Connected To Chicago - 01-24-15 Added: 1/23/15 Connected To Chicago - 01-24-15 - This week's newsmaker is Senator Mark Kirk. He and host Bill Cameron discuss his feelings on President Obama threatening to veto his Iran sanctions bill. In the Round Table, Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, from Springfield, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, and from the Sun-Times, Lynn Sweet in Washington and Fran Spielman at City Hall. They discuss what Governor Rauner can accomplish in 6 months, the latest in the mayoral race as well as the fate of the Obama Library, and Lisa Madigan blocking a lottery deal passed in the final weeks of the Quinn administration. Finally, John Dempsey and new legislation that could end red-light cameras in the state.
Connected To Chicago - 01-17-15 Added: 1/16/15 Connected To Chicago - 01-17-15 - This week's newsmaker is Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Host Bill Cameron discusses issues with Preckwinkle such as the Cook County jail system, and specifically the juvenile system, also her views on the mayoral race. Then we hear from political consultant Don Rose who is currently working on the mayoral campaign of Chuy Garcia. In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron is joined by Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, and Ray Long and John Byrne of the Chicago Tribune. They discuss the mayoral race, and also Bruce Rauner becoming Governor Rauner. Then Nick Gale interviews Citizens Utility Board Executive Director Dave Kolata. They talk about the current state of utility bills and the coming legislative session, which will see ComEd try to get additional revenue for its nuclear plants to prolong their lifespan. That would likely create rate hikes for consumers.
Connected to Chicago - 01-09-15 Added: 1/9/15 This week's newsmaker is State Representative, Jack Franks (R-63). Overshadowing the inaugural festivities is whether the new Governor can work with Speaker Madigan and the democrats. But, Representative, Franks says the real question is whether Bruce Rauner can work with his own republicans. The republicans concede they're going to be facing some very tough votes?
In the Round Table, host Bill Cameron along with Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business and Ray Long of the Tribune discuss what they expect from Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner.Republican Bruce Rauner is set to take the reins of the Governor's office on Monday and Ray Long believes that his first major hurdle might be his own republican members of the General Assembly. House leader Mike Madigan has also thrown in last minute legislation that would force Rauner's appointee to the Treasurer's office, (Leslie Munger) to only two years before having to run for election. Greg Heinz has the latest poll data in the race for Mayor of Chicago and it appears that Rahm's approval rating was down to 50%. Greg outlines the demos and possible reasons Rahm's losing voter support.
Then Nick Gale focuses on a collaboration between the Chicago History Museum and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield on a exhibit that looks at some of Lincoln's most influential writing or speeches. While the exhibit is in Springfield, the CHM helped put it together. The segment also looks at the 10th anniversary of the ALPLM which is this year - as is the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and Lincoln's assassination.
Connected To Chicago - 01-03-15 Added: 1/2/15 Connected To Chicago - 01-03-15 - This week's newsmaker is the Republican Leader of the Illinois House of Representatives, Jim Durkin. He explains what we can expect this coming year in Illinois with a divided government for the first time in 12 years. What can we expect from Bruce Rauner? With the start of the New Year we saw a 25% tax cut, how long will it last? Several state budget issues are addressed including the state Medicaid policy, the Department of Children and Family Services, and body cameras on police officers. 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 discuss what they expect from Rauner, the fate of the Obama Presidential Library, and the idea of "mediocrity" in the government. Then Jennifer Keiper is joined by Travis Akin of the Illinois Lawsuit Reform Alliance. The group has released it's 2014-2015 "Judicial Hellhole" report. They talk about what judicial hellholes are, why Madison County, Illinois is on the list, why Cook County has also seen these cases, what reform is needed to cut down on these cases, and how surrounding states - like Indiana and Wisconsin - have made lawsuit reform part of their economic development plans in order to stimulate job growth.
Connected To Chicago - 12-27-14 Added: 12/25/14 Connected To Chicago - 12-27-14 - This week's newsmaker is Amara C. Enyia. She is one of the people calling Mayor Rahm Emanuel "Mayor 1%" Host Bill Cameron discusses the issues she feels the mayoral candidates need to address including the state of the working poor in Chicago. Then the "Topinka Rules" Her Chief of Staff, Nancy Kimme takes us inside the life of the late Comptroller. In the roundtable the show is joined by Hal Dardick of The Chicago Tribune and Natasha Korecki of the Sun-Times. They discuss what to expect in Springfield with Bruce Rauner, the replacement of Judy Baar Topinka, the future state income tax rate, and the mayoral race. Then John Dempsey with the controversy regarding allegations that the Jackie Robinson West Little League All Stars broke the rules concerning the team's boundaries.
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 HealthSystem 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.