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Each weekend, Bill Cameron sits down one on one with the major Chicago newsmakers of the week. Following the newsmaker interview, Bill moderates a panel discussion of Chicago's best and brightest political minds of the week's news and happenings.

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Each weekend, Bill Cameron sits down one on one with the major Chicago newsmakers of the week. Following the newsmaker interview, Bill moderates a panel discussion of Chicago's best and brightest political minds of the week's news and happenings.

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Democrats in the media

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But I repeat myself. This week in the Queenie and Jellybean KissAss chorus, no mention of the biggest news story- Larry Lightfoot throwing her new Police Commissioner under the bus for the Memorial Day weekend body count. The guy has been on the job for less than 2 months. And Larry expects loyalty from this guy? I think he’s learned how she rolls. Also, all members of the chorus were very proud of their association with Northwestern. They all went to the same school and think the same way. It’s the same for the rest of the Chicago Media. Have a drink, Rick.

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Democrats in the media

By nittanylion91 - May 29 2020
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But I repeat myself. This week in the Queenie and Jellybean KissAss chorus, no mention of the biggest news story- Larry Lightfoot throwing her new Police Commissioner under the bus for the Memorial Day weekend body count. The guy has been on the job for less than 2 months. And Larry expects loyalty from this guy? I think he’s learned how she rolls. Also, all members of the chorus were very proud of their association with Northwestern. They all went to the same school and think the same way. It’s the same for the rest of the Chicago Media. Have a drink, Rick.
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Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron

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Each weekend, Bill Cameron sits down one on one with the major Chicago newsmakers of the week. Following the newsmaker interview, Bill moderates a panel discussion of Chicago's best and brightest political minds of the week's news and happenings.

Rank #1: Connected To Chicago (05/24/20) - Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Todd Maisch. Reopening Business in Illinois.

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Connected To Chicago (05/24/20) - John Dempsey filling in talks to Illinois Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Todd Maisch about safely reopening businesses in Illinois. In the round table discussion Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune and Heather Cherone of WTTW, talk about Chicago Mayor, Lori Lightfoot's decision to delay the reopening of some Chicago businesses and public areas. Lauren Cohn talks to Leo Friedman, Co-Founder and CEO of iPromo about how he has been rebuilding his business after COVID changed the demands for his companies product lines which include PPE products. Friedman also has 3 tips for making sure the safety products you purchase are actually safe and the suppliers are reliable.

May 22 2020

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Rank #2: Connected to Chicago (08-04-2019) Special Guest-Richard Boykin

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Joining the show this week Richard Boykin. Boykin is a former Cook County Commissioner, and considering a run for State’s Attorney to replace Kim Foxx. John and Richard discuss crime in Chicago, The Jussie Smollett case, and defending the rights of crime victim families. Boykin criticizes Foxx, and explains how he might run for State’s Attorney.

Aug 02 2019

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Rank #3: Connected to Chicago (12/29/19) – Aspects of Trump, 2019 Political Highlights, and Looking Into the 2020 Crystal Ball.

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Connected to Chicago (12/29/19) – Aspects of Trump, 2019 Political Highlights, and Looking Into the 2020 Crystal Ball.

Mike reviews some of the facts and testimony presented as evidence during the House impeachment hearings. Is there enough proof on the 2 articles of impeachment? Why stop at only 2 charges? Have the democrats done enough to persuade the American people to swing their votes to the left in next year’s elections. Will the House stay a Democrat majority and are there enough vulnerable seats in the Senate to change the majority control?

In this week’s round table segment, Bill is joined by Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Topics include reviewing the many accomplishments being touted by Mayor Lori Lightfoot. Looking into the crystal ball to see who will Heather & Lynn believe might be the Democratic candidate for President in 2020.

Then Lauren Cohn finds out about Christopher House, a family of schools working to provide education to families who need early head start learning. The schools provide additional care for low-income / at-risk children so they succeed in school, the workplace, and life. Their support starts with per-kindergarten readiness and continues through the 8th grade. Board Chair, Dee Dee Chesley explains their services and school programs.

Dec 27 2019

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Rank #4: Connected to Chicago (01-13-2019)

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Joining the show this week is Jim Durkin. Durkin is the Illinois House Republican Leader. Bill and Jim discuss what to expect with the new Illinois Governor administration starting 1/14. Topics include a proposed graduated income tax hike, recreational marijuana, and the possibility of a Chicago casino.

In this week’s round table segment Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune,Greg Hinz of Crains, Heather Cherone of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The round table begins with an update on the Mayoral race. Toni Preckwinkle gets criticism for a new campaign ad, J.B Pritzker takes the oath of office and becomes the new Governor of Illinois on Monday 1/14, and how has the partial Government shut down affected us here locally in Chicago.

This week’s community spotlight segment is with Nick Gale.

The American Society of Civil Engineers has given Illinois a “C-” on their Infrastructure Report Card. Kristina Swallow, the society’s past-president, says there are problems with bridges and roads and there is a need for funding for future aviation growth.

Jan 11 2019

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Rank #5: Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx joins the show

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This week on Connected To Chicago Bill talks with Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Fox. The conversation opens up with what she expects to achieve if elected to a 2nd term as State’s Attorney, Reducing violent crime, moving to vacate convictions of marijuana offenders, and The Jussie Smollett case.

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Oct 25 2019

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Rank #6: Connected to Chicago (05-31-2020) Special Guest-Congressman Adam Kinzinger

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Bill Cameron welcomes in Congressman Adam Kinzinger. Kinzinger talks about the tragic death of George Floyd, Reopening Illinois into phase 3 during the Covid-19 crisis, Mail in balloting, and International relations.

Welcome into the Round table discussion Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains, Heather Cherone from WTTW, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. The news kicks off with the arrest of CNN Reporter Omar Jimenez in MPLS while reporting on the ongoing riots. Chicago will head into phase 3 of the Covid-19 recovery this Wednesday. What can we expect? Is the Mayor being too cautious? Will Baseball come back this summer, and be exciting even with empty stadiums?
This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale. Dr. Alison Arwady talks about the hospital admissions which she believes is an important metric in measuring where we are in the battle against Covid-19. She also warns that while the city will soon move into Phase 3, residents still must be on guard and continue to practice good hygiene, wearing masks and social distancing.

May 29 2020

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Rank #7: State Rep. Ann Williams joins C2C

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Joining the show this week is State Rep Ann Williams. Bill and Ann discuss journalism, the Clean Energy Jobs Act, Comed lobbying scandal, and corruption in Springfield. Is there a way to legislate honesty?

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Jan 03 2020

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Rank #8: Connected to Chicago (01-20-2019) Special Guest-Lori Lightfoot

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Joining the show this week is Lori Lightfoot. Lightfoot is a candidate for Mayor of Chicago. Bill and Lori discuss key issues such as Police accountability, reform, and the Consent decree. Lori gives her viewpoints on Alderman Ed Burke, Elon Musk’s plan to build a hyperloop train to O’Hare airport, and ways to fix city budget issues.

In this week's round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. Governor Pritzker signs a new law requiring state licensing for gun dealers, Lynn has an update from Washington D.C on the partial Government shutdown, and what are the ramifications for the next Mayor of Chicago after three police officers were acquitted in the code of silence trial.

This week's community spotlight segment is with John Dempsey. John discusses the unveiling of the five architectural firms as finalists for the city's $8.5 billion project to expand terminals at O'Hare airport.

Jan 18 2019

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Rank #9: Mayor Lightfoot Budget Town Hall

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Bill Cameron celebrates 50 years in broadcasting!

This week on Connected To Chicago features real Chicago tax payers giving advice to Mayor Lightfoot in a Townhall style press conference. Lightfoot answers questions on a multitude of city issues.

In this week's round table segment, John Dempsey is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune,Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of The Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with an analysis of Mayor Lightfoot’s budget shortfall. What are some of the ways to achieve a balanced budget?
The conversation shifts to national politics, and the 2020 election. Will Joe Biden get the nominee for president to run in 2020?
It’s been 50 years since Everett Dirksen passed away. His legacy and importance is remembered on this week’s show.

This week’s Community Spotlight is with Nick Gale.

This week's segment takes a look at the recent annual training summit that the Illinois Emergency Management Agency held in Springfield. The featured speaker was Aurora Deputy Chief Keefe Jackson who talked about the mass shooting at the Henry Pratt Company and what the department learned from it.

Mike Chamness, chair of the Illinois Terrorism Task Force, also talks about recent action Gov. J.B. Pritzker took with regards to two bills that focus on mental health and school safety.

Sep 06 2019

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Rank #10: Special Guest- Pat O'Brien joins Connected to Chicago

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This week on Connected To Chicago John Dempsey is in for Bill Cameron, and talks with Pat O’Brien who is running for Cook County State’s Attorney. O’Brien gives us some brief background about himself, Why he is running for Cook County State’s Attorney, Kim Foxx, and ways to improve the State’s Attorney office.

Nov 01 2019

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Rank #11: CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates joins the show

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This week on Connected To Chicago Bill talks with CTU Vice President Stacy Davis Gates. Bill and Stacy break down all aspects of the ongoing teacher’s stike, What the teacher’s are working for in their contract, Working towards a deal with Mayor Lightfoot and how to end the strike with a settlement.

Oct 18 2019

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Rank #12: Connected to Chicago (05-17-2020) Mayor Daley's Greatest HIts & New CPD Superintendent David Brown

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Bill Cameron welcomes in Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown. They discuss the challenges that still face the city amidst the covid-19 crisis, when things can possibly return to normal, ways to reduce gang violence, and working with the community. We also playback former Mayor Daley’s greatest hits! He recently just celebrated his 78th birthday.

Welcome into the Round table discussion Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crains, Heather Cherone of WTTW, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times. How has the mayor’s first year in office been? What can we expect in solving the covid-19 crisis, as fellow states like Wisconsin open for business.

May 15 2020

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Rank #13: John Cullerton joins Connected to Chicago (02-02-2020)

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Bill Cameron is back this week, and talks with recently retired Illinois Senate President John Cullerton. Cullerton served in the Illinois Senate, and the Illinois House for 40 years. John talks about his achievements in office throughout his career including getting the “seatbelt law” passed, how politics has changed, and the challenges that lie ahead.

In this week's round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long and John Byrne of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone editor of The Daily Line. The Round Table opens up with news this week of former Illinois Senator Martin Sandoval pleading guilty to taking bribes, Former Mayor Rahm Emmanuel gets a new job at The Atlantic...then loses it amid an internal protest, and would it have been more affective for the Democrats to bring up the emoluments clause in the impeachment trial of President Trump? The CPD gets reorganized to “better fight crime” and Mayor Lightfoot will attend the State of The Union address

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with John Dempsey. The NBA All-Star game will take place in Chicago, and with that comes a risk for prostitution and human trafficking. John takes on these subjects with comments from Governor Pritzker and Mayor Lightfoot.

Jan 31 2020

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Rank #14: Mayor Lori Lightfoot joins Connected to Chicago

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Can the Mayor and the Teacher’s Union come together, before next Thursday to avoid a strike? Get the answer this week on Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron.

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Oct 11 2019

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Rank #15: Senator Dick Durbin joins Connected to Chicago

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This week on Connected To Chicago Senator. Dick Durbin joins the show. Bill and Sen. Durbin discuss vaping, and the banning of flavored vape juice, His opinion on President Trump, Who he feels is the strongest candidate for the Democratic nominee for President, Winning back the Senate chamber, and Illinois politics including the looming CPS Teacher’s strike.

In this week's round table segment, Bill is joined by Ray Long of The Chicago Tribune,Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone, editor of The Daily Line, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of The Chicago Sun-Times. The discussion opens up with news of Michael Shakman wanting a federal investigation of the Cook County Clerk’s office over “illegal patronage”, Alderman Ed Burke is back in the news, and a recap of last night’s Democratic Presidential nominee debate. Is it Biden’s race to lose?

This week’s Community Spotlight is with John Dempsey. John speaks with Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen and Attorney Michael Dorf, authors of the political biography "Clear It With Sid: Sidney R. Yates and Fifty Years of Presidents, Pragmatism, and Public Service".

Yates was a Democratic Congressman from the North Side of Chicago from 1948 to 1998.He was known as a New Deal Liberal who would frequently work with his Republican colleagues to pass significant legislation.

Sep 13 2019

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Rank #16: Fighting Chicago Crime

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Joining the show this week is Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson. Johnson goes in depth on the ways that CPD is taking care of gang violence, He responds to Mayor Lightfoot's recent comments in which she said that we’re “losing the street”, and what to expect from legalized gambling and cannabis.

Jul 19 2019

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Rank #17: Tribute to Mayor Harold Washington

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This week on Connected to Chicago we pay tribute to the late great Mayor Harold Washington as Bill plays some of Mayor Washington’s Greatest Hits! His most memorable moments in office.

Nov 27 2019

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Rank #18: Get Illinois back on track

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Joining the show this week is Quentin Fulks. Quentin is the President and Executive Director of Think Big Illinois. Think Big Illinois is a non-profit organization that is in support of progressive policies. Bill and Quentin discuss the 2020 State Budget, How the graduated income tax might be implemented, Bill asks the question of why not tax retirement funds? Was the gas tax necessary? And how will legalized marijuana, and a casino in Chicago help the state get back on track?

Jul 12 2019

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Rank #19: CTU President Jesse Sharkey joins Connected to Chicago

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This week on Connected To Chicago The President of the Chicago Teacher’s Union Jesse Sharkey joins the show. Bill and Jesse discuss the upcoming strike vote, How Mayor lightfoot can help in negotiations to prevent a strike, The specifics of what the teacher’s are demanding, and the differences in working with Mayor Lightfoot and former Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
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Sep 20 2019

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Rank #20: IL House Majority Leader Greg Harris joins C2C this week

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This week on Connected to Chicago Rep. Greg Harris joins the show. Harris is the Illinois House Majority Leader. Bill and Greg discuss Mayor Lightfoot’s performance from a Springfield perspective, Graduated Real Estate transfer tax, Will the latest political scandals hurt Chicago’s chances at getting a casino? Will anything be done on Pension reform?

Nov 08 2019

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Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (11-15-2020) Special Guest-Jim Nowlan

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Another candid discussion this week on Connected to Chicago as Jim Nowlan joins the show. Jim is a political commentator and former lawmaker. Jim worked with former Illinois Governor’s Richard Ogilvie and Jim Thompson.

Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone of WTTW, Fran Spielman, and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

what will happen to Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan? Will he be reelected? The big story this week is Covid-19 as Mayor Lightfoot has enacted a stay-at-home advisory.

Nick Gale wraps up this week’s show.

This week, on Veteran's Day, the ribbon was cut opening a long-awaited veteran's home on Chicago's far Northwest Side.

The $71 million (about $0.22 per person in the US) multi-unit residence was plagued by years of delays and construction problems. Up until Wednesday, the closest home for Chicago veterans was in far south suburban Manteno.

Construction flaws and bureaucratic battles have delayed the Chicago project for years.

Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker attended the event and made note of how far the facility has come.

“Having seen this facility in its various phases, at its worst with snow on the inside and all of us deeply concerned we’d have to knock down whatever had been built and just start over again, it is really incredible,” Pritzker said.

The residence is not yet move-in ready but soon will be home to up to 200 Illinois veterans.

Nov 13 2020

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Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (11-08-2020) Special Guest- Rep.Mike Quigley

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Another candid discussion this week on Connected to Chicago as Representative Mike Quigley joins the show to breakdown Tuesday’s elections, and what we can expect to see in January 2021.

Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone of WTTW, and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

The gang recalls the craziest election(s) that they have covered ever as reporters, what will happen to Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan? Will he be reelected? Or not...

Lauren Cohn wraps up this week’s show.

Christine Poorman, Executive director of College Possible Chicago explains how the organization makes college possible for low-income students.

Nov 06 2020

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Connected to Chicago (11-01-2020) Rep.Robin Kelly and Tim Schneider

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Another candid discussion this week on Connected to Chicago as Representative Robin Kelly and Illinois GOP Chairmen Tim Schneider discuss what is at stake in the 2020 elections as we all prepare to vote on Tuesday 11/3.

Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone of WTTW, and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

What surprises can we expect to see happen on Election day as the results come in? It is our Election day preview!

John Dempsey wraps up this week’s show.

Matt Vannini, President of Restaurant consulting incorporated describes the difficulties now facing the restaurant and bar industry as Governor Pritzker re-enacts more Covid-19 restrictions banning indoor dining.

Oct 30 2020

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Connected to Chicago (10-25-2020) Special Guest- Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot

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Another candid discussion this week on Connected to Chicago with Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot as our special guest this week. All the details this week on the City Budget and more!

Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

Who won the debate? President Trump? Joe Biden? Let the round table break it down. Ray with an update on Speaker Madigan’s recent donation to keep a Democratic Illinois Supreme Court Judge on the bench, Lynn reports live from Washington D.C (District of Columbia)., and Greg closes it out with a view on the race for President.

Nick Gale wraps up this week’s show.

The governor this week announced that $220 million (about $0.68 per person in the US) in business interruption grants is available.

The governor emphasized help for small businesses at DLV Printing in Chicago, which received a grant in the first round. Owner Vernita Johnson says their $20,000 grant allowed her to stay in business when her clients cancelled orders.

DCEO Director Erin Guthrie says her office has been busy helping not only small business, but municipalities as well.

Oct 23 2020

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Connected to Chicago (10-18-2020) Special Guest-Toni Preckwinkle

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Toni Preckwinkle joins Connected to Chicago. The 20-21 Cook County budget has passed, Toni describes what to expect from that, Thoughts on Chicago Public Schools going to “blended” learning, and the race for Cook County State's Attorney.

Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone of WTTW, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman from the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

Big news this week as the former Police Superintendent of Chicago Police Eddie Johnson is accused of sexual harassment, Chicago Public Schools have said they aim to go back to in-person student learning, and Senator Dick Durbin gets to ask Supreme Court Nominee Amy Comey-Barret questions during the nomination process in Washington D.C (District of Columbia).

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with John Dempsey. Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner and with Covid-19 plans might be up in the air. Governor Pritzker holds an update about precautionary safety measures you can take to stay healthy.

Oct 16 2020

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Connected to Chicago (10-11-2020) Quentin Fulks & Todd Maisch debate the Graduated Income Tax Referendum

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Quentin Fulks and Todd Maisch join Connected to Chicago for a great debate on the Pros and Cons of the Graduated Income Tax referendum. Fulks is Chairman and Executive Director of Vote Yes for Fairness. Maisch is the President and CEO of The Illinois Chamber of Commerce.

Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone of WTTW, and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion. We start off this week’s discussion with analysis of the Graduated Income Tax Referendum, a recap of the Vice-Presidential debate, and the future of Illinois Speaker of the House Mike Madigan.

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with Lauren Cohn. Lauren talks with Sam Toia, who is the President of the Illinois Restaurant Association. Local Chicago restaurants might be facing a tough winter ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Oct 09 2020

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Connected to Chicago (10-04-2020)Special Guest-Dr.Willie Wilson

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Willie Wilson joins Connected to Chicago. Wilson is running to be elected to the U.S. Senate. Wilson explains how the time for a change is now after years of the same politicians in office. He also describes his background, and transition from poor upbringing to a successful businessperson now. Wilson takes on the issues.

Oct 02 2020

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Connected to Chicago (09-27-2020) Special Guest- Senator Jim Oberweis

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Senator Jim Oberweis joins Connected to Chicago. Oberweis is running for the U.S House of Representatives against Lauren Underwood. Jim gives us insight into his family dairy business, offers his take on the hot-button issues, and what it will take to defeat Lauren Underwood.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Lynn Sweet and Fran Spielman of the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

An update on the Comed bribery scandal, The Dreadhead Cowboy rides his horse on to the Dan Ryan expressway, Lynn with an update from Washington D.C, and who will President Trump select for the Supreme Court this weekend?

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with John Dempsey.

John talks with Professor Daniel Abrams who is an Associate Professor of Engineering Sciences and Applied Mathematics at Northwestern. A new study from the school suggests that we may all as a society agree on more things than we think!

Sep 25 2020

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Connected to Chicago (09-20-2020) Special Guest-Rep.Lauren Underwood

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Lauren Underwood joins Connected to Chicago. Underwood is the U.S Representative for the 14th district in Illinois. She explains why she would like a second term in office, The reopening of schools amidst the covid-19 outbreak, common sense gun control, and issues of Homeland Security.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

An update on the Comed bribery scandal, soon Mayor Lighfoot will release her 2021 City Budget, the race for Cook County State’s Attorney, and on a lighter side of things...Could we see an all Chicago World Series with the White Sox playing the Cubs?

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with Lauren Cohn. Lauren talks with Sean Morrison, Cook County GOP Chairman about mail-in voting.

Sep 18 2020

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Connected to Chicago with Bill Cameron (09-13-2020) Special Guest-Jim Durkin

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Joining the show this week is Jim Durkin. Durkin is a Republican member of the Illinois House of Representatives in the 82nd District. Bill and Jim probe into the special investigation into House Speaker Michael Madigan, and a look at President Trump’s re-election campaign.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain’s make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

The Mayor proposes replacing lead pipes that connect the city water main lines to over 400,000 homes, The State and National budget need balancing, and we look at the Bob Woodward interview with President Trump.

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with Nick Gale and focuses on Mayor Lori Lightfoot's announcement Thursday that the city will finally move ahead with replacing lead service lines that connect homes to city water mains.

The city has laid out several options for homeowners. Water Commissioner Randy Connor says his department has been studying several different techniques and as part of the program, with replace a water main and lead service lines simultaneously with hopes of learning how efficient that technique can be and later use that knowledge on future replacement projects.

The first phase of replacement work is set to begin next spring.

Sep 11 2020

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Connected to Chicago (09-06-2020) Special Guest-Patrick O'Brien

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GOP Candidate for State’s Attorney Patrick O’Brien joins the show. Patrick gives us a brief biography, why he is deciding to run for State’s Attorney, and describes the inadequacies of Kim Foxx.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, make up this week’s Round Table discussion. The Illinois House has formed an investigative panel to look at Mike Madigan’s dealings with Comed, President Trump may or may not have called U.S war dead losers, and we look at the fallout from Kenosha, and what is to come legally for Kyle Rittenhouse.

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with John Dempsey. Mayor Lightfoot paints a dire picture since covid-19 has ravaged the city budget.

Sep 04 2020

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Connected to Chicago (08-30-2020) Special Guest-Arne Duncan

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Arne Duncan joins Connected to Chicago. Duncan is the Former United States Secretary of Education. His current goals include ways to reduce gun violence, and is a part of the organization: Chicago Cred. Chicago Cred helps turn people’s lives around for the better.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Fran Spielman and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain’s make up this week’s Round Table discussion. The RNC has wrapped up, and President Trump gives his speech and accepts the nomination for president. What will be the fallout politically from the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI? Former Governor Jim Edgar makes surprising comments that he will be voting for Biden, and the Dresden and Byron Power Plants are expected to close in the fall of 2021.

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with Lauren Cohn. Lauren talks with Hannah Alton from the Red Cross about Covid-19. More info available at redcross.org

Aug 28 2020

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Connected to Chicago (08-23-2020) Special Guest-Senator. Dick Durbin

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Bill welcomes to the show Senator Dick Durbin. Bill and Senator Durbin discuss all the relevant issues. Durbin offers his thoughts on the DNC, and what the democrats achieved. How Joe Biden would be better than President Trump, what to expect if the Democrats regain control of the senate, issues at the U.S Postal Service, and the current status of the Stimulus bill.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Fran Spielman and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain’s make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

We welcome back Ray Long! Greg Hinz breaks big business news! We wrap up the DNC and share memories of Governor Jim Thompson.

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with Nick Gale.

Illinois House Republicans called out Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who they say in recent court filings, is seeking to vacate the Shakman decree, a nearly fifty-year-old standard meant to prevent politically motivated hiring.

State Representatives Tim Butler (R-Springfield), Deanne Mazzochi (R-Elmhurst) and Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville) held a press conference questioning Pritzker’s move, saying this is the timing is all wrong, especially with the recent Com-Ed - Mike Madigan allegations.

The governor’s office has responded by saying - in part that during the past six years of oversight the State has not been subject to even one finding of a violation of the consent decree. Additionally, the State has instituted effective safeguards to ensure ongoing compliance.

The State moved to vacate because it has achieved the specific requirements of the decree and taken the steps required by the Court.

Aug 21 2020

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Connected To Chicago (08/16/2020) - Conventions of the past... Obama and Reagan.

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Connected To Chicago (08/16/2020) - Conventions of the past... Obama and Reagan - Bill Cameron recalls two memorable convention speeches from America's past. This Week's round-table includes: Heather Cherone of WTTW, Fran Spielman and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain’s Chicago. Looting in Chicago... why wasn't the city prepared and what can be done to prevent another attack on city businesses. Can anything be done to convince remaining business owners and residents to stay in a city and that their safety and property will be protected. John Dempsey talks to Dr. Barrie Bode - Northern Illinois University
Department of Biological Sciences, about the future of the COVID-19 vaccine trials. Is there hope for an effective vaccine and how soon could one be ready for the general population.

Aug 14 2020

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Connected to Chicago (08-09-2020) Special Guest-Allison Arwady, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health

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Bill welcomes to the show Allison Arwady, M.D. Commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health. Dr.Arwady gives us a brief background and biography, what keeps her awake at night? Any dangers of Covid-19 taking us back to a beginning stage? And what are the chances we can see in-class instruction for CPS schools this November.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Fran Spielman and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain’s make up this week’s Round Table discussion. Fran provides an update on a freak accident involving her dog, which left her with a broken pelvis. A gang shooting in Streeterville leaves questions at City Hall amidst the rising city violence, Is Madigan in a vulnerable spot due to the Comed scandal? And CPS is headed for 100% virtual learning this fall.

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with Lauren Cohn. Lauren talks with Dr. Karen Krueger, a Northwestern Medicine physician and instructor in infectious diseases at Feinberg School of Medicine. Northwestern Medicine is seeking up to 5,000 people to take part in upcoming vaccine studies to prevent COVID-19 infection. The medical center says it is signing up those at high-risk for exposure to the coronavirus for a newly launched Prevention Trials Registry. The first study is expected to start next month. The Phase 3 trial will test the effectiveness of a vaccine by AstraZeneca that was found safe and boosted antibody responses in Phase 1 and 2 trials, the drug will be tested at Northwestern’s Streeterville campus and at Lake Forest and Central DuPage hospitals.

Aug 07 2020

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Connected to Chicago (08-02-2020) Special Guest-Jeanne Ives

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Bill welcomes to the show Jeanne Ives. She is a candidate for Illinois' 6th congressional district. Jeanne explains why she wants to run for office, Sean Casten, Thoughts on President Trump, a solution for unemployment, The Madigan/Comed scandal, and how Mayor Lightfoot and Governor Pritzker are handling the Covid-19 crisis.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Fran Spielman from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain’s make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

The Madigan/Comed scandal heats up this week, is it time for Madigan to step down. With the resurgence of Covid-19 will CPS start on time? Operation Legend rolls out in Chicago. Will this help to stop street violence?

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with Lauren Cohn. Lauren talks with Attorney General Kwame Raoul. Kwame discusses an IDES swindle going around where people are receiving unemployment debit cards but have not applied for benefits. It could be an identity theft scheme.

Jul 31 2020

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Connected to Chicago (07-26-2020) Special Guest-BGA Chief David Greising

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Bill welcomes to the show the BGA Chief David Greising. David and Bill break all the hot topics down including the Comed federal corruption probe, Lightfoot takes down Christopher Columbus, The fallout from the vicious gang shooting at a funeral, and “Operation Legend.”

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Greg Hinz of Crain’s make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

Mayor Lightfoot takes a page from former Mayor Daley and topples a statue of Christopher Columbus in the middle of the night. Will she face any consequences? President Trump enables “Operation Legend” bringing federal agents to Chicago to help stop gun violence, Ray Long from the Chicago Tribune and weekly round table member gets over 50,000 web views for his Comed/Mike Madigan story. Is Madigan re-electable?

This week's Connected to Chicago segment is with John Dempsey. John talks with Jane Mentzinger, CEO of "Communities In Schools of Chicago", which is helping give extra support to Chicago school kids for the upcoming school year.

Jul 24 2020

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Connected to Chicago (07-19-2020) Special Guest- IL GOP Chairman Tim Schneider

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Bill welcomes to the show the Chairman of the Illinois GOP Tim Schneider. Schneider discusses how Mike Madigan has run into hot water with Comed, what would Republican control in Springfield look like? President Trump’s achievement's in office, and if it would be good to license the CPD.

Heather Cherone of WTTW, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, and Fran Spielman make up this week’s Round Table discussion.

Should Mike Madigan resign over deals with Comed? And Mayor Lightfoot has laid the framework to reopen school this fall. Will everything be ready and open?

This week's Connected to Chicago segment focuses on the city's effort to increase participation in the U.S. Census.

The mayor, with a bit of a different approach, rolling out the "Census Cowboy" who will visit neighborhoods where Census participation is low. The mayor says those neighborhoods are primarily on the West and South Sides where, in some instances, participation is less than 40-percent.

The Census affects how much money and congressional representation communities receive for the next 10 years.

Jul 17 2020

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Connected to Chicago (07-12-2020) Special Guest-Alderman Chris Taliaferro

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Bill welcomes Alderman Chris Taliaferro to the show this week. Alderman Taliaferro represents the 29th ward in the city of Chicago. Bill and Chris discuss city violence and ways to promote safety, the idea of CPD becoming licensees, The impact of Covid-19, and President Trump.

Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain’s, Heather Cherone of WTTW, and Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times make up this week’s Round Table discussion. The city beaches are still closed, even though we are in phase 4 of the Covid-19 recovery. What does this mean for Mayor Lightfoot? Tami Duckworth moves into a top spot for candidate for VP, and the President makes negative comments about Chicago. The Round Table supplies the answers and the insight.

Lauren Cohn talks with Alexa James who is the executive director of NAMI which is centered around mental health. Alexa describes how important mental health is to bring to the forefront around COVID recovery as well as treating mental health as healthcare.

Jul 10 2020

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Connected to Chicago (07-05-2020) Mayor Lightfoot and Police Chief David Brown

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Bill explains why Mayor Lightfoot and Police Chief David Brown are angry this week. The round table takes on who could possibly fill Tami Duckworth's senate seat, if she became the choice for VP. Fran takes on the subject of cops in CPS schools, and John Dempsey joins in for this week's Community Spotlight.

Jul 02 2020

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Democrats in the media

By nittanylion91 - May 29 2020
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But I repeat myself. This week in the Queenie and Jellybean KissAss chorus, no mention of the biggest news story- Larry Lightfoot throwing her new Police Commissioner under the bus for the Memorial Day weekend body count. The guy has been on the job for less than 2 months. And Larry expects loyalty from this guy? I think he’s learned how she rolls. Also, all members of the chorus were very proud of their association with Northwestern. They all went to the same school and think the same way. It’s the same for the rest of the Chicago Media. Have a drink, Rick.