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 April 12 2018

Chris Fusco, Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Sun-Times, is our guest this week. Fusco talks about the extraordinary challenges the Sun-Times and other media face in a market that’s only becoming more competitive. As newspaper, magazine and broadcast companies find themselves … Continue reading

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CN April 5 2018

  Chicago Police Board chair Lori Lightfoot is our guest this week. Lightfoot is especially good at explaining complicated processes, such as the quest for a consent decree, agreed upon by the Mayor’s office, an assembly of powerful community groups, … Continue reading

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CN March 29 2018

The massive shredders and processors that tear apart cars and refrigerators and scrap metal at Clybourn and Webster seem out of place in today’s rapidly gentrifying North Branch, but only a few years ago the entire region – known as … Continue reading

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CN March 22 2018

Not that many people voted in Tuesday’s Illinois primary – about a couple of million statewide – but they made some very important decisions, including throwing out Joe Berrios, the powerful, connected Cook County Assessor, and unseating two of Toni … Continue reading

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CN March 15 2018

  Remember when Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley was quoted, exclaiming at a closed session of the Cook County Democratic Central Committee, “If a man can’t put his arms around his son, then what kind of world are we living in? I … Continue reading

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CN March 8 2018

  So how was your commute today? Quick run downtown on the Red line? Gliding into the Loop from Arlington Heights or Bolingbrook on the Metra? A Pace bus from Skokie, a crosstown CTA bus, or maybe paratransit? Oh, you … Continue reading

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CN March 1 2018

Thousands of people in and around Chicago are signed up for Deferred Action for  Childhood Arrival, or DACA.  But with President Trump’s insistence that he can’t support the program’s continuation without a number of concessions, the program has become a … Continue reading

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CN Feb 22 2018

Three great friends, who haven’t been on the show for a while, visit to kick around the week’s news. The students of Douglas High School in Florida have captured our attention, especially after last night’s CNN Town Hall. There’s also … Continue reading

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CN February 15 2018

Susana Mendoza, our state’s Comptroller, has emerged as one of Bruce Rauner’s most vocal opponents. And she wasn’t impressed with yesterday’s budget speech. She also tells us that she’s still strongly in JB’s corner, and she thinks the Quinn/Hampton mess … Continue reading

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CN Feb 8 2018 Ed Zotti

  On Monday, the City accepted four proposals from consortiums of companies interested in building a transit link between downtown Chicago and O’Hare airport. Mayor Emanuel expressed great pleasure about the amount of interest shown in the proposed project, and … Continue reading

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