WBEZ | Sam Hudzik http://www.wbez.org/tags/sam-hudzik Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Eight Forty-Eight 1.23.12 http://www.wbez.org/episode/eight-forty-eight-12312 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2012-january/2012-01-24/crane-phase-out-hearing-120120.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Schools is holding a series of community meetings to hear public input on proposed closings, consolidations and turnarounds. WBEZ education reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/linda-lutton" target="_blank">Linda Lutton</a> and <a href="http://www.catalyst-chicago.org/" target="_blank"><em>Catalyst</em></a> Chicago deputy editor Sarah Karp joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss what happened at Friday night’s meetings. And Pastor<a href="http://www.brightstarchurchchicago.com/about-bright-star/chris-harris" target="_blank"> Chris Harris</a>, chairman of the Bronzeville Community Action Council, explained why they’re calling for a moratorium on turnarounds in Bronzeville. Also, former Penn State football coach <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/penn-states-joe-paterno-dies-85-after-scandal-95732" target="_blank">Joe Paterno died Sunday</a>. But some media outlets misreported Paterno’s death the night before. How did it happen and what does this say about the pressures of breaking news first? <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>talked with reporters from the old--and new--media worlds to learn more about the rules getting the story first--and getting it right. Then, candidates for political office in Illinois have the option of filing paperwork pledging to run a fair campaign...and that they are not communists. WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/sam-hudzik" target="_blank">Sam Hudzik</a> breaks down the history of the oaths, and tells the show which 2012 candidates signed them. And will shows like <em>The Moth</em>, <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em> and <em>Paper Machete</em> make Chicago the literary humor capital of the country? WBEZ blogger and writer <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/claire-zulkey" target="_blank">Claire Zulkey</a> hosts<a href="http://www.zulkey.com/funnyhaha.php" target="_blank"> <em>Funny Ha-Ha</em></a>, and she other local writers join the show to talk about the art of combining performance with the written word.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 23 Jan 2012 14:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/eight-forty-eight-12312 City Council anticipating ward map compromise--and parliamentary maneuvers http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/city-council-anticipating-ward-map-compromise-and-parliamentary-maneuver <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-19/Hearing1.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The remap of Chicago's 50 wards was not quite a done deal. The Chicago <a href="http://www.chicityclerk.com/" target="_blank">City Council</a>'s rules committee met Thursday morning and they were expected to pass a compromise map. However, it may not get past the full City Council Thursday because at least two aldermen plan to delay a vote with a parliamentary procedure called a, "defer and publish." WBEZ's reporter Sam Hudzik joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> from City Hall and WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/chicago-ward-remap-hearing-draws-thin-crowd-95639">Chip Mitchell</a> joined the show from WBEZ's West Side bureau, near where a public hearing on the map was held Wednesday night. Then, former alderman Helen Shiller (46<sup>th</sup>) related her experience of having to go through the process of remaps after the 1990 and 2000 censuses.</p></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 14:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-19/city-council-anticipating-ward-map-compromise-and-parliamentary-maneuver Unpacking another year in the saga of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/unpacking-another-year-saga-former-gov-rod-blagojevich-95109 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-22/RS3019_110505 Blago and Patti 1_Wildeboer-lpr.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>As part of a special encore presentation of <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em>, producer Katie O'Brien looked back on the year’s milestones. The saga of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been punctuated by many significant—sometimes bizarre—chapters since his arrest in 2008. The trials were full of drama, characters and tapes—lots and lots of tapes.</p><p>In late June, Blagojevich was convicted on 17 counts of corruption—bringing the grand total to 18 counts. And earlier this month, the former governor received his sentence—14 years. There were mixed reactions from the community—and <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to hear them all.</p><p>After Judge Zagel delivered his sentence, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> invited listeners to call, tweet and live chat. While WBEZ's <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/justin-kaufmann" target="_blank">Justin Kaufmann</a> moderated the online chat at WBEZ.org, reporters Sam Hudzik and Robert Wildeboer joined <em>Eight Forty'Eight</em>’s Alison Cuddy to unpack the sentence and answer calls First, the show hit the streets and got Chicagoans initial reactions.</p><p>Blagojevich's attorneys are appealing his sentence. Meantime Blagojevich must to report to prison by March 15.</p></p> Thu, 22 Dec 2011 17:24:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-22/unpacking-another-year-saga-former-gov-rod-blagojevich-95109 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 Community reacts to Blagojevich's 14-year jail sentence http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/community-reacts-blagojevichs-14-year-jail-sentence-94719 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-08/Blago Nam Y Huh AP.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Rod Blagojevich received his sentence Wednesday: 14 years for 18 counts of corruption. The ex-Illinois governor was first arrested nearly three years ago on Dec. 9, 2008. He was ordered to report to prison next February. Blagojevich made a plea for mercy and argued that a lengthy sentence would compromise his family. Judge James Zagel expressed that family ties did not amount to a get out of jail free card and said that Blagojevich "does not stand convicted of being a bad father." And the federal judge had a message for everyone else too: "American voters," he said, "usually get precisely the government they deserve.”</p><p>So <span style="font-style: italic;">Eight Forty-Eight<em> </em></span>gathered reactions from politicians, political watchers and everyday people to hear their thoughts on the latest turn in the lengthy saga of Rod Blagojevich. The show heard comments from: Gov. Pat Quinn, Chris Mooney, Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, Chapin Rose, Lemont Claybrooks, Dash Jerome, Dan Ferretti, Bonnie Turbeville, Brian Gladstein, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Seine Riley, WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer and Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon. And of course, Rod Blagojevich himself.</p><p><em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> then opened up the phone lines to hear what listeners thought: Did Rod Blagojevich get what he deserved? Did the citizens of Illinois? Or is this sentence too extreme in a state best known for political corruption? Listeners shared their comments by phone, e-mail and tweet. And WBEZ's Justin Kaufmann moderated a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-12-08/live-chat-panel-debriefs-blagojevich-trial-takes-questionscomments-9" target="_blank">live chat</a>.</p><p>We’ll take your calls all hour.&nbsp; The number is 312-932-9239. You can email your comments to 848 at wbez dot org. Or tweet us - we’re AT 848.</p><p>A handful of guests joined the conversation: WBEZ reporters Robert Wildeboer and Sam Hudzik, both were at the Dirksen Federal Building for the sentencing hearings. Wildeboer is WBEZ’s legal and criminal affairs reporter and Hudzik is WBEZ’s political reporter.</p><p>And to help unpack the legalese of the Blagojevich sentence, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by two local experts. Alison Siegler is an associate clinical professor and the director of the<a href="http://www.law.uchicago.edu/clinics/mandel/fcjp" target="_blank"> Federal Criminal Justice Clinic </a>at the University of Chicago Law School. She testified before the United States Sentencing Commission to help establish sentencing guidelines and practices for the federal courts. Steven Miller is former Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago -- where he led the political corruption program for a number of years. Miller joins us by phone.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "Power Surge", from the album Strings &amp; Things, (Ubiquity)</em><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 08 Dec 2011 15:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-08/community-reacts-blagojevichs-14-year-jail-sentence-94719 Profiling Illinois' political criminals before Blagojevich sentencing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-05/profiling-illinois-political-criminals-blagojevich-sentencing-94585 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-05/AP060417021403-ryan Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was scheduled to be sentenced in federal court this week after being found guilty on 18 corruption charges and was expected to join a long line of Illinois politicians that have served time behind bars. Some of those former Illinois politicians were Gov. Dan Walker, Congressmen Dan Rostenkowski and Mel Reynolds, Gov. George Ryan and, of course, Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blagojevich is likely to get a longer sentence than any of them. WBEZ's political reporter Sam Hudzik joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to review <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/more-prison-time-blagojevich-illinois-other-convicted-governors-94538" target="_blank">the history</a> of Illinois' politicians convicted of political crimes.</p><p><em>Music Button: Calibro 35, "La Polizia Sta A Guardare", from the CD Rare, (Nublu)</em></p></p> Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-05/profiling-illinois-political-criminals-blagojevich-sentencing-94585 Ron Paul beats out top GOP candidates in Illinois straw poll http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-07/ron-paul-beats-out-top-gop-candidates-illinois-straw-poll-93803 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-November/2011-11-07/David Wallace, AP PhotoThe Arizona Republic.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>While U.S. Rep. <a href="http://www.ronpaul2012.com/" target="_blank">Ron Paul's</a> name was often unmentioned among the top-tier Republicans running for president, the Libertarian Texas congressman made a splash in Illinois over the weekend. Rep. Paul was the winner of the first-ever statewide presidential straw poll in Illinois. The congressman won 52 percent of the vote. <a href="http://www.weareillinois.org/" target="_blank">Illinois Republican Party</a> chair Pat Brady announced the straw poll results Saturday night. More than 3,600 people paid a $5 fee to cast a ballot, mostly online. Some folks cast paper ballots at about two dozen locations around the state. WBEZ's political reporter, Sam Hudzik, went to a few of those locations, and he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to share his findings.</p></p> Mon, 07 Nov 2011 14:34:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-11-07/ron-paul-beats-out-top-gop-candidates-illinois-straw-poll-93803 Tea Party Convention offers support for Herman Cain and a 'revolution' for 2012 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-03/tea-party-convention-offers-support-herman-cain-and-revolution-2012-9273 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-October/2011-10-03/TeaCon.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Indiana Governor <a href="http://www.in.gov/gov/2635.htm">Mitch Daniels’</a> book tour did not include a stop at a local rally for Tea Party activists but a weekend event in suburban Schaumburg did attract one Republican candidate for president.<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.hermancain.com/" target="_blank">Herman Cain</a> not only attended but won the 2011 straw poll at <a href="http://www.560wind.com/pages/TeaCon_Home">TeaCon</a><strong>.</strong> Then again, he was the only candidate to show up in person at the event. WBEZ’s Sam Hudzik was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/herman-cain-wins-tea-party-straw-poll-illinois-92729" target="_blank">there too</a> - and he joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight </em>with his take on the convention.</p></p> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 13:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-10-03/tea-party-convention-offers-support-herman-cain-and-revolution-2012-9273 Emotions run high at Mayor Emanuel's first public budget meeting http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-30/emotions-run-high-mayor-emanuels-first-public-budget-meeting-91231 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-August/2011-08-30/5493661944_4d5cc7c8b2_b.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332483677-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/budget hearings.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></p><p>It’s hard to take the embarrassment factor entirely out of public events: That may be a lesson for the new Emanuel administration after Monday night’s budget town hall meeting. The gatherings take place every year; they give residents a chance to tell the mayor their priorities. This year, the meetings are especially meaningful given the city’s estimated $635 million budget deficit. Also significant, the Englewood event was Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s first public budget meeting. WBEZ’s <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/sam-hudzik" target="_blank">Sam Hudzik</a> was there and joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> with all the details.</p><p><em>Music Button: Axel Krygier, "Agnus", from the album Pesebre, (Crammed Disc)</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-08-30/emotions-run-high-mayor-emanuels-first-public-budget-meeting-91231 Campaign finance reform makes for thinner wallets http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-18/campaign-finance-reform-makes-thinner-wallets-89307 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-18/Money.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Candidates running for Congress or the presidency have long faced limits on campaign donation. Until recently, this was not the case for folks vying for state and local offices in Illinois. But on January 1, a new law took effect and the latest campaign finance reports showed that less money is flowing into the political system than before. WBEZ’s Sam Hudzik joined Alison Cuddy to explain.</p><p><em>Music Button: Melvin Sparks feat. Idris Muhammad, "Spark Plug" from the release Prestige Funky Beats (Prestige)</em></p></p> Mon, 18 Jul 2011 16:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-18/campaign-finance-reform-makes-thinner-wallets-89307