“The Lightning Rod” is an exclusive weekly podcast hosted by former Illinois Governor and self-described “Trumpocrat” Rod Blagojevich. “The Lightning Rod” will feature analysis about politics, government, trending stories and global issues, and will feature conversations with politicians, political experts, policymakers, celebrities and influencers about what’s worked, what hasn’t and who can make it better.
As a Democrat, Blagojevich was a state representative before being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives representing parts of Chicago. He was elected the 40th Governor of Illinois in 2002, and won reelection to a second term in 2006, until his impeachment in 2009. Blagojevich, a Chicago native, holds a degree from Northwestern University.”
Dennis Miller joins Big John & Ramblin’ Ray to discuss the Brett Kavanaugh hearings, questioning whether people of quality will still be willing to accept public roles in the future. Dennis thinks that there is only one type of person who can win in public office anymore.
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray recap today’s show with ‘What did we learn today?’, a segment where they comment on what they’ve learned from the show. The guys also ask the producers behind the scenes what they’ve learned. Today’s show covered where you can and cannot fight in Wrigleyville, a brand new pirate-themed attraction in Florida, and a new comedy show starring President Donald Trump.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says President Trump is considering Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) suggestion to pull former CIA director John Brennan’s security clearance as well as the security clearance for former CIA director Michael Hayden and former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Former Obama officials Susan Rice and form FBI director James Comey.
Big John is joined by WLS-AM news correspondent, John Dempsy, to talk about Rod Blagojevich. They recap what got him arrested years ago, and why Illinois Republican’s are asking President Trump to keep Blagojevich in prison.
Rudy Giuliani, a recent addition to President Donald Trump’s legal team, said President Donald Trump paid back his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 of hush money that was used to pay off Stormy Daniels in an interview with Fox News.
Special counsel Robert Mueller is interested in asking President Donald Trump about a variety of topics related to the 2016 campaign and his personal orbit, according to Mueller’s list of questions for Trump obtained and reported on by The New York Times.
John and Ray cover today’s top news stories, with more information on Starbucks attest. They discuss ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal with Trump, more on why you should fly Howell air, and Barbara Bush.
Bill Cameron sits down with mayoral candidate Troy LaRaviere. Troy explains how he is an award winning former CPS principal, and if elected mayor can transform Chicago Public Schools for the better. Bill and Troy also discuss the current issues of the day.
In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times, and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun Times. This week’s discussion is all things Trump. They discuss how President Trump recently pardoned Scooter Libby, the possibility of President Trump pardoning former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, and James Comey’s new book “A Higher Loyalty”. The talk turns back to local Illinois politics which include the approval rating of Governor Rauner and Illinois budget issues.
This week’s community spotlight segment with Jennifer Keiper features Mark Hamrick of Bankrate.com. Discussed is the government’s monthly jobs report. Mark Hamrick breaks down the employment numbers, discusses the strong and weak sectors, and why the numbers were not as strong as expected.
Congressman Brad Schneider joins the show to discuss a variety of topics. Bill and Congressman Schneider discuss how President Trump’s tariffs affect the 10th district, and a possible solution to DACA. Deerfield recently passed an assault weapons ban, and Congressman Schneider inquires into the topic on Gun Laws and reform.
In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun- Times. Topics include Illinois Tax reform, How President Trump’s Tariffs are affecting the relationship between the United States and China, and if President Trump’s recent comments on Amazon will negatively affect Chicago’s chance of getting an Amazon Headquarters.
This week’s Connected to Chicago segment highlights April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month. In Illinois each year, some 125,000 children are abused, according to the latest state statistics. DCFS’s Cathy Smith says many are not old enough to speak up for themselves. Prevent Child Abuse Illinois executive director Denise McCaffrey says she is inspired by the “Me Too” movement and says with that momentum, it is time to work together to stop the abuse. The public is asked to call the DCFS hotline if they suspect a child is at risk.