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Friday, September 30, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
The White Sox clinch the division, George Ryan's kickback trial finally underway, O'Hare expansion gets the green light, a new Ikea opens in Bolingbrook, ComEd claims it may go bankrupt, and an indoor city smoking ban expected to pass.


Thursday, September 29, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
For the first time in five years, the White Sox are playoff-bound. Phil Ponce and a team of sports journalists look back at how they got here, and then look ahead to the Sox post-season prospects. Guests: Bill Jauss, Tom Shaer, Mike Ferrin.

Corruption Trial Update
The government's star witness Scott Fawell came face-to-face with his former boss George Ryan today in the former governor's corruption trial. Rich Samuels will tell us what happened.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Ryan's Trial Begins
The much-anticipated corruption trial of former Illinois governor George Ryan finally got underway today with opening statements. Eddie Arruza reports on what the prosecution and defense told jurors about Ryan's alleged fraud and racketeering crimes.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
On the eve of George Ryan's corruption trial, Phil Ponce and his panel take a look at what the prosecution and the defense teams might be planning. Guests: Mike Flannery, WBBM-TV; Patrick Cotter, Arnstein & Lehr and Phil Rogers, WMAQ-TV.

Saul Bellow Memorial
Author Saul Bellow was remembered today in a service at the University of Chicago. Rich Samuels shares highlights of the day.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Hurricane Rita Update
We'll have a live report from Elizabeth Brackett who is in Houston covering the aftermath of Hurricane Rita.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
City officials have announced plans to crack down on jaywalkers. Phil Ponce and his panel take a closer look at the embattled pedestrian and other traffic issues. Guests: John McCarron, Joseph Schofer and Siim Soot.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks with Roche Schulfer about celebrating his 25th anniversary as Executive Director of the Goodman Theatre. He takes us behind the scenes of one of Chicago's most important – and most enduring – arts organizations.

Then, Elizabeth Bracket takes us on a tour of the Field Museum's new $65 million storage facility. It will be the new home for more than two million museum artifacts.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Mayor Daley's former top political aide implicated in city hiring scandal, jury selection underway in former Governor George Ryan's corruption trial, Marshall Field's facing extinction, the fatal Metra accident investigated, and the White Sox on the verge of an epic collapse.


Thursday, September 22, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
For years, he's been known as the dogged consumer advocate who was head of the Citizens Utility Board. Now Martin Cohen is shifting positions. Governor Blagojevich named him as the chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission, the same agency he has battled for more than 20 years. Cohen joins us for a panel discussion about his new job.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
It's day three of jury selection in the trial of former Governor George Ryan. What kind of people do prosecutors and defense attorneys want on this jury? Phil Ponce and his panel will take a look.

Iraq Update
Escalating violence in Iraq has shaken the suburban Chicago businessman who recently served as Minister of Electricity in Iraq. On a recent trip back to Chicago he told Elizabeth Brackett he fears Iraq is moving closer to civil war. That conversation is coming up tonight.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Metra Derailment
The federal investigation into last Saturday's deadly Metra accident continued today as officials tried to simulate the conditions that led to the crash. Eddie Arruza updates us on what investigators were trying to determine today.

Monday, September 19, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
Governor Blagojevich vehemently denies any wrongdoing in an alleged pension scheme. Phil Ponce and his panel take a closer look at the governor's latest controversy. Guests: Greg Hinz, Kristen McQueary, Chris Fusco

Bears Alumni Club
The Bears put it all together against the Lions: Offense, defense and special teams all scored. Superbowl champ Steve McMichael is here for our Bears Alumni Club.

Friday, September 16, 2005

The Week in Review
Governor Blagojevich's name surfaces in pension probe, former Governor Ryan accused of media blitz just before his jury selection on Monday, Hurricane Katrina prompts Chicago officials to reevaluate evacuation plans here, get ready for soaring gas bills, the White Sox division lead evaporating, and the Bears hope to tame the Detroit Lions.


Thursday, September 15, 2005

Mayor Daley's Press Conference
Mayor Daley warned of record high gas prices this winter as he announced programs to help seniors and low income residents deal with the soaring costs of energy. Elizabeth Brackett reports on this and other news from the mayor's wide ranging news conference today.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

City Council Meeting
An impassioned city council meeting today included an unexpected health scare by one of the alderman.

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
The average tab for heating a home this fall and winter is expected to be $1500. On top of that, gas and electric companies are asking for rate increases. Representatives of People's Energy and ComEd will be here to explain.

Monday, September 12, 2005

News Analysis with Phil Ponce
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, how prepared are we for a major disaster? Phil Ponce examines that question with a panel that includes Mayor Daley's Chief of Staff, Ron Huberman.

Hurricane Relief
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the closest major city to New Orleans, has absorbed tens of thousands of evacuees. How has the disaster changed that town? Elizabeth Brackett recently returned from the region and has the story.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
On this the 4th anniversary of 9/11 and in the wake of Hurricane Katrina Host Phil Ponce talks with Richard Friedman, President and Chair of the National Strategy Forum – a Chicago-based organization whose mission is to educate the public on critical issues of national security.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Chicago welcomes Hurricane Katrina's victims, the City Hall monitor takes over clout-ridden hiring process, Jim Edgar closer to a gubernatorial comeback, nearly 19,000 Boeing machinists go on strike, the White Sox close in on a division championship, and the Bears open the season against the Washington Redskins.


Thursday, September 08, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Update
Gulf coast residents have begun returning to try and salvage some of their belongings from their demolished homes. Elizabeth Brackett returned with one family and tells us what they found.

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Hurricane Update
More survivors of Hurricane Katrina are reaching Chicago. Rich Samuels takes us to Tinley Park where more than 100 will find shelter for the foreseeable future. South Suburban PADS Agency, 708-754-4357. We'll talk live with Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich, who is in Baton Rouge tonight and has been covering the aftermath of the hurricane in New Orleans and the surrounding area all week.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Chicago's Katrina Response

Mayor Daley was on hand today as Chicago geared up to receive survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Rich Samuels reports from the city's new intake center on the west side.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
On this first day of school, Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne Duncan sits down with Eddie Arruza to talk about the new school year.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Chicago Tonight is preempted for the holiday.

Sunday, September 04, 2005

This week on Chicago Sunday:
Host Phil Ponce talks with Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey about her recently completed stint "cleaning up" the city's minority hiring program.

Then, if some researchers at the Illinois Institute of Technology are predicting correctly, the solar house of the future will make it's own heat and electricity. Eddie Arruza tells us how it works and when we can expect to move in.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Chicago reacts to Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Daley apologizes to Chicagoans for recent scandals, West Nile virus on the rise here, the White Sox continue to struggle, and the Bears finally sign top draft pick Cedric Bensen.


Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Update

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Hurricane Katrina Update
With most of New Orleans under water and hundreds confirmed dead in Louisiana and Mississippi, what can authorities can do to deal with the catastrophe? Bob talks with two experts on what needs to be done and how you can help.

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