Connected to Chicago (12-1-2019) Tribute to Mayor Harold Washington


This week on Connected to Chicago we pay tribute to the late great Mayor Harold Washington as Bill plays some of Mayor Washington’s Greatest Hits! His most memorable moments in office.

In this week’s round table segment, John is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times. The conversation opens up with the news this week of Mayor Lightfoot getting her first budget passed, what are the optics? Lynn previews the impending impeachment as the actual articles come together. An interesting note here is there is no illinois reps on the judiciary committee. Alderman Ed Burke who is under indictment has filed for a new term in office.

This weeks Connected to Chicago segment is with Nick Gale, and highlights a $50 million investment by the State of Illinois in Chicago State University.

Gov. J.B. Pritzker says the funding is part of the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital Plan.

Chicago State University will begin work on a multi-phase $25.8 million project at Douglas Hall, including a new Nursing Simulation Laboratory.

State Sen. Elgie Sims (D-Chicago) represents the area and says he is happy to see the investment at Chicago State, a university that once was struggling with reductions in enrollment, financial problems caused by a budget impasse in 2016 and mismanagement under past university leadership .

Besides the new Nursing Simulation Laboratory, the campus will also see an additional $26.3 million in state-funded critical maintenance.