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Connected to Chicago (10-20-2019) Special Guest- Stacy Davis Gates CTU Vice President

This week on Connected To Chicago Bill talks with CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates. Bill and Stacy break down all aspects of the ongoing teacher’s stike, What the teacher’s are working for in the contract, Working towards a deal with Mayor Lightfoot and how to end the strike with a settlement.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, and Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun-Times. We find out who Steve Patton is, and what his connections to Mayor Pete Buttigieg are. Ray Long explains the resignation of CEO Anne Pramaggiore from Exelon as a Federal investigation begins. Uber and Lyft might be getting more expensive in Chicago if the congestion tax gets adopted.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale, and focuses on the Illinois Commerce Commissions approval of Commonwealth Edison’s tariff for its Rate Residential Time of Use Pricing Pilot. The program is designed to incentivize residential ComEd customers who are participating in the pilot to shift their energy use away from peak periods to times when energy and capacity costs are lower.

Connected to Chicago (10-13-2019) Special Guest-Mayor Lightfoot

This week on Connected To Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins the show. Bill and Mayor Lightfoot discuss a multitude of topics from balancing the budget to the looming teacher’s strike. How are the Mayor’s ideas being perceived in Springfield? New ways to fix city violence, and make the streets safer. Pension reform comes up in the conversation, and we get the Mayor’s thoughts on that.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of The Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with the looming teacher’s strike next week, and how the teacher’s are working with the mayor on a deal. Governor Pritzker looks to consolidate downstate pension programs to fix the state pension crisis, Lynn with an update from D.C. on the impeachment inquiry of President Trump

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Lauren Cohn. Lauren talks with Amy Davis from The Museum of Science and Industry about a new program that helps women get into Science career fields.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (09-29-2019) Special Guest- Toni Preckwinkle

This week on Connected To Chicago the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioner’s Toni Preckwinkle joins the show. Bill and Toni discuss her working relationship with Mayor Lightfoot, Thoughts on President Trump, and Criminal Justice reform.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of The Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with the recent office raids of Democratic Sen. Martin Sandoval, and the Mayor of McCook Jeff Tobolski. The Impeachment inquiry continues, and Lynn provides an update from Washington D.C. Are there any similarity to the Water Gate scandal? The Chicago Teachers Union has voted to authorize a strike. Will it happen or not?

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale. Nick explains the details on the $3.6 million investment in the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund,  which will give small businesses and entrepreneurs on the South and West Sides additional access to capital to create jobs. 

Mayor Lightfoot along with Steve Hall, Vice President of Small Business Lending with the  Local Initiatives Support Corporation, both talk about the importance of small businesses in the community and the capitol they need to get started.

One small business owner who has gotten help is Jimmie Williams. He owns a small local landscaping company called Urban Roots, and was recently able to secure a loan through LISC for a new office building.

The new investments bring the total funding committed to the Entrepreneurs of Color Fund to over $9 million to support minority entrepreneurs on Chicago’s South and West Sides.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (09-22-2019) Special Guest- CTU President Jesse Sharkey

This week on Connected To Chicago The President of the Chicago teacher’s Union Jesse Sharkey joins the show. Bill and Jesse discuss the upcoming strike vote, How Mayor lightfoot can help in negotiations to prevent a strike, The specifics of what the teacher’s are demanding, and the differences in working with Mayor Lightfoot and former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of The Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with looming teacher’s strike, and a recap of Bill’s interview with CTU President Jesse Sharkey, How is Mayor Lightfoot doing with negotiating with Springfield? Ray has an update on economic development for central Illinois, and Lynn with an update from Washington D.C. on Corey Lewandowski and changing standards in journalism.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Lauren Cohn. The Carol Stream Police Department is at the forefront of a saliva testing program to measure marijuana impairment in drivers. Sgt. Brian Cluever joins Lauren for a brief discussion.

Connected to Chicago (09-15-2019) Special Guest- Sen. Dick Durbin

This week on Connected To Chicago Senator. Dick Durbin joins the show. Bill and Sen. Durbin discuss vaping, and the banning of flavored vape juice, His opinion on President Trump, Who he feels is the strongest candidate for the Democratic nominee for President, Winning back the Senate chamber, and Illinois politics including the looming CPS Teacher’s strike.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune,Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of The Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with news of Michael Shakman wanting a federal investigation of the Cook County Clerk’s office over “illegal patronage”, Alderman Ed Burke is back in the news, and a recap of last night’s Democratic Presidential nominee debate. Is it Biden’s race to lose?

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey. John speaks with Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and Attorney Michael Dorf, authors of the political biography “Clear It With Sid: Sidney R. Yates and Fifty Years of Presidents, Pragmatism, and Public Service”.

Yates was a Democratic Congressman from the North Side of Chicago from 1948 to 1998.He was known as a New Deal Liberal who would frequently work with his Republican colleagues to pass significant legislation.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (09-08-2019) Mayor Lightfoot Townhall

Bill Cameron celebrates 50 years in broadcasting!

This week on Connected To Chicago features real Chicago tax payers giving advice to Mayor Lightfoot in a Townhall style press conference. Lightfoot answers questions on a multitude of city issues.

In this week’s round table segment, John Dempsey is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune,Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of The Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with an analysis of Mayor Lightfoot’s budget shortfall. What are some of the ways to achieve a balanced budget?
The conversation shifts to national politics, and the 2020 election. Will Joe Biden get the nominee for president to run in 2020?
It’s been 50 years since Everett Dirksen passed away. His legacy and importance is remembered on this week’s show.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale.

This week’s segment takes a look at the recent annual training summit that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency held in Springfield. The featured speaker was Aurora Deputy Chief Keefe Jackson who talked about the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Company and what the department learned from it.

Mike Chamness, chair of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, also talks about recent action Gov. J.B. Pritzker took with regards to two bills that focus on mental health and school safety.

Connected to Chicago (09/01/2019) Special Guest- Congressman Mike Quigley

Bill Cameron is back, and joining the show this week is Congressman Mike Quigley. Conversation opens up with the possible impeachment of President Trump, The Mueller Report, Our changing relationships with foreign nations, and who might be the best Democratic candidate to select to run for President in 2020. Could we potentially see Russian meddling in the 2020 election?

In this week’s round table segment, John Dempsey is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with a recap of Mayor Lightfoot’s state of the city address, and what did we learned from it. Should we allow the Illinois constitution to be changed to implement pension reform? Another Chicago Teacher’s Union strike looms as the teacher’s seem to not accept any offers. Greg offers up an idea of restoring the Thompson Center as Governor Pritzker wishes to sell it.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey. John talks with Craig Bowen, the President of the Black College Golf Coaches Association, and the Diversity and Inclusion Adviser to the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance.

The Chicago Parks Golf Alliance plans to combine the Jackson Park 18 hole and the South Shore 9 hole golf courses into a single, championship level course that would offer discounted tee times for city residents, but charge non-residents $200 to play. The course would also offer expanded youth programs, a caddie program designed to create jobs and yield college scholarships, and improvements to two courses that are in need of refurbishing. Tiger Woods design firm has signed on to design the new course. The project still needs the approval of the Chicago City Council, the Chicago Park District, and the Illinois Legislature.

Connected to Chicago (08-25-2019) Special Guest-Bill Conway

Joining the show this week Bill Conway. Conway is running for Cook County State’s Attorney. John and Bill discuss Bill’s background, Criminal Justice, Bail Reform, The Jussie Smollett case, and the performance thus far of current Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

In this week’s round table segment, John Dempsey is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with the news of the special prosecutor Dan Webb being appointed by Judge Michael Toomin to look into the actions of Kim Foxx’s actions in the Jussie Smollett case, Mayor Lightfoot imposes a city hiring freeze, and Conservative Joe Walsh plans to run against President Trump in 2020.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Lauren Cohn. Lauren chats with liza Elizabeth Yntema. Liza is a Chicago Philanthropist who founded the Dance Data Project, which emphasis’s Female-Led roles in classical ballet.

Connected to Chicago (08-18-2019) Special Guest- Rep. David McSweeney

Joining the show this week State Representative David McSweeney. David and John discuss pension reform, income taxes, The failure(s) of the Rauner administration, and the possibility of bringing back the death penalty.

In this week’s round table segment, John Dempsey is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with President Trump making comments that he is again considering pardoning ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich, A study from Las Vegas has concluded that a Chicago casino wouldn’t be feasible due to the tax structure, and Dorothy Brown has announced she won’t seek re-election.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale. Nick explains the creation of the Elder Abuse Task Force. This week, Gov. J.B. Pritzker announced the 22 members that will serve on the panel.

Reporting its findings and recommendations to the governor and the General Assembly by January 1, 2021, the task force will analyze the effectiveness of elder protective services in Illinois and other states and develop a long-term plan to improve outcomes for older Illinoisans.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (08-11-2019) Special Guest- Amy Campanelli

Joining the show this week Amy Campanelli. Campanelli is the Public Defender of Cook County. John and Amy discuss the Chicago Police Gun Defender Dashboard, Bail Reform, and The benefits of police body cameras, which makes it clear as public defender to see what is happening between the officer and client.

In this week’s round table segment, John Dempsey is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with speculation that former Governor Rod Blagojevich prison sentence might be commuted by President Trump, The tragic mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton bring the spotlight on gun law reform and red flag laws, and how can Mayor Lightfoot fix the city’s financial problems.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Lauren Cohn. Lauren talks to Dr. Paul Berkowitz, Chairman of The Department of Psychiatry for Sinai Health System. Holy Cross Hospital has recently opened a brand new mental health wing. Dr. Berkowitz describes the benefits that this will bring to the community and hospital.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (08-04-2019) Special Guest-Richard Boykin

Joining the show this week Richard Boykin. Boykin is a former Cook County Commissioner, and considering a run for State’s Attorney to replace Kim Foxx. John and Richard discuss crime in Chicago, The Jussie Smollett case, and defending the rights of crime victim families. Boykin criticizes Foxx, and explains how he might run for State’s Attorney.

In this week’s round table segment, John Dempsey is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet and of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with a recap of the Democratic Presidential Debate, Who looked like the strongest candidate? Did Biden’s blundering answers set him back at all? Can the Republicans take the House? The conversation shifts locally to the Obama Center, and where it will be built.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale. Gov. Pritzker has signed a law that prohibits employers from asking job applicants about their salary history.

The bill was sponsored by State Rep. Anna Moeller (D-Elgin) who says it is needed to stop the cycle of less pay for female employees that often begins with their first job.

The new law begins in 60 days.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (07-21-2019) Special Guest- Superintendent Eddie Johnson of The Chicago Police

Joining the show this week is Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson goes in depth on the ways that CPD is taking care of gang violence, He responds to Mayor Lightfoot saying that we’re “losing the street”, and what to expect from legalized gambling and cannabis.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with the FBI raiding Mike McClain’s home who is a lobbyist for Comed, and has ties to Michael Madigan. What’s to come from this? Mayor Lightfoot suggests that the democrats shouldn’t take the bait from President Trump’s recent comments saying that they were “xenophobic”, and implying we should find a balance. Toni Preckwinkle and the Mayor argue over police policy

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale, and focuses on a lawsuit filed against the state by the Illinois State Rifle Association. ISRA filed the lawsuit Wednesday to block implementation of a law requiring state licensing of gun dealers. ISRA executive director Richard Pearson says the suit contends that the rules aren’t clear. Gun dealers are already licensed at the federal level.

Upon signing the law, J.B. Pritzker said it would detour straw purchases and slow the illegal gun purchases in the state. Most evidence though shows that guns flowing into the hands of criminals in Illinois come from Indiana and Mississippi.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron-(07-14-2019) Special Guest-Quentin Fulks

Joining the show this week is Quentin Fulks. Quentin is the President and Executive Director of Think Big Illinois. Think Big Illinois is a non-profit organization that is in support of progressive policies. Bill and Quentin discuss the 2020 State Budget, How the graduated income tax will be implemented, Bill asks the question of why not taxing retirement funds? Was the gas tax necessary? And how will legalized marijuana, and a casino in Chicago help the state get back on track?

Bill welcomes in the Round Table to discuss the week in news, and what’s to come from the major headlines of the week. Joining the show this week is Ray Long from the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun-Times. The conversation kicks off with expert analysis on the Chicago Teacher’s Union threat to strike, Heather recaps Mayor Lightfoot’s press conference, The 2020 census won’t include the “are you a citizen” question, and Ray with an update on Michael Madigan’s civil suit. The alligator is still loose in Humboldt park!

This week’s community spotlight is with Lauren Cohn. Maryville Academy has expanded it’s summer sports programs to help children in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. Nina Aliprandi, Director of Program Services joins in the conversation with Lauren.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (07-07-2019) Special Guest- Greg Baise

Greg Baise joins the show. Greg is the chairman of Ideas Illinois. Bill and Greg discuss the fair tax, Will the gas tax hike hurt local business? Has President Trump been good for local business? Is he re-electable? Speaker of the House Michael Madigan takes a pass at gerrymandering.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains, Heather Cherone, Fran Spielman, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. Twenty-One new taxes introduced. Who will wear the jacket for that? Ray updates us on a civil suit involving Mike Madigan, and in the upcoming 2020 census the citizenship question will remain off the ballot. Did the Mayor overreact to the Bean getting hit with graffiti?

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (06-30-2019) Special Guest- David Greising

David Greising of the Better Government Association joins Connected to Chicago. Bill and David discuss how Government has been operating since Mayor Lightfoot took office. What’s to come of all the new taxes that will come into effect? Governor Pritzker runs thru legislation very quickly after taking office, and can Alderman Ed Burke beat the rap?

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains,Heather Cherone, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. The round table opens up with the Supreme Court decision that they have declined to take up gerrymandering cases. This upcoming Monday the gas tax goes into affect from 19 cents to 38, and Greg with a great story this week on pension consolidation.

This week’s Community Spotlight segment is with Nick Gale, and highlights a new report out by the group Black Tech Mecca. The report, released Thursday evening, focuses on the racial disparity in Chicago’s tech scene.

CEO Fabian Elliott says the report highlights four areas where there are shortfalls. Those include K-12, Higher Education, corporate and entrepreneur.

For instance, Elliott says the majority of the 32 tech incubators and accelerators only 7 are near black neighborhoods.

He says the purpose of the report is to raise awareness in hopes that local and state lawmakers can address the shortfalls wither by passing laws or provide incentives.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (06-23-2019) Special Guest- Senator Tammy Duckworth

Joining the show this week is Senator Tammy Duckworth. Duckworth comments on how President Trump has been so far in office, Iran shooting down a U.S drone, and local politics back here in Illinois.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with the news of the FBI raid on alderman Carrie Austin’s office, and what details may come from this. Property taxes are going up, A judge has appointed a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Lauren Cohen. Lauren discusses Rush University Medical Center’s “Road Home Program”. This unique program provides free mental healthcare to Veterans and families.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (06-16-2019) Special Guest-John Tillman

Joining the show this week is John Tillman of The Illinois Policy Institute. John breaks down the 40 billion dollar state budget, The graduated income tax, Governor Pritzker, Speaker Madigan,and taxes, taxes, and more taxes. Bill and John have the answers this week. Bill asks why Governor Rauner came up short on many issues while in office.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with the news that Mayor Lightfoot will travel to New York where she’ll meet with the mayor of NYC, and Tape an interview with Stephen Colbert. What will the impact of her trip be back here in Chicago? What’s to come from all the new taxes?

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey.

John discusses Chicago alderman Sophia King, who is introducing a measure to increase the Chicago Minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour by the year 2025.

Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (06-09-2019) Special Guest-Jim Durkin

Joining the show this week is Jim Durkin. Durkin is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, and represents the 82nd District. Bill and Jim discuss the 40 billion dollar budget, What’s in it for Business?, Governor Pritzker’s willingness to make a deal, and compares Rauner and Pritzker. What will be the affect of another tax increase?

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with a review of the 40 billion dollar budget. Has the dam burst? Where will the casino go? What actions will Mayor Lightfoot take if this summer is very violent, especially with recent shootings on Lake Shore Drive at Fullerton.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale, and focus’s on the upcoming 2020 census and the importance of an accurate count.

Anita Banerji is director of the Democracy Initiative, an arm of the Forefront Organization which is trying to raise awareness. She says there are a few important reasons the census count is so important. One of those is the loss of representation on Capitol Hill. She says as it stands now, it’s likely Illinois will lose a congressional seat. If there is an under-count, that could possibly bring the number of seats lost to two.

In the budget signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker last weekend, the state allocated $29 million towards the census effort. In a speech this week, Pritzker took a swipe at former-Gov. Bruce Rauner for not doing enough to raise awareness. He says an under-count would mean Illinois would lose federal dollars. He also believes the federal government will provide no help and contends the Trump administration is doing all it can to push for an under-count.

Because of budget constraints, the Census Bureau is planning to collect the majority of census information online, meaning door to door canvassing will be scaled back.

Connected to Chicago (06-02-2019) Mayor Lightfoot Press Conference

This week starts off with a bang as Mayor Lightfoot gives an important press conference, and asks for Alderman Ed Burke’s resignation. Will Mayor Lightfoot be able to make the positive change she has talked about? Bill gets the inside scoop from State Rep. Will Guzzardi, and Jim Durkin.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with big news out of City Hall with more charges bringing brought up against Alderman Ed Burke, Mayor Lightfoot demands Alderman Burke resign, and will Governor Pritzker get his main goals accomplished in Springfield by working with both parties?

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey.

Chicago broke its record Thursday for the most rainfall during the month of May with a full day to spare.

This also mark’s the city’s second-wettest spring since the weather service started keeping track in 1871, with 16.36 inches of rainfall recorded for the season. The wettest spring recorded for Chicago saw 17.51 inches of rain in 1983.

The total rainfall for the month will likely increase later in the day, the weather service said. Showers are expected Thursday night, but Friday will close out the month with sunny skies and warmer temperatures, with a forecast high near 83 degrees.

Governor J.B. Pritzker also activated the 200 members of the Illinois National Guard to areas along the Illinois and Mississippi Rivers, to help sandbagging operations and levee monitoring and reinforcement, with another 200 on standby.

Connected to Chicago (05-26-2019) Special Guest-Kirk Dillard

Joining the show this week is Kirk Dillard. Dillard is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the RTA. Bill and Kirk discuss transit issues such as fixing Union Station, the stand off between Metra and Amtrak, The Invest in Transit Plan, The importance of Metra and how the RTA will function with a new Governor, and a new mayor of Chicago.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with a recap of Bill’s interview with Kirk Dillard on Mass transit, Greg gives input on the graduated income tax, How will Mayor Lightfoot work with Michael Madigan and Governor Pritzker?

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale, and covers the launch of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association ride-along program with state lawmakers.

It’s a pilot program intended to promote “mutual respect and trust between communities and law enforcement,” that is set to launch in July.

Jim Kaitschuk, executive director of the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association says both groups need to have a stronger relationship and more frequent dialogue in order to have safe communities. He calls it “the beginning of an ongoing dialogue about how we can work together.”

Legislators from across the state will be invited to join county sheriffs and their officers on patrol, to gain an understanding of the local issues, and sheriffs will be invited to visit lawmakers in their districts in what amounts to an exchange program.

Those planning to participate include State Rep. Justin Slaughter of Chicago’s South Side and State Sen. John Mulroe of Chicago’s northwest side.

Kaitschuk says the program is similar to a program run by the Illinois Farm Bureau to get legislators from across the state to understand the needs and challenges of farmers.