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The Chicago Transit Authority will not increase fares or cut services in 2012 under a budget proposal outlined Wednesday by CTA President Forrest Claypool. But the plan relies heavily on union cooperation.  Ash-har Quraishi has the story.

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Economist Jeffrey Sachs Image credit: European Parliament / Pietro Naj-Oleari

Reclaiming power from Wall Street corporations, as well as higher taxes on the rich, are at the center of a new book called The Price of Civilization. We talk with New York Times best-selling author Jeffrey Sachs. 

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The Chicago Housing Authority's "Plan for Transformation" is now in its 11th year. But with a new CEO at the helm, what's next for the CHA? Natalie Moore of WBEZ is here with the details.

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Kris Kridel

Kris Kridel of WBBM Newsradio 780 joins us to discuss protests on Wall Street and here in Chicago, companies threatening to leave the state because of high Illinois taxes, and other top business headlines.

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CTA President Forrest Claypool

The Chicago Transit Authority says it's facing a $277 million shortfall. Eddie Arruza talks with new CTA president Forrest Claypool about possible cuts and fare increases.

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Home prices are down in every Chicago neighborhood and suburb. We show you which areas have been hit the hardest in this down economy.

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Kris Kridel

Will customers revolt over new bank fees? Kris Kridel of WBBM Newsradio 780 has that story, the demise of a Chicago institution and more top business headlines.

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Joseph M. Ferguson

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Joseph M. Ferguson

A city income tax? A toll on Lake Shore Drive? Those are just two suggestions for balancing the city budget from Chicago Inspector General Joseph Ferguson. Elizabeth Brackett talks with Ferguson about his controversial ideas.

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Elizabeth Brackett

There’s no good news on the Illinois budget, says the state's comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Despite a hefty tax increase and new budget cuts, the state will still face an $8 billion budget hole next year. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

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Kris Kridel

It's more than three years late and over-budget, but it’s finally landed. Kris Kridel of WBBM Newsradio 780 joins us to discuss Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner and other top business stories.

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Joel Weisman

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the week's top headlines.

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Another massive drop on Wall Street. We explore what's behind the latest stock market tumble.

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They're billions of dollars in debt, and everyone knows major changes and cuts are coming. We examine the present and future of the United States Postal Service in Chicago.

Logan Square at Nexus of ‘Holy’ Battle

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A city ordinance allows free parking during certain hours in a neighborhood with heavy traffic. We find out how that has pitted neighbor against neighbor, and even residents against churches.

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Alberta Tar Sands

Should a 1,900 mile pipeline be built to transport oil sand petroleum from Canada to the United States? Eddie Arruza and his panel take up the controversial proposal.

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Terry Savage vs. Zimbabwe Prime Minister

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Did we give financial analyst Terry Savage short shrift last week in favor of our interview with the prime minister of Zimbabwe? We have some of your thoughts in tonight's Viewer Mail.