Connected To Chicago - 10-26-14 Added: 10/25/14 Connected To Chicago - 10-26-14 - Host, Bill Cameron is joined by Martin Oberman, Chairman of METRA who updates the recent changes in the commuter rail system, and defends the recent announcement of fare increases for METRA riders. From ageing infrastructure to employee compensation, the everyday operating costs are rising and Chairman Oberman explains it all.
In the Round Table, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune to discuss: Roaches in the Chicago City Hall and who got the call to remove them. With less than 2 weeks, some polls are calling the race for Governor of Illinois a "dead heat". Are women more likely to support one candidate over the other, and one big factor in the news was the federal judge installing a "monitor" for the Illinois Department of Transportation to check on hiring at IDOT. Sun-Times writer Dave McKinney quits his job after some accusations were made implying that the Rauner camp pushed the newspaper to squelch some of their reporting on the candidate. David Axelrod said in an interview, that "No Drama Obama" needs to up the energy and response when dealing with major issues like the expanding "Ebola" outbreak.
This week's Connected to the Community segment focuses on the Healthy Schools Campaign's "Cooking Up Change". 17 teams of CPS culinary students will be competing Oct. 30th to create the best, most nutritious meal for school cafeterias to serve. The contestant's budget is only one dollar. The winner will have the meal featured at all CPS cafeterias, and will be Chicago's representative in a nationwide competition. Rochelle Davis, President and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign explains more about the program and how you can support the cause by becoming a sponsor and attending the event.
Connected To Chicago - 10-18-14 Added: 10/17/14 Connected To Chicago - 10-18-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis. He answers what he says to those who think he has no chance in defeating Senator Dick Durbin in the upcoming election. He also comments on the statement he made saying that the people of South Stoney Island are friendlier than those of his home in Aurora. Key questions are how much of the African American vote does he need to defeat Durbin? What is in it for the African American community if he is elected? And if he supports a higher minimum age, his views on the Ebola situation, the increase to a 70 mile per hour speed limit around Chicago, ISIS, healthcare, and veterans affairs. In the roundtable Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Ray Long of the Tribune. They discuss last week's Quinn versus Rauner debate on CBS 2 and the latest that's happening with the spread of the Ebola virus. Then Jennifer Keiper focuses on the City of Chicago's Small Business Center that offers free education workshops for residents who want to start a small business.
Connected To Chicago - 10-11-14 Added: 10/11/14 Connected To Chicago - 10-11-14 - This week's newsmaker is President and CEO of Better Government Association. They discuss the events of Thursday where former Quinn Chief of Staff Jack Lavin was being questioned regarding emails in the mismanagement investigation of a state anti-violence program. They also discuss the latest in the race for governor, what's at steak for state legislation, and the mayoral election. In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune address the Obamas campaigning for Pat Quinn and the newspaper endorsements. Also Metra is looking towards an increase in fares for equipment upgrades. How will Karen Lewis's illness affect future politics? And is Oberweis Durbin's secret weapon? Then Nick Gale covers Safe Sleep Awareness Month with information on preventing the accidental suffocation of infants.
Connected To Chicago - 10-04-14 Added: 10/3/14 Connected To Chicago - 10-04-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti. He discusses his candidacy for mayor and answers questions including why he is running and what has Rahm done wrong? Would he restore the middleman between the citizens and police that Mayor Daley defunded? His support of an elected school board. How being a lawyer affects his campaign. Does he thing Karen Lewis should jump in the race? Also his views on creating new jobs, his proposal of a commuter tax, and speed enforcement cameras. In the roundtable Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Ray Long of the Tribune. Topics include Obama's recent visit to Chicago and his support of Pat Quinn, the latest in the race for governor and the mayoral race. Then John Dempsey covers the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 12.
Connected To Chicago - 09-27-14 Added: 9/26/14 Connected To Chicago - 09-27-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. She discusses her candidacy for State Comptroller as well as issues including her family history. Does having the Simon name pull strings? Does she think the State Comptroller and Treasurers' offices should be merged? She also voices her opinions on domestic violence, term limits, redistricting, and should the position of Lieutenant Governor even exist in Illinois. In the roundtable, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Ray Long of the Tribune, and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times discuss the event that Bill feels was what will be the 2016 senate ballot. Also in light of Friday's incident with air traffic control, should government contract workers be prescreened? Also discussed is the latest in the race for governor and the decimalization of possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. Finally Jennifer Keiper reminds us what happened with the tap water in Toledo, Ohio over the summer and asks what if Chicago's tap water is compromised? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence cities initiative hosted a water summit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium this past week where officials talked about protecting and preserving the great lakes.
Connected To Chicago - 09-20-14 Added: 9/19/14 Connected To Chicago - 09-20-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. He speaks about his current health situation and the progress made in lowering crime in the City of Chicago. Bill reviews several ideas to make the city safer suggested by some of the city's aldermen. Has he heard of any ideas that he hasn't yet spoken about? Also Superintendent McCarthy addresses the indictment of Commander Glenn Evans who was accused of placing his gun down the throat of a suspect and if he supports police body cameras. In the roundtable, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Ray Long of the Tribune, and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times discuss the subpoena that just sent four governors up the river, Quinn and Rauner's political ads, and the first "blooper" of the campaign. Also Senator Dick Durbin reconsidering the tax exempt status of the NFL, Rahm Emanuel proposing a Barack Obama High School near the old Cabrini Green site, and the latest polls showing Quinn out in front. Finally Jennifer Keiper and children's booster seats. President and CEO of Safe Kids, Kate Carr has the information on the appropriate age and size for children to graduate to the regular car seat.
Connected To Chicago - 09-13-14 Added: 9/12/14 Connected To Chicago - 09-13-14 -- This week’s newsmaker is Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez. She discusses several current key issues including action taken on jail overcrowding, changing marijuana possession penalties, and stricter penalties for illegal possession of a firearm. Will the legalization of medical marijuana pose problems? Should theft of up to $1000 be only a misdemeanor? Could we start doing field test for narcotics? Should police start wearing body cameras? Will more people be let out of jail on bond? And are the streets getting safer? In the roundtable, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times review President Obama’s Wednesday night speech on terrorism. How well was the situation handled? The latest Quinn and Rauner polls, how will they affect fundraising? Who might we see as a democratic challenger to Senator Mark Kirk? And how well did NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell handle the Ray Rice scandal? Then Ryan Burrow covers The World Charity Cup where teens have the opportunity to raise money and play games
Connected To Chicago - 09-06-14 Added: 9/5/14 Connected To Chicago - 09-06-14 – This week we hear from Mike Webster, the GOP candidate for Secretary of State with unenviable task of taking on the very popular Jesse White. Then Bill Cameron is joined by Madeleine Doubek, Chief Operating Officer of Reboot Illinois. They discuss the latest poll numbers in the race between Quinn and Rauner as well as the other issues of voted approved property tax hikes and is Illinois is suffering from an incumbent problem? In the roundtable Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune. They start with a former top state public health official, a Chicago businessman, and a $10,000 bonus given to the person who walked in on them in a compromising position. Then is Bruce Rauner too rich to be governor? Quinn running mate, Paul Vallas stated a definite opinion on the question at hand. And the groups thoughts as to if we have a problem with incumbents. Finally Jennifer Keiper talks about estate planning with attorney Steven Peck.
Connected To Chicago - 08-31-14 Added: 8/29/14 Connected To Chicago - 08-31-14 -- This week’s newsmaker is Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd Bennett. Host Bill Cameron asks her what is new this school year. There are 50 fewer schools, how does this help the school system? Bennett reviews the success of the Safe Passage program and shares how she gets along with both Rahm Emanuel and Karen Lewis. Could the city benefit from an elected school board? And does Bennett see herself retiring any time soon? In the roundtable Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune. Jackie Robinson West celebrated their victories in the Little League World Series and the politicians were there with them, the first day of school for Chicago Public Schools on Tuesday, September 2nd, Obama’s proposed immigration legislation, and a Chicago transportation icon is being named after former mayor Jane Byrne. Then John Dempsey recaps the Jackie Robinson West rally.
Connected To Chicago - 08-23-14 Added: 8/22/14 Connected To Chicago - 08-23-14 -- This week’s newsmaker is FBI Special Agent in Charge, Robert Holley. Agent Holley discusses the issues facing the FBI locally with Bill Cameron including the street violence in Chicago. How are the crime numbers now compared to the past and what is not being done that should be done. In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times discuss the findings at the Illinois Department of Transportation and how it will affect the gubernatorial race. Also Bruce Rauner and “class warfare”, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan at Chicago's Union League Club last Thursday, and Obama’s foreign policy. Finally Jennifer Keiper speaks with Kathleen London with New York Presbyterian Hospital on the issue of depression and what you can do.