Bill Cameron sits down with Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives, Jim Durkin. They discuss the Illinois budget, pension reforms, debt, and unemployment rates in Illinois. Durkin shares his thoughts on the Middle Class in Illinois, as well as property taxes, and businesses in Illinois. They discuss the Illinois Bond Rating, and a possible Chicago Public School Budget. Durkin states he has not had much, if any communication from Speaker Madigan, and the Democratic side, and says that he is open and willing to work with Democrats to help the State.
In this week’s round table discussion, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times. They discuss the recent Alexandria shooting, and what might come from it. They talk about firearm regulations, and discuss civility between Democrats and Republicans, from the top, to the bottom.
This week’s community spotlight segment is about a new campaign to highlight the importance of proper disposal of expired – unused and unwanted prescription and over the counter medications. The Cook County MEDS Disposal Initiative is a collaboration among many health care stakeholders. Carlos Gutierrez is with the consumer healthcare products association. He says the new website, www.cookcountymeds.org will allow Cook County residents to access a database of locations where they can drop off those medications. If the MEDS Disposal Initiative is successful, the program could be expanded.