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Largest sum in Mega Millions history, an estimated $970 million

Big John and Ramblin Ray are joined by Jason Schaumburg, the Illinois Lottery’s communications director, who speaks out about the history of Mega Millions. Plus The Mega Millions jackpot, which has reached an estimated $970 million, making it the largest sum in the game’s history – and the second largest in U.S. lottery history.



Darline Senger: “You want someone that’ll be there and commit, and she won’t commit to being comptroller”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Republican Candidate for Illinois Comptroller Darline Senger. She discusses what her first steps would be as comptroller and what needs to be done to get the bills down in Chicago. Senger comments on Susanna Mendoza and the possibility of her running for mayor, which she says how that isn’t fair for the voters who are voting for her in the run for comptroller.

PAWS pet of the week: Uma!


Uma is a gorgeous 3-year-old tabby cat who was a part of PAWS Chicago’s recent Hurricane Michael rescue effort.  She is excited for a second chance at life in the Windy City!  Uma is getting used to her new surroundings and making new friends (both people and other cats).  She enjoys perching in the windowsill for a nice cat nap, and love to bat around her mice toys.  She would make a wonderful companion and hopes to find her forever home soon!

Meet Uma today at the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, located at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit pawschicago.org or call 773-935-PAWS.

To learn more about PAWS Chicago’s Hurricane Michael rescue effort, visit www.pawschicago.org/michaelrelief

Bill Cameron: “How much courage does it take to come out against a Nazi?”

Big John, Ramblin’ Ray, and Connected to Chicago’s Bill Cameron, cover J.B Pritzker’s lawsuit, Susan Mendoza’s run for comptroller, and how Dave McSweeney and Ed Burkes are both endorsing Dan Lipinski who is running against neo-nazi Arthur Jones


Listen to Bill Cameron on Connected to Chicago, Sunday nights at 7 pm. This weeks guest on Connected to Chicago is Senator Dick Durbin.

Will the mid-terms bring a blue or red wave?

Big John, Ramblin’ Ray, and former RNC chairman Michael Steele discuss if we should be seeing a red wave or a blue wave during the coming elections. Michael Steele breaks down his thoughts on what we should see happening, especially after everything with Supreme Court Justice Bret Kavanaugh.

What did we learn today with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray? (10-18-18)

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray find a Texas High School that now makes it mandatory for you to watch a video of how to interact with the police before you graduate.

Plus learn about celebrities who have to cover up their S.O’s tattoos, a sex robot you can have made of your ex, and that today is 80 cent sandwiches at Al’s Beef.


Gov. Bruce Rauner: “[J.B Pritzker] represents everything that’s wrong in the state of Illinois”

Big John, Ramblin’ Ray, and Governor Bruce Rauner mention the latest lawsuit against J.B. Pritzker involving people from his campaign staff. Gov Rauner goes into Pritzker’s tax policies and how will hurt the people of Illinois. He also touches upon topics of mental health, the service he has done for Illinois, and his plans to help the people of Illinois.

Campaign Staffers Sue Pritzker, Claiming Discrimination

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray cover the  with Mary Ann Ahern from NBC Chicago, who broke the story Wednesday.

CHICAGO (Illinois News Network) — A group of African-American and Latino campaign staffers have filed federal discrimination charges against billionaire J.B. Pritzker, Democratic hopeful for Illinois governor.

The suit alleges Pritzker’s campaign routinely marginalizes minority workers.

“Although they hire African Americans and Latinos as campaign workers, the vast majority are herded into race-specific positions where they are expected to interact with the public, offered no meaningful chance for advancement, and receive less favourable treatment than their white counterparts who engage with, as the campaign sees it, a more desirable constituency,” the complaint says.

The lawsuit comes just weeks before Pritzker will face Republican incumbent Bruce Rauner in one of the most expensive state elections in national history.

The complaint also alleges that the campaign placed minority staffers in “unsafe locations,” placing them in danger.

The lawsuit says that the campaign workers asked when Pritzker would visit their office. They say the campaign responded, “He’ll visit when they stop shooting.”

Pritzker’s campaign was not immediately available for comment, but Pritzker’s Lt. Gov. candidate, Juliana Stratton, said in a statement that “we had a letter delivered to us asking for $7.5 million dollars in 24 hours or they threatened legal action and to go to press. That’s not a good faith effort.”

Shay Allen, a Chicago-based civil rights attorney who represents the plaintiffs, says Stratton’s statement is false, adding that Stratton has never reached out to any of his clients despite their complaints to the campaign.

“I have no idea how the person who made that statement could make those claims,” he said. “I’m positive that she’s never spoken to my plaintiffs.”

Allen said his clients were treated poorly.

“There were instances where they were spoken to very unprofessionally,” he said. “There were instances of physical intimidation.”

Allen said his clients are asking for more effort on behalf of Pritzker’s campaign to include minorities in positions of consequence, something he claims has almost exclusively gone to white staffers.

“Almost all of them have prior [campaign] experience,” he said. “A couple have come from other states to help with the campaign.”

Illinois Republican Party Executive Director Travis Sterling said Pritzker must answer for his actions.

“Here, we have his own staffers – seasoned political operatives – alleging racial discrimination and harassment,” Sterling said. “We have heard from Pritzker’s own mouth referring to black elected officials as ‘offensive’ on an FBI wiretap with Rod Blagojevich. It’s finally time for J.B. Pritzker to answer for his actions.”

The suit was filed Tuesday in the northern federal district of Illinois. The plaintiffs, Maxwell Little, Jason Benton, Jelani Coleman, Celia Colon, Kasmine Calhoun, Erica Kimble, Nathaniel Madison, Tiffany Madison, James Tinsley, and Mark Walker, are represented by Shay T. Walker. The Chicago defence attorney’s firm represented one of the three officers that were fired for beating a man in 2015.

John Tilman, “Do you really want to vote for an even bigger Illinois tax burden?”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by John Tilman, CEO of the Illinois Policy Institute, on Illinois’ Governor’s race. Specifically, the policies propose from J.B. Pritzker and his income tax bill idea.

John Tilman wrote an article in the Chicago Tribune covering how this will affect families in Chicago.



Death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, “You can’t count anything out”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by mid-day host Chris Plante in talking about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. As they try to figure out who did it John, Ray, and Chris put in their thoughts on who they think could be involved. Plus what President Trump plans to do about the situation or what people think he should do.

Who do we believe the Saudis or the Turks? “Neither of them are trustworthy”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray have author and contributor to the Washington Times and The American Spectator Jed Babbin, they discuss the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Getting a better understanding of what’s going to happen next, and what President Trump should think about before taking any action.

What did we learn with Big John and Ramblin’ Ray? (10-16-18)

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray cover an incident with an Air India flight that with 136 passangers that hit a wall at Trichy Airport. Destroying the wall and a guide tower which caused more damage to the plane than the pilot thought.

Learn about the increased number of face tattoos, Sears bankruptcy, and the only way Ray will fly Air India.

Burlington Township man offering reward for missing pet deer

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray speak with Marty Gerdish, a man from Burlington Township who is seeking his lost pet deer. He’s offering a $500 reward to anyone who can bring back the pet doe who ran away after a storm last week. Marty Gerdisch said Abigail was discovered missing after a branch fell on her enclosure during a storm, allowing her to jump out and run away. She had not been found.


More information at the Daily Herald and anyone with information can call (847) 361-5025.

Eli Lake: The Saudis need to provide the U.S. with answers.

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by Eli Lake, columnist for the Bloomberg View, where they talk about his article ‘What Trump Can Do About Saudi Arabia‘, which is about the reporter Jamal Khashoggi who went missing. Now the Turkish police allege murder, and the Saudi government denies foul play.

U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise coming to Naperville for Congressman Peter Roskam

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined with Rep. Steve Scalise, current United States House of Representatives Majority Whip and representative for Louisiana’s 1st congressional district. They discuss the reporter that was murdered in Saude Arabia, the Proud Boys who violently beat up protesters in New York but weren’t arrested, and his road to recovery after the 2017 Congressional baseball shooting.


U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana will be in Naperville on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at a reception for Roskam. A ticket goes for $50, and a “private roundtable” goes for $1,000. Get tickets and more information at RoskamforCongress.com


What did you learn today with Big John and Ramblin’ Ray? (10-15-18)

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray get into last nights ’60 Minutes’ interview with President Donald Trump, then go into SNL’s open with President Trump and Kanye West.

Learn about the celebrity couple that called off their engagement and the Chicago Bears. Plus did Ray’s ancestry test really show that he’s related to John?

Woman fired after blocking black man from entering his apartment building

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray cover a viral story from St. Louis, Missouri, featuring a woman blocking a man from entering a luxury loft until he proved he lived at the complex went viral.

D’Arreion Toles posted videos of the incident showing what happened, which ended with a knock on his door 30 mins later by the police.

Since the video has gone public, Hilary Brooke Thornton has fired from her job as a senior property manager with Tribeca-STL. Tribeca-STL has released a statement on the incident.

The full statement from the management company read:

Tribeca-STL was recently shared a video containing a disturbing interaction that we believe is important to clarify. The video did involve one our employees, but the event did NOT take place at Tribeca-STL and did NOT involve one of our tenants. The video is showing the employee in her private life at her own residence interacting with another person.

The Tribeca-STL family is a minority-owned company that consists of employees and residents from many racial backgrounds. We are proud of this fact and do not and never will stand for racism or racial profiling at our company.

After a review of the matter, the employee has been terminated and is no longer with our company. At Tribeca-STL we want all residents, guests and visitors to feel welcome, safe and respected.

After being recognized in photos and formally being connected with Hilary, Brandon Mueller posted a Facebook video completely disavowed any contact with her: