Chicago Tonight: The Year in Review

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During this week’s special edition of the Week in Review, Joel Weisman and his panel discuss the biggest news stories of 2015, including the release of the Laquan McDonald video.

Recent news was dominated by the Chicago Police Department crisis that gripped the city. Near-daily peaceful protests followed the reluctant release of the Laquan McDonald shooting video and murder charges against the officer who shot the teen 16 times. Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued a rare apology and ousted his police superintendent and head of the Independent Police Review Authority. At the federal level, a probe of Chicago police patterns and practices has been launched.

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Shocking crimes from powerful people also dominated the news, including guilty pleas from former Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert and former CPS CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett.

In other news, the state continues to operate without a budget amid bickering over priorities between the governor and lawmakers. And in sports, the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup on home ice and the Cubs have a surprising playoff run.


Charles Thomas, ABC 7 News
Mary Ann Ahern, NBC 5 News
Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times
Jim Litke, Associated Press

The conversation continues online as Joel Weisman and his panel take a closer look at revelations that Lake County Lt. Joseph Gliniewicz’s death was an elaborately staged suicide to cover up alleged misconduct, and the media coverage of the case.

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