Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 4/5

 

On this edition of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman, the Chicago Public Schools chief defends the plan to close 54 schools, and reacts to charges of racism and classism. The city’s notoriously high murder rate trends in the right direction, while mob attacks reignite downtown as the weather warms up. Also, the city and the Ricketts family are reportedly close to striking a deal to renovate 99-year-old Wrigley Field. Republican Sen. Mark Kirk announces his support of gay marriage. Longtime TV film critic Roger Ebert loses his battle with cancer. And in sports, the Sox and Cubs both win their season-opening series.

Guests:
- John McCarron, Chicago Tribune
- Cheryl Corley, NPR
- Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune
- Matt Spiegel, 670 The Score

Watch our panel’s web-exclusive conversation in Web Extra: The Week in Review: 4/5.

Here is a roundup of Chicago Tonight‘s web stories from this week:

Monday, April 1:
- The Ponce National Anthem
- Chicago Violence
- April 1 Self-Imposed Deadline for Wrigley Field Talks
- The Race for Governor
- Baseball Artist
- Historic Black Radio Station Celebrates 50 Years On Air
- Ask Geoffrey: 4/1
- Viewer Feedback: IG Acess to City Records

Tuesday, April 2:
- Web Extra: Remembering Jack Pardee
- Sen. Kirk Announces Support for Same-Sex Marriage
- Controversy Over CPS Open Hearings
- Cook County Jail Near Capacity
- Sequestration's Impact Looms
- Local Religion Reporter on Vatican Trip

Wednesday, April 3:
- School Board Meeting Held in Midst of Protests
- McCarthy on Chicago's Progress Against Violence
- Energy Impact Illinois
- Chicago Business News: 4/3
- Distorted Memories
- 1,001 Days in the Bleachers

Thursday, April 4:
- Remembering Roger Ebert
- Reactions to Roger Ebert's Passing

Friday, April 5:
- Weekend Events Around Town: 4/5 – 4/7
- Web Extra: The Week in Review