Steve starts next Monday. Here’s what is on Eight Forty-Eight today:
9 out of 10 Chicagoans hate the idea of speed cameras. Unfortunately, that one dissenter was Governor Pat Quinn. Chicago drivers in school zones and parks better watch their speed. After not showing his hand for months, Governor Pat Quinn has finally taken action on a bill that would allow Chicago to use speed cameras in those areas to fine speeders. WBEZ’s Alex Keefe explains the implications, and WBEZ’s Kristen McQueary says what the bill reveals about Gov. Quinn’s legislative style. Thomas Goetz, executive editor of Wired magazine, compares the Chicago plan to systems that use dynamic speed displays instead of cameras.
Where can a guy make $100k off of vacation/sick days anymore? A new report from the Better Government Association finds that Chicago Public Schools employees have collected $265 million for unused sick and vacation days since 2006. BGA Director of Programming and Investigations Bob Reed and a representative from the Chicago Teachers Union debate the report’s findings, and Northwestern University law professor Zev Eigen examines the changing politics of sick days. To join the discussion, call 312.923.9239.
Street logic. WBEZ’s history blogger explains the logic—and illogic—behind why, in Chicago, Roosevelt is a road, Diversey is a parkway and Loomis is a boulevard on one stretch and a street on the rest. Schmidt will also talk about the history of Chicago jingles, in the wake of the news that Empire Carpet bought Luna.