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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

City Council Developments
Only one new tax in the $5.2 billion Chicago budget passed by the City Council today. Cigarette smokers get hit with a 20-cent increase but all other taxes remain stable. Revenues and interest from the sale of the Chicago Skyway helped balance the budget as did restructuring the city's debt. Elizabeth Brackett reports on today's council meeting.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Is Congressman Luis Gutierrez running for mayor in 2007? Is Daley running again? Phil Ponce and his panel of in-the-know political reporters talk about the latest possibilities.

State of the Great Lakes
Good news for the Great Lakes. Today the U.S. and Canada signed a pact banning any new pumping of water out of the Great Laes basin. And yesterday, federal, state and local officials in the U.S. agreed on a 15-year $20 billion strategy for preserving the lakes. Elizabeth Brackett reports.

Monday, December 12, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

Daley on Concealed Weapons
Though recent federal legislation allows retired cops to carry concealed weapons, Mayor Daley says Chicago won't certify them. Rich Samuels tells us why.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Mayhem at Midway airport after a jet slides off the runway, the latest on the George Ryan corruption trial, a citywide smoking ban passed, a Sun-Times series takes an in-depth look at the single life, the Cubs land speedy outfielder Juan Pierre, and the Bears in the middle of a quarterback controversy.

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Thursday, December 08, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

Mayor Daley
We'll show you a preview of this week's Friday Night Show interview with Mayor Richard M. Daley, looking back on this year's City Hall controversies.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
The opening weeks of December have been among the coldest in more than a century. Why is it so cold so early? Phil Ponce will ask WGN Chief Meteorologist Tom Skilling.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Children as young as eight and nine are being diagnosed and treated for eating disorders. We'll talk to a local leader helping kids in their battle.

Donors Choose
An innovative program called Donors Choose now lets you donate money directly to a Chicago Public School classroom in need. We'll bring you the details.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Forrest Claypool is running for Cook County Board President. Phil Ponce and his panel discuss his chances and other hot local political stories.

Bears Alumni Club
The Bears defense propels the team to its eighth win in a row. We'll catch up with the Bears' former defensive powerhouse, Richard Dent.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Judy Baar Topinka jumps in the Governor's race, an indictment in the 1983 Janine Nacarico murder case, Chicago's hot housing market may finally be cooling down, World Series hero Paul Konerko resigns with the White Sox, and the Bears prepare for Soldier Field showdown with Brett Favre and the Packers.

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Thursday, December 01, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

Chicago Tribune Layoffs
The Chicago Tribune handed out close to 100 pink slips today. Rich Samuels reports on the downsizing, which includes the elimination of the City News Bureau, a unique training ground for Chicago journalists.

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

Indictments in Nicarico Case
State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka threw her hat in the ring today, the fifth Republican to announce for the March gubernatorial primary. Rich Samuels has the latest on the GOP's efforts to unseat Rod Blagojevich.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

Indictments in Nicarico Case
Ten-year old Jeanine Nicarico was murdered more than 22 years ago. Today, fresh indictments are being handed down in this tragic and controversial case. Rich Samuels has the latest.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Retailers pulled out all the stops to get holiday shoppers to spend. Phil Ponce and his guest Will Ander examine how successful they've been.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Chicago Tonight is abbreviated this evening for pledge programming.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
The debate over a smoking ordinance in Chicago restaurants and bars continues to smolder. Phil Ponce and his panel tackle this hot issue.

Neil Steinberg
Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg is back in print as of this morning. He'll talk to Bob about his road back from alcohol rehab and domestic abuse charges.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Holiday shopping season in full swing, what will the hot trends be? Will it be a merry time for merchants? We'll take a closer look at the city's overall economy and we'll grade Chicago's business beat.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

It's a holiday edition of Chicago Tonight.

Our 50-year history
Rich samuels takes a look back at the 50-year history of channel 11.

Famous Windows
Then it's the Chicago Story of Marshall Field's famous christmas windows.

Monday, November 21, 2005

Bob Sirott is off tonight.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Tempers are flaring in Washington on both sides of the aisle as the debate to pull troops out of Iraq escalates. Rep. Jan Schakowsky and Chicago Tribune's Jim Warren are on tonight's panel.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Ready or nor its time to start shopping because the holiday rush is just about here. Phil Ponce talks with retail consultant Carol Gies (http://4insights.com/) about what the hot gifts are this season and what kind of pressures retailers are facing.

Then, we'll take a tour of a 19th century mansion that's being auctioned off to benefit the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Friday, November 18, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Media tycoon Conrad Black indicted for looting the Chicago Sun-Times, George Ryan's $10 million legal tab waived, the Archdiocese unveils plans to save more Catholic schools, the Black middle-class the focus of an in-depth Sun-Times series, and the FBI probes the Bears punch-out cover-up

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Thursday, November 17, 2005

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The FBI and the Bears: An investigation looks into a brawl between two Chicago Bears team members that broke out after a visit to an FBI shooting range.

The Ice Harvest
The Ice Harvest is the new movie starring John Cusack, directed by Harold Ramis. Cusack and Ramis sit down with Bob for a closer look at the darkly ironic story about a mob lawyer who steals from his employer.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
A flurry of candidates have thrown their hats in the ring. Phil Ponce and his panel look at some key candidacies and at a potentially big development at City Hall. Guests: Laura Washington, Mike Flannery and Paul Green.

Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Medicare Confusion
Today was the first day for seniors to sign up for one of the government's new Medicare prescription programs. Rich Samuels talked to House Speaker Dennis Hastert and some seniors today. Plus, Terry Savage will try to help us sort out the complicated new options.

Monday, November 14, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
A sign that asks parents to have their kids use "indoor voices" while at a north side cafe has angered local parents and touched off an international story. Phil Ponce and his panel, which includes the cafe's owner, take a look at what it means to run a family-friendly business.

Sunday, November 13, 2005

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Friday, November 11, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Judy Baar Topinka jumps in the governor's race, Chicago aldermen allotted more pork for their wards, the CTA hikes fares to $2, newspaper circulation numbers plummet, and Ozzie Guillen named manager of the year.

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
The advocacy group Preservation Chicago just announced that the entire neighborhood of Pilsen is one of the seven most threatened historic places in the city, since entire blocks of historic buildings are being torn down for newer more upscale homes. Phil Ponce talks to Ald. Danny Solis, who represents Pilsen, about his efforts to have the state designate the neighborhood a historic landmark district.