Author Archives: Ken

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.

CN May 25 2017

What will a tronc-absorbed Sun-Times and Reader look like? Does anybody believe the claims that tronc will allow both to operate their own newsrooms independently? With Sun-Times circulation dropping below 130,000 per day, there are more people watching the ten-o’clock … Continue reading

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CN May 18 2017

  As  a direct result of Obamacare,  lots of people in Illinois have health insurance who never had it before. “I’m very grateful to President Obama for making healthcare part of his public legacy. Almost half a million people, 480,000 … Continue reading

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CN May 11 2017

  When Mayor Richard J. Daley opened the new el line in the Dan Ryan Expressway median in September 1969, he promised the 95th station wouldn’t be the end of the line for long. The line would soon reach all the … Continue reading

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CN May 4 2017

CPS is enduring yet another of its “how-can-we keep-going-without-a-huge cash-infusion crises, except that, instead of its usual fall timing, this is a separate crisis just to figure out how it’ll finish the school year. The total amount needed this time? … Continue reading

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CN April 27 2017

  Two of Chicago’s most important journalists and researchers join our panel this week. Mick Dumke and Alden Loury worked together years ago at the Chicago Reporter. (Investigating Race and Poverty Since 1972).  Alden went on to become the Reporter’s … Continue reading

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CN April 13, 2017

  “Lenient judges” and weak laws governing “repeat gun offenders” have been two of the reasons most often cited by Mayor Emanuel and Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for Chicago’s appalling street crime and homicide rate. They’ve called repeatedly for stronger … Continue reading

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CN April 6 2017

Will Rahm Emanuel follow through with his promise to implement significant police reform in Chicago despite the utter lack of interest from the Trump administration? Would an increase in the level of punishment for getting caught a second time with … Continue reading

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CN March 30 2017

    Just look at the veteran reporters, historians and political operatives on the cable news channels. They’re slowly losing their composure. They’ve run out of ways to say “unprecedented” and “astounding”. We’re in a political situation unlike anything in … Continue reading

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CN March 23 2017

  What does it say about a society when its elected representatives decide that access to an inexpensive, quality university education is no longer a priority? That’s what’s been happening in Illinois since at least 2000. According to the Center for … Continue reading

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CN March 16 2017

Does Illinois need tougher laws against “repeat gun offenders?” Most people might say yes, and certainly Mayor Emanuel and Police Supt. Johnson want them. A couple of questions, however. First, don’t we already have very tough laws covering violent offenders … Continue reading

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