WBEZ | Chicago Tribune http://www.wbez.org/tags/chicago-tribune Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Lead Water - Where Does Chicago Fit into the National Story? http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-09/lead-water-where-does-chicago-fit-national-story-114784 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Lead_Flickr_Steve A Johnson.jpg" alt="" /><p><div>As residents of Flint, Michigan continue to deal with lead-contaminated drinking water after being exposed for two years to toxic waste levels 10 times higher than the EPA limit, Chicagoans aren&rsquo;t being told of tap water risks, according to a <a href="http://Related Content (if any): http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/ct-chicago-lead- water-risk-met-20160207-story.html">report from the <em>Chicago Tribune.&nbsp;</em></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Michael Hawthorne of the Tribune breaks down how Chicago fits into the national water crisis.</div></p> Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:22:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2016-02-09/lead-water-where-does-chicago-fit-national-story-114784 "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" hits theaters http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-18/star-wars-force-awakens-hits-theaters-114218 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/star wars web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>&quot;Star Wars: The Force Awakens&quot; officially hit theaters last night with legions of fans dressing up like storm troopers and other characters to show their excitement. We check in with two <a href="http://www.midwestgarrison.com/about.php">Star Wars costumers </a>as well as the <a href="https://twitter.com/phillipstribune">film critic for the Chicago Tribune</a> to talk about the film and everything surrounding it. We also check in with WBEZ&#39;s<a href="https://twitter.com/stkennedy"> Sean Kennedy</a> who is stationed at the IMAX theater with fans.</p></p> Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:57:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-12-18/star-wars-force-awakens-hits-theaters-114218 Reporter Looks Back On 31 Years Covering The Olympics http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-10/reporter-looks-back-31-years-covering-olympics-114129 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/1210_phil-hersh-624x359.jpg" alt="" /><p><div id="attachment_97524"><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Chicago Tribune Olympic specialist Philip Hersh is pictured before the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. (Courtesy of Phil Hersh)" src="http://s3.amazonaws.com/media.wbur.org/wordpress/11/files/2015/12/1210_phil-hersh-624x359.jpg" style="height: 357px; width: 620px;" title="Chicago Tribune Olympic specialist Philip Hersh is pictured before the opening ceremony of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Games. (Courtesy of Phil Hersh)" /></p><p>Phil Hersh&nbsp;covered the Olympics for the Chicago Tribune for more than 30 years, a job he called the best in the newspaper world. Now he&rsquo;s saying farewell to that beat. As he retires from the Tribune, he joins<em>&nbsp;Here &amp; Now&rsquo;s</em> Eric Westervelt to reflect on the good and bad in the Olympics.</p></div><p><strong>RELATED:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/columnists/ct-olympic-writer-philip-hersh-on-leaving-chiccago-tribune-20151124-column.html" target="_blank">&ldquo;5 continents, 15 Olympics, 31 years and 6,200 stories later, it&rsquo;s time to say goodbye&rdquo;</a></strong></p><hr /><p><strong></strong></p><p><span style="font-size:20px;"><strong>Interview Highlights: Philip Hersh</strong></span></p><p><strong>How widespread is doping in Olympic sports like running?</strong></p><p>&ldquo;I think doping is extremely widespread. The thing that surprised me is how widespread and how uncontrolled it was in Kenya. For many young Kenyan athletes, the chance to run a road race to make a little money, a marathon to make a lot of money, it&rsquo;s their only way out of poverty. If you think your chances to make some money will be improved by taking performance enhancing drugs then you&rsquo;re more than likely to do it. The involvement over the last 20 years of European agents and European managers of African athletes has accentuated this.</p><p>There are a lot of times in the mid-90s that have been barely touched since then, and that was the beginning of the period where African athletes got involved with European managers and therefore, once you get to Europe, the access to a lot of these PEDs is a lot simpler. So I think doping is very widespread in a lot of these sports, I think it&rsquo;s impossible to eradicate, what you&rsquo;re trying to do is minimize it as much as possible. I feel bad for the athletes who truly are clean, and I presume there are some, because they&rsquo;re trying to disprove a negative.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>On the shift in desire to be a host city</strong></p><p>&ldquo;Let&rsquo;s go back to 1984 when Los Angeles wound up as the only legitimate bidder. Actually Tehran dropped out before the regime change. Therefore the international Olympic committee, which at that point didn&rsquo;t have two nickels to rub together in their bank account, had to go along with what Los Angeles suggested, which was they weren&rsquo;t going to sign a complete guarantee against any kind of cost overruns, and they had to live with Peter Ueberroth&rsquo;s new idea for the Olympics basically funded by corporate sponsorship.</p><p>So, to my way of thinking, Los Angeles saved the Olympics. If that had not happened after you had the Munich massacre, you had the riots and the killings in Mexico City in &rsquo;68, you had the Montreal boycott by a lot of the African nations because of presence of New Zealand and the rugby tour, then in 1980 you had the U.S. boycott of the Moscow summer games. So the Olympics were on very shaky ground at that point.</p><p>Peter Ueberroth rescued them financially, and then all of a sudden cities started saying &lsquo;we can not only not lose money on this, we can maybe make money on this&rsquo; so then the number of bidders got larger for the next several Olympic games&hellip;and that number kept going up until the last couple of Olympic cycles when for a variety of reasons cities started to get very leery of it and citizens in cities, most notably Boston and now Hamburg, started to get very leery of what the financial consequences would be for bidding for the Olympics.&rdquo;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2015/12/10/philip-hersh-olympics" target="_blank"><em> via Here &amp; Now</em></a></p></p> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 15:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-12-10/reporter-looks-back-31-years-covering-olympics-114129 Morning Shift: November 23, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-23/morning-shift-november-23-2015-113894 <p><p>We are days out from the holiday season, when two things go together: eating and spending. Once the New Year arrives, many of us will hit the gym to shed a few pounds. But are you ready to go on a financial diet? Author Natalie McNeal explains how to undergo a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-23/financial-fasting-how-one-woman-paid-her-21000-debt-simply">financial fast</a>.</p><p>Plus, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-23/chicago-native-chris-rob-returns-home-benefit-concert-113889">Chris Rob</a> is a musician, a Chicago native &mdash; and the younger brother of actor Craig Robinson of the TV show The Office. Chris Rob shares his smooth soul sounds.</p><p>And the Chicago Tribune is shedding dozens of employees after its parent company approved a massive buyout. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-23/two-tribune-reporters-who-took-buyouts-talk-about-their-futures">Two longtime Tribune reporters reflect</a> on their years with the paper and what comes next.</p><p>Plus, we have another installment of our ongoing series &quot;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-23/my-life-three-songs-wbez-facilities-director-claude-cunningham">My Life In Three Songs.</a>&quot;</p></p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 12:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-23/morning-shift-november-23-2015-113894 Two Tribune reporters who took buyouts talk about their futures http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-23/two-tribune-reporters-who-took-buyouts-talk-about-their-futures <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/trib exit.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A lot the bylines you&rsquo;re used to seeing in the Chicago Tribune are about to disappear. Dozens of reporters have taken a buyout as part of Tribune Publishing&rsquo;s recent 7 percent reduction in its workforce. The last day of work for most employees is Wednesday. It&rsquo;s a great loss for anyone who loves to keep up on beats like transportation, sports, family issues, and food.</p><p>Two journalists who are leaving are at different points in their careers. <a href="https://twitter.com/kicker34?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Fred Mitchell</a> is a longtime, you might say legendary, sports writer and columnist. <a href="https://twitter.com/cmastony">Colleen Mastony</a> is a general assignment reporter and former features writer whose work at the Tribune has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize twice. They look back on their time at the Tribune and talk about what&rsquo;s in store for their futures.</p></p> Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:58:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-11-23/two-tribune-reporters-who-took-buyouts-talk-about-their-futures New plan is released for Lucas Museum http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-18/new-plan-released-lucas-museum-112977 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/lucas museum ap.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The group behind the <a href="http://www.lucasmuseum.org/">Lucas Museum of Narrative Art</a> has unveiled a new, more scaled-down design that it hopes will appeal to city officials who have to sign off on the plan. The proposed museum would house everything from Norman Rockwell paintings to Stars Wars memorabilia to digital art, all from the personal collection of director George Lucas. And it would become part of Chicago&rsquo;s museum campus on the lakefront.</p><p>The initial design released last year received a lot of backlash, so how does this fresh take compare? We&rsquo;re joined by <a href="https://twitter.com/BlairKamin?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Blair Kamin, Chicago Tribune</a> architecture critic, for his take.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Sep 2015 11:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-18/new-plan-released-lucas-museum-112977 Mayor Emanuel to ask for mega property tax hike http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/mayor-emanuel-ask-mega-property-tax-hike-112822 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/rahm WBEZ Robert Wildeboer.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel has been in front of residents this week asking for ideas on how to balance the city budget. But the Mayor and his budget team may already be making some moves to bring in more cash. Chicago Tribune and Chicago Sun Times are reporting this morning that the Mayor is considering the largest property tax hike in decades to bring money to the seriously underfunded fire and police pensions. There could be a garbage tax collection fee as well. Chicago Tribune City Hall reporter Hal Dardick <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-rahm-emanuel-property-tax-hike-met-0903-20150902-story.html">has details</a> on how these budget decisions would shake out for residents.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-09-03/mayor-emanuel-ask-mega-property-tax-hike-112822 NOLA activist on Chicago Tribune editorial calling for a Hurricane Katrina http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-17/nola-activist-chicago-tribune-editorial-calling-hurricane-katrina <p><p>Late last week, Chicago Tribune editorial board member Kristen McQueary wrote an opinion column about Chicago&rsquo;s deep financial crisis. It was about government, schools, borrowing, and the citizens of Chicago being either unwilling or incapable of getting the change we need. McQueary wrote that Chicago needs to wipe the slate clean, and she wished for a natural disaster, another Hurricane Katrina in her words, to do the job.</p><p>&ldquo;I find myself wishing for a storm in Chicago &mdash; an unpredictable, haughty, devastating swirl of fury. A dramatic levee break. Geysers bursting through manhole covers. A sleeping city, forced onto the rooftops,&rdquo; she wrote. It was meant as a metaphor. But many readers called it tone deaf, clueless, or a sad display of white privilege. McQueary is white, and many of the more than 1,800 people who died during Katrina were elderly, poor, and black.</p><p>On Friday and over the weekend, the column spread around the internet &mdash; to New Orleans, to Washington, even internationally &mdash; and the backlash was swift and cutting.</p><p>&ldquo;As someone who experienced Katrina first-hand, the ignorance in this column is trivializing, grotesque and upsetting,&rdquo; one person wrote on Twitter.</p><p>Some readers defended McQueary and the Tribune, saying it was a bad metaphor, nothing more.</p><p>Down in the Big Easy, many residents took issue with McQueary&rsquo;s glossed-over version of their city after Katrina. In her depiction, things are peachy. Government corruption has been rooted out. Dilapidated buildings have been torn down. The schools are great.</p><p>Our guest says that&rsquo;s far from the case. We turn to Vanessa Gueringer, Vice President of &ldquo;A Community Voice,&rdquo; a non-profit community organization in New Orleans made up of and serving the working, poor, elderly, women, children, and families. (Photo: Flickr/Infrogmation of New Orleans)</p></p> Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-17/nola-activist-chicago-tribune-editorial-calling-hurricane-katrina CPS chief backs the mayor's $13-an-hour minimum wage http://www.wbez.org/news/cps-chief-backs-mayors-13-hour-minimum-wage-111138 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Board of Ed at Westinghouse.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>The head of Chicago Public Schools is making a political statement supporting Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ahead of February&rsquo;s municipal elections.</p><p>CPS CEO Barbara Bryd-Bennett told the Board of Education Wednesday that the district wants to move to a $13-per-hour minimum wage. The statement falls in line with <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-emanuel-minimum-wage-hike-push-20140930-story.html" target="_blank">other city agencies</a>, like the Chicago Park District.</p><p>The budget implications of a $13-per-hour minimum wage for CPS workers and contract employees would still need to be worked out internally, CPS officials said.</p><p>Alderman Jason Ervin, of the 28th Ward, urged board members to consider the $15-an-hour wage he and other aldermen are pushing. The meeting was in Ervin&rsquo;s ward, at Westinghouse College Prep, making it the first board meeting held in a community since 2004, when the board met at Orr Academy. It was also the first time in several years the board has met in the evening. Typically, board meetings start at 10 a.m. at CPS&rsquo;s downtown headquarters.</p><p>CPS spokesman Bill McCaffrey said they moved the meeting into a community and held it in the evening in order to give more people the opportunity to come. The district is also in the process of moving its offices to a new building downtown.</p><p>The meeting, which took place in Westinghouse&rsquo;s auditorium, had a larger crowd than usual and frequent interruptions from audience members. One of the biggest gripes had to do with a recent Chicago Tribune <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/watchdog/cpsbonds/" target="_blank">investigation into CPS&rsquo;s debt payments</a> on risky interest rate swap deals. Those deals were entered into when now-Board President David Vitale was the district&rsquo;s chief financial officer.</p><p>Tara Stamps, a teacher at Jenner Elementary in Old Town, spoke about a lack of funding for the school&rsquo;s arts program, even though the school is designated as a fine arts school.</p><p>&ldquo;How is it that you can say you want this kind of student, but you don&rsquo;t want to make that kind of investment?&rdquo; Stamps asked. &ldquo;You&rsquo;d rather not renegotiate these toxic deals and squander what could be hundreds of millions of dollars that could go into classrooms that could create well-rounded classrooms where children are appreciated and they learn and they thrive. But you don&rsquo;t. You refuse. You will not arbitrate. You will not renegotiate. You will not do any of the initial steps to get some of that money back.&rdquo;</p><p>The Chicago Teachers Union first sounded the alarm on the bank deals in 2011, but board members and CPS officials repeatedly dismissed the issue.</p><p>&ldquo;Three years we&rsquo;ve been coming here and being told that our facts are wrong, that we just don&rsquo;t understand, and being dismissed by Mr. Vitale,&rdquo; said Matthew Luskin, a CPS parent and organizer for the CTU. &ldquo;A full week of Trib headlines tell a very different story.&rdquo;</p><p>Luskin said he understands that CPS cannot just cancel the contracts with the banks, but he pushed the board to file for arbitration to renegotiate the contracts, and &ldquo;take a stand.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;They could call these banks out, blame them for the cuts and closings that have happened, instead of blaming retirees and parents and children who take up too many resources,&rdquo; Luskin said. &ldquo;They could announce that CPS won&rsquo;t do business with these banks anymore if they refuse to renegotiate.&rdquo;</p><p>McCaffrey with CPS said the district is monitoring the risks of its swap portfolio closely, &ldquo;including the possibility of termination.&rdquo; But he also said, by the district&rsquo;s calculation, the deals saved more than $30 million in interest costs compared to the costs of fixed-rate bonds.</p><p>The debt payments and the minimum wage weren&rsquo;t the only issues raised at the meeting. Two librarians came to speak about the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/losing-school-librarians-chicago-public-schools-110547" target="_blank">reassignments and layoffs of full-time librarians</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;The loss of school librarians is especially alarming in CPS high schools where there are now only 38 high schools with librarians,&rdquo; said Nora Wiltse, a school librarian at Coonley Elementary.</p><p>A student and a teacher from Kelly High School came to sound the alarm on <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/custodial-contract-causing-problems-start-school-year-110767" target="_blank">cleanliness at their school since Aramark</a> took over CPS&rsquo;s janitorial services.</p><p>The Board also approved <a href="http://www.wbez.org/cps-changes-school-ratingsagain-111118" target="_blank">a new school rating policy</a>.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/177839305&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 20 Nov 2014 13:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/cps-chief-backs-mayors-13-hour-minimum-wage-111138 Harper Lee says new biography is unauthorized http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/harper-lee-says-new-biography-unauthorized-110510 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/harper-lee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Former <em>Chicago Tribune</em> reporter Marja Mills says her just-released biography of Harper Lee, <em>The Mockingbird Next Door: Life with Harper Lee,</em> was written with &quot;the trust, support and encouragement&quot; of Lee and her older sister, Alice.</p><p>But in a statement this week, the 88-year-old Lee countered, &quot;Rest assured, as long as I am alive any book purporting to be with my cooperation is a falsehood.&quot;</p><p>In 2004, Mills moved next door in Monroeville, Ala., and befriended the sisters, who, according to the book&#39;s description, &quot;decided to let Mills tell their story.&quot;</p><p>Lee says that, in fact, she &quot;cut off all contact&quot; with Mills after realizing her intentions: &quot;It did not take long to discover Marja&#39;s true mission: another book about Harper Lee. I was hurt, angry and saddened, but not surprised.&quot;</p><p>Mills points to a letter from Alice that &quot;makes clear that Nelle Harper Lee and Alice gave me their blessing.&quot;</p><p>In her statement, Lee notes that her sister &quot;would have been 100 years old&quot; when that letter was written.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/07/16/331941601/book-news-harper-lee-says-new-biography-is-unauthorized" target="_blank">via NPR&#39;s <em>The Two-Way</em></a></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 18:11:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/harper-lee-says-new-biography-unauthorized-110510