Tag Archives: JENNIFER KEIPER

Connected to Chicago (03-17-2019) Special Guest-Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Joining the show this week is Congresswoman Robin Kelly. Kelly represents the 2nd district of Illinois. Bill and Robin discuss the mass shooting in New Zealand, State and Local Issues, and the possibility of an airport being built in Peotone. The Mayor’s race is coming up, and is Chicago ready for reform?

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Tribune, Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. The round table opens up the discussion a preview of the upcoming Mayoral election in April. Does Lori Lightfoot have the advantage? Or Toni Preckwinkle?

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

John discusses how legislation in Springfield has passed mandating that Illinois nursing homes have adequate staffing to take care of their patients, and improve their overall quality of life.

Review of the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill discuss the new extended wheelbase Jeep Gladiator, review the sporty Hyundai Santa Fe, and share which auto manufacturer is limiting speeds in their models.

Connected to Chicago (03-10-2019) Special Guest-Toni Preckwinkle

Joining the show this week is Toni Preckwinkle. Bill and Toni discuss the upcoming runoff Mayoral election, and who has better experience for the job. Toni discusses with Bill ways she would try to solve certain issues with the City, such as fixing the pension problem, TIF Reform, and if there would be changes to the City Council after the election.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Tribune, Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. The Round Table opens up with this week’s news of Lori Lightfoot getting the endorsement of Willie Wilson, and what that means for the runoff election. Also, discussed is the NBC mayoral debate. How did Lightfoot and Preckwinkle do? Lynn provides an update from Washington D.C, Governor Pritzker has unveiled his graduated income tax, and the round table gives their analysis.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale. Nick explains a new report by the Illinois Technology Association that looks at 300 tech companies in Chicago to illustrate where gender gaps exist. ITA CEO Julia Kanouse says Chicago companies are doing well, but can do better in terms of putting women in VP/SVP levels and C-Suite positions. Just 26% of women hold one of the 1100 vice president or senior vice president positions at the 300 companies evaluated. Of the current 922 C-suite positions, women held 13.6 % of them.

ITA also sponsored a”Shadow Day” Friday, International Women’s Day, giving a group of female Chicago public school students exposure to what it’s really like to work in the tech-sector. Kanouse says that 100 students were hosted by 20 companies.

The Award Winning RAM 1500

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill discuss the award winning RAM 1500, chat with Mark Gilles from Volkswagen about the new Jetta GLI and a tease of what Volkswagen has lined up for the next couple of years.

Connected to Chicago (03-03-2019) Special Guest-Lori Lightfoot

Joining the show this week is Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot will face Toni Preckwinkle in the Chicago Mayoral runoff election on April 2nd. Bill and Lori discuss key issues that are facing the city, and the work needed to make a change. Lightfoot discusses Police reform and the consent decree. Will the business community endorse Lightfoot for Mayor? Bill and Lori discuss the possibility of reforming city council if elected mayor, and discuss recent comments made against her by Toni Preckwinkle.

In this week’s round table segment, John is joined by Ray Long and John Byrne of the Chicago Tribune, 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 expert analysis and a complete rundown on this week’s mayoral election, and a preview of the April runoff between Toni Preckwinkle and Lori Lightfoot.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Jennifer Keiper.

Jennifer Discusses a new technical report published by the American Society of Safety Professionals offering advice on how employers can create a safe work environment. Brian Hammer with the ASSP, who is also a retired police lieutenant, explains how an employer can develop a safety plan: Assessing the risk, determining vulnerabilities, looking at “target hardening” adding more cameras and locks, etc. Hammer also talks about soft controls, which involves the implementation of policies and procedures. He also discusses the benefits of inviting local law enforcement officers into the workplace so that they know the layout, in the event of a shooting.

Review of the 2020 Mazda CX-5

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill are back in the studio to review the Mazda CX-5, share highlights of last week’s Chicago Auto Show and provide the latest in automotive news.

Connected to Chicago (02-24-2019) Special Guest-Bill Daley

Joining the show this week is Bill Daley. The Mayoral election will take place this Tuesday, Cameron and Daley discuss issues affecting the City of Chicago. Bill Daley describes his way to reduce crime, freeze property taxes, and ways to keep people from moving out of city. Jussie Smollett is also discussed. Should Smollett apologize to the city of Chicago for his actions?

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. The Round Table opens up with expert analysis and a preview of what to expect in the upcoming mayoral election. Has the media circus surrounding the Jussie Smollett story over shadowed the upcoming election? Governor Pritzker delivers his budget address. What can we expect to see in the future?

This week’s community spotlight segment is with John Dempsey. Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas new study says there are more workers drawing government pensions in Cook County than there are workers in the County paying into those pensions.

Live at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill are live from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show! Guests include CATA Chairman Tony Guido of Arlington Heights Ford and Kelley Enright of Fiat Chrysler America join us for a preview of what consumers can see at this year’s Chicago Auto Show.

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.

Live at the Chicago Auto Show

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill are live from the 2019 Chicago Auto Show with an in depth look at all of the best attractions from Auto Show Chairman Ray Scarpelli. Also in today’s show the trio talk to Curt McAllister from Toyota about the TRD PRO line-up, William Mattice from Nissan about the 2020 Rogue, and many more manufacturers join us for a preview of what consumers can see at this years Chicago Auto Show.

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.

Winter Car Care Tips With Turtle Wax

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill welcome Mike Schultz from Turtle Wax to provide some much needed winter car care tips, review the BMW X4 and share some inside scoop on the new vehicle debuts coming to the Chicago Auto Show.

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.

Review of the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill discuss a wrap-up of the Detroit Auto Show, update a review of the all-new Volkswagen Jetta and share some insight on the indoor tracks coming to the Chicago Auto Show.

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.

Review of the 2019 Subaru Forester

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill welcome Chicago Auto Show Chairman Ray Scarpelli to share some inside scoop on the new vehicle debuts coming to the Chicago Auto Show. Also in today’s show an extensive review the new 2019 Subaru Forester.

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.

Chicago Auto Show First Look for Charity

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill start talking Chicago Auto Show with First Look for Charity chairman, JC Phelan along with Social Media Director, Jennifer Morand about various contests and more. A full review of the Jeep Compass rounds out the show.

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.