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‘True History’ of H.H. Holmes Examines Life, Career of Serial Killer

H.H. Holmes

Adam Selzer, author of the new book “H.H. Holmes: The True History of the White City Devil,” joins us to discuss the latest chapter in a story that's already more than a century old.

The Week in Review: House Votes to Repeal Obamacare

The U.S. House of Representatives approve a bill that repeals several features of Obamacare. Plans for the Obama Presidential Center are unveiled. Gov. Rauner and Mayor Emanuel battle over the Thompson Center sale.

Gubernatorial Candidate Bob Daiber: ‘I Can Carry Downstate Illinois’

Bob Daiber speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight)

The Madison County school superintendent joins host Eddie Arruza to discuss his run for Illinois governor.

The Pitfalls of Participatory Budgeting

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Aldermen fight to keep their discretionary “menu money” funds for ward improvements to streets, sidewalks, alleys and other projects.

Meet the New Police Union Boss Kevin Graham

Newly elected Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge President Kevin Graham, a 21-year veteran of the force, shares his concerns and priorities. 

Race for Governor: Daniel Biss on his Bid to Replace Rauner

Daniel Biss speaks to Cook County Democratic committeemen on March 27, 2017. (Chicago Tonight)

The state senator jumped into the crowded field vying for the Democratic nomination for governor a month ago. He joins us in discussion.

The Week in Review: Turbulent Week for United Airlines

United Airlines faces international scorn for dragging a passenger off a plane. Chicago cops oust their union president. Gov. Bruce Rauner goes on a political tour. And the Cubs raise the championship banner.

Blair Kamin Weighs in on Wrigley Plaza, Border Wall Designs

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Joining us with the latest in the world of the built environment is Blair Kamin, the Chicago Tribune’s Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic. 

‘The Gatekeepers’ Illustrates Power of White House Chief of Staff

Chris Whipple (Photo by David Hume Kennerly)

A behind-the-scenes look at what some think is the second most powerful position in government: White House chief of staff.

The Week in Review: Trump Says ‘No Excuse’ for Chicago Violence

Trump says there’s “no excuse” for hundreds of Chicago shootings. Mayor Emanuel proposes a municipal ID program for undocumented immigrants. Rauner launches a campaign ad, while Democrats push their own “comeback agenda.” 

Plan for Transformation: WBEZ Examines Progress of CHA Redevelopment

Demolition of Cabrini-Green homes (Joe M500 / Wikimedia Commons)

Seventeen years after Mayor Daley launched his plan to transform the Chicago Housing Authority, WBEZ examines promises kept – and broken.

What’s Next for US Health Care

A look at what’s next for Obamacare and what happened to the Republican bill to replace it.

Republican Health Care Reform Bill on Life Support

Without enough votes to pass, the House of Representatives postpones a vote on the Republican’s bill to repeal Obamacare.

US Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch Grilled on Day 2 of Hearings

Former U.S. Supreme Court clerks weigh in on the confirmation hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch. 

The Week in Review: Top Cop Seeks Help from AG Sessions

Chicago’s top cop Eddie Johnson makes his case to Attorney General Jeff Sessions for federal help with gangs and guns. That story and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Good Food Festival Celebrates Locally Grown, Sustainable Food

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Chef Rick Bayless is just one of the highlights at this year’s three-day Good Food Festival. We speak with the event’s founder to learn more.

Family’s Journey Told in Oscar-Nominated Documentary ‘Life, Animated’

A still image from the documentary “Life, Animated.”

Cornelia Suskind tell us about her son Owen, the subject of a new documentary film.

The Week in Review: President Trump Slams Chicago Yet Again

Trump again takes aim at Chicago violence while Oprah mulls a presidential run. The Illinois Senate’s budget “grand bargain” hits a big snag. CPS may be cutting classes. And Northwestern’s buzzer beater could lead to the Big Dance.

Republicans Analyze President Trump’s Speech to Congress

President Donald Trump struck a less combative and more presidential tone during his address to a joint session of Congress. What’s behind the shift, and will his calls to put “trivial fights” behind help him move his agenda forward?

Hollywood Plot Twist: Epic Mix-Up Makes Oscars History

“Moonlight” director Barry Jenkins at the Academy Awards on Sunday. (Courtesy of Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)

Hollywood produced its biggest plot twist ever at the Academy Awards featuring a best picture winner with Chicago ties.

A Portrait of Michael Madigan

Reuters reporter Dave McKinney takes an in-depth look at House Speaker Michael Madigan's role in Illinois' budget woes.

Free Press in the Trump Era

President Donald Trump calls the media the “enemy of the American people.” We get reaction from some local editors.

The Week in Review: Rauner Lays Out ‘Grand Bargain’ Parameters

Gov. Rauner wants reforms in exchange for tax hikes. CPS sues the state over discrimination. Chicago violence takes center stage again. And players report to spring training. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Increasing News Literacy in an Age of Fake News

Get tips for separating fact from fiction in the age of fake news.

Immigration Under Trump: Raids and the Future of Executive Order

What’s been the impact of the immigration raids – and the travel ban – and what’s next?