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Cook County Clerk Dorothy Brown joins the race for mayor. A federal appeals court says the federal government may not withhold funding from so-called sanctuary cities. And the U.S. Supreme Court denies an appeal from Rod Blagojevich.

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Voters across the state are heading to the polls. Three political reporters give us their takes on noteworthy primary races.

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Is Oprah serious about a run for the White House? Will Garry McCarthy run for mayor? Karen Lewis laughs at a draft of her obit. And the Bears have a new head coach.  

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel blasts President Donald Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios faces a lawsuit charging racial discrimination in the property tax assessment system. And Cubs announcer Pat Hughes reveals a health scare.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner launches his re-election bid. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle demands 10-percent cuts. And in Springfield, a “bump stock” bill is defeated and sexual harassment allegations emerge. 

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The despised soda tax is repealed after just two months. Another property tax hike passes. Mike Ditka denies racial oppression. And the Cubs gear up for another dramatic postseason.

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Springfield finally passes a school funding bill. More taxes for Chicago schools. City Council cracks down on Uber and Lift. And the Bears get ready for regular season opener.

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A staff shakeup in the Rauner administration. Big layoffs predicted after Cook County’s soda tax is blocked in court. New owners at the Chicago Sun-Times. Big changes ahead for Lake Shore Drive. And in sports, a major crosstown trade.

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Police kill the Belleville gunman who fired on GOP congressmen. A lawsuit aims to force federal oversight of Chicago Police reform. And Dwyane Wade could make a deal to return to the Bulls. 

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A heated debate over affordable housing in Jefferson Park. Restrictions eased on local gun ranges. Population decline in Chicago … again. And could the end of Illinois’ budget impasse be near? These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

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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.

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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.” 

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The governor’s race gets crowded. Sears’ future is in doubt. Red-light cameras may become more forgiving. And Bulls fans say goodbye to Jerry Krause. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

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We take a look at city, state and national political news with Chicago Tonight correspondent Paris Schutz, WBBM’s Craig Dellimore and Univision’s Mariano Gielis.

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Joel Weisman and his panel discuss the week's news, including the agonizingly slow TSA screening lines at O'Hare and Midway which have prompted calls to wrest airport control from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and create an elected airport authority.

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Joel Weisman and guests discuss the controversial and expensive new plan for the Lucas Museum and more top stories on this week's show.