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The Chicago Transit Authority has announced plans to balance its 2006 budget. Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business joins us to discuss the proposal. Then, Chicago writer Beth Finke wishes Mayor Daley would reconsider his plans to crack down on jaywalking. Plus, as the White Sox prepare to take on the Red Sox in Boston, we talk with sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout.

Also, we find out how a West Side community is making public art a priority, contributor Jonathan Miller checks out the Chicago International Film Festival, and Eight Forty-Eight's Gianofer Fields explores her fear of nature's creepy-crawlies.

The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Shawn Allee looks at one developer's search for its next wind farm. And we hear from the winners of the Chicago-based Poetry Foundation's Pegasus Awards.

Chicago bassist Tatsu Aoki joins us live in studio to discuss highlights of the Asian American Jazz Festival, and contributor Lucia Mauro reports on Luna Negra Dance Company's new production of Quinceanera.

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