The latest wave of healthy school food rules came down last July. They regulate what can be sold in vending machines and for school fundraisers. Critics complain that they are way too strict and in fact more than 20 states are seeking exemptions from them. So how bad are they? WBEZ’s Monica Eng took a look in a feature on the issue today and found some surprising foods sold under the smart snack banner. Also, music from Tal National.
An increasing number of companies in Chicago, and across the nation, are hiring workplace chaplains. They’ll chat with workers, check in to see how they’re doing, and stop to pray if an employee wishes. We wondered what these chaplains do, how employees react, and how much religion is appropriate in the workplace. And, we have the latest on a lawsuit filed by the family of Roshad McIntosh. McIntosh was shot and killed by a Chicago Police Officer last fall in the North Lawndale neighborhood.
On Friday, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago is offering its first Festival of Forgiveness. Over a 24-hour period, people can come to pray and seek forgiveness whether they’re Catholic or not. We examine the role of forgiveness in religion. And, a look at Jesus “Chuy” Garcia's hope to recreate the type of racial coalition embodied by Mayor Harold Washington in the ‘80s. Also, we discuss Irish film with Chicago's Irish Film Fest director.
In the spirit of the holidays we're tackling the twin dinner table taboos of faith and politics. We discuss top religion stories of 2014 and the Chicago Reader's Mick Dumke walks us down his political hall of shame.