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Web Extra, The Week in Review: Editorial Boards Push Back

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the warning from top U.S. intelligence and security leaders over continued Russian attempts to influence American elections.

The Week in Review: Campaign Season ‘Officially’ Kicks Off at State Fair

Democrats and Republicans tee off at the Illinois State Fair. Two high-profile trials grip the city. Elon Musk’s O’Hare express project is shrouded in secrecy. And the Cubs early playoff atmosphere.

Chicago’s Connection to the Paul Manafort Trial

Paul Manfort (File photo)

Defense lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, rested their case Tuesday without calling a single witness.

More Resignations at Willow Creek Church In #MeToo Scandal

Bill Hybels (Willow Creek D/CH / Flickr)

Willow Creek Community Church, based in South Barrington, is undergoing a seismic shift. Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear Pashman joins us with the latest.

Banning Alex Jones: A Dangerous Move for Free Speech?

Controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been banned by several social media platforms. Were they within their their rights, or is this censorship?

Blair Kamin on NU Athletic Center, Jeanne Gang Apartment Tower

We take an inside look at Northwestern University's new $270 million athletic center and Jeanne Gang’s new environmentally conscious apartment tower in Hyde Park.

Trump Amps Up Assault on Media, the ‘Enemy of the People’

President Donald Trump addresses a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally-style event.

Ivanka Trump splits with her father over his attack on journalists. Is the president’s rhetoric increasingly dangerous?

The Week in Review: Trump Visits Illinois to Tout Trade Policies

President Trump visits downstate to tout trade. Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson comes under fire. Activists plan to protest at Wrigley Field. And a draft plan for reforming the Chicago Police Department.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Heartland Alliance and ‘Zero Tolerance’

The Heartland Alliance faces tougher licensing after it takes in children separated the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. 

‘Historic’ Deal Creates Chicago’s Only Public Law School

The University of Illinois at Chicago is merging with the John Marshall Law School, creating the first and only public law school in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune Food Critic Phil Vettel Comes Out of the Shadows

Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel (Courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

After 29 years of trying to stay anonymous, the Chicago Tribune’s restaurant critic has decided to reveal his face.

Luxury Property Sales Booming in Chicago, But So Are Foreclosures

Chicago is still the second city when it comes to foreclosures, but at the other end of the real estate spectrum, luxury property sales are booming.

Survival Training Leads to Book on Arctic Wilderness Exploration

(Courtesy of Joe Wilkins)

How professor Joe Wilkins went from a University of Illinois at Springfield classroom to exploring the dangerous wilds of the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska.

Trump: Putin’s Election Meddling Denial ‘Strong and Powerful’

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, July 16, 2018.

President Donald Trump is calling a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin “deeply productive.” We get reaction to the historic Helsinki meeting.

Roundtable: Viral Video, Gubernatorial and Mayoral Races

The political fallout caused by the viral video showing a Cook County Forest Preserve officer not helping a woman being harassed.

Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks Monday, July 9, 2018 as President Donald Trump looks on.

The battle has just begun over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.

WBEZ, ProPublica Investigation Reveals Thousands of Duplicate Tickets

(Eric Fischer / Flickr)

In its investigative series “Driven Into Debt,” ProPublica Illinois and WBEZ found Chicago has issued 20,000 duplicate tickets since 2007. We speak with the reporters who broke the story.

The Week in Review: Pfleger Refuses to Back Down

The Rev. Michael Pfleger vows to shut down the Dan Ryan Expressway. A Chicagoan is on President Trump’s short list for the Supreme Court. Animal rights activists protest the firing of the city shelter chief. And the Cubs are red hot. 

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Capital Gazette Shooting

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the fatal shooting June 28 of five employees of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland.

Pat Quinn’s Quest to Term-Limit Chicago Mayors

The former Illinois governor joins us to discuss his campaign to set a two-term limit for Chicago mayors.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Emanuel’s Affordable Housing Proposal

Paris Schutz and guests discuss Mayor Emanuel’s affordable housing proposals. 

The Week in Review: Supreme Court Deals Blow to Unions

The Supreme Court deals a major blow to public sector unions. Chicago Public Schools launches a new office to handle sexual abuse allegations. And the Cubs struggle on the road.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy to Retire

Appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1988, Justice Kennedy has been a critical swing vote on the court for the past 30 years.

Blair Kamin: Union Station Redevelopment Off Track

(Solomon Cordwell Buenz)

A $1 billion redevelopment of the station would add 330 hotel rooms and more than 400 apartments atop the existing station that was completed in 1925.

A Look at the Biggest US Supreme Court Decisions as Term Nears End

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The Supreme Court’s term officially ended Monday without rulings on a trio of hot-button issues. Those are expected by the end of the week.