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Lou Canellis: Chicago Bears in Miami, plus free beer in Milwakee?!

Big John and Lou Canellis, from Fox Chicago, prepare for this weekends Chicago Bears game, figuring out what we hope to see happen during this weekends game.  Plus how Milwaukee is gonna have the chance to get some free beer after Brewers win.

“17 folks think they wanna be Mayor? There’s no way you can poll at this point”

Big John and NBC5’s Mary Anne Ahern recap last night’s debate with Bruce Rauner and J.B. Pritzker, and a look into Chicago’s mayoral race.

Check out Mary Anne Ahern on NBC 5 with the latest on Illinois’ governor’s race and Chicago’s mayoral race.


“The media has stopped playing a mutual referee and taken sides”

Big John and Michael Goodwin, from the New York Post,  cover two of his latest articles, Trump dishes on ‘lowlife’ Eric Holder, Hillary and the 2020 race and Where’s the outrage over Hillary’s call for a ‘civil’ war?, in light of what’s been going on with mob-like attacks on political leaders from Democrats.

PAWS pet of the week: Tory!

Tory is a handsome 10-month old black Labrador Retriever mix.  He is very social and loves being around people.  Tory likes to jump in your lap (he doesn’t know he’s a big dog) to be petted, belly rubs please!  He likes chomping on chew on toys and lights up when told he’s a good boy. This big-hearted pup enjoys going for walks, car rides, and trips to the dog park.  He’d make an amazing companion to the lucky adopter or family that scoops him up.

Meet Tory 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.

Join PAWS Chicago this Sunday, October 14 from 12-4pm, for the Angels with Tails Roscoe Village adoption event!  PAWS, along with seven other local shelters and rescue groups, will team up to bring the faces of Chicago’s homeless animals to 31 stores and sidewalks along Roscoe Street in the heart of the Roscoe Village neighbourhood. The 7th Annual Angels with Tails Roscoe Village is an opportunity to meet your new best friend and experience the joy a pet can bring to your life. For more information on this adoption event, please visit  www.pawschicago.org/angelswithtails or call 773-935-PAWS!  


Bill Cameron: ‘Can’t we get someone who’s not a billionaire to run for these offices?’


Big John and Bill Cameron, from Connected to Chicago, discuss the political theatre that’s shown during debates, specifically the one between Rauner and Pritzker, and how you will only hear what they truly stand for in a personal interview. Going into Bill’s thoughts on Peter Roskam, Bill Daley, Toni Preckwinkle, and other mayoral candidates.


Listen to Bill Cameron on Connected to Chicago, Sunday nights at 7 pm. This weeks guest, Gery Chico.

What have we learned today with Big John and Ramblin’ Ray? (10-11-18)


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray talk about the new water rule they have been given, have Chuck Swirsky on to talk about the death of former Bulls assistant coach Tex Winter, plus some social media stories about an ankle monitor and a girlfriend for sale.

Rep. Daniel Lipinski on ‘Get Behind the Vest’ and fundraising event

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray have Rep Daniel Lipinski discuss “Get Behind the Vest,” a community-based effort to raise money toward the purchase of replacement bulletproof vests for Chicago police officers.

Police officers are provided with one bulletproof vest when they join the force but are responsible for purchasing replacement vests themselves. At $500 or more per vest, the costs can quickly add up, especially since they wear out and need to be replaced every five years or after coming in contact with a bullet. The Congressman, in partnership with Chicago Alderman Silvana Tabares and local community leaders and businesses, is hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, October 14 from 8 am to noon at St. Daniel the Prophet School, 5337 S. Natoma, Chicago.

Proceeds go to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation.

Remembering the longtime Chicago TV journalist Warner Saunders, 1935-2018

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray remember Warner Saunders with Brant Miller. Covering the award-winning journalist’s career, from spent four decades in Chicago television and 29 years at NBC 5. Plus how he has affected so many peoples lives throughout the years.

Astronauts make emergency landing after rocket failure

An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut made an emergency landing in Kazakhstan on Thursday after their Soyuz booster rocket failed shortly after liftoff on a trip to the International Space Station.


“This was mob violence, in Portland. There was violence and it was a mob, therefore mob violence.”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by mid-day host Chris Plante in talking about a group of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon who harassed an old man this week for disobeying their traffic orders, with apparently no action taken against them by the Portland police.

A.B. Stoddard: “The fact that [Nikki Haley] only told her staff yesterday morning, it’s all very mysterious.”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray cover the resignation of Nikki Haley with A.B. Stoddard from RealClearPolitics, and the possible reasons as to why she’s leaving.

What have we learned today with Big John & Ramblin’ Ray? (10-9-18)

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray find out if John Dempsey has decided if he is going to be headed to Jacksonville Florida today, even with hurricane Michael coming.
Plus congratulations to out Eagles winner! Turn in tomorrow to get your chance to win all week long!

The many apples at Kuipers Family Farm


Big John and Ramblin’ Ray get a taste of some apples from Kuipers Family Farm. Owners Kim and Wade Kuiper bring in their very own hard apple cider and a variety of apples available at Kuiper Family Farm. Kim and Wade inform us what activities are available to participate in while at the farm and these seasons harvest.

Visit Kuipers Family Farm’s at:
1N318 Watson Road
Maple Park, IL 60151

Check out their website for more events and details. 

Tom Bevan: “Parties are looking for their hard core voters, who turn out no matter what.”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray have Tom Bevan, co-founder and publisher of RealClearPolitics, on to discuss how Democrats reacted towards Kavanaugh, bringing upon a mod like feeling towards politicians. Plus the push to vote and the latest ad featuring older people who are using scare tactics to get the younger generations out to vote.

Tune in to Tom Bevan Sunday nights at 8 pm, on WLS-AM 890!

What did we learn today with Big John an Ramblin’ Ray? (10-8-18)

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray recap the Van Dyke trail before going into ‘what have we learned today’. Today we learned the perks of being young on Columbus Day, how hot it is gonna be today, and how you should look in your wallet more often.


Eric Segall: “Never ever, give a government official with unreviewable authority power for life.”


Big John and Ramblin Ray’ discuss the reactions of Bret Kavanaugh being confirmed for the Supreme Court with Eric Segall, from GSU Law.  Plus a bigger understanding on how one in the Supreme Court determines when to retire.

Batavia school board member’s Facebook comment after transgender debate called a threat

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray cover Batavia high school, as a woman says that board member John Dryden threatened her and other parents with a comment he made about them on his Facebook page.

Kelly Sullivan of Batavia said she filed a police report Wednesday, the day after a school board meeting where she and two other parents criticized how the district handled a situation involving a transgender student’s use of the sixth-grade girl’s locker room and restrooms at Rotolo Middle School.


Dryden posted on Facebook:  “Sometimes School Board meetings are like Mr. Toad’s wild ride. (Enjoy it on BATV.) You can watch me try really hard not to launch myself over the table and strangle an anti-transgender lynch mob. The Board Comments at the end are worth listening to. Cheers Batavia — let’s move ahead, not backwards …”

In an interview, Sullivan said the board was rude to the parents and Dryden’s Facebook comment was a threat. With many commenters, on Dryden’s page accusing the parents of bigotry and discrimination.

“I certainly did not threaten anybody,” Dryden said Friday. “I cannot and would not.”

He stands by his comment. “I watched a lot of people throw a middle school kid under the bus,” he said.

He said the parents’ comments upset him so much he briefly left the board room. And he reiterated his stance in a statement late Friday afternoon.

“In a disappointing turn of events, their bullying tactics are now directed at me,” he wrote. “While I find this sort of thing distasteful, I would much rather their anger and angst be focused on me than directed towards an innocent middle school child.”

Speakers at Tuesday’s meeting said parents and students should have been told ahead of time that a transgender student — a boy biologically who identifies as female — would be using those facilities.

Federal law does not require letting the transgender student use the female facilities and other schools have offered a separate facility for transgender students or have curtained off an area of the locker room for students who wish to change in private. According to district communications coordinator Sue Gillerlain, the locker room has three privacy stalls and a single-user women’s restroom outside the locker room where girls also can change.

The board’s response, she said, indicates it doesn’t care for all students’ privacy.

But Superintendent Lisa Hichens said the district is following legal advice and its own equal opportunity policy. Privacy laws preclude the district from telling parents or other students personal information about another student, she said.

It’s not the first time Dryden has been in the spotlight. When he was a social studies teacher at Batavia High School, he was disciplined by the board in 2013 for advising students they had the right not to incriminate themselves while answering a school survey about drug, alcohol and tobacco use, and their emotions. He was ordered to not give students legal advice and to stop being sarcastic and flip with students. He retired a year later and ran for school board in 2015.

Sullivan wrote to the school board Wednesday about Dryden’s comment, asking what it would do about it.

Board President Cathy Dremel reiterated that the board believes the district is acting legally and “has no role in monitoring individual member’s personal social media or the opinions shared in such a forum.”


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