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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review: 7/19

On this edition of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman at 7:00 pm, the Madigan family makes headlines: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announces she’ll seek reelection, not run for governor. Her father, House Speaker Michael Madigan, is embroiled in a patronage scandal with ousted Metra CEO Alex Clifford. Also, Republican State Sen. Kirk Dillard jumps into the gubernatorial race. In city news, more squabbling arises between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Inspector General Joe Ferguson. Chicago Public Schools are hit with a harsh reality as test scores plummet in the wake of tougher testing standards. Moody’s downgrades Chicago’s debt rating due to the city’s massive pension liability. And in sports, the Cubs and White Sox look to reverse their fortunes in the second half of the season.

- Bruce Dold, Chicago Tribune
- Amanda Vinicky, WUIS & Illinois Public Radio
- David Greising, Reuters
- Bruce Levine, ESPN Chicago

Watch our panel’s web-exclusive conversation in Web Extra: The Week in Review: 7/19.

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

Monday, July 15:
Lisa Madigan Will Not Run for Governor
Former Metra CEO's Memo Alleges Political Pressure
Local Reaction To Zimmerman Verdict
Chicago's Greatest Year, 1893
Harold Washington Library Enters the 3-D Printing Game
Frank Lloyd Wright Homes for Sale
Viewer Feedback: Concealed Carry

Tuesday, July 16:
- 2014 Campaign Money Flowing
Hearings Begin on Lawsuit to Block School Closings
Controversy Arises Over Plan for Evanston Lakefront Hotel
Feeding the Hungry
Paul Natkin
Michael Hainey Searches for his Father’s Truth
Sauganash Mural

Wednesday, July 17:
Former Metra CEO Probed on Controversial Memo
Political Patronage in Illinois
BGA Exclusive on Chicago Tonight
Blair Kamin
Hot Doug's
MSI's Train Guy

Thursday, July 18:
Chicago's Debt Rating Downgraded
Wrigley Redevelopment Gets Green Light
Kirk Dillard on Run for IL Governor
From the Ground Up
Impressionism, Fashion, and Modernity
Geraldine de Haas
Viewer Feedback:Madigan, Evanston & Metra

Friday, July 19:
- Weekend Events Around Town: 7/19-7/21
- Web Extra: The Week in Review