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, 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.
Connected To Chicago - 08-16-14 Added: 8/15/14 Connected To Chicago – 08-16-14 – This week’s newsmaker is the state fair in Springfield. The highlight of the event is the gubernatorial race between incumbent Pat Quinn and GOP challenger Bruce Rauner. Bill Cameron narrates highlights from both candidates speaking in Springfield as well as statements on the race made by State Rep. Lou Lang, State Senator Bill Brady, and Senator Durbin. We also hear from Paul Schimpf who is challenging Lisa Madigan for Illinois Attorney General. And Judy Baar Topinka makes a statement on her stance on helping family members. 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 discuss what was happening in Springfield, such as Rauner’s confidence and Quinn and the unemployment rate. Also Rahm Emanuel’s lack of a challenger despite his low approval rating and Obama taking another vacation. Finally Nick Gale focuses on the racial disparity of consent searches of vehicles during traffic stops.
Connected To Chicago - 08-09-14 Added: 8/8/14 Connected To Chicago - 08-09-14 -- This week’s newsmaker is Senator Mark Kirk. Bill asks him about how he feels on Obama’s current policy in Iraq. Do we need boots on the ground? Also other international headlines including the happenings in Gaza, the development of a nuclear weapon in Iran, and the state of the Syrian reactor. In Illinois, Quinn and Rauner, how do each of their policies affect the state’s credit rating? Also Senator Kirk speaks on his ongoing recovery from his recent stroke. 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 and Hal Dardick of the Tribune discuss the stories of the week. It is August and Chicago still has millions of potholes. What steps should the United States be taking with increasing tensions in Iraq? The mayoral campaign is still heating up, who will face Rahm? Governor Quinn’s favorite tent at the State Fair. Rahm receives extra help in troubled areas from the state police. And Walgreens’ decision to stay in Illinois. Finally Ryan Burrow speaks with a group that helps families who have recently lost loved ones in light of the recent loop office shooting.
Connected To Chicago - 08-02-14 Added: 8/1/14 Connected To Chicago - 08-02-14 -- This week’s newsmaker is Senator Dick Durbin. Bill asks him questions on key issues including the current state of Obama’s foreign policy. Will the new name in Veterans Affairs make a difference? His views on increasing the minimum wage. Does all of talk on the impeachment of President Obama hold water? And what can we do about the threat of corporate inversions? In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business and Ray Long of the Tribune discuss if both candidates for governor are buying the black vote, renaming Water Tower Plaza to honor former mayor Jane Byrne, and in light of this weeks shooting in the financial district, are companies doing enough for workplace safety? Finally Nick Gale takes a look at skin cancer treatment and prevention. The Chicago Bears and the American Academy of Dermatology have teamed up to offer free skin cancer screenings at Soldier Field during the Pre-Season Family Fest.
Connected To Chicago - 07-26-14 Added: 7/25/14 Connected To Chicago - 07-26-14 -- This week’s newsmaker is candidate for Illinois lieutenant governor, Paul Vallas. Bill asks him why he wants to be lieutenant governor, his feelings on what challenger Bruce Rauner is proposing, the supreme court pension decision, and how he feels the NRI scandal affects his party. In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron along with Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business discuss the mayors reaction of a recent case of city violence, the latest on the red light ticket increase, the inconclusive court rulings on Affordable Care Act subsidies, and the crusade against corporate diversions to avoid taxation. Finally Ryan Burrow covers a charity event where firefighters compete to raise money to fight pediatric cancer.
Connected To Chicago - 07-19-14 Added: 7/18/14 Connected To Chicago – 07-19-14 – This week’s newsmaker is Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan. She discusses the scam artists that have been targeting recent college graduates with false promises of student loan debt relief, the consequences faced by the bankers responsible for the financial crisis, foreclosures on the increase in Illinois, and the state pension problem. Bill also asks her opinion on Toni Preckwinkle deciding not to run for mayoral office as well as what kind of mayor Karen Lewis would make. What would happen if Bruce Rauner is elected governor or if Pat Quinn is reelected? And does Madigan see herself in any other office? In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron along with Fran Spielman and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune discuss why won’t anybody major challenge Rahm Emanuel? What could a challenger expect from Rahm if they did declare? What was the reaction to Bruce Rauner suggesting to broaden the sales tax? Also discussed is Israel invading Gaza, the term limits referendum, thousands of questionable red light camera tickets, and the latest on the slush fund scandal. Finally John Dempsey covers the 106th running of the Chicago to Mackinac yacht race.