WBEZ | reform http://www.wbez.org/tags/reform Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Board of Ed gets a look at CPS budget http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-25/morning-shift-board-ed-gets-look-cps-budget-108179 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Desks 2-Flickr- Robert Couse-Baker.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The recent closure of 49 public elementary schools in Chicago has one local group alleging it&#39;s a human rights violation. We learn about the group&#39;s accusations, and talk to CPS&#39; CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett about the district&#39;s budget.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-30.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-30" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Board of Ed gets a look at CPS budget" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 08:31:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-25/morning-shift-board-ed-gets-look-cps-budget-108179 Morning Shift: Fashion & sports http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-24/morning-shift-fashion-sports-107819 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AIC-Flickr-Kent Wang.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Cheryl Raye-Stout talks sports, and the great Impressionist painters depict the dashing fashions of the time.<script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-border-police-and-fashion-police.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-border-police-and-fashion-police" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Border Police and Fashion Police" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 07:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-06-24/morning-shift-fashion-sports-107819 Illinois governor wants pension reform by Jan. 9 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-governor-wants-pension-reform-jan-9-103774 <p><p>Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn says he&#39;s looking forward to accomplishing pension reform by Jan. 9 with bipartisan cooperation and before a new Legislature is sworn in.</p><p>The governor spoke to reporters Friday in Chicago after launching a new statewide public-private partnership to improve services for veterans.</p><p>Quinn says an overhaul of the state&#39;s employee retirement system is needed so there will be adequate resources for schools, public safety and veterans&#39; programs.</p><p>He says Tuesday&#39;s election results show that voters across the country want to see Democrats and Republicans work together.</p><p>Democrats won larger majorities in the Legislature in Tuesday&#39;s election, giving them veto-proof majorities in both the House and the Senate. That could reduce the governor&#39;s role in negotiations. Quinn says he&#39;s not concerned about that.</p></p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 11:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/illinois-governor-wants-pension-reform-jan-9-103774 Poll shows Illinois is actually ready for reform http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/poll-shows-illinois-actually-ready-reform-102698 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP03120905964.jpg" title="Ah, the good ol' days. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story</strong>: While, as the old saying goes, &ldquo;Chicago ain&rsquo;t ready for reform,&rdquo; it seems the rest of Illinois is. <a href="http://capitolfax.com/PSPPI2012ethics.pdf">A poll released</a> [PDF] by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University shows that, actually, Illinois is ready for a variety of political reforms. As Rich Miller <a href="http://capitolfax.com/2012/09/26/illinoisans-split-on-campaign-caps/">breaks it down for&nbsp;<em>Capitol Fax</em></a>, the survey of nearly 1,300 registered voters comes down hard on state businesses, with 62 percent saying they think corruption in business is widespread. But even more &ndash; almost 77 percent &ndash; think there&rsquo;s widespread corruption in state government. (I have no idea where those other 23 percent have been living <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-12-10/news/chi-rod-blagojevich-1209_1_blagojevich-and-harris-political-corruption-crime-spree-first-lady-patricia-blagojevich">the past five years</a>.) Other tidbits:</p><ul><li>Ninety-five percent think it&#39;s very or somewhat important to know if a candidate was reported to the State Legislative Ethics Committee for alleged ethics violations.</li><li>More people (34.6 percent) think the Occupy Wall Street movement has too much influence on government than business and industry organizations (29.3 percent).</li><li>While 49.6 percent of those surveyed think the nation is heading in the wrong direction, 69.9 percent think the state is heading in the wrong direction.</li><li>More people disapproved (49 percent) of Gov. Quinn&rsquo;s work than approved (42.2 percent).</li><li>Only 50.4 percent &quot;have confidence in the honesty of elections in Illinois.&quot;</li></ul><p>The entire poll is a fascinating peek inside the state and is certainly worth a read &mdash; it also explores issues like the Citizens United case and caps on campaign contributions. Meanwhile, Derrick Smith <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-26/news/ct-oped-0926-zorn-20120926_1_lance-tyson-todd-stroger-preckwinkle">still has a chance of being elected</a>.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>Rejoice! Sing praises to the sculpted arms of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Hochuli">Ed Hochuli</a>! Bring only the finest meats and chesses to our bacchanal, for the real NFL referees <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-reports-nfl-referee-lockout-could-end-soon-20120926,0,1115799.story">are returning to the field</a>&nbsp;this weekend. While talks had already been scheduled for this week, the <a href="http://deadspin.com/5946101/what-in-the-world-just-happened-at-the-end-of-monday-night-football?tag=feckless-in-seattle">Sh*tstorm in Seattle</a> &ndash; a game with such bad refereeing that <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vegas-casino-offers-refunds-bettors-180119878--nfl.html">gamblers got their money back</a> &ndash; certainly expedited negotiations. Thanks ot the agreement, the refs will be back in time for tonight&rsquo;s Cleveland-Baltimore tilt.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> I know I&rsquo;ve been pretty harsh on Mayor Emanuel&rsquo;s tenure so far, but one thing he&rsquo;s managed to do is <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/26/chicago-budget-idINL1E8KQ8UB20120926">put a big dent in the enormous budget gap</a> Richard M. Daley left for him. While the initial projections were in excess of $600-700 million, it looks like Rahm&rsquo;s aggressive approach has slashed that in half: Now the projected gap is only (yes, &ldquo;only&rdquo;) $298 million and Rahm got us here without raising taxes. However, Emanuel&rsquo;s hinted that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-cigarette-tax-increase-possible-102663">a hike on cigarette taxes</a> could be coming when he presents his budget plan to the City Council in two weeks.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong><a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/rip-andy-williams-tv-personality-and-singer-of-moo,85435/">Andy Williams</a>, singer and television personality, at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer. Even though he recorded 18 gold and three platinum albums, only one song, &quot;Butterfly,&quot; reached number one. But that&#39;s hardly a sign of Williams&#39; popularity: so many of his songs, including &quot;Where Do I Begin,&quot; and, of course, &quot;Moon River,&quot; have earned a place in America&#39;s music canon. Williams also hosted a popular television variety show and, for decades, regular Christmas specials that became a staple of the later part of his career.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>The 713<sup>th</sup> Engineer Company of the Indiana National Guard got an emotional welcome home yesterday. The company returned after <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/15393773-761/deadliest-ever-deployment-for-ind-national-guard-unit-finally-ends.html">a year in Afghanistan in which</a> six of its 95 members were killed.</li><li>Speaking of military heroes, check out <a href="http://gawker.com/5946720/during-intense-gunfight-in-afghanistan-us-soldier-intentionally-exposes-his-position-to-draw-fire-away-from-imperiled-squad">this harrowing video</a> of a troop caught in a gun fight in Afghanistan, and the one soldier who&nbsp;<em>rushes into enemy fire</em> to draw attention away from his squad.</li><li>Americans are getting fatter in part because <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/26/161770336/how-food-and-clothing-size-labels-affect-what-we-eat-and-what-we-wear">labels on food and clothing</a> sometimes cause us to eat even more.</li><li>A Chicago-bound United flight out of Raleigh didn&rsquo;t make the full trip; the pilot turned the plane around and headed home <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/09/26/2371033/altercation-between-two-flight.html">due to unpleasantness between two flight attendants</a>.</li><li>Mike Love is <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/mike-love-gives-three-of-the-beach-boys-the-boot,85461/">firing three other Beach Boys</a>, including founding member and songwriter extraordinaire Brian Wilson.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking Ahead:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p><ul><li>A disturbing story out of Elgin where a man is facing animal cruelty charges after <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/26/60-dead-cats-found-inside-elgin-mans-van/">authorities found 60 dead cats</a> in his van.</li><li>A <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-city-council-midway-airport-0927-20120927,0,2856985.story">new deal between the city and airlines at Midway</a> could help the city save as much as $1.5 million per year.</li><li>The Wirtz family is <a href="http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20120926/CRED03/120929850/wirtz-family-to-renovate-michigan-avenue-tower">prepping a $25 million sprucing-up</a> of <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=333+North+Michigan+Avenue,+Chicago,+IL&amp;hl=en&amp;ll=41.887611,-87.624434&amp;spn=0.001176,0.002411&amp;sll=41.833733,-87.731964&amp;sspn=0.598576,1.234589&amp;oq=333+n+michigan+ave,+chicag&amp;hnear=333+N+Michigan+Ave,+Chicago,+Illinois+606">333 N. Michigan Ave</a>.</li><li>Apple&rsquo;s new iOS6 maps app <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/09/26/apples_ios_6_maps_melt_chicago.php">does some weird things</a> to the Chicago landscape.</li><li><em>Time Out</em> explores <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/15714256/the-new-chicago-river">potential future developments</a> along the Chicago River.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Sox Watch: <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_26_clemlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">After a loss to the Indians last night</a>, the Sox are now a game back of the Tigers, who beat Kansas City earlier in the day.</li><li>Fox Chicago <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19626640/former-bears-qb-jim-mcmahon-dementia">spoke to former Bears QB</a>&nbsp;Jim McMahon about his ongoing battle with dementia and its relation to his playing career.</li><li>The Cubs <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0927-free-agents-cubs-rockies-chicago--2-20120927,0,6941420.story">look to be active</a> in the free agent market this offseason which should be less anxious for fans with Theo Epstein at the helm.</li><li>As the Bulls get ready for training camp, <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/8429535/sources-chicago-bulls-invite-veteran-kyrylo-fesenko-training-camp">they&rsquo;ve invited veteran center Kyrylo Fesenko</a> to join the team for workouts.</li><li>Union officials and league representatives from the NHL are preparing to <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/league-union-resume-labor-negotiations-friday-232518428--nhl.html">meet again on Friday</a> for more negotiations in hopes of ending the league&rsquo;s lockout.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p>More information than you ever wanted to know about toilets.</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pYcv6odWfTM" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/poll-shows-illinois-actually-ready-reform-102698 U.S. court upholds Obama's health-care overhaul http://www.wbez.org/story/us-court-upholds-obamas-health-care-overhaul-93852 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-08/obama-flag.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WASHINGTON — A conservative-leaning panel of U.S. appellate judges on Tuesday upheld President Barack Obama's health-care law as constitutional, helping set up a Supreme Court fight.</p><p>A panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington issued a split opinion upholding the lower court's ruling that found Congress did not overstep its authority in requiring people to buy health insurance or pay a penalty on their taxes, beginning in 2014.</p><p>The requirement is the most controversial requirement of Obama's signature domestic legislative achievement and the focus of conflicting opinions from judges across the country. The Supreme Court is expected to decide soon, perhaps within days, whether to accept appeals from some of those earlier rulings.</p><p>The suit in Washington was brought by the American Center for Law and Justice, a legal group founded by evangelist Pat Robertson. It claimed that the insurance mandate is unconstitutional because it forces Americans to buy a product for the rest of their lives and that it violates the religious freedom of those who choose not to have insurance because they rely on God to protect them from harm.</p><p>But the court ruled that Congress had the power to pass the requirement to ensure that all Americans can have health care coverage, even if it infringes on individual liberty.</p><p>"The right to be free from federal regulation is not absolute and yields to the imperative that Congress be free to forge national solutions to national problems," Judge Laurence Silberman wrote in the court's opinion. Silberman was joined by Judge Harry Edwards.</p><p>Judge Brett Kavanaugh disagreed with the conclusion without taking a position on the merits of the law. He wrote a lengthy opinion arguing the court doesn't have jurisdiction to review the health care mandate until after it takes effect in 2014.</p><p>The federal appeals court in Cincinnati also upheld the law. The federal appeals court in Atlanta struck down the core requirement that Americans buy health insurance or pay a penalty, while upholding the rest of the law.</p><p>And like Kavanaugh's dissenting opinion, an appeals court in Richmond, Virginia, ruled it was premature to decide the law's constitutionality.</p></p> Tue, 08 Nov 2011 17:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/us-court-upholds-obamas-health-care-overhaul-93852 CAIR-Chicago’s Ahmed Rehab reflects on uncertain future of post-revolution Egypt http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/cair-chicago%E2%80%99s-ahmed-rehab-reflects-uncertain-future-post-revolution-egy <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-July/2011-07-08/Egypt_FemaleProtester.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>We turn our eyes today, once again to Tahrir Square. Frustrated activists plan to stage another mass protest to accelerate the pace of government reform. In a recent visit to Cairo, Ahmed Rehab, director of the Chicago chapter of the <a href="http://www.cairchicago.org/" target="_blank">Council on American-Islamic Relations</a> and frequent <em>Worldview</em> contributor, met with high-ranking officials and activists to discuss the way forward. He tells Jerome what he thinks the Egyptian people should demand now.</p></p> Fri, 08 Jul 2011 15:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-07-08/cair-chicago%E2%80%99s-ahmed-rehab-reflects-uncertain-future-post-revolution-egy Gov. Pat Quinn signs workers' compensation reform http://www.wbez.org/story/gov-quinn-sign-workers-compensation-reform-88443 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-June/2011-06-28/106065831.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a major overhaul of Illinois' workers compensation system.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Quinn signed the legislation Tuesday at a Navistar plant in the Chicago suburb of Melrose Park. Quinn says the bill would help companies large and small save money and be more competitive, while protecting workers injured on the job.</p><p>The changes include a 30 percent reduction in medical payments. Other reforms include letting payments for carpal tunnel syndrome last only 28 1/2 weeks, instead of 40. New guidelines also will make it harder for intoxicated workers to win claims.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The changes are supposed to cut between $500 million and $700&nbsp;million from the $3 billion workers' compensation system.</p><p>Republicans lawmakers didn't think the workers compensation reforms went far enough.</p></p> Tue, 28 Jun 2011 15:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/gov-quinn-sign-workers-compensation-reform-88443 Popular Tunisian bloggers offer alternative view to formerly state-run media http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/popular-tunisian-bloggers-offer-alternative-view-formerly-state-run-medi <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-04/108245433.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Although Tunisians overthrew their longtime dictator Ben Ali, many young activists say the country’s mass media remains in control of the former regime. A group of bloggers and citizen journalists has emerged to offer the Tunisian people a different perspective on the changes taking place in their country. Megan Williams brings us the story from Tunis.</p><p><em>This piece originally aired on the <a href="http://www.worldvisionreport.org/">World Vision Report</a>. We got it from the Public Radio Exchange.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 04 Apr 2011 17:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-04/popular-tunisian-bloggers-offer-alternative-view-formerly-state-run-medi Best Game in Town #21: Counting the cash http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/best-game-town-21-counting-cash <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/campaign cashedit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="304" width="424" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-January/2011-01-21/campaign cashedit.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p>In this installment of WBEZ's political podcast <em>The Best Game in Town</em>, we take a dive into the giant pool of money that is campaign cash: How much, where from, to whom and how to.</p><p>First: a primer on new campaign finance rules in the Prairie State, with Cindi Canary of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.</p><p>Then, WBEZ's Sam Hudzik tells us who's getting what on the Chicago mayoral campaign trail.</p><p>And Democratic money man Michael Bauer reveals how it's done.</p></p> Fri, 21 Jan 2011 20:18:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/best-game-town-21-counting-cash