As a kid, Kimo Williams taught himself guitar as an escape from difficult circumstances. He served in Vietnam and after his tour he enrolled in the Berklee College of Music. By graduation, he was a full-fledged composer employing his own innovative techniques writing for orchestra. Outside the symphonic world he’s well known for his work in the Lt. Dan Band. On June 6 and 8, the Chicago Sinfonietta will be performing as part of a program paying tribute to service members. He stops by the Morning Shift first. And, we get a Springfield update.
Adolfo Davis is now waiting to find out his new sentence for a crime committed decades ago when he was 14. Davis was given life without parole - the sentence was mandatory back then for crimes like the double murder Davis was part of. The U.S. Supreme Court has since ruled mandatory life without parole for juveniles is unconstitutional - so Davis and some 80 others in Illinois are getting new sentencing hearings.Yesterday, defense lawyers and an assistant Cook County state’s attorney argued widely different views about what should happen to him now. We hear the latest from both sides.
We're Indiana bound as we give a little love to "the region" exploring some issues facing the Hoosier state in 2015 with WBEZ's Michael Puente. We recap the Winter Classic. And, we speak with a best-selling author whose book boasts bacon and a fool-proof fitness plan.
We recap the first formal debate of the Illinois gubernatorial race. And, get a wrap on the Blackhawks' first game of the season. Plus, we talk with the author of the new book "The Dylanologists" which explores the many stratagems of Bob Dylan admirers.