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Illinois' attorney general has filed a lawsuit against the city of Chicago in an effort to enforce changes to a police department plagued by systemic racism, unnecessary use of force and a lack of accountability.

Joining state Attorney General Lisa Madigan in announcing the lawsuit, was Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, reversing his position on whether the city needs strict federal court oversight to make significant changes in the troubled police department.

Chicago’s police superintendent was in Springfield Thursday urging state Senators to toughen penalties for gun possession. But he was met with resistance.

Chicago recorded 762 murders last year. Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson told legislators it’s “pivotal” that they target repeat unlawful gun possessors. The proposal would basically double the minimum sentence for the second time someone is caught with an illegal gun – from 3 to 6 years — though judges could give less time if they spell out a reason.

Chicago Tonight: Rauner Skips D.C.

Jan 17, 2017
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Full show includes:

  • New Chicago State Trustees Aim for Struggling School Turnaround
  • Chicago Police Department Ramps Up Training for ‘Police Legitimacy’
  • ‘Hamilton’ Master Class a Special Opportunity at Little Black Pearl

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Full show includes:

  • What’s Behind State Workers’ Potential Strike?
  • The Trump Bump: Stocks on the Rise Despite Post-Election Fears
  • Remembering the 1st Step of Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1,000-Mile March

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Full show including:

  • DOJ Finds Civil Rights Abuses in Chicago Police Department
  • As City Prepares to Borrow $1.2B, Mayor Asks Moody’s to Withdraw Ratings
  • Kurt Vonnegut Artwork Finds New Home at Chicago Veterans Museum

Chicago Tonight: President Obama Interview

Jan 5, 2017
Carol Marin interviews President Obama in the White House.
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Full Show including:

  • President Obama joins Carol Marin for a one-on-one interview.
  • What Obamacare repeal could mean to patients of Cook County Hospital.
  • Macy's, Sears fight for survival in digital age

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After video of a white Chicago police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times was released to the public, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel became the focus of intense backlash. He responded by firing Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy.

In many ways this was history repeating in a city that has had twice as many police chiefs than it’s had mayors in the past six decades — and more than its share of police scandals.  

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The release of a police video documenting the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white Chicago police officer – more than a year after the incident – has led to murder charges, protests, accusations of a cover-up, and questions about political interference with the original investigation.  Also, Monday marks the candidate petition filing deadline for the March primary elections.  WBEZ's Tony Arnold joins the panel this week.

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One of the longest-serving inmates in an Illinois prison was granted parole Thursday. Joseph Bigsby was a teenager in 1973 when he shot and killed a Chicago police officer.