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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.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Was the Midway Airport tragedy avoidable? GOP gubernatorial hopeful Judy Baar Topinka teaming up with Joe Birkett, Congressman Luis Gutierrez pondering a mayoral run, former Governor Jim Thompson may be sued over Conrad Black's alleged looting, the Bears hope to get back on the winning track, and White Sox general manager Kenny Williams busy on the trade front.

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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Clarence Page
Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page weighs in on a possible run for mayor by U.S. representatives Jesse Jackson Jr. and Luis Gutierrez.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
A former FBI boss has been named as the new president of the Chicago Crime Commission. Phil Ponce talks with James Wagner about his goals for lowering Chicago crime.

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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