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Will Warner Saunders be back?

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Will he or won't he? That's a big unanswered question involving news anchor Warner Saunders and NBC-owned WMAQ-Channel 5. Saunders is slated to retire from a 28-year run at WMAQ at the end of May, but complications from a recent illness have made it unclear whether Saunders will in fact be back in person to sign off for the last time as the station's 10 p.m. news co-anchor. "We just don't know yet," said a WMAQ spokeswoman, though at least one source indicated that Saunders' belongings in his office at WMAQ already have been packed up. In the meantime, Bob Sirott has been filling in for the ailing Saunders on many nights at 10 p.m. Sirott is believed to be the co-anchor heir apparent at 10 p.m., but station management has not made that official yet either.

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