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  • City Club of Chicago: Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis

    May 23, 2017 Karen Lewis – President – Chicago Teachers Union Karen Lewis Karen Lewis was elected president of the 30,000-member Chicago Teachers Union on June 11, 2010. A member of CTU since 1988, Karen taught high school chemistry in the Chicago Public Schools for 22 years. She believes that students, parents, teachers and community members are educators’ natural allies. Her goal is to truly improve Chicago Public Schools and stand firmly against the privatization of public education. The only […]

  • City Club of Chicago: Cook County Sheriff Thomas Dart

    May 22, 2017 Hon. Thomas Dart – Sheriff – Cook County Hon. Thomas Dart 1. GovTech Article: “Illinois Sheriff Pushes to Protect Citizen Data from Third-Party Sale“ 2. Daily Herald Op-Ed: Tom Dart – “State Needs to Protect Citizens’ Privacy Online“ 3. Chicago Sun-Times Editorial: “Congress Fails, But Illinois Can Protect Your Online Privacy“ Sheriff Tom Dart has lived a life dedicated to effecting change, protecting the unprotected, and fighting for social justice. After serving the community as a prosecutor and state legislator, Dart decided to […]

  • Leaked concept art from the upcoming Young Han Solo film, a ‘Shocking Truth’ to be revealed in ‘Last Jedi’?, and a Star Trek series with a Star Wars vibe

    We talk plenty about the upcoming HAN SOLO standalone film including a review of leaked concept art and recent photos Alden Ehrenreich’s hairstyle. Promotion for THE LAST JEDI has begun in Japan and it promises “The Most Shocking Truth in Star Wars History Will Soon Be Revealed!” We consider what that’s supposed to mean. Plus, we get our first glimpse of STAR TREK DISCOVERY and feel a definite Star WARS vibe. And, Paul reveals his top four characters he want […]

  • City Club of Chicago: Greg Bedalov, Executive Director of the Illinois Tollway

    May 18, 2017 Greg Bedalov – Executive Director – Illinois Tollway Greg Bedalov Greg Bedalov was appointed Executive Director by the Illinois Tollway Board of Directors in June 2015. The Illinois Tollway maintains and operates 292 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I‐88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I‐355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I‐90), the Tri‐State Tollway (I‐94/I‐294/I‐80), and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway. As Executive Director, Bedalov is responsible for […]

  • ‘Heroines of Star Wars,’ the future of Star Wars animation, and more highlights from Star Wars Celebration Orlando

    Dave Filoni’s “Heroines of Star Wars” panel and the “Forces of Destiny” animated shorts announcement were highlights from Star Wars Celebration Orlando. We review it all with Melody Deel, Public Relations Officer for the Rebel Legion: Mountain Base. Plus, we break down the STAR WARS REBELS season four trailer and speculate on the future of Star Wars animation. We also review a few nuggets from the “Animated Origins & Unexpected Fates” panel. And, an Outrageous Unthinkable moment from the STAR […]

  • Video: Violeta’s appearance with Steve Harvey

    In 2013, Violeta Podrumedic made an appearance with Steve Harvey as part of his “Ask Steve” segment:

  • City Club of Chicago: Immigration – The American Dilemma

    May 9, 2017 Immigration: The American Dilemma – Hon. Jesus Garcia, Sylvia Puente, Juan Rangel, and John Rowe Hon. Jesus Garcia Jesús “Chuy” García is the Commissioner for the 7th District on the Cook County Board. First elected to the Board in 2010, Garcia is a progressive leader who has fought to improve the lives of all people. In 2011, he helped put an end to Cook County’s cooperation with ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) by passing an ordinance that […]

  • Trump fires FBI Director Comey

    President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly fired FBI Director James Comey in the fallout over Comey’s probe of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s emails last year, saying Comey was no longer able to effectively lead the agency.

  • City Club of Chicago: Dr. John Jay Shannon, CEO of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System

    May 8, 2017 Dr. John Jay Shannon – CEO – Cook County Health & Hospitals System Dr. John Jay Shannon John Jay Shannon, MD, is the Chief Executive Officer of the Cook County Health & Hospitals System (CCHHS). He was appointed CEO in June 2014 after serving as the system’s Chief of Clinical Integration. Under Dr. Shannon’s leadership, CCHHS is continuing on a transformative journey, developing an innovative and integrative approach to the fulfillment of the system’s mission by aligning […]

  • Debating last week’s ‘Last Jedi’ predictions, dumpster diving at Industrial Light and Magic, and more

    Kyle Newman joins us this week to respond to F.J. DeSanto’s predictions about THE LAST JEDI, and talk about SWCO and STAR WARS REBELS. Voice actor Christopher Corey Smith (Luke Skywalker in Phineas and Ferb Star Wars) joins us to talk about his former life as a STAR WARS dumpster diver. Christopher tells us about his adventures growing up in the Bay Area during the production of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and finding amazing artifacts among the refuse at Lucas’s […]