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Lawmakers on the School Funding Showdown in Springfield

(Éovart Caçeir at English Wikipedia)

Ahead of the special session called by Gov. Rauner, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle weigh in on the battle over education funding.

Where Do School Funding and Reforms Stand in Springfield?

Illinois State Sens. Heather Steans and Karen McConnaughay report on the status of school funding and which reforms were passed this session.

William J. Kelly Running as Republican Alternative to Rauner

The field of Democratic candidates running for governor is especially crowded, but there is only one Republican aiming to challenge Bruce Rauner. And he'll face the governor’s formidable campaign war chest.

Cardinal Blase Cupich Takes on Chicago Violence

Cardinal Blase Cupich talks about a new anti-violence initiative and other issues facing the Catholic Church.

Jim Kirk: Firewall Will Exist Between Sun-Times, Owners

The Sun-Times publisher and editor-in-chief talks about the newspaper’s new owner and what’s ahead for the 69-year-old paper.

Blair Kamin Deconstructs Potential Chicago Pedway Upgrades

After: Cultural Center, pedway level. (Courtesy of the Environmental Law & Policy Center)

Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin analyzes a new report that envisions new uses and upgrades for Chicago’s Pedway.

The Battle Over School Funding Bill

After 736 days, Illinois finally has a budget. But it’s not all good news: At the moment, funding is locked up for all of the state’s public schools. Will schools open on time?

Lawsuit Filed to Battle Cook County’s Soda Tax

A lawsuit aims to stop the sugary drink tax that's supposed to go into effect on Saturday.

Supreme Court Hands President Trump a Partial Victory

The Supreme Court has given President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban a split decision. Analysis of that and other big decisions at the court.

Chris Kennedy Making a Name for Himself in Governor’s Race

In the crowded race for governor, businessman Chris Kennedy is making a name for himself by bucking Democratic Party leaders.

Scott Drury, the Anti-Madigan Democratic Candidate for Governor

There are eight Democratic candidates vying to take on incumbent Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, but one is gaining traction as the anti-Madigan candidate.

Illinois Senate President John Cullerton on Budget Stalemate

Senate President John Cullerton talks about plans for a temporary state budget in June 2016. “I want to work with this governor, but that requires him to start working and stop campaigning,” he said.

The state has been without a budget for 719 days. Illinois Senate President John Cullerton joins Carol Marin to talk about how the state can finally get a budget.

J.B. Pritzker Battles Crowded Democratic Field, Rauner

The billionaire businessman and venture capitalist is the early front-runner in the Democratic race for governor. He joins us in discussion.

Outcome Health Aims to Improve Patient Experience

Chicago-based health care technology firm Outcome Health just raised $500 million, making it the biggest Chicago startup since Groupon. We meet one of the company's founders.

Illinois House Members on State Budget Impasse

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The state owes nearly $15 billion in unpaid bills, and if a budget isn’t passed, the backlog could swell to $24 billion. Can a deal be made? We discuss the budget crisis.

Sidney Blumenthal Tells Story of Lincoln’s Political Evolution

The Lincoln biographer and Clinton family adviser discusses his newest book, “Westling With His Angel.”

Exit Interview with Alex Holt, Chicago Budget Director

Alex Holt

A look at the city’s past, present and fiscal future with the outgoing city budget director who is stepping down after six years.

The Week in Review: Lawmakers Fail to Pass Budget

No budget for a third consecutive year. J.B. Pritzker caught on FBI tapes seeking a political appointment. And will Tiger Woods’ DUI derail his Chicago golf course plans? These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Agency That Investigates Police Misconduct Undergoes Transformation

Sharon Fairley, chief administrator of the Civilian Office of Police Accountability.

In the wake of the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald, the Independent Police Review Authority, or IPRA, is being replaced by COPA—the Civilian Office of Police Accountability. Sharon Fairley, COPA’s chief administrator, joins us to discuss the transition.

Supreme Court Crunch Time

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A look at the cases to watch as U.S. Supreme Court decisions start rolling in.

What Sinclair Broadcast Group's Bid for Tribune Media Means for WGN

“Chicago's Very Own," WGN-TV could be soon owned by a politically active, conservative broadcast company based in Baltimore.  

Revisiting the ‘Miracle’ that Sparked the Farm-to-Table Movement

Barbara Kingsolver’s book “Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life” helped launch a new, healthier food movement a decade ago. We speak with the author about the recent “One Book, One Chicago” selection.

Hedy Weiss Reviews: ‘Objects in the Mirror,’ ‘Paradise Blue,’ More

Daniel Kyri performs in Charles Smith’s “Objects in the Mirror.” (Credit: Liz Lauren)

The Chicago Sun-Times theater critic gives us her take on highly recommended shows from the Goodman Theatre, TimeLine, Paramount and Marriott.

What is WannaCry? What You Need to Know About Latest Cyberattack

The latest on one of the world’s most extensive cyberattacks ever.

Chicago Police Board Cracks Down on Misconduct

Chicago Police Board President Lori Lightfoot talks about misconduct findings against all 15 officers who faced discipline last year.