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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.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

The Illinois Commerce Commission voted yesterday to allow Commonwealth Edison to buy electricity through a controversial auction system. Critics say it will make electric rates go up. Elizabeth Brackett explains how the auction system works and what it could mean to consumers.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Ambassador Paul Bremer was the highest ranking American official in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in 2003. We'll talk to him about the latest news from Iraq, the election, the insurgents, the future and his new book, My Year In Iraq.

Monday, January 23, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Chicago Public School officials warn of dire budget crisis. A thousand teachers may lose their jobs and class sizes may increase. Carol Marin's panel includes the public schools budget director.

Betty Loren-Maltese Update
She's been gone for a while but now former Cicero town president Betty Loren-Maltese is back in the news. We'll tell you why she's returning to her new home in California.

Friday, January 20, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
Former Chicago Bull Antonio Davis charges into the United Center stands, Governor Blagojevich delivers the State of the State address, Marina Towers condos used in nationwide prostitution ring, Peoples Energy customers getting $100 refunds, United Airlines exiting bankruptcy next month, and the Bears season comes to an abrupt and disappointing end.


Thursday, January 19, 2006

Durbin's Alito Vote
Senator Dick Durbin is the second highest ranking democrat in the senate. If he says "thumbs down" to Samuel Alito's nomination, does that mean a filibuster is in the offing? Rich Samuels has with the latest.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Embattled City Clerk James Laski has had his four police bodyguards taken away from him. Eddie rruza and his panel look at which other city officials have bodyguards and whether they're necessary.

Wednesday, January 18, 2006

James Laski Update
James Laski, the embattled Chicago city clerk is still on the job, but he lost one of his perks. Rich Samuels has the latest from City Hall.

State of the State
Governor Blagojevich gave his Sstate of the State address today touting his administration's performance and calling for several new initiatives, but political opponents say the speech was just election-year rhetoric. Eddie Arruza has the highlights of the governor's address along with reaction from legislators of both parties.

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Governor Blagojevich wants to bring Keno to Illinois. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel discuss his proposal to authorize Keno.

Monday, January 16, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Reputed mob boss, Joey "The Clown" Lombardo, was nabbed by authorities last week after nine months on the lamb. Carol Marin takes a look at the importance of this arrest with her panelists who include Lombardo's attorney, Rick Halprin.

Friday, January 13, 2006

Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
City Clerk James Laski secretly recorded by the feds, Governor Blagojevich wants keno machines permitted statewide, the historic Pilgrim Baptist Church burns down, Chicago named fattest city in America, and the Bears begin their Super Bowl march.


Thursday, January 12, 2006

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Chicago's new health commissioner already has a prescription for city residents: he wants you to get in shape. Eddie Arruza talks with Dr. Terry Mason about the health of the city and the most pressing issues facing the health department.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Corruption Probe Continues
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, City Clerk James Laski could soon be resigning from office, this in the wake of a federal probe in which at least one of Laski's friends allegedly secretly recorded him making incriminating statements. Rich Samuels has the reaction from City Hall. And Carol Marin and her panel will have analysis.

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Bird Flu Prevention
The so-called bird flu is causing concern worldwide, and this week it's been the subject of a major meeting here in Chicago. Eddie Arruza reports on how Lincoln Park Zoo officials have teamed up with federal officials to monitor the spread of the deadly virus.

Monday, January 09, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
The CTA is facing criticism for turning down a $15 million discount on gasoline provided by Venezuela and its controversial president Hugo Chavez. Carol Marin's panel tonight includes Congressman Luis Gutierrez.

There's a new art to making maps in this digital world and the Chicago company NAVTEQ is at the forefront. Elizabeth Brackett has that story.