University of Illinois Professor Michael LeRoy talks with Bill Cameron about the good and the bad inside the college football industry. The round-table with Ray Long, Greg Hinz, Heather Cherone and Dave Stewart discuss Governor Pritzker's announcement of a new EV battery manufacturing plant in southern Illinois. What considerations did the state give out to lure this manufacturing plant to Illinois. Federal prosecutors announced they do not intend to call on former Chicago Alderman, Danny Solis to testify in the trial against another former alderman, Ed. Burke.
In other city corruption news, Chicago treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin has been accused of forcing taxpayer-funded staff to plan her daughter's birthday and act as her personal bodyguard. Over a dozen Chicago Public Schools employees and officials have been called out for fraudulently obtaining Paycheck Protection Program loans worth up to $21,000, according to a district watchdog report. Mike Madigan won’t run for committeeperson, and Chicago Mayor, Brandon Johnson says he’ll run for reelection, in 2027.
Greg Hinz tells us about the plan for action involving changes to regional transportation in the Chicago area. Some federal funding is going to run out, so who will pay the costs in the future. Expect mergers and cost-cutting measures in addition to possible increases in tolls, taxes, and rider fares.