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We hear what you had to say about some of our recent stories when we read some viewer mail.

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Exactly who is accepted into the University of Illinois -- and who is not -- has created a firestorm of controversy in recent days. Carol Marin sits down with a representative from the university, a state lawmaker calling for resignations, and a Chicago Tribune journalist who helped break the story.

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We look into the life and challenges of a homeless 11-year-old Chicago Public School student, and learn what the city's school system does to help.

If you would like to help the family of Demarra Rutherford, you have two options:

You can send a check made payable to the:
Demarra Rutherford Fund
C/O: Metropolitan Family Services
1 North Dearborn
Chicago, IL 60602

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Joel and his panel discuss the week's top headlines: Chicago on a Denver booting blitz; financing for the Midway Airport privatization deal falls through; the number of year-round Chicago Public Schools is tripling; Crestwood officials allowed citizens to use polluted water for more than two decades; Rod Blagojevich's reality show request denied; Cook County Board President Todd Stroger embroiled in a hiring scandal; the Blackhawks and Flames series all knotted up; and the Bulls hope to rebound from a lopsided loss against the Celtics.

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Controversy is brewing at Chicago State University as students and alumni plan protests over the school's finalists for president. Rich Samuels tells us who the finalists are, and why they are creating such a stir.

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Is it sometimes okay to cheat in school? We ask an ethicist who is focusing on the everyday dilemmas faced by teenagers.

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John sits down with new Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman.

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We'll get a sneak preview of John Callaway's "Friday Night" interview with the new Chicago Public Schools CEO Ron Huberman.

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We hear what you had to say about some of our recent stories when we read some of our viewer mail.

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29 Chicago Public School students have been murdered this year. Yesterday, friends, family, and activists went to Springfield to push for tougher gun laws. Eddie Arruza and his panel examine the violence and possible solutions.

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Joel and his panel discuss the week's top headlines: Governor Quinn reportedly considering hiking income taxes by 50 percent; 27 Chicago Public School students already killed this school year; CTA fare hikes and service cuts on the table; the Sears Tower being renamed; the Art Institute boosting admission cost 50 percent; Chicago aldermen balk at being investigated by the city's inspector general; and the Bulls and Blackhawks battling for playoff positions.

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Joel and his panel discuss the week's top headlines: Embattled Sen. Roland Burris refuses to step down; former Chicago Alderman Ed Vrdolyak escapes jail time; Gov. Quinn running for re-election in 2010; Chicago Public School officials vote to close or consolidate 16 underperforming schools; federal bailout recipient Northern Trust Bank under fire for sponsoring a golf tournament and throwing lavish parties; and Chicago mourns the loss of Bulls legends Norm Van Lier and Johnny "Red" Kerr.

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The Chicago School Board decided the fate of 16 city schools at today's board meeting. Rich Samuels tells us which schools will be closed or consolidated and why.

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Joel and his panel discuss the week's top headlines: Chicago and Illinois awaiting much-needed federal stimulus dollars; former governor Blagojevich slams Illinois lawmakers for infidelity and alcoholism; startling allegations of corporal punishment in the Chicago Public Schools; downtown parking meter rates going way up today; the Chicago Auto Show drives into town; Cubs and Sox pitchers and catchers report to spring training this weekend; and Chicago Bulls legend Johnny "Red" Kerr honored this week.

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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 Quinn meets with President Obama in Washington as the Illinois budget deficit approaches $9 billion dollars; former Chicago Public Schools chief Paul Vallas running for Cook County Board president; the feds reopen the 1982 Tylenol murder case; a 10-year-old Evanston student hangs himself; and the Bulls on a roll after Jerry Reinsdorf calls the season a "disaster."

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Joel and his panel discuss the week's top headlines: Embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich thrown out of office; Governor Pat Quinn pledges to "fumigate state government" of corruption; President Obama's stimulus plan passed by the House of Representatives, what does it mean to Chicago?; Mayor Daley names Ron Huberman Chicago's new Public Schools chief; and Chicago-area home prices continue to plummet.

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