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Friday, October 14, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
The White Sox head to Anaheim after controversial call, Governor Blagojevich's health care plan for kids facing criticism, Chicago's concrete program under fire, Mayor Daley proposes year-round schooling, winter gas bill help for the poor, and the Bears prepare for the Vikings.

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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Discussion of current affairs.

Check Please! Supper Club
Gene & Georgetti
Recipe for Chicken Alla Joe

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

White Sox' Game Two
Bob Sirott reports from U.S. Cellular Field as the White Sox prepare to face the Angels in game two of the American League Championship Series tonight.

Corruption Trial
There was more emotion on the witness stand at the corruption trial of former governor George Ryan. Rich Samuels has the details.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Jerry Reinsdorf
Bob Sirott reports from U.S. Cellular Field, as the White Sox prepare to take on the Los Angeles Angels. He talks to Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf.

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
How well is Chicago prepared to cope if the deadly avian flu makes the jump from birds to humans? Health officials now say the likelihood of an outbreak is very high. Elizabeth Brackett talks with some Chicago health experts. Guests: Dr. John Flaherty; Dr. Craig Conover; Dr. Constance Pachucki

Monday, October 10, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
White Sox fans are ecstatic after Friday's Red Sox sweep. Phil Ponce's panel previews tomorrow's American League championship game. Guests: Ron Kittle, Tom Shaer, and Lou Canellis.

Bears Alumni Club
In Chicago we can't have good sports news without some bad as well. Super Bowl Bears tight end Emery Moorehead breaks down the Bears' latest debacle — and reminisces about better football times.

Sunday, October 09, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks Elce Redmond, a long-time community organizer, just returned from Iraq. He traveled there with a group called Christian Peacemaker Teams, and talked with various religious and ethnic groups and non governmental organizations, trying to help them deal with infrastructure concerns and find common ground.

Friday, October 07, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
The latest on the White Sox, the CTA proposes hiking fares to $2, the city council postpones smoking ban, United Airlines lands $3 billion loan, Governor Blagojevich unveils kids health care plan, health officials prepare for bird flu, the Bulls deal Eddie Curry, and the Bears get ready for the Browns.

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

White Sox Road to Victory
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past 24 hours, you know by now that the White Sox beat Boston again last night, putting the Sox on the brink of their first playoff series series victory since 1917! Phil Ponce talks to the sports editors of the Sun-Times and Tribune about whether or not it's premature to celebrate just yet.

Corruption Trial Update
Elizabeth Brackett us today's developments in former governor George Ryan's corruption trial.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Another City Hall Shakeup
Mayor Daley reacted today to the resignation of his planning commissioner. Rich Samuels will have the latest on Denise Casalino's exit from City Hall, as well as the mayor's concern about Avian Flu. Click here for transcript of Mayor Daley's comments.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Sales of sport utility vehicles dropped significantly last month but is it because of the rising gas prices or have fickle consumers just moved on to the next trend? And what are those trends? Phil Ponce and his panel take a look.

"Sportswriters" on a pair of Sox
We reconvene "The Sportswriters" for some perspective on this afternoon's American League divisional playoff game between the White Sox and the Red Sox.

Monday, October 03, 2005

Corruption Trial Update
Elizabeth Brackett tells us about today's developments in former governor George Ryan's corruption trial.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
There was a downtown pep rally for the White Sox this afternoon. Phil Ponce and his panel preview tomorrow's play-off game against the Red Sox.

St. Ignatius Football Comeback
With the Bears off this week, we'll have the story of a local high school team and their return to the grid iron after a five-decade absence.

Sunday, October 02, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks with David Kolata the new Executive Director of the Citizen's Utility Board. The organization has saved Illinois consumers millions of dollars by keeping utility rates in check.

From Chinese sweet rolls to Mexican pastries, Edie Arruza takes us on a tour of several local ethnic bakeries.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
The White Sox clinch the division, George Ryan's kickback trial finally underway, O'Hare expansion gets the green light, a new Ikea opens in Bolingbrook, ComEd claims it may go bankrupt, and an indoor city smoking ban expected to pass.

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Thursday, September 29, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
For the first time in five years, the White Sox are playoff-bound. Phil Ponce and a team of sports journalists look back at how they got here, and then look ahead to the Sox post-season prospects. Guests: Bill Jauss, Tom Shaer, Mike Ferrin.

Corruption Trial Update
The government's star witness Scott Fawell came face-to-face with his former boss George Ryan today in the former governor's corruption trial. Rich Samuels will tell us what happened.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ryan's Trial Begins
The much-anticipated corruption trial of former Illinois governor George Ryan finally got underway today with opening statements. Eddie Arruza reports on what the prosecution and defense told jurors about Ryan's alleged fraud and racketeering crimes.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
On the eve of George Ryan's corruption trial, Phil Ponce and his panel take a look at what the prosecution and the defense teams might be planning. Guests: Mike Flannery, WBBM-TV; Patrick Cotter, Arnstein & Lehr and Phil Rogers, WMAQ-TV.

Saul Bellow Memorial
Author Saul Bellow was remembered today in a service at the University of Chicago. Rich Samuels shares highlights of the day.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Hurricane Rita Update
We'll have a live report from Elizabeth Brackett who is in Houston covering the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
City officials have announced plans to crack down on jaywalkers. Phil Ponce and his panel take a closer look at the embattled pedestrian and other traffic issues. Guests: John McCarron, Joseph Schofer and Siim Soot.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks with Roche Schulfer about celebrating his 25th anniversary as Executive Director of the Goodman Theatre. He takes us behind the scenes of one of Chicago's most important – and most enduring – arts organizations.

Then, Elizabeth Bracket takes us on a tour of the Field Museum's new $65 million storage facility. It will be the new home for more than two million museum artifacts.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Mayor Daley's former top political aide implicated in city hiring scandal, jury selection underway in former Governor George Ryan's corruption trial, Marshall Field's facing extinction, the fatal Metra accident investigated, and the White Sox on the verge of an epic collapse.

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Thursday, September 22, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
For years, he's been known as the dogged consumer advocate who was head of the Citizens Utility Board. Now Martin Cohen is shifting positions. Governor Blagojevich named him as the chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the same agency he has battled for more than 20 years. Cohen joins us for a panel discussion about his new job.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
It's day three of jury selection in the trial of former Governor George Ryan. What kind of people do prosecutors and defense attorneys want on this jury? Phil Ponce and his panel will take a look.

Iraq Update
Escalating violence in Iraq has shaken the suburban Chicago businessman who recently served as Minister of Electricity in Iraq. On a recent trip back to Chicago he told Elizabeth Brackett he fears Iraq is moving closer to civil war. That conversation is coming up tonight.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Metra Derailment
The federal investigation into last Saturday's deadly Metra accident continued today as officials tried to simulate the conditions that led to the crash. Eddie Arruza updates us on what investigators were trying to determine today.

Monday, September 19, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Governor Blagojevich vehemently denies any wrongdoing in an alleged pension scheme. Phil Ponce and his panel take a closer look at the governor's latest controversy. Guests: Greg Hinz, Kristen McQueary, Chris Fusco

Bears Alumni Club
The Bears put it all together against the Lions: Offense, defense and special teams all scored. Superbowl champ Steve McMichael is here for our Bears Alumni Club.

Friday, September 16, 2005

The Week in Review
Governor Blagojevich's name surfaces in pension probe, former Governor Ryan accused of media blitz just before his jury selection on Monday, Hurricane Katrina prompts Chicago officials to reevaluate evacuation plans here, get ready for soaring gas bills, the White Sox division lead evaporating, and the Bears hope to tame the Detroit Lions.

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Thursday, September 15, 2005

Mayor Daley's Press Conference
Mayor Daley warned of record high gas prices this winter as he announced programs to help seniors and low income residents deal with the soaring costs of energy. Elizabeth Brackett reports on this and other news from the mayor's wide ranging news conference today.