Connected to Chicago - 04-12-14 (Pt. 2)

Apr 11, 2014, 10:58 PM

Connected to Chicago - 04-12-14 (Part 2) - The roundtable this week includes: Greg Hinz of Crain's Chicago Business, Lynn Sweet of the Sun-Times, and Ray Long and Eric Zorn of the Tribune. Host, Bill Cameron has a new idea to fix the pensions, but the panel is skeptical. Rahm's property tax remedy is on the table. Are there really better alternatives? Greg brings the wood to Eric's proposal to consider a city income tax. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius steps down, but is it the right time? The new nominee seems popular enough to secure confirmation, though Lynn predicts that her confirmation hearing will give the Republicans a big chance to re-litigate Obamacare. IRS leader Lois Lerner and the contempt of Congress charge. Eric says the whole thing is nonsense. The state legislature has adjourned for two weeks. When will they vote on the extension of the "temporary" tax? Maybe they can wait until after the election, but Greg doubts they'll wait. The fall ballot will have a number of referendums on the ballot. Is the term-limits question constitutional; and Lynn questions whether any of these reforms will really change anything anyhow.

Ryan Burrow takes us to the Andersonville neighborhood where the Executive Director of the Swedish-American Museum is trying to return the symbolic Swedish flag water tank back to the top of the museum. The water tank was badly damaged during the bitter cold temperatures this winter, and had to be pulled off the building. The neighborhood has become more diverse over the years, and residents want to return the water tower to display the Swedish roots of the neighborhood. The museum is holding several fundraisers to help restore the landmark.