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A mass exoneration in Cook County clears 15 men. Proposed layoffs in the wake of the failed soda tax. And controversy over playmaking decisions by Bears coach John Fox.

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The despised soda tax is repealed after just two months. Another property tax hike passes. Mike Ditka denies racial oppression. And the Cubs gear up for another dramatic postseason.

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Springfield finally passes a school funding bill. More taxes for Chicago schools. City Council cracks down on Uber and Lift. And the Bears get ready for regular season opener.

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A new soda tax angers many Cook County consumers. The governor vetoes part of the school funding reform bill. And a nasty outfield collision injuries White Sox rookies.

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Hate crime charges after a disabled man is attacked. The feds plan to release a report on Chicago police. Rauner is skipping Donald Trump’s inauguration. And the Bears won’t commit to Jay Cutler. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

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Donald Trump wins the election but Illinois stays blue in a sea of red. Tension grows over a police-involved shooting in Mount Greenwood. The Cook County Board says yes to a penny-per-ounce soda tax. And the Blackhawks sizzle. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s top stores in politics, business, and sports.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists further discuss the Sandra Bland case, why some police officers treat African-American citizens different than whites, and the effectiveness of video surveillance devices.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the heated runoff campaign debate between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesús "Chuy" García, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation, and the sale of the Willis Tower.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the impact Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget would have on public transportation.

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Joel Weisman and his guests continue the conversation online by talking about Mary Ann Ahern’s question to Bruce Rauner.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s headlines.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists dish on a number of topics including the Justice Department asking state lawmakers to hold-off having members of Gov. Quinn's inner circle testify about an anti-violence program tainted by scandal.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week's headlines.

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Eddie Arruza and his panel of journalists discuss the week's top headlines.

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Joel Weisman and his panel discuss Dominick’s exit from Chicago, and the roughly 5,600 employees about to get pink slips. Many of the Dominick’s stores anchor entire shopping centers. What impact will the vacancies have? And what effect will the gay marriage bill have on the next Republican primaries? Watch the web extra conversation.