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  • The Carry Out 6-21-17: “It feels like all the lawmakers in Springfield are essentially at a convention they don’t want to be at”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include the special legislative session beginning down in Springfield, Karen Handel winning her closely watched race in Georgia’s 6th congressional district, President Trump taking to Twitter to gloat, robbers posing like Uber and Lyft drivers, United Airlines announcing they will now serve Chicago Deep-Dish pizza on some flights, the Blackhawks announcing that Marian Hossa will miss the 2017-2018 season, the […]

  • Jeff Award-winning actress and cancer survivor Donica Lynn is bigger than her illness

    Donica Lynn, the amazingly talented actress, singer and the 2016 Chicagoan of the Year in the theater, joins Justin at The Big Table to talk about her career, her lifelong battle with cancer, the importance of being a spokesperson for cancer, how music has helped her cope with the disease, the importance of continuing to work through her illness, if she thinks differently about her mortality and the fifth annual benefit concert Today’s a Good Day-Walk With Me at The Mercury […]

  • The Download’s Swap Meet: “Don’t take the tags off!”

    Greg Flamm aka The DuPage Picker is here to evaluate your memorabilia! Do you have old issues of Mad Magazine taking up space in your attic? A classic beer collection sitting in your garage? An original Beatles LP in the basement? Call in and brag about your stuff! It’s the Swap Meet sponsored by Wolff’s Flea Market! Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm […]

  • Will a budget deal get done during the special legislative session?

    The Daily Line‘s Mike Fourcher joins Justin to break down all the local political stories making news this week including the special legislative session in Springfield, the chances a deal gets done during the special session, pre-slating being held this week for all countywide and statewide offices up for election in 2018 and Cook County Clerk David Orr announcing he’s not seeking re-election. Mike also talks about how The Daily Line is launching a Springfield bureau. Follow Justin on Twitter […]

  • The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 6-21-17

    Another action packed show is on tap this evening! On tonight’s episode of The Download, The Daily Line’s Mike Fourcher tells us if we are close to a state budget deal, Jeff Award-winning actress Donica Lynn chats about her career, her battle with cancer and an upcoming benefit concert, Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen talks about 30 years of “Hysteria” and an upcoming show at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre and since it’s Wednesday, The DuPage Picker is here to evaluate […]

  • Def Leppard Guitarist Phil Collen reflects on 30 years of “Hysteria”

    Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen (aka The Shirtless Wonder) joins Justin to talk about his great career, the memories he has of playing in Chicago, recording the massive hit record “Hysteria,” the influence of producer “Mutt” Lange, the guitar sound that he created with Steve Clark, always staying true to the melody of a song, producing the new record from Tesla, how the band puts integrity above everything else, their relationship with the digital world, how a lot of their original […]

  • The Carry Out 6-20-17: “Governor Rauner spoke at the Capitol building to stress unity and unveil his new attack ad”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include Governor Rauner giving an address in Springfield that stressed unity in advance of tomorrow’s special session, Vice President Pence and Speaker Ryan discussing GOP plans for changing the U.S. tax code, Daniel Day-Lewis saying he’s quitting acting, the Cubs taking on the Padres, Anthony Rizzo coming under fire for a controversial play at home plate, the White Sox starting a […]

  • Guitarist and composer Yonatan Gat: “The way to make music deep and meaningful is to have a personal experience with it”

    The tremendous musician Yonatan Gat joins Justin to talk about his great career, playing a memorable show at The Hideout Block Party, creating an environment where a concert is a shared experience, incorporating a number of different musical styles in his work, his latest record, “Director” and his show tomorrow night at Constellation. Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann airs Monday through Friday from 7 pm. to 11 pm on @WGNRadio

  • State Senator Jason Barickman previews the special session in Springfield: “I think there is some reason to be optimistic”

    State Senator Jason Barickman (R-Bloomington) joins Justin to preview the special session in Springfield, how different this session is from the special sessions the state has had the last couple of years, what needs to be done to get a state budget deal, the cynicism from the public that a deal will ever get done, the ongoing debate over funding for Chicago Public Schools and the chances that Governor Rauner doesn’t win re-election if a budget deal doesn’t get done […]

  • Protein Bar founder Matt Matros: “I think Chicago is the best kept secret in America from a business perspective”

    It’s Tuesday so it’s time for “The Download on Chicago Business” sponsored by Signature Bank. Tonight, Justin is joined by Protein Bar founder and Limitless Coffee & Tea co-founder Matt Matros. Matt talks about his career, what led him to start Protein Bar, what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur, the importance that timing played in his success, why he decided to move on from Protein Bar, when he became interested in coffee and  what separates his brand from […]