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 Jan 18 2018 (ProPublica)

Guest host Craig Newman is joined by ProPublica Illinois’ Editor in Chief Louise Kiernan and reporter Jason Grotto. They discuss being the first regional publishing operation of ProPublica, their reporting around Cook County Assessor Joe Berrios, and their revelation that … Continue reading

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CN Jan 18 2018 (Education)

  Guest host Craig Newman welcomes  the Chicago Reporter’s Kalyn Belsha and Sun-Times eduction reporter Lauren FitzPatrick  for a conversation about he state of education in Chicago and the future of CPS under new CEO Janice Jackson. Belsha also discusses her … Continue reading

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CN Jan 11 2018 Michael Wasney

Over the past decade, the Chicago Police (and, for that matter, other urban police departments) have come to rely more and more heavily on technology, apps and database management to supplement their police work. Some might fear it’s slowly supplanting … Continue reading

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CN Jan 11 2018 Stacy Davis Gates

Stacy Davis Gates is the Political Director for the Chicago Teachers Union. She’s been a student, teacher, a principal and a parent at many Chicago Public Schools, but at some point in her life she decided it was time for … Continue reading

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CN Jan. 4 2018

Two accomplished, knowledgeable journalists join us today for a January 4 status-check. What are the stories that we’ll all be following for a big chunk of 2018? We start with Chris Kennedy’s recent assertion that Mayor Emanuel has a “Strategic … Continue reading

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CN December 21 2017

  Richard Boykin is the Pop-Tax Slayer. The three-year incumbent County Commissioner from the first District (Maywood, Broadview, Bellwood, Oak Park and parts of Chicago’s west side) made a name for himself when he took a major lead in the … Continue reading

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CN December 14 2017 Kurth/Ewing

When a Republican gets beaten in Alabama by a pro-choice Democrat, when Garry McCarthy may launch a mayoral run, when the #MeToo movement is proclaimed an “era” by the New York Times, and when thousands of women are lining up … Continue reading

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CN December 14 2017 Juan Perez, Jr.

The Trib’s Jennifer Smith Richards and Juan Perez, Jr have written a powerful two-part series on the plight of 17 neighborhood high schools that have all but emptied out over the past few years. Their report, titled Chicago’s Shrinking Schools, can … Continue reading

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CN December 7 2017

Mayor Daley, excited by the prospects his 2016 Chicago Olympics only nine years away, wanted to make sure there were no city workers on strike during the festivities. So in 2007 he forged ten-year contracts with what amounted to 90% … Continue reading

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CN November 16 2017

  Mayor Harold Washington died in office thirty years ago this Thanksgiving. It was November 25, 1987, and for those of us who knew him in some way we’ll always associate the day before Thanksgiving with his sudden death while … Continue reading

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