Bill Cameron sits down with Michael Reever of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. They discuss minimum wage in Illinois, as well as taxes. Reever also discusses balancing the budget in Illinois, the bond rating for Illinois, the economic climate as well as Chicago Public School funding. Reever talks about small businesses and he shares some of his thoughts on President Donald Trump. Bill Cameron also talks with State Comptroller Susana Mendoza.
In this week’s round table discussion, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times. The round table discusses many topics, including taxes in Illinois, Rahm Emanuel and the CPS, the Illinois budget, Illinois bond rating, and the Paris Climate Accord.
Susan Whiteside with the National Confectioners Association says the candy industry, in the U.S., does about $35 billion a year in retail sales and directly employs 55,000 people. She also discusses the industry’s commitment to reduce sugar intake. It’s a move you might not think would come from an industry that promotes sugar. Whiteside says companies including Mars, Wrigley, and Ferrara have agreed to take part in the new initiative. We also speak to entrepreneur Ryan Farr. The 39-year old chef and butcher created a chicharrones (pork rind) that he says, is made with ingredients you’ll find in your kitchen, not a lab.