Connected To Chicago - 10-04-15 Added: 10/2/15 Wicker Park Alderman Scott Waguespack talks about Rahm's budget proposal including the details of a possible property tax hike. Also should ride share drivers have to pay more of the fees and get more of the licences that cab drivers are required? Are garbage pickup fees realistic for the city? What an amusement tax on streaming services could result in? And does he think the Cubs are going to win the World Series?
Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago business join Bill Cameron to discuss issues like Edge Tax Credits, Gov. Rauner using rule making powers to deny social servies, and the Quote of the Week.
Then Jennifer Keiper previews the October 11th Bank of America Chicago Marathon with Executive Director Carey Pinkwoski.
Connected To Chicago - 09-27-15 Added: 9/27/15 Bill Cameron give an in-depth look into Rahm Emanuel's "Bad News Budget" that was unveiled this week. Then Bill Cameron along with Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business talk about John Boehner announcing his resignation, the increase in Chicago property taxes, and Rahm Emanuel being pressured to releases his calendar and work related emails. Finally Jennifer looks at the growing homeless problem and looks at the fight for state money to combat it.
Connected To Chicago - 09-20-15 Added: 9/18/15 Chicago Public Schools CEO Forrest Claypool talks about changes being made to the system including ways to fill in the budget hole. He also talks about the ongoing hunger strikes and will they be negotiated with? And the Common Core standards and how they will be effective once fully implemented.
Bill Cameron along with Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business cover the possibility of a government shutdown, a new sex scandal, the second GOP debate, Jesse Jackson Jr.'s sentence coming to an end, Rahm's new budget, and the problems caused by no state budget.
Then John Dempsey goes into detail on the State budget impasse impact on social service agencies.
Connected To Chicago - 09-13-15 Added: 9/11/15 Connected To Chicago - 09-13-15 State Senator Kwame Raoul joins Bill Cameron discussing the state budget issues, his predictions for the U.S. Senate race, and his views on criminal justice in the state including diversion programs for non-violnet offenders and the use of cameras on police officers.
Bill Cameron along with Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business cover the local politics surrounding the Iran deal, and the latest on Donald Trump and 2016.
September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month in Illinois. Jennifer Keiper discusses is what a brain aneurysm is, what it feels like to experience one, and what some hospitals are doing to educate patients about the condition. Of those who suffer the hemorrhages, half don't even make it to the hospital. Janet Sutherland, of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, survived an aneurysm. She also talks about who is more likely to suffer one, what types there are, and what complications can accompany brain aneurysms.
JANET SUTHERLAND - BRAIN ANEURYSM SURVIVOR Added: 9/10/15 September is Brain Aneurysm Awareness Month in Illinois. Jennifer Keiper talks to Janet Sutherland, of the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, who survived an aneurysm. She also talks about who is more likely to suffer one, what types there are, and what complications can accompany brain aneurysms.
Connected To Chicago - 09-06-15 Added: 9/4/15 Connected To Chicago - 09-06-15 - This week's newsmaker is Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Garry McCarthy. He and Bill Cameron discuss the murders this week in the city, sentencing reform to keep the dangerous criminals off the streets, the mayor's town hall meetings, the tragedy this past week involving a suburban police officer, new policing equipment, and positioning more civilians to get more officers on the streets. In the roundtable Bill Cameron along with Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business cover Trump dedicating himself to the Republican Party and more news from 2016, Rahm Emanuel's budget proposal that includes a half billion dollar property tax hike, and ideas to generate more revenue for the city including garbage fees and sin taxes. Then Nick Gale talks to Bob Dolgin from the greater Chicago food pantry about efforts to keep kids fed during the summer and the fact that many kids want to go back to school because now they can get a meal. We also talk about Mark Kirk's bill that aims to help keep kids fed during the summer months. September is also hunger awareness month and we talked about some of the efforts to raise awareness.
Connected To Chicago - 08-30-15 Added: 8/28/15 Connected To Chicago - 08-30-15 - This week's newsmaker is Congressman Bill Foster. He discusses his background in physics including how it influences his view on the Iran deal. He also talks about who he supports for 2016, guns in the hands of dangerous people, and the need for more mental health services. In the roundtable Bill Cameron along with Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business cover where the votes are on the Iran deal, Biden vs. Hillary, the missing lottery payouts due to lack of a state budget, and could there be a government shutdown in Washington? Finally John Dempsey on the city Star Scholarship program, which offers financial aid to City College grads to attend UIC, if they maintain a 3.0 GPA.
Connected To Chicago - 08-09-15 Added: 8/7/15 Bill Cameron Newsmaker Interview: Congressman Luis Vicente Gutiérrez (U.S. Representative for Illinois's 4th congressional district). On the table is the continuing issue of immigration reform. Rep. Gutierrez is touring the country to educate immigrants about the President's executive actions on immigration and provide more information about the expansion of the successful DACA program and the new DAPA program for parents of U.S. citizen and legal permanent resident children.
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. Chicago Teachers Union president, Karen Lewis issues a "Strike Threat" to Forrest Claypool the new Chief Executive Officer for the Chicago Public Schools over his demands that teachers should be picking up the full 9% pension contributions. There is no doubt that Mayor Rahm Emanuel needs to generate more revenue specifically to cover employee pensions, but what can be done? More taxes, or user fees administered by way of the state capitol might be possible, but how likely is it to happen anytime soon? Also, the panel hits the highlights of the first GOP Presidential debate.
Jennifer Keiper spotlights bus safety. Loretta Bitner with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gives us a few pointers and questions to ask when booking travel on a motor coach.