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Bill Cameron: ‘Can’t we get someone who’s not a billionaire to run for these offices?’


Big John and Bill Cameron, from Connected to Chicago, discuss the political theatre that’s shown during debates, specifically the one between Rauner and Pritzker, and how you will only hear what they truly stand for in a personal interview. Going into Bill’s thoughts on Peter Roskam, Bill Daley, Toni Preckwinkle, and other mayoral candidates.


Listen to Bill Cameron on Connected to Chicago, Sunday nights at 7 pm. This weeks guest, Gery Chico.

U.S. Rep Peter Roskam: Remembering John McCain


Ramblin’ Ray is in for Big John Howell as Lauren Cohn is in for Ramblin’ Ray, talk with U.S. Representative for Illinois’s 6th congressional district, Peter Roskam, where he talks about John McCain. They talk about his career and his own personal interactions with the late John McCain.

Connected to Chicago (07-29-2018) Special Guest: Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi was raised in Peoria and attended Princeton and Harvard. Raja, influenced by Barack Obama, now represents the 8th District for Illinois. Can President Trump and his tax reforms be given any credit to the current economic recovery or was the ball already rolling from the Obama administration? Tax cuts have been helpful, but there is a strong possibility that Americans will be paying for these tax cuts for many years to come. Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi sits on the Oversight Committee thinks the proposed GOP impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is just the newest in a long series of Republican attempts to undermine, discredit, and disrupt the Mueller investigation. Close to home, Rep. Krishnamoorthi is concerned about reports Heartland Alliance, which has been accused of abuse of children being sheltered there by the separation of immigrant families by the Trump administration.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, and Heather Cherone of the Daily Line. Topics discussed include: President Trump and his visit to southern Illinois on Thursday to tout his economic re-development and tariffs. Do these new tariffs help or hurt Illinois businesses and residents. 30% of the congressman’s constituents are foreign born, and he says that many of them are concerned about their future and the ability of others to immigrate into the country.

This week’s community spotlight segment is from Jennifer Keiper.  Robert Mendez, Organizer, Illinois Peruvian American Medical Society.  A group of Peruvian and American health care professionals and volunteers from Illinois make up the Illinois Peruvian American Medical Society, a non-profit organization that has and outdoor event coming up. 5k for Peru Committee Chairman, Robert Mendez, says the August 5th race, in downtown Chicago, helps raise funds for Doctors here in Chicago to go to Peru to offer medical services in impoverished areas. Mendez talks about the groups’ work and the need for volunteers.

Connected to Chicago (05-06-2018)

Bill sits down with Sean Casten. Casten is running for congress in the upcoming election against Peter Roskam to represent the 6th district of Illinois. Casten explains why he wants to be a congressman, and if there is a blue wave coming because of President Trump.

In this week’s round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times, and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun Times. The discussion includes their reaction to Bill’s interview with Sean Casten, and the upcoming Mayoral and Governor Elections.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Jennifer Keiper. Jennifer is joined by John Shegerian, Founder and President of Recycling Company ERI, and Katy Huggins with Best Buy.
In the United States, millions of tons of old electronics are dumped in landfills, abandoned lots, or simply tossed to the side of the road, causing harm to the environment. We discuss some possible solutions with John Shegerian of ERI Recycling and Katy Huggins of Best Buy, which has a recycling program.

Tom Bevan (11/05) Guests: Congressman, Peter Roskam​ – James Arkin​ – Charles Lipson​ – Kori Schake​.


Tom Bevan (11/05) Guests:

SEGMENT 1 – GUEST – Congressman Peter Roskam​ TOPIC – Tax Code/Tax Reform.
James Arkin​ – congressional reporter for RealClearPolitics – TOPIC – Health Care and Tax Reform.
Charles Lipson​ – American professor of political science at the University of Chicago – TOPIC – Paul Manafort news and Donna Brazile Book.
Kori Schake​ – Fellow at the Hoover Institution – TOPIC – Trump’s Trip to Asia.

Roskam announces he will vote for Republican Obamacare replacement

By John Dempsey, WLS-AM 890 News

(CHICAGO) West Suburban Republican Congressman Peter Roskam says he has decided to vote in favor of the Republican plan to replace the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare. The vote of Roskam is being closely watched because he is a Republican representing a district that voted for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, and has been targeted for defeat in 2018 by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Roskam told “The Big John and Ray Show” on WLS that the bill will be a big improvement over Obamacare. “Yeah I would vote for this bill. I think that it’s moving us in a direction that’s helpful. It’s a massive tax cut, it gives people in the individual market at the lower end of the economic spectrum the same treatment. It cuts their taxes, it gives them a tax credit so that they can go out and get the same benefit that people who have employer-based coverage.”

President Trump has ordered Republicans to vote on the bill Friday, even though it may not have enough Republican support to pass. Members of the far-right Freedom Caucus say it has too much government involvement in health care, while more moderate Republicans are concerned that it will leave too many people without health insurance.

However, Roskam told WLS, “There are some very good things in here. This is the first major entitlement reform that would have been enacted into law. That is massive changes in Medicaid long-term but not cutting people out in the short term and having a good transition, so on balance it’s a good piece of legislation.”

A House vote on the health care plan is set for later Friday.

For the podcast from the John and Ray morning show on Friday, click here.

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Congress: First 100 Days Will Be Busy

By Nick Gale, WLS-AM 890 News
(CHICAGO) An Illinois congressman expects it to be a busy time in Congress during President-elect Donald Trump’s first 100 days.
U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Wheaton) tells Big John and Ray on WLS that he believes the House will look at a lot of things, from reforming the tax code, to repealing and replacing Obamacare to repealing a number of regulations.
“You’re going to see some cheering on the sidelines from Capitol Hill, but it’s going to be largely work done by the administration…and that is getting rid of a number of these regulations that are just pressing down on people and are perceived as too onerous and too draconian and just too political.”
Asked about the many Hillary Clinton supporters calling on a reform or a complete scrapping of the Electoral College, Roskam doesn’t see that happening.
Former Obama Senior Advisor David Axelrod agrees.
“I don’t think the Electoral College is going away,” Axelrod told CNN. The Electoral College “was created to keep large states from overwhelming small states and that’s still the case.”
U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) filed a  long shot bill Tuesday to abolish the Electoral College.

Big John Howell Show Notes 5-25-16

Republican lawmakers in the House used a Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday to push for impeachment of Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen for what they see as his breaching “every single duty he had.” Congressman Peter Roskam from the 6th district joined John to talk about the impeachment proceedings, and also weighed in on the report that House Speaker Paul Ryan will endorse Donald Trump. (Listen here)

The clock is still ticking on the legislative session in Springfield, and they seem to be no closer to coming up with a budget compromise. Prisons, schools and the state’s bond rating at risk if a compromise is not found, and after May it would require a three-fifths majority to pass a budget. Illinois State Representative Ron Sandack from the 81st district joined John with an update on what’s happening in Springfield. (Listen here)

While the NFL pledged money, held news conferences and issued media releases about its commitment to player health, safety and concussion research, the league also was engaged in a campaign to steer money away from a prominent Boston University researcher and attempted to redirect it to members of its own committee on brain injuries, according to a scathing Congressional report. ESPN Reporter and Legal Analyst Lester Munson joined John with reaction to the story. (Listen here)

The White Sox fell to the Cleveland Indians 6-2 on Tuesday. Starting pitcher Chris Sale fell to 9-1 on the season, ruining his chance to go undefeated for the year. White Sox play-by-play voice Ed Farmer joined John to talk him off of the ledge after Sale’s first loss of the season. (Listen here)

Protesters lit fires, smashed a door and threw rocks outside a Donald Trump rally Tuesday night in New Mexico. The scene outside Albuquerque’s convention center was chaotic as police ushered protesters away from Trump’s event and into the nearby streets.

The fight against dog leavings in Chicago is about to go to a whole new level. Now not only could private property owners be hit with a fine for dog poop on their property, but apartment owners could also be hit with a fine if their tenants leave some little nuggets on their property.

Joseph Ocol is in a fight with the Chicago Teachers Union. He decided to cross picket lines to help his chess team during the CTU one-day strike on April 1st, which the union views as a violation.

Greek fighter jets intercepted a US passenger plane over the Mediterranean just hours after the EgyptAir disaster sparking claims its pilots did not make contact because they were asleep. The two military aircraft were scrambled when the Delta Airlines pilots ‘failed to make contact’ with Greek aviation officials after entering the country’s airspace.

A Florida man who lost his hand to an alligator is talking about his experience. The alligator checked him out while he was swimming, before eventually biting his hand off and also biting him on the leg. The alligator was later found, but his arm could not be recovered.

Taylor Swift is apparently a favorite of Neo-Nazi’s who say she’s preparing America for our glorious Fascist future. One conspiracy theory says she will wait until Donald Trump is elected President, at which point she will marry one of the Trump sons and they will become the new American royalty.

Update: The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus is asking the Padres to give the fired DJ another chance. He says it was all a mistake and the worst moment of his life, so they are willing to give him another chance.