We’re honored to have Mayor Lori Lightfoot as our guest on our final show. She invited us to her office for a half-hour chat about her first few days in office, and it appears at the beginning today’s 90-minute edition of Chicago Newsroom.
Next, we talk with Heather Cherone and A.D. Quig of the Daily Line for a full update on the latest developments from yesterday’s City Council meeting, the first chaired by the new Mayor. They discuss Lightfoot’s confrontation with Ald. Ed Burke and the voice-vote on which the Council reorganization plan sailed with only three “nays.” And there’s time for an update of the suddenly-red-hot State legislature, where one piece after another of Governor Pritzker’s legislative agenda seems to be coming into reality.
Afterward, we chat briefly with the show’s producer Dave Resnick, who says he’s encouraged by the proliferation of ambitious media operations currently in Chicago, and that, despite the challenges big media still faces, there’s till some very good journalism being done in our city.
Finally, we speak with WLS-AM morning news host John Dempsey, who’s been our friend since our early days together in public radio. They talk about the current state of politics and the media, and reserve a little time for reminiscing.
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You can read a transcript of the segment with Mayor Lightfoot here