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

Retired Army 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.

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.