WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: March 29, 2019

Friday News Roundup 3-29-19
A.D. Quig of the Daily Line, Cheryl Corley of NPR, and Bill Ruthhart of the Chicago Tribune offered their thoughts during the Morning Shift's Friday News Roundup. Stephanie Kim / WBEZ
Friday News Roundup 3-29-19
A.D. Quig of the Daily Line, Cheryl Corley of NPR, and Bill Ruthhart of the Chicago Tribune offered their thoughts during the Morning Shift's Friday News Roundup. Stephanie Kim / WBEZ

WBEZ’s Chicago and Illinois News Roundup: March 29, 2019

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Chicago will elect its first black woman mayor in just a few days.

Candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle are making their last rounds on the campaign trail before voters head back to the polls for the April 2 runoff election.


Cook County prosecutors dropped all criminal charges against Empire actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of staging a fake hate crime.

Plus, Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson has unveiled a 5-year plan for the district.

Morning Shift breaks down the biggest stories of the week in our Friday News Roundup with Jenn White.

GUESTS:A.D. Quig, political reporter at The Daily Line

Cheryl Corley, NPR correspondent based in Chicago

Bill Ruthhart, Chicago Tribune reporter

LEARN MORE: Promises, Tamales and Even Truth-Telling: Chicago’s Mayoral Race Hits the Final Stretch (ProPublica Illinois 3/26/19)

In final TV debate, Lori Lightfoot conjures Ronald Reagan in countering Toni Preckwinkle: ‘There she goes again’ (Chicago Tribune 3/28/19)

Kim Foxx defends Jussie Smollett decision as office says she ‘did not formally recuse herself’ (Chicago Tribune 3/28/19)

Jussie Smollett investigation was costly. Rahm Emanuel says Chicago will make ‘Empire’ actor pay (USA Today 3/28/19)

Chicago Public Schools CEO Janice Jackson unveils 5-year vision (Chicago Sun-Times 3/26/19)