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Judge Rules Against Independent Redistricting Measure

The latest attempt to wrest control of legislative redistricting from state lawmakers was handed a setback Wednesday morning. 

Emmy-Nominated ‘Making a Murderer’ Returning with New Episodes

Steven Avery in the Netflix original documentary series "Making A Murderer." (Netflix)

The popular Netflix series “Making a Murderer” will be returning to the streaming platform with new episodes, the company announced Tuesday.

Chuy Garcia Backs Push to End Superdelegates

Chuy Garcia (Rev Dills / Flickr)

Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García is throwing his weight behind a petition calling on the Democratic National Committee to do away with superdelegates. 

Report: Chicago Needs Better Risk Management, Thoughtful Police Reform

The latest report from Chicago’s inspector general gives a nod to ongoing efforts to reform the Chicago Police Department, but warns the process must not be rushed and community members must not be excluded.

The Week in Review: Trump Picks VP

Donald Trump has chosen Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his vice presidential candidate. Chicago schools avoid more funding cuts. The Cubs dominate the National League All-Star team, but the American League walks away with the win. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Toni Preckwinkle on $174M Cook County Budget Gap

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to discuss the huge budget gap facing the county – and how she wants to tackle the problem.

‘Wild Travels’ Returns, Reveals Stranger Places to Visit

The award-winning series celebrates some of the stranger destinations you can visit in the U.S. The show's host and executive producer join us to talk about what you can expect from the new season, debuting this weekend.

Opponents of State Stopgap Budget Explain Their Votes

The state's six-month stopgap budget sailed through the Illinois General Assembly by a huge vote margin last week, just before the fiscal year deadline. Only four lawmakers voted against the plan. They join “Chicago Tonight” to explain their decision.

The Week in Review: Springfield Passes Stopgap Budget

Lawmakers and the governor strike a six-month budget deal. Schools get funding to open in the fall. The Bears lose a legend, and the Cubs' Kris Bryant makes history. Joel Weisman and guests discuss these stories and more.

Study: Program for At-Risk Youth Cuts Arrests by 35 Percent

A new study finds a program that works with at-risk young men in Chicago reduced overall arrests in the group by 35 percent, violent crime arrests by 50 percent and boosted on-time high school graduation for participants by 19 percent.

$35 Million Gift for New U of Chicago Entrepreneurship Center

The University of Chicago's startup accelerator and entrepreneurship center lands a multimillion-dollar gift to expand. Meet the alumni donor and the center's director.

Whistleblower Cop On Ending Police ‘Code of Silence’

Meet a Chicago police officer who says she faced retaliation after investigating corrupt cops, and find out how she hopes to help other whistleblowers.

Chicago Pride Celebrations This Year to Include Memorials, Extra Security

Pride Parade coordinator Rich Pfeiffer.

As Chicago remembers victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting, it's also preparing to celebrate Gay Pride Month over the next two weekends. Hear details from the parade coordinator.

The Week in Review: Lots of Posturing, Little Progress in Springfield

Joel Weisman and his panel discuss this week’s news, including the end of the spring legislative session in Springfield without a budget and the possibility that schools won’t open in the fall.

UIC Study: City Council Becoming Less of a ‘Rubber Stamp’

An annual study from the University of Illinois at Chicago finds that aldermen are increasingly voting independently from Mayor Rahm Emanuel on contested issues.

Do Chicago Police Have a Code of Silence?

A whistleblower lawsuit filed by two police officers claim that Chicago police have a “code of silence.” We discuss whether the code exists with our guests.

Ron Magers’ Final Newscast After 51-Year Career

| Hunter Clauss

Ron Magers signs off Wednesday night after 51 years in television news, including almost 35 in Chicago. He started here at WMAQ-Channel 5, where he co-anchored with “Chicago Tonight” host Carol Marin for 13 years. In April, Magers sat down for a conversation with his former “TV wife.”

Lawmaker Meetings Continue, But No State Budget

There was a flurry of late-session activity in the Illinois House and Senate on Tuesday, but still no budget deal.

Independent Maps Group Responds to Lawsuit

Days after a bipartisan group filed a constitutional amendment that would take redistricting out of the hands of state lawmakers, a lawsuit was filed to get the proposal thrown out.

As Primaries Wind Down, Trump Seems Assured, Clinton and Sanders Scuffle

With less than a month until the end of the presidential primaries and caucuses, Donald Trump appears confident he'll pick up the Republican nomination. Despite Hillary Clinton’s commanding lead in pledged and unpledged delegates, Sen. Bernie Sanders pushes on.

A Kinder, Gentler Edit: Carol Fisher Saller Shares Editing Tips

Carol Fisher Saller

The "Subversive Copy Editor" discusses tips for navigating the often-tricky process of editing someone else's work.

Finding the Perfect Local Brew Just Got a Little Easier

Jeremy Hylen and Joel Gratcyk of Chicagos.Beer

If you're in search of great beer in Chicago, a new interactive website can help. The founders of Chicagos.Beer join "Chicago Tonight" to explain.

New White Sox Announcer Calling Games for His Childhood Team

Jason Benetti

It’s a dream job, no doubt about it. But Homewood native Jason Benetti works hard to keep his cool while calling games for the team he grew up rooting for.

Reps. Quigley and Hultgren on Issues Facing Congress and 2016 Election

Reps. Mike Quigley and Randy Hultgren

Congressmen Mike Quigley and Randy Hultgren join "Chicago Tonight" for a conversation about issues facing Congress, including national security, health care and lead levels in water. They'll also give us their thoughts on the 2016 presidential race.

Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich on Challenges Facing the Church

Archbishop Blase Cupich

Faced with major, ongoing financial pressure, the Archdiocese of Chicago is looking hard at its mission and membership. Archbishop Blase Cupich talks about the Chicago Catholic Church's money woes and how it might reorganize and revitalize itself.