WBEZ | Latino caucus http://www.wbez.org/tags/latino-caucus Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Afternoon Shift: Black and Latino relations at City Hall and beyond http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-06-02/afternoon-shift-black-and-latino-relations-city-hall-and-beyond <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/Daniel%20X.%20O%27Neil.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="(Photo: Flickr/Daniel X. O'Neil)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208508357&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Chicago&#39;s Black and Latino Caucuses</span><br />Two thirds of Chicago&rsquo;s population are black or Latino, we talk to two aldermen who represent the Black and Latino Caucuses in City Council. Alderman Roderick Sawyer represents the 6th ward and is the Chair of City Council&rsquo;s Black Caucus. Alderman George Cardenas represents the 12th ward and is Chair of City Council&rsquo;s Latino Caucus. Ald. Cardenas and Ald. Sawyer join us to discuss the concerns and the work of their respective caucuses.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guests:</strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b641-f058-5009-1acb011b3fb0"><a href="https://twitter.com/rodericktsawyer">Roderick Sawyer</a></span> is 6th ward alderman.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b641-f058-5009-1acb011b3fb0"><a href="https://twitter.com/aldcardenas">George Cardenas</a></span> is 12th ward alderman.&nbsp;</em></li></ul><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208508362&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><span style="font-family: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-size: 24px;">Unleashed dogs threaten bird sanctuary on Montrose Beach</span><br />It can be tough to find a truly peaceful place in the bustle of Chicago but north side residents know that Montrose Beach is one of those places...for birds. In addition to a beautiful lakefront beach, Montrose is home to a protected bird sanctuary. It&rsquo;s one of Chicago&rsquo;s top birding spots and one of the few places within the city where you can spot rare species of migrating birds. But lately, there have been clashes between birders and a different animal-loving group: dog owners. Dogs aren&rsquo;t allowed on Chicago&rsquo;s beaches but that hasn&rsquo;t stopped owners from unleashing their dogs on Montrose Beach. Birders are worried the dogs will scare away the rare birds that have been visiting the sanctuary this Spring. Joining us to discuss the situation is Luis Munoz, President of the Chicago Ornithological Society.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Luis Munoz is President of the <a href="http://chicagobirder.org/">Chicago Ornithological Society</a>.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208508473&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b645-7fac-6830-b349c11c07ba"><font color="#333333"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Private helicopter industry could be returning to the Windy City</span></font><br />Imagine the city skyline dotted with helicopters buzzing back and forth delivering valuable documents or VIP&#39;s to important meetings. It&#39;s a system that already exists in other cities around the country, such as New York, and used to be available here. Now, a group of investors and a former Marine One helicopter pilot are bringing that service back to Chicago. Journalist, Dave McKinney, recently wrote about the story for </span>The New York Times and he joins us with more.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b645-7fac-6830-b349c11c07ba">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/davemckinney">Dave McKinney</a> is a freelance journalist.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208508570&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><font color="#333333"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Gov. Rauner proposes use of two additional runways at O&#39;Hare</span></font><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b647-68da-e9e4-e6a01a1918fc">The City of Chicago is asking the FAA to postpone dismantling one of O&rsquo;Hares diagonal runways. Aviation officials planned to close the runway this coming August. The request comes on the heels of a new bill before Governor Rauner, which would allow the airport to use ten runways instead of just eight. Jon Hilkevitch is the transportation reporter for the </span>Chicago Tribune, and he joins us with details on the bill and what the city is doing to address jet-noise complaints from residents.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/jhilkevitch">Jon Hilkevitch</a> is a Chicago Tribune reporter.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208349827&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><font color="#333333"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Future of former Finkl Steel site puts heat on new aldermen</span></font><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b649-15a1-0132-555c9fd5dc30">When A. Finkl and Sons steel company moved from West Lincoln Park to Chicago&rsquo;s South Side a few years ago, it left more than 30 acres of land behind. That&rsquo;s like 30 football fields, only a few miles from downtown Chicago.&nbsp;</span><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b649-15a1-0132-555c9fd5dc30">And now, there are lots of competing ideas and debates over the future development of the Finkl space, which means lots of pressure on the neighborhood&rsquo;s brand-new alderman. WBEZ&rsquo;s Lauren Chooljian reports.&nbsp;</span></p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">Lauren Chooljian</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208508201&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><span style="font-size: 24px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Tech Shift: Exploratory research into the microbiology of human space travel</span><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b64b-0b85-58bb-85b86bdd7932">In 2014 microbes collected from our favorite Chicago dinosaur, that would be the Field Museum&rsquo;s Sue the T-Rex , were launched into space. It was part of an effort to send microbes from all kinds of earth environments into space to see how they grow. The point? To learn how microbes associated with everyday human life react in a closed, limited-gravity environment and what implications this may have for humans during long-term space travel. Now, the results are in. Dr. David Coil, Project MERCCURI researcher and a Project Scientist in the Microbiology Lab of Jonathan Eisen at the University of California at Davis, joins us with details on the experiment.</span><br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong><em> <a href="https://twitter.com/davidacoil">Dr. David Coil</a> is a Project Scientist in the Microbiology Lab of Jonathan Eisen at the University of California at Davis.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208508716&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><span style="font-size: 24px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Chicago&#39;s 606 trail to open Saturday</span><br />Chicago&rsquo;s getting a brand new ribbon of green space on Saturday. The 606 is a nearly three mile long recreational trail for biking, jogging and walking. It sits seventeen feet above the ground on an old elevated freight train track that passes through four neighborhoods: Wicker Park, Bucktown, Logan Square and Humboldt Park. The 606 officially opens June 6 but Mayor Emanuel had an unveiling of sorts on Tuesday. Before the announcement, we caught up with WBEZ&rsquo;s Susie An for a first impression.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/soosieon">Susie An</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208508810&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><span style="font-size: 24px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The Bulls hire former player as new head coach</span><br />Less than a week after firing head coach Tom Thibodeau, the Chicago Bulls announced his successor at a press event on Tuesday. 42-year-old Fred Hoiberg, a former Bulls player and head coach of the Iowa State men&#39;s basketball team, returns to the Windy City to take the helm for a Bulls organization that has been competitive in recent years but hasn&#39;t won a NBA Championship since the late &#39;90s. WBEZ&#39;s sports contributor Cheryl Raye-Stout joins us with more.&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">Cheryl Raye-Stout</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s sports contributor.</em></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/208508943&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><br /><span style="font-size: 24px; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Mayor Emanuel makes changes to Chicago Board of Education</span><br /><span id="docs-internal-guid-5d86ce52-b64f-b4a0-d2ad-c8806060f531">Mayor Rahm Emanuel is replacing four of the seven members of the Chicago Board of Education. WBEZ&rsquo;s Becky Vevea joins us to explain what&rsquo;s going on. </span><br /><br /><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/beckyvevea">Becky Vevea</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></p></p> Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-06-02/afternoon-shift-black-and-latino-relations-city-hall-and-beyond Chicago remap vote could come this week as Hispanic Caucus OKs compromise http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-remap-vote-could-come-week-hispanic-caucus-oks-compromise-95605 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-January/2012-01-17/IMG_1138.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago aldermen will sit for a final public meeting Wednesday before moving ahead with plans to re-draw the city's ward boundaries - perhaps as soon as Thursday. This comes after the City Council's Hispanic Caucus took a private vote in support a compromise plan.</p><p>At a City Hall hearing Tuesday afternoon, Rules Committee Chair Dick Mell (33rd) - the leader of the redistricting process - told a crowd of concerned residents that no one will be happy with the final map, not even the aldermen.</p><p>"We'll have to make new friends in a lot of cases, and make new constituents," Mell said. "And we'll lose a lot of old constituents, and a lot of old friends."</p><p>Mell has been working behind the scenes to craft a compromise that would win support from 41 aldermen, enough to avoid sending the issue to voters in a referendum. He said Tuesday afternoon that he'd reach that number if the council's Latino Caucus signed on.</p><p>And in a meeting that evening, the eight Hispanic aldermen came to an agreement, according to the caucus' chair, 25th Ward Ald. Danny Solis.</p><p>"They said they would support it," Solis said in an interview following the meeting. "The only issue that was a little bit still in question [was] timing."</p><p>Solis said some members of the caucus wanted to delay a vote on the map until next week, but he said that would not be a dealbreaker.</p><p>The full City Council is scheduled to vote on the map in a special meeting on Thursday, immediately following a Rules Committee meeting. But if two or more aldermen use a parliamentary maneuver to "defer and publish," the vote could be delayed a week or longer.</p><p>The compromise now under discussion is based largely on a proposal originally put forward by the council's Black Caucus, but there has been tinkering to some boundaries. It would include 13 wards where Hispanics make up a comfortable majority of the voting age population, and 18 for black Chicagoans.</p><p>Solis also said he believes a "majority" of the eight white aldermen who signed on to his caucus' original proposal - including Alds. John Pope, James Balcer (11th) and Michele Smith (43rd) - would support the compromise, making Mell's quest for 41 votes all the easier.</p><p>That new map has not been made public or filed with the city clerk's office. But, according to Solis, the Hispanic aldermen want to make details of it available during Wednesday night's hearing at North-Grand High School on the city's West Side.</p></p> Tue, 17 Jan 2012 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-remap-vote-could-come-week-hispanic-caucus-oks-compromise-95605 City's ward remap drawing more battle lines than boundaries http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-16/citys-ward-remap-drawing-more-battle-lines-boundaries-94965 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-16/3683_75d13a813ebe85f.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>City Hall was tense Thursday and more political maneuvering was expected Friday. Aldermen have been fighting for electoral survival as they redraw the <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/about/wards.html" target="_blank">city’s ward boundaries</a>, which they have to do every 10 years using new census data. But demographic shifts have made this decade’s debate more difficult than in the past. WBEZ’s political reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/sam-hudzik" target="_blank">Sam Hudzik</a> joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about the map-making mess.</p><p><em>Music Button: 11 Acorn Lane, "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", from the album Happy Holy Days, (self released)</em></p></p> Fri, 16 Dec 2011 14:45:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-16/citys-ward-remap-drawing-more-battle-lines-boundaries-94965