Connected to Chicago (12-10-2017)

Dec 08, 2017, 08:04 PM

Bill Cameron sits down with Democrat Jesse Ruiz, who is running for Illinois Attorney General. They discuss who Jesse Ruiz is, and why he is running for Attorney General. Ruiz shares his thoughts on the current CPS issues, specifically with Forrest Claypool, they also discuss Ruiz's connection with Chicago Public Schools. Ruiz talks about the Environmental Protection Agency, and about helping keep local communities safer.

In this week's round table segment, Bill Cameron is joined by Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, Greg Hinz of Crain's, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun Times. Topics include sexual harassment in Congress, the current Chicago Public Schools issues, specifically Forrest Claypool, Trumps recent decisions and announcements regarding Israel, and Jerusalem, as well as Obama's recent speech in Chicago.

This week's Community Spotlight segment with Nick Gale is about the state's creation of the 24/7 opioid hotline. The helpline will provide a confidential outlet for individuals experiencing opioid use disorders, their families and anyone affected by the disease 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Helpline specialists are trained in evidence-based approaches to help connect callers with treatment and recovery-support services. Gov. Bruce Rauner unveiled the Opioid Action Plan and signed an Executive Order creating the Opioid Overdose Prevention and Intervention Task Force this year. The task force was charged with building strategies that would help reduce projected opioid overdose-related deaths by one-third within the next three years. IDPH data shows opioid overdoses killed 1,946 people in Illinois in 2016 — more than one and a half times the number of homicides and nearly twice the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents. In addition, data from the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) estimates that approximately 248,000 Illinois residents need, but do not receive, treatment for illicit drug use. To reach the helpline, individuals can call 1-833-2FINDHELP Featured are Bruce Rauner and IDPH Director Dr. Niran Shah