WBEZ | President Bill Clinton http://www.wbez.org/tags/president-bill-clinton Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en President Clinton visits Chicago, announces job growth commitments http://www.wbez.org/story/president-clinton-visits-chicago-announces-job-growth-commitments-88541 <p><p>President Bill Clinton announced in Chicago Wednesday that the AFL-CIO is committed to raising $10 billion over the next five years for American infrastructure projects.</p><p>Clinton is leading a two-day conference of the Clinton Global Initiative, with participants ranging from political leaders to economists. The group hopes to brainstorm solutions for revitalizing the American economy.</p><p>Beyond raising billions over the next five years for infrastructure, the AFL-CIO is also committing to raising $20 million towards energy-efficient retrofits of buildings, according to Clinton.</p><p>"All the public buildings can afford to do retrofits now because they can structure the returns so that they make an appropriate profit for the funds that invest, and they allow the buildings investment to be paid off long enough term so that they can be paid off entirely from lower utility costs," Clinton said.</p><p>The labor group also plans to train 400,000 apprentices and provide skills upgrades and certifications.</p><p>Clinton also announced a second initiative that will work towards helping residents in the tornado-devastated city of Joplin, MO. Onshore Technology Services plans to create 1,000 jobs there over the next five years.</p><p>The third commitment involves Kiva.org, a global micro-lending organization, and Visa. Together, these two groups committed to bring $1 million &nbsp;to small businesses in Detroit. According to Clinton, over the next two years, the commitment will also roll out in other American cities, dispersing a total of $3.5 million in loans.</p><p>Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel also attended the first day of the meetings, where he spoke about job creation in Chicago.</p><p>The meetings will continue into Thursday.</p></p> Wed, 29 Jun 2011 21:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/president-clinton-visits-chicago-announces-job-growth-commitments-88541 The Clintonian Way: Lessons from President Clinton’s midterm rebound http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/clintonian-way-lessons-president-clinton%E2%80%99s-midterm-rebound <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//obama clinton Jim Watson Getty.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>This is not the first time that Democrats have lost their Congressional footing. During President Clinton&rsquo;s first term, Newt Gingrich famously led a Republican revolution and took over Congress in 1994. Despite the setback, Clinton won a second term and is prominent in American politics even today. In fact, President Obama recently tapped Clinton in to endorse his tax-cut deal with Republicans. Might Obama have more to learn from the way Clinton handled his Congressional defeat? Historian Rick Perlstein shared his thoughts. Perlstein is author of <a href="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/074324303X/booksinfo-20/ref=nosim/" target="_blank">&quot;Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America.&quot;</a></p><p><em>Music Button: Jason Robinson, &quot;The Two Faces of Janus&quot;, from the CD The Two Faces of Janus, (Cuneiform)&nbsp; </em></p></p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 15:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/clintonian-way-lessons-president-clinton%E2%80%99s-midterm-rebound Moseley Braun, Davis to Bill Clinton: Stay out of town http://www.wbez.org/story/african-americans/moseley-braun-danny-davis-agree-bill-clinton-should-stay-out-mayors-race <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//IMG_6666.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Another candidate for Chicago mayor is telling a former president to stay out of the campaign.</p><p>Former Illinois U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun is the latest candidate with harsh words for former President Bill Clinton. Mr. Clinton is expected to campaign for Rahm Emanuel, much to the chagrin of Moseley Braun.</p><p>&quot;I think that what we have is an outsider running for mayor and bringing outsiders in to help him,&quot;&nbsp;she said.</p><p>In the 1990s, Emanuel worked in the administration of then-President Bill Clinton. A spokesman for the Emanuel campaign said Mr. Clinton is expected to stump for his former advisor's mayoral campaign.</p><p>Moseley Braun said Emanuel is not a real Chicagoan since he lived in Washington, D.C. while working as White House chief of staff. She stopped short of bringing race into the issue.</p><p>Recently Congressman Danny Davis, an African-American candidate, like Moseley Braun, said Mr. Clinton should not get involved in the mayor's race. If he does, Davis said Mr. Clinton risks damaging the former president's relationship with the African-American community.</p><p>State Sen. James Meeks, an African-American, dropped out of the race last week. That leaves Congressman Davis and former Illinois U.S. Senator Carol Moseley Braun as the two major African-American candidates who are campaigning.</p></p> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 19:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/african-americans/moseley-braun-danny-davis-agree-bill-clinton-should-stay-out-mayors-race Bill Clinton rallies for Illinois Democrats http://www.wbez.org/story/alexi-giannoulias/bill-clinton-rallies-illinois-democrats <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2010-October/2010-10-26/clinton43.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former President Bill Clinton was in Chicago Tuesday stumping for Illinois Democrats.</p><p>Mr. Clinton spoke for about 52 minutes at the downtown Chicago Palmer House Hilton Hotel. At times, his speech sounded more like a college professor's lecture than a rallying cry for Democrats.</p><p>Mr. Clinton addressed the polls around the country, which by and large show Democrats struggling. &quot;And I've seen this movie before,&quot;&nbsp;he said. &quot;This is what happened in '94 when the Republicans said, 'Stop thinking. Be mad. You hired Bill Clinton to fix it. You don't feel fixed yet. Vote them all out.'&quot;<br /><br />Mr. Clinton defended legislation the Democratic-controlled Congress has passed, including the stimulus bill and health care reform. Mr. Clinton was joined on stage by Illinois Democrats who are in tight races, including Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, Governor Pat Quinn, U.S. Representatives Bill Foster and Debbie Halvorson and Congressional hopeful Dan Seals.</p></p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 19:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/alexi-giannoulias/bill-clinton-rallies-illinois-democrats