Connected To Chicago - 12-20-14 Added: 12/19/14 Connected To Chicago - 12-20-14 - On this day in 1976, former mayor Richard J. Daley died at his doctor's office. Host Bill Cameron narrates highlights of his career covering the mayor and gives insight of the impression he made on the city. In the roundtable the show is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and sports analyst Cheryl Raye-Stout. Topics discussed include the appointment of a new state comptroller and the political ramifications surrounding it, and the latest in Chicago sports happenings, both the bad and the good. Finally Jennifer Keiper is joined by Dr. Jay Goldstein with Northshore University Health System talking about a condition called gastro-esophageal reflux disease or "gerd."
Connected To Chicago - 12-13-14 Added: 12/12/14 Connected To Chicago - 12-13-14 - This week we remember Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka. Host Bill Cameron is joined by Electron Board Chairman Langdon Neal. They discuss the new elections law including its policy on same day registration and early voting, and automatic registration information updates when a voter moves. They also address the voter turnout of the last election, the youth involvement in elections, and the future of electronic voting. In the roundtable the show is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Hal Dardick and Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune. They share their memories of Judy Baar Topinka and ask the question of who will replace her? Also is mayoral candidate Chuy Garcia ready for rime time? Then Nick Gale looks at the political career of Topinka and some of the tributes by other politicians.
Connected To Chicago - 12-06-14 Added: 12/5/14 Connected To Chicago - 12-06-14 - This week's newsmaker is the Illinois State Senator from Palatine, Matt Murphy. He and host Bill Cameron discuss the passing of the 70 mile per hour speed limit being brought to the Chicago area toll ways. They also cover the minimum wage increase, the eavesdropping bill tied to body cameras on police officers and the growing concern of watching the police. What is the fate of the 5% state income tax rate next year? What's his opinion on early voting and the same day voting registration? And bobcat hunting, why is it necessary? In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron is joined by Fran Spielman of the Sun-Times from the city hall press room, and Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune from Springfield. Then, with the holidays here, Jennifer Keiper covers consumer confidence, what economists expect from us this holiday shopping season, what Chicagoans are buying, and retailer trends in trying to attract us to spend our money.
Connected To Chicago - 11-29-14 Added: 11/29/14 Connected To Chicago - 11-29-14 -- This week's newsmaker is Senator Mark Kirk. He gives his insight on the situation in Ferguson, Missouri and his feelings toward a civilian police force versus a military police force. He also discusses the issue of street violence in Chicago, President Obama's recent executive order on immigration, why Chuck Hagel left his position as Secretary of Defense, a growing nuclear threat in Iran, and his potential for reelection in 2016. 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 on President Obama being heckled in Chicago while speaking on immigration, Chuck Hagel's fate based on his counterterrorism views, and an update on Governor Elect Bruce Rauner. Then, with the holidays fast approaching, Jennifer Keiper addresses the issue of unsafe toys.
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.