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Illinois Joins Lawsuit Against Trump’s Emergency Wall Declaration

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 21, 2019.

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul has joined his counterparts in 15 other states in a lawsuit against the Trump administration for declaring a national emergency to build a wall on the southern U.S. border. 

Mayoral Candidate Forum: Daley, Mendoza, Preckwinkle, Vallas, Wilson

Join us Monday at 7 p.m. for the second of three mayoral candidate forums, moderated by Phil Ponce. Watch on WTTW11 or live on our website, Facebook and YouTube.

FDA Assessing Risks of Vaginal Mesh Amid Thousands of Lawsuits

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More than 100,000 women are suing manufacturers over painful complications from surgical mesh, which is implanted in the vaginal wall to treat urinary incontinence and other health issues. 

Illinois Lawmakers Debate Financial Steps Amid Pritzker Deficit Report

State Rep. Greg Harris, D-Chicago, center, and State Rep. Tom Demmer, R-Dixon, right, joined Carol Marin on “Chicago Tonight” on Feb. 11, 2019.

From tax increases to sports betting to recreational marijuana, Illinois lawmakers weigh changes to address the state’s overwhelming financial problems. 

Mobile Carriers Tout Upcoming 5G Networks. How Fast is That?

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Blazing speeds are reportedly coming to your devices with 5G. Chicago Tribune technology reporter Ally Marotti tells us what to expect – and when.

Political Messaging in the Age of Deeply Partisan Politics

President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union speech Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.

The season for political messaging is in swing, but how can politicians – especially those running in highly competitive races for Chicago mayor or alderman – break through? 

Russia Vows New Missile Systems as US Withdraws from Nuclear Treaty

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Pompeo announced that the U.S. is pulling out of a treaty with Russia that's been a centerpiece of arms control since the Cold War. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

Russia’s announcement that it plans to build two new land-based missile launch systems follows the U.S. decision to withdraw from a decades-old nuclear treaty. 

Congress Back to Work Despite State of the Union Delay

“When the president stays out of the negotiations, we almost always succeed,” Sen. Chuck Schumer said Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019.

Congress looks to avoid another shutdown. “PBS NewsHour” correspondent Lisa Desjardins reports on a very busy day on Capitol Hill – that doesn’t include the State of the Union.

Meet New WBEZ ‘Morning Shift’ Host Jenn White

We catch up with Jenn White, who took over hosting duties earlier this month after former “Morning Shift” host Tony Sarabia signed off.

Senate to Vote Thursday on Dueling Bills to End Government Shutdown

Yamiche Alcindor of the “PBS NewsHour” brings us the latest on the longest partial federal government shutdown in U.S. history, now in its second month.

A Closer Look at O’Hare Expansion Proposals

The O’Hare expansion proposal from Studio ORD (Chicago Department of Aviation)

Making sense of the proposals in the O’Hare design competition with the Chicago Tribune’s architecture critic Blair Kamin.

The Week in Review: Jason Van Dyke Sentence, Cover-Up Acquittal

The highly anticipated sentencing of Jason Van Dyke – and a ruling on the fate of three other Chicago cops in a related case stemming from the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Jennifer Pritzker: GOP’s Policies ‘Marginalize Me Out of Existence’

Retired Col. Jennifer Pritzker details her scathing rebuke of the Republican Party's positions on transgender individuals.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel Unveils Ethics Reform Plan

Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Chicago Tonight file photo)

In the wake of an attempted extortion charge against longtime Ald. Ed Burke, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has unveiled a number of ethics reforms. Ald. Nick Sposato weighs in.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: R. Kelly in Headlines Again

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss law enforcement’s warrant to search R. Kelly’s Chicago recording studio.

The Week in Review: New Faces, Veteran Leadership in Springfield

New faces meet veteran leadership in the newly seated 101st General Assembly. City Council sees a flurry of reform proposals. Renewed scrutiny over R. Kelly allegations. And a heartbreaking “double doink” ends the Bears season.

Standoff Over Border Wall, Government Funding Continues

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

President Donald Trump pushes for a southern border wall as the government shutdown enters its third week. U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley talks about the standoff and what’s next for the Democratic-controlled House.

2 Years In, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Looks Back, Ahead

Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx ran – and won – on a platform of being a reformer, expressing a desire to move the office from being “tough on crime to being smart on crime.” Foxx joins us in discussion.

New Democratic Legislator Pushes Against the Machine

Anne Stava-Murray appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

Meet Anne Stava-Murray, an incoming Democratic state representative who says she is rejecting Michael Madigan’s bid for an 18th term as speaker of the House.

Susana Mendoza on Her Battle to Become Chicago’s Next Mayor

Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

Susana Mendoza announced her candidacy for Chicago mayor just days after winning re-election as Illinois comptroller. Now, she is considered by many to be one of the front-runners in that race.

Christopher Kimball Shares Quick Weeknight Recipes in ‘Tuesday Nights’

The chef, author, television and radio host talks about his latest cookbook, “Milk Street: Tuesday Nights.” Plus: Get his recipes for orecchiete with sausage and paprika-rubbed pork tenderloin.

National Safety Council Leader Deborah Hersman Heading to Waymo

Deborah Hersman appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

For the last four years, Deborah Hersman has led the National Safety Council. Next month, she’ll join Google’s self-driving technology development company, Waymo. Why she’s making the move.

Trump’s Troubles: Prosecutors Detail Illegal Activities in Sentencing Memos

President Donald Trump speaks the press about acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in November 2018.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti joins us with insight into the latest legal revelations implicating President Donald Trump of directing criminal activity. 

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Remembering George H.W. Bush

Paris Schutz and guests discuss the legacy of former President George H.W. Bush as the nation mourns the 41st president. 

The Week in Review: FBI Raid Doesn’t Hinder Burke Fundraiser

Ald. Ed Burke’s fundraiser goes on despite FBI raids. Mayoral candidates duke it out in petition battles. The fate of three Chicago cops is in a judge’s hands. And the Bears take on the Rams.