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The Week in Review with Joel Weisman

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This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, former governor Rod Blagojevich is found guilty on 17 counts, including trying to sell President Obama's Senate seat. Mayor Rahm Emanuel says union work rule changes are needed -- or layoffs will come. Controversy continues over Alderman Ed Burke's security detail. Governor Quinn signs a workers compensation reform bill and tightens seat belt laws. Former first lady Lura Lynn Ryan dies with former governor Ryan out of prison and at her side. And in sports, the dismantling of the champion Blackhawks continues.

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The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
The Week in Review with Joel Weisman

The Civic Federation's Financial Report

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From slashing the City Council in half to cutting the Fire Department's budget, a new report outlines 40 tough-love measures to get the city's budget back in shape. Our panel discusses the cost-cutting ideas, and what it will take to implement them.

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The Civic Federation's Financial Report
The Civic Federation's Financial Report

Scott Stantis: Political Cartoons

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We talk to the Chicago Tribune's political cartoonist Scott Stantis about covering the Blagojevich trial, and he gives us tips on how to draw the new mayor.

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Scott Stantis: Political Cartoons
Scott Stantis: Political Cartoons

Cultural Connections: Evanston History Center

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Amelia Earhart is just one of many famous names on a quilt with ties to Evanston history. Eddie Arruza tells us about the "curious patchwork" of artifacts currently on display at the Evanston History Center.

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Cultural Connections: Evanston History Center
Cultural Connections: Evanston History Center

The Wilder Life

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Writer and Chicagoan Wendy McClure traveled the country to rediscover her favorite childhood series in her new book, The WILDER LIFE: My Adventures in the Lost World of Little House on the Prairie.

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The Wilder Life
The Wilder Life

Ask Geoffrey

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Geoffrey Baer tells us about the man who amassed an impressive collection of artifacts, once housed in a private residence on Chicago's South Side, and where you can view it now, in tonight's Ask Geoffrey.

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Ask Geoffrey
Ask Geoffrey

Viewer Mail

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We hear what you had to say about recent stories when we read some of our viewer mail.

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Viewer Mail
Viewer Mail

Jurors from Blagojevich Retrial Speak Out

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Maya Moody, Juror 103

On Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm, the jury forewoman from the Blagojevich retrial, along with two other jurors, joins Elizabeth Brackett to discuss the deliberation process and how they arrived at their verdict. We also spoke with two additional jurors from the trial. We asked Maya Moody and Rosemary Bennett a series of questions by phone on Tuesday, one day after they handed down their verdict in the corruption retrial, finding

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Maya Moody, Juror 103

Mayor Emanuel & Walgreens Announce 600 New Jobs

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On Wednesday, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Walgreens’ new “Chicago Hometown Investment Initiative” will bring 600 new jobs to Chicago over the next two years. The initiative will also quadruple the number of Walgreens stores located in the city’s food deserts. This is the fifth major jobs announcement Mayor Emanuel has made during his term, for a total of 3,600 jobs. “This dual investment by Walgreens will have a profound effect on the city of Chicago,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The 600 new jobs will have a strong impact on our economy, and the nearly 40 new stores will allow many of our residents to get fresh, healthy food for their families. This is an example of a corporation that is committed to both the City of Chicago and its mission.”

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Emerald Ash Borer

Invasive species threatens Illinois Ash Trees

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Emerald Ash Borer

In Chicago and northeastern Illinois, ash trees are everywhere. And wherever there are ash trees, there's a good chance there are emerald ash borers (EAB). Despite their green color, these beetles are not good for the environment. They are, in fact, responsible for the destruction of the ash trees that comprise an estimated 20 percent of Chicago’s street trees. The EAB is native to Asia, but in June 2002, EABs were spotted in Michigan, their first appearance in the U.S. Six years later, an EAB infestation was confirmed at 29th and State Street in Chicago. Since then, the Illinois Department of Agriculture (IDA) has issued an eight-mile quarantine around areas with known EABs.

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Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer

Bill Clinton in Chicago

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Bill Clinton

Eleven years after leaving office and it’s still the economy for former president Bill Clinton. He’s in town with his Clinton Global Initiative for a summit on jobs and spurring growth in the U.S. economy. He also had kind words for the city’s current mayor – his former White House staffer: Rahm Emanuel. “I predict to you his tenure will be one of the most brilliant chapters in this city’s long and storied history,” said Clinton. Chicago is the ideal place for the conference, he says, and not just because of Emanuel.

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Bill Clinton

Architect Louis Sullivan

A new book atempts to shed new light on the master architect

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Getty Tomb

He was brilliant and passionate, hot-tempered and egotistical, and he altered the course of American architecture. Louis Sullivan's life story is like a Greek tragedy. And his buildings are works of great art. In the mid-twentieth century, many of his buildings were torn down and Sullivan himself was nearly forgotten.

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Getty Tomb

Cabin Fever

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Cabin Fever

The clash between nature and technology can be all too familiar these days. One man from suburban Chicago has set off to rediscover balance with nature, and explore a modern interpretation of Henry David Thoreau. Tom Montgomery Fate, author of Cabin Fever: A Suburban Father’s Search for the Wild, joins us on Chicago Tonight at 7:00 pm.

The following is an excerpt from Fate's book:

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Cabin Fever

Mayor Emanuel and Labor Unions

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Mayor Emanuel challenged organized labor to partner with him in solving a $30 million budget shortfall or face the loss of 625 city jobs. But city labor leaders say there have been absolutely no negotiations between the city and organized labor. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

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Mayor Emanuel and Labor Unions
Mayor Emanuel and Labor Unions

Sentencing Blagojevich

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When added up, Rod Blagojevich faces a maximum penalty of more than 200 years. We talk to three lawyers about sentencing guidelines and the reality of the former governor's future.

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Sentencing Blagojevich
Sentencing Blagojevich

Bill Clinton's Global Initiative

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Former president Bill Clinton joins his former staffer, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, right here in Chicago to launch a major initiative. Paris Schutz has the story.

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Bill Clinton's Global Initiative
Bill Clinton's Global Initiative

Emerald Ash Borer

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The hungry insect in question is the emerald ash borer which is devastating the area's ash trees. Jay Shefsky introduces us to some researchers who are trying to understand the bug well enough to find an ash tree that can co-exist with this pervasive pest.

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Emerald Ash Borer
Emerald Ash Borer