Stories by Chicago Tonight

Thursday, August 25, 2005

News Analysis with Steve Edwards
Many say your medical bills are so high because of runaway jury awards. Today Governor Blagojevich signed a bill that could change that. Chicago Public Radio's Steve Edwards sits down with doctors on both sides of the medical malpractice debate. Guests: Ed Murnane, Illinois Civil Justice League; Dr. Richard Geline, Illinois State Medical Society; Keith Hebeisen, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Dr. Scott Kale, internist and expert medical witness.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
New clean air initiatives were unveiled by city, state and federal authorities today. The hot weather has caused more pollution action alerts this summer. Elizabeth Bracket and her panel will look at the latest methods to clean up our air.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Nearly 40 years after the passage of the federal Fair Housing Law, housing advocates say that ethnic and racial steering is alive and prospering among some Chicago area realtors. Eddie Arruza and his panel take a look at why and where it's still happening. Guests: Barbara Knox, Department of Housing and Urban Development; Florentina Rendon, Hope Fair Housing Center; and Alexander Chaparro, Chicago Association of Realtors.

Monday, August 22, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
President Bush again voiced his belief in the soundness of his Iraq war policies at a major address in Utah. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel look at mounting war protests and what that means here in Chicago. Guests: Rich Williamson, Bitta Mostofi, Marilyn Katz, and Wayne Parthun.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks with Cook County Republican Party Chairman Gary Skoien about the state of the Republican party in Cook County and his controversial comments about Mayor Daley.

We'll meet activist Alex Wilson who's helping some underprivileged Chicago kids beat some pretty tough odds by fixing and riding bicycles.

Friday, August 19, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Normally our panel of news insiders analyze the week's news but periodically we like to let you get to know the people in the business. On tonight's special edition of the “Week in Review” we'll hear from the people who personify the nightly news, the anchors. We'll let them analyze their own roles and how they may be changing in today's ever-expanding media landscape.

Guests:

Thursday, August 18, 2005

Chicago Air & Water Show

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Tomorrow is Republican Day at the State Fair in Springfield. But the GOP has been less than unified lately. Would another Jim Edgar gubernatorial run re-energize the party? Phil Ponce and his guests, Greg Hinz and Kristen McQueary, weigh in on the GOP disarray.

WTTW's 50th Birthday
We'll have parody from Second City and poetry from Gwendolyn Brooks as Rich Samuels continues his look at the earliest years of WTTW.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Last week, the FBI issued a vague warning to Chicago about the possibility of terrorists using fuel-tanker trucks as downtown weapons. How vulnerable is Chicago to such an attack? Phil Ponce and his guests assess the threat. Guests: Matthew Lippman, University of Illinois at Chicago; Aaron Gellman, Kellogg School of Management.

Monday, August 15, 2005

New Corruption Charges
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald claims that $137,000 in bribes were given in exchange for $8 million worth of park district business - the scheme involving a former park district official and a mundelein landscape firm. Rich Samuels has the details.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday

Host Phil Ponce talks with State Senator Steve Rauschenberger (R – Elgin) about his run for Governor.

A rare behind the scenes look at The Lion King. Artbeat correspondent Fawn Ring talks to the local actor cast as the evil lion "Scar" and watches as he transforms himself into the character.

Friday, August 12, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Media giants John Johnson and Peter Jennings remembered, President Bush comes to Illinois to sign the federal transportation bill, Mayor Daley tight-lipped about his 2007 election plans, gas prices on the rise again, the White Sox take on the world-champion Red Sox, and the Cubs season slipping away.

Guests:

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Gas Prices
Gas and crude oil prices have reached record highs. We'll talk with the Chicago AAA motor club to get some answers on why we're paying so much and what we can do to bring down our expenses.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

News analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
President Bush came to Illinois today to sign the massive $286 billion transportation bill. What's in it for Chicago area commuters? Elizabeth Brackett finds out as she's joined by Congressman Danny Davis, Congresswoman Judy Biggert, and the Secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Tim Martin.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

The Mayor in the
hot seat

Chicago's Mayor Daley says he's as eager as anyone to rid City Hall of corruption.
Rich Samuels reports on his honor who held his own in a sparring match with reporters
today.

Monday, August 08, 2005

News Analysis with
Elizabeth Brackett

U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez spoke at the American Bar Association
Convention today in Chicago. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel discuss the
top legal stories on the agenda.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks with Saturday Night Live alum Ana Gasteyer who is starring as Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West, in the Chicago production of Wicked at the Oriental theatre.

Rich Samuels interviews the national championship winning women of the Chicago Rowing Center and hears the story of why they are being forced to vacate their practice waters.

Friday, August 05, 2005

Discussion of current affairs.

Thursday, August 04, 2005

New Corruption Charges
U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald claims that $137,000 in bribes were given in exchange for $8 million worth of park district business - the scheme involving a former park district official and a mundelein landscape firm. Rich Samuels has the details.

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

War on Corruption
The war on public corruption being waged by the U.S. Attorney's office has snared a millionaire businessman and two prominent Chicago attorneys. It's all part of a bigger investigation into Illinois state boards. Eddie Arruza reports on Patrick Fitzgerald's latest targets.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Mayor Daley announces five new cabinet members as his administration retools in the face of a federal investigation. Eddie Arruza reports on who the new top level managers are, and then Elizabeth Brackett and her panel take a closer look at the changing face of the daley administration. Guests: Abdon Pallasch, Chicago Sun-Times; Carlos Hernandez Gomez, WBEZ-FM; and Dick Kay WMAQ-TV.

Monday, August 01, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The guilty plea of the former number two man in the water department, Donald Tomczak brought the federal investigation into city hall corruption a lot closer to the mayor's office. Elizabeth Brackett and her guests, Laura Washington and Jay Stewart, look at the latest city hall developments.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

This Week on Chicago Sunday:

Host Phil Ponce talks with Gary Johnson, who was recently named president of the Chicago Historical Society.

The Art Institute is home to the world-famous painting "American Gothic," which has inspired more parodies than you can count. We'll look at the origins of this well-known image and the light-hearted spoofs it has endured.

May 08, 2005 - Obama Archive

WTTW Chicago Tonight: Obama Archive

Chicago Sunday with guest Barack Obama.

December 03, 2004 - Obama Archive

 Obama on Friday Night Show.