Connected To Chicago - 07-26-15 Added: 7/24/15 This week's newsmaker is the Republican leader in the Illinois Senate, Christine Radogno. She and host Bill Cameron discuss the state budget battle, including a tied-in property tax freeze. Also new bumps in city pension reform, Mitsubishi Motors closing a plant in Normal, Mark Kirk's frequent tongue slips, and her opinion of presidential hopeful Donald Trump. In the roundtable, Bill is joined this week by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Fran Spielman of The Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business. They discuss the unconstitutional ruling of Rahm Emanuel's city pension bill, the lack of a state budget, and what Donald Trump is doing to this presidential campaign. Then Nick Gale looks at the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Chicago's efforts. Kathleen Yosko is CEO of Marianjoy and sits on the ADA 25 Chicago committee. She says Chicago leads the nation in ADA efforts, but says there is still more to do. She says it's not so much physical accessibility that's an issue; it's connecting the disabled with jobs.
Connected To Chicago - 07-19-15 Added: 7/17/15 Connected To Chicago - 07-19-15 - This week's newsmaker is Mayor Rahm Emanuel.He makes his month visit with Bill Cameron discussing the issues surrounding the city. In the roundtable Bill is joined by Hal Dardick and Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business. They discuss the Toni Tax, and how if affects consumers, the latest on the standoff in Springfield in regards to agreeing on a budget, Chicago TIFs, or tax increment financing, and Mark Kirk's statements making headlines again, is he costing himself reelection? Then Nick Gale focuses on the escape of "El Chapo" and the Chicago Crime Commission re-naming him "Public Enemy Number One." The only other person to earn that dubious title was Al Capone. Crime Commission executive vice president Art Belik says there is no immediate threat to Chicago and adds that the U.S. Attorney General should demand his extradition should he be apprehended.
Connected To Chicago - 07-12-15 Added: 7/10/15 Connected To Chicago - 07-12-15 - This week's newsmaker is Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. She and Bill Cameron discuss issues involving her office including an increase to the sales tax, which she says she has the votes for. In the roundtable Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of The Sun-Times, and Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune discuss Preckwinkle's tax hike, Tammy Duckworth's senate campaign, and Donald Trump is number 1 among the Republicans. Then John Dempsey speaks with Chicago Tribune Entertainment reporter Nina Metz on the end of the filming of Chiraq on the south side.
Connected To Chicago - 07-05-15 Added: 7/4/15 Connected To Chicago - 07-05-15 - This week's newsmaker is Mike Quigley, the U.S. Representative for Illinois's 5th congressional district. He and Bill discuss the trade debate and his recent accompaniment of President Obama to the G& meeting. Then Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business in the roundtable. They discuss the placement options of the Obama Library, the school pension crisis, Bernie Sanders a threat to Hillary's campaign, Donald Trump's visit to Chicago, and the city to put online streaming services under the amusement tax. Finally Nick Gale looks at summer safety - especially with this being the Independence Day Holiday Weekend. Dr. Jared Novack, an emergency physician at North Shore University Health System, talks about fireworks safety and what to do in the event of a burn. He talks about the most common injury during the warmer months; injuries sustained from riding bicycles. Even though our temperatures have been below normal - there is still the potential to get sunburned and dehydrated. He also addresses food safety for those planning to attend a BBQ.
Connected To Chicago - 06-28-15 Added: 6/26/15 Connected To Chicago - 06-28-15 - This week's newsmaker is Andy Shaw, President and CEO of the Better Government Association. They discuss issues surrounding the state such as: is Governor Rauner playing to hard with the state budget? Will we see an expanded sales tax? And will the passed school aid bill allow schools to open on time? Then Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business in the roundtable. They discuss the Supreme Court rulings on both marriage equality and the healthcare act. And how will these rulings influence the 2016 elections? "Mel" Reynolds is being indicted once more. And is banning the confederate flag distracting us from a broader race issue? Then Jennifer Keiper talks about the test-run of Ford's car-sharing program in 6 U.S. cities and London. Chicago is one of the test cities. Dave McClelland, VP of ford credit, tells us about the program; how it came about, what they're hoping to learn from it, possible benefits, and why Chicago is one of the cities chosen for the pilot program.
Connected To Chicago - 06-21-15 Added: 6/19/15 Connected To Chicago - 06-21-15 - This week's newsmaker is Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He and Bill Cameron discuss getting booed at the Blackhawks' rally, the F-bomb defense, and the Springfield standoff. Then Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business in the roundtable. Topics include the F-bomb as well as the boos at Rahm, also the state budget saga in Springfield, Donald Trump announcing his candidacy for president, Mark Kirk's issued apology for his "bro with no ho" remark, Dick Durbin calling for guns to stay out of the hands of felons and the mentally unstable, and the rising support for Bernie Sanders. Finally John Dempsey recaps the Blackhawks' 3rd Stanley Cup win in 6 years.
Connected To Chicago - 06-14-15 Added: 6/12/15 Connected To Chicago - 06-14-15 - This week's newsmaker is Cook County Commissioner for the 10th District, Bridget Gainer. She gives her thoughts on Senator Mark Kirk's comment about Lindsey Graham. She also addresses the need for pension reform, Bruce Rauner's action on the budget issue, and county funding from gambling and sales tax. Then Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business in the roundtable. They dive into how Kirk's comments will influence his reelection campaign next year. And the Springfield impasse. Finally Nick Gale speaks with Loren Dinneen, program manager of the 1000 Jobs for Chicagoland Manufacturing Campaign about their efforts to get veterans and others employed.
Connected To Chicago - 06-07-15 Added: 6/5/15 Connected To Chicago - 06-07-15 - This week on "Connected to Chicago" John Dempsey sits in for Bill Cameron and addresses the State of Illinois financial crisis with Ralph Martire, of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. Martire strongly believes Illinois is undertaxed, not overtaxed, and that the state's biggest problem is a lack of revenue, not excessive spending. Plus, Crain's Chicago Business Greg Hinz and the Sun Times Lynn Sweet talk to John about the first identification of an alleged sex abuse victim of Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert. Finally, Jennifer recaps the Takata airbag recall hearing.
Connected To Chicago - 05-31-15 Added: 5/29/15 Connected To Chicago - 05-31-15 - This week's newsmaker is Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez. Bill Cameron discusses with her the indictment this past week of Denny Hastert. She also talks about her Deferred Prosecution Program that encourages the reformation over incarceration of small time non-violent offenders, many of which are minor drug and prostitution charges. Should domestic terrorism be charged to those involved in street violence? And her reelection campaign. Then Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business in the roundtable. They give their take on the Denny Hastert indictment, as well as the latest turbulence in Springfield, and the 2016 senate race. Finally John Dempsey reflects on the Bulls' coach firing.
Connected To Chicago - 05-24-15 Added: 5/22/15 Connected To Chicago - 05-24-15 - This week's newsmaker is Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin. He discusses the state budget forecast. What will Governor Rauner do with an out of balance budget? Also will a casino in Chicago be a new source of revenue for the state? Is there a pension fix that might work? And the "Millionaire's Tax" that didn't pass because of three democrats. Then Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business in the roundtable. They give their take on the state budget issue in Springfield as well as discussing Dick Durbin bucking President Obama on trade, the bipartisan issues surrounding the NSA, the money flow through The College of DuPage and the University of Illinois, and the now 17 Republican presidential hopefuls for 2016. Finally Nick Gale takes a look at a local effort to help the people in Nepal after the country was devastated by two earthquakes. The earthquakes killed thousand of people and injured thousands more. When the earthquakes struck, doctors from a Chicago based non-profit were in the country. Dr. Victoria Brander is a physician at Northshore University Heath System, a professor at Northwestern University and co-founder and director of Operation Walk Chicago. She describes Operation Walk Chicago's mission and then describes the damage she saw first hand after the first of the two earthquakes struck.