WBEZ | Mayor Monday http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayor-monday Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Mayor Monday: Issues facing Chicago's families http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/mayor-monday-issues-facing-chicagos-families-82300 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/family_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every Monday, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> looks at some of the issues facing Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor. It's just over a week away from the 2011 municipal election, so as people weigh their final choices &ndash; on this <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"><em>Mayor Monday</em></a>, the show decided to go inside one unit of power &ndash; the family.<br /><br />Every candidate running for mayor says we need to look at the city from a neighborhood level. But what if we view things from the perspective of a typical Chicago family? What are the most pressing issues that face families in the city? And what can a new mayor do to solve them?<br /><br />To find out, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by two people with some thoughts on the topic: <a target="_blank" href="http://rebeccasive.com/">Rebecca Sive</a> is a women&rsquo;s issues strategist and Huffington Post contributor. And <a target="_blank" href="http://www.johnwfountain.com/">John Fountain</a> is a columnist with the <em>Chicago Sun-Times</em><em>,</em> a journalism professor at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/">Roosevelt University</a> and the author of <em>Dear Dad: Reflections on Fatherhood</em><em>.</em></p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/mayor-monday-issues-facing-chicagos-families-82300 Chicago mayoral candidate Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Watkins Hudzick.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It's just eight days until the Feb. 22 municipal election. And if you want to vote early, there's only three more days to fill out a ballot. Last week <em>Eight Forty-</em> kicked off its one-on-one interviews with the candidates for mayor. Host Alison Cuddy sat down with Miguel Del Valle and Carol Moseley Braun. This week she&rsquo;ll speak with Rahm Emanuel, William &ldquo;Dock&rdquo; Walls and Gery Chico. On this<a target="_blank" href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"> <em>Mayor Monday</em></a>, it's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.patriciaforchicago.com/index.php">Patricia Van Pelt-Watkins</a> turn.<br /><br />Watkins calls herself an advocate for the disadvantaged. She was born and raised in Chicago. She lived in Cabrini Green and struggled with drugs early in her life. Later she earned a Ph.D. while raising her family. Watkins went on to co-found the 300-member Ambassadors of Christ Church in Chicago&rsquo;s Auburn-Gresham neighborhood. She&rsquo;s also a founder of the <a target="_blank" href="http://targetarea.org/">Target Area Development Corporation</a>, a group that works on various issues in the community.<br /><br />Listen to the other candidates' interview below. <br /><br />Alison Cuddy hosts a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cfw.org/Page.aspx?pid=1267">mayoral forum</a> Tuesday about violence against women and LGBTQ at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.</p></p> Mon, 14 Feb 2011 14:17:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-14/chicago-mayoral-candidate-patricia-van-pelt-watkins-82296 Mayor Monday: How can we deal with corruption? http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-how-can-we-deal-corruption <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Zekman.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To take a long, hard look at corruption <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wanted to speak to a woman who's made a career exploring the city&rsquo;s underbelly for the last four decades. Pulitzer-prize winning reporter <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/personality/pam-zekman/">Pam Zekman</a> has exposed frauds, corrupt city employees and wasteful spending for CBS 2 Chicago.&nbsp; She <a target="_blank" href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/01/12/is-treasurer-maria-pappas-wasting-your-tax-dollars/">recently</a> worked with the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bettergov.org/">Better Government Association</a> to audit parts of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.cookcountytreasurer.com/">Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas</a>&rsquo; budget.<br /><br />Zekman&rsquo;s investigations have resulted in governmental reforms and criminal indictments. Zekman joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> for a <em>Mayor Monday</em> education in the art of Chicago corruption.</p></p> Mon, 31 Jan 2011 14:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-how-can-we-deal-corruption Higher education: A conversation with City Colleges of Chicago's chancellor http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/higher-education-conversation-city-colleges-chicagos-chancellor <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/hyman illinois institute of technology.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Those concerned about the education of Chicago&rsquo;s young people know the problem isn&rsquo;t just with our elementary and high schools. Higher education in Chicago is also facing tough times;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.ccc.edu/"> City Colleges of Chicago</a> may lose hundreds of positions this year. Officials have said cuts would most affect administrators, as they try to consolidate personnel across the seven colleges and avoid a tuition hike. That job &ndash; cutting costs while maintaining and even improving quality &ndash; falls on City Colleges chancellor Cheryl Hyman.</p><p>The former ComEd executive joined &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; to talk more about her plans during its <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/mayor-monday"><em>Mayor Monday</em></a> coverage of local education.</p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 17:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/higher-education-conversation-city-colleges-chicagos-chancellor Mayor Monday: Taking on Chicago's education needs http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-taking-chicagos-education-needs <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/public schools_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>To get a sense of the education challenges facing Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor, &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; talked with some of the people most affected. Jeff Wright is a principal at <a target="_blank" href="http://kingcollegeprep.org/kcpweb/">King College Prep</a>, a selective enrollment high school on Chicago&rsquo;s South Side. He was joined by Laurise Johnson, a junior at <a target="_blank" href="http://www.sullivanhs.org/">Sullivan High School</a> in Chicago&rsquo;s Rogers Park neighborhood, and WBEZ&rsquo;s education reporter Linda Lutton.<br /><br />Laurise Johnson will be a participant in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wttw.com/">WTTW&rsquo;s</a> mayoral debate, where more than 200 <a target="_blank" href="http://www.mikvachallenge.org/">Mikva Challenge</a> students will have the chance to question the city&rsquo;s major mayoral contenders. That airs Monday on WTTW channel 11 at 7:00.</p><p>&quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; took your questions and ideas, too. If you weren't able to get them into the live conversation, you can leave them in the comments section.</p><p><em>Music Button: Trent Reznor, &quot;In Motion&quot;, from the CD The Social Network-Original Soundtrack, (Null Records) </em></p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 14:47:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-taking-chicagos-education-needs Mayor Monday: Assessing the future of transportation in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-assessing-future-transportation-chicago <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cta train_flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Every Monday &quot;Eight Forty-Eight&quot; looks at some of the issues facing Chicago&rsquo;s next mayor with the series Mayor Monday. This Monday's topic is transportation. Talk about planes, trains and automobiles is on the docket. But in a city whose El is as much icon as mode of transport, getting around goes much deeper.<br /><br />The panel of experts is <a href="http://las.depaul.edu/sps/about/ourfacultystaff/FullTimeFaculty/schwieterman.asp" target="_blank">Joe Schwieterman</a> is a Professor at DePaul University&rsquo;s School of Public Service. Aaron Renn blogs about urban planning and transportation as <a href="http://www.urbanophile.com/" target="_blank">The Urbanophile</a>. And, Mike Brockway is the Parking Ticket Geek from <a href="http://theexpiredmeter.com/" target="_blank">The Expired Meter.com</a>.</p><p><em>Music Button: Empresarios, &quot;Pensamiento&quot;, from the CD Sabor Tropical, (Fort Knox)</em></p></p> Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:55:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-assessing-future-transportation-chicago The future of Chicago's economy http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/future-chicagos-economy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/chicago markets.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The economic scenario in Illinois remains precarious. To explain why &ndash; and to talk about which of the mayoral candidates might be best positioned to tackle our fiscal situation &ndash; host Alison Cuddy was joined by two experts: David Greising is &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; regular business contributor and&nbsp; a reporter for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/">Chicago News Cooperative</a>. Charlie Wheelan is a senior lecturer at <a target="_blank" href="http://harrisschool.uchicago.edu/">The Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago</a> and the author of &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.amazon.com/Naked-Economics-Undressing-Dismal-Science/dp/0393324869">Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science</a>.&quot;</p></p> Mon, 03 Jan 2011 14:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/future-chicagos-economy Chicago Tribune columnist Mary Schmich on the meaning of home http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-tribune-columnist-mary-schmich-meaning-home <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/demolition of cabrini-green.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Tribune columnist <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/columnists/chi-maryschmich,0,287864,bio.columnist" target="_blank">Mary Schmich</a> has been watching the demolition of public housing from her window. In 2008, she wrote about the meaning of home.</p><p>During &quot;Eight Forty-Eight's&quot; <em>Mayor Monday </em>look at housing in Chicago, the show revisited her reflective essay which proved just as timely and poignant today.</p><p><em>Music Button: Norah Jones, covering Tom Waits &quot;Long Way Home&quot;, from the CD Feels Like Home, (Blue Note)</em></p></p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 15:06:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/chicago-tribune-columnist-mary-schmich-meaning-home Mayor Monday: The future of Chicago housing http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-future-chicago-housing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cabrini_0.jpeg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 12/13/10 at 1:05 PM</em>.</p><p>Last week Chicagoans <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/cabrini-green/chapter-closes-cabrini-green-high-rises">watched the departure of the last resident of one of the city&rsquo;s most iconic public-housing complexes, Cabrini-Green</a>. For better or worse, the change in Chicago&rsquo;s public housing stock is part of Mayor Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s legacy. So on &ldquo;Eight Forty-Eight&rsquo;s&rdquo; weekly Mayor Mondays broadcast, host Alison Cuddy talked housing with WBEZ South Side Bureau reporter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/staff/natalie-moore">Natalie Moore</a>, Chicago magazine &ldquo;<a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/" target="_blank">Deal Estate</a>&rdquo; columnist Dennis Rodkin, and WBEZ&rsquo;s architecture blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/lee-bey" target="_blank">Lee Bey</a>, who is also Mayor Daley&rsquo;s former chief of staff.<br /><br />The panelists agreed that Daley&rsquo;s legacy is mixed when it comes to public housing. Under Daley, the Chicago Housing Authority implemented its &quot;<a href="http://www.thecha.org/pages/the_plan_for_transformation/22.php" target="_blank">Plan for Transformation</a>&quot;. That project brought the demolition of high rises like Cabrini Green and the Robert Taylor Homes, in favor of mixed-income low rises. Life for some residents has improved. But, Moore said, not everyone who once lived in those high-rises has ended up in mixed-income housing&mdash;some have been moved to high-poverty, segregated neighborhoods, and thousands have fallen out of the system entirely.<br /><br />Former Cabrini Green Resident J.R. Fleming said Cabrini was a community that offered amenities like job-training programs. Fleming co-founded the Anti-Eviction Campaign and after the last resident moved out on Friday, he told us that people are being pushed to places they don&rsquo;t want to go. &ldquo;A lot of folks in Cabrini [are] holding on because they know right now Cabrini Green&hellip;is one of the safest neighborhoods in Chicago. So who would want to be moved and forced into an area of violence?&rdquo;&nbsp; <br /><br />Meanwhile, Bey pointed out that the demolition of high rises has resulted in a loss of density. He says that means those neighborhoods don&rsquo;t get new public transportation or other public services based on demand. <br /><br />&ldquo;The problem with public housing wasn&rsquo;t necessarily the warehousing of poor people,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;The problem of public housing was the warehousing of poor people without the amenities&hellip; of stores, of good schools, of all those things.&rdquo;<br /><br />Bey said the same problem exists when it comes to development on the south side of Chicago. &ldquo;What you really need is a critical mass of people,&rdquo; he said. Over the years, neighborhoods have been demolished. &ldquo;There&rsquo;s huge tracts of land from 67th street, almost all the way into downtown,&rdquo; Bey said. &ldquo;So where do you begin? Where do you stick the shovel into the ground?&rdquo; <br /><br />That emptiness, and negative perceptions about poor people, Bey added, has left much of the south side without the investment it needs. Rodkin argued that this situation creates an opportunity for development without the displacement that&rsquo;s been seen in other neighborhoods.</p><p><em>Music Button: Maserati, &quot;Inventions&quot;, from the CD Inventions for the New Season, (Temporary Residence) </em></p></p> Mon, 13 Dec 2010 14:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/mayor-monday-future-chicago-housing