Connected to Chicago (03-01-2020) Special Guest- Robert Leo Murphy, MD Northwestern Medicine

Robert Leo Murphy, MD Northwestern Medicine joins Connected to Chicago. Dr. Murphy discusses in detail the Coronavirus, The local and global effects it is having on the world and the economy, and ways to prevent this disease from spreading.

In this week’s round table segment, John is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. The conversation opens up with coverage of the Coronavirus scare, and then it’s off to the upcoming Super Tuesday. Could Biden take South Carolina? Or is it up to Bernie? The Chicago Board of Education voted this week to not celebrate Columbus Day anymore, and now call it Indigenous Peoples Day.

This week’s Connected to Chicago feature segment is with Nick Gale. It focuses on a new collaborative initiative to help communities on the West Side of Chicago.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined leaders from the American Medical Association and West Side United to announce $6 million in private sector investments for community improvements on the West Side.

West Side United will allocate the funds as low-interest loans to local businesses for economic development projects, health care initiatives and quality-of-life improvements.

The West Side United collaborative is comprised of six Chicago hospitals, including Rush University Medical Center, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, AMITA Health, Cook County Health, Sinai Health System, and University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System.

The mayor has said she is committed to redeveloping the South and West sides and pointed to the millions of dollars that have already been pledged by private businesses, in addition to the new investment announced Wednesday, as an example of how success breeds success.