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Thursday, March 09, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Carol Marin will talk with Democratic candidate for governor Edwin Eisendrath. Governor Blagojevich declined our invitation for a joint appearance with Mr. Eisendrath.

Firehouse Allegations
Mayor Daley today reacted to a new allegation of firehouse sex on city time. and an alderman suggested the remedy is an eight-hour day for firefighters. Rich Samuels has details.

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Candidate for Cook County Board President
Carol Marin interviews Forrest Claypool, a democrat running for Cook County Board President. Claypool's opponent, incumbent president John Stroger, declined our invitation to participate.

Clean Air Concerns
Health care professionals sounded off in Chicago today against proposed federal regulations they say don't go far enough to reduce airborn soot. Rich amuels has their story - and a second opinion.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

News Analysis
We'll introduce you to two Democrats vying to be the state's next treasurer, candidates Alexi Giannoulias and Paul Mangieri.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this week for pledge programming.

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Four members of the governor's discrimination commission have resigned in protest over one member's ties to Nation of Islam head Louis Farrakhan and his most recent anti-Semitic rhetoric. Elizabeth Brackett and her guests take up the issue.

Smallest Witnesses
We'll preview the new exhibit, Smallest Witnesses: The Crisis in Darfur Through Children's Eyes, at Chicago's Spertus Museum.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review

Black Panther street sign debate, Governor Blagojevich backs controversial Nation of Islam appointee to state hate crimes board, victim refuses to watch video at rape trial, primary election season heats up, GOP gubernatorial hopeful Jim Oberweis creates headlines with his own headlines, and the never-ending Frank Thomas soap opera.

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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Blood Substitute Controversy
Medical ethicists are questioning a clinical trial now underway locally at Loyola Medical Center. The controversy centers around the testing of a blood substitute developed by an Evanston-based biotech startup, Northfield Labs. Rich Samuels has the latest.

Read the article on the current PolyHeme clinical trial, to be published next week in the journal "IRB:Ethics & Human Research".

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Street Naming Controversy
The controversy over a proposal to rename a portion of West Monroe in honor of slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton continued today. Rich Samuels has the latest from City Hall.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
A Naperville woman will not have to watch the tape of her alleged gang rape in Burr Ridge when she was 16. The judge in Adrian Missbrenner's trial reversed himself today after rape victim advocacy groups intervened. Carol Marin talks to one of those advocates about the reversal.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The competition for listeners among Chicago morning radio shows is fierce, and the advertising dollars at stake are enormous. Elizabeth Brackett's panel includes one of the city's top morning personalities, Q101's Mancow Mueller.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Chemical Plant Watch
Senator Barack Obama today claimed millions could die if terrorists launch an attack on Chicago-area chemical plants. Rich Samuels reports on what the junior senator wants Congress to do.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
The Illinois primaries are in three weeks, and that means campaigns are in full gear. Carol Marin and her panel look at which candidates are on top and which ones will need to amp up their efforts. Guests: Bruce Dold, Paul Green, Bob Crawford.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
The George Ryan corruption trial coming down the stretch, GOP gubernatorial hopefuls pick on Judy Baar Topinka, more traffic violation cameras going up, parts of the Brown Line shut down, and outspoken skater Shani Davis fuels Olympic controversy.

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Thursday, February 23, 2006

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
President Bush is still defending the $6.8 billion sale of shipping operations at six U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. But even members of his own party are against the deal because of heightened concerns over terrorism. We'll talk about the bipartisan objections with Illinois' senior U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Former governor George Ryan said today he will not testify at his federal corruption trial. Carol Marin and her panel will discuss how that decision was made and how it will play out.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Pepsi Recall
Jewel-Osco stores are recalling some of their Pepsi products after customers noticed a strange smell coming from the cans. Christian Farr will explain what Jewel-Osco and Pepsi are doing to figure out what caused it. Pepsi Consumer Inquiries: 1-800-433-2652

Monday, February 20, 2006

GOP Debate
The debate this morning in the WBEZ studios pitted GOP gubernatorial hopeful Judy Baar Topinka against four primary challengers. Rich Samuels shows us the fireworks that erupted after the radio debate ended.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
County jail break allegedly an inside job, Governor Blagojevich proposes free pre-school, gubernatorial hopefuls hit the air waves, Muslim cartoon controversy comes to campus, the White Sox honored at the White House, and pitchers and catchers report to spring training.

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Thursday, February 16, 2006

Lynn Sweet
Sun-Times Washington bureau chief brings us the latest scoop on Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Grant Park is sometime called Chicago's front yard. But for years it's taken a back seat while Millennium Park got all the attention. Now plans are underway to give the famous lakefront park a makeover. Eddie Arruza and his panel take a look at those plans and whether the city should focus on parks in other communities.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Church Crisis Update
Rich Samuels brings us the latest on the priest sex abuse scandal facing the Chicago Archdiocese.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Vice President Dick Cheney is finally speaking about last weekend's hunting accident. Carol Marin and her guests look at how the White House has handled this crisis, and how public relations has unraveled for the Chicago Archdiocese, Mayor Daley and Governor Blagojevich.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Grocery Initiative
The city of Chicago's launched a major initiative to lure full-service grocery stores to the inner city. Rich Samuels tells us why the mayor thinks this will be good for Chicago - and profitable for retailers.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Jail Break
Six detainees who escaped from Cook County Jail on Saturday are all back in custody. But this comes on the heels of another escape and a shooting at the jail. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

Corruption Update
Former Chicago City Clerk James Laski was back in court today with a new lawyer. Rich Samuels has the latest on the highest ranking public official charged so far in the continuing investigation of corruption at City Hall.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Judy Baar Topinka's positive poll numbers, George Ryan poised to take the stand in his corruption trial, Peoples Energy refund contested, McDonald's food fatter than advertised, cancer deaths mark historic decline, and Michigan Avenue musicians silenced.

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Thursday, February 09, 2006

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
We'll get the latest news on fat. What should we make of the new study that says low fat diets don't necessarily keep us healthy? Guests: Dr. Ellen Mason, Stroger Hospital; Dr. Matthew Sorrentino, University of Chicago; and David Grotto, American Dietetic Association.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Taylor Branch
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch sits down with Carol Marin to discuss Martin Luther King's years in Chicago and his new book, At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68.

Anthony Rapp
Joliet native and star of the Broadway smash hit Rent Anthony Rapp has written a new book, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent. He'll join us in the studio.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
The city's Hired Truck scandal has netted it's first elected official. City Clerk Jim Laski resigned yesterday amid allegations of taking bribes. Eddie Arruza and his guests (Ald. Isaac Carothers, Ald. Ricardo Munoz, and Greg Hinz) panel provide analysis. And Rich Samuels reports on what the mayor didn't say about the Jim Laski.

Monday, February 06, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Mayor Daley's chief of staff, Ron Huberman, sits down with Carol Marin to talk about what he's done to make city government more accountable.

Super Bowl Ads
We'll show you which of yesterday's Super Bowl ads have generated the most buzz today at the water cooler - and which should have ended up on the cutting room floor.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Cardinal George removes another priest, United Airlines exits bankruptcy, civil rights icon Coretta Scott King dies, controversial mascot Chief Illiniwek not going away quietly, and the wife of former Chicago Bull Antonio Davis charged with road rage.

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