Federal agents raid the offices of powerful 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke. Twenty-one candidates officially file petitions to become Chicago’s next mayor. The cover-up trial of three Chicago cops begins. And the Bears have the playoffs in their sights. 

An October surprise in the governor’s race. Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers his final budget address. Chance the Rapper rolls the dice on the mayoral election. And the Bears prep for the Patriots.

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.

J.B. Pritzker’s offshore holdings draw fire. Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoes a gun dealer bill. Should the public be able to fire the Chicago Police chief? And Loyola rambles on in the NCAA tournament.

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez drops a bombshell announcement after 13 terms in Congress. Cook County’s soda tax is dead, but political ramifications linger. Elon Musk is bidding on the O’Hare express train project. And the Bears lose patience with coach John Fox. 

U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez says President Trump is “unfit to be president.” Security is stepped up in the wake of a fatal truck attack in New York City. Sex abuse allegations shake up Springfield. And Rod Blagojevich appeals to the Supreme Court.

Still no budget out of Springfield. Shootings and murders dip in May. The Chicago Bulls ship Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves, and a rare allergy puts Chicago Blackhawks’ Marian Hossa out the for season—and perhaps permanently.

Trump again takes aim at Chicago violence while Oprah mulls a presidential run. The Illinois Senate’s budget “grand bargain” hits a big snag. CPS may be cutting classes. And Northwestern’s buzzer beater could lead to the Big Dance.

President Trump calls Chicago "totally out of control." Mayor Rahm Emanuel says enough talk, send in federal resources. Gov. Rauner calls for a budget with cuts, revenues and reforms as the state’s credit rating takes another hit. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests. 

Donald Trump tussles with Boeing then meets with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Illinois universities say no to sanctuary campuses. And the Cubs and Sox are making deals. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.

Presidential hopefuls hit the town in a mad dash for cash. Chicago teachers set a strike date. Englewood gets a new Whole Foods. And the battered Bears look for first win. These stories and more with Joel Weisman and guests.


Republicans are looking to dump Donald Trump after his disastrous week. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s proposed water and sewer tax to fix the municipal employees’ pension fund angers aldermen and homeowners alike.

Joel Weisman and his panel discuss a possible breakthrough in contract negotiations between the Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools, Gov. Bruce Rauner's State of the State address and the 30th anniversary of the Bears Super Bowl win.

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

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin’s endorsement of Tammy Duckworth in the race for Senate and the widening field of candidates seeking to replace Mark Kirk who’s running for re-election, as well as businessman Willie Wilson’s announcement to run for president. 

Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss this week's headlines.