Web Extra: The Week in Review: 3/27

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March 27, 2015 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 3/27

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists continue their conversation online with a discussion of journalists appearing in political advertising.  

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2 Local Men Arrested for Allegedly Aiding ISIS

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Two local men were arrested on charges of aiding the ISIS terror group.

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Battle Intensifies in 43rd Ward

43rd Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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March 26, 2015 - Battle Intensifies in 43rd Ward

First-term Ald. Michele Smith is fighting to keep her Lincoln Park aldermanic seat in a bitter battle with challenger Caroline Vickrey. They go head to head.

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Freshman Alderman Tries to Hang On to Her Seat

41st Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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March 25, 2015 - Alderman Tries to Hang On to Her Seat

Ald. Mary O'Connor faces a runoff challenge from Chicago firefighter and former police officer Anthony Napolitano. While O'Connor has touted the accomplishments of her first term, many in the northwest side ward are angry over new O'Hare airport flight paths that they say have made their neighborhoods unbearably noisy. They join us.

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Lawmakers Push Budget Patch

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March 24, 2015 - Lawmakers Push Budget Patch

A House Committee has passed a temporary fix to the state budget shortfall so day care providers and prison guards will be paid. Chicago Tonight Springfield reporter Amanda Vinicky has the details.

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Open Seat in a New Ward

36th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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March 24, 2015 - Open Seat in a New Ward

Incumbent 36th Ward Ald. Nicholas Sposato decided to run in a different ward after the 36th was re-mapped. Four candidates ran to take over his seat, which covers parts of Belmont Cragin and Portage Park. Two candidates made it to the April runoff: former congressional staffer Omar Aquino and consultant Gilbert Villegas. They join us.

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Rough Run in 31

31st Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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March 23, 2015 - Rough Run in 31

Support in the predominantly Hispanic 31st Ward is splitting between longtime Ald. Ray Suarez and former TV reporter, Milly Santiago. They meet on Chicago Tonight to talk about the issues.

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Impact of Proposed Transit Funding Cuts

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March 19, 2015 - Impact of Proposed Transit Funding Cuts

Local transit officials are pushing back against major transit funding cuts proposed in Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget. Will fares go up? We have the details.

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City Council Approves Transfer of Parkland for Obama Library

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March 18, 2015 - City Council Approves Transfer of Parkland

A swath of public parkland now belongs to the Obama Presidential Library Foundation, if it chooses to locate here. We have the latest on that, and other news from Chicago City Council.

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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Released from Prison

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Former Illinois Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. has been released from a federal prison in Alabama after his 2013 conviction for tax evasion and misuse of campaign funds. His next stop will be a halfway house, likely located in the Washington, D.C. area.

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Illinois House Passes a Stopgap Budget Fix

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March 25, 2015 - Illinois House Passes a Stopgap Budget Fix

The Illinois House of Representatives passed a stopgap budget fix to plug a $1.6 billion deficit and avoid running out of money for day care programs and prison guards. Our panel analyzes this rare display of bipartisan cooperation. 

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Barney Frank on Life, Love and Politics

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March 25, 2015 - Barney Frank on Life, Love and Politics

Former Congressman Barney Frank has a new book out about his remarkable life as an outspoken politician made even more remarkable by his coming out as a gay man. He joins us.

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Local Rabbis on the Israeli Election

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March 24, 2015 - Local Rabbis on the Israeli Election

Last week’s election in Israel has brought strong reactions from many quarters and especially from American Jews -- with opinions ranging from strong support for the outcome to blistering criticism. A panel of Chicago-area rabbis with diverse views on Israel and the election joins us.

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Early Voting and the Mayoral Race

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March 23, 2015 - Early Voting and the Mayoral Race

Early voting starts today in the mayoral runoff election. We get an update on the campaigns from our news panel.

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Web Extra: The Week in Review: 3/20

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March 20, 2015 - Web Extra: The Week in Review: 3/20

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the impact Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget would have on public transportation.

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A New Voice for 24th Ward

24th Ward Aldermanic Runoff Forum

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March 19, 2015 - A New Voice for 24th Ward

The 24th ward will have a fresh face representing the Lawndale neighborhood in City Council. Will it be the son of the former president of the Chicago Board of Education or a businesswoman who worked her way up from receptionist to vice president of a tool distributor?

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The Downfall of Congressman Aaron Schock

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March 18, 2015 -  The Downfall of Congressman Aaron Schock

A predilection for social media and a jet-set lifestyle brings the political career of Congressman Aaron Schock, the once rising star of the Republican Party, crashing down. With reports that Schock over-billed taxpayers by misreporting travel expenses, could the young congressman be in real legal jeopardy? We discuss the issue with our panel.

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