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  • Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle: “When you are in a crunch and a crisis you either raise revenue or you eliminate positions and that is where we find ourselves today”

    Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle joins Justin to discuss the budget cuts driven by the sugary drink tax delay, if we can expect additional layoffs, the criticism she’s received from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, Commissioner Boykin and the Chicago Tribune editorial board and what needs to be done to eventually balance the Cook County budget. 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

  • The Carry Out 7-20-17: “I would much rather watch a hobbled Derrick Rose than any other Bull at this point”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include O.J. Simpson being granted parole, Robert Mueller looking into President Trump’s business transactions, Chicago reaching a settlement in the red light camera lawsuit, McDonald’s starting to deliver apparel, switching problems causing massive CTA delays, a new study saying liberals don’t even like to be around Trump supporters, the Cubs gaining on the first place Brewers, highly touted prospect Yoan […]

  • Never Have I Ever…had a Starbucks coffee

    It’s time once again to learn about your pop culture blind spots as we play another great game of “Never Have I Ever!”  Have you never enjoyed a professional massage? Never participated in a game of golf? Completely missed all of the “Harry Potter” movies? It’s time to fess up! Never Have I Ever…held a baby. 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

  • Alison Cuddy is the new Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival

    Journalist Alison Cuddy joins Justin to tell us about her new job as the Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival.  Alison talks about her promotion, what her new position entails, what the Chicago Humanities Festival tries to accomplish, what it means for the city, how the festival tries to be broad and diverse in their approach, why the festival has shifted to year-round programming, being part of Chicago’s long legacy of arts and culture, the importance of having arts […]

  • The Download with Justin Kaufmann Full Show 7-20-17

    We have another terrific show for you! On tonight’s episode of The Download, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle explains the need for the soda pop tax and if we should expect more layoffs down the road, the great comedian Sandra Bernhard chats about her trailblazing career and upcoming show at City Winery, journalist Alison Cuddy tells us about her new position as Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival and we end the show with another great game of “Never […]

  • Trailblazing comedian Sandra Bernhard: “I like to think that I keep everyone on their toes including myself”

    The great model, actress, comedian, singer and author Sandra Bernhard joins Justin to talk about her amazing career, the early days of working on her craft in Los Angeles, the difficulty being a woman in stand-up comedy when she was just starting out, making the transition from stand-up comedy to her legendary appearances on late night television to becoming an actress in television and movies, the amount of rejection in show business, why she approaches talking about politics from a different […]

  • Best selling author Marcus Sakey: “I love Chicago and I love writing about Chicago”

    Acclaimed Chicago author Marcus Sakey joins Justin to discuss his highly new book, “Afterlife.” Marcus talks about where this latest novel comes from, the difficulty he had writing this story, how the book is set in modern day Chicago, why he sets his stories in Chicago, the research involved in writing this book, the importance of getting the story right, what he looks for when he options his books, Ron Howard’s Imagine Entertainment getting the film rights to “Afterlife,” the […]

  • The Carry Out 7-19-17: “This could be the biggest game down on the South Side since Chris Sale cut up some jerseys or when Konerko shaved his goatee”

    The Carry Out is the nightly segment where Justin reads the news so you don’t have to. Tonight’s top stories include the CBO releasing a devastating score for the GOP’s latest healthcare plan, President Trump being criticized for a second meeting with Vladimir Putin during the G20 Summit, another woman coming forward to make allegations against R&B superstar R. Kelly, an alderman’s crusade to open up bathrooms in Chicago restaurants and other businesses to people walking in off the street […]

  • The Download’s Swap Meet: “Have you used any of your baseball cards as a toothpick?”

    It’s Wednesday night so that means it’s time for the Swap Meet sponsored by Wolff’s Flea Market!  Greg Flamm aka The DuPage Picker is here to evaluate your memorabilia! Do you want to know much you think that Joe DiMaggio rookie baseball card is worth? How about a poster that features the 1991 Chicago Bears? Those original “Star Wars” action figures? You have the questions and Greg has the answers! It’s “The Swap Meet!” Follow Justin on Twitter and give him a like on Facebook. The Download with Justin Kaufmann […]

  • Are Illinois schools going to open up on time this year?

    The Daily Line‘s Mike Fourcher joins Justin for his weekly visit to break down the top local political stories making news this week including the ongoing conflict over the school funding formula, what happens now that Illinois has passed a budget and Cook County Assessor Joseph Berrios facing questions on property tax inequity. 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