Joining the show this week is Quentin Fulks. Quentin is the President and Executive Director of Think Big Illinois. Think Big Illinois is a non-profit organization that is in support of progressive policies. Bill and Quentin discuss the 2020 State Budget, How the graduated income tax will be implemented, Bill asks the question of why not taxing retirement funds? Was the gas tax necessary? And how will legalized marijuana, and a casino in Chicago help the state get back on track?
Bill welcomes in the Round Table to discuss the week in news, and what’s to come from the major headlines of the week. Joining the show this week is Ray Long from the Chicago Tribune, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun-Times. The conversation kicks off with expert analysis on the Chicago Teacher’s Union threat to strike, Heather recaps Mayor Lightfoot’s press conference, The 2020 census won’t include the “are you a citizen” question, and Ray with an update on Michael Madigan’s civil suit. The alligator is still loose in Humboldt park!
This week’s community spotlight is with Lauren Cohn. Maryville Academy has expanded it’s summer sports programs to help children in Chicago’s most violent neighborhoods. Nina Aliprandi, Director of Program Services joins in the conversation with Lauren.