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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Street Naming Controversy
The controversy over a proposal to rename a portion of West Monroe in honor of slain Black Panther leader Fred Hampton continued today. Rich Samuels has the latest from City Hall.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
A Naperville woman will not have to watch the tape of her alleged gang rape in Burr Ridge when she was 16. The judge in Adrian Missbrenner's trial reversed himself today after rape victim advocacy groups intervened. Carol Marin talks to one of those advocates about the reversal.

Tuesday, February 28, 2006

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The competition for listeners among Chicago morning radio shows is fierce, and the advertising dollars at stake are enormous. Elizabeth Brackett's panel includes one of the city's top morning personalities, Q101's Mancow Mueller.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Chemical Plant Watch
Senator Barack Obama today claimed millions could die if terrorists launch an attack on Chicago-area chemical plants. Rich Samuels reports on what the junior senator wants Congress to do.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
The Illinois primaries are in three weeks, and that means campaigns are in full gear. Carol Marin and her panel look at which candidates are on top and which ones will need to amp up their efforts. Guests: Bruce Dold, Paul Green, Bob Crawford.

Friday, February 24, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
The George Ryan corruption trial coming down the stretch, GOP gubernatorial hopefuls pick on Judy Baar Topinka, more traffic violation cameras going up, parts of the Brown Line shut down, and outspoken skater Shani Davis fuels Olympic controversy.


Thursday, February 23, 2006

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
President Bush is still defending the $6.8 billion sale of shipping operations at six U.S. seaports to a state-owned business in the United Arab Emirates. But even members of his own party are against the deal because of heightened concerns over terrorism. We'll talk about the bipartisan objections with Illinois' senior U.S. Senator Dick Durbin.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Former governor George Ryan said today he will not testify at his federal corruption trial. Carol Marin and her panel will discuss how that decision was made and how it will play out.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Pepsi Recall
Jewel-Osco stores are recalling some of their Pepsi products after customers noticed a strange smell coming from the cans. Christian Farr will explain what Jewel-Osco and Pepsi are doing to figure out what caused it. Pepsi Consumer Inquiries: 1-800-433-2652

Monday, February 20, 2006

GOP Debate
The debate this morning in the WBEZ studios pitted GOP gubernatorial hopeful Judy Baar Topinka against four primary challengers. Rich Samuels shows us the fireworks that erupted after the radio debate ended.

Friday, February 17, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
County jail break allegedly an inside job, Governor Blagojevich proposes free pre-school, gubernatorial hopefuls hit the air waves, Muslim cartoon controversy comes to campus, the White Sox honored at the White House, and pitchers and catchers report to spring training.


Thursday, February 16, 2006

Lynn Sweet
Sun-Times Washington bureau chief brings us the latest scoop on Illinois Senator Barack Obama.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Grant Park is sometime called Chicago's front yard. But for years it's taken a back seat while Millennium Park got all the attention. Now plans are underway to give the famous lakefront park a makeover. Eddie Arruza and his panel take a look at those plans and whether the city should focus on parks in other communities.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Church Crisis Update
Rich Samuels brings us the latest on the priest sex abuse scandal facing the Chicago Archdiocese.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Vice President Dick Cheney is finally speaking about last weekend's hunting accident. Carol Marin and her guests look at how the White House has handled this crisis, and how public relations has unraveled for the Chicago Archdiocese, Mayor Daley and Governor Blagojevich.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Grocery Initiative
The city of Chicago's launched a major initiative to lure full-service grocery stores to the inner city. Rich Samuels tells us why the mayor thinks this will be good for Chicago - and profitable for retailers.

Monday, February 13, 2006

Jail Break
Six detainees who escaped from Cook County Jail on Saturday are all back in custody. But this comes on the heels of another escape and a shooting at the jail. Elizabeth Brackett has the story.

Corruption Update
Former Chicago City Clerk James Laski was back in court today with a new lawyer. Rich Samuels has the latest on the highest ranking public official charged so far in the continuing investigation of corruption at City Hall.

Friday, February 10, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Judy Baar Topinka's positive poll numbers, George Ryan poised to take the stand in his corruption trial, Peoples Energy refund contested, McDonald's food fatter than advertised, cancer deaths mark historic decline, and Michigan Avenue musicians silenced.


Thursday, February 09, 2006

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
We'll get the latest news on fat. What should we make of the new study that says low fat diets don't necessarily keep us healthy? Guests: Dr. Ellen Mason, Stroger Hospital; Dr. Matthew Sorrentino, University of Chicago; and David Grotto, American Dietetic Association.

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Taylor Branch
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Taylor Branch sits down with Carol Marin to discuss Martin Luther King's years in Chicago and his new book, At Canaan's Edge: America in the King Years, 1965-68.

Anthony Rapp
Joliet native and star of the Broadway smash hit Rent Anthony Rapp has written a new book, Without You: A Memoir of Love, Loss and the Musical Rent. He'll join us in the studio.

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
The city's Hired Truck scandal has netted it's first elected official. City Clerk Jim Laski resigned yesterday amid allegations of taking bribes. Eddie Arruza and his guests (Ald. Isaac Carothers, Ald. Ricardo Munoz, and Greg Hinz) panel provide analysis. And Rich Samuels reports on what the mayor didn't say about the Jim Laski.

Monday, February 06, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Mayor Daley's chief of staff, Ron Huberman, sits down with Carol Marin to talk about what he's done to make city government more accountable.

Super Bowl Ads
We'll show you which of yesterday's Super Bowl ads have generated the most buzz today at the water cooler - and which should have ended up on the cutting room floor.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Cardinal George removes another priest, United Airlines exits bankruptcy, civil rights icon Coretta Scott King dies, controversial mascot Chief Illiniwek not going away quietly, and the wife of former Chicago Bull Antonio Davis charged with road rage.


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Comptroller Dan Hynes
Yesterday a group of Illinois lawmakers called for new ethics reforms in Springfield. State Comptroller Dan Hynes will be here to talk about this latest effort to bring more integrity to government.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Six Chicago-area hospitals have performed transplants using human tissue that may have been harvested illegally. Eddie Arruza and his panel explore how this happened and what the risks may be for transplant patients.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

United Out of Bankruptcy
Today is United Airlines' first day in three years to fly the skies free from bankruptcy. But the Elk Grove-based company may still face turbulence ahead. Reporter Doug Cameron of the Financial Times joins us to explain. Read United press release.

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Remembering Coretta Scott King
Civil rights activist Coretta Scott King has died. The widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., was 78 and had suffered a stroke last summer. We'll hear from Rev. Jesse Jackson on Mrs. King's legacy. Later, we'll go to our WTTW vault and hear part of John Callaway's 1978 interview with Mrs. King.

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Elizabeth Brackett interviews Cardinal Francis George about accusations that the Chicago Archdiocese mishandled allegations of sexual abuse by a Chicago priest.

Monday, January 30, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
ABC News co-anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman are recovering from serious injuries sustained by an insurgent roadside bombing yesterday. Carol Marin and her panel of reporters will examine the dangers they, like Woodruff, have faced in war zones.

Assyrian Dictionary Project
It may look like chicken scratch, but we'll introduce you to a remarkable project in Chicago that's keeping this ancient writing alive.

Friday, January 27, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Another case of alleged sexual abuse by a priest, Public School officials paint dire budget picture, ComEd set to raise rates, Republicans spar at gubernatorial debate, Oprah Winfrey rips lying author into a million little pieces, and the world-champion White Sox celebrated at Sox Fest.


Thursday, January 26, 2006

Chicago Public Schools
The ax fell today in the Chicago Public Schools latest effort to leave no child behind. Rich Samuels reports on the cuts—-and the political fallout.

Navy Pier
Navy Pier officials have proposed a major makeover for the popular lakefront complex. They call it "visionary" but one critic says that McPier's honchos need their vision checked. Eddie Arruza will talk to the Chicago Tribune's architecture critic, Blair Kamin, about what he thinks of the plan.