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Monday, November 20, 2006

News Analysis
In 1994, Newt Gingrich led a Republican revolution in Washington. Tonight, we'll talk with him about the recent Democratic victory, the upcoming presidential race, and his own ambitions for the White House.

Senator Barack Obama today laid out his strategy for Iraq. He calls for a gradual and substantial reduction of troops. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel talk about what else he said and whether or not his plans are viable.

Friday, November 17, 2006

The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
Lawmakers back in Springfield, Chicago's Olympic chances improving, Cook County budget woes, Dan Ryan rehab ahead of schedule, a school play about the mob sparks a lawsuit, the Bears ready to ground the Jets, and the Bulls put on the road by the circus.


Thursday, November 16, 2006

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
Milton Friedman, the legendary Nobel Prize-winning Chicago economist, died today at age 94. Eddie Arruza and his panel will look at the legacy of one of the world's most influential economists. Guests: Sam Peltzman, Leo Melamed and Joseph Bast

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Judy Baar Topinka not only lost her bid for governor, the Republican party also lost its only constitutional officer seat in the state. In the wake of the Democratic sweep, what is the state of the state's Republican party? Carol Marin and her panel look at the future for the Illinois GOP. Guests: State Representative Brent Hassert, Paul Caprio, Greg Baise

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Medicare Senior Hotline
Medicare Part D Open Enrollment begins Wednesday November 15. For assistance or eligibility information, seniors can call the state's Senior Hotline at 1-800-252-8966.

News Analysis with Christian Farr
Chicago's Olympic dreams got a big boost when San Francisco dropped out of the competition this week. Christian Farr and his panel weigh in on Chicago's chances. Guests: Marc Ganis, Philip Hersh

Monday, November 13, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Out with the old, in with the new... Carol Marin will talk transition with outgoing Cook County board president Bobbie Steele and incoming president Todd Stroger.

Friday, November 10, 2006

The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
Election Day analysis, we digest the results, all signs point to Mayor Daley running again, Best Buy wants to open on the Magnificent Mile, Block 37 taken over by a new owner, and the Bears prepare to rebound against the Giants.


Thursday, November 09, 2006

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
The political landscape continues to shift not only in Washington but also here in Chicago. Eddie Arruza talks to two members of the newly elected congress, one of whom had considered running for mayor of Chicago. Guests: Rep. Luis Gutierrez and Rep. Judy Biggert

Voting Troubles
There are still questions surrounding the slow vote count in Cook County Tuesday night. Phil Ponce talks to Clem Balanoff, Cook County Director of Elections, about what happened and how he plans to fix it.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

County Board
Todd Stroger claims victory and his opponent acknowledges defeat. Rich Samuels will be here with the details.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Governor Blagojevich is victorious. Carol Marin and political pundits Joel Weisman and Robert Starks weigh in on all the key races.

Melissa Bean
We'll talk with Democrat Melissa Bean about her plans for her second term as the representative for Illinois's 8th Congressional district.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Election Day 2006

Monday, November 06, 2006

Obama/Campaign Update
Sen. Barack Obama admits his real estate dealings with the indicted Tony Rezko were a blunder. Rich Samuels has the latest on the man whose star power Democrats hope will push them over the top at the polls tomorrow.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Candidates in tomorrow's midterm elections have been citing newspaper endorsements in their TV ads. Carol Marin will pick the brains of the editorial page editors behind those newspaper endorsements. Guests: Bruce Dold, Steve Huntley and David Beery

Friday, November 03, 2006

The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
Just four days until the election, we'll analyze all the top races, United Airlines back in the black, the Tribune Company disappointed in bids for its media empire, the unbeaten Bears take on the Dolphins, and the Bulls open a new season.


Thursday, November 02, 2006

Political Update
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Wilmette businessman Tony Rezko, who now faces a federal indictment, owns a vacant lot next door to Senator Barack Obama. Rich Samuels tells us more about the relationship between a rising star and a possibly sinking ship.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
Voting for judges may seem like a daunting task with more than 70 up for retention. But you don't have to walk away from the bottom of your ballot. Carol Marin and her panel will tell you who the 11 bar associations agreed should ...not... be sent back to the bench.

Bird Hospital
We'll take you to an ER whose only patients are birds injured while migrating. Learn more about Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

PROGRAMMING NOTE: Tonight's edition of Chicago Tonight is abbreviated to be able to present Candidate Free Time during our second half hour.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Campaign Update
The charges continue to fly in the tight race for Cook County board president. Rich Samuels has the latest on that and other key races that voters will decide on November 7th.

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
Elizabeth Brackett and her panel of journalists take a look at the top stories of the past month and those we spent too much time paying attention to. Guests: Dawn Turner Trice, Lester Munson, Neil Steinberg

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
Election countdown, we'll look at all the hot races, Mayor Daley scraps blue bag recycling program, housing prices continue to slump, the undefeated Bears back in action, and the Bulls set to tip off a new season.


Thursday, October 26, 2006

Note: Governor Rod Blagojevich originally accepted our invitation to join tonight's candidate forum. Several weeks ago, he backed out of that commitment, saying he couldn't reach an agreement with his opponent on when or where to appear.

Race for Governor of Illinois

Phil Ponce talks one-on-one with Republican candidate Judy Baar Topinka about her vision for Illinois.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Blagojevich Clout Connection?
A ride in a private jet chartered by indicted political operative Stuart Levine was the issue of the day in the race for governor. Rich Samuels tells us why.

News Analysis with Carol Marin
The candidates for Illinois treasurer will be here talk about how they'd handle the state's money. Guests: Democrat Alexi Giannoulias, Republican Christine Radogno, and Green Party candidate, Dan Rodriguez Schlorff

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Eat Your Veggies!
Even more evidence is out today that eating leafy green veggies will protect your brain.
We'll hear from the Rush University Medical Center 's epidemiologist with more details.

Monday, October 23, 2006

News Analysis with Carol Marin
It's a congressional race that's garnering national attention. Henry Hyde is retiring after three decades in Congress, and there's a bruising battle to succeed him - and perhaps tip the balance of Congress. We'll hear from Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Tammy Duckworth live in our studio tonight.

Friday, October 20, 2006

The Week in Review with Joel Weisman
Latest polls show Tony Peraica in dead heat with Todd Stroger, Tony Rezko finally appears in court, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange and the Chicago Board of Trade merge, a Chicago Sun-Times investigation finds patronage workers' compensation claims cost city taxpayers millions, Lou Piniella named new Cubs manager, and the Bears pull off a miracle on Monday Night Football.


Thursday, October 19, 2006

Rezko Pleads Not Guilty
Democratic fundraiser Tony Rezko pleaded not guilty in federal court today on fraud charges. A plea in a separate case is expected later today. Rich Samuels brings us the latest.

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Oprah, the queen of talk, helped Sen. Barack Obama launch his latest campaign this morning - for his new book. We'll hear about his barnstorming book tour with Chicago Sun-Times columnist Lynn Sweet.

News Analysis with Eddie Arruza
In the first of our candidate forums, Eddie Arruza talks with Dan Seals, Democratic candidate for the 10th Congressional District. Seals' opponent Mark Kirk declined our invitation to participate.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Lou Piniella
The Cubs have a new manager. We'll hear what Lou Piniella plans to do to turn the team's fate around.

News Analysis with Elizabeth Brackett
The Chicago Board of Trade and the Chicago Mercantile Exchange announced today that the two companies will merge. What does it mean for Chicago's economy, and what does it mean for investors? Elizabeth Brackett and her panelists will explain.