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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 1/4

On this edition of Chicago Tonight: Week in Review with Joel Weisman, Sen. Mark Kirk makes a dramatic return to the Illinois Senate. A gay marriage bill comes to Springfield while lawmakers continue to struggle with looming pension obligations. Chicago's 2012 homicide total tops 500, while Illinois’ second largest city, Aurora, has no homicides for the first time since 1946. Investors hail Abbott Labs split into two companies. And in sports, Bears coach Lovie Smith is out after nine seasons, Northwestern wins its first bowl game since 1949, and all eyes are on Notre Dame for the national title game.

- Charles Thomas, ABC-7 News
- Mary Wisniewski, Reuters
- Frank Main, Chicago Sun-Times
- Sean Jensen, Chicago Sun-Times

Watch our panel’s web-exclusive conversation in Web Extra: The Week in Review: 1/4.

Here is a roundup of Chicago Tonight‘s web stories from this week:

Monday, December 31:

Tuesday, January 1:

Wednesday, January 2:
- Tax Implications of Fiscal Cliff Deal
- Fiscal Cliff Averted; Now, What's Next?
- Illinois Senate Returns to Springfield
- Chicago Business News
- A Healthy Chicago For LGBT Youth
- New Laws for the New Year

Thursday, January 3:
- Latest Springfield News
- Civic Groups Back Pension Reform
- Update on 'NATO 3' Terror Suspects
- Sweet Beginnings
- The Second City Guide to the Opera
- Uncovering the Roots of "Organized Crime in Chicago"

Friday, January 4:
- Weekend Events Around Town: 1/4-1/6
- Web Extra: The Week in Review