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Connected to Chicago With Bill Cameron (07-30-2017)

Newsmaker Guest:

Newsmaker Guest: Zachary T. Fardon – Former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois about fixing the ongoing issues at the Chicago police department. What is a decent decree? Bill says it sounds expensive, and questions who will pay for it.

We also get Fardon’s thoughts on President Donald Trump’s threat to fire FBI director Muller and Denny Hastert’s recent release from jail after a little over a year. Bill questions if he served enough time behind bars. Looking back on the case, Fardon has a few thoughts about the way his team prosecuted Hastert.

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. Topics discussed include: Senator McCain returns to the Capitol to take lead in defeating the ‘Repeal & Replace’ of Obamacare but to also work towards mutually agreeable legislation to make changes that will benefit the majority of Americans.

Springfield and SB1 – Monday is the deadline to make it work, but will someone buckle so make sure a gubernatorial veto by Bruce Rauner doesn’t prevent schools from starting this fall. Rhetorical Question: who wants to go on record as wanting to remove the portions of the bill which would fund public schools?

Jennifer Keiper covers the effort in Washington, D.C. to privatize air traffic control, moving it from the Federal Aviation Administration to a non-profit corporation. We hear from both sides of this debate along with the latest action on Capitol Hill.

US Atty: Chicago Gangs Emboldened 

By Bill Cameron, WLS-AM News

 At the City Club Monday afternoon, U.S. Attorney Zach Fardon was conceding there has been a downside to the recent moves in favor of more police accountability.

 Fardon is acknowledging that putting the police under a microscope is having two negative impacts on enforcing the law.

 “I believe there was a hit on CPD morale and a drag on officer willingness to conduct stops,” Fardon said. “There has in fact been a major drop this year in the number of street stops officers are conducting. I also think the fallout on public confidence has created a sense of emboldenment [sic] among gangs especially in our most violent-afflicted neighborhoods. Some gang members, apparently,  have felt they could get away with more and so more bullets started flying.”

 He also said the pattern and practice civil rights investigation of the Chicago police department is moving forward at “a record pace” but he made no predictions on when a report may be coming.

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