Law enforcement unravel elaborate mob scheme07/29/14
Country clubs, shady lawyers, fake cops, mobsters and Mexican cartels, those are all of the elements of a recent story that could have been ripped from a Martin Scorsese film. Four Chicago men and one woman, with reputed ties to the Outfit, have been...
Derrick Rose impresses at training camp for Team USA
The national media is all about Chicago superstar Derrick Rose. ESPN had a huge package on Rose last night and it tells you how starved the national sports media is to see a healthy Derrick Rose. WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout joins us to discuss Rose's...
This is Spinal Tap in Millennium Park
It's the 30th anniversary of the mockumentary(or rockumentary) This is Spinal Tap. WBEZ's Sound Opinions co-host, Jim DeRogotis, interviewed Rob Reiner about his first film. Derogotis joins us to discuss the film and Sound Opinion's screening in...
The two largest real estate sites merge
The news that Zillow has acquired Trulia for $3.5 billion brings together the two largest digital real estate sites. Together the giant could control nearly 70% of all online real estate searches. Dennis Rodkin, of Chicago Crain's Business, joins us...
Chicago's surveillance camera under scrutiny
Chicago officials may think that Chicago Transit Authority cameras are responsible for the drop in crime on the “L” and CTA buses, but not everyone is happy with the city’s expansive network of surveillance cameras. In fact the ACLU of Illinois labels...
What's next for the Goodman's Brigadoon?
The Goodman Theater currently is staging the musical, “Brigadoon”, which has already been extended twice. It’s on stage in Chicago until August 17th. But what’s next for the musical? Goodman's Executive Director, Roche Shulfer, who has shepherded over...
Shadowy political group propping up Rauner's campaign
Republican candidates Bruce Rauner, Illinois, and David Perdue, in Georgia, have a few things in common. They’re both former businessmen without any previous political experience. Both are also clients of political strategist Nick Ayers and they both...
Inside Common Core
Have you ever wanted to take a peek inside what the new Common Core Standards for elementary and high school students entails? WBEZ’s Becky Vevea gives us first-hand knowledge on what the teaching sounds like in schools throughout the region.
Water Tower Park to be renamed Jane Byrne Plaza
The Chicago City Council's Finance Committee voted today to rename Water Tower Park after Chicago's first, and so far only, female mayor, Jane Byrne. WBEZ's Lauren Chooljian was at the committee's hearing today and she joins us to discuss. Photo...
Congressional panel targets Bobby Rush
The House Ethics Committee announced it is looking at Democrat Congressman Bobby Rush. They wouldn’t disclose details, but it comes on the heels of a BGA/Chicago Sun-Times investigation into Rush’s handling of a million dollar grant. Andy Shaw,...
Chicago progressives form new coalition
A new progressive coalition has been formed to counter policies of the current administration. United Working Families, comprised of community and labor groups, including Action Now, the Chicago Teachers Union and Grassroots Illinois Action says it...
Study says talking to strangers is good for you
If you’re one of those people who declines to talk to strangers on the “el” you may be going about life all wrong. That’s according to a new study from the University of Chicago, which was recently published in The Journal of Experimental Psychology....
School age children aren't getting enough sleep
Many kids will start school in the next few weeks and that means no more sleeping in. But some experts and parents are trying to get kids more shut-eye year-round. They say it could help lower the risk of behavioral issues, obesity and low academic...
Chicagoans continue to protest the Israel-Gaza conflict
Last night, the United Nations Security Council called for an "immediate and unconditional" cease-fire in Gaza. But despite that call, the fighting continues today. And according to NPR, Israel is shrugging off international pressure and protest to...
Local politicians argue over how to combat Chicago's violence
Over the last few weeks we’ve discussed how the gunfire in our neighborhoods has given Chicago a new name, "Chiraq." We’ve explored some of the causes of violence and some resources in place to help victims deal with the aftermath of gun violence....
Heat Wave: Protecting seniors from harsh weather
Every time the weather gets hot we hear the phrase “Check on Your Neighbor." We hear that now because during the 1995 heatwave, many of the more than 700 fatalities were among our elderly population. All this month, we’ve been talking about that...
Chicago MLB players inducted into Hall of Fame
A new class of Major League Baseball players will be inducted into the Hall of Fame and the connections to Chicago are huge. White Sox slugger Frank Thomas, one time Cubs pitcher Greg Maddux and former White Sox Manager Tony LaRussa will all enter the...
Chris Christie comes to Chicago in suppor of Rauner
It’s Chris Christie day in Chicago. The New Jersey Governor is in town tonight to campaign and raise money for Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner. WBEZ’s Tony Arnold talks about Christie's fifth visit to Chicago as governor. Photo...
Ride-along looks at understaffed police department in Gary, Indiana
A 25 year old Gary, Indiana man made his first court appearance today on charges that he murdered a police officer. The man is facing up to 65 years in prison and possibly the death penalty for allegedly killing Gary Patrolman Jeffrey Westerfield....
CBX Terminals threatening to sue city over pet. coke deadline
CBX Terminals is the firm that stores petroleum coke on Chicago’s SouthEast side. The firm is controlled by industrialists, Charles and David Koch, also known as the Koch Brothers. CBX Terminals has been forced by the city and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to...
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