Connected to Chicago (01-19-2020) Special Guest- Governor J.B. Pritzker

Joining the show this week is Governor J.B. Pritzker. Governor Pritzker looks back on his first year in office, and takes on the issues with Bill such as property taxes, Mayor Lightfoot looks to add a casino to fix the pension crisis, Political corruption in Springfield, and who he likes for President in 2020.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. The Round Table opens up with an update on a state lawmaker involved in an alleged rape cover-up e-mail, Is Alderman Ed Burke working on a deal with the fed? Mayor Lightfoot approves a fund to study giving city business contracts to gay business owners. Lynn with an update from D.C. as the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump starts next week.

This week’s Connected to Chicago segment is with John Dempsey.

32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack’s has a proposal to get rid of plastic food packaging in local restaurants and reduce the use of plastic utensils, stirrers, straws and condiment containers in a bid to cut down on pollution. Starting in 2021, Waguespack’s ordinance would ban the use of plastic foam packaging in the city.

Snowball Fight Postponed Due To Snow

It’s an annual tradition at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus, but this year’s snowball fight had to be postponed. The reason? Too much snow.

UBC Point Grey canceled classes and services on Wednesday, as well as other post-secondary schools in southern BC, citing poor weather conditions.

The event, which is described by organizers as an “ultimate battle” in a “serious snowy showdown,” will now take place on Thursday at 12:30 pm.

In previous years, UBC’s snowball fight has gotten the attention of LAD Bible and Good Morning America .



The Top Restaurant In The US Is A Food Truck, According To Yelp

If you search Yelp for the best restaurant in America, you’d be surprised that it has no fixed building address. That’s because it’s a food truck slinging pita sandwiches on the streets of San Diego’s South Park neighborhood.

Shawarma Guys has topped the site’s “Top 100 Places to Eat in 2020” list after it earned a perfect 5-star score from 500 reviews.

Bryan Zeto has been parking the mobile kitchen outside his friend’s liquor store for the last 11 months. According to the chef, customers line up for a block and a half, sometimes returning three to four times a week.

It’s also a family affair, with Zeto enlisting his dad as sous chef as they dish out up to 900 plates per day.



This One Thing Would Make People Workout More

What’s the motivation that would get a lot of people to work out more? Cool workout clothes.

A new poll says that 92 percent of people would hit the gym more if they had better activewear.

69 percent of people are scared others will judge them if they don’t wear the appropriate clothing for a workout.

Other excuses for not exercising include not having any clean workout clothes, not being in the mood to workout, feeling sick or too much work and other responsibilities taking up time.



Japan Confirms First Case of New Wuhan Chinese Coronavirus

A new pneumonia-like virus, the Wuhan Coronavirus has found its way out of China and into Japan, with health officials confirming Japan’s first case in Kanagawa after a man tested positive for the virus.

Dozens of people have been infected by the new mystery virus. Exposure seems to have come while people were visiting a Wuhan seafood market but the Japanese patient had never visited that market himself.

Coronaviruses usually cause dreadful common cold symptoms but can lead to deadly respiratory diseases. Coronaviruses are spread through direct contact, sneezing or coughing.



What Will 2020 Taste Like? Flavor Trends Revealed

Americans may experience some new, never-before-tasted flavors in 2020 according to Les Dames D’Escoffier, a group of professional women leaders in the food industry.

Middle Eastern flavors will spice up palates in 2020, with piri piri chili peppers from Africa, and a spice blend of black pepper, cloves, cardamom and more called baharat used more often in restaurants.

Citruses will expand in 2020 with the yuzu, a hybrid orange found Korean cuisine and the super-sour kumquat giving 2020 dishes some pucker power.

A flavor from an older generation will also make a comeback in 2020; the elderflower. After Prince Harry and Megan Markle’s wedding cake featured elderflower, the floral flavor has gained popularity in cocktails.



FBI Arrests Suspected Neo-Nazis Ahead Of Gun Rights Rally

The FBI has arrested three suspected neo-Nazis who were planning to protest new gun control proposals in Virginia.

The men, believed to be connected to a white supremacist group called The Base, were allegedly traveling to Richmond, VA with firearms and over 1,600 rounds of ammunition.

Thousands of guns-rights advocates are expected to attend Monday’s rally in Richmond opposing efforts by state Democrats to pass stricter gun laws.



Black News Channel set to launch in February

Black News Channel is preparing to launch.

The 24-hour national cable news channel will debut February 10.

The channel was launched through the leadership of former U.S. representative J.C. Watts.

Black News Channel was 10 years in the making.



Would You Eat ‘Lab-Grown’ Meat?

Plant-based meat alternatives like the ‘Impossible burger’ are all the rage right now, but scientists are already working on the next big thing – lab-grown meat.

The process, also known as ‘clean meat’, can take cells from something like a chicken feather, and grow them in the lab to make a steady supply of animal protein without killing any actual animals.

One of the major early investors in lab-grown meat is Microsoft founder Bill Gates. Some experts predict that in 20 years, half of our meat supply will be grown in a lab.



Fox News re-signs Shannon Bream to multiyear deal

You’ll be seeing more of Shannon Bream on Fox News.

The anchor has just signed a new multi-year deal.

Bream will continue anchoring her 11pm show.

In addition, she will remain the network’s chief legal correspondent.



It’s not just older voters who are giving Joe Biden his lead with black Americans

Former Vice President Joe Biden is seeing a lot of support from black people when it comes to his presidential run.

The latest poll from Washington Post-Ipsos shows Biden is getting the backing of both young and older voters.

However, Bernie Sanders leads him when it comes to 18 to 34-year-olds.

8 in 10 voters say it is important to them personally that President Trump doesn’t get a second term, according to the poll.



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Warren Refuses To Shake Sanders’ Hand After Debate, Calls Out Men For Losing Elections

Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders shared a tense moment after Tuesday night’s Democratic debate.

After the debate ended, Warren ignored Sanders’ attempt to shake her hand, instead leaning in for a few choice words with her fellow Senator.

Earlier this week, a CNN report claimed that Sanders had told Warren in 2018 that a woman couldn’t win a presidential election, a claim Sanders continued to deny during the debate.

Warren, meanwhile, pointed out that the men on the debate stage had “collectively lost 10 elections” while she and Amy Klobuchar had “won every single election that they’ve been in”.



Navy Says Its UFO Files Would Cause ‘Grave Damage’ If Made Public

Grab your tinfoil hats – the Navy just made a somewhat alarming statement about its secret UFO files.

After Vice News requested the Navy share its secret UFO files under the Freedom Of Information Act, the Navy responded that releasing them would cause “exceptionally grave damage to the National Security of the United States”.

In recent years, two UFO videos were published by the New York Times , which the Navy later confirmed were real.



Tourists Accused Of Pooping Inside 600-Year-Old Sacred Temple

Authorities in Peru say a group of tourists will be deported after desecrating the ruins of Machu Picchu – by defecating.

Police say the tourists snuck onto the site and damaged the 600-year-old Temple of the Sun by causing a rock to fall from one of its walls. One tourist is also accused of going No. 2 inside the ruins.

About 1 million tourists visit Machu Picchu each year, which has some experts concerned about further damage to the centuries-old ruins.



Rich People are Staying Healthier for Almost a Decade Longer Than Poor People

Being rich could add almost ten years to your life!

According to a study, economic inequalities do affect lifespans.

Over 25,000 people over age 50 were analyzed and data revealed that rich people live healthier, disability-free lives, such as being able to cook and get out of bed on their own.

A public health specialist from the study said, While life expectancy is a useful indicator of health, the quality of life as we get older is also crucial. By measuring healthy life expectancy we can get an estimate of the number of years of life spent in favorable states of health or without a disability.



State Sen. apologizes for sexist comments to female reporter

Michigan State Sen. Peter Lucido has reversed course after initially denying that he owed an apology to a young reporter saying, “I apologize for the misunderstanding yesterday and for offending Allison Donahue.”

In her published first hand account, the 22-year-old reports that she asked the 59-year-old Republican for an interview Tuesday. He said he’d talk after giving remarks to a group of students from the All-Boys De La Salle Catholic high school.

“You’ve heard of De La Salle, right?,” Donahue recalled Lucido asking as she walked away. “You should hang around! You could have a lot of fun with these boys, or they could have a lot of fun with you,” prompting laughs from the students.

The Washington Examiner reports Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says he’s going to have an “intense and lengthy chat with Lucido – calling the reported comments “very unacceptable.”



2019 wrapped up hottest decade on record

NASA and NOAA say things really heated up last decade – literally. Both agencies say 2010-2019 was the hottest decade on record since they began keeping track.

2019 was the second-hottest single year on record – behind 2016 – with average global temps 1.71 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the average for the entire 20th century.

Gavin Schmidt, NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies tells NBC News, “Every decade since the 1960s has been warmer than the decade previously, and not by a small amount.”

Ocean temps were the hottest ever recorded in 2019 with Arctic sea ice measuring the second-smallest average amount since 1979. NOAA’s climate records go back to 1880.