At Issue

Alison Parker and Adam Ward (Credit: WDBJ7)

Alvarez: Journalists’ Slayings Highlight Need For Universal Background Checks

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez said the televised shootings of reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward heightened the need to find better ways to prevent the mentally ill from buying guns.

08/28/2015

Prison fence

Conservatives, Progressives Agree On Need To Help Ex-Felons Stay Out Of Prison

Conservatives and progressives say they are of one mind when it comes to many programs for keeping people out of prison who don’t belong there and helping them stay out of prison once they’ve already been behind bars, reports WBBM’s Craig Dellimore.

08/16/2015

Court Generic

Conservatives And Progressives Unite To Overhaul Criminal Justice System

Todd Belcore, lead attorney with the Sergeant Shriver Center on Poverty Law, a social justice group, said he’s not surprised conservatives at the Illinois Policy Institute agree too many people are being jailed too long for the wrong reasons.

08/14/2015

Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy. (File Photo by John Gress/Getty Images)

CPD Partnering With African-American Police Group To Reduce Encounters Between Cops And Teens

Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy says Chicago is partnering with an African-American police group reduce the occasions when encounters between officers and teenagers get out of hand, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

07/19/2015

Police Headquarters

Some Aldermen Doubting McCarthy’s Effectiveness As Top Cop

As Police Supt. Garry McCarthy begins his fifth year running the Chicago Police Department, some aldermen – old and new – appeared to be losing confidence in his ability to reduce gun violence as summer approaches.

06/19/2015

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico (City of Naperville)

New Naperville Mayor Looking To Take Pressure Off Of Property Tax Payers

The new mayor of Naperville wants to restore some balance as far as property taxes go in the state’s fourth largest city, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/24/2015

Naperville Mayor Steve Chirico (City of Naperville)

Naperville Mayor Cool To Governor’s Anti-Labor Agenda

Steve Chirico says his city gets along with unions, but Naperville leaders support other aspects of Gov. Bruce Rauner’s “Turnaround Agenda.”

05/22/2015

David Axelrod

Axelrod: Race A Factor In Some Criticism Of President Obama

The political strategist who coined the “Yes We Can” slogan for Barack Obama’s first presidential campaign says he thinks race plays a role in some of the harsh criticism the president receives, even now, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

05/17/2015

Cardinal Francis George at the installation Mass for Archbishop Blase Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral on November 18, 2014 in Chicago. (Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast-Pool/Getty Images)

Cardinal George Feared Death, And The Unknown Afterlife

“I fear the unknown, and what happens after death is unknown. I mean, in faith we believe that we will live forever, and that God calls us to live with him if we cooperate with his Grace. I believe that sincerely, profoundly, but I don’t know what that means,” Cardinal George told WBBM Newsradio’s “At Issue” in November.

04/23/2015

Mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia joins protesters demanding a $15 an hour minimum wage for all Chicago Public Schools employees and contract workers. (Credit: Bernie Tafoya/WBBM)

Garcia: ‘No Gravy To Go Around’ In Contract Talks With City Workers

Mayoral hopeful Jesus “Chuy” Garcia has scoffed at accusations he will be beholden to public employee unions that have backed him in his bid to unseat Mayor Rahm Emanuel, because of the substantial cash they’ve given Garcia’s campaign.

04/02/2015

Cook County Jail (Credit: CBS)

Dart: Jail Population Will Increase If Rauner Cuts Mental Health Treatment

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart has criticized Gov. Bruce Rauner’s budget cuts, saying the governor’s fiscal plan will end up costing the state a lot more money in the long run, and needlessly send more people to jail.

03/27/2015

(Credit: University of Illinois Press)

Corruption In Illinois Didn’t Start With Chicago, But Chicago Started With Fraud

A new book about Illinois politics shows its not-so-proud tradition of corruption dates back further than you might have guessed.

03/06/2015

File Photo (Ian Waldie/ Getty Images)

Advocate For Elected Chicago School Board: Time Is Ripe

hose who want to see an elected Board of Education in Chicago say this week’s overwhelming referendum vote in favor of the idea may be symbolic, but it’s a real boost, too.

02/27/2015

Gov. Bruce Rauner presents his budget address to the Illinois General Assembly in Springfield, Illinois, on Feb. 18, 2015. (Credit: CBS)

At Issue: Analyzing Gov. Rauner’s Budget Plan

Watchdog groups from across the political spectrum agree Gov. Brucer Rauner’s new budget proposals grapple with the serious fiscal problems gripping the state, but they differ about whether the plans to cut billions in spending will fly.

02/20/2015

(Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

New 2nd Ward Alderman To Face Big Hurdles With Entirely New Boundaries

With Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) aiming to oust Mayor Rahm Emanuel in the upcoming election, six candidates are vying to replace Fioretti as alderman, and will face plenty of challenges in a ward where boundaries have completely changed since the last election.

02/13/2015

Mayor Rahm Emanuel discusses the shooting death of 11-year-old Shamiya Adams. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Defends Record On Education, Decision To Close Schools

Mayor Emanuel’s challengers have hammered away at his decision to close 50 schools in Black and Latino neighborhoods during this campaign. But, the Mayor says he’s done what it takes to improve education in those areas, reports WBBM Political Editor Craig Dellimore.

02/08/2015

William "Dock" Walls (Supplied Photo)

Walls On Bid For Mayor: “We Work Harder Than The Other Candidates”

Cash-strapped mayoral hopeful William “Dock” Walls says his campaign is going strong, and getting stronger in race pitting four challengers against Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

01/23/2015

(Credit: Eastland Disaster Historical Society Facebook page)

Remembering Eastland Disaster Almost 100 Years Later

2015 will be a year of remembering the Eastland disaster, which killed more than 800 people on the Chicago River near Clark Street in 1915.

01/04/2015

Mayoral candidate Willie Wilson. (Credit: CBS)

Wilson To Rahm: “Every Citizen Should Be Able To Run”

Mayoral challenger Willie Wilson is criticizing Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s efforts to challenge the nominating petitions he filed to get on the ballot for mayor in the 2015 election.

12/18/2014

Ald. Robert Fioretti

Fioretti Pushes Commuter Tax, Rejects Garcia’s Graduated Income Tax Proposal

The two most prominent contenders running against Mayor Rahm Emanuel in February have come up with some very different ideas about raising revenue for Chicago.

12/05/2014

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