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How Will the Laquan McDonald Conspiracy Trial Impact Police Reform?

From left: Former Chicago Detective David March, officer Thomas Gaffney and former officer Joseph Walsh attend a pretrial hearing Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune / Pool)

Three Chicago police officers were acquitted Thursday of charges that they covered up for the officer who shot Laquan McDonald. What impact – if any – will the verdict have on police reform in the city? 

As Trump Mulls National Emergency, 31 Active Emergencies Continue

President Donald Trump speaks the press about acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in November 2018.

A law passed in 1976 gives the president authority to declare a national emergency. President Donald Trump has said he’d use the declaration to free up $5 billion to fund a border wall at the Mexican border.

Attorneys Dissect Ald. Ed Burke’s Federal Corruption Charge

Ald. Ed Burke, 75, walks into the Dirksen Federal Courthouse on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019. (Ashlee Rezin / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

Two attorneys with experience defending against – and prosecuting – federal corruption charges examine the case against the longtime 14th Ward alderman.

Should Aldermen Be Banned from Outside Employment? We Asked Them

Chicago City Hall (Ken Lund / Flickr)

Chicago aldermen voice their support of – or opposition to – a proposal to ban them from working outside of City Council, a proposal put forth in the wake of federal charges against Ald. Ed Burke.

Ald. Pat O’Connor on New Finance Committee Role, Burke Scandal

Ald. Pat O’Connor appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

The 40th Ward alderman tells us how he intends to manage the Finance Committee and what City Council may look like in the wake of federal charges against Ald. Ed Burke.

Burke’s City Council Colleagues Discuss Extortion Charge, Ethics Reform

In this May 4, 2011 file photo, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke speaks at a City Council meeting. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

Four aldermen share their thoughts on how Ald. Ed Burke’s legal trouble may alter the rules and organization of Chicago’s City Council.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Burke’s Re-election Chances

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss Ald. Ed Burke’s re-election chances in the wake of federal charges.

The Week in Review: Fallout from Ald. Ed Burke’s Corruption Charge

A stunning federal complaint charges City Hall’s most powerful alderman with attempted corruption while another alderman is charged with domestic abuse. And the Bears take on the defending Super Bowl champs.

Political Journalists React to Powerful Alderman’s Legal Trouble

In this May 4, 2011 file photo, Chicago Ald. Ed Burke speaks at a City Council meeting. (AP Photo / M. Spencer Green, File)

The storied career of 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke has the potential to end with a prison sentence. A trio of veteran Chicago journalists offer their insight on the federal investigation.

As Catholic Bishops Meet, Sexual Abuse Victims Implore Pope for Change

A sign outside the Mundelein Seminary asks the faithful to pray for U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops gathering there for a weeklong prayer retreat, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, in Mundelein, Illinois. (AP Photo / Teresa Crawford)

Activists call on Pope Francis to remove Cardinal Blase Cupich from his role in organizing a Vatican conference on sex abuse. We discuss the story with Chicago Sun-Times reporter Robert Herguth.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Illinois’ Incoming Democrats

Paris Schutz and guests discuss the Democratic “blue wave” that ousted Republican incumbent U.S. Reps. Randy Hultgren and Peter Roskam in November. 

The Week in Review: Biggest Stories of 2018

Mayor Rahm Emanuel hangs it up, J.B. Pritzker defeats Gov. Bruce Rauner, and the Chicago Police Department has a tumultuous year. We recap the top stories of the year and predict the biggest of 2019.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Looking Back on 2018’s Biggest Stories

Eddie Arruza and guests discuss Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision not to seek re-election, the NFL's national anthem policy controversy and more.

The Week in Review: Are Mendoza and Preckwinkle the Mayoral Front-runners?

Chicago mayoral candidates Susana Mendoza and Toni Preckwinkle are leading the crowded race, says a new poll. Two Chicago police officers are killed in the line of duty. And the Bears are headed to the playoffs. 

Surfers on Lake Michigan Battle High Waves, Heavy Winds

Cold and snow sends many of us indoors this time of year, but some adventurous souls welcome nasty weather so they can hit the waves.

New Book Examines Hunter S. Thompson’s ‘Crusade Against American Fascism’

Author Timothy Denevi appears on “Chicago Tonight.”

“Freak Kingdom” dives into the writer’s clashes with the political establishment. Author Timothy Denevi joins us to discuss the book.

Critic Who Dissed Chicago’s Food Scene Defends His Article

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John Kessler served up five criticisms of the city’s restaurant and food culture in a Chicago magazine article this week – and he’s facing some heat for it. Do you think Chicago’s dining scene has “lost its luster”?

Public Transit Outlook: Leaders Talk Infrastructure, Funding Needs

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants a hike in the state gas tax to fund transportation infrastructure. The area’s transit heads give us their reaction and an update on the status of the region’s public transportation.

Model Railroad Club Chugs Along in Chicago for More Than 70 Years

At Clarendon Park in the Uptown neighborhood, a fleet of model trains from multiple places and time periods are chugging through coal country. 

A Controversial Fishing Style: Snagging for Salmon in Chicago Harbors

From Oct. 1 through Dec. 31, fishermen in Illinois are allowed to use a specific technique to catch salmon that’s banned in several other states. What snagging is, and where you’re allowed to do it.

Bob Dylan’s Legendary Electric Guitar on Display in Chicago

The first electric guitar Bob Dylan played live in performance – a legendary instrument which sparked uproar – is on public display at the American Writers Museum. We go for a look.

The Week in Review: Mendoza Confirms Mayoral Run, Amazon Snubs Chicago

Susana Mendoza is in the race for mayor. Outrage and confusion surround the fatal police shooting of a security guard. Chicago gets the big snub from Amazon. And the Bears get ready for their prime time matchup against Minnesota.

Web Extra, The Week in Review: Uptown Theatre Restoration

Paris Schutz and guests discuss the planned $75-million restoration of the landmark Uptown Theatre.

Chicago Researcher Explores Gender Politics in US, Abroad

Lauren Underwood gives her victory speech after winning the election for Illinois’ 14th Congressional District on Nov. 6, 2018.  (Evan Garcia / Chicago Tonight)

A record number of women are heading to Congress. How might this shift affect governmental policies both foreign and domestic?

With Jeff Sessions Out, What’s Next for the Department of Justice?

Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions

President Donald Trump’s decision to oust beleaguered Attorney General Jeff Sessions raises questions about the future of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election. 

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