CN April 19, 2012

Well, were you driving at 36 mph any time today in Chicago? It’s official – Rahm Emanuel’s gonna be watching you, and he’s about ready to ding you $35 bucks for the privilege. In the name of protecting children, the City of Chicago is about to blanket much of the City with cameras that will mail you a ticket ($100 if you’re 11mph over), and most of the aldermen at yesterday’s Council meeting spoke emotionally about how much better our city will be when the cameras protect us.

Then there’s the Infrastructure Trust, which got deferred for a few days.

Charlie Meyerson, Chicago Bureau Chief at FM News 101.1, has some reasons for skepticism. “It’s this question the mayor just refuses to answer,” he says. “We’re gonna get the money, we’re gonna use it to retrofit Chicago buildings…but the mayor has portrayed this as a big idea…but then you ask him, what else? I asked him again yesterday… and he says ‘we’ll see how it goes’ “.

Maybe next week we’ll know more about this concept that would shift a large amount of infrastructure spending from the City Council to a new non-profit panel.

Cheryl Corley (NPR) talks about her recent experiences covering the Trayvon Martin and Tulsa serial killer cases. She says Chicago’s recent spike in violence and murder travels with her. “I talked to people there, and people asked me – where are you from, and I’d say Chicago – and they’re like -‘well, what are you doing down here?’ ”

Also on the show – Fenway Park in Chicago?


About Ken

Ken's the host of Chicago Newsroom. A former news director, reporter and radio program host, he's also a past Vice President of the Chicago Headline Club.
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