WBEZ | Chicago FBI http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-fbi Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Head of Chicago FBI retiring http://www.wbez.org/news/head-chicago-fbi-retiring-101311 <p><p>Robert Grant, who oversaw the investigation into former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, is retiring from his job as the top FBI official in Chicago at the end of the summer.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/grant.jpg" style="float: left; height: 262px; width: 200px;" title="Robert Grant, the special agent in charge of the Chicago FBI office since 2005 is retiring in September. (Photo courtesy of the FBI)" /></div><p>Grant has been with the FBI for almost 29 years and he&#39;s been the Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago FBI office for 7. He&#39;s leaving September 3rd to go to Los Angeles to work security for the Walt Disney company, but it&#39;s not like he&#39;ll be disciplining kids who throw their popcorn at Mickey Mouse. He&#39;ll be the Vice President of Global Intelligence, Threat Assessment and Crisis management.</p><p>&ldquo;You have to think of Disney as a large corporation that goes beyond what the public probably perceives Disney as. It&#39;s a global company and Disney is affiliated in many respects with American culture, American brand, so it has a variety of I would say threats to contend with,&rdquo; says Grant.</p><p>Grant and his investigators worked closely with prosecutors under Grant&#39;s good friend, former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who also left office recently. But Grant says law enforcement in Chicago won&#39;t suffer because both offices are filled with great people. He jokes, &ldquo;We will be forgotten a year from now.&rdquo;</p></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 17:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/head-chicago-fbi-retiring-101311 Weekender seeks out fashion on two wheels! http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-03-09/weekender-seeks-out-fashion-two-wheels-97073 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-10/bike-winter-art-show-2012-eventpage.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" mozallowfullscreen="" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/38176958?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" webkitallowfullscreen="" width="560"></iframe></p><p><em><a href="http://vimeo.com/38176958">Local improv troupe "Baby Wants Candy" performs a musical inspired by President Barack Obama and GOP Presidential candidate Mitt Romney</a> - from <a href="http://vimeo.com/wbez">WBEZ</a> on <a href="http://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</em></p><p>Tensions over Iran’s nuclear capacity have led <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/mar/08/iran-binyamin-netanyahu?newsfeed=true">to threats of</a> (if not a full-on move to) a <a href="http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/clinton-there-s-still-space-for-talks-to-tackle-iran-nuclear-issue-1.417410">military attack</a>, which in turn have many pondering the <a href="http://www.the-american-interest.com/article-bd.cfm?piece=982">wages of war.</a></p><p>The costs of conflict are felt across a society that undertakes it, in ways that can’t always be anticipated. But the heaviest load may well by borne by the veterans of war, including returning soldiers in the U.S.</p><p>We set aside certain days to commemorate them. But this weekend it turns out there are a number of unofficial, cultural opportunities to peer into the lives of soldiers, both active and post-duty.</p><p>Theatre Seven of Chicago is currently staging <a href="http://theatreseven.org/current/">In the Heart of America</a>, a 1994 play by Naomi Wallace that explores the harsh fall-out of war. Wallace tackles both the Gulf and Vietnam Wars in her play, but after Sunday’s performance, battles along a different military frontline will be scrutinized.</p><p>Members of <a href="https://www.facebook.com/GLASSgreatlakes">GLASS</a> (Gay, Lesbian and Supportive Sailors) will be part of a post-show conversation, "Beyond DADT: Impact and Aftermath." They’ll talk about what it’s like to be officially “out” in the military, and attitudes among gay and straight soldiers. The group is relatively new –<a href="http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/First-gay-group-forms-on-US-military-base/36141.html">they formed at the Great Lakes Naval Base this past February.</a></p><p>If you prefer painting to plays, then here’s a tip. <a href="https://www.nvam.org/index.php?option=com_content&amp;view=article&amp;id=381:upcoming-exhibit-overlooked-looked-over&amp;catid=109:upcoming-exhibits&amp;Itemid=97">Overlooked/Looked Over</a> is an exhibition of work by eight female veterans. The title says it all –we’re just getting used to the concept of women on the battlefield, even though they’ve played integral roles in all manner of conflict zones for a very long time.</p><p>The show’s opening reception is this Saturday at the National Veterans Art Museum. There’ll be an artists talk at 1 p.m. – plus you can get in free of charge all that day.</p><p>Finally the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago office of the FBI will face off this Saturday in the Law Enforcement Hockey Classic. This is a first time these two law-and-order organizations will meet on ice – they’re helping raise funds for <a href="http://www.honorflightchicago.org/">Honor Flight Chicago</a> (founded by four Chicago women) which flies World War II and other veterans to see the memorials on the Mall in Washington D.C.</p><p>You can find out more about that event by listening in to the latest episode – the rest of our picks are below. Enjoy!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-07/bike-winter-art-show-2012-eventpage.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 180px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://chicagocriticalmass.org/artshow"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>1. Bike Winter Fashion Show</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 7pm</p><p>A night of bicycle enthusiasts, cycling comrades and two-wheelin' fashionistas. Did we mention the puppets?</p><p><a href="http://www.facebook.com/GalaGalleryChicago">Gala Gallery</a></p><p>1000 N Milwaukee Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><br> <img alt="" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-08/v.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 154px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.jazzinchicago.org/presents/jazzcity/good-vibes-tribute-greats-jazz-vibraphone"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>2. Good Vibes: Tribute to Greats of the Jazz Vibraphone</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 7pm</p><p>Vibists Jim Cooper, Kathy Kelly and 16-year-old Joel Ross explore the music of Lionel Hampton, Red Norvo, Milt Jackson, Gary Burton and others!</p><p><a href="http://explorechicago.org/city/en/things_see_do/attractions/tourism/sherman_park.html">Sherman Park</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 1301 W 52nd St</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-07/baby-wants-candy.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 160px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://babywantscandy.com/new"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Baby Wants Candy</strong></span></a></p><p>Friday 10:30pm</p><p>A group that improvises a 45-minute musical based on audience suggestions. Shout a title, they'll sing and dance it!</p><p><a href="http://www.chicago-theater.com/theaters/apollo-theater/theater.php">Apollo Theater</a>&nbsp;&nbsp; 2540 N Lincoln Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-07/hockey-flyer-lg-v2.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 142px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p><a href="http://www.fbiccaaa.org/events/2012/HockeyClassic.pdf"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>4. Law Enforcement Hockey Classic</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 7pm</p><p>The Law on Ice! <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cpd.html">Chicago Police Department</a> vs. <a href="http://www.fbi.gov/chicago/">Chicago FBI</a> Fundraiser for <a href="http://www.honorflightchicago.org/">Honor Flight Chicago</a></p><p><a href="http://www.bensenville.il.us/index.aspx?nid=114">The Edge Ice Arenas</a>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>735 E Jefferson St&nbsp;&nbsp; Bensenville, IL</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-08/35-atlg.jpg" style="width: 240px; height: 208px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://robertglasper.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>5. Robert Glasper</strong></span></a></p><p>Saturday 9pm</p><p>Robert Glasper fuses his jazz, hip-hop and soul chops on his brilliant fifth album, <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Black-Radio-Robert-Glasper-Experiment/dp/B0067Q04AM">Black Radio</a></p><p><a href="http://www.doubledoor.com/event/85061/">Double Door</a></p><p>1572 N Milwaukee Ave</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-07/TPF-logo-with-text-2.png" style="width: 240px; height: 144px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>6. <a href="http://www.talkingpicturesfestival.org">The Talking Pictures Festival</a></strong></span></p><p>Friday - Sunday</p><p>The fourth annual festival of Chicago independent filmmaking!</p><p><a href="http://www.medill.northwestern.edu/msjformAB/">Noyes Cultural Arts Center, Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism</a>&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.epl.org/">Evanston Public Library</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 09 Mar 2012 11:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/alison-cuddy/2012-03-09/weekender-seeks-out-fashion-two-wheels-97073 Head of Chicago FBI on 9/11 reflects on attacks http://www.wbez.org/story/head-chicago-fbi-911-reflects-attacks-91711 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-08/Kathleen McChesney (AP PhotoAdele Starr).jpg" alt="" /><p><p>September 11th 2001 was supposed to be Kathleen McChesney's last day on the job, topped off by a reception in her honor.&nbsp; That didn't happen.&nbsp; McChesney was the special agent in charge of the FBI in Chicago.&nbsp; As one of the top federal officials in the Chicago area, McChesney had to map out a local response to the unprecedented attacks.&nbsp; We now know that there weren't any attacks here, but McChesney says, on that day, no one knew what to expect.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 21:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/head-chicago-fbi-911-reflects-attacks-91711