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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.

New Cases of HIV in Chicago at Record Lows, But More Work Ahead

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It’s been 30 years since the first commemoration of World AIDS Day. We take a look at promising treatments, and some stark statistics.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Lincoln Yards Controversy

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the Lincoln Yards development plan. Will new design tweaks be enough to win over neighbors? 

The Week in Review: FBI Drops Political Bombshell

Federal agents raid the offices of powerful 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke. Twenty-one candidates officially file petitions to become Chicago’s next mayor. The cover-up trial of three Chicago cops begins. And the Bears have the playoffs in their sights. 

Exit Interview: Cook County Clerk David Orr

Cook County Clerk David Orr appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 27, 2018.

After nearly 40 years in public office, Cook County Clerk David Orr is leaving the political stage. He joins us to discuss the past, present and future of elections.

Running and Life Lessons with ‘Wait, Wait’ Host Peter Sagal

You may know him as the funny and irreverent host of NPR’s “Wait, Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” But did you know Peter Sagal is also an avid runner? We get the rundown on “The Incomplete Book of Running.”

Political, Financial, Housing Issues Face Next Mayor, City Council

City Council overwhelmingly approved a 2019 budget with no major tax or fee increases, but the next mayor and City Council will face rapidly rising city pension obligations and a host of other issues.

Responding to Hate Speech in Schools

Anthony Clark and Joylynn Pruitt-Adams appear on “Chicago Tonight.”

A recent spike in hate incidents at Oak Park and River Forest High School leads to a community march – and a criminal charge. A teacher and administrator tell us how they’re responding.

Infertility Myths and Facts as Michelle Obama Reveals Miscarriage, IVF

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Former first lady Michelle Obama opens up about her family’s fertility struggles in her new book “Becoming.” We ask a local doctor about the myths and facts of infertility.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Possibilities of Legal Marijuana

How high is the possibility of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois with a supportive Gov.-elect J.B. Pritzker? 

The Week in Review: Pritzker Wins, Blue Wave Sweeps Illinois

 J.B. Pritzker wins the battle of the billionaires. Strong voter turnout driven by millennials helped bring a blue wave to the state. And in sports, the Chicago Blackhawks dump coach Joel Quenneville. 

Casten, Underwood Oust GOP Incumbents in House

Sean Casten appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Nov. 7, 2018.

Democrats have regained control of the House due in part to two congressional seats flipping in the Chicago suburbs. We speak with political newcomer Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) about his victory.

In 6th District, Newcomer Casten Defeats GOP Incumbent Roskam

Sean Casten, left, and U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 22, 2018.

In a political upset, political neophyte Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove) has defeated six-term conservative Republican incumbent Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) in the 6th Congressional District.

Election 2018: A Last Look at the Races to Watch

Gov. Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Aug. 14, 2017 and March 14, 2018, respectively.

With less than 12 hours left before polling places open, it’s time for a recap of the races to watch in Illinois. Carol Marin and guests take a last look at some of the hottest.

‘This Book is Not for Everyone’: Camille Paglia Talks ‘Provocations’

Sex, politics and religion are widely considered taboo topics for polite conversation. Yet that's exactly what Camille Paglia tackles in her latest book, “Provocations: Collected Essays.”

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Debating Police Reform

The public weighs in on the police reform consent decree, but will it impact the final agreement?

The Week in Review: Rauner Drops Controversial Ad

While the country debates civility and decency in political rhetoric, a new commercial causes a stir in the race for Illinois governor. Grammy-winning rappers stump for a mayoral unknown. And can the Bears bounce back Sunday against the Jets?

Chicago Company Ballot Ready Gets Voters Primed for Polls

The Illinois governor’s race has gotten a lot of attention, but do you know who else you’re voting for? How a Chicago company is helping inform voters about their candidates and referendums.

6th Congressional District Forum: Sean Casten, Peter Roskam

Sean Casten, left, and U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam appear on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 22, 2018.

In one of the most-watched Congressional races this election season, six-term incumbent, U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton), is facing political newcomer Sean Casten (D-Downers Grove).

Polio-Like Acute Flaccid Myelitis Strikes Northern Illinois

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A 10th case of a polio-like illness is diagnosed in Illinois. We discuss acute flaccid myelitis – and what parents should be on the lookout for – with Dr. Nirav Shah of the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Former Blagojevich Aide Bradley Tusk on Politics and the Midterms

Bradley Tusk appears on “Chicago Tonight”

Bradley Tusk served as deputy governor under Rod Blagojevich. Now he advises tech startups. What it was like working for the now-imprisoned former governor.