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Friday, January 05, 2007

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The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
We'll gaze into our 2007 crystal ball. What lies ahead for the city and state in government, politics, business, the arts, and sports? Will it be a prosperous, scandalous, or problematic year? Tonight at 7:00 pm.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

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Disaster Preparedness
How prepared is Chicago for a major catastrophe or terrorist attack? A new federal report is at odds with the claims of city officials that we're ready. Eddie Arruza reports.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
2006 was a year of uncertainties for Chicago's major newspapers. Are old-fashioned paper-and-ink dailies a thing of the past? And if not, how will they survive? Carol Marin and her panel will have a look. Guests: Jeremy Mullman, Rich Gordon, and Paula Hambrick

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Friday, December 29, 2006

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The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
At 7:00 pm we present our special 2006 year-end edition of the Week in Review. It was a tough year for corrupt politicians, a banner year for Senator Barack Obama, a big year in business, a super year for the Bears, a year packed with news.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2006

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Tonight we take a special look back at some of our favorite musical guests of the past year. Back for an encore are Chicago blues legend Buddy Guy, popular jam band Umphrey's McGee, singer/songwriter Alice Peacock, gospel star Smokie Norful, jazz singer Kurt Elling, opera great Susan Graham, and '80s star Richard Marx.

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Monday, December 25, 2006

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Chicago Tonight is pre-empted for the holidays. We will return on Wednesday at 7 pm.

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Thursday, December 21, 2006

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News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The CTA has had a slew of problems this year, including this week's derailment in the South Loop. Elizabeth Brackett goes one-on-one with Frank Kruesi, president of the CTA, to find out what's being done to make things better.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

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Alsammarae Update
The Oak Brook businessman who escaped from an Iraqi jail has told our Elizabeth Brackett he is safe and out of the reach of the Iraqis. Aiham Alsammarae was convicted and then cleared of corruption charges relating to his term as Minister of Electricity in Iraq. But he was still being held in a Baghdad jail facing additional corruption charges when he was spirited away by what Iraqi officials say was an American security company. Elizabeth Brackett will have the details.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

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The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
Mayor Daley running again, Senator Barack Obama in New Hampshire, United Airlines talks merger with Continental, Macy's reaching out to lost Marshall Field's customers, Evanston High School parents outraged over activity fees, and the Bears Tank Johnson facing gun charges.

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Wednesday, December 13, 2006

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City Council Debrief
The three new aldermen appointed by Mayor Daley to the Chicago City ouncil took their seats today. Rich Samuels has the latest on the last council meeting of the year and the upcoming municipal elections.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
His mother was a Kennedy, his father a member of the rat pack. But Christopher Kennedy Lawford became a drug addict. He'll share his story with Carol Marin tonight.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

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The Beetles are Back
Wilmette is the latest community to do battle with the destructive Emerald Ash Borer beetle. The village is cutting down almost 3000 ash trees. Guests: Wilmette Village President Chris Canning, Clem Hamilton, Morton Arboretum

New Illinois Laws
A number of new laws in Illinois took effect on January 1st. Eddie Arruza will tell us what some of these laws are and how they may impact you.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007

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County Budget Crisis
With a budget deficit of $500 million looming, Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool announced his plan today for cutting the county's budget. His plan is in stark contrast to President Todd Stroger's plan for dealing with the deficit. Commissioner Claypool and Republican commissioner Peter Silvestri will give us more details on both plans.

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Thursday, December 28, 2006

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Remembering President Ford
President Ford is often credited with helping to "heal" the country in the wake of Watergate. We'll look at some specific steps he took, including his appointment of a prominent Chicagoan. Guest: David Strauss

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Tuesday, December 26, 2006

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Chicago Tonight is pre-empted for the holidays. We will return on Wednesday night at 7 pm.

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Friday, December 22, 2006

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The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
Travelers brace for holiday traffic, Mayor Daley reportedly supporting a potential presidential run by Senator Barack Obama, Congressman Jackson's wife, Sandi, officially running for alderman, holiday sales slower than expected, and the Bears sticking by Tank Johnson.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

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News Analysis with Carol Marin
William "Dock" Walls and Dorothy Brown both hope to unseat Mayor Daley in the coming election. Carol Marin sits down with both of them tonight in our studios.

From the Vault
It was 30 years ago today that Mayor Richard J. Daley died, ending an era in Chicago politics. We'll go to our WTTW Vault and re-live Channel 11's coverage of that day.

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Monday, December 18, 2006

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Daley Challengers
Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown made her Chicago mayoral candidacy official today. And Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.'s wife Sandi says she wants to be the 7th Ward alderman. Rich Samuels has the latest on the lineups for the February municipal elections.

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Thursday, December 14, 2006

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News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Overspending. Underfunding. Calls for resignation of the chief. What is in store for Chicago's CTA? Elizabeth Brackett and her panel take a look at the issues surrounding this vital Chicago service. Guests: Greg Hinz, Scott Smith, Jackie Leavy

"Pursuit of Happyness"
The inspiring life story of Chicagoan Chris Gardner has been made into a major motion picture starring Will Smith. We'll revisit our July interview with this once-homeless single father-turned-millionaire businessman.

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