The Wintrust Business Lunch with John Williams from WGN Radio 720
The Wintrust Business Lunch with John Williams from WGN Radio 720
Segment 1: WGN Business reporter Steve Alexander gives us a brief market update and the top business headlines of the day.
Segment 2: Joan E. Solsman, Senior Reporter, CNET, chats with John about a variety of tech stories including people that are bent on spoiling the daily game phenom Wordle, Google being sued over location data, Neil Young pulling his music from Spotify in protest of the popular Joe Rogan podcast, and the SAT going digital.
Segment 3: Dave Masa, Co-founder, Radon Reduction Systems, tells John about Radon Awareness Week, what we need to know about radon, why it’s important to test your home for radon, how often we should do a radon test, how unsafe levels of radon in your home could lead to lung cancer, and how you mitigate radon in your house.
Segment 4: WGN reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including Rivian resuming production at its downstate Normal plant and U.S. rent prices rising sharply in 2021.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3918407/3918407_2022-01-27-203207.128.mp3
Jan 27 2022
Segment 1: Nationally syndicated financial columnist and author Terry Savage joins John to talk about the continued volatility in the stock market and why things have been so up and down recently. Also joining John and Terry is money manager Dr. Bob Froehlich, who predicted that the Dow will be over 40,000 by the end of 2021. Dr. Bob offers his bullish prediction for the end of 2022. And, as always, Terry answers all of your financial questions.
Segment 2: Dale Buss, veteran financial journalist and founder and executive director of The Flyover Coalition, joins John to talk about Intel’s decision to put a chip plant in Ohio, on the outskirts of Columbus.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3917627/3917627_2022-01-26-234527.128.mp3
Jan 26 2022
Segment 3: Tom Fortino, Founder and Principal, Alpha Wealth Group, joins John to break down the wild ride the stock market has been on the last couple of days and what that means for long-term investors.
Segment 4: WGN Reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including O’Hare and Midway airports lagging behind other major airports as the industry recovers from the pandemic, GM spending $6.6 billion at a Michigan plant in a bid to dethrone Tesla in the EV market, and Bob Dylan selling his entire catalog of recorded music to Sony.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3917148/3917148_2022-01-25-210648.128.mp3
Jan 25 2022
Segment 1: Ilyce Glink, owner of Think Glink Media and Best Money Moves, joins John to talk about the stock market dropping today and what it might mean to your investments, the cryptcurrency market having some trouble, and a partnership between Allstate and John Hancock that will reward safe drivers with cheaper life insurance.
Segment 2: Chicago Inno‘s Senior Editor Jim Dallke tells John about the latest in startup innovation including a beef jerky startup raised $80 million in funding, a new vegan cookie company inspired by Jamaican roots, and a Chicago startup that provides robots to companies on demand raising $27 million.
Segment 3: WGN Reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including the U.S. greenlighting test apprenticeship program to allow teens to drive big-rig trucks, another TV character having a heart attack on a Peloton bike, and the likelihood we see higher orange prices.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3916656/3916656_2022-01-24-214056.128.mp3
Jan 24 2022
Segment 1: Jared Dillian, Best selling financial author and host of the “Be Smart: How Not to Be an Idiot with your Money podcast, joins John to talk about some important tips for saving for retirement, the importance for paying off your debt, and the value of a college education.
Segment 2: Dr. Amar Pattani, Family Dentist at Main Street Smiles at 312 W Main Street in Barrington, talks to John about how his office has been handling business amid the COVID pandemic, how to develop good oral hygiene habits in young children, and the benefits of implants.
Segment 3: CD Young, Owner/CEO, Spirit Elephant Restaurant, tells John about her amazing vegan restaurant in Winnetka, some of the dishes they serve, their plans for expansion later this year, and why eating plant-based is gaining popularity.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3916106/3916106_2022-01-21-214806.128.mp3
Jan 21 2022
Segment 1: Jason Turner, Chief Investment Strategist for Wintrust Wealth Management, joins John to talk about the high inflation we are seeing, where we are seeing higher prices, the jump in weekly jobless claims, and the likelihood we see oil at $100 a barrel in the near future.
Segment 2: Joan E. Solsman, Senior Reporter, CNET, chats with John about a variety of tech stories including Microsoft striking a megadeal to buy video-game giant Activision Blizzard, Democrats targeting online “surveillance” advertising with a new bill, Instagram beginning a minuscule test of Subscriptions, and why high-speed 5G mobile signals causing cancelled flights all over the US?
Segment 4: WGN reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including Tom Cruise movie producers signing a deal with Axiom to build a studio in orbit, Amazon opening a clothing store, and Oscar Mayer’s bologna face mask selling out.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3915587/3915587_2022-01-20-224227.128.mp3
Jan 20 2022
Segment 1: Nationally syndicated financial columnist and author Terry Savage joins John to talk about the volatility in the stock market, the Navient student loan settlement, gold being up today, and inflation still rearing its ugly head. Terry also answers all of your financial questions.
Segment 2: John Sewter, of Chicago Pet Transport, tells John about their business, how the business began, the services they provide, how much a typical ride costs, and how business has been through the pandemic.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3915127/3915127_2022-01-19-234327.128.mp3
Jan 19 2022
Segment 2: Emma Cosgrove, Senior Retail Reporter on Insider’s Transportation Team, tells John about DoorDash’s latest push for delivery dominance, and how small retailers are craving Amazon and Walmart’s power to avoid supply chain chaos.
Segment 3: Chicago Inno‘s Senior Editor Jim Dallke tells John about the latest in startup innovation including Chicago startups raising $7 billion in venture funding last year, and Foxtrot raising $100M to bring its corner stores to more cities.
Segment 4: WGN Reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including Microsoft buying gaming company Activision, and airlines warning of disruptions caused by 5G near major airports.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3914619/3914619_2022-01-18-212519.128.mp3
Jan 18 2022
Segment 1: Ilyce Glink, owner of Think Glink Media and Best Money Moves, joins John to talk about the world’s richest 10 men doubling their fortunes during the pandemic, and why the gap in in credit access is growing along racial lines. Ilyce also talks about her Money & Credit and her Home Seller Resolutions for 2022.
Segment 2: Scott Frank, Head Brewer, and Steve Milford, General Manager, Double Clutch Brewing Company, tell John about their new brewery in Evanston, the unique car collection they have on site, how long they have been open, the homemade pub fare that they serve, and the beer they offer that focuses on German lagers and other styles from continental Europe.
Segment 3: WGN reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including flights being canceled due to severe weather, Peloton tacking on major fees citing supply chain issues, Netflix raising price, and the Betty White challenge raising money for animals on what would be her 100th birthday.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3914197/3914197_2022-01-17-213037.128.mp3
Jan 17 2022
Segment 1: Steven Esposito, Executive Director, Wealth Advisor, Senior Portfolio Management Director, Morgan Stanley, joins John to talk about the volatile stock market this week, the rotation that is happening right now, retail sales dropping in December, supply chain constraints continuing, his thoughts on when we might see inflation come down, and why he believes the economy is going to be strong in 2022.
Segment 2: Tax attorney Steven Leahy tells John what we need to know about your taxes if you use payment apps like Venmo or Cash App.
Segment 3: Barry Sorkin, owner, Smoque BBQ, joins John to talk about his goal of bringing great barbecue to Chicago, bringing together a number of different styles of barbecue to create something entirely unique and delicious, how they have been able to run their business amid the pandemic, and how they will be celebrating their 15th anniversary this weekend.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3913707/3913707_2022-01-14-205907.128.mp3
Jan 14 2022
Segment 1: John Bever, Financial Advisor, Phase 3 Advisory Services, joins John to talk about the current state of the labor market, how wages aren’t keeping up with inflation, why he believes the Fed is between a rock and hard place, and where he believes the markets will go in 2022.
Segment 2: Laura Huatala, Senior Writer, CNET, chats with John about a variety of tech stories including how much time we are spending looking at our mobile phones, the amount of misinformation on YouTube and what is being done to combat it, and the social pressures that are popping up with Apple’s messaging service.
Segment 4: WGN reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including wholesale prices jumping a record 9.7% in 2021, Walgreens confirming it is exploring a sale of Boots, QR code criminal activity rising, and a Chicago crypto startup Zero Hash raising $105 million.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3913545/3913545_2022-01-14-154545.128.mp3
Jan 13 2022
Segment 1: Nationally syndicated financial columnist and author Terry Savage joins John to talk about the consumer price index rising 7% in December from a year earlier, and what you should be doing with your money due to soaring inflation. Also joining the conversation is Eric Smith, spokesperson for the IRS, who tells us what you need to know about filing your 2021 tax return.
Segment 2: Sam Alex, Host & Executive Producer, The Sam Alex Show, Founder & Director, Camp Broadcast, tells John about what Camp Broadcast does, and an upcoming concert to benefit Camp Broadcast happening this Sunday at Pinstripes in South Barrington @ 4pm. You can buy tickets here.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3912893/3912893_2022-01-12-233633.128.mp3
Jan 12 2022
Segment 3: Natalie Bushaw, Life Time, Vice President Public Relations & Corporate Communications, joins John to talk about a new fitness center that just opened in River North, the other locations they have throughout the Chicago area, how many people they employ at the new location, some of the services they are offering, and how COVID has impacted the health club industry.
Segment 4: WGN Reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including United cutting flights as nearly half of their workers are out with COVID, the IRS worrying about a difficult tax season, and Bank of America cutting bounced check fees and overdraft charges.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3912387/3912387_2022-01-11-210127.128.mp3
Jan 11 2022
Segment 1: Ilyce Glink, owner of Think Glink Media and Best Money Moves, joins John to talk about the stock market being down, how the pandemic has been impacting the economy throughout the first week of the year, Goldman Sachs saying the Federal Reserve might have to raise interest rates 4 times in 2022, the housing market continuing to be strong, and how much climate change costs us both financially and emotionally.
Segment 2: Chicago Inno‘s Senior Editor Jim Dallke tells John about the latest in startup innovation including a Cameo competitor appearing on ‘Shark Tank,’ a startup making a quantum computing chip relocating its HQ to Chicago, and and a Chicago health kiosk company Higi being acquired.
Segment 3: WGN Reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including how omicron is causing angst among testing and supplies companies, an Oregon distributor issuing a recall for more than 14 tons of ground beef impacting the western U.S., and some of the weirdest products coming out of CES.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3911971/3911971_2022-01-10-212311.128.mp3
Jan 10 2022
Segment 1: Michael Miller, Associate Professor of Economics at DePaul University, joins John to talk about the health of the current labor market, the December jobs report, and the historically low interest rates we are seeing.
Segment 2: Rob Fink, CEO and co-founder of Big Drop Brewing, tells John about their non-alcoholic beer, what separates their product from other NA beers, and a bunch of events they are having to celebrate Dry January.
Segment 3: Dennis Rodkin, residential real estate reporter for Crain’s, joins John to talk about the Chicago area real estate market, the downtown condo market, if crime is impacting the Chicago housing market, and the recent sale of a home in Hyde Park that is the highest price home sale south of Roosevelt Road.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3911389/3911389_2022-01-07-201329.128.mp3
Jan 07 2022
Segment 2: Joan E. Solsman, Senior Reporter, CNET, chats with John about a variety of tech stories including CES kicking off in Las Vegas, TikTok looking to expand to your gym, Instagram’s chronological feed coming back, and Netflix’s biggest binges over the holidays.
Segment 3: Áine Cain, Senior Reporter for Business Insider, joins John to talk about Walmart doubling down on its in-home delivery service and how big box retailers are dealing with supply chain issues and the rise of the omicron variant.
Segment 4: WGN reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including Sony entering the EV game, Coca-Cola releasing a boozy Fresca, and Taco Bell launching a taco subscription service.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3910690/3910690_2022-01-06-234030.128.mp3
Jan 06 2022
Segment 1: Nationally syndicated financial columnist and author Terry Savage joins John to talk about why now is the time to start thinking about filing your 2021 income taxes. Terry also answers all of your financial questions.
Segment 2: Abigail Ingram, Director of the Women in Entrepreneurship Institute at DePaul University, talks to John about what the institute does, and if 2022 is going to be a great year to start your own business.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3910266/3910266_2022-01-05-212906.128.mp3
Jan 05 2022
Segment 2: Chris Petrone, Assistant General Manager at Cultivate by Forbidden Root, tells John about the new restaurant that recently opened in Ravenswood, some of the items they will be serving, the beer that they are especially proud of, their vegetarian and vegan forward menu, the grand opening of a new taproom and how it has been going since Chicago’s vaccination mandate.
Segment 4: WGN Reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including data from moving companies say more people left Illinois last year than moved in, Toyota dethroning GM as the top US automaker in 2021, a record 4.5M people quit their jobs in November in the US, and classic BlackBerry phones no longer working.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3909827/3909827_2022-01-04-201027.128.mp3
Jan 04 2022
Segment 1: Ilyce Glink, owner of Think Glink Media and Best Money Moves, joins John to talk about how the market continues to remain strong, the median home sale price rising 14.6% year over year to a new all-time high of $361,171 during the four-week period ending December 26th, and the new Holiday Debt Report from LendingTree found that more than a third of consumers incurred holiday debt this season.
Segment 2: Mohammad Gaber, CEO, GoGetDoc, tells John about how the verification service VaxYES provides digital vaccine passport technology as we enter a new phase of vaccine mandates in Chicago and Cook County.
Segment 3: WGN Reporter and Crain’s Daily Gist host Amy Guth gives us a round-up of the latest business stories including the ongoing issues with delayed and cancelled flights, Sweetgreen rolling out a new subscription program to woo new customers, and what’s happening at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show.https://serve.castfire.com/audio/3909132/3909132_2022-01-03-211432.128.mp3
Jan 03 2022
Segment 1: Junior Economic Policy Reporter, Jason Lalljee, talks to John about the increase in price in the heating market.
Segment 2: CNET Editor at Large, Ian Sherr, joins John to discuss why people are leaving their jobs and why businesses are dropping out of the Consumer Electronics Show.
Segment 3: Economist, Futurist, and workforce expert, Rebecca Ryan, talks to John about how to find the job that’s right for you and how businesses will look different in 2030.
Segment 4: WGN Radio reporter Amy Guth joins John to discuss her favorite stories of the year, including cybersecurity and e-commerce.
Dec 31 2021