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.
Connected To Chicago - 05-17-15 Added: 5/15/15 Connected To Chicago - 05-17-15 - This week's newsmaker is chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority, Kirk Dillard. Budgets and Safety top the discussion about public transportation in and around Chicago. With the possibility of cutbacks in state funding, how will can Chicago's mass transit agencies assure service to their customer base. Is there anything to learn from the Amtrak accident in Pennsylvania, and what safety measures can be taken to prevent this type of situation in our area?
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 this week include: ABC News anchor George Stephanapolous and his donations to the Clinton Foundation. - Mark Kirk's first campaign ad in his race against Tammy Duckworth for the Senate seat.
Jennifer Keiper talks to Ben Bright of the Cook County Sheriff's office which has been working on reducing 'sex trafficking' of various types in the county. One recent case involved an underage runaway who turned to prostitution and was marketing herself in on-line ads.
Connected To Chicago - 05-10-15 Added: 5/8/15 Connected To Chicago - 05-10-15 - This week's newsmaker is Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. He and Bill Cameron start by discussing the court pension law ruling. He also discusses issues affecting his department specifically such as the consequences of incarceration and the mentally ill population in the Cook County jail system. 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 pension ruling, Jeb Bush's campaign, Aaron Schock looking for work, NSA policies expiring, Governor Rauner's turn around agenda, and the Chicago teacher's union fighting a proposed pay cut. Finally, Nick Gale with Secretary of State Jesse White's efforts to increase organ donation. April was National Donate Life Month and even though April has passed, it isn't stopping him from spreading his message. He also talks about future efforts to warn college students about the dangers of fake ID's.
Connected To Chicago - 05-03-15 Added: 5/1/15 Connected To Chicago - 05-03-15 - This week's newsmaker interview features State Representative Mike Zalewski. He and bill discuss reform of the criminal justice system in Illinois. They include what we are learning from the situation in Baltimore. 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 Chicago Tribune. They discuss the news of the week including the benefits to the Obama library being brought to Chicago; a new democratic presidential candidate announced this week, and the talk of same sex marriage in Washington. Finally John Dempsey talks about the 100 Club, the civilian group which raises money for the families of first responders killed in the line of duty. The group handed out eleven valor awards this past week, including one to Chicago Police Commander Edward Kulbida, who was shot in the line of duty last October, and survived.
Connected To Chicago - 04-26-15 Added: 4/25/15 Connected To Chicago - 04-26-15
Newsmaker guest: 32nd Alderman Waguespack joins host Bill Cameron to discuss the recent city elections which returned Rahm Emanuel to the 5th floor mayor's office. Bill questions the alderman about state law changes that might help to insure the Obama Library being located in Chicago. Can the parking meter deal ever be fixed, and what is the future of red light & speed cameras in the city? Is Chicago Public Schools Chief Executive Officer, Barbara Byrd-Bennett on her way out over the SUPES Academy training scandal?
Round Table Panel includes: Lynn Sweet, (Chicago Sun-Times) - Ray Long (Chicago Tribune) - John Byrne (Chicago Tribune).
Topics covered include: A possible future for Rahm Emanuel in Washington D.C., the anticipated announcement of Chicago as the home of the Obama Library, and some insight about the announcement that a U.S. drone attack killed two Western hostages. Jennifer Keiper talks to Chris Basso about new Carfax features and car information which will alert users to automobile recalls.