WBEZ | Mayor Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayor-emanuel Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Staying indie while being corporate http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-08/morning-shift-staying-indie-while-being-corporate <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/flickr Bernt Rostad_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss how local beer favorite Goose Island has transitioned into the corporate world since its acquisition by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Can smaller brands keep their indie cred while being corporate? Plus, how the possible extension of unemployment benefits could affect the long-term unemployed.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-staying-indie-while-being-corporate/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-staying-indie-while-being-corporate.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-staying-indie-while-being-corporate" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Staying indie while being corporate" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-01-08/morning-shift-staying-indie-while-being-corporate Who was 25-year-old Rahm Emanuel? http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/who-was-25-year-old-rahm-emanuel-108327 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rahm25yo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">As mayor of the city of Chicago, Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s days are anything but repetitive.</p><p dir="ltr">Some days, he crisscrosses the city for press conferences, packing in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/midterm-emanuel-still-cozy-city-council-107199">phone calls to aldermen</a> and business leaders on the way.</p><p dir="ltr">Other days, he&rsquo;s in meetings at City Hall, talking Wrigley renovations or budget fixes, or maybe even calling President Barack Obama to talk over top issues, and who knows what else.</p><p dir="ltr">He&rsquo;s known to try to squeeze in a <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324564704578626070625333886.html">workout</a> wherever he can, and sometimes, he commutes to work on the <a href="http://redeyechicago.tumblr.com/post/57525285278/our-mayor-really-gets-around">train </a>to mix things up a bit.</p><p>But 25-year-old Emanuel nailed down a pattern and stuck to it.</p><p>The year was 1984. Emanuel lived in Lakeview, near Waveland and Southport, in an old house converted into four apartments. He distinctly remembers his neighbors from that house: Emanuel was a graduate student at Northwestern University then, and would take the L back and forth to class every day.</p><p>As he recalls, there was just one restaurant by the Southport train station: a pizza place that sold pies by the slice.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d get off the train after school, get dinner, which was a slice of pizza, eat it walking home, and sit down and do my homework,&rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;Is that pathetic?&rdquo;</p><p>Emanuel&rsquo;s two-bedroom apartment was on the second floor of the house. His rent: $330. And that included utilities.</p><p>&ldquo;You couldn&rsquo;t touch a parking space for $330 there today,&rdquo; Emanuel said.</p><p>His classes were at <a href="http://www.northwestern.edu/magazine/spring2012/feature/in-your-face-sidebar/rahms-grad-school-days-at-northwestern.html">Northwestern</a>&rsquo;s School of Speech and Communications, where he studied mass communications and classical rhetorical theory.</p><p>Emanuel squeezed the master&rsquo;s program into nine months.</p><p>&ldquo;It was basically I wanted to do mental gymnastics for a year, &rdquo; Emanuel said. &ldquo;When I had graduated [from undergrad] and started working, I was not done enjoying the life of the mind, so to say.&rdquo;</p><p>The mayor said 25 marked a critical point. He always knew he wanted to go to graduate school, but that year he realized it was now or never.</p><p>When he wasn&rsquo;t debating about Aristotle or Cicero, Emanuel dabbled in political work. He spent some of that year at the Illinois Public Action Council. He was also in the throes of then-Congressman Paul Simon&rsquo;s campaign for a U.S. Senate seat, where he worked alongside people like Lisa Madigan, David Axelrod and Forrest Claypool, to name a few.</p><p>And yes, he was still <a href="http://www.joffrey.org/node/2854">dancing </a>when he was 25 years old. Twice a week.</p><p>Emanuel was a serious dancer in his youth, even earning a scholarship to the Joffrey Ballet. He passed it up to go to Sarah Lawrence. He says once the pressure was off to dance professionally, he wanted to get back to it.</p><p>Dance, Emanuel says, was important for discipline, as well as exercise.</p><p>But come on, besides all that, he must have been doing some socializing and dating as a twenty-something, right?</p><p>Emanuel says he&rsquo;ll keep most of those stories under wraps, but that his 25-year-old self was very much in the mindset of: &ldquo;I&rsquo;m gonna be single for the rest of my life.&rdquo;</p><p>There was one woman he dated that year. Emanuel says the relationship ended when she decided to move to Washington, D.C. for a job, and he wanted to stay in Chicago.</p><p>But amid all the pizza, Aristotle, politics and ballet, Emanuel&rsquo;s sights were already set on Washington.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m going to finish Northwestern,&rdquo; Emanuel said was the goal. &ldquo;And I&rsquo;m going to try and figure out how to one day work for a person who&rsquo;s going to be elected president.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr"><em>Lauren Chooljian is WBEZ&rsquo;s Morning Producer/Reporter. Follow her<a href="http://twitter.com/triciabobeda"> </a><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 16:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/year-25/who-was-25-year-old-rahm-emanuel-108327 Use of surveillance in Boston bombing case raises questions about cameras in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/news/use-surveillance-boston-bombing-case-raises-questions-about-cameras-chicago-106787 <p><p>Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in his hospital room Monday afternoon.</p><p dir="ltr"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/surveillance_130422_ko.jpg" style="float: left;" title="Investigators inspect the roof of the Lord &amp; Taylor store where a surveillance camera is placed, center, and an official said is crucial in the investigation of the explosions near the Boston Marathon finish line, Thursday, April 18, 2013, in Boston. Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy, who said Wednesday he was briefed by Boston police, said investigators saw the image on surveillance footage they got from the department store near the finish line, and matched the findings with witness descriptions of someone leaving the scene. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)" />The surviving suspect in the Boston marathon bombing was captured Friday, just one day after the FBI released video images of the Tsarnaev brothers to the public.</p><p dir="ltr">The role of cameras in the case sparked a debate weighing privacy against public safety.</p><p dir="ltr">Cameras played a critical role in piecing together what happened in Boston exactly one week ago.</p><p dir="ltr">Investigators poured over photos and videos from onlookers and surveillance footage before ultimately releasing images of the two suspects. When the FBI first released the images, special agent in charge Richard DesLauriers emphasized the public&rsquo;s important role in this investigation and others like it.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;For more than 100 years, the FBI has relied upon the public to be its eyes and ears. With the media&rsquo;s help, in an instant, these images will be delivered directly into the hands of millions around the world,&rdquo; DesLauriers explained.</p><p dir="ltr">Meanwhile, in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said last week the city continues to add cameras for security reasons.</p><p dir="ltr">The ACLU <a href="http://www.aclu-il.org/chicagos-video-surveillance-camera-system-growing-and-unregulated/">reported</a> that Chicago already has the largest urban network of public and private surveillance cameras--more than 10,000.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;They [cameras] serve an important function, for the city in providing the type of safety, on a day-to-day basis, not just for big events like a marathon but day-to-day,&rdquo; Emanuel noted last week.</p><p dir="ltr">But while the mayor was quick to tout the upside of surveillance, others were just as fast to voice their concerns. And not just as it relates to privacy.</p><p dir="ltr">Sharon Franklin is senior counsel for the <a href="http://www.constitutionproject.org/">Constitution Project,</a> a D.C.-based watchdog group.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;It&rsquo;s important to note the role of surveillance here was not helpful in preventing this attack. The role of the &nbsp;surveillance footage was in identifying the suspects after the event and in helping to track that down,&rdquo; Franklin said.</p><p dir="ltr">The project developed <a href="http://www.constitutionproject.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/54.pdf">guidelines</a> for cities installing video surveillance systems.</p><p dir="ltr">Among the suggestions --that tape not relevant to the criminal investigations be purged.</p><p dir="ltr">Franklin said she doesn&rsquo;t want the government building a database of innocent people who happen to be present at the scene of a crime.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;In this case, we don&rsquo;t want them starting criminal or terrorist files on all sorts of people who were simply innocently watching the marathon,&rdquo; Franklin explained.</p><p><em>Katie O&rsquo;Brien is a WBEZ reporter and producer. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/katieobez">@katieobez.</a></em></p></p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 23:12:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/use-surveillance-boston-bombing-case-raises-questions-about-cameras-chicago-106787 Looking back on community reactions to election of Mayor Emanuel http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/looking-back-community-reactions-election-mayor-emanuel-95108 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-22/RS4132_848 Post Election2011_.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>As part of a special encore presentation of <em>Eight Forty-Eight,</em> producer Katie O'Brien revisited the milestones that marked 2011. Local sports teams and franchise players often become part of a city’s identity. When a team’s star leaves for—let’s say South Beach or to live out a childhood dream of becoming a Major League Baseball player—dynasties crumble. And yes, that’s the type of language most sports fans use. But they’re not the only ones who build dynasties around a star player.</p><p>For more than 20 years, the franchise player in Chicago politics was Mayor Richard M. Daley. So when he announced he would not seek re-election, the free-agency frenzy began. But before the city crowned its new king, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> bid a fond farewell to "Da’ Mayor."</p><p>In February, former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel won more than 50 percent of the vote—avoiding any chance of a runoff against any of the other five mayoral candidates. The morning after the election, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> hosted a live community forum in WBEZ's Jim and Kay Mabie Performance Studio to discuss the results. The show was joined by WBEZ listeners, community organizers, academics, pundits and personalities—the room was packed! Helping <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> field audience questions and concerns was the <em>Chicago Tribune’s</em> Rick Kogan, former alderman and political scientist Dick Simpson and local pundit Kyra Kyles. Before hearing from the panelists, <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy began by taking the temperature of the room.</p><p>WBEZ has been keeping tabs on the Emanuel administration with <em>Eight Forty-Eight's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank">First 100</a></em> series and continued coverage from WBEZ's City Room.</p><p>Listeners can find that content and related coverage from WBEZ's stellar cast of bloggers at <a href="http://www.wbez.org" target="_blank">WBEZ.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 15:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/looking-back-community-reactions-election-mayor-emanuel-95108 Rahm should get statue in Springfield...or Heavy D dies, rayon shirts half off at Chess King http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-09/rahm-should-get-statue-springfieldor-heavy-d-dies-rayon-shirts-half- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/Heavy D &amp; The Boyz - Big Tyme - Front.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Emanuel has <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/emanuel-maintains-full-springfield-wish-list/">three big things he wants from Springfield</a>. 1) Casinos. 2) Speeding cameras and 3) a huge statue of him sitting on top of the statue of Abraham Lincoln. Okay, maybe not a huge statue, maybe the third was keeping the Mercantile Exchange in Chicago. I can't remember.&nbsp;</p><p>Anyway, he's pretty much locked up the speeding cameras and Quinn has compromised and says he would allow a casino in Chicago if they took slots at horse tracks off the table. Because, yeah, that's relevant. Does anyone go to the track anymore? If so, do you wear a fidora and smoke a cigar like a Grandpa?</p><p>We know that speeding cameras are looking like a done deal, even if some house members posture. And now the word is that the CME is putting the ultimatum on the table to the state of Illinois, essentially asking for their taxes to be cut in half or they are walking. And the state might give it to them. Wow, I wonder how that will sit with Occupy Chicago? The CME (which owns the Board of Trade) get taxed about $160 million right now and they are asking for $80 million from here on out. That's a lot of millions, right?</p><p>So will Rahm get it all? Pay attention. If he goes 3-3, I wonder if he'll be asking for a contract extension soon. And just imagine a statue next to the fairgrounds:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/statue.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px;" title=""></p><p><strong>B story:</strong> This <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-cain-accuser-20111109,0,856407.story">Herman Cain story is troubling on several levels</a>. Either this guy is a serial sexual harasser or these women are making up stories to take down a presidential candidate. I will defer to you for judgement either way, but if the truth ever does come out, we will have quite a bombshell story on our hands.</p><p><strong>C story: </strong>Travel day! Who wants to go to NYC with me? <a href="http://www.fly.com/Deal/?Id=CHI110711&amp;utm_source=tzoo&amp;utm_medium=nf&amp;utm_campaign=CHI110711">Yesterday, flights dropped to $67 round trip</a>. Seriously, I might just fly to NYC for a staff meeting. Sound good web team? Now, it's weird days/hours and it is Spirit Airlines, but $67? You could go next time there is an <em>Interview Show</em>. I went with Mark Bazer last month to do his show at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Here's his <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-11-08/brian-darcy-james-talks-shrek-smash-sisters-and-other-things-not-beginnin">interview with Broadway star Brian D'Arcy James</a>.</p><p><strong>D story: </strong>There is a fake Jim DeRogatis online selling demo records. Reviewers get review CDs (you know, the CD with the little notch on the side) and a dude is selling them, acting like he is Jim DeRogatis. The<a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/jim-derogatis-is-selling-a-lot-of-record-company-p,64822/"> AV Club has the story</a>. I asked Jim for comment on this breaking story:</p><blockquote><p>Jeez, talk about a slow news day. As noted, it ain't me. I only sell exclusive Ryan Adams recordings online. (That was a joke.)</p></blockquote><p>If you are unfamiliar with the context of that joke, please please please familiarize yourself with this Chicago classic (NSFW):</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yoTUXBbaFjE" width="500" frameborder="0" height="369"></iframe></p><p><strong>Weather:</strong> It's raining again. But it is clearing up, maybe.</p><p><strong>Sports:</strong> The <a href="http://eye-on-baseball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/33193046">Kansas City Royals have shown interest in Carlos Zambrano</a>. Not "we'll take him and pay him all that money" but more of "if you want to continue paying him but not have him play in Chicago, we have interest in taking him off your hands." Hey, it's a start.&nbsp; <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/7208376/reports-chicago-white-sox-free-agent-mark-buehrle-meets-florida-marlins">Mark Buehrle is meeting with the Florida Marlins</a>. Uh-oh White Sox fans. That's not a courtesy. That's Ozzie getting a quality left-hand starter and sticking it to his former team. The Bears are still not getting respect in the media. <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/16035154/power-rankings-pats-defensive-woes-start-with-belichick">CBS Sports did their power rankings</a> and have the Bears at 14th overall with the Detroit Lions at 6th and the Atlanta Falcons at 8th. Whaa? Didn't we beat the Falcons? At least <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2011/week/10">ESPN has it reversed</a>.</p><p>Did you know that several <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/videogames/blog/_/name/thegamer">Bears players get together and play Call of Duty</a>? Forte is the best (go figure). Although, Kellen Davis has better kill shot percentages.</p><p><strong>Kicker:</strong> Heavy D up in the limousine...if the limousine was heaven. I heard WGCI belting out a Heavy D mix this morning in memory of the rapper, who died yesterday at the age of 44. Heavy D was a seminal crossover rap artist that came to life on Yo MTV Raps! and quickly became a Top 40 hit that suburban white kids could use as an entry to a new kind of music. Almost every Heavy D song also sampled old R&amp;B songs, which made me giddy when I would hear those songs on V-103 after the fact (sorry, don't have a full handle on every classic R&amp;B song).</p><p>But it was the outfits that set him apart. Like this half and half suit in the classic "Is it Good to You" off the Juice soundtrack. They should have a sale at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52639583367">Merry Go Round</a> in his honor:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2RZUuw5m6UM" width="550" frameborder="0" height="403"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-09/rahm-should-get-statue-springfieldor-heavy-d-dies-rayon-shirts-half- Aldermen want to decriminalize pot - media rushes to find stock photos http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-28/aldermen-want-decriminalize-pot-media-rushes-find-stock-photos-93566 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-October/2011-10-28/AP11092709295.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hmmm, should I go with the <span class="st">silhouette</span> smoking a joint stock photo?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/AP11092709295.jpg" title="" width="512" height="468"></p><p>Or just go with the generic marijuana plant?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/AP080528038872.jpg" title="AP/File " width="443" height="512"></p><p>Or heck, I'll just show a couple hippies at Woodstock:&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/Woodstock_redmond_hair.JPG" style="width: 490px; height: 336px;" title=""></p><p>The City Council is<a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/lawmakers-propose-decriminalization-some-marijuana-possession-93554"> going to vote on decriminalizing pot</a>. Not in the "hey, smoke em if you got em" decriminalization, but more of a here's an orange ticket for your weed posession instead of a weekend trip to County. The aldermen are pushing this through, although the mayor and police chief are a bit mum (they are open to it, but need to see how it would work). It's like an episode of <em>The Wire</em>, but in Chicago over dime bags. The best part of this story was the trip down memory lane. The<em> Sun-Times</em> went back into the archives to get then-Mayor Daley's take on decriminalizing pot:</p><blockquote><p class="NormalParagraphStyle">Former Mayor Richard M. Daley embraced the idea of issuing tickets for minor pot violations in 2004, only to ridicule the County Board five years later for voting to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana.</p><p class="NormalParagraphStyle">“People say you cannot smoke. ... They said, ‘Please don’t smoke.’ Now, everybody’s saying, ‘Let’s all smoke marijuana.’ After a while, you wonder where America is going,” Daley said at the time.</p><p class="NormalParagraphStyle">“Pretty soon, the headline [will be], ‘Let’s bring cigarettes back. It makes people feel calmer, quieter, relaxing.’ ... We said you cannot smoke cigarettes. Cigarette-smoking is bad for you. Now all the sudden, marijuana smoking is good for you. Can we take Lucky Strikes, mix ‘em together and say, ‘Smoking is coming back in the United States?’ ”</p></blockquote><p><strong>B story</strong>: Interesting, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-jpmorgan-wont-charge-debit-card-fee-as-big-banks-back-away-from-idea-20111028,0,126537.story">JPMorgan will NOT charge for debit cards in the future</a>. This on the heels of Bank of America's announcement that they WILL charge $5 a month for debit card use.&nbsp; Man, it makes you wish for the glory days of Corus bank. Or at least LaSalle. I want my bank to be named after my city. That's all I ask. And for a British female voice to greet me at the ATM.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: Today is the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-10-28/october-28-1893-murder-chicago-mayor-carter-harrison-93519">anniversary of the assassination of Chicago Mayor Carter Harrison</a>. See, this is when politicians needed police details. The dude who killed Harrison just knocked on his door and went back to his study and shot him.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: What is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/gospel-fest-return-and-move-south-side-93552">happening at the Department of Cultural Affairs</a>? Gospel Fest is back, but not in Grant Park. Then there is talk about the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture getting put back into Cultural Affairs and Special Events, after Daley split it all up. Let me get this straight: Daley takes the Cultural Affairs department and the Mayor's Office of Special Events and merges them. Then he takes most of the department's programming away and gives it to a new office (Tourism). Lois Weisberg quits and sounds off in the press. The new boss (Weisberg's deputy) orders an audit of the situation and decides to undo most of it and restructure the office. So, does everyone get their job back? It's like a shell game on the train, folks.</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: If you missed it yesterday, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-27/top-10-worst-tickets-get-chicago-93546">I gave you the worst ways to get a ticket in Chicago</a>. If you discover a dead body and fail to report it? $200 fine.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: This is about right for Halloween, right? Is it going to rain on Monday? Don't rain on Monday.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: This will be the first time a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/10/28/141787523/cards-win-on-11th-inning-freese-clout-force-game-7">World Series has gone to Game 7 since 2002</a>. That was the year that the Angels won over Dusty Baker's Giants. And it was that off-season that the Cubs stole him away. Could that happen with LaRussa? Or perhaps Pujols? Whatever happens this off-season, tonight is must watch baseball. What a great season.</p><p>Also, don't look now - but the <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/blackhawks/post/_/id/4668124/kane-sharp-battle-for-bragging-rights">Chicago Blackhawks have put together a blazing start</a>. Could it be that playing into April (not June) helps a team the next year? Perhaps.</p><p>And here come the<a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/7157852/did-chicago-bears-safety-chris-harris-talk-way-chicago"> columns about the Bears management after the sudden release of safety Chris Harris</a>. Best quote was from D.J. Moore, who was sort of asked if he was worried about talking too much (since that's what Harris was rumored to have done):</p><blockquote><p>"I don't worry about nothing but my girlfriend, make sure she isn't cheating on me," he said. "Other than that, I'm good. That's the only thing that would dent my ego."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Greta Johnsen is our new weekend anchor at WBEZ. She will be starting this week. So when you listen to your weekly dose of <em>Car Talk</em> and <em>Wait! Wait!</em>, turn it up! There's a new voice joining you for breakfast! Greta comes from Alaska, which seems to be the best state in the union for public radio employees (Gabe Spitzer and Ashley Gross are from there). Can't wait to listen Greta! Here's her photo. I give this to you because I always hear from you that it is weird to find out what somebody looks like after you've listened to them. So here's what she looks like BEFORE you listen to her.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-October/2011-10-28/greta.jpg" style="width: 397px; height: 310px;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 28 Oct 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-10-28/aldermen-want-decriminalize-pot-media-rushes-find-stock-photos-93566 Digesting the mayor's proposed budget with Ald. O'Connor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/digesting-mayors-budget-proposal-ald-oconnor-93113 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-13/rahm hearing WBEZ.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Emanuel delivered his view of Chicago’s fiscal future Wednesday: He presented his <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/obm/supp_info/2012%20Budget/2012BudgetOverview.pdf" target="_blank">2012 budget</a> to Chicago’s City Council. In order to close a deficit expected to run over $600 million, the mayor utilized a number of different tactics. He did not propose a raise in property or income taxes but, the rate for downtown parking, water, and in some cases, vehicle stickers would increase. And under the budget, some things could go away--more than 500 city workers might receive pink slips, three police districts were slated to close and library hours could be reduced. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered if the proposals could make a dent in Chicago’s chronic deficit scenario--could they pull the city out of its dire financial state? And moreover, will aldermen pass the budget? To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to <a href="http://www.aldermanoconnor.com/" target="_blank">Ald. Patrick O’Connor</a> (40th).</p><p>A note – <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> invited Mayor Emanuel to join the conversation but his office said he wasn’t available. The show also reached out to budget director Alexandra Holt but did not hear back about her availability.</p><p><em>Music Button: Mike Reed's People Places and Things, "It's Enough", from the album About Us, (482 Music)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 13 Oct 2011 14:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-13/digesting-mayors-budget-proposal-ald-oconnor-93113 Emanuel goes after city debtors http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-goes-after-city-debtors-92836 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-October/2011-10-05/AP081118062678 J. Scott Applewhite.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced another crackdown on people who owe the city money.</p><p>If you have unpaid parking tickets, or bank property fees and fines you haven't taken care of yet, Mayor Emanuel said it's time to pay up. His administration said it's taking new steps to collect on some of the city's debt.</p><p>Among them are improved tax audit collections, stricter enforcement on business permits and licenses, and even lawsuits filed against the worst offenders. One Chicagoan apparently owes $87,000 in parking tickets.</p><p>Emanuel said this whip-cracking will bring an additional $33 million to the city in 2012. He's going to need it as he prepares to outline his budget next week. Chicago's projected deficit for next year tops $635 million.</p><p>On Tuesday Emanuel announced a crackdown on city employees who owe money. He said those who don't comply immediately will face disciplinary action.</p></p> Wed, 05 Oct 2011 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/emanuel-goes-after-city-debtors-92836 Chicago taxpayers are still paying for the Daley administration http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-01/chicago-taxpayers-are-still-paying-daley-administration-91390 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-September/2011-09-01/APSpencer Green.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Emanuel got a second helping of public opinion on the city budget Wednesday night. The mayor held two town halls this week; he asked constituents for ideas to close the city’s estimated $635 million deficit. Much of the red ink on the city’s balance sheet bled over from the<br> Daley administration. Recent reports show that taxpayers are still paying for Daley—literally. The <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/" target="_blank"><em>Chicago Reader's</em></a> Mick Dumke joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to assess the damage.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee, "Fade Up", from the album Sing a Song, (Ubiquity)</em><br> &nbsp;</p><p><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 14:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-01/chicago-taxpayers-are-still-paying-daley-administration-91390 Chicago leaders weigh in on the first 100 days of the Emanuel administration http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-26/chicago-leaders-weigh-first-100-days-emanuel-administration-91088 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-26/first100forum1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483666-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/First 100 seg 2 of 2 mp3.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>In the second part of <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/first-100-rahm-emanuels-first-100-days-chicago-mayor" target="_blank"><em>The First 100</em></a> community forum, <em>Eight Forty-Eight's</em> Alison Cuddy was joined by a panel of local leaders: Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Transit Authority</a> president Forrest Claypool, City of Chicago comptroller <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fin/auto_generated/fin_leadership.html" target="_blank">Amer Ahmad</a> and Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events commissioner <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/auto_generated/dca_leadership.html" target="_blank">Michelle Boone</a>. Engaged local residents were invited to pose questions--online and in the flesh--to generate a dialogue centered around change within the city of Chicago.</p></p> Fri, 26 Aug 2011 15:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-26/chicago-leaders-weigh-first-100-days-emanuel-administration-91088