WBEZ | WBEZ http://www.wbez.org/tags/wbez Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Can celebrity endorsements help on the campaign trail? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-20/morning-shift-can-celebrity-endorsements-help-campaign-trail <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Kevin Gebhardt.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at whether a political candidate really benefits from getting a noteworthy someone to stump for them. Plus, we get a preview of the 25th Chicago Humanities Festival with program director Alison Cuddy. The theme for this year is &quot;Journeys&quot;.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-76/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-76.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-76" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Can celebrity endorsements help on the campaign trail? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 08:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-20/morning-shift-can-celebrity-endorsements-help-campaign-trail Morning Shift: Are political campaigns lacking intellect? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-17/morning-shift-are-political-campaigns-lacking-intellect-110956 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/HANKCOWAN.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We delve into the concept of intellectual virtue and whether it&#39;s present in the various political campaigns around the country. Plus, a sneak peek of this weekend&#39;s Open House Chicago which opens some of the city&#39;s private landmarks to the public.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-75/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-75.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-75" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Are political campaigns lacking intellect? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 08:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-17/morning-shift-are-political-campaigns-lacking-intellect-110956 Morning Shift: Preparing for Ebola http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-16/morning-shift-preparing-ebola-110947 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/onlinecoveragenews.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We talk about the efforts Chicago is taking to screen airport passengers of Ebola and what nurses across the United States are doing to protect themselves from the disease. And, hear from the first woman to open at the Islamic Society of North America convention.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-74/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-74.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-74" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Preparing for Ebola " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-16/morning-shift-preparing-ebola-110947 Rauner, Quinn battle for African-American votes http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-quinn-battle-african-american-votes-110940 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP911111007939.jpg" alt="" /><p><p dir="ltr" id="docs-internal-guid-6f97a6f2-1582-0782-483a-897455cafe20">As the clock ticks down to election night, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner continue to battle over what&rsquo;s best for Illinois&rsquo; future. The top candidates have now faced off in two televised debates.</p><p>The focus of Tuesday&rsquo;s debate, three weeks ahead of the election, was mostly African-American voters, and issues they&rsquo;ll be thinking about in the polling booth. The panel of journalists posing questions to the candidates focused on jobs, the economy, the minimum wage, public safety and the state&rsquo;s finances.</p><p>And it was obvious by their responses that both candidates on stage at the DuSable Museum of African American History realized the importance of getting those votes.</p><p>&ldquo;My investments and my donations to the African-American community have totaled tens of millions of dollars,&rdquo; Rauner said, when asked about his recent <a href="http://abc7chicago.com/politics/rauner-promises-$1m-to-south-side-credit-union-/231631/">million dollar donation</a> to a South Side credit union.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve opened up the doors to many more contracts&mdash;I think it&rsquo;s up to a thousand contracts&mdash;for African-American owned businesses,&rdquo; Quinn said, to a question about government hiring.</p><p>The two also wasted no time trying to cut their opponent down to size&mdash;a recurring theme in both televised debates and on the campaign trail. Quinn accused Rauner of not hiring any African Americans in his company.</p><p>&ldquo;My opponent had 51 executives in his company, no African Americans, not one,&rdquo; Quinn said.</p><p>Rauner shot back that Quinn was &ldquo;taking the African-American vote for granted. He&rsquo;s talking but not delivering results.&rdquo;</p><p>Rauner also accused Quinn of kicking Stephanie Neely, Chicago&rsquo;s city treasurer who is black, off the list of running mates. Neely was rumored to be on the short list of Quinn&rsquo;s choices for lieutenant governor. Quinn later countered that his choice of Paul Vallas was due to Vallas&rsquo; experience with schools and budgeting.</p><p>&ldquo;African-American families are suffering in Illinois: brutally high unemployment, deteriorating schools, lack of proper social services and rampant cronyism and corruption that&rsquo;s taking away job opportunities from African Americans,&rdquo; Rauner said.</p><p>The candidates spent a lot of time in this debate talking about public safety and gun control. Rauner wouldn&rsquo;t say if he supported a ban on assault weapons. He said he believed the conversation about gun control should instead be on getting guns out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill, and creating jobs. Rauner said it was the lack of opportunity that has lead to the state&rsquo;s issue with crime.</p><p>Quinn came out in support of banning assault weapons and called for a limit on high capacity ammunition magazines.</p><p>The ongoing conversation about the minimum wage also surfaced in this debate. Rauner was pressed by the panel to explain his position, as there has been much back and forth about whether he wants to <a href="http://politics.suntimes.com/article/springfield/rauner-admits-he-once-favored-eliminating-minimum-wage/thu-09042014-113am" target="_blank">ditch</a> the minimum wage all together, or raise it.</p><p>Rauner reiterated he wanted to see a national hike to the minimum wage, so Illinois could remain competitive, but he would support raising Illinois&rsquo; minimum wage (currently at $8.25) if it came with &ldquo;tort reform, tax reduction [and] workers comp reform.&rdquo;</p><p>Quinn said he&rsquo;d work to raise the minimum wage to $10 by the end of this year, though he faced questions from both Rauner and the debate panel about why he hadn&rsquo;t boosted it in his six years in office. Quinn responded that &ldquo;you have to build a majority for anything in life&rdquo; and brought up President Barack Obama&rsquo;s tactics with passing the Affordable Care Act as an example.</p><p>The end of the debate featured a special opportunity for the candidates: Rauner and Quinn were able to ask one question of their opponent. You can listen to that exchange here:</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="20" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/172278238&amp;color=ff5500&amp;inverse=false&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_user=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The candidates are scheduled to face off in at least one more debate before the election on November 4.</p><p><em>Lauren Chooljian is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her on Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/laurenchooljian" target="_blank">@laurenchooljian.</a></em></p></p> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/rauner-quinn-battle-african-american-votes-110940 Morning Shift: Are downstate Illinoisans getting the attention they need? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-14/morning-shift-are-downstate-illinoisans-getting-attention-they <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/BarryAndStefsBlog.jpg" alt="" /><p><blockquote><p>When it comes to Illinois politics, do we ever think about downstaters&#39; problems and vice versa? We explore those differences. Plus, the music of Glenn Kotche and comedy of Cameron Esposito.</p></blockquote><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-72/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-72.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-72" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Are downstate Illinoisans getting the attention they need? " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 08:14:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-14/morning-shift-are-downstate-illinoisans-getting-attention-they Morning Shift: New book explores Bob Dylan's fan obsession http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-13/morning-shift-new-book-explores-bob-dylans-fan-obsession-110927 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/V-dwkRSD.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p>We recap the first formal debate of the Illinois gubernatorial race. And, get a wrap on the Blackhawks&#39; first game of the season. Plus, we talk with the author of the new book &quot;The Dylanologists&quot; which explores the many stratagems of Bob Dylan admirers.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-71/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-71.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-71" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: New book explores Bob Dylan's fan obsession" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:41:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-13/morning-shift-new-book-explores-bob-dylans-fan-obsession-110927 Morning Shift: USDA re-evaluates the WIC program http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-13/morning-shift-usda-re-evaluates-wic-program-110926 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/dr.blackstexassuperfood.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We look at the USDA policy changes in dietary guidelines. And, we discuss how Illinois fares in electing diverse government officials.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-report-shines-light-on-poor-conditio/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-report-shines-light-on-poor-conditio.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-report-shines-light-on-poor-conditio" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: USDA re-evaluates the WIC program" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2014-10-13/morning-shift-usda-re-evaluates-wic-program-110926 Morning Shift: Legend Richard Steele spins milestones of his career http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-10-09/morning-shift-legend-richard-steele-spins-milestones <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/_mg_6906.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at Cook County&#39;s finances with Board President Toni Preckwinkle. Plus, retiring WBEZ staffer Richard Steele shares some of his favorite music from his many years as a music host here in Chicago.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-70/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-70.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-70" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Legend Richard Steele spins milestones of his career " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-10-09/morning-shift-legend-richard-steele-spins-milestones The Real Deal: The best of WBEZ's Richard Steele, according to his colleagues http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/real-deal-best-wbezs-richard-steele-according-his-colleagues-110914 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/10377257_10152545879726000_8391299994939377138_n.jpg" alt="" /><p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-real-deal/embed?border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-real-deal.js?border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/the-real-deal" target="_blank">View the story "The Real Deal: The best of WBEZ's Richard Steele, according to his colleagues " on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 16:19:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/real-deal-best-wbezs-richard-steele-according-his-colleagues-110914 Morning Shift: The makings of a successful beer festival http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-10-08/morning-shift-makings-successful-beer-festival-110912 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/SCOBOCO.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We discuss Chicago&#39;s latest One Book, One Chicago, and hear from the author behind this year&#39;s pick. And, we look at the factors behind the crowded beer festival landscape. Plus, it&#39;s our weekly installment of &quot;Reclaimed Soul.&quot;</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-69/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-69.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-69" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: The makings of a successful beer festival" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 08:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-10-08/morning-shift-makings-successful-beer-festival-110912