Connected To Chicago - 11/22/14 Added: 11/22/14 Connected To Chicago - 11/22/14 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago mayoral candidate Jesus Chuy Garcia. Host Bill Cameron asks the important questions including why he is running, his union endorsement, and how he expects to compete with Rahm Emanuel's money. And his stance on issues such as the closing of schools, street violence, pensions, a commuter tax, and red light and speed enforcement cameras. In the roundtable the show is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Hal Dardick and Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune, and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times. They discuss the future of a 5% income tax, President Obama's act on immigration, Mayor Emanuel's 2015 budget, Rep. Tammy Duckworth's proxy vote block, and the proposed minimum wage bill. Then, it's that time of year again. The bells are ringing on the street and outside your local grocery store. Ryan Burrow speaks with Salvation Army Captain Carol Lewis about their need for toys this time of year.
Connected To Chicago - 11/15/14 Added: 11/14/14 Connected To Chicago - 11/15/14 -- This week's newsmaker is Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie. She and host Bill Cameron discuss Governor Pat Quinn's last days in office and the issues he wants to tackle before his departure, particularly the minimum wage increase. Also Governor Elect Bruce Rauner and what relationship she expects to have with him and his issues such as tort and workers compensation reform. In the roundtable, Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times join Bill and Remember Former Chicago Mayor Jane Byrne. Other topics include how soon President Obama will act on deportations, the approval of the Keystone Pipeline, Pat Quinn's place in the future, and the latest in the mayoral race. Then Nick Gale reflects on Veterans Day and shares ways to help veterans throughout the entire year.
Connected To Chicago - 11-01-14 Added: 10/31/14 Connected To Chicago - 11-01-14 -- This week's newsmaker is the Libertarian candidate for Governor Chad Grimm. Host Bill Cameron asks him what he believes in and what his background is. Why isn't he a Republican? Why would he be a better governor? What role should the state government play? They also talk about where he stands on issues such as lowering the income tax, state pension programs, the legalization of marijuana, gambling and poker machines, the minimum wage, and gun control. In the roundtable, Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Ray Long of the Tribune, and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times join Bill and they discuss the final days before the election. Do the republicans have ground game in this race? Does the Libertarian candidate stack up to the other two? Does Jim Oberweis have a chance of winning against incumbent Dick Durbin? Finally Jennifer Keiper talks to James Bell, General Motor's Head of Consumer Affairs. The automaker is ramping up efforts to get nearly 2.4 million recalled cars, with faulty ignition switches, fixed. At least 30 people have died in crashes related to the problem.
Connected To Chicago - 10-26-14 Added: 10/25/14 Connected To Chicago - 10-26-14 - Host, Bill Cameron is joined by Martin Oberman, Chairman of METRA who updates the recent changes in the commuter rail system, and defends the recent announcement of fare increases for METRA riders. From ageing infrastructure to employee compensation, the everyday operating costs are rising and Chairman Oberman explains it all.
In the Round Table, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune to discuss: Roaches in the Chicago City Hall and who got the call to remove them. With less than 2 weeks, some polls are calling the race for Governor of Illinois a "dead heat". Are women more likely to support one candidate over the other, and one big factor in the news was the federal judge installing a "monitor" for the Illinois Department of Transportation to check on hiring at IDOT. Sun-Times writer Dave McKinney quits his job after some accusations were made implying that the Rauner camp pushed the newspaper to squelch some of their reporting on the candidate. David Axelrod said in an interview, that "No Drama Obama" needs to up the energy and response when dealing with major issues like the expanding "Ebola" outbreak.
This week's Connected to the Community segment focuses on the Healthy Schools Campaign's "Cooking Up Change". 17 teams of CPS culinary students will be competing Oct. 30th to create the best, most nutritious meal for school cafeterias to serve. The contestant's budget is only one dollar. The winner will have the meal featured at all CPS cafeterias, and will be Chicago's representative in a nationwide competition. Rochelle Davis, President and CEO of Healthy Schools Campaign explains more about the program and how you can support the cause by becoming a sponsor and attending the event.
Connected To Chicago - 10-18-14 Added: 10/17/14 Connected To Chicago - 10-18-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Illinois State Senator Jim Oberweis. He answers what he says to those who think he has no chance in defeating Senator Dick Durbin in the upcoming election. He also comments on the statement he made saying that the people of South Stoney Island are friendlier than those of his home in Aurora. Key questions are how much of the African American vote does he need to defeat Durbin? What is in it for the African American community if he is elected? And if he supports a higher minimum age, his views on the Ebola situation, the increase to a 70 mile per hour speed limit around Chicago, ISIS, healthcare, and veterans affairs. In the roundtable Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Ray Long of the Tribune. They discuss last week's Quinn versus Rauner debate on CBS 2 and the latest that's happening with the spread of the Ebola virus. Then Jennifer Keiper focuses on the City of Chicago's Small Business Center that offers free education workshops for residents who want to start a small business.
Connected To Chicago - 10-11-14 Added: 10/11/14 Connected To Chicago - 10-11-14 - This week's newsmaker is President and CEO of Better Government Association. They discuss the events of Thursday where former Quinn Chief of Staff Jack Lavin was being questioned regarding emails in the mismanagement investigation of a state anti-violence program. They also discuss the latest in the race for governor, what's at steak for state legislation, and the mayoral election. 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 address the Obamas campaigning for Pat Quinn and the newspaper endorsements. Also Metra is looking towards an increase in fares for equipment upgrades. How will Karen Lewis's illness affect future politics? And is Oberweis Durbin's secret weapon? Then Nick Gale covers Safe Sleep Awareness Month with information on preventing the accidental suffocation of infants.
Connected To Chicago - 10-04-14 Added: 10/3/14 Connected To Chicago - 10-04-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti. He discusses his candidacy for mayor and answers questions including why he is running and what has Rahm done wrong? Would he restore the middleman between the citizens and police that Mayor Daley defunded? His support of an elected school board. How being a lawyer affects his campaign. Does he thing Karen Lewis should jump in the race? Also his views on creating new jobs, his proposal of a commuter tax, and speed enforcement cameras. In the roundtable Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Ray Long of the Tribune. Topics include Obama's recent visit to Chicago and his support of Pat Quinn, the latest in the race for governor and the mayoral race. Then John Dempsey covers the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 12.
Connected To Chicago - 09-27-14 Added: 9/26/14 Connected To Chicago - 09-27-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Illinois Lieutenant Governor Sheila Simon. She discusses her candidacy for State Comptroller as well as issues including her family history. Does having the Simon name pull strings? Does she think the State Comptroller and Treasurers' offices should be merged? She also voices her opinions on domestic violence, term limits, redistricting, and should the position of Lieutenant Governor even exist in Illinois. In the roundtable, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Ray Long of the Tribune, and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times discuss the event that Bill feels was what will be the 2016 senate ballot. Also in light of Friday's incident with air traffic control, should government contract workers be prescreened? Also discussed is the latest in the race for governor and the decimalization of possession of small amounts of illegal drugs. Finally Jennifer Keiper reminds us what happened with the tap water in Toledo, Ohio over the summer and asks what if Chicago's tap water is compromised? Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence cities initiative hosted a water summit at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium this past week where officials talked about protecting and preserving the great lakes.
Connected To Chicago - 09-20-14 Added: 9/19/14 Connected To Chicago - 09-20-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. He speaks about his current health situation and the progress made in lowering crime in the City of Chicago. Bill reviews several ideas to make the city safer suggested by some of the city's aldermen. Has he heard of any ideas that he hasn't yet spoken about? Also Superintendent McCarthy addresses the indictment of Commander Glenn Evans who was accused of placing his gun down the throat of a suspect and if he supports police body cameras. In the roundtable, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Ray Long of the Tribune, and Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times discuss the subpoena that just sent four governors up the river, Quinn and Rauner's political ads, and the first "blooper" of the campaign. Also Senator Dick Durbin reconsidering the tax exempt status of the NFL, Rahm Emanuel proposing a Barack Obama High School near the old Cabrini Green site, and the latest polls showing Quinn out in front. Finally Jennifer Keiper and children's booster seats. President and CEO of Safe Kids, Kate Carr has the information on the appropriate age and size for children to graduate to the regular car seat.