Afternoon Shift: Chicago Snowstorm Etiquette 101: When Dibs Go Too far

Afternoon Shift: Chicago Snowstorm Etiquette 101: When Dibs Go Too far

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If you were out yesterday, you probably saw an array of cars spinning out, snowplows rumbling past and maybe, your neighbor shoveling. Maybe you jumped in, shoveled, and helped push people out. But now it’s the next day. The trains are packed, the streets are messy, your parking spot was plowed in. And in the worst case scenario, you’ll go home tonight and all that work will be undone when someone steals your spot. The rage sets in.

It seems that we put a lot of our positive energy to helping out during times of distress. But there are no rules for what to do the next day, and the next, and the next. So what is the next day snowstorm etiquette? Monica Eng and Joel Reese join us create the Wiki for how to operate after 18 inches were dropped from the clouds. Plus, Chicago Tribune Columnist Eric Zorn gives us the history of “dibs.”


  • Monica Eng is a WBEZ reporter and producer.
  • Joel Reese is a freelance reporter and frequent contributor to Chicago Magazine.
  • Eric Zorn is a Chicago Tribune columnist.

Kimberly Senior on Goodman’s Rapture, Blister, Burn

If you work in Chicago theatre, you’ve undoubtedly come across director Kimberly Senior. Her lengthy resume includes credits from Steppenwolf, TimeLine, Northlight, Theatre Wit, Redmoon, House Theatre, Strawdog, among many others. She’s the founder of Collaboraction Theatre Company, an adjunct professor at both Columbia College AND DePaul University, and a Resident director at Writers Theatre.

To top it all off, she’s just come back from New York where she was working on a little road they call, “Broadway,” directing the pulitzer prize-winning play, “Disgraced.” Now she’s back in Chicago, directing Rapture, Blister, Burn at Goodman Theatre, and she’s joining us here in studio.

Guest: Kimberly Senior is a theatre director. She’s currently directing Rapture, Blister, Burn at Goodman Theatre.

Western suburbs and Northwest Indiana react to blizzard

Unlike the city where some side streets are still being cleared, the suburbs are, for the most part, cleaned up. This morning suburbanites hurried onto trains and drove very, very slowly to their destinations. But like CPS, many suburban districts were closed. WBEZ’s Yolanda Perdomo caught up with some folks taking the day off in the western suburbs, and she joins us now from western Cook county. Plus, in Northwest Indiana, the snow has finally stopped and the sun is out. Road conditions are still a little dicey.  Here to tell us about the latest is WBEZ’s Michael Puente who joins us at our Northwest Indiana Bureau in Crown Point.


Illinois bill would give terminally ill more choices

Illinois’ “right to try” bill could give terminally ill patients greater access to experimental drugs. The bill is a bipartisan effort and part of a nationwide campaign to increase patient rights. If passed, Illinois would become the sixth state with a “right to try” law. State Senator Michael Connelly, Republican from Lisle, is joining us now to talk about it.

Guest: State Senator Michael Connelly represents parts of DuPage and Will counties.

Illinois delays are typical of legal marijuana programs

Uncertainty continues with Illinois’ medical marijuana pilot program and business applicants are nervous the delay could mean a loss in funds. But this might be par for the course in this industry, which is still illegal on the federal level. WBEZ’s Susie An reports.

Guest: Susie An is a WBEZ producer.

Your next alderman: 4th and 5th wards

We continue our look at aldermanic races leading up to the February 24th municipal election. Today we cover the wards that include Bronzeville, Hyde Park and South Shore. Some candidates in the 4th ward and neighboring 5th ward are making another attempt to unseat the incumbents. And, a building left vacant by a shuttered Dominick’s in South Shore may be a huge issue in the race. Sam Cholke of DNAinfo is following the races, and he joins us to discuss.

Guest: Sam Cholke is a reporter for

CTU president Karen Lewis at City Club

Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis spoke at the City Club of Chicago earlier today. It’s the first time Lewis has spoke publicly since she was sidelined by a cancerous brain tumor last fall.  WBEZ’s Becky Vevea was there and she joins us.

Guest: Becky Vevea is a WBEZ producer.

New rules could mean more cash for cabbies

This week new rules go into effect that aim to let cabbies keep more of what they earn. When it was passed in December, the Taxi Driver Fairness Ordinance was touted as a way to let cabbies earn a better wage, without raising taxi fares. But opinions are mixed as to how effective it will be. WBEZ’s Odette Yousef joins us at our North Side bureau to discuss.

Guest: Odette Yousef is a WBEZ reporter.

Tech Shift: Does your building recycle?

Take a look behind most Chicago homes and you’ll see the city’s blue recycling bins. But search around many big apartment buildings and it’s likely you won’t find any way to recycle. That’s despite a 20-year-old ordinance requiring landlords to make it available. Now a new website is tracking buildings that don’t provide recycling and trying to get the city to do something about it. It’s called MyBuildingDoesn’t Claire Micklin, one of the creators of the site, tells us more about the project.

Guest: Claire Micklin is on of the creators of