WBEZ | Chicago http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Chicago Police wraps up listening tour http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-21/chicago-police-wraps-listening-tour-112438 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/listening tour APFile.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Last night was the final stop for Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy&rsquo;s listening tour. This one took place on the city&rsquo;s south side: Temple of Glory Church on 95th Street in the Roseland neighborhood. Most of these dozen or so meetings have taken place in churches and, like every other meeting, this one was invite only. WBEZ&rsquo;s Patrick Smith was at last night&rsquo;s event. He joins us with a recap of the listening tour and an update on what happens next. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 21 Jul 2015 14:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-21/chicago-police-wraps-listening-tour-112438 How Chicago can strengthen Chinese business ties http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-20/how-chicago-can-strengthen-chinese-business-ties-112425 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/shanghai Wilson Hui.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215538320&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Since taking office, Mayor Emanuel has made a big push to lure Chinese companies and investors to Chicago &mdash; and to ramp up business ties between our city and cities like Beijing and Shanghai.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">In fact, just this weekend, the delegation that Chicago sent on a trade mission to China for the second time on the mayor&rsquo;s watch has returned home. Here to talk about what Chicago needs to do to cater to Chinese businesses and to talk about the city&rsquo;s efforts when it comes to China is Tracy Xu, president of the Chicago-based China Executive Club. China Executive Club is a non-profit group that serves the needs of Chinese companies doing business in Chicago and the Midwest.</span></p></p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 11:09:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-20/how-chicago-can-strengthen-chinese-business-ties-112425 Eastland disaster, 100 years later http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-20/eastland-disaster-100-years-later-112424 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Eastland vxla.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215536968&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">It was going to be a fun filled day off in Michigan City, Indiana for thousands of workers of the former Western Electric Hawthorne Works Plant in Cicero. An annual summer employee picnic had been gaining in popularity since 1900 and in 1915 the number of people who wanted to attend swelled to 7,000, so more ships were needed to ferry passengers to the site. One of the steamers was the SS Eastland, also known as the Speed Queen of the Great Lakes. More than 2,500 passengers boarded her in the early morning of July 24...but tragically the ship never made it to its destination. In fact...it barely left the harbor before capsizing. More than 800 people died. We remember the disaster with Russell Lewis, Executive Vice President and chief historian of The Chicago History Museum.</span></p></p> Mon, 20 Jul 2015 10:57:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-20/eastland-disaster-100-years-later-112424 Cook County Board approves sales tax hike http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-16/cook-county-board-approves-sales-tax-hike-112404 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/sales tax Perspecsys Photos.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/215012189&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">The Cook County Board has approved a 1 percentage point sales tax hike in order to keep up with pension payments. Some are calling it the &quot;Toni tax&quot; after board president Toni Preckwinkle. Many businesses and civic leaders across the northwest suburbs in areas close to Lake, Kane, McHenry and DuPage counties are against the increase. They&#39;re concerned that shoppers will simply head over the county line to save money. Elk Grove Village did an analysis that showed it would lose a massive chunk of change if the sales tax increased. We speak with Elk Grove Village Mayor Craig Johnson.&nbsp;</span></p></p> Thu, 16 Jul 2015 12:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-16/cook-county-board-approves-sales-tax-hike-112404 20th anniversary of the Chicago heat wave http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-14/20th-anniversary-chicago-heat-wave-112377 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/heat k.draper.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/214692521&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">We bring you the story of what was happening on the ground as the number of heat wave victims escalated. We talk to Cory Franklin, who was the director of medical intensive care at Cook County Hospital, and Roy Dames, who was executive officers of the medical examiner&rsquo;s office. They discuss the difficulty in getting city officials to understand the severity of the crisis, and that deaths were reaching unprecedented levels.&nbsp;</span></p></p> Tue, 14 Jul 2015 11:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-14/20th-anniversary-chicago-heat-wave-112377 FBI watches as ISIS recruits in Chicagoland http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-13/fbi-watches-isis-recruits-chicagoland-112368 <p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/214562183&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-size: 24px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit;">FBI watches as ISIS recruits in Chicagoland</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);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">The Islamic State has been recruiting young Muslims around the country, including the Chicago area where arrests have garnered national and even international attention. Chicago Reader&rsquo;s Mick Dumke reports on the tactics law enforcement has used to snare suspects...who in some instances could have developmental deficiencies and mental health issues. Dumke details the cases where these tactics are at play.</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);"><span style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;"><span style="font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/mickeyd1971">Mick Dumke</a> is a reporter with the</em> Chicago Reader.</span></span></p></p> Mon, 13 Jul 2015 15:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-13/fbi-watches-isis-recruits-chicagoland-112368 Bad Jews play explores faith and family http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-07/bad-jews-play-explores-faith-and-family-112332 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Centre-East-Interior-2009_low-res.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213654507&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Bad Jews play explores faith and family</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Bad Jews tells the story of Daphna Feygenbaum, a 20-something &ldquo;real Jew&rdquo; with an Israeli boyfriend. When Daphna&rsquo;s cousin Liam brings home his shiksa girlfriend Melody and declares ownership of their grandfather&rsquo;s Chai necklace, a vicious brawl over family, faith and legacy ensues. Playwright Joshua Harmon joins Morning Shift to talk about the themes behind his play. We also hear from director Jeremy Wechsler and actress Laura Lapidus who takes on the role of Daphna.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guests:</strong> <em>Playwright&nbsp;</em></span><em><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Joshua Harmon, director&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Jeremy Wechsler, and lead actress Laura Lapidus</span></em></p></p> Tue, 07 Jul 2015 10:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-07/bad-jews-play-explores-faith-and-family-112332 Futures guru reflects on the end of open outcry trading in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/futures-guru-reflects-end-open-outcry-trading-chicago-112321 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/mercweb_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213498822&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_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">Futures guru reflects on the end of open outcry trading in Chicago</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Monday July 6th is the last day of action for many of the trading pits at the Chicago Board of Trade. The S&amp;P futures and options pits will remain open, but the rest of the pits at the nation&rsquo;s oldest futures exchange are going dark as more trading moves online. Electronic trading has its benefits, but it will never match the sheer frenzy of a hundred traders in color-coordinated jackets flashing their hand signals and yelling to get a leg up on a competitor. Morning Shift talks with Leo Melamed, chairman emeritus of CME Group, formerly known as the Chicago Mercantile Exchange about his history with the pits.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="http://www.leomelamed.com/">Leo Melamed</a> is chairman emeritus of CME Group.&nbsp;</em></span></p></p> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/futures-guru-reflects-end-open-outcry-trading-chicago-112321 An anthropological look at Chicago's trading pits http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/anthropological-look-chicagos-trading-pits-112322 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/mercweb_1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/213497925&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><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 24px; line-height: 22px;">An anthropological look at Chicago&#39;s trading pits</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Monday July 6th is the last day of open outcry trading in many of the trading pits at the Chicago Board of Trade. In this interview with NYU cultural anthropologist Caitlin Zaloom, we take an anthropological look at the pits and ask the question: Why did Chicago come to define futures trading? Zaloom is Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University.</span></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;"><strong>Guest:</strong> <em><a href="https://twitter.com/caitlinzaloom">Caitlin Zaloom</a>, Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University and author of </em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Out-Pits-Traders-Technology-Chicago/dp/0226978141">Out of the Pits: Traders and Technology from Chicago to London</a><em>.&nbsp;</em></span></p></p> Mon, 06 Jul 2015 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-06/anthropological-look-chicagos-trading-pits-112322 Mayor Emanuel borrows to pay massive CPS pension obligation http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-02/mayor-emanuel-borrows-pay-massive-cps-pension-obligation-112308 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/payment got credit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/212961209&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: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: 22px;">One day after the Chicago Public Schools made its 634 million dollar teachers&rsquo; pension payment on time...the city asked if it could borrow 500 million dollars from the pension fund. The city&rsquo;s Chief Financial Officer says the five month loan is needed to avoid more cuts. Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, joins us with his take, and what he thinks this means going forward.&nbsp;</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);"><strong style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-stretch: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Guest:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://www.ctbaonline.org/about/ctba-staff">Ralph Martire</a> is the Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability</p></p> Thu, 02 Jul 2015 12:25:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-02/mayor-emanuel-borrows-pay-massive-cps-pension-obligation-112308