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Former Democratic state Rep. Ken Dunkin speaks to the media Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Chicago Tonight)

Gov. Bruce Rauner quietly appointed former Democratic state Rep. Ken Dunkin to Chicago’s Metropolitan Water Reclamation District board last month. Why he’s now calling on Dunkin to resign.

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Gov. Bruce Rauner is coming up empty in his bid to influence several General Assembly primary races, despite he and allies spending millions of dollars. If tonight’s races are indicative of a wider proxy war with House Speaker Mike Madigan, Madigan appears to be the runaway winner. 

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The Greater Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church at 59th Street and Wabash Avenue is the polling place for the 12th Precinct of the 20th Ward. It's in the Washington Park neighborhood, a largely low-income, African-American community. It's also within Democratic State Rep. Ken Dunkin's 5th Legislative District.

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A final look at the stakes in Tuesday’s primary election in Illinois. Chicago Public Schools sues its former CEO and SUPES Academy for $65 million. And former Bears head coach Lovie Smith is back in Illinois to coach football. Joel Weisman and his guests discuss these stories and more in this week’s show.

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It's a simple state legislative primary, but observers view it as ground zero in the standoff between Gov. Bruce Rauner and House Speaker Michael Madigan. Paris Schutz has more on a race that has the money and mud flying. 

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Like a planet drifting into a black hole, the state’s unprecedented political stalemate over the budget is increasingly sucking public education into financial uncertainty. State lawmakers discuss the fight over public education and Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget ultimatum.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of guests discuss the top stories of the week, including the announcement by the CPD that they have a strong suspect in the murder of 9-year-old Tyshawn Lee; state Rep. Ken Dunkin’s decision to break with Democrats again; and medical marijuana’s debut in Illinois.

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Illinois has been without a budget for almost five months, as lawmakers and Gov. Rauner have been locked in a battle split down party lines. However, one Democrat broke ranks—to the consternation of his colleagues. Is there any hope for compromise on the budget stalemate?

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Labor Day has come and gone, but the summer of discontent in Springfield is not going away. Lawmakers have retreated to various warring camps in a battle that has largely pitted Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner against powerful Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan.

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