Jussie Smollett is cleared of all felonies, leaving the mayor and police superintendent livid – and the Cook County state’s attorney under fire. And in election news, a new poll shows a lopsided race for mayor.

Prosecutors seek to hold Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke in contempt of court. What impact will the highly anticipated case have on Mayor Emanuel’s re-election campaign? And is Cubs manager Joe Maddon on thin ice?

A state lawmaker goes up against the powerful Illinois House Speaker. Mayor Rahm Emanuel goes ballistic over an alderman’s parliamentary procedure. And is the NFL’s new national anthem policy a fumble?

Local students join in nationwide protests over access to gun control. House Speaker Michael Madigan grapples with the #MeToo movement. And a new milestone in the race for governor.

Chicago reels after highly regarded Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer is killed. House Speaker Michael Madigan comes under fire. Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget pitch to lawmakers falls flat. 

Democratic candidate for governor Chris Kennedy slams Mayor Rahm Emanuel for overseeing a “strategic gentrification plan” designed to “push people of color out of the city.” This story and more with Eddie Arruza and guests.

A mass exoneration in Cook County clears 15 men. Proposed layoffs in the wake of the failed soda tax. And controversy over playmaking decisions by Bears coach John Fox.

The despised soda tax is repealed after just two months. Another property tax hike passes. Mike Ditka denies racial oppression. And the Cubs gear up for another dramatic postseason.


Springfield finally passes a school funding bill. More taxes for Chicago schools. City Council cracks down on Uber and Lift. And the Bears get ready for regular season opener.

A new soda tax angers many Cook County consumers. The governor vetoes part of the school funding reform bill. And a nasty outfield collision injuries White Sox rookies.

Hate crime charges after a disabled man is attacked. The feds plan to release a report on Chicago police. Rauner is skipping Donald Trump’s inauguration. And the Bears won’t commit to Jay Cutler. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Donald Trump wins the election but Illinois stays blue in a sea of red. Tension grows over a police-involved shooting in Mount Greenwood. The Cook County Board says yes to a penny-per-ounce soda tax. And the Blackhawks sizzle. Those stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week’s top stores in politics, business, and sports.

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists further discuss the Sandra Bland case, why some police officers treat African-American citizens different than whites, and the effectiveness of video surveillance devices.

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the heated runoff campaign debate between Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesús "Chuy" García, U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock’s resignation, and the sale of the Willis Tower.

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss the impact Gov. Bruce Rauner's proposed budget would have on public transportation.