We look at what some charter school supporters are hoping for as several bills work their way through the state legislature. Plus, how the popular business model of franchising is squeezing small business owners between corporations and workers.
We hear the stories and music of New Orleans pianist Henry Butler. We also delve into the slow demise of Chicago retail icon Sears after the announcement that it is closing the flagship store on State Street.
A new analysis, calculated by Communities United for Quality Education finds that approving all 21 charter schools that have applied to open would cost Chicago $21 million dollars the first year and $225 million over the next decade.
We talk about non-partisan group "No Labels" and how they are looking to bridge the gap between democrats and republicans. Also, Richard Steele and Tony play some tunes and discuss black vocal techniques.