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 J.B. Pritzker wins the battle of the billionaires. Strong voter turnout driven by millennials helped bring a blue wave to the state. And in sports, the Chicago Blackhawks dump coach Joel Quenneville. 

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While the country debates civility and decency in political rhetoric, a new commercial causes a stir in the race for Illinois governor. Grammy-winning rappers stump for a mayoral unknown. And can the Bears bounce back Sunday against the Jets?

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Defense attorneys for Jason Van Dyke show jurors an animated video of the fatal shooting. How political campaigns can prevent sexual harassment. And the Chicago Cubs clinch their fourth consecutive playoff appearance.

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A shocker from Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a flood of candidates consider a run. The mayor leaves plenty of unfinished business for his successor while Jason Van Dyke’s murder trial gets underway.

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President Trump visits downstate to tout trade. Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson comes under fire. Activists plan to protest at Wrigley Field. And a draft plan for reforming the Chicago Police Department.

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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?

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In his mayoral campaign kickoff, Paul Vallas calls Mayor Rahm Emanuel a “bully.” Is the #MeToo movement finally catching up to R&B star R. Kelly? And can the Bears draft picks save the team?

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Pritzker wins big. Rauner squeaks by in what could be the costliest race for governor ever. Garry McCarthy announces and Rahm Emanuel pounces. And the Ramblers ramble on.

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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. 

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A special hourlong presentation celebrates Joel Weisman’s 40th anniversary as host – and his final appearance at the helm of the show he helped create. “For four decades, Fridays have always been my favorite day of the week,” he says.

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Mayor’s city budget is rife with new taxes and fees. New details on Chicago’s Amazon bid. Bulls player suspended after punching teammate. And the Cubs season comes to a close. 

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Gov. Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel set aside their differences to lure Amazon’s  second headquarters. Candidates line up for Illinois attorney general. And Obamacare rates in Illinois are set to soar. 

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Lawmakers reach a deal on school funding. Gov. Bruce Rauner cleans house again. Chicago sees its most violent weekend since July 4. And the Cubs grow a comfortable lead in their division. 

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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.

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A heated debate over affordable housing in Jefferson Park. Restrictions eased on local gun ranges. Population decline in Chicago … again. And could the end of Illinois’ budget impasse be near? These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

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Chicago schools may close early. More fallout from the United Airlines passenger removal. The governor’s race has a new issue: abortion rights. And in sports, surprises on all fronts.

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