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.
Connected To Chicago - 03-14-15 Added: 3/13/15 Connected To Chicago - 03-14-15 - This week's newsmaker is President of the Illinois state Senate, John Cullerton. He discusses the new state budget, and the initiative for a state tax on services. His also addresses whether there will be reform at the College of DuPage in light of frivolous spending at the institution, and wh0 is his pick for mayor? In the round table, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune from Springfield, John Byrne of the Tribune from City Hall, and Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business. They break down the promises being made by the incumbent mayor and his challenger in the final weeks before the runoff election, the new Illinois budget, the rumors of the Obama's planning on relocating to New York City and how it'd affect the library plans, and is Aaron Schock toast? Then, thousands of Illinois residents could lose their federal health insurance subsidies in a case that is before the U.S. Supreme Court. Jennifer Keiper talks to Rich Umbdenstock, head of the American Hospital Association on the impact of the Supreme Court ruling on Illinoisans. He also talks about openness in hospital pricing, billing and collections. The Supreme Court opinion is expected to be released this summer.
Connected To Chicago - 03-07-15 Added: 3/6/15 Connected To Chicago - 03-07-15 - This week's newsmaker is Illinois State Senator Christine Radogno. She discusses the state budget including its effect on roads and daycare services. What would be the outcome of an Emergency Budget Act? She also addresses the Criminal Justice Reform Initiative, the ongoing crisis at the Department of Children and Family Services, how Rahm's reelection could affect the bond rating, Senator Mark Kirk's reelection in 2016, and what would a millionaire's tax do for the state? In the roundtable joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Bill Cameron discusses Rahm's new ad campaign, Hillary Clinton's emails, and Aaron Schock. Then John Dempsey looks at the 50th anniversary of the Selma Civil Rights March.
Connected To Chicago - 02-28-15 Added: 2/27/15 Connected To Chicago - 02-28-15 - After the results of Tuesday's election the two remaining candidates flocked to Willie Wilson in hopes of an endorsement. Willie Wilson shares his experience of being approached by both Rahm Emanuel and Chuy Garcia with Bill Cameron. Then Bill is joined by authors of the book Corrupt Illinois, Thomas Gradel and Dick Simpson. They discuss who they think is the most corrupt in this state and what leads these officials to dishonesty. In the roundtable, Rahm's handling of the runoff is discussed with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune. Then Nick Gale looks at the "Real ID" mandate by the federal government and where Illinois is at in the process of making state drivers licenses conform to the fed's requirements. Will Illinois residents trying to board flights later this year be denied? Secretary of State Spokesman Dave Drucker says this isn't so and explains why.
Connected To Chicago - 02-21-15 Added: 2/20/15 Connected To Chicago - 02-21-15 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. He addresses some of his accomplishments as mayor including the improvement of the Pullman area and the event there that included President Obama. In the round table, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune from Springfield, John Byrne of the Tribune from City Hall, and Lynn Sweet of The Sun-Times from Washington. They discuss the possible effect of Obama's visit on Rahm Emanuel's campaign just days before the election. Also Governor Rauner's state budget address this past week. Finally, as the Auto Show comes to a close, Jennifer Keiper speaks with Jonathan Honeycutt, Ford's Police Interceptor Marketing Manager about its newest police car, which has been unveiled at the hometown show. The vehicle is built at Ford's South Side Assembly plant and modified across the street from the facility.
Connected To Chicago - 02-14-15 Added: 2/13/15 Connected To Chicago - 02-14-15 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago Mayoral Candidate Chuy Garcia. Bill Cameron asks Garcia how can he beat Rahm's millions of dollars, and his opinion on a proposed commuter tax, how to deal with the city's crime, the disproportionate amount of attention downtown gets compared to the rest of the city, and the idea of having a municipal photo ID card. He also defends his involvement in the property tax increase, and his seemingly illegal $8500 tax exemption. In the Round Table, Governor Rauner's run in with organized labor unions, Mark Kirk's interesting vote on the new defense secretary, and the president and presidential hopeful that are coming to Chicago in the coming weeks. Host Bill Cameron, Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune discuss these stories and more. Then this week we heard of the controversial decision to revoke the Little League championship title from Jackie Robinson West, John Dempsey reflects on the situation's developments.
Connected To Chicago - 02-07-15 Added: 2/6/15 Connected To Chicago - 02-07-15 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago Mayoral Candidate Willie Wilson. He shares his story of his life growing up and what lead him to running for mayor of Chicago. He also discusses his stance on issues such as red light cameras, the Obama presidential library, building a gambling casino in the city, the way the blizzard was handled, and his personal connection to the problem crime in the city. Then we hear from Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan. In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune on the road from Springfield, and from the Sun-Times, Lynn Sweet in Washington and Fran Spielman at City Hall. They discuss the way Rahm Emanuel and the city handled the week's snow removal and the issues of the two mayoral debates including taxes, the "right to work zones," and whether or not the city should use red-light cameras. Finally Nick Gale speaks to Daniel Ash, chief marketing officer for Chicago Community Trust. Earlier this week, the Chicago Community Trust announced that it will launch its Centennial year with the return of On the Table on May 12th - the Trust's 100th anniversary.
On the Table brings together thousands of Chicago-area residents in small groups to share a meal and discuss ways they can work together to make communities stronger, safer, and more dynamic.
Connected To Chicago - 01-31-15 Added: 1/30/15 Connected To Chicago - 01-31-15 -- This week's newsmaker is Chicago Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti. He discusses why he is running and his opinion on the latest polls in the race. He also voices his stance on key issues such as raising property taxes, a commuter tax proposal, hiring more police officers, the crime in the city, and the placement of the Obama library, the George Lucas museum, and a possible casino. In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long of the Tribune. What does it mean that Mitt Romney announced his departure from presidential candidacy? Bruce Rauner is making the tour prior to his State of the State address. What will become of his "Right to Work Zones"? Also remembering "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks, what can political figures learn from him? Then Jennifer Keiper is joined by Jim Chilsen of the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that represents the interests of residential-utility customers of Illinois. He discusses how some power providers will try to use your bill to, without your permission, sign you up with their company. In the end, it can mean higher power rates. Also the installation of new digital meters across Commonweath Edison's territory and what it means for customers.