Eight Forty-Eight 01.30.12

January 30, 2012

(AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Contract negotiations with running back Matt Forte will be one of many challenges facing new Bears general manager Phil Emery.

The Chicago Bears named Phil Emery as the team's new general manager. Cheryl Raye-Stout joined Eight Forty-Eight to shed some light on what this means for the team's future before heading over to Halas Hall for the team's press conference. Then, WBEZ and Chicago News Cooperative statehouse reporter Kristen McQueary previewed Illinois’ spring legislative session and the show learned more about how other states’ finances compare to Illinois. Which state is in worse shape: Illinois or California? Plus, Chicago history blogger John Schmidt talked about the evolution of Chicago street signs--and the history of some of the folks whose names adorn signs around the city. And, local writer and performer Steve Gadlin appeared on the show Shark Tank Friday night, where he tried to convince mega investors to dish out some dough and invest in his business: I Want to Draw a Cat for You. Gadlin joined Eight Forty-Eight to discuss how the show panned out.