Tag Archives: Lori Lightfoot

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 (06-16-2019) 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 (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.

The Chicago Mayoral Candidate Forum: Night Three

Lauren Cohen is joined by Lori Lightfoot for the third mayoral candidate forum. Lightfoot discussed how she will work for the people of Chicago.

Chicago Police to Document When They Point a Gun, Lori Lightfoot: “I think it’s necessary”

 

Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are accompanied by Chicago’s Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot, talking about the new policy that shall be coming next year where officers will have to radio in whenever they pull out their gun. Plus her thoughts on how to cut down the violence within Chicago.