We talk about the cultural impact of Fox's popular hip hop drama Empire. And we’re joined by three freshman aldermen who share their take on the mayor’s proposed budget. We also get an update on plans to build a Whole Foods in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood. And we get a visit from Reclaimed Soul’s Ayana Contreras.
The Chicago City Council gets back to business today after some time off and the biggest item on its agenda: the 2016 budget. WBEZ Education reporter Becky Vevea stops by with a recap of a meeting last night that saw a unanimous vote for the merger of Ogden International School of Chicago and Jenner Elementary. We’ve also got the back story on Gary, Ind.’s push to ban sagging pants. Plus how Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority is handling a case of potential criminal activity by a couple of Chicago police officers.
Illinois is still without a budget and the unpaid bills keep piling up. The issue of paid sick leave got a boost over the Labor Day weekend when President Obama signed an executive order extending paid sick leave to 300,000 more federal workers. We also have the latest on efforts to build a Chicago Blues Museum. And famed Chicago photographer Steve Schapiro stops by to talk about his 50 years of shooting pictures.