WBEZ | forrest claypool http://www.wbez.org/tags/forrest-claypool Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: C4 Closing http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-04-27/morning-shift-c4-closing-111943 <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/Keoni%20Cabral.jpg.jpg" style="height: 413px; width: 620px;" title="Flickr/Keoni Cabral" /></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202809904&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></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Symposium talks youth and police</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">For the past four years, the journalism-based production company Invisible Institute, along with the University of Chicago&rsquo;s Mandel Legal Aid clinic, have been tracking the everyday encounters between African-American youth on the city&rsquo;s South Side and police. This past Friday and Saturday, the University of Chicago played host to the Youth/Police Conference. It was a chance to share findings, stories, perspectives, and ideas. WBEZ producer Kathy Chaney was there for parts of both days and she tells us what she learned.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/kathychaney">Kathy Chaney</a> is a WBEZ reporter/producer.</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202809901&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></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Bulls and Blackhawks</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">The Bulls were looking for a sweep on Saturday night, but someone stole the broom. The Blackhawks, on the other hand, made sure there was no game 7 in their first-round series against Nashville. WBEZ&rsquo;s Cheryl Raye Stout reviews the weekend in sports.&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Crayestout">Cheryl Raye Stout</a> is WBEZ&#39;s sports contributor.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202809899&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></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Grading Claypool at CTA</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Forrest Claypool is leaving his post as President of the Chicago Transit Authority and going to the fifth floor to be Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s Chief of Staff, a job he had before under Mayor Richard M. Daley. He started at the CTA in 2011 and that time included launching the Red Line Extension Project, the Purple and Red Line Modernization Project and the conversion from the Chicago Card to the Ventra Card. Chicago Tribune&rsquo;s transportation reporter Jon Hilkevitch spent everyday following Claypool&rsquo;s policies at the agency and he reviews his hits and misses.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/jhilkevitch">Jon Hilkevitch</a> is the <a href="http://t.co/EyY6WL66pQ">Chicago Tribune</a><a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/hilkevitch/">&#39;s</a> transportation reporter.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202809893&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></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">C4 Closing</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">Community Counseling Centers of Chicago - also known as C4 - says it will have to close its doors at the end of May. C4 serves over 10,000 people a year. The closing happens as the Chicago&rsquo;s mental health infrastructure is already in crisis. The City of Chicago closed half its mental health clinics in 2012, and Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is proposing hefty mental health cuts in his new budget. Mental Health workers across the city say the diminishing community based services will likely mean more people in prison, nursing homes, and emergency rooms. We talk about the effects of these closures on this community. Read WBEZ reporter Shannon Heffernan&#39;s article <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/large-provider-chicago-mental-health-services-c4-closing-111937">here.</a></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em>Mark Hyerman is a professor at the <a href="https://twitter.com/UofC">University of Chicago Law School</a>.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202809892&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></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit;">Chicago band Dolly Varden celebrates 20 years</span></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">There&rsquo;s hype of global proportions surrounding the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead this year. But there&rsquo;s another musical milestone closer to home. The band Dolly Varden is celebrating 20 years together. Sure, they haven&rsquo;t been touring and recording non-stop for two decades. But 20 years is a long time for any musical endeavor to stay together, stay creative and stay friends. We hear some music and find out the secret to the band&rsquo;s longevity as they prepare for a big anniversary concert May 2 at the <a href="http://www.oldtownschool.org/concerts/2015/05-02-2015-dolly-varden-20th-anniversary-8pm/">Old Town School of Folk Music</a>.</p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/DollyVardenUSA">Dolly Varden</a> is a Chicago-based band.&nbsp;</em></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);">&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 27 Apr 2015 07:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-04-27/morning-shift-c4-closing-111943 Afternoon Shift: Week in Review http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-04-24/afternoon-shift-week-review-111942 <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/WBEZ%20Lynette%20Kalsnes.JPG" style="height: 465px; width: 620px;" title="(WBEZ/Lynette Kalsnes)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202400178&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></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><font color="#333333"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Week in Review: Funeral for Cardinal George, Mayor Emanuel&#39;s new Cheif of Staff, and Dante Servin acquittal</span></font></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed03-9cd8-e4a0-bdbab5a0d14e">We wrap up this week&rsquo;s biggest news headlines with </span>TouchVision TV Edit Director, Scott Smith, and Chicago Tribune reporter, Juan Perez. We discuss Mayor Emanuel&rsquo;s choice for chief of staff: CTA President, Forrest Claypool; the week&rsquo;s memorial services for Cardinal Francis George; and, Dante Servin&rsquo;s acquittal in the death of Rekia Boyd. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed03-9cd8-e4a0-bdbab5a0d14e">Guests:</span></strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><a href="https://twitter.com/ourmaninchicago">Scott Smith</a> is TouchVision TV&rsquo;s Edit Director.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed03-9cd8-e4a0-bdbab5a0d14e"><a href="https://twitter.com/PerezJr">Juan Perez</a></span> is a Chicago Tribune reporter.</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202400578&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></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Friday Mini Mix featuring DJ Carlos Feliciano</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Every Friday we bring you a brand new mix from the Vocalo DJ Collective, curated by DJ Jesse De La Pena. Today&rsquo;s set comes from DJ Carlos Feliciano and features underground and soulful House music.</p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed05-9eaa-7b2f-875fb146b5b5">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://soundcloud.com/soulamyte">Carlos Feliciano</a> is a Chicago-based DJ.</em></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202406042&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"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Wanda Vista Tower&#39;s proposed location causes mixed feelings in Lakeshore East</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed07-111c-08c4-822f8ccc9b75">The prospect of adding a new skyscraper to the city skyline may be exciting but some residents in the area where the proposed Wanda Vista Tower would be built have mixed feelings about how a 93-story building would affect the aesthetics of the neighborhood. </span>Crain&#39;s Chicago Business real estate reporter, Dennis Rodkin, has talked to residents in Chicago&#39;s Lakeshore East and he joins us with more.</p><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed07-111c-08c4-822f8ccc9b75">Guest: </span></strong><em><a href="https://twitter.com/Dennis_Rodkin">Dennis Rodkin</a> is a Crain&rsquo;s Chicago Business reporter.</em></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202406139&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"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Hubble Space Telescope celebrates 25 years</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed07-111c-08c4-822f8ccc9b75">T</span>wenty-five years ago today, NASA launched the Hubble Space Telescope. And ever since, our understanding of the entire universe has been altered. Michelle Nichols of Adler Planetarium joins us to discuss the legacy of the Hubble Space Telescope.</p><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Michelle Nichols is Master Educator at the <a href="http://www.adlerplanetarium.org/">Adler Planetarium</a>.</em></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202405776&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"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Tech Shift: Week in Review</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed09-bc96-e7d3-83eb9830c1fa">Some of the week&rsquo;s most popular tech news including: Chicago&rsquo;s tech talent rankings; Google&rsquo;s latest project, </span>Google Fi; plus, a conversation on rural broadband access and why it&rsquo;s important. WBEZ&rsquo;s Director of Digital, Tim Akimoff, and Datascope&rsquo;s Laurie Skelly, join us for this edition of Tech Shift week in review.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed09-bc96-e7d3-83eb9830c1fa">Guests:</span></strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><a href="https://twitter.com/timakimoff">Tim Akimoff</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s Director of Digital.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed09-bc96-e7d3-83eb9830c1fa"><a href="https://twitter.com/laurieskelly">Laurie Skelly</a></span> is Datascope&rsquo;s Data Scientist.</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202406236&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"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Joliet legislators consider law to limit use of puppy mills</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">After more than eighty dogs were rescued from an alleged puppy mill in Kankakee in early April, lawmakers in Joliet are considering a new ordinance that would limit the use of puppy mills in area pet stores. Cari Meyers is the founder of the Puppy Mill Project, which assisted in that raid, and she joins us with details.</p><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed0b-cb5c-bd59-8deaf12aa3cd"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em>Cari Meyers is founder of the </em></span><em><a href="http://www.thepuppymillproject.org/the-story-of-the-puppy-mill-project/">The Puppy Mill Project</a>.</em></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202406402&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"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Major Chicago mental health provider forced to close its doors</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">A large and longstanding provider of mental health care in Chicago has been forced to close its doors. Community Counseling Centers of Chicago &mdash; known as C4 &mdash; started out as a one-room storefront in the early 70&rsquo;s. The goal back then was to help psychiatric patients rebuild their lives after time spent in mental hospitals in Uptown and Edgewater. Since then, the organization expanded across the city, providing clinical services and counseling to more than 10,000 people suffering from mental illness, substance abuse, and more. WBEZ&rsquo;s Shannon Heffernan brings us the latest on the center&rsquo;s closing. We also hear from Josh Evans of the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed0d-60b0-ae08-bcd8fc64b019">Guests:</span></strong></p><ul dir="ltr"><li><em><a href="https://twitter.com/shannon_h">Shannon Heffernan</a> is a WBEZ reporter.</em></li><li><em><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed0d-60b0-ae08-bcd8fc64b019">Josh Evans is Vice President of Government Relations at the </span><a href="http://www.iarf.org/AboutUs.aspx">Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities</a>.</em></li></ul></div><p><iframe width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/202406475&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"></iframe></p><p style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><span style="font-size: 24px;">Picture of Illinois State budget cuts starts to take shape</span></p><div style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: 22px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51);"><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed12-8e80-c7fc-edc1d325f216">We&rsquo;re getting a better idea of where the State of Illinois budget cuts, intended to fix a $1.6 billion hole, will be going into effect. WBEZ&rsquo;s Tony Arnold joins us with more. And by the way, if you&rsquo;re trying to keep up on the latest with Illinois politics, be sure to see </span><a href="http://interactive.wbez.org/rauner/">The Rauner Play-by-Play</a> on wbez.org.</p><p dir="ltr" style="margin: 0px 0px 18px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span id="docs-internal-guid-7e7ed9f0-ed12-8e80-c7fc-edc1d325f216">Guest: </span><a href="https://twitter.com/tonyjarnold">Tony Arnold</a> is a WBEZ reporter.&nbsp;</p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 24 Apr 2015 14:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift/2015-04-24/afternoon-shift-week-review-111942 Final phase of Ventra rollout suspended, developer apologizes http://www.wbez.org/news/final-phase-ventra-rollout-suspended-developer-apologizes-109094 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ventra.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr">Chicago commuters will be able to hold on to those old Chicago Cards and magnetic strip cards for a little while longer. Chicago Transit Authority officials announced the the final phase of the new <a href="http://ventrachicago.com/">Ventra </a>system&rsquo;s rollout will be suspended until a few of its problems are fixed. Chicago Cards and Chicago Card Plus were supposed to be phased out by November 15.</p><p dir="ltr">CTA President Forrest Claypool also said the agency won&rsquo;t pay the developer, Cubic Transportation Systems, any of the $454 million, 12-year contract, until the company meets three criterion: customer service wait times must be five minutes or less, processing times for the tap-and-go function of a Ventra card must be under two and a half seconds--99 percent of the time--and all readers and vending machines must be operational 99 percent of the time.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;The bottom line is that too many of our customers are confused and frustrated and that&rsquo;s our fault,&rdquo; Claypool told members of the City Club at a luncheon Tuesday.</p><p dir="ltr">Cubic&rsquo;s head of North American operations, Richard Wunderle, was on hand to answer some questions as well.</p><p dir="ltr">&ldquo;This transition period wasn&rsquo;t our shining light, and for that I want to apologize to the riders of CTA,&rdquo; said Wunderle. &ldquo;It wasn&rsquo;t our best effort but it will get better, so I apologize for that.&rdquo;</p><p dir="ltr">Cubic isn&rsquo;t new to the public transit game: They&rsquo;ve got 400 fare-collection projects in operation across the world, including systems in Sydney, London and Washington, D.C. But the Ventra system marks the first time the company&rsquo;s tackled an open-fare, contactless card system; and officials say it&rsquo;s the first of its kind in North America.</p><p dir="ltr">Wunderle said Cubic engineers are already at work on a number of fixes to get things up to speed.</p><p dir="ltr">One issue that&rsquo;s drawn many complaints from CTA riders is being charged for multiple taps of their Ventra card at the turnstile. Officials say customers would tap their card, and after not immediately seeing a green &ldquo;Go&rdquo; signal, they&rsquo;d tap multiple times or move to a different lane. As of Tuesday, Cubic said they added a new &ldquo;processing&rdquo; screen to show riders the system is working before it lets them through. Engineers will also be upgrading the Ventra software over the weekend to try and bring processing times down on card readers to two-and-a-half seconds or less. CTA officials said that&rsquo;s happening 95 percent of the time--but the other 5 percent of the time, processing times varied from three to 10 seconds, sometimes more.</p><p dir="ltr">Claypool said the issue that&rsquo;s upset him the most is the long wait times for callers trying to reach a customer service agent, calling it a &ldquo;self-inflicted wound.&rdquo; The CTA chief said on one day last month, the center was overwhelmed with 20,000 calls. Some customers couldn&rsquo;t get through to an agent at all, while others waited, and waited - in some cases, for more than 30 minutes. Cubic has hired more customer service agents since then, and plans to expand further.</p><p dir="ltr">No timeline has been set for when the Ventra rollout will continue. Wunderle said he can&rsquo;t really give a &ldquo;best guess&rdquo; how long it will take the company to address the CTA&rsquo;s three benchmarks, only estimating &ldquo;weeks&rdquo; when pressed by a reporter.</p><p dir="ltr">Other interesting Ventra facts:</p><ul><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">The entire Ventra contract lasts 12 years: The two years allotted for engineering the system are almost up. The next 10 years of the contract will be for the service.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Cubic paid $92 million up front toward the transition: installing card readers, vending machines, call center operations, etc.</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">CTA lawyers will be looking into how many fares they&rsquo;ve missed because of bus drivers waving people through when there seemed to be problems with the Ventra card</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">50 percent of CTA riders are now using Ventra cards</p></li><li dir="ltr"><p dir="ltr">Card readers will now display a &ldquo;low balance&rdquo; screen that lets customers know their Ventra card balance is under $10</p></li></ul><p dir="ltr"><em>Lauren Chooljian is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian">@laurenchooljian</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 06 Nov 2013 13:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/final-phase-ventra-rollout-suspended-developer-apologizes-109094 Wells Street Bridge to be closed for a year http://www.wbez.org/news/wells-street-bridge-be-closed-year-103554 <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/6679244655_22bfa7aaec_z.jpg" style="height: 459px; width: 620px; " title="(Flickr/Seth Anderson)" /></div><p>Starting Monday November 5, the Wells Street Bridge will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians for a year, as the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) works to reconstruct it.</p><p>CTA trains will still use the bridge, excluding &quot;two nine-day service interruptions next spring, when the CTA will also rebuild the Loop &lsquo;L&rsquo; junction at Lake and Wells Streets, known as Tower 18,&quot; <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/cdot/provdrs/bridge/news/2012/oct/wells_street_bridgetobereconstructed.html">said the City of Chicago</a>. These interruptions are scheduled for March and late April of 2013.</p><p>The historic parts of the bridge, including the railings and bridge houses, will be replaced but will remain period; the bridge was originally built in 1922. But all trusses and steel framing for the lower level road and upper level railway structures will be replaced, as will the mechnical and electrical parts.</p><p>Traffic will be rerouted to LaSalle and Clark Street bridges; the #11 and #125 buses will reroute to take Kinzie, LaSalle and Wacker, eventually routing ending back to Wells.</p><p>During the complete closure periods, on weekdays, Brown Line trains will either end at Merchandise Mart or keep going to the State Street subway. Bus shuttles will also be used.</p><p>According to CDOT, on the weekdays, almost 700 trains pass through the Tower 18 junction on a weekday, with almost 500 on the weekends. CTA President Forrest Claypool said the work on Tower 18 was originally scheduled to take place during the continued Loop Track renewal project, but combining it with the Wells Bridge repairs will save the city $500,000 in construction costs.</p></p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 11:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/wells-street-bridge-be-closed-year-103554 North Side Red Line could see similar major construction http://www.wbez.org/news/north-side-red-line-could-see-similar-major-construction-99828 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/redline-belmont.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The president of the Chicago Transit Authority says the North Side of the Red Line is next.</p><p>Earlier this week, Forrest Claypool announced the South Side portion of the Red Line will be completely shut down for five months next year for reconstruction.&nbsp;But Claypool says a similar project is in the works for North Side Red Line riders as well.</p><p>&quot;I got news for people,&quot; Claypool <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/afternoon-shift-steve-edwards/2012-06-05/forrest-claypool-red-line-south-closure-plan-99825">said Tuesday on WBEZ&#39;s <em>Afternoon Shift</em></a>. &quot;The north Red Line has to be rebuilt as well. And we&#39;re not that many years away from that happening.&quot;</p><p>Claypool said he would not want to completely shut down the North Side Red Line.</p><p>He said the Red Line is longer on the North Side than on the South Side and construction would likely be staggered, rather than have the entire stretch closed at one time.</p><p>&quot;There clearly will be disruptions at that time, but at the end of the day years from now, assuming we get the proper federal support for that project, you will have literally a brand new railroad from the far northern suburbs to the very southern portions of the City of Chicago,&quot; he said.</p></p> Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:17:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/north-side-red-line-could-see-similar-major-construction-99828 More people using CTA http://www.wbez.org/story/more-people-using-cta-97261 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2012-March/2012-03-14/CTA accordion bus Flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-13/cta web flickr.jpg" style="width: 630px; height: 420px;" title="2011 ridership on CTA reached highest level in twenty years. (Flickr/CTA Web)"></p><p>Chicago Transit Authority ridership went up to 530 million boardings last year, reaching its highest ridership level since 1991.</p><p>Rail ridership grew by 5.2 percent compared to an increase of 1.4 percent in bus usage. The Blue and Brown Lines saw the greatest share of the increase with nearly 6 million more riders.</p><p>“Part of it [the increase] is obviously factors outside our control like rising gas prices,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool. But Claypool also attributes the increase to “improvements we’ve made to provide a safer and more clean and customer friendly experience,” said Claypool.</p><p>With increased ridership, Claypool expects there will be a more urgent need for infracstructure improvements. Claypool said there are plans in place to improve stations on the Howard branch of the Red Line and a reconstruction of the tracks along the Dan Ryan Branch. The CTA also plans to begin replacing older series buses this year.</p><p>Claypool said the improvements may lead to some delays.</p><p>"It may require inconveniences, but in the long run you’ll have faster trains. You’ll have better service overall.” he said.</p></p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 23:13:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/more-people-using-cta-97261 CTA: Millions wasted on parts and supplies http://www.wbez.org/story/cta-millions-wasted-parts-and-supplies-96569 <p><p>The Chicago Transit Authority is looking to make some money off of unused spare parts. The agency is warehousing about $70 million dollars-worth of bus and train parts. About a third of those parts are now obsolete and 47 percent hasn't been touched in two years.</p><p>CTA President Forrest Claypool is looking for an auction broker to help sell those unused parts.</p><p>“Any monies that we receive from actually selling off inventory that actually can be salvaged we will be put right back into the system,” said Claypool.</p><p>Claypool blamed past CTA managers for buying millions of dollars of supplies that were never used. Claypool said the workers at the warehouse did the best they could but, “for many years they lacked the proper tools or sufficient direction, leadership and support from CTA leadership to make the best decisions.”</p><p>Claypool said large purchases will be more closely reviewed before orders are placed. Additional proposed changes include leveraging the city’s purchasing power when negotiating with CTA’s vendors.</p></p> Mon, 20 Feb 2012 21:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/cta-millions-wasted-parts-and-supplies-96569 Union leaders speak out against new CTA budget http://www.wbez.org/story/union-leaders-speak-out-against-new-cta-budget-94119 <p><p>Some union leaders are speaking out against the Chicago Transit Authority's new budget.</p><p>On Tuesday, the CTA Board approved the agency's $1.24 billion budget proposal. The new budget avoids fare hikes or service cuts, but only if the CTA can get work rule concessions from labor unions. The CTA is hoping to close its $277 million budget short fall in large part through those negotiations.</p><p>Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 President Robert Kelly represents many CTA rail worker. He expects the plan to fail.</p><p>"To sit here and put that burden on our employees or pressure on me to get them that again is irresponsible, and quite frankly I don't think it's going to happen," said Kelly.</p><p>A spokesperson for CTA says the agency is scheduled to meet with union leaders on Tuesday of next week to start contract negotiations. The current contracts are scheduled to expire at the end of the year.</p><p>President Forrest Claypool has said more than 1,000 CTA workers could be laid off if no agreement is reached.</p></p> Wed, 16 Nov 2011 23:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/union-leaders-speak-out-against-new-cta-budget-94119 CTA 2012 budget headed for a vote despite bumpy ride http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/cta-2012-budget-headed-vote-despite-bumpy-ride-94052 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/Vincent Desjardins--Chicago (ILL) Chicago Transit Authority, CTA, W. Van Buren St. Lasalle Van Buren station.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago City Council was scheduled to vote on the 2012 budget Wednesday but first, the <a href="http://www.transitchicago.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Transit Authority</a> board was to vote on its own budget Tuesday; but not without contention. CTA President Forrest Claypool has said unions' outdated work rules needed to go. Claypool aimed to fill an estimated $277 million budget shortfall but union leaders have said the proposed changes will not solve the whole problem. They were mad that Claypool appeared to blame it all on old work rules and think there is more to the issue. At this point, they have taken a lot of personal shots at Claypool. The showdown could result in bad news for riders--higher fares and service cuts. To learn more <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> turned to <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/classified/automotive/traffic/chi-jonhilkevitch,0,3124478.columnist" target="_blank">Jon Hilkevitch</a>, the <em>Chicago Tribune</em> transportation reporter.</p><p><em>Music Button: Dead Cat Bounce, "Far From the Matty Crowd", from the album Chance Episodes, (Cuneiform)</em></p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 15:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-15/cta-2012-budget-headed-vote-despite-bumpy-ride-94052 Board to vote on 2012 CTA budget http://www.wbez.org/story/board-vote-2012-cta-budget-94043 <p><p>The Chicago Transit Authority's board of directors is scheduled to vote on the agency's $1.24 billion proposed budget on Tuesday.</p><p>Under the proposed budget, CTA President Forrest Claypool hopes to close the agency's $277 million deficit next year and avoid fare hikes or service cuts in large part by re-negotiating union contracts.</p><p>On Monday, budget watchdog group The Civic Federation released a statement supporting the budget plan. President Laurence Msall said changing the labor rules is the most reasonable way the CTA can balance its budget.</p><p>"These are enormously inefficient rules that need to be eliminated," said Msall. "The riders of the CTA are having a difficult time paying their own bills and maintaining their jobs. And to go to a fair increase at this time would be very difficult."</p><p>The Civic Federation warns if CTA can't get the savings from union negotiations, it will have to raise fares or cut services.</p><p>Union leaders have said the estimated savings from those negotiations are exaggerated.</p></p> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 23:29:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/board-vote-2012-cta-budget-94043