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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.

Trump Amps Up Assault on Media, the ‘Enemy of the People’

President Donald Trump addresses a crowd of supporters at a campaign rally-style event.

Ivanka Trump splits with her father over his attack on journalists. Is the president’s rhetoric increasingly dangerous?

The Week in Review: Trump Visits Illinois to Tout Trade Policies

President Trump visits downstate to tout trade. Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson comes under fire. Activists plan to protest at Wrigley Field. And a draft plan for reforming the Chicago Police Department.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Heartland Alliance and ‘Zero Tolerance’

The Heartland Alliance faces tougher licensing after it takes in children separated the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. 

‘Historic’ Deal Creates Chicago’s Only Public Law School

The University of Illinois at Chicago is merging with the John Marshall Law School, creating the first and only public law school in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune Food Critic Phil Vettel Comes Out of the Shadows

Chicago Tribune restaurant critic Phil Vettel (Courtesy of Chicago Tribune)

After 29 years of trying to stay anonymous, the Chicago Tribune’s restaurant critic has decided to reveal his face.

Luxury Property Sales Booming in Chicago, But So Are Foreclosures

Chicago is still the second city when it comes to foreclosures, but at the other end of the real estate spectrum, luxury property sales are booming.

Survival Training Leads to Book on Arctic Wilderness Exploration

(Courtesy of Joe Wilkins)

How professor Joe Wilkins went from a University of Illinois at Springfield classroom to exploring the dangerous wilds of the Gates of the Arctic National Park in Alaska.

Trump: Putin’s Election Meddling Denial ‘Strong and Powerful’

Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin meet in Helsinki, Finland, on Monday, July 16, 2018.

President Donald Trump is calling a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin “deeply productive.” We get reaction to the historic Helsinki meeting.

Roundtable: Viral Video, Gubernatorial and Mayoral Races

The political fallout caused by the viral video showing a Cook County Forest Preserve officer not helping a woman being harassed.

Trump Picks Brett Kavanaugh for Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh speaks Monday, July 9, 2018 as President Donald Trump looks on.

The battle has just begun over President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy.