Eight Forty-Eight 10.17.2011
To kick off the new series, Out of the Shadows, Eight Forty-Eight hears about some of the common frustrations and problems experienced by people trying to access mental health care for children in Illinois. And, Kristen McQueary reports on the longstanding legislative battle to get proper funding for mentally ill children’s resources in the state. Then, Eight Forty-Eight’s guests help explain the legislative and societal efforts to provide help for mentally ill kids in Illinois.--the conversation will also look at who’s doing it right and what prevents the state from doing it better. And, less than six months before at least five hot Illinois primaries for the U.S. House, political reporter Sam Hudzik joins the show to discuss which candidates are flush and which are broke by taking a look at the latest campaign finance filings, which were due over the past weekend. And, a recent audit of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Cook revealed disorganization, outdated technology, safety concerns and other problems. Eight Forty-Eight will discuss the findings with Forest Preserve District of Cook County General Superintendent Arnold Randall. And, Bill Savage, co-editor of the 60th anniversary edition of Nelson Algren’s Chicago: City on the Make, talks about Algren’s work and how Chicago has responded to his writing throughout the years.