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Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (02-02-2020) Special Guest-John Cullerton

Bill Cameron is back this week, and talks with recently retired Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. Cullerton served in the Illinois Senate, and the Illinois House for 40 years. John talks about his achievements in office throughout his career including getting the “seatbelt law” passed, how politics has changed, and the challenges that lie ahead.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long and John Byrne of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. The Round Table opens up with news this week of former Illinois Senator Martin Sandoval pleading guilty to taking bribes, Former Mayor Rahm Emmanuel gets a new job at The Atlantic…then loses it amid an internal protest, and would it have been more affective for the Democrats to bring up the emoluments clause in the impeachment trial of President Trump? The CPD gets reorganized to “better fight crime” and Mayor Lightfoot will attend the State of The Union address

This week’s Connected to Chicago segment is with John Dempsey. The NBA All-Star game will take place in Chicago, and with that comes a risk for prostitution and human trafficking. John takes on these subjects with comments from Governor Pritzker annd Mayor Lightfoot.

Democratic leaders decline Rauner budget meeting

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The top Democratic leaders in the Illinois Legislature say they will not attend a postelection meeting that Gov. Bruce Rauner called for Monday to discuss ending an epic budget standoff.

Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan’s spokesman issued a statement Sunday afternoon saying a scheduling conflict would prevent Madigan from meeting with the Republican governor and legislative leaders from both parties.

Democratic Senate President John Cullerton said later Sunday that he, too, would not attend. He said it would not be productive to meet without “a full complement” and that the meeting should be rescheduled.

Cullerton spokesman John Patterson had earlier said that the senate president would attend the meeting.

Illinois hasn’t had a budget in more than 16 months. That’s resulted in harmful spending cuts, including to social-service providers.


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