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.
Connected To Chicago - 07-12-14 Added: 7/11/14 Connected To Chicago – 07-12-14 – This week’s newsmaker is Illinois Democratic Senator Mike Frerichs. Frerichs is running for State Treasurer and Bill asks him questions about what he stands for? Does he support a big bond issue? Does he think our current budget is balanced? And should the increase in state income tax extend beyond January? 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 Bruce Rauner being involved in pay-to-play politics, the Pat Quinn slush fund, Senator Mark Kirk picking on the children crossing the boarder, and Speaker Boehner suing President Obama. Finally Nick Gale recaps the July 4th weekend violence with the suggestions of several politicians and community leaders on how to quell the violence.
Connected To Chicago - 07-05-14 Added: 7/4/14 Connected To Chicago – 07-05-14 – This week’s newsmakers are James Nowlan and Thomas Johnson Authors of "Fixing Illinois" A book about where the state has been the past few decades and based on hope. 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 the supreme court pension decision and also the mayor and his parade of cash and cabinet members. Finally Ryan Burrow covers the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act. To celebrate, The Illinois Department of Human Rights unveiled the traveling Freedom Riders exhibit.
Connected To Chicago - 06-28-14 Added: 6/27/14 Connected To Chicago – 06-28-14 – This week’s newsmaker is GOP Party Chairman, Tim Schneider. They discuss if Bruce Rauner’s affluence is a potential obstacle in his run for Governor. Also how he doesn’t like to get specific about how he would fill the gap produced by not extending the income tax. Should the teacher’s union be scared of Rauner? What kind of mayor would Toni Preckwinkle make? And is there a plan to get rid of Mike Madigan? In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune discuss the debate on the proposed George Lucas Museum and the legality of the suggested placement, Aaron Schock being named Senior Deputy Whip hurting Peter Roskam’s attempt at moving up, and Karen Lewis running for mayor? Finally John Dempsey talks about this weekends gay pride parade in Lakeview and the significance as the first following the passing of gay marriage in Illinois.