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The mob beating of 16-year-old Fenger Academy High School student Derrion Albert has attracted national attention. We talk to Rev. Jesse Jackson about his meeting with Derrion's family today.

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Three teens have been charged in connection with the fatal beating of a Fenger High School student killed on his way home from school. Rich Samuels has the latest on this story.

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Joel and his panel discuss the week's top headlines: Oprah Winfrey joining Chicago's Olympic pitch team in Copenhagen next week; University of Illinois president Joseph White resigns in the wake of the admissions clout scandal; O'Hare Airport cited for numerous safety violations; Chicago cab drivers asking for a major rate hike; combustible Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley suspended for the rest of the season; and the Bears getting ready for the Seattle Seahawks.

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University of Illinois President B. Joseph White will resign after months of controversy over the school's admissions practices. Elizabeth Brackett has the latest on his resignation and the next steps for the university.

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A new documentary debuts this week that highlights a highly successful Chicago college preparatory school. One of the film's stars and a student share their keys to educational excellence.

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A researcher studying plague bacteria at the University of Chicago has died following exposure to deadly bacteria. Eddie Arruza and his panel discuss possible reasons this might have happened, and precautions taken by scientists studying potentially fatal diseases and bacteria.

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Legal scholar and University of Michigan law professor Catharine MacKinnon will be here to discuss a campaign to reform the state's prostitution and sex trafficking laws.

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A new documentary takes a look at what it means to be a successful principal at a struggling public school. Filmmaker Tod Lending joins us with a preview of The Principal Story, airing on WTTW at 9:30 tomorrow night.

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Chicago's public school students were back in the classroom today. Eddie Arruza and his panel look at the opportunities and challenges presented by the new school year.

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How can Chicago Public Schools be improved? We hear from some of the students Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman approached for answers.

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$40 million in state funds is headed to Chicago State University, but it comes as a big surprise to officials at the beleaguered college, who say they never asked for it. Eddie Arruza talks to State Sen. Rickey Hendon, who was instrumental in getting the money included in the state's capital improvements bill.

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Joel and his panel discuss the week's top headlines: Senator Ted Kennedy remembered; Mayor Daley apologizes yet again for the controversial parking meter deal; Chicago's inspector general David Hoffman runs for the U.S. Senate; Governor Quinn backs off his threat to fire the final two University of Illinois Trustee holdouts; Illinois braces for the swine flu; Bears quarterback Jay Cutler takes on his old team, the Broncos; and has Cubs outfielder Milton Bradley been the subject of racial taunts by Cubs fans?

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Governor Quinn named two people to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees, including Merchandise Mart CEO Chris Kennedy. Rich Samuels has the latest on those appointments, and what the Governor plans to do about the two Trustees who refuse to resign.

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The admission policies at Chicago's elite public high schools are being investigated by the feds. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel take a closer look at the role clout may play in getting into Chicago's most coveted schools.

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  • Stephanie Banchero - Chicago Tribune education reporter
  • Celia Hensey - student
  • Sarah Karp - associate editor at Catalyst
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Some University of Illinois Trustees are bristling at the Governor's call for their resignations. Rich Samuels caught up with two trustees today and fills us in on what they had to say.

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