Tag Archives: JENNIFER KEIPER

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.

Connected to Chicago (05-19-2019) Special Guest-Ald. Scott Waguespack

Bill talks with Alderman Scott Waguespack. Alderman Waguespack explains what he expects to happen when Lori Lightfoot takes office. Waguespack will become chairman of finance. Will there be an increase in property or sales tax?

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line. The discussion opens up with Governor Pritzker announces a forty billion dollar plan for the state, which include highter taxes. Lori Lightfoot will be sworn in as Mayor of Chicago on Monday. What changes can we expect to see? Mayor Pete Buttigieg is in town. Can he make a run in 2020?

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey. John explains how the Simon Wiesenthal Center has released it’s 2019 Digital Terrorism and Hate Report Card. Since the 1990’s, African Americans have been the #1 target of race-based hate crimes and Jews have been the #1 target of religious-based hate crimes. Hate crimes and bigotry against Latinos, recent immigrants, Muslims and the LGBT community are plaguing our communities as well. Social media has supercharged hate, leading to an increase of lone wolf attacks in houses of worship.

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.