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 28 2019

Two discussions this week. Sarah Karp (WBEZ) leads off with her coverage of alternative schools and the significant role they play in boosting the graduation rate at CPS. Turns out that, although CPS has made important improvements in the past … Continue reading

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CN March 21 2019

Two separate discussion this week. First, journalist Audrey Henderson fills us in on the latest developments in the ongoing struggle to site an Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. Henderson just wrote an extensive treatment of the process in Next … Continue reading

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CN March 14 2019

It’s a double header this week as we’re visited first by the great Maya Dukmasova (Chicago Reader) and then by former Mayoral candidate Paul Vallas. Dukmasova expresses some surprise at the strength of the resistance to two big votes yesterday … Continue reading

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CN March 7 2019

  Willie Wilson and Ja’Mal Green dropped by today for two separate interviews about ┬áthe Mayor’s race, a bunch of Aldermanic races, Bernie Sanders and the role each of them is playing in ┬áthis important period – after they didn’t … Continue reading

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CN February 28 2019

Here’s our election wrap-up with talk host and political analyst Bruce DuMont and political activist Jacky Grimshaw, who was an advisor to Mayor Harold Washington. The journalists on our panel are two of Chicago’s most respected reporters – The Daily … Continue reading

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CN Feb 21 2019

The “March to Inevitability” edition Two of Chicago’s most knowledgeable political reporters join us this week for a head-spinning discussion about the crazy municipal election we’re all enduring. WGN-TV’s Tahman Bradley and the Daily Line’s Heather Cherone say there’s never … Continue reading

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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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