Obama on "Check, Please!"

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Obama on "Check, Please!"

Before he was President-elect, Barack Obama was a guest reviewer on WTTW's "Check, Please!" Tonight we feature some highlights from an episode that has never-been-seen-before.

Roland Burris and the Blagojevich Scandal

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Eddie Arruza has the latest on Roland Burris as he travels to Washington, D.C. to try to be sworn in as the state's junior senator. He also takes a look at whether or not the federal court will grant U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald more time to file an indictment against the governor.

News Analysis with Carol Marin

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As Roland Burris heads to Washington, D.C., Illinois lawmakers head to Springfield this week for an expected vote on impeachment. Carol Marin talks to a panel of legislators about the governor's immediate future.

Rep. Mark Kirk

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Rep. Mark Kirk has not only serves his 10th Congressional District on the North Shore, but he also serves as a Naval Reserve intelligence officer. It was in that capacity that he just returned from a tour of active duty in Afghanistan. Rep. Kirk talks about his tour and also about the controversy surrounding the governor.

Chicago Business

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Sherman Kaplan of WBBM Newsradio 780 will be here with a roundup of the economic mystery that was 2008 and a look at whether or not 2009 might bring some recovery.

Private Commuter Rail Car

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Geoffrey Baer takes you on a ride aboard Chicago's last surviving private car.

Viewer Mail

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We read some of your comments about our recent stories.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

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Governor Blagojevich's Senate Selection
Governor Blagojevich stuns the Chicago political scene by naming former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the U.S. Senate, the same seat the Governor is accused of trying to sell. Christian Farr was at the press conferences and will recap today's events with extended excerpts.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

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News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The impeachment committee continued their work today in Springfield hearing extensively from Governor Rod Blagojevich's attorney, Ed Genson. Elizabeth Brackett sits down with former Cook County State's Attorney Dick Devine, the Better Government Association Executive Director, Jay Stewart and Roosevelt University's Paul Green to discuss the latest developments.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

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News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The Obama team released the results of its own internal investigation into conversations and discussions his administration officials had with Gov. Blagojevich. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel take a look at the report.

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Chicago Matters: Growing Forward
Rich Samuels looks at the prairie restoration work being done in the Nachusa Grasslands.

Monday, December 22, 2008

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Governor's Scandal
Rich Samuels has the latest on the governor and the Illinois House's impeachment investigation.

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News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Elizabeth Brackett sits down with one of the architects of President-elect Barack Obama's historic run for president, David Axelrod.

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Friday, December 19, 2008

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman at 7 PM
Joel and his panel discuss the week's top headlines: Governor Blagojevich vows to fight corruption charges; Chicago Public Schools chief Arne Duncan joins the Obama cabinet; Motorola freezing employee pensions; holiday retail sales as cool as the temperature; mortgage rates at historic lows; the young Blackhawks red-hot; and the Bears battle Packers on Monday night.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

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Fed Rate Cuts
With the Fed effectively cutting the short-term interest rate to zero, what does it mean for your finances? Will it be cheaper and easier to buy a new home or refinance the one you are in? WCIU's "First Business " host Tom Hudson has some sobering answers.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

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City Snow Removal
Snow removal was a hot topic at today's city council meeting. Rich Samuels has the latest on the city's debate over clearing snow.

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Impeachment Proceedings
The governor's attorney addressed the the Illinois House impeachment committee as it continued proceedings today. Carol Marin reports live from Springfield with House Minority Leader Tom Cross.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

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City Driving
Do city streets seem a bit more treacherous this winter? Ald. Tom Allen thinks so and says residents in his ward are livid. He tells us how the city should restore recent cutbacks it made to snow removal service.

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Blagojevich Corruption Scandal
Rich Samuels reports on the latest developments with the governor.

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Monday, December 15, 2008

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Special Session in Springfield
Carol Marin is live from Springfield with the latest from the first day of the landmark special legislative session.

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News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Elizabeth Brackett sits down for a one-on-one with Abner Mikva. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan appointed him special assistant attorney general for the Illinois Supreme Court case she filed against the Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Friday, December 12, 2008

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman at 7 PM

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Back to Work for Blagojevich
The governor reported for another day of work as calls for his resignation and impeachment intensified. Rich Samuels has the latest on the scandal and what the president-elect had to say about him.

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News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Impeaching Governor Blagojevich may not be as imminent as some may hope. Eddie Arruza and his panel of state legislators tell us why.

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

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The Charges Against the Governor
We continue our coverage of the corruption charges against the governor.

Back to Work
The governor headed back to work this morning as politicians from around the state and country, including the president-elect, called for his resignation. Rich Samuels takes us through the governor's day.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

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Blagojevich, Chief of Staff Arrested
Governor Rod Blagojevich arrested by the FBI — among the allegations: that he tried to sell Barack Obama's senate seat. We spend the hour looking at the downfall of the self-proclaimed reformer.

Monday, December 08, 2008

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Republic Windows & Doors
Laid-off workers from Republic Window & Doors continue their sit-in as union leaders, Bank of America representatives and company representatives meet. Rich Samuels has the latest details.

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Friday, December 05, 2008

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review at 7 PM
We take a look at the week's top headlines: Governor Blagojevich taped by the feds; Senator Durbin asks for an early prison release for former Governor George Ryan; Mayor Daley leases Chicago's parking meters; retailers report their worst November sales numbers since 1969; 15 cops busted in an FBI sting; and the Bears fighting for their playoff lives.

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Thursday, December 04, 2008

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Voter Trends
The final canvas has now been done by the Chicago Board of Elections. Elizabeth Brackett discusses some of the voter trends in the historic election.

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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

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FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SOME OF TONIGHT'S STORIES:

Parking Meter Lease
Mayor Daley's proposed parking meter lease deal could set a speed record as it races through the city council. Rich Samuels tells us why some aldermen are having misgivings. And Carol Marin and her guest explore the possible pitfalls of the mayor's creative financing.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

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Leasing Parking Meters
Chicago's leasing its parking meters for $1.1 billion. Rich Samuels tells us how the meter deal will nickel and dime you.

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News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The quest to grant former Governor George Ryan a pardon has drawn plenty of criticism. Elizabeth Brackett sits down with the man who prosecuted Ryan and the head of the Illinois Republican party.

Monday, December 01, 2008

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Trouble on Wall Street
The Dow Jones industrial average dropped nearly 700 points today despite positive Christmas shopping news. Kris Kridel of WBBM Newsradio 780 helps us understand the forces at work.

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Friday, November 28, 2008

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman at 7 PM
The day after Thanksgiving traditionally marks the opening of the holiday shopping season. This week on a special edition of the Week in Review, Joel and a panel of Chicago's top business reporters take a closer look at a retail season that promises to be challenging. Will Black Friday be awash in red ink? And just how much of an impact will layoffs, cutbacks and recession have on the bottom line?

Guests:

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Should Former Governor Ryan Be Freed From Prison?
Should President George W. Bush commute the prison sentence of former Governor George Ryan? Rich Samuels brings us up to date on a growing controversy.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

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County Budget
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.

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Monday, November 24, 2008

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Obama's Economic Plans
President-elect Barack Obama says his new economic team will hit the ground running given the extraordinary stresses the economy faces. Obama unveiled his team at a Chicago press conference this morning, though the names had been circulating for days. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

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Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review with Joel Weisman at 7 PM

Thursday, November 20, 2008

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News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
The Dow closed down 444 points today amidst job worries and auto industry uncertainties. Eddie Arruza and his panel take a look at this crisis of confidence and where things might go from here.

Crate & Barrel Co-Founder Gordon Segal
Mayor Daley says top area CEO's are warning of mass layoffs in the coming months, and new reports indicate the nationwide jobless rate is at a 16-year high. We get insight from a top former Chicago CEO about what's happening in the private sector.