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    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCLXXXII, 11.30.21

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!


    Dr. Kevin Most: ‘This [Omicron variant] may not be a big deal, but it could'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021


    Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kevin Most, joins John Williams to explain how the Omicron variant of COVID-19 was discovered in South Africa, and why it isn’t a hoax as some are theorizing.


    Marquette Bank Giving Tuesday: Port Ministries has more than eight programs and services for you and your family

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 30, 2021


    Port Ministries provides a slew of programs and services to communities in Chicago in need. Its executive director, David Gonzalez, joins John Williams to describe how, on this Giving Tuesday, your donation to Port Ministries will go a long way.


    Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich's Songs of Good Cheer is back in person this year!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021

    Former Chicago Tribune columnists Eric Zorn and Mary Schmich will produce and perform on stage for the first time in two years, in their Songs of Good Cheer holiday sing-along in December. And even John himself will make an appearance…get your tickets before they sell out again and listen here for what Eric and Mary […]

    Salvation Army Shield of Hope helps shelter people in need

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021


    Salvation Army Shield of Hope Director Lieutenant Sonya Smith joins John Williams to explain how her emergency shelter helps families in need.


    Let It Be Us matches children with their adoptive or foster families

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021


    Let It Be Us Executive Director and Founder Susan McConnell and Director of Foster Care Licensing and Placement Support Vanessa Baie join John Williams to explain how their program works.


    Attorney Rich Lenkov on the decision the jury will make in the Jussie Smollett trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021


    Jussie Smollett will begin to be tried this week for staging an attack on himself on a brutally cold day in January, 2019. Attorney Rich Lenkov of Bryce Downey & Lenkov joins John Williams to share his prediction of what the court and the jury will set out to decide.


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCLXXXI, 11.29.21

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 29, 2021


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@WGNRadio.com!

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    Whiskey Acres will bring you a new holiday cocktail recipe each week!

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 24, 2021


    Whiskey Acres co-founder Nick Nagele joins John Williams to talk about this week’s holiday cocktail, and their All Black Friday Weekend Sale at their DeKalb distillery!


    Alpha Wealth Group's Tom Fortino helps you prepare for the end of the year

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021


    Alpha Wealth Group Principal Tom Fortino joins John Williams to weigh in on the Chairman of the Federal Reserve, and to offer advice on what to do with your retirement fund and more.


    Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair: Kyle Rittenhouse and his previous lawyer fight over $2 million bond money

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021


    Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to explain why a sum of $2 million is being fought over since the day of Kyle Rittenhouse’s “Not Guilty” verdict.


    NewsNation reporter Janel Forte: Race left out of Ahmaud Arbery trial, but remains big part of the conversation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021


    NewsNation Reporter Janel Forte joins John Williams four weeks into the trial of the shooters of Ahmaud Arbery, just as the jury deliberations begin. Janel outlines the arguments on both the defense and prosecution sides.


    Demetrius Ivory has your Thanksgiving drive weather

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021


    WGN-TV meteorologist Demetrius Ivory joins John Williams to give you a look at your driving conditions this week for the holiday.


    Ashleigh Banfield prepares to interview Kyle Rittenhouse on NewsNation

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021


    “Banfield” host Ashleigh Banfield joins John Williams to preview what she will discuss with Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted last week of the murders of two. Watch it on NewsNation tonight at 9 Central.


    Patch.com's Mark Konkol discusses his report of Bears Coach Nagy's imminent firing

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021


    Patch.com reporter Mark Konkol joins John Williams to explain his tweet and story reporting that Chicago Bears Coach Matt Nagy will be fired after the team’s Thanksgiving Day game. Coach Nagy has said the report is not accurate.


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCLXXX, 11.23.21

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 23, 2021


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@WGNRadio.com!

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    ‘Home Alone in Concert' Conductor Richard Kaufman: ‘You let [the Chicago Symphony Orchestra] run!'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021


    Home Alone in Concert Conductor Richard Kaufman joins John Williams to explain what a conductor does, and what makes the live environment of a symphony so special when it’s coupled with a classic film.


    The Salvation Army helps people like Robert back on their feet

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021


    Northside resident Robert received help from The Salvation Army after his sons’ mother died and increased pressures due to the pandemic. He joined John Williams to share his story and says he didn’t know where he’d be if The Salvation Army didn’t help.


    Uptake CEO Kayne Grau spent Saturday night on a rooftop in Woodlawn

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021

    Uptake CEO Kayne Grau is participating in the cause to bring awareness to communities on the South and West sides by having spent a whole night on a rooftop with Pastor Corey Brooks. Part of this effort is to build a community center to help enhance the prosperity and quality of life for residents of […]

    Holidays On Ice with Lou Manfredini, John Williams, Steve Bertrand presented by Whiskey Acres

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021


    Get into the holiday spirit with some spirits. Celebrate holidays on ice! Lou Manfredini, John Williams and Steve Bertrand will feature fun, festive cocktails featuring award-winning, farm-crafted whiskey from Whiskey Acres, Illinois’ first estate distillery. Check out all the recipes we have highlighted here. Cheers! Whiskey Acres Bourbon Slush – perfect for a party! Ingredients: […]


    Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips: ‘Being Blago' series presents a theme of marital suspense

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021


    Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips joins John Williams to talk about “Being Blago,” a docu-series on the former Governor Rod Blagojevich. Stream it now on Hulu.


    John Williams will join Pastor Corey Brooks on a Woodlawn rooftop, stand up to gun violence and poverty

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021


    Pastor Corey Brooks is spending 100 days on a rooftop near where he hopes to build a community center in Woodlawn. He and Uptake CEO Kayne Grau join John Williams to explain the cause, and invites your help.


    Oak Brook Chief of Police James Kruger on another smash and grab, this time in Oak Brook Shopping Center

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 19, 2021


    Following shortly after John Williams’ discussion with Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger on smash and grab incidents at an Ulta store in Oak Brook, 14 perpetrators ran inside a Louis Vuitton in Oak Brook Shopping Center, stealing thousands of dollars of merchandise. Chief Kruger joins John Williams again.


    Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair: No Rittenhouse verdict yet, one news outlet out

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021


    Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to share more updates from Kenosha County Courthouse, where the judge warned media not to do as one freelance journalist did.


    American journalist Danny Fenster freed from 11-year sentence in Myanmar; Steve Dale updates us on the story he's been following

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021

    American journalist Danny Fenster was sentenced to 11 years of hard labor in Myanmar last week and a U.S. diplomat helped free him after Fenster spent six months in jail there. WGN Radio’s Steve Dale has been communicating with Danny’s brother, Bryan, and he shares what Danny went through while waiting to return home.

    Love the McDonald's McRib sandwich? It's back for a limited time says franchise owner

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021


    Sam Lubeznik, a third-generation McDonald’s owner and operator in Northwest Indiana, joins John Williams to talk about the return of the limited edition sandwich: the McRib. He encourages that if you’re a fan of the sandwich, get yours now. Lubeznik also shares about the McDonald’s Food for the Body and Spirit events that give turkey […]


    Your Hometown: Joliet Junior College

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021


    Joliet Junior College President Dr. Judy Mitchell joins John Williams to talk about the latest since students have been back at school and more.


    Sen. Dick Durbin: Money to hire new police officers is coming

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021


    Senator Dick Durbin joins John Williams to talk about the COPS Grants announced today, which are crucial at a time when smash and grab, carjacking and gun violence incidents are high.


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCLXXX, 11.18.21

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 18, 2021


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@WGNRadio.com!

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    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCLXXIX, 11.17.21

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWIlliams@wgnradio.com.


    Eno Center for Transportation: Soon your car won't start if you've been drinking

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021


    Eno Center for Transportation Policy Director Paul Lewis joins John Williams to talk about the parameters of the alcohol detection device that will come in new cars, per one item on the infrastructure bill. He also addresses flaws in the plan.


    Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair: A drone video comes into question at the Kenosha County Courthouse

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021


    Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams on the second day of deliberations of the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. She updates him on the day’s focus.


    The Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove holds its Holiday Food Box Program

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021


    Co-chair of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove, Shawn Collins, joins John Williams to share about the charitable program.


    ‘Over My Dead Body' host Matt Baglio on what drove ‘G.I. Joe' Gliniewicz

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021


    “Over My Dead Body” was number one on Apple Podcasts in October and its season 3, hosted by New York Times Best-Selling Author Matt Baglio, discusses the staged suicide of Fox Lake Police Lt. Joe Gliniewicz. Matt joins John Williams to tell him what went wrong that led “G.I. Joe” to that final decision of […]


    Debt relief attorney Rae Kaplan's client screamed when her loan of $32,000 was forgiven

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021


    Chicago debt relief attorney Rae Kaplan works with families looking to relieve themselves of student loan debt. She joins John Williams to talk about what changes are coming, and how she can help you.


    Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger: A smash n' grab offender stands corrected

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021


    Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger joins John Williams to talk about the robberies at different locations of the same retail stores in his area. He explains where those offenders are today and their own expectations of repercussions.


    Attorney Bob Fioretti: Red light cameras are inaccurately nicking drivers

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 17, 2021


    Attorney Bob Fioretti joins John Williams to explain why his client and others are suing an Illinois village for a red light camera that captures drivers who aren’t breaking any rules.


    Weber Grill has your turkey brine recipe on lock

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021


    Weber Grill Executive Chef Dustin Green joins John Williams to share his best recipe for turkey brine.


    Attempting to slow cognitive decline with hearing aids instead of expensive drugs

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021


    Georgetown University Pharmacology and Physiology Professor Adriane Fugh-Berman joins John Williams to explain how hearing loss can contribute to cognitive decline, and why insurance should cover hearing aids and not expensive Alzheimer’s drugs.


    Downers Grove School District 99: ‘Gender Queer' book's intent is not to be pornographic

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021


    Downers Grove School District 99 Superintendent Hank Thiele joins John Williams to explain why parents are clashing over a book that remains on the shelf in school libraries. But he also explains why he doesn’t feel inclined to pull the book.


    Chicago Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair: 12 jurors now deliberating in the Kyle Rittenhouse case

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021


    Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to update him on the latest out of the Kenosha County Courthouse, where Kyle Rittenhouse himself pulled numbers for the six alternate jurors removed from deliberations.


    Where sports and Wall Street collide: Green Bay Packers sell stock

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 16, 2021


    Alpha Wealth Group Principal Tom Fortino and WGN Radio sports anchor Kevin Powell join John Williams to explain the purpose of the shares of stock the Green Bay Packers are selling, though they have been public for a while.


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCLXXIX, 11.15.21

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021


    John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@WGNRadio.com!

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    Chicago Automobile Trade Association on why it's so hard to find an affordable car

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021


    Chicago Automobile Trade Association President Dave Sloan joins John Williams to explain why cars are now being sold for much higher than their sticker prices. And yet he explains why supply in dealerships is so low.


    How the Salvation Army helps those released from prison re-enter society

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021


    Salvation Army Prison Aftercare Network Director Theo Coleman joins John Williams to explain what the Salvation Army does for societal reentry and support to those reforming.


    Illinois Policy Institute: Is John Catanzara on his way out as head of the Fraternal Order of Police?

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 15, 2021


    Illinois Policy Institute Vice President of Marketing Austin Berg joins John Williams to explain why the job of John Catanzara, the head of the Fraternal Order of Police, is the subject of a hearing this week.


    Reproductive Medicine Institute: What happened in California is a nightmare

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021

    Two California couples were given each other’s embryos in error at an in vitro fertilization clinic. Dr. Shweta Nayak performs such procedures in Chicago’s Reproductive Medicine Institute, and she explains the safeguards her clinic takes to prevent a switch, as well as the emotional toll of one.

    Reform for Illinois: Political conversations shouldn't be left to billionaires

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021


    Reform for Illinois Executive Director Alisa Kaplan joins John Williams to explain why she doesn’t think billionaires should involve themselves in politics. That’s contrary to the perspective of the Better Government Association, as published in Chicago Tribune.


    Stacy St. Clair on what's going on behind closed doors at the Rittenhouse trial as deliberations near

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021


    Chicago Tribune Reporter Stacy St. Clair joins John Williams to share what’s happening behind closed doors and off-camera as the Rittenhouse trial closes. She explains what makes this nuanced trial so technical.


    Dr. Kevin Most on the importance of a booster on ‘Vaccination Awareness Day'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2021


    Dr. Kevin Most of Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital joins John Williams to talk about Vaccination Awareness Day and who should and shouldn’t get the COVID vaccine.


    Attorney Rich Lenkov: ‘I'm not surprised that Rittenhouse was incredibly well-prepared and testified pretty well'

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 11, 2021


    Attorney Rich Lenkov joins John Williams to explain why the self-defense argument doesn’t work, even in this case.


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