Chicago Indie Bookstores Launch Campaign Ahead of Amazon’s Arrival

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(Women & Children First Bookstore / Facebook)

“We know Amazon is going to open and we’re not thinking that we can stop it,” said Lynn Mooney, who co-owns a Chicago bookstore. Find out how local shops are uniting to promote literary events.

Mayor Emanuel Meets with President-Elect Trump

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(Courtesy of CNN)

The mayor delivers a letter to Donald Trump, urging the president-elect to protect the status of Dreamers.

CPS Board Approves Revised Budget With $215M Gap

Charter Applications and Inspector General Investigation on the Table

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Chicago Board of Education President Frank Clark (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools has a budget, but it could change again before the end of the school year.

Illinois Budget Crisis Hurting Public Safety, State’s Attorneys Say

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State lawmakers don’t appear to be any closer to passing a budget, and prosecutors warn the impasse is damaging public safety. Three county state’s attorneys weigh in.

Jimmy John’s Agrees to Pay $100K in Noncompete Lawsuit

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Jimmy John’s has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan over its use of noncompete agreements, Madigan’s office announced Wednesday.

Parents, Teachers Blast Special Education Funding in Latest CPS Budget

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CPS CEO Forrest Claypool speaks during the Chicago Board of Education meeting Wednesday. (Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools teachers and parents blasted the district's plan for special education funding in its budget for the coming year, saying it pits students against each other in a "Hunger Games"-esque struggle for school resources.

Hairdressers to Help Recognize Signs of Domestic Violence

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(Dean Wissing / Wikimedia Commons)

Starting next year, cosmetologists working in Illinois will be required to learn how to recognize signs of domestic violence and sexual assault.

10 Things to Do This Weekend: Dec. 8-11

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Cyclocross racers, including one in costume, take part in Afterglow 2011. (Steven Vance / Flickr)

Neighborhood holiday markets, outsider art, cyclocross and Jerry Seinfeld usher in the weekend. Here are 10 things to do in and around Chicago.

As Recycling Rates Drop in Chicago, Officials Look to Reeducate Public

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(Chicago Tonight)

Why aren't Chicagoans getting on the recycling bandwagon? What city officials are doing to reverse dropping participation rates.

Chicago Police Department Mulling Changes to Use of Force Policy

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Eddie Johnson (Chicago Tonight)

When is a police officer allowed to fire a weapon? The Chicago Police Department is set to release new rules on that, but they are already drawing criticism.

Rauner to Sign Controversial Energy Bill as Debate Rages On

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A controversial energy bill is set to be signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner on Wednesday. We hear from both sides of the debate over the Future Energy Jobs Bill.

Documentary Project Turns the Camera on Girls in Public Housing

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A new project aims to fill a void in a news cycle that has primarily centered on the issues young men face in the city.

Marist Students Expelled Over Racist Texts Suing School

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(Chicago Tonight)

Parents of former Marist High School seniors claim the students are being used as “scapegoats” by the school in response to growing social media pressure and criticism over the incident.

Springfield Standoff: Lawmakers Weigh In on Budget Stalemate

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(Meagan Davis / Wikimedia Commons)

Legislative leaders are still bickering – with no budget compromise in sight. Two lawmakers weigh in on the ongoing budget stalemate.

West Side Residents Approve Higher Taxes for Mental Health

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Why residents on the West Side of Chicago voted overwhelmingly to raise their property taxes a bit higher than the rest of the city.

‘AIDS in America’ Exhibition Responds to Cultural Climate of 1980s

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LADZ (John Arsenault and Adrian Gilliland), Eden #31, 2012. (Photo courtesy of the artists)

An ambitious new art exhibition looks at the cultural impact of, and creative response to, AIDS in America.

Photos: Navy Pier’s Winter WonderFest

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(Chicago Tonight)

Chicago’s first snowfall came just in time for the beginning of the city’s annual winter celebration at Navy Pier.

CPS Helping Students Explore High School Options With New Website

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(Chicago Tonight)

A new Chicago Public Schools website is set to help students sort through scores of local high schools to find the right one for them based on academic and extracurricular interests.

Share Your Squirrel Stories with Chicago Researchers

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A fox squirrel (Toadberry / Wikimedia Commons)

Next time you see a squirrel, take a picture. That photo, along with additional location and observation data, can help Chicago researchers better understand the local urban ecosystem.

Rauner Defends Support of Exelon Bill, Veto of CPS Funds

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Speaking before a group that opposed the recent bill to raise electric rates and bail out two failing nuclear plants, Gov. Bruce Rauner explained why he supported it.

CPS Adding $600 Million in Supplemental Capital Plans

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(Chicago Tonight)

Chicago Public Schools says it plans to add $600 million in projects to its capital improvement budget for the upcoming year, but how much money the district will actually spend remains to be seen as it waits to gauge “market conditions and community feedback.”

Emanuel Creates Legal Fund with $1M to Protect Immigrants, Refugees

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Friday the creation of a legal protection fund to help thousands of immigrants and refugees threatened with deportation and pledged $1 million to start the fund.

The Week in Review: Legislative Veto Session Turns Ugly

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The Springfield standoff turns even uglier as Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes $215 million in CPS pension relief. Chicago’s deadly year surpasses 700 murders. And Jay Cutler is set to have season-ending surgery. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

New Hotline Deals Solely with Reports of Discrimination, Hate Crimes

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Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart and leaders from religious and minority communities announce a new hotline for reporting incidents of discrimination. (Chicago Tonight)

In response to a recent surge in the number of hate crimes reported nationwide, Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart has launched a hotline for reporting incidents of discrimination.

State Lawmakers Pass Nuclear Plant ‘Bailout’

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(Chicago Tonight)

After a long debate, a last-minute push to bail out two downstate nuclear plants passed the Illinois General Assembly late Thursday at the tail end of the veto session.

Trump’s Business Entanglements Create Ethics Concerns

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How President-elect Donald Trump’s global business empire could create potential conflicts of interest.

Rauner Vetoes $215 Million CPS Pension Funding

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(Chicago Tonight)

Gov. Bruce Rauner has vetoed legislation that would have provided Chicago Public Schools with $215 million in pension relief funding, blowing a massive hole in the district’s 2017 budget.

Tong’s Trains: The Surprising Backstory of a WTTW Favorite Lunch Spot

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Bill Tong (Chicago Tonight)

Growing up with a Chinese restaurant on the first floor, an extended family upstairs and a killer train set in the basement. The story behind our neighborhood Chinese lunch place.

Teenage Binge Drinking Can Affect Future Children, Study Says

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Binge drinking as a teen could affect the brain function of your future children, according to a recent Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine study.

Mother Inspires Hope, Raises Awareness of Rare Infant Seizure Disorder

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Ellen Wehrman and her son, Charlie, spend his first birthday preparing for an EEG. Wehrman, a former Loyola University Chicago student activities coordinator, will receive an award this week for raising awareness of infantile spasms, a rare disorder. (Courtesy Ellen Wehrman)

Only 2,500 children are diagnosed with infantile spasms in the U.S. each year. Meet one family that is sharing their story to raise awareness of the uncommon disorder.

Cook County Demolishing Some Older Jail Buildings

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With a two-year decline in jail population, Cook County is demolishing some older jail buildings that once housed inmates.

Giant Transit TIF Unanimously Passes City Council

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Why the City Council on Wednesday voted unanimously to create a massive TIF district to fund the CTA.