Tag Archives: LOCAL ISSUES

Connected to Chicago (04-21-2019) Mayor Richard M. Daley Retrospective

Former Mayor Richard M. Daley turns 77 next Wednesday April 24th. Bill plays the most memorable moments from the Mayor’s 22 years in office.

Bill welcomes in the Round Table to discuss the week in news, and what’s to come. Joining the show this week is Ray Long from the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line, Fran Spielman and Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun-Times. The conversation kicks off with expert analysis on the Mueller Report. Mayor-elect Lightfoot looks to get rid of Aldermanic prerogative when she takes office in May, and is a graduated income tax taking shape in Springfield?

John Dempsey speaks with Colton Grace, a spokesman for a group called S.A.M., which stands for Smart Approaches to Marijuana. They talk about his group’s opposition to the idea of legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois.

Connected to Chicago (04-14-2019) Mayor Emanuel Retrospective

Mayor Rahm Emanuel reflects on his time in office. Bill includes comments from Alderman Ed Burke and Alderman Walter Burnett. What will be Rahm’s legacy as mayor?

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long and John Byrne of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains, Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. Will City Hall get a makeover when Lori Lightfoot takes office in May? Jussie Smollett is getting sued by the City of Chicago for the cost of overtime brought about from the investigation, and is a property tax increase inevitable?

This weeks Connected to Chicago segment is with Steve Bernas of the Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois. We talk about how last minute tax filers need to be aware of a new email phishing scam as well as the usual robo calls this time of year.

With the tax filing deadline Monday, consumers can expect a surge in scam calls. It’s prime time for robo calls especially imposters claiming to be from the IRS, Social Security or the Treasury Department. Last minute filers under pressure can be especially susceptible.

The Better Business Bureau of Chicago and Northern Illinois is also warning of a new email phishing scam. BBB CEO Steve Bernas says the new sophisticated tax phishing scam has been spotted by IBM’s X-Force. What’s scary is, it’s deploying a banking Trojan to steal banking credentials and misdirect victims into visiting malicious websites.

Connected to Chicago (04-07-2019) Special Guest-Lori Lightfoot

Joining the show this week is Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot describes the feelings of winning the Mayoral election, What executive orders she has in mind when she starts on day one, and has the time finally come for political reform?

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet and Fran of the Chicago Sun-Times. The round table opens up with a recap of this week’s Mayoral election as Lori Lightfoot defeats Toni Preckwinkle in a landslide victory. Will changes be made at City Hall?

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale, and
highlights Child Abuse Prevention Month and the state’s efforts to raise awareness and also bring changes to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Denise Mc Caffrey , executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois, says it is society’s role to ensure children aren’t falling victim to child abuse.

Gov. JB Pritzker underscores his commitment to improve the Department of Children and Family Services. Last week Pritzker nominated Marc Smith to lead DCFS and launched a review of the agency which will produce initial actionable recommendations.

Other advocates say the public can help as well by reporting suspected abuse. The state’s child abuse hotline is 800-25-ABUSE.

Connected to Chicago (03-31-2019) Special Guest-Laurence Msall

Joining the show this week is Laurence Msall. Msall is the President of the Civic Federation. Bill and Laurence discuss the issues that will be facing the new Mayor of Chicago, and Governor Pritzker. Msall explains how government and City Hall can be modernized.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet and Fran of the Chicago Sun-Times. The round table opens up with a great clip from this past Mayoral debate. The election is this upcoming Tuesday. Who will become the next mayor? Will Kim Foxx get re-elected as the Cook County State’s Attorney?

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

John explains how there is a growing problem of Illinois State Troopers being struck while conducting traffic stops and assisting drivers.

Trooper Brooke Jones-Story, 34, was outside inspecting a semitrailer on Route 20 just west of Route 75 at 11:25 a.m. in Stephenson County, Illinois State Police said.

About an hour later, a combination semitrailer veered off the roadway and struck Jones-Story’s squad car, the semitrailer she was inspecting and Jones-Story herself, police said. Jones-Story, a 12-year veteran of District 16 in Pecatonica, died from the crash.

Connected to Chicago (03-24-2019) Special Guest-Alderman Pat O’Connor

Joining the show this week is Alderman Pat O’Connor. O’Connor is the chairman of the City Hall Finance Committee. He is running for Alderman to represent the 40th ward. Pat and Bill discuss issues affecting the 40th ward, the upcoming election, and what his hopes are for the newly elected mayor.
In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet and Fran of the Chicago Sun-Times. The round table opens up the discussion with a preview of the upcoming Mayoral election. Does Lightfoot still have the advantage over Preckwinkle? Lynn reports from Washington D.C with an update. Can President Trump win re-election?

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale. Nick describes the recent flooding that has hit parts of the state. It also features Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Illinois Emergency Management Director Alicia Tate-Nadeau.

High river levels along the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers has impacted residents and is also responsible for the closure of several ferry services that shave dozens of miles off of car and truck trips in the southern part of the state.

Closer to home, Gov. J.B. Pritzker has toured flooded northern Illinois neighborhoods and asked the state’s emergency operations center to expedite help to the area.

The National Weather Service says the Rock and Pecatonica rivers have been at flood stage since last week. About 200 residents were evacuated and the American Red Cross was operating shelters and serving meals.

Winnebago and Stephenson counties were hit particularly hard.

In freeport Wednesday, Pritzker said the conditions are “some of the highest river levels this area has seen in more than three decades.”

So far the state has provided more than 234,000 sandbags, 125 rolls of plastic, 16 pumps and Illinois Department of Corrections crews to fill sandbags.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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