The Week in Review: Rauner Pushes State Takeover of CPS

Joel Weisman and his panel discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner’s power play to take over the financially broken Chicago Public Schools. But Democrats slam Rauner’s plan that would allow CPS to declare bankruptcy.

Meanwhile, college students are hit hard by the state budget crisis as university funding and tuition grants dry up.

A rare show of bipartisanship blows up: Rauner throws his support behind a Democratic pension reform proposal, but Democrats deny agreement. And on the topic of reform, all Chicago police officers would wear body cameras and rely more on nonlethal force under new measures proposed by state lawmakers.

And in sports: Patrick Kane is on fire during the Blackhawks record-breaking win streak.

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Mick Dumke, Chicago Sun-Times
Kristen McQueary, Chicago Tribune
Tom Corfman, Crain's Chicago Business
Melissa Isaacson, ESPN

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The conversation continues online as Joel and his panel of journalists discuss national politics, including Bernie Sanders’ recent gains in Iowa and Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump.