Connected to Chicago - 03/08/14 Added: 3/7/14 This week, Bill Cameron sits down with Don Orseno, the new CEO of Metra to talk about Metra’s headaches during this year’s winter, the need for modernization across the system, pedestrian accident prevention, and the future of Wi-Fi on train. Bill Cameron heads this week’s roundtable Mark Konkol of DNAinfo.com, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Ray Long of the Tribune: Will State Senator Kirk Dillard be able to overcome Bruce Rauner’s lead in the race to represent the GOP in the governor’s race? Should Illinois spend $100 million on a presidential library? Does Doug Truax have the right stuff to beat State Sen. Jim Oberweis? Can Truax or Oberweis defeat Sen. Dick Durbin? Is there a conspiracy behind CNN’s ‘Chicagoland?’ All that and more! Connect w/Bill Cameron on Twitter: @billjcameron
Connected to Chicago - 03/01/14 Added: 2/28/14 This week, Bill Cameron sits down State Senator Jim Oberweis (R-Sugar Grove) to talk about his bid for US Senate. Bill gets the State Senator’s thoughts on speed limits in Illinois, the immigration and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL). Bill Cameron heads this week’s roundtable with Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times and Ray Long of the Tribune: Did Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel let slip his true feelings? Will the planned digital hub on Goose Island live up to its hype? Is Gov. Quinn in danger of being taken to court? What really is the connection between billionaire candidate for governor Bruce Rauner & Rahm Emanuel? Will a minimum wage hike make it throught the ‘do nothing’ Congress? All that and more! Connect w/Bill Cameron on Twitter: @billjcameron
Connected to Chicago - 02/23/14 Added: 2/21/14 This week, Bill Cameron sits down in a rare interview with Illinois Senator Dick Durbin (D) to discuss his run for re-election, the political landscape on the national front and the endorsement of Durbin’s possible Republican opponent, Doug Truax, by Newt Gingrich. Bill Cameron heads this week’s roundtable with Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long and Eric Zorn of the Tribune: A discussion of various names in the news, including former congressman Mel Reynolds, future federal inmate Joseph Mario Moreno, potential mayoral candidate Karen Lewis, potential mayoral candidate Toni Preckwinkle and embattled DCFS appointee Arthur Bishop. Does the Arizona Supreme Court ruling adverse to pension reform rattle any dishes in Illinois, where a similar ruling will come down from our supreme court. Does presumptive GOP U.S. Senate candidate Jim Oberweis have a good change in the fall? (Zorn says no). The GOP gubernatorial primary: Will any of the three candidates trailing Bruce Rauner in the pols drops out? Should they? Will Jimmy Fallon take the polar plunge with Rahm Emanuel? Sure it's a stunt, but is it a good one?
Connect w/Bill Cameron on Twitter: @billjcameron
Connected to Chicago - 02/15/14 Added: 2/14/14 This week Bill Cameron sits down with Republican candidate for Senator, Doug Truax. Many Illinoisans might not recognize Mr. Truax’s name so he and Bill layout the candidates background and stance on many important issues, including immigration, taxes, foreign policy, and his opponent State Sen. Jim Oberweis.
Bill Cameron heads this week’s roundtable this week Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Eric Zorn of the Tribune. On the docket: Treasurer Dan Rutherford's troubles and the state of the GOP primary race, which the panel seems ready to call as a victory for Bruce Rauner. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie comes to Chicago and strikes Bill as "a survivor." Is it too early to write him off for 2016? A minimum-wage hike looks to be in the works in Washington and Springfield.
Finally, Ryan Burrow files a report on World Sport Chicago, a non-profit group which spawned from the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid. Connect w/Bill Cameron on Twitter: @billjcameron
C2C Extra Added: 2/13/14 New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was in town this week fundraising and holding court. Connected to Chicago brings you extra coverage from Christie's address in front of the Economic Club of Chicago.
Connected to Chicago - 02/09/14 Added: 2/7/14 This week Bill Cameron sits down with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart to talk about his efforts to stem prostitution in Illinois, concealed carry applications, overcrowding, and a possible run for Mayor of Chicago. Bill Cameron heads this week’s roundtable this week with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long and Eric Zorn of the Tribune: Democrat v. Republicans on whether extending unemployment insurance saps people of the will to work. The issue is roiling in Washington and in the Illinois race for governor. "The truth is probably somewhere in the middle," says Hinz. Immigration reform appears to be at a standstill-- "seriously stalled," says Sweet. "There's got to be another strategy, and I don't see one....I see nothing happening in the short term now." The NATO 3 trial -- terrorists or slackers?
Show taped before the verdict (if any) but there seems to be agreement that these men were "not the greatest threat to American security," says Cameron. The Koschman case and the report of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb. Horse-drawn carriages are under threat.
Is there a compromise solution? Republican gubernatorial hopeful State Sen. Bill Brady's land deal in Gibson City -- will it imperil his run for governor? "Bags of gold tend to fall
off trucks in front of politicians houses in this state," says Hinz. Zorn wonders if GOP primary voters are going to care. Rahm Emanuel's new big borrowing spree. "The city has big financial problems," says Hinz. "And it may have much worse problems if it
doesn't get pension relief soon from Springfield." Connect w/Bill Cameron on Twitter: @billjcameron
Connected to Chicago - 02/02/14 Added: 1/31/14 This week Bill Cameron sits down with Illinois Senate President John Cullerton (D-6th) to state politics including the race for Illinois’ next governor, Mike Madigan’s tax break for businesses and the future of a progressive tax in IL. Bill Cameron heads this week’s roundtable this week with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Ray Long of the Tribune, and Mark Konkol of DNAinfo.com. On the docket: GOP gubernatorial hopeful State Treasure Dan Rutherford’s accusations that gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner is behind a plan to defame the Treasurer, Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan’s proposed slashing of corporate tax rates, Governor Quinn’s State of the State address, and much more. Connect w/Bill Cameron on Twitter: @billjcameron
Connected to Chicago - 1/19/14 Added: 1/17/14 This week Bill Cameron sits down with Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) to talk all tackle the big issues of the day, including the President’s reforms to the controversial NSA data mining program, the federal budget, the race for Illinois’ next governor, and the new mascot for the Chicago Cubs. Bill Cameron heads the roundtable this week with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long and Eric Zorn of the Tribune. On the docket: GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner is on the hotseat over various issues this week including his daughter's admission to an elite Chicago public high school and his connection to corrupt insider Stuart Levine. Will anyone have or spend the money to turn these questions into major issues in the primary election in March? A few minutes on his no-necktie, jes' folks image. The Cubs’ new mascot. The panel turns thumbs down (though Lynn Sweet defers) President Obama and
the National Security Agency reforms. Connect w/Bill Cameron on Twitter: @billjcameron
Connected to Chicago - 1/12/14 Added: 1/10/14 Chicago's new US Attorney, Zack Fardon is this week's newsmaker guest.
Hosts: Bill Cameron, Cheryl Raye Stout, Ray Long, Greg Hinz
Bill begins by bringing up the story of the day, that of Bruce Rauner and the inconsistencies in his stance on minimum wage. Bill suggests that the truth came out when Rauner suggested the roll back. Greg and Ray both agree, however Greg doesn’t think Bruce is done, in fact he’s still the front runner. Zorn suggests that Kirk Dillard has also been all over the map on minimum wage, and wants to essentially reduce it to zero. Everyone seems to agree that if Rauner isn’t the number one candidate after this, Bill Brady would be.
Bill returns from the break, bringing up Chris Christie and his traffic scandal which surfaced earlier this week. Greg postulates that Christie’s image is damaged, whatever the cause was. Eric says that his brand is severely affected, due to the now apparently incompetent or immoral administration. Ray suggests that this will not be as damaging to Christie as the minimum wage comments will be to Rauner. Greg disagrees. Bill brings up the crazy weather, and whether Rahm is hiding in any potholes. The panel discusses the atrocious pothole situation in Chicago. Bill also brings up the fact that Governor Quinn has failed for a 2nd time to get federal aid for Illinois tornado victims. Bill postulates that Obama won’t make an exception for Illinois, due to midterm elections approaching. Bill brings up sports to Cheryl, and asks how the Bulls could trade Luol Deng to Cleveland. Cheryl says that it’s affecting the team in more ways than just on the floor. Now a piece of this close-knit team is missing. Eric says he can’t understand how Cleveland could essentially mortgage their future on Deng. Cheryl says it was a gamble for Cleveland, because Deng can still walk away after the season if he doesn’t get a contract from them. Then the conversation turns to Greg Maddux, who was just inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame. Cheryl says there was no smarter pitcher in baseball. The team also ponders which hat he’ll wear when he accepts the honor. Frank Thomas was also inducted into the HOF, and the team brings him up as well. Thirteen Blackhawks going to the Olympics on various teams -- "because they're the best team in hockey," says Stout. "A dynasty." What can we look for from the White Sox, Cubs, Bulls and Bears?
John Dempsey reports on the cold weather.
Connected to Chicago - 10/05/13 Added: 1/5/14 Connected to Chicago - 10/05/13 -- Bill Cameron with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long and Eric Zorn of the Tribune: Mayor Rahm Emanuel's decision to be out of town on vacation during difficult winter weather. The GOP gubernatorial primary and what to look for in the year ahead. Then Jack Franks state Representative from the Marengo, Illinois area joins Bill to discuss the constitutional challenge to the Illinois State Pension reform bill. Illinois has the highest property taxes of any state, can the Illinois Legislature do anything about re-defining the tax laws? Franks also comments about the current candidates for the Governor's office. In preparation for the upcoming cold weather, Nick Gale gets the "do's and dont's" when it comes to additional heating sources. State Fire Marshal Larry Matkaitis talks about space heaters and fireplaces and their proper use. Mark Thibodeau talks about making sure your car is up to snuff and has survival gear.