Who are you honoring on Memorial Day?

As we get ready to celebrate Memorial Day and pay respects to those that gave the ultimate sacrifice in defense of this country, Cole Lyle joins Pete McMurray and Judy Pielach to talk about how we can also support our veterans through his organization Mission Roll Call.

New census data shows modest gain in Illinois population

The U.S. Census Bureau originally reported that Illinois lost 18,000 residents over the last decade, but a follow-up survey discovered that the state’s population had been underreported. Dr. Cynthia Buckley of the University of Illinois spoke with John Howell about how the miscount happened and what it means for the state. Listen to their conversation on the podcast page.

A census taker knocks on the door of a residence Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

Chicago named most corrupt U.S. city for the third year in a row

Meanwhile, Illinois ranked as the third-most corrupt state in the nation. This is according to a report co-authored by University of Illinois at Chicago professor and former 44th Ward Ald. Dick Simpson, whose interview with John Howell can be heard on the podcast page.


Is it allergies or COVID-19?

Should you get tested for COVID-19 if you have allergies? Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health Dr. Allison Arwady talks with Steve Cochran and Judy Pielach. To hear the full interview, head to the WLS AM Highlights page!

Gary Rabine is running for Governor of Illinois

The Illinois primary is June 28th! Gubernatorial candidate Gary Rabine shares his vision for Illinois with Steve Cochran and Judy Pielach on 890 WLS. To hear the full interview, head to the WLS AM Highlights Page!


‘This is a war with global implications. Please do not forget about Ukraine.’ – Associate Professor Jordan Gans-Morse, Northwestern University

What is happening in Ukraine? Associate Professor of Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies at Northwestern University Jordan Gans-Morse recaps the latest with Steve Cochran and Judy Pielach. To hear the full interview, head to the WLS AM Highlights Page!

Mayor Lightfoot announces winning casino bid

Bally’s casino in River West is expected to be built at Chicago Avenue and Halsted Street. Lightfoot will still need the approval of the City Council and Illinois Gaming Board. Click to hear WLS City Hall Reporter Mallory Vor Broker’s report.


Could the Russian invasion Ukraine result in a global food crisis?

While we face food price inflation here in the U.S., a food crisis is unlikely. Internationally however, Professor Scott Irwin says that poorer countries in the Middle East and Africa could face trouble. Hear Irwin’s conversation with Andrea Darlas on the John Howell podcast page.