2011 season of the Grant Park Music Festival kicked off on Wednesday with Carlos Kalmar leading the orchestra in Ravel’s Piano Concerto in G, featuring soloist Jean-Philippe Collard, and Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique. WFMT captured […]

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Emanuel Announces City Lobbying Data Posted Online

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Thursday that the City of Chicago is posting lobbying data online, in a new, easy-to-use, comprehensive and searchable format that will enhance transparency throughout city government. “I am committed to changing the way City government does business,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Public service is about the people of Chicago; it’s not about […]

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Mayor Emanuel Addresses Food Desert Problem in Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with executives from six major grocery chains on Wednesday to open a serious dialogue about eliminating food deserts in six targeted communities in Chicago, including North Lawndale, Douglas, Englewood, Chatham, Roseland and West Pullman. “It is unacceptable that 450,000 Chicagoans do not have access to healthy, fresh foods for their family […]

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Motorola Solutions to Add 400 Jobs to Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that Motorola Solutions will be adding 400 jobs to Chicago by the end of 2012, the latest in a series of announcements about corporations making large employment commitments to Chicago. “I promised that I would work tirelessly to create a business climate that makes Chicago the most economically competitive city […]

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United Airlines to bring 1,300 New Jobs to Chicago

On Friday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that United Airlines will bring 1,300 new jobs to Chicago, in an expansion of the airline’s operations in the city. “I promised to foster a business climate that attracts and retains the greatest companies in the nation,” said Mayor Emanuel. “I am happy to announce that United has substantially […]

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Garry McCarthy: Chicago’s New Police Superintendent

Garry McCarthy was approved Wednesday as Chicago’s new police superintendent by City Council. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s pick for top cop was grilled by aldermen on the recent rash of flash mob violence before he was approved by City Council members. On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, McCarthy sits down for a one-on-one with Eddie Arruza […]

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Mayor Emanuel Commemorates Construction of Protected Bike Lanes

On Tuesday, a major step was taken toward making Chicago the most bike-friendly city in the nation. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) Commissioner Gabe Klein commemorated the beginning of construction on the city’s first 100 miles of protected bike lanes. “I promised the people of Chicago that we would create 100 […]

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Mayor Emanuel Announces GE will bring 1,000 Jobs to Chicago

Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that GE Capital, the financial services arm of General Electric, will bring 1,000 jobs to Chicago by expanding its operations in the city. “I promised the people of Chicago that I would work tirelessly to create a business climate in Chicago that makes companies want to move here, stay here and […]

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