This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, Monday's violent storm leaves a mess in its 75 mph wake and hundreds of thousands without power. It was a busy week at City Hall with Mayor Rahm Emanuel cutting city agency credit cards, elected officials' security details, huge vacation payouts and announcing layoff notices to 625 of the city's union workers. Illinois' leading real estate organization admits grossly overstating prices of homes sold in Chicago, possibly going back as far as 2008.
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.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, Rahm Emanuel grades his first 30 days as mayor of Chicago. Summer construction crews will continue working now that Senate President John Cullerton agrees to drop social programs from the capital expenditure bill. Chicago teachers vow to re-open contract negotiations after the Chicago Public Schools board unanimously rejects a 4 percent teacher raise. The Blagojevich jury continues to deliberate. A perfect storm hits Metra staff during rush hour forcing multiple train cancellations.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, Gov. Pat Quinn is considering vetoing a number of major bills the Illinois lawmakers passed at the end of the legislative session this week. Examining casino expansion, ComEd rate hikes and the new state budget are on his summer to-do list. Rahm Emanuel flexes his political clout just two weeks into mayoral tenure, convincing legislators to pass the perennial gambling expansion and a once-dead workers' compensation overhaul. Former Governor Rod Blagojevich's cross-examination starts testily.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, Joel Weisman and his panel of guests look back at Rahm Emanuel's first week as mayor: his swearing in, his move to cut $75 million from the budget, and appointment of several familiar aldermen on City Council to lead committees. Also, the prosecution in the Blagojevich retrial rests as talk swirls about the former governor himself taking the stand in his own defense. Oprah ends her historic run with a star-filled sendoff at the United Center.
After 22 years, Mayor Daley lays down his gavel at an emotional City Council meeting. Meanwhile, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel fills out his cabinet by naming an outsider from Newark, Garry McCarthy, as Chicago Police Superintendent. The Illinois House defeats a concealed carry bill after Governor Quinn promises to veto it. Rod Blagojevich's retrial is underway as he continues to make his case to the public. And the Bulls' Derrick Rose is crowned the youngest MVP ever -- as his team battles the Atlanta Hawks in round two of the playoffs.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, Rod Blagojevich's retrial is underway. There are reports he wants to make his own closing arguments. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel names key officials for his incoming administration, including a controversial pick to run the Chicago Public Schools. And it was a big week in Chicago sports with the Bulls and Blackhawks fighting in round one of their respective playoffs.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel-backed candidates win big in Tuesday's aldermanic runoff election, and he also responds to emperor claims. Mayor Daley and Emanuel speak out against concealed carry legislation. Meanwhile, Caterpillar, one of the state's largest manufacturer's says it will stay put in Peoria. And in sports, the Cubs and Sox open the baseball season, while the Bulls look to finish strong -- and on top of the Eastern Conference.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, with extreme temperatures blanketing Chicago and government officials ever-mindful of the 800 heat-related deaths in 1995, the city is in full emergency weather mode. Mayor Rahm Emanuel expands recycling by hiring private companies to compete against city haulers for the contract. Illinois' newest casino in Des Plaines is a big winner, but Gov. Pat Quinn is still waiting for the gaming expansion bill to be sent to his desk. And in sports, the NFL and the Players Association are close to a deal to save the football season.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, Mayor Rahm Emanuel ushers in a new era of ethics reforms in city government. A vicious beating and stabbing in Lakeview brings renewed fear to the city. Former top cop Jody Weis is hired by the Chicago Crime Commission. State workers lose their raises as Gov. Pat Quinn cuts nearly $400 million from the state budget. City Council approves gun ranges in Chicago. Summer travel costs you more as airlines raise rates. And in sports, bypassed Paul Konerko is finally voted an all-star as the Sox struggle to reach .500.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, newly released 911 tapes add even more controversy to the Memorial Day beach closings. The city's war on gangs nets 120 arrests as the top cop, Garry McCarthy, has vowed to "obliterate" them. The new school board approves hefty executive pay hikes as salary-slashed teachers protest, and CPS CEO Jean-Claude Brizard suggests teachers visit students' homes. An old court order from the Council Wars protects Ald. Ed Burke's controversial 24-7 police detail. ComEd is still reeling from the storm blackouts.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, new top cop Garry McCarthy is beefing up police presence in the wake of mobs of thugs, who are quickly converging and dispersing, robbing shoppers and tourists in the Near North and downtown areas. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's case goes to the jury after a tough cross-examination and closing arguments. Gov. Pat Quinn threatens to shut down the summer road construction season to get legislators back to the bargaining table in Springfield.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, Rod Blagojevich, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. take the stand in the Blagojevich retrial. The Mumbai terror trial here gets international attention. ComEd gets its controversial rate hike approved. The legislative session is scheduled to end soon with redistricting and the state budget still unsettled. And in sports, a late game collapse dooms the Chicago Bulls' season.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, we look back at Richard M. Daley's biggest accomplishments and multiple scandals over 22 years as Chicago mayor. Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel releases a transition report, long on ambition and short on details. Sears threatens to leave Illinois, unless the state ponies up to keep thousands of jobs here. And in sports, Carlos Boozer and Derrick Rose dominate Thursday's game to win the series against Atlanta. Now the Bulls will feel the heat of Miami and LeBron James in the Eastern Conference Final on Sunday.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, President Obama releases his birth certificate, then makes a whirlwind trip to Chicago to appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Rod Blagojevich's retrial jury is shaping up, minus the one so-called "Oprah juror." Joking with reporters, the former governor called her tickets to one of the Queen of Talk's last shows, "f***ing golden." Rahm Emanuel says everyone must sacrifice in tough times -- including arts organizations. And in sports, the Bulls move on while the Blackhawks end their playoff comeback in an overtime heartbreaker.
This week on Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, a major education reform deal is struck in Springfield. Will it lead to longer school days for Chicago school children? The Reverend Jesse Jackson denies discrimination allegations made against him. Should motorists with gas guzzlers pay more for city stickers? And in sports, the Sox can't seem to hold a lead, the Bulls soar to the NBA's best record and the Hawks try to hang on in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.