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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.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Kanye West at the White House

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the “interesting” visit to the White House by Grammy Award-winning rapper – and former Chicagoan – Kanye West.

The Week in Review: Governor’s Race Gets Testy

With less than a month to Election Day, the Illinois governor’s race turns into a verbal cage match. Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke is transferred out of Cook County. The Trump administration opposes the city’s police consent decree. And does Kris Bryant really say no to $200 million? 

Chicago Aldermen Weigh In on City’s Unrelenting Gun Violence

President Donald Trump says “there’s no reason” for recent shootings in Chicago. We speak with two aldermen about the gun violence in their communities and what can be done to stop it.

Legal Analysis of Van Dyke’s Guilty Verdict

Jason Van Dyke remained expressionless as one guilty verdict after another was read Friday in court. And now, with his bail revoked, he is in jail as a convicted felon.

City, CPS Prepares for Verdict in Jason Van Dyke Murder Trial

Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke listens while attorneys step before Judge Vincent Gaughan’s bench on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

“I hope that everybody heeds the advice of Laquan McDonald’s family, the pastors, the community leaders to make their message heard in what they have to say and do it in a way that’s respectful to the city that we all call home,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday morning.

As Jury Deliberates Van Dyke’s Fate, a Closer Look at the Charges

From left: Prosecutor Joseph McMahon, defense attorney Daniel Herbert and Jason Van Dyke approach the judge’s bench on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. (Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Jason Van Dyke faces 19 counts in the fatal shooting of Laquan McDonald. With jury deliberations underway, we break down the charges, the evidence and closing arguments.

Untangling College Financing to Avoid Student Debt

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Nearly 40 percent of recent college graduates don’t think they’ll pay off their student loan debt within 10 years, according to a new study. 

Cardinal Blase Cupich: Sexual Abuse Victims ‘Are the Priority’

Cardinal Blase Cupich appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Oct. 1, 2018.

The Catholic Church is struggling to deal with worldwide sex abuse scandals. And within its own walls, the church seems to be at war with itself.

What Will Be Emanuel’s Architectural and Urban Planning Legacy?

How will Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be remembered when it comes to the city’s built environment? Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin weighs in.

Could Another Daley Become Mayor of Chicago?

Former U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff Bill Daley appears on “Chicago Tonight” on Sept. 17, 2018.

It’s official: Bill Daley is running for Chicago mayor. The former U.S. Commerce Secretary and White House chief of staff made his candidacy official at 12:01 a.m. Monday. He joins us in discussion.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Serena Williams Controversy

Eddie Arruza and guests talk about how Chicago tennis legend Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova differ on the Serena Williams controversy.

The Week in Review: The Rapidly Changing Mayoral Race

More candidates mull a run for Chicago mayor while others remove themselves from the race. An agreement on a federal consent decree is reached. And Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke opts to have a jury trial. 

The Battle Over Judge Brett Kavanaugh

Judge Brett Kavanaugh discusses Roe v. Wade during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018.

Former U.S. Supreme Court clerks weigh in on Brett Kavanaugh’s raucous confirmation hearings – and his chances for confirmation.

Emanuel Stuns Chicago, Rocks Mayor’s Race

What does the mayor’s decision to not seek re-election mean to challengers – and potential challengers – in the 2019 race? Local political reporters weigh in.

Michael Cohen Plea, Paul Manafort Verdict: Examining the Fallout

President Donald Trump holds a rally in West Virginia on Aug. 21, 2018. “You know, they’re still looking for collusion. Where is the collusion?” he asked.

Assessing the impact of a guilty verdict and plea deal on the presidency of Donald Trump: a discussion with former federal prosecutor Patrick Cotter.

Bombshell Report Rocks Catholic Church

St. Benedict The Moor Church in Pittsburgh, one of six Roman Catholic dioceses that was the focus of two-year grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania. (Trevin Shirey / Flickr)

Local reaction to a stunning two-year grand jury investigation that details alleged sexual abuse of more than 1,000 individuals by 300 “predator priests” – and a cover-up by church officials.

Day 3 of Jury Deliberations in Trial of Paul Manafort

Courtroom sketch from the trial of Paul Manafort (CNN)

The jury asked no major questions of the judge Monday – and delivered no verdict. Renato Mariotti joins us to discuss jury deliberations and more.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Editorial Boards Push Back

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss the warning from top U.S. intelligence and security leaders over continued Russian attempts to influence American elections.

The Week in Review: Campaign Season ‘Officially’ Kicks Off at State Fair

Democrats and Republicans tee off at the Illinois State Fair. Two high-profile trials grip the city. Elon Musk’s O’Hare express project is shrouded in secrecy. And the Cubs early playoff atmosphere.

Chicago’s Connection to the Paul Manafort Trial

Paul Manfort (File photo)

Defense lawyers for Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, rested their case Tuesday without calling a single witness.

More Resignations at Willow Creek Church In #MeToo Scandal

Bill Hybels (Willow Creek D/CH / Flickr)

Willow Creek Community Church, based in South Barrington, is undergoing a seismic shift. Chicago Tribune religion reporter Manya Brachear Pashman joins us with the latest.

Banning Alex Jones: A Dangerous Move for Free Speech?

Controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones has been banned by several social media platforms. Were they within their their rights, or is this censorship?

Blair Kamin on NU Athletic Center, Jeanne Gang Apartment Tower

We take an inside look at Northwestern University's new $270 million athletic center and Jeanne Gang’s new environmentally conscious apartment tower in Hyde Park.