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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

ComEd
The Illinois Commerce Commission voted yesterday to allow Commonwealth Edison to buy electricity through a controversial auction system. Critics say it will make electric rates go up. Elizabeth Brackett explains how the auction system works and what it could mean to consumers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Ambassador Paul Bremer was the highest ranking American official in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. We'll talk to him about the latest news from Iraq, the election, the insurgents, the future and his new book, My Year In Iraq.

Monday, January 23, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Chicago Public School officials warn of dire budget crisis. A thousand teachers may lose their jobs and class sizes may increase. Carol Marin's panel includes the public schools budget director.

Betty Loren-Maltese Update
She's been gone for a while but now former Cicero town president Betty Loren-Maltese is back in the news. We'll tell you why she's returning to her new home in California.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Former Chicago Bull Antonio Davis charges into the United Center stands, Governor Blagojevich delivers the State of the State address, Marina Towers condos used in nationwide prostitution ring, Peoples Energy customers getting $100 refunds, United Airlines exiting bankruptcy next month, and the Bears season comes to an abrupt and disappointing end.

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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Durbin's Alito Vote
Senator Dick Durbin is the second highest ranking democrat in the senate. If he says "thumbs down" to Samuel Alito's nomination, does that mean a filibuster is in the offing? Rich Samuels has with the latest.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Embattled City Clerk James Laski has had his four police bodyguards taken away from him. Eddie rruza and his panel look at which other city officials have bodyguards and whether they're necessary.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

James Laski Update
James Laski, the embattled Chicago city clerk is still on the job, but he lost one of his perks. Rich Samuels has the latest from City Hall.

State of the State
Governor Blagojevich gave his Sstate of the State address today touting his administration's performance and calling for several new initiatives, but political opponents say the speech was just election-year rhetoric. Eddie Arruza has the highlights of the governor's address along with reaction from legislators of both parties.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Governor Blagojevich wants to bring Keno to Illinois. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel discuss his proposal to authorize Keno.

Monday, January 16, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Reputed mob boss, Joey "The Clown" Lombardo, was nabbed by authorities last week after nine months on the lamb. Carol Marin takes a look at the importance of this arrest with her panelists who include Lombardo's attorney, Rick Halprin.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
City Clerk James Laski secretly recorded by the feds, Governor Blagojevich wants keno machines permitted statewide, the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church burns down, Chicago named fattest city in America, and the Bears begin their Super Bowl march.

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Thursday, January 12, 2006

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Chicago's new health commissioner already has a prescription for city residents: he wants you to get in shape. Eddie Arruza talks with Dr. Terry Mason about the health of the city and the most pressing issues facing the health department.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Corruption Probe Continues
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, City Clerk James Laski could soon be resigning from office, this in the wake of a federal probe in which at least one of Laski's friends allegedly secretly recorded him making incriminating statements. Rich Samuels has the reaction from City Hall. And Carol Marin and her panel will have analysis.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Bird Flu Prevention
The so-called bird flu is causing concern worldwide, and this week it's been the subject of a major meeting here in Chicago. Eddie Arruza reports on how Lincoln Park Zoo officials have teamed up with federal officials to monitor the spread of the deadly virus.

Monday, January 09, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
The CTA is facing criticism for turning down a $15 million discount on gasoline provided by Venezuela and its controversial president Hugo Chavez. Carol Marin's panel tonight includes Congressman Luis Gutierrez.

NAVTEQ
There's a new art to making maps in this digital world and the Chicago company NAVTEQ is at the forefront. Elizabeth Brackett has that story.

Friday, January 06, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Tonight we'll gaze into the 2006 crystal ball. What lies ahead for the city and state in politics, the arts, sports, and more? Will it be a prosperous, scandalous, or problematic year?

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Thursday, January 05, 2006

Discounted Fuel for CTA?
CTA president Frank Kreusi says he'll meet with Citgo and elected officials tomorrow to try and work out a way to accept Citgo's offer of discounted fuel for the CTA. Yesterday Kreusi rejected the offer which could save the cash-strapped CTA as much as $15 million. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest developments.

Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Olympics in Chicago?
Mayor Daley is appointing an exploratory committee to look into whether Chicago could host the 2016 Olympics. Eddie Arruza reports on the city's new partnership with the U.S. Olympic Committee and what it could mean.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Police Superintendent Phil Cline joined the mayor today in calling for new gun control laws. The superintendent will be here to give Carol Marin an update on the city's fight against crime.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
2005, a trying year for Mayor Daley, a big year in business, an unforgettable year for White Sox fans, a year packed with news, tonight we have a special year-end edition of the Week in Review.

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Thursday, December 29, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
A Chicago institution is shutting its doors. Elizabeth Brackett and a panel of foodies reflect on the loss of the Berghoff restaurant and what it means to the city.

Artbeat
Many people think street musicians are a colorful part of urban life. Fawn Ring will tell you about one alderman who's singing a different tune.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
U.S. Representative Luis Gutierrez recently made headlines when he floated the idea of running for mayor. The congressman is here tonight to talk about his political aspirations and give us his perspective on this past year in Washington.

Chicago Stories
Rich Samuels tells us how a Chicago school girl helped create a revolution in radio advertising.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Three Chicago journalists will make their picks for the top local stories of 2005. While some stories will probably be a little obvious, there are other important things that happened here in Chicago that you might not have heard about.

Bears Alumni Club
The Bears clinch the NFC North division against their archrival, the Green Bay Packers. We'll talk with former Bear Jim Covert about the game and the playoff picture.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Plans for Peotone
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan releases opinions regarding plans to build the Abraham Lincoln National Airport in Peotone. Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. joins us to share his remarks on the issue.

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The Muslim American Society's annual convention kicked off in Chicago today. What issues are American Muslims most concerned about as we approach 2006? Elizabeth Brackett and her panel take a look.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Minority investors are steaming after the Illinois Gaminig Board revokes the Emerald Casino License. Elizabeth Brackett talks with two of the investors, Chaz Ebert and Shaun Gayle.

End of the Streak
The streak ends for the Sun-Times' youth-oriented tabloid, Red Streak. Sun-Times publisher John Cruickshank will be here to talk about this and other issues facing the newspaper.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The field of Cook County board president candidates has narrowed with Commissioner Mike Quigley pulling out of the race and throwing his support behind fellow Commissioner Forrest Claypool. Elizabeth Brackett will talk to the two men along with Republican candidate commissioner Tony Peraica.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Busy Day in Cook County
County board president John Stroger may find his bid for a fourth term a little more difficult. County commissioner Mike Quigley today announced he's ending his campaign for board president and throwing his support behind Commissioner Forrest Claypool. Rich Samuels has the latest on a busy day at the county building.