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 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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CN Mar 9 2017

Can the development of television, and radio before it, teach us anything about what the next few years of digital communications will bring us? In some ways, yes, says Walter J. Podrazik, co-author of Watching TV. “This inherently is important … Continue reading

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CN Feb 24 2015

One Chicago police officer fired sixteen shots into Laquan McDonald. Another created a humiliating “hunting scene” photo, with an arrested man posed to look like prey— with deer antlers attached to his head, and eyes rolled back as if he … Continue reading

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CN March 2 2017

Lead has been in our lives for almost as long as humans have been able to use tools. It’s heavy, so it’s great for “weaponizing”. It’s malleable and moldable, so you can make lots of stuff out of it. One … Continue reading

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CN Feb 16 2016

  “We have a crisis of the civil order in Chicago.” That’s the terse assessment of one of Chicago’s most tenacious and respected journalists and writers. Jamie Kalven has been immersed in Chicago’s most impoverished neighborhoods for decades, but he’s … Continue reading

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CN Feb 9 2017

  Two great pieces of public art were unveiled almost simultaneously in Chicago fifty years ago. pretty much everyone knows about the Picasso in the Daley Center, but fewer know about the enduring Wall of Respect at 43rd and Langley. … Continue reading

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CN Feb 2 2017

  Lori Lightfoot isn’t pleased that the 126 recommendations that her Police Accountability Task Force – the body Mayor Emanuel asked her to front last year – still remain largely words on paper instead of mayoral actions. And the Department of … Continue reading

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CN Jan 26 2017

  President Trump threatens, or he may say “offers,” to “Send in the Feds” to solve our hideous violence problem. And Chicagoans ask what that means. If he wanted to send help, he might consider sending along some money to … Continue reading

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CN January 19 2017

  Our guest this week runs a mental health institution so vast that it’s been called the largest in the country. He also runs a pretty significant job training operation, a substance abuse clinic, an anti-violence effort, and he’s a major … Continue reading

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