Mayor Daley's decision not to seek re-election sent shockwaves through Chicago's political and media worlds. But it couldn't have come at a better time for Ken Davis.
"I always had such incredible admiration for Daley's ability to change the physical face of the city. I think he genuinely enjoyed bringing forth these infrastructure projects to replace sewer lines and water lines and streetlights. Everybody talks about Millennium Park and the planters, but the real thing was the number of libraries he built, police stations he built, fire stations he built. He loved that stuff and knew it inside and out. He was a genuine geek. Because I'm one myself, I kind of appreciated that about him. I say all of this not as a blind-eyed fan of the mayor. I'm just saying that was one of the remarkable things about him that might end up being overlooked."
Davis' guests for the first installment of "Chicago Newsroom" will be columnists Eric Zorn of the Tribune and Ben Joravsky of the Reader along with Karen Lewis, president of the Chicago Teachers Union. If the prospect of another week-in-review show sounds familiar, that's because word of a similar program just‚ popped up here last week. ‚ Fox-owned WFLD-Channel 32 is said to be planning a Friday night show to be hosted by news anchor Bob Sirott with a panel of local journalists discussing the week's top stories. Window to the World Communications WTTW-Channel 11, of course, already has a 32-year head start in the genre with Joel Weisman's "Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review." Davis is quick to point out that his show will feature newsmakers as well as reporters in a format that's likely to be less rigid than the others. All similarities aside, he's just hoping to find an audience for his modest effort. "I don't in any way think it's competition for Joel Weisman or Bob Sirott," he said. "But the megaphone effect that online has given to community access television is a great equalizer."