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Wednesday, September 14, 2005

City Council Meeting
An impassioned city council meeting today included an unexpected health scare by one of the alderman.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
The average tab for heating a home this fall and winter is expected to be $1500. On top of that, gas and electric companies are asking for rate increases. Representatives of People's Energy and ComEd will be here to explain.

Monday, September 12, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, how prepared are we for a major disaster? Phil Ponce examines that question with a panel that includes Mayor Daley's Chief of Staff, Ron Huberman.

Hurricane Relief
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the closest major city to New Orleans, has absorbed tens of thousands of evacuees. How has the disaster changed that town? Elizabeth Brackett recently returned from the region and has the story.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
On this the 4th anniversary of 9/11 and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina Host Phil Ponce talks with Richard Friedman, President and Chair of the National Strategy Forum – a Chicago-based organization whose mission is to educate the public on critical issues of national security.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Chicago welcomes Hurricane Katrina's victims, the City Hall monitor takes over clout-ridden hiring process, Jim Edgar closer to a gubernatorial comeback, nearly 19,000 Boeing machinists go on strike, the White Sox close in on a division championship, and the Bears open the season against the Washington Redskins.

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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Update
Gulf coast residents have begun returning to try and salvage some of their belongings from their demolished homes. Elizabeth Brackett returned with one family and tells us what they found.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hurricane Update
More survivors of Hurricane Katrina are reaching Chicago. Rich Samuels takes us to Tinley Park where more than 100 will find shelter for the foreseeable future. South Suburban PADS Agency, 708-754-4357. We'll talk live with Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, who is in Baton Rouge tonight and has been covering the aftermath of the hurricane in New Orleans and the surrounding area all week.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Chicago's Katrina Response

Mayor Daley was on hand today as Chicago geared up to receive survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Rich Samuels reports from the city's new intake center on the west side.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
On this first day of school, Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan sits down with Eddie Arruza to talk about the new school year.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Chicago Tonight is preempted for the holiday.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks with Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey about her recently completed stint "cleaning up" the city's minority hiring program.

Then, if some researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology are predicting correctly, the solar house of the future will make it's own heat and electricity. Eddie Arruza tells us how it works and when we can expect to move in.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Chicago reacts to Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Daley apologizes to Chicagoans for recent scandals, West Nile virus on the rise here, the White Sox continue to struggle, and the Bears finally sign top draft pick Cedric Bensen.

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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Update

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Update
With most of New Orleans under water and hundreds confirmed dead in Louisiana and Mississippi, what can authorities can do to deal with the catastrophe? Bob talks with two experts on what needs to be done and how you can help.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico have been pounded by Hurricane Katrina. How hard will the storm hit Illinois residents in the wallet? We'll focus on the storm's fallout on gasoline prices. For more information: Illinois Green Fleets and AAA Chicago Motor Club

Sunday, August 28, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks with former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell about what she's been up to since leaving Ottawa and why she finds herself spending so much time in Chicago lately.

Then, Hedy Weiss talks with Chicago theater impresario Tony DeSantis about his past and current successes in the challenging world of Chicago theater.

Friday, August 26, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
High school graduation requirements hiked, 47 city employees face firing, Jim Edgar urged to decide on gubernatorial run, Oreo cookies undergoing a reduced-fat make-over, and the White Sox in search of some offense.

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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.

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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.