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The documentary The Homestretch premieres Monday at 9:00 pm on WTTW11. It follows three homeless young people in Chicago as they struggle to graduate high school and navigate their future. That's followed by a Chicago Tonight special edition at 10:00 pm, where host Phil Ponce sat down with three of the documentary subjects to talk about where their lives have taken them since the events of the film, and he also spoke with the filmmakers who spearheaded the project.


With regimes toppling in the Middle East and new global powers emerging, political transformations are challenging the notion of democracy as the best system of governance. In his new book, Intelligent Governance for the 21st Century, “homeless billionaire” Nicolas Berggruen explores perceptions and practices of both the East and West to find what constitutes good governance. Read an excerpt and an interview.