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Millionaire businessman and one-time Chicago mayoral candidate Willie Wilson announced Monday he plans to run for president. Wilson says he’s running as an anti-tax Democrat and a candidate of the people

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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton reacts to Gov. Bruce Rauner's rosy projections for a budget deal. We have the details.

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We take a look back at the CTA's 2014 and what's around the corner for customers in 2015.

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Toni Preckwinkle is heading into her second term as president of the Cook County Board. She hopes to reform juvenile criminal justice and reduce the daily jail population, and has goals for the regional economy and public health. She joins us.

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President Obama is in town to promote his executive order on immigration. We take a deeper look at how it impacts Chicago.

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Howard Brown President and CEO David Ernesto Munar joins us. Read his bio.

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Demand for locally produced, organic foods has never been stronger. We talk with a Chicagoan who is seen as a leader of the so-called Good Food Movement: Jim Slama, the founder and president of FamilyFarmed.org. Read an interview with The Organic Gardener founder, Jeanne Nolan, and take a QUIZ to test your knowledge on USDA organic regulations.

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Chicago will be the new site for a manufacturing-technology research lab that will focus on turning academic research into profitable, job creating projects in the Midwest. But how much is this costing and will the benefits meet expectations? We discuss the issue. Read an article.

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Northern Illinois University President Douglas Baker discusses rising tuition costs, what universities of the future will look like, and his new position as the university’s president. View a graphic on local universities' rising costs.

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Illinois Senate President John Cullerton is projecting a $3 billion shortfall in the next state budget, and he's asking the Republican gubernatorial candidates to step up with ideas to close it. We break down some of the challenges faced by lawmakers.

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After revelations that the NSA has been secretly collecting metadata on the phone calls of millions of Americans, we speak with one of the members of President Obama's review group charged with advising him on possible reforms: University of Chicago law professor Geoffrey Stone. Read The Guardian's NSA Files: Decoded.

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins us to talk about the board's proposed forest reserve restoration project and upcoming plans for 2014. Read an article.

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Senate President John Cullerton joins us to talk pensions, the upcoming session and midterm elections.

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He was a polarizing and enigmatic president, not unlike the man who would succeed him 100 years later. We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning author of a new biography of President Woodrow Wilson.

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Though the historical handshake between President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani didn’t happen at the United Nations luncheon today, there’s already speculation another opportunity may be on its way, and relations between the two countries could continue to thaw. We talk with Middle Eastern political expert, Marvin Zonis. View a timeline of U.S. and Iranian diplomatic relations.

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President Barack Obama meets with Prime Minister Vladimir Putin at his dacha outside Moscow, Russia, July 7, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

The president of Russia writes an open letter to American readers in The New York Times urging "caution" in Syria. Eddie Arruza and his guests have analysis. Read Putin's full Op-Ed.