“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.”
WLS News Anchor Rob Martier, DriveChicago.com General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill talk with Jeremy Barnes about the future of Mitsubishi, review the Mini Countryman E, and share the latest in automotive news and local events.
WLS News Anchor Rob Martier, General Manager Mark Bilek and Chicago Auto Show Marketing Director Jim OBrill round-up the debuts from last week’s New York Auto Show, review the 2019 Volkswagen Tiguan and share some events going on around town this weekend.
The 10th Annual Beverly Hills Turkey Trot 5K Run and Family Walk will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2018. Proceeds will benefit the 19th Ward Youth Foundation and the John McNicholas Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. Alderman Matt O’Shea talks about why you should join and how you’d be helping the community with Big John and Lauren Cohn. Plus they dive into Chicago politics a bit, specifically the mayoral race.
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray discuss the lack of faith in American institutions and the countries largest political divide since the Civil War, as stated by Executive Editor Carl M. Cannon from Real Clear Politics.
Want a sweet treat? Look no further than Caramel! She is a one-year-old Catahoula Leopard dog mix who is looking for an owner who loves to run or walk daily to help her exercise some of her excess energy! Caramel can be a little shy at first but once she warms up, she will be your best buddy for life! She would do best in a moderately active home with adults and no other pets so that she can be the center of attention. Her dream home would have a yard she can play in! Caramel would thrive in the hands of an experienced owner who will continue training.
Meet Caramel today at the PAWS Chicago Lincoln Park Adoption Center, located at 1997 N. Clybourn Avenue in Chicago. For more information, visit pawschicago.org or call 773-935-PAWS.
Join PAWS Chicago for a “sweet” Halloween adoption event at Dylan’s Candy Bar this Sunday, October 28 from 12-3pm. Meet adoptable puppies and dogs at 633 N. Michigan Avenue!
Big John, Ramblin’ Ray, and NY Post author Michael Goodwin discusses the latest news stories. With the bombs that are being found addressed to political leaders, and the insensitive comments that have been made comparing it to 9-11. Plus his latest article in the New York Post, Liberals won’t admit Trump was right about migrant caravans.
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray express the importance of ending Alzheimer’s. They’re joined by Dani Jachino, a participant for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s® – Chicago, she gives her story on why she walks and encourages others to get involved to help end Alzheimer’s.
My Mother lived the last year and a half of her life in a dementia unit. My Dad’s brother and sister died of Alzheimer’s, as did another aunt and uncle. Friends’ parents had the disease. Friend’s spouses have the disease. I do not want it and I want an end for future generations.
Currently, more than 5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and that number is expected to grow to as many as 16 million by 2050. Our future is at risk unless we can find a way to change the course of this disease.
Interested in donating or getting involved? Check out Dani Jachino’s page and donate towards her walk, or register and get yourself walking Sunday, October 28th.
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray have Music Director Al Pitrelli, from the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, describe what’s in store for audience members this holiday season.
‘The Ghost of Christmas Eve’ tour will be playing the best of TSO and more.
You’ll have two chances to see them on December 28th at the Allstate Arena. Grab your tickets for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra this holiday season!
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray give the latest location of the caravan heading towards the U.S. border and what we should prepare ourselves for.
Plus what have we learned today? The shows ‘crack staff’ learned about the mega millions winner, how Rainbow cone will be staying open all winter long, and the hotel strikers who are suing the city. Also, learn about how you can own Walter Payton’s 1979 Porche!
Big John, Ramblin’ Ray, and former professional gridiron football running back Jarrett Payton discuss the 2018 Mecum Auctions. Jarrett Payton is the son of NFL Legend Walter Payton, and he’s put up his father’s 1970 PORSCHE 930 TURBO up for auction.
Check out what’s up for auction for the 2018 Mecum Auctions in Chicago.
Then head over to the Schaumburg Convention Center at 1551 Thoreau Dr N to place your bid. Plus keep an out for Jarrett Payton and his family as they will be there this weekend from October 25th to 27th.
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by mid-day host Chris Plante in talking about the caravan making it’s way to the U.S, where Chris Plante explains how he thinks it will affect the polls. Why Plante thinks the Democrats will use this as a reason to make President Trump look terrible, and how the Republicans can use this to prove that we need stricter border laws.
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined in studio with Governor Bruce Rauner to discuss the importance of this election along with everything he’s done to help Illinois and how much more he plans to get done if re-elected.
“This is a labor of love, this is our home, Illinois is home, Chicago areas are home. We have to protect our home from these crooks, we have to create a better future for our children and our grandchildren in our home, that’s all I care about, my ego is not in this.”
As a reminder to everyone, get out and vote!
The latest political ad that John and Ray bring up with Gov Rauner:
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray are joined by NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr., who retired from professional stock car racing in 2017. He walked away from his career as a healthy man, but for years, he had worried that the worsening effects of multiple racing-related concussions would end not only his time on the track but his ability to live a full and happy life.
“Time was running out on my charade…My secrets were about to be exposed to the world.”
Torn between a race-at-all-costs culture and the fear that something was terribly wrong, Earnhardt tried to pretend that everything was fine—but the private notes about his escalating symptoms that he kept on his phone reveal a vicious cycle: suffering injuries on Sunday, struggling through the week, then recovering in time to race again the following weekend. For the first time, he shares these notes and fully reveals the physical and emotional struggles he faced as he fought to close out his career on his own terms.
”…details the living hell that was my experience with concussions. The majority of this story was kept from even my closest relationships. It wasn’t easy, but it’s time to tell it.”
In this candid reflection, Earnhardt opens up about his frustration with the slow recovery, his admiration for the woman who stood by him through it all, and his determination to share his own experience so that others don’t have to suffer in silence. Steering his way to the final checkered flag of his storied career proved to be the most challenging race—and most rewarding finish—of his life.
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray cover the shortage of legal marijuana in Canada just a week after legalizing it, the anniversary events from Nixon’s Saturday Night Massacre, plus the Mega Millions lotto roll over. Have you bought your ticket?
Big John and Ramblin Ray are joined by Jason Schaumburg, the Illinois Lottery’s communications director, who speaks out about the history of Mega Millions. Plus The Mega Millions jackpot, which has reached an estimated $970 million, making it the largest sum in the game’s history – and the second largest in U.S. lottery history.
Big John and Ramblin’ Ray inform you about The Big Lebowski being back! Well not back, but Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, and Steve Buscemi got together to look back at the cult classic for the 20th anniversary.