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Former Congressman Barney Frank has a new book out about his remarkable life as an outspoken politician made even more remarkable by his coming out as a gay man. He joins us.

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Thirty years after his first column for the Chicago Tribune, two-time Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Clarence Page reflects on race, politics, and social change in his new book Culture Worrier.

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Karen Lewis stops by to discuss her political future and more. 

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From state spending to patronage hires to gubernatorial race hijinks, there is no shortage of topics in the political sphere this week. We discuss these topics and implications for the city and state with our panel. 

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The original January 2002 airing of Attorney Michael Shakman on Chicago Tonight.

The Man Behind the 'Shakman Decree' Visits

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The legal battle that started in 1969 over Chicago patronage hiring is ending. Attorney Michael Shakman filed a motion to stop the federal hiring oversight because he says the city has reached "substantial compliance." We’ll talk to the man behind the “Shakman Decree," hear why he thinks the city no longer needs a hiring watchdog. 

A Look at the Mayor's First Three Years

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Tonight we look back at Rahm Emanuel’s first three years as Chicago’s first mayor post Richard M. Daley. We address Emanuel’s future challenges, including his re-election bid. View timeline of key events during Emanuel’s term.

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Former top aide to Mayor Richard M. Daley, attorney Mara Georges joins Chicago Tonight to discuss the city’s ride-sharing controversy and more. View a graphic on ride-sharing companies in Chicago.

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Back in Chicago, South Side native and Politico’s chief political columnist Roger Simon talks shop and discuss his past life as a city beat reporter. 

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists discuss their 2014 predictions for local politics, from who will win the Republican Primary and compete against Pat Quinn in the Illinois governor’s race, to whether tax reform will emerge in Springfield. Watch the web extra video.

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In light of former Metra CEO Alex Clifford’s testimony before the RTA Wednesday, we take a look at the ethical and legal implications of patronage politics in Illinois.

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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced that she will not be running for governor in 2014, but instead seek a fourth term as the state's chief legal officer. Read her statement.

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Gov. Pat Quinn delivers his annual budget address in Springfield. We take a look at his proposal, the numbers, potential cuts -- and what it all could mean to you.

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We hear what you had to say about recent stories when we read some of our viewer feedback.

Who won, who lost and who will face off in the general election

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Tuesday night marked the end of an undoubtedly contentious primary season in Illinois. Learn more about how it all went down.

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President Obama is back in Chicago, raising big bucks for his reelection campaign -- while GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney solidifies his lead. Elizabeth Brackett and her panel have a full roundup as the race for president shifts into high gear.