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.