Tag Archives: JENNIFER KEIPER

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.

Family Vehicle of the Year

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill review the ultimate road trip hauler Ford Expedition, and discuss smaller scale cars with diecast collector Damon Bell and our own Jim OBrill.

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.

Consumer Guide’s 2018 Best Buy Finalist

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill review the all new Chevy Silverado, talk with Consumer Guide’s Tom Appel about their 2018 Best Buy Finalist, and share our thoughts on the vehicles to watch out for in 2019.

Review of the five passenger Ford Edge

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill review the 5 passenger Ford Edge, talk with Apple Chevrolet owner about what he does within his community for the holidays along with how other dealers give back and have a little holiday trivia fun.

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.

Review of the Fiat 124 Spider

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill shift into gear with an exhilarating review of the convertible Fiat 124 Spider, examine the market for certified pre-owned vehicles with JC Phelan of Jack Phelan Chevrolet and Jack Phelan Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, Dealerships, and talk about their favorite car movies.

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.

The Latest From the LA Auto Show

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill share the latest from the LA Auto Show, review the ultimate hatchback with the Volkswagen Golf, and discuss the latest automotive headlines hitting the news.

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

Subaru’s New Ascent Family Crossover Vehicle

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago. Com General Manager Mark Bilek, and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill review Subaru’s new Ascent 3-row family hauler, discuss how to get the best value from your vehicle with Brian Moody from Auto Trader and share some holiday gift ideas for the car enthusiast in your family.

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.

Review of the 2018 Ford Mustang GT

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill review the 2018 Ford Mustang GT, talk about winter driving in an electric vehicle, share insight on how to break into an automotive career and talk with Robert Olson about the one of a kind Klairmont Kollection of vehicles here in Chicago.

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.”

Lexus Shows Off The New ES Sedan

WLS News Anchor Jennifer Keiper, General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill review the new all new Lexus ES, talk with a Fiat executive about their new Abarth Performance models, share the latest in automotive news, and discuss a scholarship opportunity with Drive Safe Chicago.

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.