WBEZ | Mike Puente http://www.wbez.org/tags/mike-puente Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en LGBT members in NW Indiana fight against same-sex marriage amendment proposal http://www.wbez.org/news/lgbt-members-nw-indiana-fight-against-same-sex-marriage-amendment-proposal-109682 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Indiana LGBT two-way.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Indiana is a step closer to cementing the state&rsquo;s ban on same-sex marriage for possibly years to come. The state already outlaws same-sex marriage.</p><p>On Monday a senate committee passed a measure that would enshrine the ban in the state&rsquo;s constitution. Pushed by Governor Mike Pence, it goes before the full Senate later this week.</p><p>But not everyone supports the constitutional ban, known as House Joint Resolution 3. The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce says it could hurt in attracting top talent to the state.</p><p>And some members of the LGBT community wonder why the Hoosier state is moving in the opposite direction of neighboring Illinois.</p><p>They recently sat down for a conversation with WBEZ&rsquo;s Michael Puente at our bureau in Crown Point, Ind.</p></p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/lgbt-members-nw-indiana-fight-against-same-sex-marriage-amendment-proposal-109682 Examining the likelihood of a Super Bowl in Chicago http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/examining-likelihood-super-bowl-chicago-95988 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-January/2012-01-31/soldier field flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Sunday, thousands will descend on the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis to watch the New York Giants and the New England Patriots vie for the NFL's championship title. City officials are bracing for the crowds--and the extra money that will flow through its coffers. It's a big deal and cities are always hoping to be selected to host the football extravaganza. Well, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> wondered--what about Chicago? How come the Windy City has yet to host the big game?</p><p>Before tackling that question, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> checked in with WBEZ's Northwest Indiana reporter Mike Puente who's been <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/human-trafficking-bill-heads-indiana-governor-95922" target="_blank">reporting</a> on the buzz around the bowl in Indianapolis.</p><p>To tackle the Chicago question, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by Sam Stark, executive director of the <a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/" target="_blank">Chicago Sports Commission</a>, ESPN’s <a href="http://www.choosechicago.com/" target="_blank">Lester Munson</a> and Marc Ganis, president of Sports Corp Ltd.</p></p> Tue, 31 Jan 2012 16:25:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-01-31/examining-likelihood-super-bowl-chicago-95988 Indiana Democrats flee from anti-union vote http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/indiana-democrats-flee-anti-union-vote-82835 <p><p>Illinois is turning into a hot destination spot&ndash; at least for Democrats on the run from surrounding states! First, Democrats from Wisconsin began camping out last week in Rockford. Now a group of Indiana Democratic lawmakers are reportedly in Urbana. They left to avoid voting on what some describe as anti-union legislation put forth by Republicans.</p><p>Indiana&rsquo;s Republican <a target="_blank" href="http://www.in.gov/gov/">Gov. Mitch Daniels</a> had some choice words about these absentee Democrats.&nbsp; WBEZ's Northwest Indiana reporter Michael Puente joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight&nbsp;</em>to discuss the Democratic move &ndash; which has effectively shut down work at the Indiana Statehouse.</p><p><em>Music Button: Bill Frisell, &quot;Better Than A Machine&quot;, from the CD Beautiful Dreamers, (Savoy Jazz) </em></p></p> Thu, 24 Feb 2011 15:28:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-02-24/indiana-democrats-flee-anti-union-vote-82835