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Spring is always an iffy proposition in Chicago, but it officially begins Monday. 

Chef and restaurateur Rick Bayless stops by to share some delicious springtime dishes. Check out two recipes and view a behind-the-scenes slideshow.

The Chicago Botanic Garden’s Eliza Fournier joins us to talk about spring gardening. She brings tips and reminders on how to clear out the damage from a long Chicago winter and prepare for bountiful seasons ahead.

Illinois lawmakers react to Gov. Pat Quinn’s state of the state address, and discuss what to expect from the upcoming spring session.

Illinois legislators from both sides of the aisle, and both houses, weigh in on what was and was not accomplished during the spring legislative session.

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With two days left in the legislative session in Springfield, there's a flurry of work to be done on the budget, pension reform, guns and gay marriage. Chicago Sun-Times Springfield Bureau Chief Dave McKinney joins us with the latest news.

Medical marijuana, pensions, gambling and guns. What will the governor do about these hot-button issues as lawmakers enter the final stretch of the spring session? Paris Schutz has more.

Tomato time is just around the corner. The Chicago Botanic Garden's Eliza Fournier joins us to plant some ideas about container gardens and spring projects.

Syringa vulgaris. Courtesy Chicago Botanic Garden.

The record-breaking hot weather is jump-starting Chicago gardens. Eliza Fournier of the Chicago Botanic Garden joins us with spring gardening tips.