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Carol Marin talks about the latest in state politics with Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago Sun-Times, Dave McKinney of WBEZ and Chicago Tonight’s Amanda Vinicky.

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Research shows that hundreds of thousands of Chicagoans live in food deserts. According to a 2006 report, most of those in Chicago were made up entirely of African-American residents. 

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The battle to repeal the Cook County soda tax is prolonged. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich breaks his silence from behind bars. The hard sell for Amazon’s huge headquarters is underway. And the Cubs hang on to a division lead.

Madigan will ‘seek a new challenge’ after end of 4th term

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces a lawsuit against the city of Chicago on Aug. 29, 2017. “As the state attorney general, we are essentially stepping into the shoes of the Department of Justice,” she said.

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan said Friday that she will not seek another term in office in 2018, but declined to say whether or not she would run for another office.

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Chris Kennedy, left, appears on “Chicago Tonight” on June 22. Ra Joy is his running mate, Kennedy announced Thursday. (Ra Joy / Facebook)

Addressing violence is at the top of the ticket for a newly minted Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor.

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A discussion with Sharon Fairley, chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability, or COPA, which officially takes over on Friday.

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Beagles are the most commonly used dog breed in research because of their docile nature and inherent trust of humans, according to the animal advocacy group the Beagle Freedom Project.

Universities and other publicly funded institutions will soon be required to make “reasonable efforts” to get research dogs and cats adopted once they are no longer needed.

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Counties in Illinois will soon be able to tap into their animal population control funds to support programs aimed at reducing feral cat populations.

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Two journalists talk about their recent interviews with the imprisoned former Illinois governor.

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A scathing federal report on the Chicago Police Department outlined 99 recommendations for reform. But an analysis by an online investigative site says only six of those recommendations have been fully implemented so far. 

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Is the Cook County sweetened beverage tax about to fizzle out?

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Attorneys for the city of Chicago on Monday hoped to convince a federal judge that plans by the U.S. Department of Justice to withhold federal grant money over immigration enforcement is unconstitutional.

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel is leading a huge delegation in Israel on Monday evening. He tells us why.

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The soda tax repeal vote approaches as Toni Preckwinkle faces an ad blitz and sagging polls. School starts with undocumented students fearful. And the Bears kick off the season. 

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A Kansas company that last week won approval of Illinois’ first horizontal fracking permit has been cited with more than two dozen violations in multiple states, records show.

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Left: Daniel Biss speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight). Right: On Friday, Biss announced his new running mate, state Rep. Litesa Wallace. (Litesa Wallace / Facebook)

Mere days after parting ways with his original running mate, the Democratic gubernatorial hopeful announced the Rockford lawmaker would join his ticket.