Connected to Chicago (12-24-2017)

Dec 22, 2017, 08:23 PM

Bill Cameron sits down with the Chairman of the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors, Kirk Dillard. Topics include: The latest AMTRAK derailment and how it might have been prevented with “Positive Train Control” systems. How are Chicago’s commuter railways progressing with their installation of these systems. Rate Increases on the CTA & METRA and broader political topics including Bruce Rauner’s chances against his challenger in the upcoming primary election, Jeanne Ives. What does the future hold for the Illinois GOP?

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. The Tax Reform Bill: Who does it help and who gets hurt? Immigration: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, ('Dreamers') are waiting to see of Congress can achieve “Dream Act” legislation to save them. The Legionnaires' disease outbreak at the state run Quincy Veterans Home might hurt the Bruce Rauner campaign. Did he wait too long and are his latest comments enough response.

This week's Community Spotlight segment covers a press announcement by Governor Bruce Rauner and Alsip Deputy Police Chief Bob Ricker. Along with other state officials and Emergency Responders, they outline plans by the state police for road patrols and changes for disability placard applications. Jennifer Keiper reports.