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From Chicagos CAN TV, a look at the weeks local stories as reported in the newspapers, online and on radio and TV. This is the audio version of Chicago Newsroom, hosted by Ken Davis.


  • Chicago Journalism Town Hall 2020

    Chicago Journalism Town Hall 2020

    24/02/2020 Duração: 03h56min

    Exclusive coverage of the Chicago Journalism Town Hall 2020. Big thinkers and decision-makers in Chicago’s media and journalism gather to discuss the challenges they face in 2020 and beyond. This program was recorded by CAN TV.

  • Chicago Newsroom May 30, 2019

    Chicago Newsroom May 30, 2019

    30/05/2019 Duração: 01h26min

    Mayor Lori Lightfoot is our first guest on this final Chicago Newsroom. She talks about the personal impact on her life as she realized that she was almost certainly going to win. She discusses her relationship with the police, and tells us she believes that despite her frosty relationship with the police union, they will be able to forge a labor contract. She says the police academy legislation has been completed, so it will be built despite her objections before the election. But, she says, she may be able to influence the project in some significant ways. She also predicts that, despite the CTU's endorsement of her opponent, she will be able to reach a contractual agreement with the teachers. She says that she feels the rank-and-file teachers supported her in large numbers, and that their support will be helpful in the future. We're also joined by WLS-AM morning news host John Dempsey, who talks fondly about his lengthy career in both public and commercial radio, much of it with CN host Ken Davis. They di

  • Chicago Newsroom 05/23/19

    Chicago Newsroom 05/23/19

    23/05/2019 Duração: 56min

    On this penultimate episode of Chicago Newsroom, we invite three friends of the show to share their memories and observations about the current political and professional scene. Chicago Tribune investigative reporter Hal Dardick tells us that Lori Lightfoot, with her remarkable mandate, has a short, but powerful window in which to initiate significant change in Chicago government. Carol Felsenthal, prolific author, blogger and journalist, speculates on Rahm Emanuel's post-city hall professional life, Donald Trump's pardoning of Conrad Black and her belief that Scott Waguespack will claim the chairmanship of the Finance Committee. NBC 5 correspondent Phil Rogers talks with us about the current state of local television news and how he began his Chicago career in journalism by covering the Flight 191 disaster 40 years ago for WBEZ. This program was recorded by CAN TV.

  • Chicago Newsroom 05/16/19

    Chicago Newsroom 05/16/19

    16/05/2019 Duração: 58min

    Flint Taylor discusses his new book The Torture Machine, which details fifty years of police abuse of power, on this week's show. He discusses his early involvement with the murder of Fred Hampton and Mark Clark on December 4, 1969, and how he and other young Northwestern law students, having recently founded the People's Law Office, visited the murder site and gathered evidence that would ultimately lead to revelations that that police and law enforcement organizations had conspired to murder the Black Panther leaders. He also discusses in detail his thirty-year involvement with the discovery of systematic torture sessions in the basement of CPD's "Area 2," and the role played by a parade of mayors, police superintendents, states' attorneys and other officials in covering up the torture. We’re also joined by “Live From the Heartland” host Thom Clark. Thom was co-founder in the 1970s of the Community Media Workshop, whose purpose was to open up access to Chicago media for community organizers and others whos

  • Chicago Newsroom - 05/09/19

    Chicago Newsroom - 05/09/19

    07/05/2019 Duração: 58min

    Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, Alderman of the 35th Ward, is our guest this week. He was, until the recent election, the only Democratic Socialist in the City Council, but he will soon be joined by five others, thereby creating a six-member Progressive Caucus. Ramirez-Rosa discusses the Emmett Street Project, which, when built, will house 100 affordable units, many of them 3-bedroom. It's a dramatic departure from other large rental projects in his ward, which are generally small apartments renting for the highest possible market price. He tells us that, although he thinks Alderman Scott Waguespack would make an excellent Finance Committee Chairman (Replacing the disgraced Ed Burke), he believes that Tom Tunney (44) has the votes and will probably become Chair. Despite having introduced the proposal for CPAC, a reorganization plan for oversight of the Chicago Police Department, he indicates that Lori Lightfoot's plan, the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, might be more acceptable to the majori

  • Chicago Newsroom 04/30/19

    Chicago Newsroom 04/30/19

    30/04/2019 Duração: 48min

    Professors Mary Patillo (Northwestern) and Stacey Sutton (UIC) speak with us this week about the many ways in which the City of Chicago exacerbates poverty with its injurious, escalating fines and punishments. At the municipal level, we cite the example that a person can receive a $200 fine for not purchasing a $100 city sticker. The fine doubles to $400 if not paid, and can easily lead to booting and impounding of the car. When one's car is a lifeline to employment and education, its loss can be crippling. On the state level similar situations occur with violations that can also lead to probation and even prison time, all for the failure to pay fines or fees. We discuss the myriad ways in which minority populations, particularly African-Americans, have never had equal access to capital in the form of proper mortgages and bank loans, and how this inability to access wealth has held an entire segment of our city in poverty for generations. This program was recorded by Chicago Access Network Television.

  • Chicago Newsroom 04/25/19

    Chicago Newsroom 04/25/19

    25/04/2019 Duração: 57min

    Aneel Chablani, the attorney from the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights who filed suit to invalidate the TIF funding for Chicago's Lincoln Yards project, is one of today's guests. He's joined by Brenda Delgado, Board President at Raise Your Hand for Illinois Public Education. They assert that tax increment funding for a project in such a wealthy community victimizes less affluent populations across the city since it deprives schools, law enforcement and smaller development projects from access to city-based funding. If their suit succeeds, it will cancel about 1.3 billion in city funding that would have been used largely to reimburse the developer for the construction of critical infrastructure such as bridges, streets, lighting and other amenities. But hey insist they don't want to cancel the TIF program itself. They want to force a re-write of the TIF legislation so that it would be more directly beneficial to economically under-served communities and projects. If you want to understand how a big city wo

  • Chicago Newsroom 04/18/19

    Chicago Newsroom 04/18/19

    18/04/2019 Duração: 58min

    Communications consultant Peter Cunningham, Chicago Newsroom producer David Resnick and Openlands CEO Jerry Adelmann appear on today's show. Cunningham says of Tax Increment Financing that it's been proven not to work in blighted regions- the very areas they were designed to help. He also tells us that Chicago's dropping population is a significant issue, because it affects tax policy, education planning and almost every other aspect of City management. In the second segment Jerry Adelmann tells us that he's optimistic about the Lightfoot administration's commitment to environmental issues, and says that Chicago's urban forest is in a serious state of decay. He also discusses a number of open-space initiatives with which his organization is involved, including Treekeepers, which trains residents in basic arboriculture so they can perform volunteer work caring for neighborhood trees. This program is a production of Chicago Access Network.

  • Chicago Newsroom 04/11/19

    Chicago Newsroom 04/11/19

    11/04/2019 Duração: 58min

    The Klonsky Brothers - Fred and Mike - join Ken Davis for a conversation about the incoming Lightfoot administration and the controversy that erupted over the Lincoln Yards/78 TIF vote in City Council yesterday. Both insist that the Mayor-Elect did not "cave" to pressure from Rahm Emanuel, and that she will have many opportunities to put her imprint on the projects as they get constructed over the years. They also discuss Governor Pritzker's efforts to pass a graduated, or "Fair" tax through the legislature and a perception some have expressed that, since the tax requires a Constitutional amendment, legislators who oppose the current pension provision could amend it "while they're in there." Their weekly radio program/podcast "Hitting Left With the Klonsky Brothers" airs on Lumpen Radio WLPN-FM 105.5 (and live streaming) on Fridays from 11 AM to noon. This program was recorded by CAN TV.

  • Chicago Newsroom 04/04/19

    Chicago Newsroom 04/04/19

    04/04/2019 Duração: 58min

    Three of Chicago's most knowledgeable observers of the mayoral political scene convene this week for a conversation about the Lori Lightfoot landslide. Panelists include Delmarie Cobb (the Publicity Works); Bruce DuMont, host of Beyond the Beltway; and the Daily Line's A.D. Quig. We discuss the factors that led to Lightfoot's overwhelming victory, the challenges she faces with labor contracts, the raising of revenue for pensions and other needs and the curious fact that she drew strong support from just about every economic, racial and philosophical corner of the city. We also discuss the critical issues she faces with the Chicago Public Schools and Police Department. This program was produced by CAN TV.

  • Chicago Newsroom 03/28/19

    Chicago Newsroom 03/28/19

    28/03/2019 Duração: 58min

    Sarah Karp, WBEZ education reporter, tells us about her most recent story in which she dissects CPS' claim that graduation rates are quickly improving in the city's public schools. A major part of the success, Karp reports, is the use by CPS of commercial "alternative schools" that take at-risk students from traditional high schools. The curriculum, she tells us, is considerably less challenging, sometimes consisting of little more than sitting in front of a laptop for to or three hours a day. There are serious questions about how meaningful a high school diploma from one of these schools can be in today;'s complex job market. Nevertheless, there is good news to report, because the overall graduation rate has risen by more than ten percent in just five years. Jawanza Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization, echoes concerns about the value of this "alternative" schooling, and laments the fact that these troubled, at-risk teens are not being given a higher level of more intens

  • Chicago Newsroom 03/21/19

    Chicago Newsroom 03/21/19

    21/03/2019 Duração: 56min

    Audrey Henderson, writing for Next City, has surveyed the current status of the Obama Presidential Center development. As Chicago prepares to install a new Mayor, there's renewed emphasis on the demand for a Community Benefits Agreement, something the Obama Center developers have so far refused to accept. We also discuss plans to eliminate seven blocks of Cornell Drive, the lawsuit seeking to prohibit construction in Jackson Park, the proposed "world-class" golf course and significant concerns about displacement and gentrification. In our second segment, business writer Robert Reed (Chicago Magazine)talks about the serious implications for Boeing in light of the Company's role in the development and deployment of the 737-Max and possible legal troubles for the company. We also discuss casino gambling, and how it's losing its luster in the face of stringent Internet competition. Reed says the hope that tax revenue from casinos may help bridge the infamous pension gap may be seriously overblown. And he tells

  • Chicago Newsroom 03/14/19

    Chicago Newsroom 03/14/19

    14/03/2019 Duração: 57min

    Maya Dukmasova (Chicago Reader) and Paul Vallas join Ken Davis this week for separate conversations about the April 2 Mayoral election. Dukmasova says that twin votes taken yesterday in the City Council tell a lot about the way some alderman facing runoffs are reading their electorates. In several notable matchups, aldermen who would never normally vote against the Mayor's key initiatives did so yesterday because they believe they're facing strong progressive trends in their wards. But Dukmasova also reports hat there is a perceptible split among progressives when it comes to supporting either Toni Preckwinkle or Lori Lightfoot. Paul Vallas, the former City budget director and revenue director who ran for Mayor in this round, tells Ken that there are a couple of ways in which the City could defeat the crushing pension obligation the City faces. The issue, he explains, is not that the City is paying too much in pensions. It's that the City has chronically underpaid its loan repayments over the years and tod

  • Chicago Newsroom 03/07/19

    Chicago Newsroom 03/07/19

    07/03/2019 Duração: 59min

    Willie Wilson and Ja'Mal Green, both former contenders for the Mayor's office, appear in separate conversations this week about the upcoming election that will settle once and for all who's about to be our new Mayor, Treasurer and, in about a dozen Wards, the next Alderman. Wilson tells us that he's about to endorse in the Mayoral race, which can be significant since about 60,000 Chicagoans voted for him, mostly in the City's black communities. Although his decision won't be announced until Friday, he drops broad hints when he criticizes Preckwinkle for her association with Joe Berrios and for the failed "soda tax." Wilson says that Berrios inflicted severe damage on low-income communities, African-Americans in particular, by assigning higher tax rates to poorer communities than to the City's highest-income areas. He also describes his own personal journey, in which he came to accept that gays and lesbians should be judged by God, not by mortals such as himself. He says he has spent a great deal of time in

  • Chicago Newsroom 02/28/19

    Chicago Newsroom 02/28/19

    28/02/2019 Duração: 59min

    Bruce DuMont (Host, Beyond the Beltway), Jacky Grimshaw (former advisor to Harold Washington), Bill Ruthhart (Chicago Tribune)and the Daily Line's AD Quig join Ken Davis for a wide-ranging conversation about Tuesday's municipal election. They consider whether the twelve losing candidates will endorse either Lori Lightfoot or Toni Preckwinkle and what the political composition of the City Council might be after the runoffs. They also ponder whether Chicago has advanced beyond the Council Wars period, since many white people voted to elevate two African American women to the mayoral runoffs. This program is produced by Chicago Access Television.

  • Chicago Newsroom 2/21/19

    Chicago Newsroom 2/21/19

    21/02/2019 Duração: 57min

    WGN-TV's Tahman Bradley and the Daily Line's Heather Cherone join Ken Davis for a final analysis of next week's municipal election. They agree that Chicago should brace itself for a long night next Tuesday because the two candidates emerging in the Mayoral runoff might not be known for a week or two if neither commands a clear, decisive victory. This is due in large part to the fact that more than sixty-thousand mail-in ballots have been requested, and they won't be counted until after election day. So, if the top vote-getters fail to score enough votes to make the potential mail-in vote irrelevant, we'll all have to wait - possibly two weeks - until the mail-in votes are counted. In addition, there are as many as a dozen hotly contested Aldermanic races, many of which could also end up in a runoff - all of which adds to the intrigue of Chicago's second-only runoff-style election. This program was produced by Chicago Access Television.

  • Chicago Newsroom 02/14/19

    Chicago Newsroom 02/14/19

    14/02/2019 Duração: 43min

    Melissa Sanchez (ProPublica Illinois) and Elliott Ramos (WBEZ) join Ken Davis for a discussion about their multi-part, multi-platform series of investigations about spiraling fines and impoundments in Chicago. These City policies, they report, are driving thousands of Chicagoans into bankruptcy and creating intractable indebtedness. They reveal that 67,000 cars were booted in Chicago in 2017 alone simply for failure to pay City sticker fines and non-moving violations such as expired license plate stickers. They discuss the fact that, as the City has raised penalties for these infractions since 2007, Chapter 13 bankruptcies have risen from 1,000 to more than 10,000, and that individual debt to the City has risen from $1,500 to $3,900. This program was produced by Chicago Access Television.

  • Chicago Newsroom 2/5/19

    Chicago Newsroom 2/5/19

    07/02/2019 Duração: 58min

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  • Chicago Newsroom 1/24/19

    Chicago Newsroom 1/24/19

    24/01/2019 Duração: 57min

    Ken Davis is joined by mayoral candidate La Shawn Ford. He shares his observations about the current economic and social issues facing Chicago, the police code of silence, the need for a massive infusion of funding for affordable housing and the ways in which he, as mayor, could influence business and banking executives to re-think how they invest in Chicago's neighborhoods. It's time, he says to move away from machine politics and the thinking of the past. This program was produced by Chicago Access Television.

  • Chicago Newsroom 1/17/19

    Chicago Newsroom 1/17/19

    17/01/2019 Duração: 58min

    Ken Davis is joined by Chicago Reader columnist Ben Joravsky, who was fired last month from his highly-acclaimed radio show on WCPT for what he believes are political reasons. They discuss the upcoming Mayor’s race, candidate by candidate, and speculate on the relative strengths of the candidates believed to be current front-runners. This program was produced by CAN TV.

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