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The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.

The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.
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The Morning Shift with Tony Sarabia is a live talk show that airs weekdays from 8:50 to 10 a.m. on WBEZ 91.5FM in Chicago. It offers a dynamic mix of news, culture and music and rely heavily on engagement with you, our listeners, on-air and via social media.




Illinois’ Bottom Line: Pensions

If every state worker entitled to a pension retired today, Illinois would need to pay out a total of $130 billion in pension payments — money that the state says it doesn’t have. Three weeks ahead of Election Day, Laurence Msall, president of the independent research organization Civic Federation, joined Morning Shift to explain the state’s pension crisis — and how the gubernatorial candidates plan to fix it. If every state worker entitled to a pension retired today, Illinois would need to...


Sears Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy

After years of mounting debt and repeated failures to re-invigorate its brand, Hoffman Estates-based Sears filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy early Monday. Its CEO is stepping down, and the company said it would close an additional 142 stores by the end of the year. Sears was one of the most successful American retailers of the 20th century, and for decades, it managed to innovate — growing its business as it morphed from a shopping catalog to downtown department stores to the anchor of...


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: October 12, 2018

It was a big week for political news. The Cook County budget plan was released with county board president Toni Preckwinkle pointing to her tenure to support her run for Chicago mayor. Reporting in the Chicago Tribune shed light on the finances of the two very rich men running for governor of Illinois. And those candidates — Republican Governor Bruce Rauner and his Democratic challenger J.B. Pritzker — met in Quincy, Illinois Thursday night for their third and final debate before the...


President Trump Again Taking Aim At Immigrants

Monring Shift takes a look at a new Trump Administration proposal that takes aim at immigrants who use public benefits.


US Department of Justice Doesn't Want Chicago Police Department Reform

Morning Shift talks with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, advocates of Chicago Police reform, and Chicago Tribune reporter Dan Hinkel about US Attorney General Jeff Sessions' announcement of the DOJ's opposition to and possible intervention of Chicago Police reform efforts


U-S Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh Could Play Important Role in Shaping the Future of U-S Immigration Policy

Where does new U-S Supreme Court Justice stand on U-S immigration law and policy? An immigration attorney shares her thoughts.


A Chicago Country Artist and the Sister of an Early Rock n Roll Pioneer Team Up to Make Something Wild! Wild! Wild!

Musicians Linda Gail Lewis and Robbie Fulks talk about making their first full length album together: Wild! Wild! Wild!


The Midterm Elections and The State of Illinois' Healthcare System

Voters head to the polls in just over a month and there are a lot of issues to consider- from health care and the economy to taxes and education. With that in mind, we've got a series of conversations we’re calling “Illinois: The Bottom Line. It’s based on the idea that the only way we can create a brighter future for both the state...and individual by addressing the bottom line. As part of the series, we’ll unravel the state’s complicated finances. And we’ll talk pocketbook...


Chicago Area Public Transit Taking a Hit Due To More Telecommuters

Chicago Tribune transportation columnist Mary Wisniewski breaks down a new Census Bureau survey that shows more people are telecommuting, and when they aren't they are still using their car over public transit to head to the office.


Getting Thru The Kavanaugh Confirmation- Especially as a Survivor of Sexual Assault

As news networks dedicated wall-to-wall coverage to the allegations against Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network experienced a 147 percent increase in calls to its sexual assault hotline. The organization also warned it was "experiencing unprecedented wait times for our online chat." An estimated 20 million people watched as Dr. Christine Blasey Ford gave her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Some viewers took to social...


Gov. Bruce Rauner Calls For Investigation Into Kavanaugh Allegations

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican who is vying for a second term in November, appeared on WBEZ’s Morning Shift today. He sat down with host Jenn White, and took questions from callers. You can listen to audio of the entire interview here, and we’ve highlighted seven takeaways from his nearly 30-minute interview. 1. Rauner said the U.S. Senate should delay a vote on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court until sexual assault allegations against him from Dr....


Gery Chico To Run For Chicago Mayor...Again

If at first you don’t succeed, give it another try. That’s what Attorney Gery Chico is doing. Chico launched his second bid for Chicago mayor Thursday- after a run in 2011 against Mayor Emanuel- who recently said he wouldn’t seek a third term.


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: Sept. 21, 2018

The prosecution has rested its case in the murder trial for Chicago Police officer Jason Van Dyke who is charged with killing 17-year-old Laquan McDonald in 2014. Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle on Thursday announced she is running for mayor, weeks after Rahm Emanuel announced he would not seek a third term in office. Bill Daley and his former chief of staff Gery Chico also joined the race. Disgraced former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge died at age 70. Gov. Bruce Rauner and...


Chicago Could Have Another Mayor Named Daley

After saying he would never again run for public office following his short lived 2014 run for Illinois governor, Bill Daley has thrown his hat into the race for Chicago mayor. If victorious in February, he'd be the third Daley mayor, following in the footsteps of his brothers Richard M. and his father Richard J. Daley.


New Book Explores The American Culture Of Fear In Parenthood

In 2011, Kim Brooks found herself having a warrant out for her arrest. Why? Well, her 4-year old son asked if he could stay in the car while she made a quick run into Target. While making her quick Target run and leaving her 4-year-old behind, a bystander filmed her leaving her car and sent it to police. This incident lead Brooks to write her first nonfiction book, “Small Animals: Parenthood in the Age of Fear.” The Morning Shift sits down with Brooks to break down her outlook on America’s...


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: September 14, 2018

It’s been a big week -- you could say a historic week in Chicago, especially on the criminal justice front. Jury selection has wrapped up in the murder trial of Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke, and we should find out later this morning whether he opts for that jury — or a judge — to decide his fate. Meanwhile, a final draft of the consent decree that will govern reforms at the Chicago Police Department has been filed. As part of our Friday News Roundup, we’ll bring you up to...


Festival To Celebrate South Side’s Creative Spirit

Cultural organizations like the Hyde Park Arts Center, Stony Island Arts Bank and the DuSable Museum of African American History are teaming up this weekend for a series of events highlighting creativity on Chicago’s South Side. The daylong event — called “Celebrating South Side Stories” — will feature musical performances, storytelling, museum tours, and even a collage-making workshop. Morning Shift talks to two of the creative people who are participating in the extravaganza about their...


How Strong Social Ties Can Fight Inequality, Polarization

In a recent New York Times op-ed, sociologist Eric Klinenberg writes that in order to restore civil society, there’s no better place to start than with your local public library. “Libraries are being disparaged and neglected at precisely the moment when they are most valued and necessary,” Klinenberg writes. The piece is adapted from his new book Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization and the Decline of Civic Life. Ji Suk Yi of the...


Van Dyke Trial Gets Underway With Jury Selection

Dozens of people — from a pool of 200 potential jurors — will be questioned by attorneys on both sides in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke trial this week. Van Dyke is the white officer who fatally shot black Chicago teen Laquan McDonald in October 2014. Prosecutors and defense attorneys hope to get to heart of the matter: Will the potential jurors be able to give Van Dyke a fair trial? Morning Shift talks to Andrea Lyon, professor of law at Valparaiso University,...


WBEZ’s Chicago And Illinois News Roundup: September 7, 2018

When the week got started, it seemed like the biggest story—hands-down—would be testimony by Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the Senate Judiciary committee. But at least locally, a bombshell announcement Tuesday morning, quickly upended that narrative. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel gave a brief but emotional press conference announcing to that he will not seek a third term in office. So, what does his surprise decision mean for the City of Chicago during the rest of his time in...