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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, August 21

On this edition of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman, our panel of guests discuss state and local politics, police, traffic, sports, and more.

Senate Democrats override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s veto of mandatory mediation in state labor contract disputes. Rauner removes his child care chief after she says his cuts would be devastating to working families. Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich takes his case for an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. Cook County Democratic slatemakers snub State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. State police step up patrols to combat a spike in expressway shootings, while traffic snarls are expected on the Kennedy, Dan Ryan, and Eisenhower expressways as work begins on the Jane Byrne Interchange flyover bridge. The National Labor Relations Board rejects Northwestern University football players’ bid to form a union. While the White Sox continue to disappoint, giddy Cubs fans try not to get their hopes up too much.

Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times
John McCarron, Chicago Tribune
Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune
Mike Mulligan, 670 The Score

Each week our panel continues the conversation online. In this week’s web extra, we discuss Gov. Bruce Rauner’s reassignment of his administration’s child care chief, Linda Saterfield, after she said the governor’s cuts would be devastating for working families. We also discuss what’s driving the increase in housing prices. 

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Monday, August 17
Springfield Stalemate
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders Campaigns in Chicago
Gardening, Watering Tips for Summer Heat
Viewer Feedback: August 17
August 17, 2015 - Full Show
Web exclusive: Civil Rights Activist Julian Bond Dies at 75
Web exclusive: Northwestern Athletes Deemed 'Students' First, Union Petition Denied
Web exclusive: Hunt for Organic Deodorant Leads Chicago Man to Kitchen

Tuesday, August 18
Competing Proposals to Bail Out Chicago Public Schools
A Closer Look at the NLRB Decision to Keep NU Athletes from Unionizing
Proposed Privatization Ordinance Aims to Prevent Repeat of Parking Meter Deal
Composer, 25, Debuts World Premiere Opera at Lincoln Park Zoo
August 18, 2015 - Full Show
Web exclusive: Mayor Emanuel Announces Plan to Improve 2 CTA Bus Routes

Wednesday, August 19
US Senate Candidates Fail to Get Endorsement of Cook County Democrats
Can City Pension Reforms Survive?
Crain's Roundup: Corporate Job Losses, McDonald's Wall Street Bounce
August 19, 2015 - Full Show
Web exclusive: Ask Geoffrey: August 19

Thursday, August 20
Democrat Day at State Fair Highlights Election Rifts
'70 Acres In Chicago' Follows the Fight for Cabrini Green
Project Fire Ignites Passion for Glass Making
Web exclusive
The Hideout Brings a Little ‘Rebel’ to the Riverwalk
August 20, 2015 - Full Show
Web exclusive: Weekend Events Around Town: August 21-23
Web exclusiveChicago Tonight's Weekly News Quiz: Round 2

Friday, August 21
Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review, August 21