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Eric Schlosser joins us to discuss his nonfiction book, Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident and the Illusion of Safety.

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After all the polling, robo-calls and attack ads, the party is over. Who is left standing? We talk about the winners and what is ahead for Illinois and the nation with our panel. 

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Whether you support Chicago neighborhood schools or the creation of more charters, many residents agree that something needs to be done to bolster Chicago's education system. But how did we get to this point? A new docu-series traces the history of school strife in Chicago and the issues facing our youngest generation to spur conversation and change.

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Monday marked the beginning of early voting in Illinois and emotions are running high in this close election. While some machine malfunctions are not uncommon in state races, the Illinois GOP is calling foul over ballot counting procedures in Rock Island and voting machine calibrations in the northern suburbs.

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Former U.S. Rep. Bob Dold, a Republican, challenges Democratic incumbent Rep. Brad Schneider to represent the 10th Congressional District in the U.S. House.

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The Chicago City Council gets a look at Mayor Emanuel’s improved proposed budget plan. Some budget items have been known for a while, but there are a number of surprises in store for closing the $297 million budget hole. We discuss where Chicagoans can expect cuts, and what payments will be pushed back to next year. 

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Actor Alan Cumming has starred in movies, hit TV series, and stage classics including the role of the emcee in Broadway's “Cabaret.” He visits Chicago Tonight to talk about his life, new memoir, and discovering some truths.

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Chicago charter schools underperform traditional schools, according to a study by the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity. We talk with the director of the institute about the study.

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More than 100 state hospitals will be penalized by Medicare for having too many patients return to a hospital within a month of being admitted for treatment. We discuss the impact these penalties will have on hospitals and patient care.

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The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died, and Ebola screenings will soon be implemented at O’Hare. We discuss the latest Ebola cases and precautions being put in place to stop the spread of the disease. 

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Chicago Tribune Pulitzer prize-winning architecture critic Blair Kamin talks about NEIU’s El Centro and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s “God Box” located at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Chicago poet and fiction writer Stuart Dybek stops by to talk about teaching writing at Northwestern University and his two books of short stories released this year. 

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The Ebola epidemic continues to spread as the first person in the United States is diagnosed with the disease. Our panel discusses the impact it could have in America.

Rauner and the Gubernatorial Election

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The Nov. 4 election is rapidly approaching, and Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner isn’t any closer to revealing his plans for running the state. Rauner recently appeared before Crain’s editorial board, and Greg Hinz joins us to talk about Rauner’s visit and the upcoming election.

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With wildlife sightings on the rise in Illinois, we discuss how residents can coexist with animals returning to the regions they once inhabited.

Big Pharma Biz May Be Moving to Boston

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According to the real estate rumor mill, pharma giant Baxter International may be moving out of Illinois. What does this mean for the state and its workforce?