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Tom Dart, Kim Foxx Warn County Against Steep Budget Cuts

With the repeal of the soda tax, Cook County officials are now searching for ways to erase a $200 million shortfall in next year’s county budget. 

Sources Say Amazon Incentives in the Ballpark of $2 Billion

Chicago, Cook County and Illinois government are willing to shell out an incentive package worth around $2 billion in order to lure Amazon, according to two sources close to the bid process. 

Cubs Season Ends With Humiliating NLCS Defeat

It was a merciless ending to a rough NLCS rematch against the Los Angeles Dodgers, who now advance to the World Series for the first time since 1988 after a 11-1 Game 5 victory. 

Fee Hikes, New Spending in 2018 City Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city finances are finally “back on track” after years of fiscal uncertainty and poor credit ratings. But does the claim hold true? 

Cubs Look to Get Hot at Home in NLCS Game 3

Down 0-2 to the Dodgers in the National League Championship series, the Cubs hope playing at the Friendly Confines will turn the team’s fortunes around.

Mayor Promises Tax Relief for Homeowners in 2018 City Budget Proposal

Some fee hikes and tax relief in the upcoming city budget. Mayor Rahm Emanuel is promising tax relief for homeowners as part of his 2018 city budget proposal.

Win or Go Home For Cubs vs. Nationals Game 5

Cubs fans are gathering outside Wrigley Field for Game 5. It’s not the packed scene we’ve seen for the last three nights, but a sizable crowd has congregated on the Wrigley Plaza to watch the game on the big screen.

Cubs Lose Water-Logged Game 4

The Cubs and Nationals finally got Game 4 in under a steady cold drizzle at Wrigley Field.

Cubs vs. Nationals Game 4 Postponed Until Wednesday

Cubs fan Tim Leahy reacts to Tuesday’s postponement.

Fans had just enough time for a couple beers and hot dogs before Game 4 was postponed. “I think it’s terrible,” said one fan Tuesday afternoon.

Dramatic Victory Puts Cubs up 2-1 in NLDS

The Cubs win Game 3 against the Washington Nationals as a scoreless pitcher’s duel gives way to a dramatic finish.

Rep. Jeanne Ives Inching Closer to Run for Governor

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The suburban lawmaker is considering getting in the race, citing her frustration with the governor's signing of HB40.

Emanuel Hints at Tax Relief in Latest Budget

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says city residents will have respite from the tax and fee increases that have socked them in recent years.

Report: Chicago Police Officers Gaming Overtime System

The inspector general calls it a “culture of abuse.” How he says police officers are gaming the system to collect millions in overtime pay.

City of Chicago Taking Equifax to Court

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the city is suing consumer reporting agency Equifax after last month’s massive breach that exposed 143 million consumers to possible identity theft—including 5.4 million Illinoisans.

Obama Library Project Could Tap $100 Million in State Funds

Mayor Emanuel and state lawmakers are quietly hatching a plan to give $100 million in state money to the Obama Presidential Center. Is Illinois ready to pony up?

Leadership Change Facing Chicago Office of Police Accountability

A big change could be coming to the police accountability apparatus.

Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Opens

The announcement of a new Chicago arena initially generated some controversy, but the sparkling new building is just about ready for its close-up. We get an exclusive look inside.

What the Graham-Cassidy Health Care Bill Would Mean for Illinois

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GOP officials seem optimistic that the latest effort to repeal and replace Obamacare can succeed, but critics say it will kick millions off the insurance rolls and drastically spike premiums for those with pre-existing conditions. We discuss the bill.

Ken Burns on ‘Vietnam War’ Series: ‘There Is No One Truth in War’

A still image from “The Vietnam War” series from documentary filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick.

On Sunday, “The Vietnam War,” a new 10-part documentary from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, premiered on WTTW. Burns and Novick were in Chicago last week and sat down with “Chicago Tonight” to talk about the epic work.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan to Step Down

Madigan will ‘seek a new challenge’ after end of 4th term

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces a lawsuit against the city of Chicago on Aug. 29, 2017. “As the state attorney general, we are essentially stepping into the shoes of the Department of Justice,” she said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday that she will not seek another term in office in 2018, but declined to say whether or not she would run for another office.

Karl Ove Knausgaard Meditates on Being Present in New Book ‘Autumn’

Scandinavia’s most famous writer, who penned a six-volume autobiography entitled “My Struggle,” comes to Chicago.

Cook County Board to Consider Repeal of Soda Tax

Is the Cook County sweetened beverage tax about to fizzle out?

Mayor Promotes Partnership with Israel on Clean Water Technology

Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading a huge delegation in Israel on Monday evening. He tells us why.

Illinois to Withhold Voter Data from Trump Administration, For Now

Questions over President Donald Trump’s Advisory Commission on Election Integrity have caused anxiety on both sides of the aisle. But Illinois’ voter data will not be turned over, at least for now.

President Trump Ends DACA Program

Local reaction the Trump administration’s announcement to end the program that protected those brought to the U.S. illegally as children.