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11 minutes | May 23, 2022
Surprise! Contrary to Popular Belief, Illinois is Gaining Residents
Dr. Cynthia Buckley, Professor of Sociology at University of Illinois, joins John Howell to discuss the recent corrections to the Illinois Census numbers. Illinois was undercounted, meaning that we’ve gained residents rather than lost them. This is good and bad news. Dr. Buckley and John discuss this, plus who was least likely to fill out their Census, and what these numbers mean.
6 minutes | May 23, 2022
Lightfoot’s Missed Opportunities
As a mayoral candidate, Lori Lightfoot preached reform. Three years later, activists and aldermen alike have a lot to say about how she has (and has not) spent her time in office. The Chicago Tribune’s Gregory Pratt joins John Howell to talk about this, Lightfoot’s potential re-election, and more.
9 minutes | May 20, 2022
Young People in Chicago Need Better Options
Having experienced violence involving young people in the city, many are considering other options for our youth. Alderman Nicole Lee of the 11th Ward joins the John Howell Show to discuss what we can do to try to curb the violence in Chicago.
9 minutes | May 20, 2022
Public Confidence in SCOTUS Declines
With the Roe v. Wade leak out of the Supreme Court, the public's trust has diminished. Steven Lubet, Williams Memorial Professor at the Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, talks with John about Clarence Thomas's reaction to the lack in confidence.
40 minutes | May 20, 2022
John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/19) - Joel Brodsky Speaks Out & The Fetterman Blueprint
*Katherine Davis of Crain's Chicago discusses how Abbott's baby formula business could be turning into a bigger headache than it's worth. *Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson's former attorney tell John that after his gag order ends, it's only a matter of time before he reveals Peterson's secrets. *Kara Voght from Rolling Stone wonders if John Fetterman should be the blueprint for Democrats moving forward. *Seargent Rocky Sickmann with Folds of Honor previews their upcoming events and discusses his 444 days spent as an Iranian hostage. *Plus, the state of New York is having trouble deciding whether or not an elephant is a human.
6 minutes | May 19, 2022
Abbott Laboratories Facing Scrutiny?
As the baby formula shortage continues, North Chicago-based Abbott Labs finds itself under investigation. Kathrine Davis, a health care and biotech journalist for Crain's Chicago Business, joins John to discuss issues currently surrounding Abbott Labs.
42 minutes | May 19, 2022
John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/18) - IL GOP Candidates Face Off & UFO Hearings
*Rick Pearson of the Chicago Tribune shares his impressions from the first faceoff between the Illinois GOP gubernatorial candidates. *Paul Vallas warns that rushing into the Chicago casino deal could leave Chicago holding a bad hand. *Mark Rodeghier of the Center for UFO Studies helps recap the first Congressional hearing on UFO's in 50 years. *Mike Emanuel at Fox News discusses the hurting stock market and the results of the primaries that were held yesterday. *Plus, Sir John Dempsey previews the PGA Championship, and beer expert Ray Daniels outlines his master Cicerone program.
6 minutes | May 18, 2022
Is Rushing the Chicago Casino a Bad Bet?
Chicago is set to gain a Bally's Casino, but not everyone is certain about the addition. Paul Vallas, former budget director for the city of Chicago and CEO of Chicago Public Schools, joins John Howell to discuss why the rush for a casino is cause for concern.
8 minutes | May 18, 2022
The Dow Drops Over 1000 Points
Retailers are leading the Dow down due to inflation eating away at their profits. Is a recession on the way? Editor-in-chief for Investopedia Caleb Silver joins John Howell to discuss this sharp fall on Wall Street.
53 minutes | May 17, 2022
John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/17) - Primaries Primer & Lightfoot's Curfew
*Steven Shepard of Politico and Charles McElwee of RealClearPennsylvania prepare you for the results and implications of today's primaries. *Ed Yohnka of the ACLU of Illinois questions the legality of Lori Lightfoot's curfew imposed on Millennium Park. *Pete Stavros at KKR and C.H.I. Overhead Doors describes how the sale of the garage door company will pay out hugely to their employees. *Atlantic Council senior advisor Harlen Ullman asks if it is possible that NATO caused the war in Ukraine. *Plus, the first Congressional hearing on UFO's in 50 years took place today, and John assures that the truth is out there!
11 minutes | May 17, 2022
The Best Story of the Day: Company Shares $3 Billion Sale with Employees
John Howell speaks with Pete Stavros, Co-Head of Private Equity at KKR and Chairman of C.H.I. Overhead Doors. C.H.I. was sold for $3 billion, and some of the employees are getting a cut. A few are getting as much as $800,000. They speak about why the company thought it was important to include the employees in these profits and also about how the money was allocated.
10 minutes | May 16, 2022
Rep. Kam Buckner on His Mayoral Campaign
State Representative Kam Buckner announced his Mayoral campaign on last Thursday. Kam joins John Howell to discuss why he's running and his thoughts on Lightfoot's curfew.
49 minutes | May 14, 2022
John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/13) - Richard Irvin's Leaked Texts & Bally's Combative Town Hall
*Former 44th Ward Alderman Dick Simpson details how Chicago has been named America's most corrupt city for the third year in a row. *Paris Schutz of Chicago Tonight breaks down his report of leaked texts from Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin that insult Donald Trump. *Justin Laurence recaps a contentious town hall held by Bally's that consisted of hundreds of residence opposed to the River West casino site. *Researcher Patrick T. Brown shares the pro-family agenda that Republicans should embrace once Roe is overturned. *Plus, David Greising of the BGA discusses their recently awarded Pulitzer Prize, and our own Steven Traficanti says goodbye to The John Howell Show.
11 minutes | May 14, 2022
What's Behind The Baby Formula Shortages?
Grocery stores across the nation are experiencing baby formula shortages and Americans are getting concerned. But how did we get to this point? ABC News Correspondent Brian Clark and John Howell take a deep dive into the issue.
7 minutes | May 13, 2022
Chicago Named Most Corrupt City In United States
For the third year in a row, Chicago has been deemed the most corrupt city in America and Illinois ranks third most corrupt among states. Former Alderman Dick Simpson joins John Howell to discuss why the city is so corrupt.
11 minutes | May 12, 2022
The GOP Race For Governor Is Still Wide Open
Millions and millions of dollars have been poured into the upcoming GOP race for Governor but it still seems like anyone's race. Crain's Chicago Business Political Writer Greg Hinz joins John Howell to discuss.
43 minutes | May 12, 2022
John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/11) - GOP's Midterm Bet & Reinforcements for Second City
*Mike DeBonis of the Washington Post tells John how the GOP is betting that voters will care more about inflation than abortion at the midterms. *John T. Bennett of Roll Call postures that overturning Roe v. Wade is the culmination of our shifting political/cultural views. *1st Ward Alderman Daniel La Spata describes his efforts to stop water shut-offs for the hard hit communities of Chicago. *Mike Emanuel, Fox News Chief Washington Correspondent stops by for his weekly visit to cover the biggest stories in Washington. *Plus, Darel Jevens of the Sun-Times lists the big name celebrities that are being added to the board of advisors for Second City.
11 minutes | May 11, 2022
Democrats Craft Abortion Rights Bill That Goes No Where
Democrats presented a bill this week regarding abortion rights in America. The bill was denied but was it meant to be received as more of a message to the GOP? Fox News Chief Congressional Correspondent Mike Emanuel joins John Howell to discuss the abortion bill, inflation numbers, and the war in Ukraine.
7 minutes | May 11, 2022
GOP Bets Voters Care More About Inflation Than Abortions
Polls continue to show Americans are more concerned with inflation rather than abortion. Even with Roe v. Wade being a hot topic lately. The GOP seems confident their actions will not harm them in the midterm elections. Washington Post Congressional Reporter Mike DeBonis discusses with John Howell.
45 minutes | May 11, 2022
John Howell: Essential Cuts (5/10) - Ward Remap Deal Reactions & Don't Fire Amy Wax
*Alex Nitkin of The Daily Line breaks down the ward remap deal, and Chaundra Van Dyk of CHANGE Illinois talks about her disappointment in the final map. *Joe Ferullo, former EVP of Programming for CBS tells John why CNN will struggle as it attempts to shift back into "real news." *Steve Bernas of the BBB of Chicago and Northern Illinois informs you of the scams to be aware of surrounding moving and lawn care companies. *Professor Wilfred Reilly at Kentucky State University shares why people should debate Amy Wax rather than call for her firing. *Plus, John asks the crew how they are enjoying the warm weather before talking about the fallout from Richard Irvin's presser.
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