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.
Connected To Chicago - 04-19-15 Added: 4/17/15 Connected To Chicago - 04-19-15 - This week John Dempsey sits in for Bill Cameron and hosts the newsmaker interview featuring State Senator Daniel Biss. They go in depth discussing the state pension problems and address the numerous ways these pensions are being reformed. In the roundtable, John Dempsey is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Carol Felsenthal of Chicago Magazine. They discuss the recent racially charged comments made by Senator Mark Kirk and how it might affect his reelection in 2016. On the topic of that election, are there any other democrats willing to run against Tammy Duckworth in the primary? What's the latest on Aaron Schock charges? Which of the parks would be a better location for the Obama Library? What will become of Barbara Byrd Bennett and should Chicago Public School be allowed to file for bankruptcy? Then Nick Gale focuses on the 150 anniversaries of the end of the Civil War and the death/assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. Chris Wills, spokesman for the Illinois Historical Preservation Agency as well as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield talks about previous events that commemorated the anniversary of the Civil War over the past 4 years and future events to wrap up the commemoration.
Connected To Chicago - 04-12-15 Added: 4/11/15 Connected To Chicago - 04-12-15 - This week's newsmaker interview features David Axelrod. He discusses his book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics as well as lessons he's learned from the mayoral election, and the future he predicts for Rahm Emanuel. 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 Rahm's election win this past week and how he will combat Governor Bruce Rauner. Also Senator Mark Kirk's reelection chances, and problems for Hillary in a presidential campaign. Then Nick Gale has a recap of the tornadoes that hit on Thursday with comments by Governor Bruce Rauner and tornado survivor Raymond Kramer. Martha Carlos of the American Red Cross of Chicago and Northern Illinois, which is coordinating some of the recover efforts, talks about immediate needs of the affected residents and the importance of being prepared and having a plan in the event that disaster strikes.
Connected To Chicago - 04-05-15 Added: 4/3/15 Connected To Chicago - 04-05-15 - This week's newsmaker interview features Chuy Garcia. With just days before the election Bill Cameron asks him what he learned from this campaign with Rahm. He also covers how Garcia plans to fill holes in the budget taking into account his plans to hire 1000 more police officers and eliminate red light enforcement cameras. With the CTA expected to lose considerable state funding, what is his plan to avoid fare hikes? And would he allow the George Lucas museum to leave Chicago if it would demand lake front real estate? 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 who they feel will win the election, and Obama's new Iran deal and the analogy that Senator Mark Kirk used to describe the deal. Speaking of Kirk, will he be defeated Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth in 2016? And the controversy of religious objection this past week. Then John Dempsey looks at the CTA second chance program.
Connected To Chicago - 03-29-15 Added: 3/27/15 Connected To Chicago - 03-29-15 - The Chicago mayoral runoff election is quickly approaching and returning as this week's newsmaker is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Bill asks him the tough questions of the race and tests his confidence in defeating his opponent, Commissioner Jesus Garcia. In the roundtable, Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business and Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune discuss Chuy's strong performance at this week's debate and his attack on Rahm's self image. Also the continuing state budget issue, Dick Durbin is number 2 in the Democrat caucus, and Aaron Shock equating himself to Lincoln as he departs his public office. Then Jennifer Keiper speaks with Ben Corey of the American Red Cross. He talks about the urgent need to restock blood supply shelves after a harsh winter, what types are needed, how you can give and who is eligible.
Connected To Chicago - 03-21-15 Added: 3/20/15 Connected To Chicago - 03-21-15 - This week's newsmaker is State Representative Elaine Nekritz. She discusses pension reform and how will they pass it, as well as who is responsible for the poor state they are in. She also speaks with Bill about what revenue producing items she supports. How does she feel about a service tax, or a city casino? We hear the latest on Medicade cuts and prison reform. In the roundtable, Aaron Schock is under attack by the federal government, what a retired teachers' union lobbyist did that's making news, the Israeli election, mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia's change in stance on a city casino, and one of the Obama's close friends buying property in Hawaii. 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. Then Nick Gale focuses on bills in the state House and Senate that would create age appropriate sentencing discretion for judges and would also provide for reviews of juvenile offenders. Supporters of the measure say it would help with Governor Bruce Rauner's ambitions to deal with overcrowding at state prisons and bring Illinois into Compliance with US Supreme Court rulings.