September 16, 2008 – The panelists discuss a proposal by a University of Iowa law professor, who says the media should do more to critique campaign ads. Nicholas Johnson says since newspapers and radio and TV stations take money from campaigns, they should be responsible for evaluating the truth of the ads. Johnson is a former member of the Federal Communications Commission.
September 2, 2008 – The panelists discuss an open records lawsuit filed against Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois Senate, and Senate President Emil Jones. The Associated Press reports that the Washington DC-based group Judicial Watch is seeking documents related to government spending. Judicial Watch says it's investigating alleged "pork barrel spending" in Illinois.
August 26, 2008 – The panelists talk about the amount of media coverage leading up to the announcement of who will be the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate. They review whether it was overblown and whether the Obama campaign played the media.
August 19, 2008 – The panelists talk about the dwindling number of reporters assigned to cover the Illinois Statehouse. So far this year, media outlets have eliminated two bureaus and four reporting positions from the Statehouse.