Cook County President Todd Stroger introduced his 2009 budget to county commissioners today. While he doesn't plan to raise taxes, he is asking commissioners to approve a pretty big loan to keep the county running. Christian Farr explains why some commissioners are concerned with that part of the budget.
News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
President-elect Barack Obama continues to outline the economic recovery plan he will implement when he takes office, but for now it's become the year of the bailout. Eddie Arruza talks with Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Rep. Luis Gutierrez about Washington's economic rescue fever.
Chicago Matters: Growing Forward
Rich Samuels tells us why some are calling for the ecological separation of the the Great Lakes and the Mississippi river basin—-as we continue our "Chicago Matters" series "Growing Forward."
Bill Ayers, current education professor at University of Illinois at Chicago and former 1960's radical activist sits down in an exclusive interview with Elizabeth Brackett on his relationship with Barack Obama and the 2008 presidential campaign.
"Fred Astaire" by Joseph Epstein
Fred Astaire was one of America's greatest song and dance men. We meet the local author of the new book that honors the life, legacy and natural talent of this high class hoofer.
Hedy Weiss Theater Reviews
Hedy Weiss is here with a "highly recommended" review for TV star William Petersen's return to the Chicago stage in Steppenwolf Theater's "Dublin Carol."
Commentator Dawn Trice will be here with some advice for Governor Blagojevich.