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 Feb 14 2019

  In a searing suite of articles and digital posts over recent months, ProPublica Illinois’ Melissa Sanchez and WBEZ’s Elliott Ramos have laid out for us the particulars of the City’s program to punish “scofflaws” who fail to pay city … Continue reading

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CN February 7 2019

Our guest this week is Mayoral contender Bob Fioretti, the former alderman of the second Ward. Here are some highlights from our conversation: On the role Danny Solis played in carving up the second Ward, moving Fioretti’s Ward away from … Continue reading

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CN January 24, 2019

  LaShawn Ford isn’t an alderman. But his Illinois State Representative district covers parts of three west side wards, and he sees first hand the ravages of disinvestment, poverty and violence. He feels so strongly about the need for radical … Continue reading

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CN January 17 2019

  Ben Joravsky’s not on the radio any more. He lost his popular radio show on WCPT in, let’s just say, an abrupt fashion. “About eight days before I was fired this fellow Pinsky called me in for a delicious … Continue reading

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CN January 10 2019

  Our guest this week is mayoral candidate Bill Daley. Below are some highlights from our wide-ranging conversation about his vision for the future of Chicago. (a Chicago of which, of course, he’s the Mayor.) On his proposal to eliminate … Continue reading

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CN December 20 2018

  Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia will not be returning any money she received from Ed Burke, as Toni Preckwinkle and Suzanna Mendoza have announced they will. “Not at all,” she proclaims with a hearty laugh. “Apparently other people (got Burke … Continue reading

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CN December 13 2018

They didn’t really succeed at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. But a few years after they dropped out, two old friends re-connected. Both had ben successful in business and both still had a burning attraction to the … Continue reading

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CN December 6 2018

A thriving suburb advertises itself as “close enough to the city for industry — far enough away for good clean suburban living.” And it was close, too -right next door to Chicago across from Riverdale on the far south side. But … Continue reading

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CN November 29 2018

Our guest this week is Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot. What follows are some selected quotes from our wide-ranging hour-long conversation. You can watch the entire show by tapping the image above. On getting onto the ballot:  I feel very confident … Continue reading

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CN November 15 2018 Madison Hodges

  (this segment begins at 37:20 0n the video above.) The BGA’s Madison Hodges recently revealed some goofiness in the City’s Blue Cart program that’s so crazy it’s almost difficult to describe in a serious news story. “So we are … Continue reading

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