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Volunteer shot while canvassing for 15th Ward candidate Joseph Williams

A campaign worker was recovering Monday after being shot in the leg while campaigning for 15th Ward aldermanic candidate Joseph Williams on Sunday.

Maxwell Little was going door to door to garner support for Williams when the shooting occurred at about 1:45 p.m. in the 6600 block of South Marshfield Avenue in the city’s West Englewood neighbourhood.

Little was on the sidewalk and streaming on Facebook Live when a man wearing a red mask shot him. The video shuts off just as he was shot in the leg.

In a statement Sunday afternoon, 15th Ward Alderman Raymond Lopez called the shooting “the same type of mindless gun violence we have seen in other neighbourhoods,” and said gun violence in the area “must be confronted and addressed directly and without excuses.”

PAWS Pet of the Week: Helena!

Are you on the search for an active, attentive pal who is full of energy? Then Helena may be the girl for you! She is playful and affectionate and loves to play fetch and snacking on treats! This one-year-old Terrier Mix would be a great walking partner because she can go for miles! She loves to give her owner kisses and to be close to wherever you are. Helena doesn’t like when her humans are gone most of the day. She aims to please, so she’d like a home where she will receive continued training. Helena has most recently been working on crate training and enjoys that! Helena is a strong pup who is looking for an experienced owner. She prefers to be the only dog in the home and would also do best with family members 15 and older.

Helena will be available for adoption tomorrow, Saturday, December 1st at a special suburban dog adoption event at the Walter E. Smithe Oak Brook Showroom, located at 1501 16th Street. PAWS will be bringing larger dogs like Helena, and some puppies who are in need of homes and space to run and play. Stop in from 12-3pm to meet the dogs, talk with PAWS, and take home your new best friend!

Ald. Matt O’Shea: 10th annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K

The 10th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Proceeds will benefit the 19th Ward Youth Foundation and the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Alderman Matt O’Shea talks about why you should join and how you’d be helping the community with Big John and Lauren Cohn. Plus they dive into Chicago politics a bit, specifically the mayoral race.

Police officer and two employees were killed in Chicago hospital shooting

Chicago (CNN)- A police officer, a doctor and a pharmaceutical assistant were killed after a Monday afternoon shooting at Chicago’s Mercy Hospital, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

The shooting was a domestic incident see as the gunman’s first victim was a woman he had previously had a relationship with, said Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie T. Johnson.
The gunman also died, though it is unclear whether he died from police gunfire or a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Johnson said.
In a statement Monday, Mercy Hospital named its employees killed in the shooting as emergency room physician Tamara O’Neal and pharmacy resident Dayna Less — a 25-year-old recent graduate of Purdue University.
The hospital paid tribute to police and security staff, saying it was “deeply saddened by the tragedy.”
“Every shooting in America is a tragedy, and it is especially senseless when a shooting occurs in the healing space of a hospital,” it said.
Chicago Police identified the deceased officer as Samuel Jimenez, a father of three. He joined the force in February 2017 and recently completed probationary training, becoming a full-fledged officer, Johnson said. A procession was held for him Monday night.

EPISODE 23 – Thanksgiving/Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Sisters and travel experts Colleen Kelly and Catie Keogh talk you through all the things you need for smooth thanksgiving holiday travel. Also in today’s show the Trip Sisters talk about their favorite places to get away during the holidays.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray express the importance of ending Alzheimer’s. They’re joined by Dani Jachino, a participant for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – Chicago, she gives her story on why she walks and encourages others to get involved to help end Alzheimer’s.

My Mother lived the last year and a half of her life in a dementia unit.  My Dad’s brother and sister died of Alzheimer’s, as did another aunt and uncle.  Friends’ parents had the disease.  Friend’s spouses have the disease. I do not want it and I want an end for future generations.

Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.

Interested in donating or getting involved? Check out Dani Jachino’s page and donate towards her walk, or register and get yourself walking Sunday, October 28th.

What did we learn today with Big John and Ramblin’ Ray? (10-24-18)

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray give the latest location of the caravan heading towards the U.S. border and what we should prepare ourselves for.

Plus what have we learned today? The shows ‘crack staff’ learned about the mega millions winner, how Rainbow cone will be staying open all winter long, and the hotel strikers who are suing the city. Also, learn about how you can own Walter Payton’s 1979 Porche!

Gov. Bruce Rauner: “I believe we’re gonna win again because we’re fighting for what’s right”

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined in studio with Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss the importance of this election along with everything he’s done to help Illinois and how much more he plans to get done if re-elected.

“This is a labor of love, this is our home, Illinois is home, Chicago areas are home. We have to protect our home from these crooks, we have to create a better future for our children and our grandchildren in our home, that’s all I care about, my ego is not in this.”

As a reminder to everyone, get out and vote! 


The latest political ad that John and Ray bring up with Gov Rauner:

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.

Thousands raised for daughters of Chicago officer convicted of killing Laquan McDonald

Over 500 people have contributed more than $45,000 to a GoFundMe page for the daughters of convicted Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

One of Van Dyke’s lawyers, Tammy Wendt, began setting up the page last week not long after the guilty verdict, and donations have poured in in the four days since it went live. Many of the donations have come from law enforcement officers who say they were stunned by the verdict.

“They say they know it could have been one of them,” Wendt said on Monday.

Van Dyke earlier this month was found guilty of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery with a firearm — one for each time Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald on Oct. 20, 2014.

Wendt said the $100,000 goal for the fundraiser was a number she “pulled out of the air,” and that in the near term the family will need the money to pay daily expenses without Van Dyke’s income for however long he is incarcerated. None of the money will go to his legal expenses, Wendt said.

“They [Vand Dyke and his wife] have two kids, and both of them want to go to college,” Wendt said.

Van Dyke was suspended by CPD after he was charged in November 2015, but soon after got a $14-an-hour job doing janitorial work for the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7, the union that represents most of the department’s rank-and-file officers.

Van Dyke’s wife, Tiffany, works as a bar manager, but took nearly a month off work to attend her husband’s trial, Wendt said.

“Tiffany is just overwhelmed with gratitude. She’s just floored,” Wendt said. “They just can’t believe it because it really is not just the money, things people are saying, some really supportive things, and that helps, too.”

Wendt said that she was surprised by the outpouring of support— and cash— in the days since the GoFundMe page opened, but admitted that she has had to block all comments to the page because of a number of negative remarks from visitors.

Contributing: AP

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.

Tim Kazurinsky: Did you know the state of Illinois is turning 200 years old?


Big John and Rambin’ Ray have Time Kazurinsky, American actor and screenwriter best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and for his role as Carl Sweetchuck in the Police Academy films, inform us of what’s to happen at Illinois’ bicentennial bash to celebrate 200 years.

Get tickets to the event here, and celebrate Illinois’ 200th year!