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Connected to Chicago (02-17-2019)

Joining the show this week are the three candidates for city treasurer. They are Accountant Peter Gariepy, Alderman Ameya Pawar, and State Rep. Melissa Conyears-Ervin. The three discuss why they’re running for City Treasurer, and provide a brief biographical background. How would the treasurer shape city investments? Should Amazon move to Chicago, after their HQ2 deal with New York City fell through?

In this week’s round table segment, John is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. A new Telemundo/NBC 5 poll has come out. What’s to make of the poll results? And how are the Mayoral candidates shaping up? President Trump declares a national emergency over securing the funds to build the southern border wall. Ray and Greg decode Governor Pritzker’s upcoming budget proposal.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has taken legal action against online retailers who sell e-cigarettes and vaping liquids that he says are selling products to minors.

This suit follows actions taken in November, in which a lawsuit was filed against eight online retailers and 15 brick-and-mortar retailers were cited. Corporation Counsel Ed Siskel says the latest lawsuit is against 27 online retailers and four retail stores in Chicago.

Connected to Chicago (02-10-2019) Special Guest-Paul Vallas

Joining the show this week is Paul Vallas. Paul is running for Mayor of Chicago. Bill and Paul discuss financial reform, ways to balance the budget, and pension reform. Will city corruption affect voter turnout?

In this week’s round table segment, John is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. Should there be a statute of limitations on a 44 year old story involving Bill Daley? In the Mayoral campaign, Are voters more interested in city corruption, or traditional issues? Could it affect voter turnout?

This week’s community spotlight segment is with John Dempsey.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Library today joined city and state officials on the south and west sides to announce continued investments to transform the Henry E. Legler Branch Library into a regional library, and to renovate and modernize South Shore Branch Library. More than $14 million will be invested as part of the Library’s “Branching Out: Building Libraries, Building Communities” campaign.

In partnership with Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White, the Henry E. Legler Branch Library will be transformed into a regional library for the west side. The transformation of Legler Library, located at 115 S. Pulaski, into a state-of-the-art regional library branch will be fully funded with a $4 million investment from the Illinois State Library to support technology infrastructure and a $7.5 million investment from the City of Chicago to support building upgrades and the expansion of hours and services for the west side community.

Connected to Chicago (02-03-2019) Special Guest-Patrick Cotter

Joining the show this week is Attorney Patrick Cotter of the Chicago law firm Greensfelder. John and Patrick discuss city and government corruption. Could Alderman Solis be charged for wearing a wire? Patrick and John also discuss Alderman Ed Burke, Mike Madigan, and the Mueller investigation.

In this week’s round table segment, John is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. The Round Table discuss Alderman Daniel Solis, Mike Madigan, and Chicago machine politics.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale.

Nick talks with Weather Channel meteorologist Ray Stagich who explains what a Polar Vortex is and where we were compared to other states that also saw their temperatures drop. As for the chance of this happening again this winter, Ray is doubtful another Polar Vortex will strike anytime soon.

Connected to Chicago (01-27-2019) Special Guest-LaShawn Ford

Joining the show this week is LaShawn Ford. Ford is a candidate for Mayor of Chicago. Ford is also a member of the Illinois House of Representatives. John and LaShawn discuss the latest news how Alderman Solis reportedly wore a wire while having conversations with Alderman Ed Burke, What’s the latest with Tax Increment Financing, Downtown and Neighborhood development issues, and solving the pension problem.

In this week’s round table segment, John is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. The Round Table opens up with coverage of a deal to temporarily end the partial government shut down, Roger Stone gets indicted, and the big local issue this week with breaking news of Alderman Solis reportedly wearing a wire while having conversations with Alderman Ed Burke. How will this news affect the upcoming Mayoral election.
This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale.

Nick discusses Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker taking executive action in joining the U.S. Climate Alliance, becoming the 18th governor to do so.

The U.S. Climate Alliance commits the state to the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement.

Executive Order 2019-06 also directs the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency to monitor the Trump Administration’s environmental proposals and “identify opportunities to protect Illinoisans from environmental harm.” The executive order took effect immediately.

Connected to Chicago (01-20-2019) Special Guest- Lori Lightfoot

Joining the show this week is Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot is a candidate for Mayor for Chicago. Bill and Lori discuss key issues such as Police accountability, reform, and the Consent decree. Lori gives her viewpoints on Alderman Ed Burke, Elon Musk’s plan to build a hyperloop train to O’Hare airport, and ways to fix city budget issues.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. Governor Pritzker signs a new law requiring state licensing for gun dealers, Lynn has an update from Washington D.C on the partial Government shutdown, and what are the ramifications for the next Mayor of Chicago after three police officers were acquitted in the code of silence trial.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with John Dempsey. John discusses the unveiling of the five architectural firms as finalists for the city’s $8.5 billion project to expand terminals at O’Hare airport.

Connected to Chicago (01-13-2019) Special Guest- Jim Durkin

Joining the show this week is Jim Durkin. Durkin is the Illinois House Republican Leader. Bill and Jim discuss what to expect with the new Illinois Governor administration starting 1/14. Topics include a proposed graduated income tax hike, recreational marijuana, and the possibility of a Chicago casino.

In this week’s round table segment Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune,Greg Hinz of Crains, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The round table begins with an update on the Mayoral race. Toni Preckwinkle gets criticism for a new campaign ad, J.B Pritzker takes the oath of office and becomes the new Governor of Illinois on Monday 1/14, and how has the partial Government shut down affected us here locally in Chicago.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has given Illinois a “C-” on their Infrastructure Report Card. Kristina Swallow, the society’s past-president, says there are problems with bridges and roads and there is a need for funding for future aviation growth.

Recent polling from POLITICO and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health said that increasing infrastructure spending is one of the top priorities for Americans for the new Congress. 79% of people polled said it is “extremely important.” Infrastructure spending ranks high for both parties, with 88 percent of Democrats and 81 percent of Republicans surveyed calling it “extremely important.”
President Trump and Speaker Pelosi have both signaled they want to work on infrastructure together – a rare opportunity for bipartisanship. With a new Congress coming in January, infrastructure investment must come first.

Connected to Chicago (01-06-2019) Special Guest-Mark Rolfing

Joining the show this week is Mark Rolfing. Mark is an on-course golf reporter for NBC. John and Mark discuss the plan that may combine the Jackson Park and South Shore golf course into a Championship level course on the south side next to the Obama Presidential library. Tiger Woods will be help with the design of the new course.

In this week’s round table segment, John Dempsey is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune,Greg Hinz of Crains, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. The group discuss the latest developments on Alderman Ed Burke. How might this affect the Mayoral race?

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Jennifer Keiper. Jennifer discusses how there are misleading celebrity endorsements and trial offers that lead to, what the Better Business Bureau and the Federal Trade Commission says are subscription traps. Steve Bernas, CEO of the BBB in Chicago says there are a growing number of complaints and he describes them. Jason Adler of the FTC explains how consumers can be mislead to sign up for, what they think, is just a free trial offer but can lead to a costly subscription service. Debbie Wagner is a Chicago area resident who explains how she was led to believe that she was only signing up for a free trial but later learned that she was being charged over $100.00 monthly, when she checked her credit statement.

Connected to Chicago (12-23-2018) Special Guest-Susana Mendoza

Joining the show this week is Susana Mendoza. Mendoza is the Illinois Comptroller, and currently running for Mayor of Chicago. Bill and Susana discuss why she wants to become Mayor, Issues affecting the city such as ways to fix the pension crisis, public schools, the consent decree, and how she can make a positive change if elected.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line,Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with an update on Alderman Ed Burke, and what’s to come from the recent F.B.I Raid on his office’s, Could David Krupa get on the ballot to become Alderman in the 13th ward? What’s to come if the Government shuts down? Lynn has an update from Washington D.C.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with John Dempsey. John discusses The Hatchery, the City of Chicago’s new 34 million dollar food business incubator on the West Side in the East Garfield Park neighborhood.

Connected to Chicago (12-16-2018) Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker

Joining the show this week is Governor-Elect J.B. Pritzker. Bill and J.B. discuss the “state” of Illinois as he prepares to take office next year, ways to a balanced budget, Bringing jobs to Illinois, Improving education, Tax reform, and meeting with President Trump at the White House.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line,Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The conversation opens up with the topic of how Governor Rauner admitted that he considered to not want to run for re-election, The Round Table recaps Bill’s interview with J.B. Pritzker, Lynn has an update from Washington D.C, and Fran has new details on Alderman Ed Burke’s offices being raided again by the F.B.I.
This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale, and highlights the city’s efforts in securing the James Beard Awards through 2027.

The James Beard Foundation Awards successfully made the move to Chicago in 2015, with the support of the city, Choose Chicago, and the Illinois Restaurant Association, among many other city and state supporters. Currently slated to complete its run in 2021, today’s announcement ensures that the James Beard Foundation Awards will call Chicago home each year through 2027.

Connected to Chicago (12-9-2018) Special Guest-Dorothy Brown

Joining the show this week is Dorothy Brown. Brown is the Clerk of the Circuit Court for Cook County, and is a candidate for Mayor of Chicago. Dorothy Brown describes herself, Why she wants to be the Mayor, Issues affecting the city, and the Clerk’s office.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line,Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The Chicago Teachers Union endorses Toni Preckwinkle for Mayor of Chicago, Lynn recaps the funeral services for Former President George H.W Bush, and Bill Daley proposes to freeze property taxes if elected as mayor.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with John Dempsey. John discusses the Chicago City Colleges “Men of Color in Education Initiative”, which encourages more young black and Hispanic men to pursue the teaching profession.

Connected to Chicago (12-2-2018) Special Guest-Toni Preckwinkle

This week Bill sits down with Toni Preckwinkle. Preckwinkle is the Cook County Board President, and running for Mayor of Chicago. Bill and Toni discuss why she is running for mayor, issues affecting the city, and the consent decree.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Heather Cherone of The Daily Line,Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The conversation kicks off with coverage of Alderman Ed Burke’s offices being subjected to an FBI raid, and what’s going to be the outcome of this? The mayor’s race is heating up, and Illinois celebrates it’s 200th birthday.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale. With the holiday shopping season here, millions of consumers have and will be purchasing the latest and greatest TVs or furniture. But with the shopping frenzy for holiday presents, there are essential items consumers may have forgotten to add to their list. One very important item to include is an anchoring kit for a television or furniture.

The Consumer Product Safety commission has launched a campaign to get the word out.

Spokeswoman Patty Davis says 70 percent of child tip-over fatalities involve kids between the age of 1 and 3 and a half. She says it just takes five minutes to secure furniture in a room and straps are readily available at hardware stores.

For more information please visit http://www.anchorit.gov

Connected to Chicago (11-25-2018) Remembering Mayor Harold Washington

This week Bill pays tribute to Harold Washington who served as Mayor of Chicago from 1983 to 1987.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line,Greg Hinz of Crains, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. The group opens up with a discussion on Harold Washington. Who is the front runner in the race for Mayor? Then the discussion turns to the tragic shooting at Mercy hospital.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Jennifer Keiper. Jennifer talks with Holly Baker, American Red Cross Communications Director. Baker offers tips as well as the latest information on the volunteer staff sent from Chicago to California to help victims of the wildfires. Baker also lets listeners know where they can get more information on the work that the American Red Cross does, here, in the Chicago area and across northern Illinois. Listeners can find out more information about blood drives, volunteering and making donations at redcross.org.

Connected to Chicago (11-18-2018) Special Guest-Amisha Patel

Joining the show this week is Amisha Patel. Amisha is Executive Director of Grassroots Collaborative. Bill and Amisha discuss what the Grassroots Collaborative does, and how it strives to make a positive impact. Topics also include the upcoming election for Mayor of Chicago, gentrification in the city, ways to solve the pension crisis, and the idea of an elected school board.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line,Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The group kicks off the discussion on CNN Reporter Jim Acosta getting his White House press pass back, and Susana Mendoza has jumped into the Mayor’s race.
This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale. It focuses on Chicago’s latest effort to combat teen smoking. The city has filed lawsuits against eight online sellers of e-cigarette products. The suit claims the sellers are illegally selling their products to Chicago youth.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says the companies are,” following the playbook used by Big Tobacco.”

Connected to Chicago (10-28-2018) Special Guest-Bill Daley

Bill Cameron chats with Bill Daley. Daley is a Former top official in the Clinton and Obama administrations, a Lawyer, and currently running for Mayor of Chicago. Daley discusses why he is running for Mayor, addresses the budget issue, and the idea of an elected school board.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The conversation starts off with an update on a breaking news story of an arrest being made on the suspicious packages that have been sent this week, and how it may affect the mid term elections. The “F” word emerges in a new campaign ad in the race for Governor, and it’s onto the race for Attorney General as well as the campaign for State Senate with everyone discussing Peter Roskam and Sean Casten.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey. John discusses the recent hiring of 107 new officers to the Chicago Police Department.

Connected to Chicago (10-21-2018) Special Guest-Senator Dick Durbin

Bill Cameron chats with Senator Dick Durbin. Bill and Senator Durbin discuss the upcoming elections, and if there might be a red or blue wave, President Trump’s policies, and who might be President in 2020. Jamal Khashoggi is also discussed as well Senator Mitch McConell and social security reform.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The Round table starts off by discussing how campaign workers for J.B. Pritzker have filed a lawsuit over discrimination. Greg has an update on Attorney General Jeff Sessions speech in Chicago and discusses the consent decree. Fran discusses how Chance the Rapper has endorsed Amara Enyia for Mayor of Chicago.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Jennifer Keiper. Jeff Hall, who was wounded when his vehicle struck an Iraqi anti-tank mine, while serving in the Persian Gulf War, is now the National Employment Director with the Disabled American Veterans. He talks to WLS-AM 890 about disabled veterans re-entering the workforce, the benefits for companies that hire, and the new Guide to Hiring and Retaining Veterans with Disabilities. The free guide for disabled vets and employers can be downloaded from DAV’s website: www.jobs.dav.org.

Connected to Chicago (10-14-2018) Special Guest-Gery Chico

Bill Cameron chats with Gery Chico. Chico is a Lawyer, Public Official, Former Chief of Staff to former Mayor Richard M. Daley, and is running for Mayor of Chicago. Bill and Gery discuss issues affecting the city of Chicago, How to solve the pension problem, Thoughts on an elected school board, and ways to reduce violent crime in Chicago.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with a review of the Governor debates, and if they’re really necessary anymore. Everyone gives an update on how the race for mayor is going, and Susan Mendoza.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale, and focuses on the Healthy Schools Campaign’s Cooking up Change competition.

Sara Porter, the campaign’s VP of external affairs says the students have to create a meal, following USDA guideline, all for $1.40 per meal. This year, the competition has been expanded to include a breakfast meal.

The competition is November 14 at the Bridgeport Art Center.

Connected to Chicago (10-07-2018) Special Guest-Lori Lightfoot

Bill Cameron chats with Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot used to be President of the police board and is currently an attorney, investigator, and risk manager. Bill and Lori discuss the Jason Van Dyke trial, her plan if elected as mayor to improve public safety and violence prevention, ways to prevent gun violence, and how to solve the pension problem.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with the gubernatorial debate and comments on J.B Pritzker having the toilets removed from his mansion, and Governor Rauner’s handling of the Quincy veterans home situation. Lynn provides in update from Washington D.C on the Brett Kavanaugh hearing. The Round table concludes with a discussion on the consequences arising from the Jason Van Dyke Trial verdict.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey. John discusses an initiative from Senator Dick Durbin that has Chicago hospitals collaborating to reduce gun violence, and improve conditions in impoverished communities on the South and West sides. The program is called H.E.A.L. which stands for Hospital Engagement, Action, and Leadership.

Connected to Chicago (09-30-2018) Special Guest-Paul Vallas

Bill Cameron sits down with Paul Vallas. Paul is the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools. Bill and Paul discuss the current issues affecting the City of Chicago, The upcoming Mayoral election, and how he’s running his election campaign. Bill and Paul also discuss the proposed hyperloop train from O’Hare airport to downtown Chicago.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with everyone giving an update on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. The mayoral campaign is discussed and how the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing affects local politics back here.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey. This week John discusses a new A.T.&T program called “Believe Chicago”, in which the company expands it’s efforts to solve crime and poverty problems on the South and West sides of Chicago.

Connected to Chicago (09-23-2018) Special Guest-Willie Wilson

Bill sits down with Willie Wilson. Wilson is a businessman, humanitarian and is running for Mayor of the City of Chicago. Wilson comments on Rahm’s time in office, and the things he can achieve if he’s elected as Mayor of Chicago. Bill and Willie discuss how Toni Preckwinkle has joined the mayor’s race, crime in Chicago, solving the pension crisis, and the concern of rising lead levels in water.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun-Times, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The round table opens up by covering the Rauner/Pritzker debate, then it’s on to the mayor’s race, and the possibility of there being a runoff vote, Ray comments on Mike Madigan, and Lynn and Greg comment on Brett Kavanaugh.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale, and highlights the response from Illinois in the wake of Hurricane Florence and the recovery efforts in the Carolina’s.

Illinois has dispatched the Illinois Task Force One Swift-water Team. Team leader Chuck Gros says they have made numerous rescues and are helping with temporary power and other needs.

In addition, Illinois also deployed 10 National Guard soldiers and two helicopters to assist with relief efforts.

Connected to Chicago (09-16-2018) Special Guest-Garry McCarthy

Garry McCarthy joins the show. McCarthy is the Former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, and currently running for Mayor for the city of Chicago. Bill and Garry discuss Rahm’s decision not to run for re-election, The consent decree on police conduct, Why he is running for Mayor, Describes his base, and comments on President Trump.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The Round table opens up with a discussion on the Mayoral election, and the news of Bill Daley announcing that he will run for the Mayor of Chicago. The Round table takes a look at the news this week that Governor Rauner is trailing 17 points in the recent poll for Governor behind J.B. Pritzker. Lynn,Greg,Ray,and Heather give an update on the Brett Kavanaugh confirmation hearing.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey. John discusses the annual Chicago Public Schools Academic Progress Report.

Record-High Graduation Rate: Students earning a diploma hit an all-time high of 78.2 percent this year – with the biggest improvements coming from African American and Hispanic males. The graduation rate has steadily risen over the past seven years, growing more than 37 percent since 2011, when just over half of CPS students earned a high school diploma.

Record High College and Career Credentials Earned: This year, more CPS graduates earned college and career credentials than ever before. Credential attainment jumped 3.2 percentage points this year, with 46.6 percent of 2018 graduates earning at least one early college and career credential, which helps make college more accessible and affordable for students and their families.