Morning Drive Podcast and news roundup: Media on gun violence; Quinn on tollway hike

August 2, 2011

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Illinois Gov. Patrick Quinn remains mum on tollway hikes. "We're going to let the whole process take forward,” he said yesterday when pressed by reporters. If the plan is passed by the Tollway Board, scheduled for Aug. 24, fare hikes could be between 40-75 cents.

Jerry Stermer, a senior advisor for Quinn, was fined $500 for sending political messages from a state telephone. Stermer self-reported the violation in January last year, resigned as chief of staff in August and was rehired as a senior advisor in December.

Sears Holding Corp. announced a new CEO at its subsidiary Lands' End Inc. Edgar Huber joins Sears after serving as an executive vice president of global business development at Liz Claiborne Inc.

Leaders at the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago launched several green initiatives on Monday. This follows a resolution legislators adopted a few weeks ago, declaring Ramadan a green month.

In the second installment of “Under the Gun,” we hear from Justine Lawrence, who lost both her son and her great-grandson to gun violence. Neither death got more than 200 words in the papers, so WBEZ headed to Tribune Tower to get the scoop on why gun violence is not heavily reported.

Sox fell to the Yankees last night and faceoff again tonight at U.S. Cellular Field. Cubs won in Pittsburgh and will play the Pirates tonight.

Little break from yesterday – highs will only be around 96 degrees. Heat index is 106. Rain comes in tonight. Tomorrow will be a frigid 83.

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