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The John Williams Full Show podcast from 720 WGN Chicago
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Why are insurance rates going up?

Bob Passmore, Department Vice President, Personal Lines, American Property Casualty Insurance Association, joins John Williams to explain why auto and home insurance rates are surging.
4/12/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 4.12.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
4/12/20240
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Best of the Midwest: Take a hike to Hocking Hills!

Spring has officially sprung, so it’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some vacation ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, we once again head to the great state […]
4/11/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: What should you know about ‘Oatzempic’

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about the social media viral recipe called “OATZEMPIC.” What should you know about this recipe and should you try it? Dawn also answers all of your nutrition questions!
4/11/20240
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Tom Fortino: Be careful at how you structure your portfolio

Tom Fortino, Founder and Principal, Alpha Wealth Group, and host of “This Week in Wealth” on WGN Radio, joins John Williams to talk about rising insurance rates, what is going on with the markets this week, what he takes from the inflation data released this week, when we are likely to see the Fed cut interest rates, and […]
4/11/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXL, 4.11.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
4/11/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 4.10.24: Dexter Reed shooting, Lightfoot Legacy, Dolton mayor controversy

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, political pundit Marj Halperin, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals start the show talking about COPA releasing the video […]
4/11/20240
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Landscape expert Bob Bertog: Tips for spring lawn care 

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins John Williams to answer all of your lawn and garden questions. Spring is here and Bob tells us what you need to do to get your lawn ready for the summer.
4/10/20240
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COPA Chief Administrator discusses their investigation into Dexter Reed shooting

Andrea Kersten, Chief Administrator, Civilian Office of Police Accountability, joins John Williams to discuss the details surrounding the March traffic stop where Chicago police shot and killed Dexter Reed.
4/10/20240
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Second City’s Kelly Leonard on the importance of rituals

Kelly Leonard, Vice President, Creative Strategy, Innovation and Business Development at The Second City and host of the “Getting to Yes, And…” podcast, joins John Williams to talk about his recent chat with Harvard business professor Michael Norton about his new book “The Ritual Effect: From Habit to Ritual, Harness the Surprising Power of Everyday […]
4/10/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXIX, 4.10.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
4/10/20240
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Dr. Scott Bonn explains why people are drawn to serial killers

Criminologist Dr. Scott Bonn joins John Williams to talk about his upcoming one-man theatrical show at City Winery, “Why We Love Serial Killers.” Dr. Bonn tells John what the show is like, why are we drawn to such dark individuals, if there is a common thread among serial killers, why the majority of his audience […]
4/9/20240
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Eric Zorn: We need to remind everyone the proper ways to behave during a traffic stop

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about the Civilian Office of Police Accountability releasing video of a March traffic stop where a man was shot and killed by police. Eric and John also talk about the popularity of Iowa’s Caitlin Clark and women’s college basketball.
4/9/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: What you should know about seasonal allergies

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about yesterday’s solar eclipse and if the hospital is seeing any patients with eye damage, what you should know about seasonal allergies this year, and the prices of weight-loss drugs.
4/9/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXVIII, 4.9.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
4/9/20240
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Comedian Mike Birbiglia is bringing his new show to Chicago

Comedian, storyteller, director and actor Mike Birbiglia joins John Williams to talk about, “Please Stop the Ride,” his new show coming to the Chicago Theater later this month. Mike tells John about having eclipse fever, his desire to go to a Cubs game while he’s in town, how he mined material for this new show, […]
4/8/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXVII, 4.8.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
4/8/20240
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How ‘The Blues Brothers’ became a comedy classic

Daniel de Visé, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, joins John Williams to discuss his new book, “The Blues Brothers: An Epic Friendship, the Rise of Improv, and the Making of an American Film Classic.” Daniel tell John why he wanted to write a book about the Blues Brothers, the great friendship between Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, […]
4/5/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 4.5.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
4/5/20240
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Best of the Midwest: Visit Tinley Park!

Spring has officially sprung so it’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some vacation ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, John is joined by Tinley Park Village Manager […]
4/4/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: Pay attention to salt content

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about the importance of getting back to a healthy routine after indulging in unhealthy foods, what you should know about the salt content in food, where most of the salt we eat comes from, what can help balance sodium, and what other ingredients we need to […]
4/4/20240
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Boo Buie reflects on his incredible career at Northwestern

Northwestern basketball great Boo Buie joins John Williams and WGN Sports Director Dave Eanet to talk about his incredible career at Northwestern, how he will go down as one of the best players to ever play at Northwestern, the amazing support the team received from students and the community, being able to make the NCAA […]
4/4/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXVI, 4.4.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
4/4/20240
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The 2024 Chicago Pizza Madness Champion is…

After 4 weeks, 7 rounds and 271,351 votes, the 2024 Chicago Pizza Madness Tournament sponsored by Career Vision has its champion. Chicago’s Very Own Eats podcast co-host Michael Piff joined John Williams to call the owners of the winning pizza place. Listen to the segment below: https://serve.castfire.com/audio/4591566/4591566_2024-04-04-151706.64kmono.mp3 Antioch Pizza Shop won by just 1% of the […]
4/4/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 4.3.24: Anthem controversy, flag burning, ShotSpotter

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, political pundit Marj Halperin, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. This week the Rascals discuss the LSU women’s basketball team not being on the court during the playing of […]
4/3/20240
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How to safely view the solar eclipse

Roman Somogy, third year optometry student at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Optometry, joins John Williams to talk about his path to eventually becoming an optometrist, what you can learn about the body by studying eyes, and what we need to know about safely viewing the solar eclipse.
4/3/20240
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David Hochberg: What to know about reverse mortgages

Mortgage and real estate expert David Hochberg joins John Williams to tell us what you should know about reverse mortgages. David also answers all of your real estate questions. David hosts “Home Sweet Home Chicago” on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm on WGN Radio. You can call him at 855-56-David, or check out the Team Hochberg […]
4/3/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXV, 4.3.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
4/3/20240
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Meet the man who has released 25,000 songs

Matt Farley, the prolific singer-songwriter who has released 25,000 songs, joins John Williams to talk about why he releases so many songs on Spotify, how he is able to support himself by maximizing SEO, his definition of ‘art,’ how many songs he typically writes a month, the discipline it takes to write so many songs, […]
4/2/20240
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Eric Zorn: National anthem before sporting events is an odd tradition

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about the controversy surrounding the LSU women’s basketball team not being on the court during the national anthem before their game against Iowa, what concerns him about the group that Alderman Sigcho-Lopez spoke alongside during a protest against the DNC, his Tweet Madness bracket, and […]
4/2/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: We are in a good place with flu and COVID

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to the challenge of properly diagnosing patients, why some people aren’t losing weight while taking weight loss drugs, and the decrease in the amount of flu and COVID they are seeing.
4/2/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXIV, 4.2.24

Marge Sipla, Speed Jokes Spirit Animal, joins John to tell us her favorite jokes of March! And, as always, John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
4/2/20240
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Rae Kaplan: What to know about changes to FAFSA forms

Attorney Rae Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm joins John Williams to talk about the Biden administration’s executive order on student loans that expires at the end of this month, the importance of knowing the laws about federal loans, and what you need to know about changes to this year’s FAFSA applications.
4/1/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXIII, 4.1.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
4/1/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 3.29.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
3/29/20240
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Your Hometown: Why Mundelein is a great place to live

Donna Sattler, Real Estate Broker, RE/MAX at Home, joins John Williams to talk about the real estate scene in Mundelein, the robust real estate market right now, why she loves living in Mundelein, the best recipe for a successful home purchase, how interest rates are impacting the market, the average price of a home in […]
3/28/20240
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How McDonald’s provides equal opportunities for all employees

Laura Herrera, Owner / Operator of McDonald’s in Mundelein, joins John to talk about the connection her family has with McDonald’s, when she started working at a McDonald’s restaurant, all the positions she’s had before she became an owner / operator, the challenges of running a restaurant, how McDonald’s supports women with career opportunities, a […]
3/28/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: Make your deviled eggs healthier 

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about how you can make your deviled eggs healthier and what you should know about washing fruits and vegetables. And as always, Dawn answers all of your health and nutrition questions.
3/28/20240
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Best of the Midwest: Come over to Plover!

Spring has officially sprung so it’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some vacation ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, John is joined by Malorie Paine, Executive Director, […]
3/28/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXII, 3.28.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/28/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 3.27.24: Cook County State’s Attorney race, Ald. Sigcho-Lopez flag controversy, Ronna McDaniel out at NBC

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals kick things off this week talking about the delay […]
3/27/20240
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Radio Flyer Celebrates National Little Red Wagon Day

Robert Pasin, Chief Wagon Officer, Radio Flyer, joins John on National Little Red Wagon Day which commemorates what the Little Red Wagon means in people’s lives. Robert talks about why the company is called Radio Flyer, how many people work for Radio Flyer, what the best-selling wagons are today, what other products he’s excited about, and […]
3/27/20240
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Elder Law attorney Kerry Peck: Older adults are very vulnerable to scams

Elder law attorney Kerry Peck joins John Williams to answer all your questions about elder law, trusts, wills, and elder abuse.
3/27/20240
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Mick Mulvaney is not surprised NBC is dropping Ronna McDaniel

Mick Mulvaney, NewsNation political contributor and former acting White House chief of staff for the Trump administration, joins John Williams to talk about NBC News hiring former RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel only to fire her after receiving backlash from other NBC talent.
3/27/20240
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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi: We don’t want TikTok to operate under the control of the Chinese Communist Party

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL 8) joins John Williams to talk about legislation he sponsored that would require the Chinese company ByteDance to divest TikTok.
3/27/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXXI, 3.27.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/27/20240
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Austin Berg: There is an erosion of trust in the electoral process in Chicago

Austin Berg, Vice President of Marketing, Illinois Policy Institute, joins John Williams to talk about why he’s concerned that it has been taking so long to get final election results in the race for Cook County State’s Attorney.
3/26/20240
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Eric Zorn: Should vote-by-mail process be changed?

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about the delay getting final results in the race for Cook County State’s Attorney race, what changes he would like to see for mail-in voting, why former governor Rod Blagojevich is making news, the heartbreaking story surrounding the death of 11-year-old Jayden Perkins, and […]
3/26/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: People need to keep up with recommended cancer screenings

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about Kate Middleton’s cancer diagnosis, the importance of keeping up with recommended cancer screenings, his thoughts on the at-home colon cancer screening test Cologuard, and why some Ozempic users are getting pregnant while on birth control.
3/26/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXX, 3.26.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/26/20240
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Ask Amy’s advice for a dad who is uncomfortable with daughter and boyfriend sharing a bedroom

Amy Dickinson, the “Ask Amy” syndicated advice columnist, joins John Williams to discuss a recent column where she offered advice to a dad who was uncomfortable with the idea that his daughter would be sleeping in the same room with her boyfriend while they are at home during summer break.
3/25/20240
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Attorney Karen Conti explains how she came to represent serial killer John Wayne Gacy

Karen Conti, Founding Partner, Conti & Dolan Law, joins John Williams to discuss her new book, “Killing Time with John Wayne Gacy: Defending America’s Most Evil Serial Killer on Death Row.” Karen talks about the noted sex offender and serial killer’s back-story, how she ended up representing Gacy as an up and coming attorney, the way […]
3/25/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXIX, 3.25.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/25/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 3.22.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
3/22/20240
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MacKenzie Scott gives $2 million to GiGi’s Playhouse

On World Down Syndrome Day, Nancy Gianni, Founder and Chief Belief Officer, GiGi’s Playhouse, joins John to talk about what we should know about Down syndrome, their mission to change the way the world views Down syndrome, how GiGi’s Playhouse is a place to learn about love and acceptance, how many locations they have around […]
3/21/20240
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What makes Caitlin Clark so special?

Mike Hlas, sports columnist and Iowa men’s basketball beat writer for The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, joins John Williams to talk about University of Iowa women’s basketball player Caitlin Clark and what makes her one of the best basketball players ever.
3/21/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: Is diet soda better than regular soda?

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about the differences between regular soda and diet soda, how planks can help lower blood pressure, why being a ‘grazer’ is frowned upon, a new study that shows the replacement of regular salt with a salt substitute can reduce high blood pressure in older adults. And […]
3/21/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXVIII, 3.21.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/21/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 3.20.24: Primary election recap, Grant Park’s busy summer, Trump’s ‘bloodbath’

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals start the show discussing the Bring Chicago Home real […]
3/21/20240
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Betting analyst Sam Panayotovich: March Madness bracket predictions

New England Sports Network betting analyst Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to tell us everything we need to know before filling out brackets for the NCAA Tournament. What are some of the likely upsets? How far will Northwestern and Illinois go? Who is likely to cut down the nets in April? Sam breaks it all down.
3/20/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXVII, 3.20.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/20/20240
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Eric Zorn: Why is voter turnout so low? 

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about primary election day in Illinois, the low voter turnout thus far, the CTU organizing an effort last week to get high school kids out to the polls, and if he expects the Bring Chicago Home referendum to pass.
3/19/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: When should you get a shingles vaccine?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to tell us what you should know about the shingles vaccine, why many people have a reaction to the the shingles vaccine, when you should start getting the shingles vaccine, a new study about the best exercise to lower blood pressure, […]
3/19/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXVI, 3.19.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/19/20240
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Justice Joy Cunningham: I follow the law to the letter

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Joy Cunningham joins John Williams to tell us why you should vote for her to remain on the court. Justice Cunningham explains how she distinguishes herself from her opponent in the race, her unique path to the Illinois Supreme Court, if she’s ever intimidated by a case, how she works with […]
3/18/20240
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What to know about the ‘Bring Chicago Home’ referendum

Two of the best Mincing Rascals, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute and veteran journalist and democratic strategist Marj Halperin, join John Williams to debate the Bring Chicago Home referendum, a ballot question that could change the way real estate transfers are taxed in the city.
3/18/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXV, 3.18.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/18/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 3.15.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
3/15/20240
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See who is playing Ravinia Festival this summer!

Erik Soderstrom, Senior Artistic Producer, Ravinia Festival, joins John Williams to talk about the programming for the 2024 season!
3/14/20240
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Best of the Midwest: Sip whiskey by the lake at the inaugural Wee Whiskey Fest!

Spring has nearly sprung so it’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some trip ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for you! Today, John is joined by Dana Trilla and Sherm Lindsey, Co-Founders […]
3/14/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: How ultra-processed foods can affect your brain

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about her beloved brownie recipe, how ultra-processed foods can affect your brain, and an acronym that could help you eat less processed food. Dawn also answers all of your nutrition questions.
3/14/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXIV, 3.14.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/14/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 3.13.24: SOTU recap, Bring Chicago Home, new Bears stadium

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, political pundit Marj Halperin, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals kick off the podcast this week recapping last Thursday’s State of the Union. What do the Rascals think […]
3/14/20240
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Illinois Supreme Court candidate Jesse Reyes: ‘I bring a voice to the court that is needed’

Democratic state Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes joins John Williams to tell us why he is running for a seat on the Illinois Supreme Court. Justice Reyes talks about his history on the bench in Illinois, what made him decide to run for a seat on the Supreme Court, why he considers himself a progressive judge, […]
3/13/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXIII, 3.13.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/13/20240
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Kicking off the Chicago Pizza Madness Tournament with 2023 champion Georgio’s

With the 2024 Chicago Pizza Madness Tournament (sponsored by Career Vision) underway, John Williams was joined by Chicago’s Very Own Eats co-host and WGN Radio “bracketologist” Michael Piff on Monday to discuss the details for listeners to vote. To kick off the tournament properly, John also spoke with Courtney Miller, general manager of the 2023 […]
3/13/20240
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Peter Greenberg: Will self-service airport security compromise safety?

Peter Greenberg, “Eye on Travel” host and CBS News travel editor, joins John Williams to talk about a new self-service security screening process being used at Harry Reid International Airport in Las Vegas.
3/12/20240
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Eric Zorn: CTU voting rally, Bring Chicago Home, and more

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about what he remembers about the day in March 2020 when the world seemingly shut down because of the COVID outbreak, the latest news about the Bring Chicago Home real estate transfer tax referendum, why the CTU rallying voting-age high schoolers to get out […]
3/12/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: No one should be worried about a measles epidemic

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to discuss the biggest issues facing hospitals right now, his recollections of when the pandemic began in March of 2020, how concerned we should be about measles, and Wegovy being approved by the FDA for reducing the risk of heart attacks.
3/12/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXII, 3.12.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/12/20240
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Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Clayton Harris III: We have to do everything possible to ensure safety and justice

Clayton Harris III, candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney, joins John Williams to talk about why he wants to be the next Cook County State’s Attorney. Clayton discusses Fraternal Order of Police President John Catanzara telling Chicago police officers to vote for his opponent Eileen O’Neill Burke, his reaction to people saying his opponent will be […]
3/11/20240
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Second City’s Kelly Leonard explains how you can become more productive at work

Kelly Leonard, Vice President, Creative Strategy, Innovation and Business Development at The Second City and host of the “Getting to Yes, And…” podcast, joins John Williams to talk about his recent podcast with Cal Newport, a professor of computer science at Georgetown University, who explains how, in many jobs, we don’t really have a good […]
3/11/20240
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Sports business expert Marc Ganis: Are the Bears focused on a new lakefront stadium?

Marc Ganis, sports business expert and President and Co-Founder of Sportscorp Ltd., joins John Williams to talk about a new report that says the Bears are interested in building a new publicly-owned domed stadium south of Soldier Field using $2 billion in private money.
3/11/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXXI, 3.11.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/11/20240
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Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips previews the Academy Awards

The great Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips joins John Williams to talk about what movies he expects to take home Oscars at this weekend’s Academy Awards. What was Michael’s favorite film? What documentary should we see before the ceremony? Michael gives us the scoop.
3/8/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 3.8.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
3/8/20240
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How to protect yourself from cybercrime

Brett Johnson, cyber security expert and former US Most Wanted cybercriminal turned good guy, joins John Williams to talk about the amount of ransomware attacks that are targeting hospitals, why hospitals are being targeted by cyber attacks, why many cyber criminals are never arrested, how cyber criminals gain the trust of their victims, what you […]
3/7/20240
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Best of the Midwest: Visit Lake of the Ozarks!

Spring has nearly sprung so it’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some vacation ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, John is joined by Lagina Fitzpatrick, Executive Director, […]
3/7/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXX, 3.7.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/7/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 3.6.24: Trump on ballot, Bring Chicago Home, CTU contract

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Jon Hansen of WGN Radio and Block Club Chicago, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. This week, the Rascals start the pod talking about everyone’s favorite […]
3/7/20240
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David Hochberg: Realtors need to realize that times are changing

Mortgage and real estate expert David Hochberg joins John Williams to share his thoughts on the Tribune editorial, “The law is catching up to rip-off real-estate commissions. It’s time for a change.” David hosts “Home Sweet Home Chicago” on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm on WGN Radio. You can call him at 855-56-David, or check out […]
3/6/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXIX, 3.6.24

John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/6/20240
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Eric Zorn: Justices need to issue rulings with urgency

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about the growing popularity of women’s college basketball, Iowa superstar Caitlin Clark declaring for the WNBA draft, Robbie Avila (aka “Cream Abdul-Jabbar”) putting Indiana State men’s basketball back on the map, and why he’s appalled how slowly justice is unwinding with both the Bring […]
3/5/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin explains new COVID isolation guidelines

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to explain the new CDC guidelines for COVID isolation, how contagious you are with the common cold, and the mortality rate for U.S. women with breast cancer falling an estimated 58 percent from 1975 to 2019.
3/5/20240
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Craig Bolanos: AI is driving the market

Craig Bolanos, Co-Founder and CEO of Wealth Management Group, joins John to talk about what’s causing the markets being off today, how AI is driving the market, what he expects from the economic data set to be released later this week, the latest news on cryptocurrency investment, and how many rate cuts does he expect to make this […]
3/5/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXVIII, 3.5.24

Marge Sipla, Speed Jokes cataloger and Member of the Speed Jokes Committee, joins John and the gang to recap some of their favorite Speed Jokes of January and February of 2024. And then, as always, John Williams brings you another round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/5/20240
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How Cook County assessor’s office is improving quality of their records

Axios reporter Monica Eng joins John Williams to explain how Cook County is trying to fix inaccurate property tax data.
3/4/20240
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Should some real estate commissions be cut?

Chris Jones, Editorial Page Editor and Chief Theater Critic, Chicago Tribune, joins John Williams to talk about the the recent Tribune editorial, “The law is catching up to rip-off real-estate commissions. It’s time for a change.”
3/4/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXVII, 3.4.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
3/4/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 3.1.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
3/1/20240
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Amy Dickinson’s advice for a concerned uncle worried that his sister is raising useless kids

Amy Dickinson, the “Ask Amy” syndicated advice columnist, joins John Williams to talk about her recent column about an uncle who is worried that his sister is raising useless kids.
2/29/20240
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Will Donald Trump be on Illinois’ primary ballot?

Attorney Rich Lenkov, Capital Member, Downey & Lenkov, and co-host of “Legal Face-Off” on wgnradio.com, joins John Williams to talk about an Illinois judge ruling that former president Trump be barred from the Illinois primary ballot because he engaged in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection. Rich also tells John about the Supreme Court agreeing to decide whether Trump […]
2/29/20240
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The Kenneth Young Center saves lives

Daryl Pass, Manager of Recovery Support Services, Kenneth Young Center, joins John Williams to talk about what the Kenneth Young Center does and who they serve, his history with substance abuse and mental health issues, the various services they provide, the pillars of SMART recovery, the differences between sobriety and recovery, what Narcan does and […]
2/29/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXVI, 2.29.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/29/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 2.28.24: IVF ruling, Bring Chicago Home, Caitlin Clark

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Jon Hansen of WGN Radio and Block Club Chicago, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals kick off the podcast celebrating the career of the great Tom Skilling! […]
2/29/20240
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WGN Radio listener shares unique story about how her family used IVF

WGN Radio listener Amy joins John Williams to share a unique story about how her family used in vitro fertilization.
2/29/20240
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Attorney General Kwame Raoul: Kroger-Albertsons merger will negatively impact consumers

Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul joins John Williams to talk about a lawsuit he filed with the FTC and and a bipartisan coalition of nine attorneys general, challenging the proposed merger between Albertsons and Kroger.
2/29/20240
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Elder Law attorney Kerry Peck: Do you need an irrevocable trust?

Elder law attorney Kerry Peck joins John Williams to answer all your questions about elder law, trusts, wills, and elder abuse.
2/29/20240
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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi: We have to fix the southern border

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL 8) joins John Williams to talk about his recent trip to Taiwan to meet with the new president-elect and what he learned from the visit. Rep. Krishnamoorthi also gives an update on an aid package for Ukraine, Israel, Gaza, and the southern border. Come for the politics and stay for Rep. Krishnamoorthi’s Tom Skilling […]
2/28/20240
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John Williams listeners give their best Tom Skilling impressions

In honor of the retirement of the great Tom Skilling, John Williams leads WGN Radio’s “Tom Skilling-off” where listeners give us their best impersonation of the one and only Tom Skilling!
2/28/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXV, 2.28.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/28/20240
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Eric Zorn: Could Caitlin Clark play in the NBA?

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about the number of people who believe that Iowa basketball superstar Caitlin Clark could play in the NBA. Eric also explains the latest twists and turns on the “Bring Chicago Home” referendum.
2/27/20240
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Dr. Weston: Should we be concerned about uptick in measles cases?

Dr. Victoria Weston, medical director for the Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care Centers in Huntley, McHenry, and Crystal Lake, joins John Williams to talk about the uptick in measles cases around the U.S., what we should know about the next COVID vaccines, cases of norovirus being on the rise in the US, and if it’s too […]
2/27/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXIV, 2.27.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/27/20240
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Landscape expert Bob Bertog: What to do with emerging plants

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins John Williams to talk about how you should be treating your lawn and garden during this upcoming weather cycle that will feature high’s in the 70’s and low’s in the 20’s.
2/27/20240
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Dr. Goldman: Alabama ruling will lead to a lot of unintended childlessness

Dr. Kara Goldman, Medical Director of Fertility Preservation, Northwestern Medicine, joins John Williams to talk about the Alabama Supreme Court ruling that frozen embryos created through IVF are considered children under state law. Dr. Goldman explains how this ruling is having profound implications across the U.S., what we should know about how IVF works, the […]
2/26/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXIII, 2.26.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/26/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 2.23.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
2/23/20240
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What can employers do to get you back in the office?

John Williams talks about a Wall Street Journal report on what employers are doing to get employees to come back to the office. What would it take you to go back to the office?
2/22/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: Best lunch for blood pressure

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about the benefits of walking briskly, how to know if the olive oil you are buying is good for you, a delicious cholesterol-free brownie, and the best lunch food for blood pressure. Dawn also answers all of your health and nutrition questions.
2/22/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXII, 2.22.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/22/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 2.21.24: Reinsdorf pitches new Sox stadium, Alexei Navalny’s death, and Mayor Johnson’s communication problem

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, political pundit Marj Halperin, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. This week, the Rascals kick things off by discussing the unseasonably warm weather in Chicago. […]
2/22/20240
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Sports business expert Marc Ganis: Pieces are in place for new Sox stadium to be something very special

Marc Ganis, sports business expert and President and Co-Founder of Sportscorp Ltd., joins John Williams to talk about White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf asking for $1 billion in public funding to build a new stadium in the South Loop. Marc also gives us his thoughts on Soldier Field and if the Bears will most likely […]
2/21/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCXI, 2.21.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/21/20240
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VIDEO: ‘Magic is like music – It’s a never-ending process’ | French magician Alexandra Duvivier

Considered one of the world’s greatest “magiciennes,” French magician Alexandra Duvivier joins John Williams to talk about her show Extraordinaire! with Alexandara Duvivier coming to the Rhapsody Theater in Chicago from February 22-March 10, 2024.
2/21/20240
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Diveheart wants to build the country’s biggest pool in North Chicago

Jim Elliott, Founder & President, Diveheart, joins John Williams to talk about his goal to open the country’s deepest swimming pool in North Chicago. Jim tells John about the work that Diveheart does, the purpose of building this type of pool, how much he estimates this project will cost, who he hopes will help pay […]
2/20/20240
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Professor Joel Ostrow: Who was Alexei Navalny and what do we know about his death?

Dr. Joel Ostrow, professor, comparative and international politics, Benedictine University, joins John Williams to talk about the death of Alexei Navalny, the leading opposition figure to Vladimir Putin in Russia.
2/20/20240
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Dr. Marc Sala: Pay attention to your gait to gauge your overall health

Dr. Marc Sala, pulmonary and critical care specialist and co-director of the Northwestern Medicine Comprehensive COVID-19 Center, joins John Williams to talk about his work at the COVID-19 Center, what they are learning about Long COVID from the work they are doing, how the COVID virus caused such systemic symptoms in certain people, and why you […]
2/20/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCX, 2.20.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/20/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCIX, 2.19.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/19/20240
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How one person got scammed out of $50,000

John Williams discusses the piece in The Cut written by financial journalist Charlotte Cowles that details her experience getting scammed out of $50,000. Listeners have opinions and John takes your calls and texts.
2/16/20240
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Why one state lawmaker wants to lower the drinking age in Illinois

Illinois State Representative John Cabello (R-Machesney Park) joins John Williams to explain why he believes that Illinois should lower the drinking age to 18.
2/16/20240
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Craig Bolanos: Get back to basics with your investments

Segment 1: Craig Bolanos, Co-Founder and CEO of Wealth Management Group, joins John to talk about the disappointing economic data released this week and how it’s impacting the market, how this economic news will impact inflation, the consumer softening tremendously, why he’s advising clients to get back to basics with their investments, and when he expects the Fed […]
2/16/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 2.16.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
2/16/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: How much protein do you need per day?

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about the health benefits of movement, her thoughts on young people taking weight loss drugs, why she’s concerned about people losing muscle mass when they are on weight loss medications, her recipe for Protein-Packed CHEESY PEPPER POPPERS (as recommended by a WGN Radio listener!), and the […]
2/15/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCVIII, 2.15.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/15/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 2.14.24: ShotSpotter, Biden age concern, and ‘right-to-die’ legislation

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals start off today’s podcast talking about Mayor Johnson’s decision […]
2/15/20240
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Sen. Holmes explains medical aid in dying legislation

State Senator Linda Holmes (D-Aurora), joins John Williams to talk about a new piece of legislation that she co-sponsored that would allow a mentally capable adult who is terminally ill the option of ending their own life.
2/14/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCVII, 2.14.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/14/20240
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Eric Zorn: At what age do you become a senior citizen?

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about a number of items including the debate over what age you are considered to be a senior citizen, the return of Jon Stewart to The Daily Show, and how Stewart handled the age problem of both President Joe Biden and former president Donald […]
2/13/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: CDC to change COVID isolation guidelines

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to discuss the concern over the mental gaffes made by former president Donald Trump and President Biden, why stomach cancer is so difficult to diagnose and treat, and the CDC planning to drop five-day COVID isolation guidelines.
2/13/20240
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Tom Fortino: How inflation data will impact Fed rate cuts

Tom Fortino, Founder and Principal, Alpha Wealth Group, and host of “This Week in Wealth” on WGN Radio, joins John Williams to tell us why the stock market is tumbling today, the numbers behind today’s inflation data, how this data will impact the Fed rate cuts, and when the market may recover.
2/13/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCVI, 2.13.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/13/20240
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The best and worst Super Bowl commercials

Dennis Ryan, Executive Creative Director, Bader Rutter, joins John Williams to talk about the best and worst Super Bowl commercials? What commercials hit it out of the park? What missed the mark? Dennis breaks it all down!
2/12/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCV, 2.12.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/12/20240
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What to see at this year’s Chicago Auto Show

JC Phelan, the 2024 Chicago Auto Show Chairman and owner of Jack Phelan Chevrolet and Jack Phelan Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, joins John Williams to tell us about all the great things to see at this year’s Chicago Auto Show!
2/9/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 2.9.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
2/9/20240
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Betting analyst Sam Panayotovich: Best wagers for Super Bowl LVIII

New England Sports Network betting analyst Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to talk about what a new Sox park might look like in the South Loop, the likelihood that Devin Hester and Steve McMichael make the NFL Hall of Fame, some of the Super Bowl bets he’s most excited for, how much money will be spent on […]
2/8/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: Eat what you crave but make it with better ingredients

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about Super Bowl snacks and what you can do to make them healthier. Dawn suggests you should eat what you crave but make it with better ingredients. You can find helpful suggestions in Dawn’s book, “The Superfood Swap.”
2/8/20240
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Don’t miss the Wintrust Super Bowl ad this Sunday!

Jennifer Morris, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Wintrust, joins John Williams to talk about their Super Bowl ad that will appear during the big game this Sunday! Watch for it at the end of the third quarter!
2/8/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCIV, 2.8.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/8/20240
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What are risk factors associated with heart failure?

Dr. Douglas Johnston, Chief, Division of Cardiac Surgery, Surgical Director, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, and Dr. Baljash Singh Cheema, Advanced Heart Failure & Transplant Cardiology, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, join John Williams to tell us what we should know about heart failure. Dr. Johnston and Dr. Cheema explain what heart failure is, the risk factors and health […]
2/8/20240
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What is health inequity and why does it matter?

Dr. Clyde Yancy, Chief, Division of Cardiology at Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, joins John Williams to talk about the relationship between health equity and heart care. Why is health equity so important? Dr. Yancy discusses the health disparity to heart health and how Northwestern Medicine is working to improve health equity.
2/8/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 2.7.24: Elected school board, border bill, Sox to ‘The 78’

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, political pundit Marj Halperin, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. This week the Rascals start the show talking about last week’s 24-hour strike by the Chicago Tribune Guild. Did […]
2/8/20240
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How do weight loss drugs interact with the heart?

Dr. Sadiya Khan, Magerstadt Professor of Cardiovascular Epidemiology, joins John Williams to explain how weight loss drugs interact with the heart. Dr. Khan talks about the cardiac benefits of using weight loss drugs, who should be using the medicines, the risks involved with taking weight loss drugs, and the long and short term implications of […]
2/8/20240
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How common is heart disease?

Dr. Ike Okwuosa, Director, Infiltrative & Inflammatory Cardiomyopathy Program, Bluhm Cardiovascular Institute, joins John Williams to give us information on heart disease. Dr. Okwuosa tells us about the most common types of heart disease, the symptoms of heart disease that you should be aware of, and the importance of early identification and treatment.
2/7/20240
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David Hochberg: The impact of current mortgage rates on the housing market

Mortgage and real estate expert David Hochberg joins John Williams to talk about current mortgage rates, how the current rates are impacting homebuying, and how total credit card debt in the US jumping $50 billion to a record $1.13 trillion. David, as always, answers all of your mortgage questions. David hosts “Home Sweet Home Chicago” on […]
2/7/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCIII, 2.7.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/7/20240
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Local doctor recounts humanitarian aid mission in Gaza

Dr. Thaer Ahmad, Emergency Medicine Physician on the South Side of Chicago, Global Health Director and Assistant Program Director for the Emergency Medicine Department at Advocate Christ, joins John Williams to talk about his humanitarian aid mission in Gaza.
2/6/20240
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Eric Zorn: A fully-elected school board is a bad idea

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about a number of stories making news including the challenge some school districts are facing to fund full-day kindergarten, which will be required for the 2027-2028 school year. Also, Eric offers his thoughts on the Chicago Tribune editorial that favors a fully-elected school board. […]
2/6/20240
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What to know about new I-PASS sticker tags

Cassaundra Rouse, Executive Director, Illinois Tollway, joins John Williams to answer all of your questions about the agency phasing out transponders for new sticker tags. You can now order online or purchase at Jewel-Osco locations.
2/6/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: Can weight loss drugs also lower blood pressure?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about the rudest things patients do at the doctor’s office and a new study that some weight loss drugs showed a significant reduction in blood pressure. Dr. Kopin also answers all of your medical questions.
2/6/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCII, 2.6.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/6/20240
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The challenge of funding schools for full-day kindergarten

Dr. Don Angelaccio, Superintendent of Prospect Heights School District 23, joins John Williams to talk about a new law that requires all Illinois public school districts to establish full-day kindergarten by the 2027-2028 school year. Dr. Angelaccio explains what this unfunded mandate will mean to school districts, the challenges it will create without extra funding, […]
2/5/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCCI, 2.5.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/5/20240
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Circa Sports is throwing a party for the Big Game!

Derek Stevens, CEO and Owner of Circa Casino and Circa Sports, joins Wendy Snyder to talk about the popular bets people are placing on this year’s game between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers, the fun prop bets that are offered on the Circa Sports Illinois app, how you can play Circa Squares, and the Big […]
2/2/20240
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What will be the most talked-about Super Bowl commercial?

Dennis Ryan, Executive Creative Director, Bader Rutter, joins Wendy Snyder to preview the commercials that will be shown during this year’s Super Bowl.
2/2/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 2.2.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
2/2/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: How to eat less processed food

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about what you should know about eating processed meat, how you can eat less processed food (CRAP), and her thoughts on the Netflix docuseries “You Are What You Eat: A Twin Experiment.” And as always, Dawn answers all of your food and nutrition questions.
2/1/20240
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Rabbi Evan Moffic: Cease-fire resolution makes Jews in Chicago feel less safe

Rabbi Evan Moffic from Makom Solel Lakeside in Highland Park joins John Williams to talk about the Chicago City Council passing a resolution calling for ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war.
2/1/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCC, 2.1.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
2/1/20240
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The Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament Champion is…

Find out which John Williams Speed Joke outranked them all according to WGN listeners.
2/1/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 1.31.24: Trump on the ballot, cease-fire vote, body-cam transparency

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. Eric kicks off the show showing solidarity with the Chicago Tribune Guild, who are going on strike for 24 […]
2/1/20240
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Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Eileen O’Neill Burke: ‘The justice system is not working’

Cook County State’s Attorney candidate Eileen O’Neill Burke joins John Williams to talk about her credentials, how she would run the office, if she would change the previous administration’s retail theft policy, her thoughts on the elimination of cash bail, the scrutiny she’s facing over prosecuting an 11-year-old boy when she worked in the state’s […]
1/31/20240
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Elder Law attorney Kerry Peck: Romance scams cost older adults millions of dollars

Elder law attorney Kerry Peck joins John Williams to answer all your questions about elder law, trusts, wills, and elder abuse. Kerry also talks about the recent news that Jay Leno filed for conservatorship over his wife who is suffering from dementia.
1/31/20240
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Senate GOP Leader John Curran: There is no plan to adequately handle migrants

Illinois Senate GOP Leader John Curran joins John Williams to talk about his Tribune Op-ed where he criticizes the way Governor Pritzker has handled the migrant crisis in Illinois.
1/31/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCIX, 1.31.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/31/20240
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Eric Zorn: DNC skepticism, ‘scarecrow’ police cars, Bally’s casino underperforming, and more

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about a number of stories making news including CPD halting the program that sent ‘scarecrow’ police cars downtown, Eric’s skepticism about the upcoming DNC (or political conventions in general), the continuing debate over the possibility the city of Chicago will ban natural gas in […]
1/30/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: How effective is the RSV vaccine?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about Elon Musk’s Neuralink implanting a brain chip in the first human patient, the latest research on helping long COVID sufferers, the efficacy of the RSV vaccine, who should be getting the RSV vaccine, the amount of people in Chicago […]
1/30/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCVIII, 1.30.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/30/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023: Championship

The day has finally come, where you decide on John Williams’ Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament Champion, sponsored by Team Hochberg.  Listen to each Championship-quality joke below: Joke #1 Joke #2 Voting will remain open until Thursday morning, February 1st and a champion will be crowned on John’s show after 10 AM. Graphic by Michael […]
1/30/20240
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NU professor: Trump caused harm to E. Jean Carroll’s reputation

Ashlee Humphreys, professor at the Medill School of Journalism, Media, and Integrated Marketing Communications, Northwestern University, joins John Williams to talk about a jury awarding E. Jean Carroll $88.3 million in her defamation lawsuit against former president Donald Trump. Using her expertise, Professor Humphreys explains how she came up with the former president causing between $7.2 […]
1/29/20240
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What to know about the 2024 cicada emergence

Katie Dana, cicada expert at the University of Illinois joins John Williams to tell us what we should expect when two major broods (Brood XIII and Brood XIX) of cicadas emerge around the same time. Katie calls this a very special event for Illinois and a ‘natural wonder of the world!’
1/29/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCVII, 1.29.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/29/20240
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Celebrate Groundhog Days in Woodstock with Tom Skilling!

Rick Bellairs, Chairman, Woodstock Groundhog Days, joins John Williams to tell us about all the events they have planned for the annual Groundhog Day celebration…including a visit from WGN-TV’s Tom Skilling!
1/26/20240
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What to know about induction cooking

Shirley Hood, appliance expert at Abt Electronics in Glenview, joins John Williams to tell us everything we should know about induction cooking. Shirley gives all the details and answers all of your questions!
1/26/20240
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Councilman Josh McBroom says zero Naperville residents would volunteer to help house migrants

Naperville Councilman Josh McBroom joins John Williams to talk about his “provocative” effort to call attention to the crisis at the border.
1/26/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 1.26.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
1/26/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023: Final Four – Matchup #2

There’s one matchup to go before our John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Championship, sponsored by Team Hochberg. Vote for who will be advancing now! Listen to each joke below: Joke #1 Joke #2 Voting will remain open until Monday morning, January 29th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 […]
1/26/20240
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Your Hometown: Don’t miss the incredible gameday environment at Circa sportsbook in Waukegan

Brian Floyd, Property Manager, Circa sportsbook at American Place Casino in Waukegan, joins John Williams to talk about when they opened in Waukegan, how they distinguish themselves from other wagering spots, their focus on customer service, what you can do at the retail location that you can’t do on the mobile app, the incredible environment […]
1/25/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: How to strengthen your immunity

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner joins John Williams with tips to strengthen your immunity. Dawn also offers her comments on the study that showed multivitamins improving memory in older adults. And as always, Dawn answers all of your food and nutrition questions!
1/25/20240
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Your Hometown: Roberti Community House is an organization that changes lives

Pam Fisher, Volunteer Coordinator, Roberti Community House in Waukegan, joins John Williams to talk about what happens at Roberti Community House, how they provide emotional support, connection, and opportunities for community members, how they have grown since they started in 2011, the culinary training program they opened in 2018, they type of volunteers they are […]
1/25/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCVI, 1.25.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/25/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023: Final Four – Matchup #1

The John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, started with sixteen competitors. Now we’re down to the Final Four! We have a feeling these will be tougher to choose from. Listen to each joke below: Joke #1 Joke #2 Voting will remain open until Friday morning, January 26th and results will […]
1/25/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 1.24.24: Natural gas ban, New Hampshire primary, Sox to ‘The 78’

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. Today, the Rascals debate the proposed ordinance in Chicago that would ban natural gas in newly constructed homes and […]
1/25/20240
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Meet the amazing football-throwing doctor who uses his skill to raise awareness for underserved patients

Award-winning physician Dr. Kenneth Candido joins John Williams to talk about his incredible ability to consistently throw an official NFL football with a perfect spiral from 45+ yards through a basketball hoop. Dr. Candido is using this skill in an effort to raise awareness and funds for The Global Health Initiative Fund, which provides resources […]
1/24/20240
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Alderman Gilbert Villegas: Need more time to study natural gas ban ordinance

36th Ward Ald. Gilbert Villegas joins John Williams to talk about the city of Chicago considering an ordinance that would ban natural gas in new homes. Alderman Villegas is calling for more time to study the ordinance and how this will impact the residents of Chicago and says this ordinance is not clean nor affordable. [audio: https://serve.castfire.com/audio/4483644/4483644_2024-01-24-230744.128.mp3]
1/24/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCV, 1.24.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/24/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023: Round 2 – Matchup #4

Round 2 of John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, wraps up with Matchup #4! [UPDATE] WINNER (with 53% of 676 votes): The doctor handed me a cup and said, “urinate.” I said, “Thank you. My wife says I’m a six at best.“ OVER: Fun fact: If you sneeze and fart […]
1/24/20240
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Proposal to ban natural gas in new Chicago buildings

Lindy Wordlaw, the city of Chicago’s Director of Climate and Environmental Justice Initiatives, joins John Williams to discuss an ordinance that would ban natural gas in new Chicago homes and buildings.
1/23/20240
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Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips: Oscar snubs and surprises

The great Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips joins John Williams to talk about this year’s Oscar nominations. What was the biggest snub? What are the movies he definitely thinks we should see before the ceremony? Michael breaks it all down.
1/23/20240
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Eric Zorn: Should plowing sidewalks be a city service?

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about a number of topics making news including the idea being floated that the city of Chicago should be responsible for clearing sidewalks after a snowfall, the latest controversy surrounding Chicago’s Rat Hole, and Chicago’s effort to ban natural gas in new buildings.
1/23/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: When should you get screened for prostate cancer?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about a study that shows taking a daily multivitamin supplement may improve memory and ward off dementia in aging adults, the efficacy of wearing masks to prevent virus spread, and former Cubs Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg being treated […]
1/23/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCIV, 1.23.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/23/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023: Round 2 – Matchup #3

Round 2 of John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, continues with Matchup #3! Listen to each joke below: Joke #1 Joke #2 Voting will remain open until Wednesday morning, January 24th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. Graphic by Michael Piff / WGN […]
1/23/20240
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Will Ron DeSantis supporters vote for Donald Trump?

Kellie Meyer, Washington Correspondent in NewsNation’s Washington D.C. Bureau, joins John Willliams to talk about Ron DeSantis dropping out of the presidential race and what that means for the GOP moving forward. Also, Julia Manchester, National Political Reporter, The Hill, tells Lisa Dent who benefits from Ron DeSantis dropping out of the presidential race.
1/22/20240
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Attorney Rich Lenkov: Can cannabis odor be cause for a vehicle search?

Attorney Rich Lenkov, Capital Member, Downey & Lenkov, and co-host of “Legal Face-Off” on wgnradio.com, joins John Williams to talk about the Illinois Supreme Court considering whether the smell of cannabis is a reason for the police to search a vehicle.
1/22/20240
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Author Shelby Van Pelt on the success of her book ‘Remarkably Bright Creatures’

Best-selling author Shelby Van Pelt joins John Williams to discuss her book, “Remarkably Bright Creatures.” Shelby talks about how the success of the book has changed her life, what led her to write the book, how long she worked on the book before it was published, how word of mouth fueled the success of the […]
1/22/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCIII, 1.22.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/22/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023: Round 2 – Matchup #2

Round 2 of John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, continues with Matchup #2! Listen to each joke below: Joke #1 Joke #2 Voting will remain open until Tuesday morning, January 23rd and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. Graphic by Michael Piff / WGN […]
1/22/20240
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Texas bus company sues city of Chicago over migrant drop-off

Attorney Mike Kozlowski, Senior Counsel, Esbrook P.C., joins John Williams to talk about why a Texas bus company that he’s representing is suing the city of Chicago over its migrant drop-off ordinance.
1/19/20240
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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi: ‘Our immigration system is completely messed up’

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL 8) joins John Williams to talk about his work as the lead Democrat and Ranking Member of the House Select Committee on the Strategic Competition Between the United States and the Chinese Communist Party, why we need to improve our immigration system, his recent tour of a Motorola Solutions facility in Elgin, the stopgap funding […]
1/19/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 1.19.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
1/19/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023: Round 2 – Matchup #1

Round 1 of John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, is in the books. Now we’re onto Round 2, starting with Matchup #1. Listen to each joke below: Joke #1 Joke #2 Voting will remain open until Monday morning, January 22nd and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show […]
1/19/20240
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Best of the Midwest: Lake Geneva Winterfest!

It’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Is winter getting you down? Looking for some fun things to do to conquer those winter blues? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, John is joined by Stephanie Klett, President and CEO, Visit Lake Geneva! Stephanie tells John about the upcoming Winterfest […]
1/18/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: How to build a better sandwich

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about how you can build a better sandwich. And as usual, Dawn answers all of your food and nutrition questions!
1/18/20240
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Sports marketing expert Marc Ganis: The ’78’ is an extraordinary site for new White Sox stadium

Chicago sports marketing expert Marc Ganis joins John Williams to talk about the story in the Sun-Times that the White Sox are in serious talks to build new stadium in South Loop’s ‘The 78.’ Marc believes this proposal (if it gets done) would be the kind of project that would change the relevance of the White […]
1/18/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCII, 1.18.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/18/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament: Matchup #8

The inaugural John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, rolls on with Matchup #8!’ [UPDATE] WINNER (with 51% of 678 votes): Fun fact: If you sneeze and fart at the same time, your body takes a screenshot. OVER: Brookfield Zoo has an interesting attraction. A lion and a sheep living peacefully […]
1/18/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 1.17.24: Iowa caucuses, Trump v. Biden, Bulls’ Ring of Honor

The Mincing Rascals this week are Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, political pundit Marj Halperin, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals start this week’s show by discussing the results of the Iowa caucuses. Is there […]
1/18/20240
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How many books did you read last year?

Andrew Van Dam, Columnist at the Department of Data, The Washington Post, joins John Williams to break down the data on how many books people read last year.
1/17/20240
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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi: ‘We need assistance from the federal government to take care of migrants in the cities’

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL 8) joins John Williams to talk about a number of topics including his name popping up as a potential replacement for Senator Dick Durbin if the senator decides not to run for re-election, the deadline for funding the government, what needs to be done to handle migrants, how to expedite work authorization for migrants, […]
1/17/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXCI, 1.17.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/17/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament: Matchup #7

The inaugural John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, rolls on with Matchup #7! Listen to each joke below: Joke #13 Joke #14 Voting will remain open until Thursday morning, January 18th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. Graphic by Michael Piff / WGN Radio. […]
1/17/20240
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Eric Zorn: Iowa caucuses recap, Bulls’ Ring of Honor ceremony, more

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins Jon Hansen to talk about a number of topics making news including the Feds banning humorous electronic messages on highways, the widow of Jerry Krause being booed at the Chicago Bulls Ring of Honor ceremony, and the big takeaways from the GOP caucuses in Iowa.
1/16/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: Is it too late to get a flu or COVID shot?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins Jon Hansen, filling in for John Williams, to talk about why people might be feeling sicker for longer periods of time, the GI virus that is going around, how Chicago’s cold weather might dampen the amount of respiratory virus infection that is around, and […]
1/16/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCXC, 1.16.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/16/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament: Matchup #6

The inaugural John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, rolls on with Matchup #6. Listen to each joke below: Joke #11 Joke #12 Voting will remain open until Wednesday morning, January 17th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. Graphic by Michael Piff / WGN Radio. […]
1/16/20240
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Craig Bolanos: The market is slightly misaligned with the Federal Reserve

Craig Bolanos, Co-Founder and CEO of Wealth Management Group, joins John to talk about the market being slightly misaligned with the Federal Reserve, if he thinks we will ever get inflation down to 2%, how many interest rate cuts we will see in 2024, why we need to pay attention to energy prices, and how he expects the […]
1/12/20240
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Dr. Pattani: What are the most effective types of toothpaste and mouthwash?

Dr. Amar Pattani, family dentist at Main Street Smiles at 312 W Main Street in Barrington, joins John Williams to talk about what you should know about mouthwash, what toothpaste he recommends, the best teeth whiteners, flossing vs. using a Waterpik, and to answer all of your oral hygiene questions.
1/12/20240
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CES roundup with Abt Electronics

Carl Prouty, “The Technologist” at Abt Electronics in Glenview, talks to John about everything he saw at the Consumer Electronics Show. What were the hottest TVs at the show?
1/12/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 1.12.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
1/12/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament: Matchup #5

The inaugural John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, continues with Matchup #5. Listen to each joke below: Joke #9 Joke #10 With Martin Luther King Day on Monday, voting will remain open until Tuesday morning, January 16th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. Graphic […]
1/12/20240
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Tom Fortino: U.S. debt is a cause for concern

Tom Fortino, Founder and Principal, Alpha Wealth Group, and host of “This Week in Wealth” on WGN Radio, joins John Williams to offer his thoughts on money manager Dr. Bob Froehlich saying on yesterday’s Wintrust Business Lunch that he sees the Fed cutting rates up to eight times and the Dow reaching 44,000 by the end of […]
1/11/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: How to snack smarter

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about why we need a snack intervention, tips for snacking smarter, and why you should be eating a better breakfast that is high in protein. Dawn also answers all of your nutrition questions.
1/11/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXIX, 1.11.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/11/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament: Matchup #4

The inaugural John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, continues with Matchup #4. Listen to each joke below: Joke #7 Joke #8 Voting will remain open until Friday morning, January 12th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. Graphic by Michael Piff / WGN Radio. […]
1/11/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 1.10.24: Chicago crime, Trump ballot eligibility, NIL money

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. John kicks of the pod by congratulating Eric on his Michigan Wolverines winning the CFP National Championship. Congrats, Eric! You rooted like a […]
1/11/20240
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Landscape expert Bob Bertog: How to protect your garden in winter

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins John Williams to answer all of your lawn and garden questions. Bob tells us what we should do to our plants in advance of the deep freeze that is heading towards the area.
1/10/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXVIII, 1.10.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/10/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament: Matchup #3

The inaugural John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, continues with Matchup #3. Listen to each joke below: Joke #5 Joke #6 Voting will remain open until Thursday morning, January 11th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. Graphic by Michael Piff / WGN Radio. […]
1/10/20240
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Eric Zorn: The NCAA could strip Michigan of its victories

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about his Michigan Wolverines winning the CFP National Championship, how NIL money is changing the college game, how he feels about the Michigan sign stealing scandal, where he stands on the ‘dibs’ debate, and U.S. Supreme Court declining to review a high court ruling upholding […]
1/9/20240
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‘Eye on Travel’ host Peter Greenberg: Boeing 737 Max 9 planes may not be flying for a while

Peter Greenberg, “Eye on Travel” host and CBS News travel editor, joins John Williams to tell us everything you should know about the new Royal Caribbean ship ‘Icon of the Seas.’ Peter also gives us the latest update on the investigation as to why a sheet-metal door plug covering the emergency exit on a Boeing 737 […]
1/9/20240
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Range anxiety is an obstacle EVs are facing right now

Jerry Haggerty, co-owner of the Haggerty Auto Group, joins John Williams to talk EVs, the current status of the Chevy Bolt electric vehicles, the roadblocks (range anxiety) facing electric vehicles, the range of a typical EV, and why a hybrid vehicle makes a lot of sense right now.
1/9/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: What to know about new COVID variant

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about the benefits of “Damp January,” the nagging cough that many people are suffering from, what to know about the latest COVID strain, why people are not taking Paxlovid, and a new small study about potential treatments for Alzheimer’s. Dr. […]
1/9/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXVII, 1.9.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/9/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament: Matchup #2

The inaugural John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, continues with Matchup #2! Listen to each joke below: Joke #3 Joke #4 Voting will remain open until Wednesday morning, January 10th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. Graphic by Michael Piff / WGN Radio. […]
1/9/20240
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Author Brad Meltzer wants kids to have better heroes to look up to

Best-selling author Brad Meltzer joins John Williams to talk about the 10-year anniversary of his “Ordinary People Change the World” series of books and the latest book in the collection, “I am Ruth Bader Ginsburg.”
1/8/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXVI, 1.8.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/8/20240
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Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament: Matchup #1

To kickoff the inaugural John Williams Best Speed Jokes of 2023 Tournament, sponsored by Team Hochberg, we lead off with Matchup #1! Listen to each joke below: Joke #1 Joke #2 Voting will remain open until Tuesday morning, January 9th and results will be discussed on the John Williams Show after 10 AM. For more […]
1/8/20240
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State Senator Sara Feigenholtz explains Illinois’ Electric Vehicle Charging Act

State Senator Sara Feigenholtz joins John Williams to tell us everything we should know about Illinois’ Electric Vehicle Charging Act, a law that went into effect on January 1st that says new homes in Illinois will be required to support electric vehicle charging stations.
1/5/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 1.5.24

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
1/5/20240
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Lou Manfredini: Preparing your house for a snowstorm

The great Mr. Fix-It, Lou Manfredini, joins John to talk about the snowstorm that might be heading our way early next week and how you should prepare your home. Listen to HouseSmarts Radio on WGN each Saturday morning at 6 am.
1/4/20240
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: Tips for making your New Year’s resolutions last longer

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about New Year’s resolutions and how you can make them last longer. Dawn also answers all of your health and nutrition questions.
1/4/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXV, 1.4.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/4/20240
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The Mincing Rascals 1.3.24: Ed Burke verdict, Mike Madigan trial delayed, Harvard president controversy

Happy New Year! The Rascals are back for 2024. The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The […]
1/4/20240
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Cook County state’s attorney candidate Clayton Harris III: ‘We can be safe and just at the same time by holding everyone accountable appropriately’

Clayton Harris III, candidate for Cook County State’s Attorney, joins John Williams to talk about why he wants to be the next Cook County State’s Attorney. Clayton explains his philosophy about crime in Chicago, how he assesses Kim Foxx’s performance, the importance of dealing with the root causes of crime, what he thinks of the […]
1/3/20240
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David Hochberg: Mortgage rates are coming down

Mortgage and real estate expert David Hochberg joins John Williams to talk about current mortgage rates, why it’s a good time to buy a house right now, and the good economic news as we enter 2024. David hosts “Home Sweet Home Chicago” on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm on WGN Radio. You can call him at […]
1/3/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXIV, 1.3.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/3/20240
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Eric Zorn: 2024 news predictions

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about the various Chicago New Year’s specials that were on this year, some news predictions for 2024 (will just-convicted former 14th Ward Ald. Ed Burke spend a day in prison in 2024?), and crime figures released by CPD showing reductions in homicides, shootings and […]
1/2/20240
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: What happens if you stop taking weight-loss drugs?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about the amount of people who are sick right now, how indoor dryness makes it more difficult to recover from a respiratory infection, what we should know about the latest strain of COVID, and what happens when you stop taking weight-loss […]
1/2/20240
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXIII, 1.2.24

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
1/2/20240
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The Great Penguin Rescue

Penguin expert Dyan DeNapoli joins Steve Dale, filling in for John Williams, to talk about her book and her experiences rescuing penguins in South Africa
12/29/20230
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Gary Thomas continues Frank Sinatra’s legacy

Gary Thomas joins Steve Dale, filling in for John Williams, talks about how he started singing songs from ole’ blue eyes and how it’s grown into his own show
12/29/20230
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Getting into shape in the New Year

Certified personal trainer Kirsten Anderson talks to Steve Dale, filling in for John Williams, about making healthier choices and how to keep up with your New Year’s resolutions.
12/29/20230
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Joey Morelli – His experience feeding people in Ukraine

Joey Morelli, the owner of Max’s Deli in Highland Park, is back from Ukraine, cooking for soldiers and refugees. He joins Steve Dale, filling in for John Williams, to talk about what kind of food he has been making, the current state of Ukraine, what his experience was like, and his next trip to Mexico City. To […]
12/29/20230
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Dr. Marty Becker: Pets of the homeless have never had a better life

Dr. Marty Becker joins Steve Dale, in for John Williams, to talk about Dr. Kwane’s foundation that won him CNN’s “Hero of the year,” how pets of the homeless don’t get the medical care they deserve, and how simple actions can improve their life and prolong it.
12/29/20230
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Alderman Timmy Knudsen: There’s more to be done

Alderman of Chicago’s 43rd Ward, Timmy Knudsen, joins Steve Dale to talk about the performance of Mayor Brandon Johnson and what he hopes to work towards in the coming year and how the city is trying to handle the migrant crisis.
12/28/20230
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Nutrition Expert Dawn Jackson Blatner: How to commit to your New Year’s Resolution

Nutrition Expert Dawn Jackson Blatner joins Steve Dale, in for John Williams, to shed some light on how to stay healthy over the holidays, committing to New Year’s Resolutions, and our addiction to sugar.
12/28/20230
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Paul Vallas: Mayor Johnson has mishandled the migrant issue

Paul Vallas joins Steve Dale, filling in for John Williams, to talk about how Mayor Johnson has mishandled the migrant issue and how he would go about making changes that Mayor Johnson hasn’t
12/28/20230
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Doug Jeffirs: Champagne and winter beers at Binny’s

Steve Dale, filling in for John Williams, talks with Binny’s Wine Director Doug Jeffirs and asks him about the best bubbly we can find at all price ranges and what sorts of things we can look for when trying to find the best winter beers.
12/28/20230
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The Prince of Waffles joins Steve Dale

Lawrence Kreymer of Chicago Waffles joins Steve Dale, filling in for John Williams, to talk about their various locations around the city and their signature specialty waffles you can try when you visit.
12/28/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 12.27.23: 2023 Highlights

Happy Holidays to all of our loyal Mincing Rascals listeners! While the Rascals are enjoying some well-deserved holiday time with family and friends, we bring to you a Mincing Rascals “Best Of” episode. This podcast features John, Eric Zorn, Brandon Pope, Austin Berg and Jon Hansen discussing a variety of issues including the NASCAR race […]
12/27/20230
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Chicago roadways were not ‘intended’ for cyclists

Dave Simmons from Ride Illinois joins Jon Hansen, filling in for John Williams, to talk about the recent Illinois Supreme Court decision that doesn’t hold the City of Chicago liable for bicyclists’ injuries caused by potholes.
12/27/20230
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New Illinois laws coming in 2024 and which ones affect you

Gwen Daniels, the deputy Director of Illinois Legal Aid Online joins Jon Hansen, filling in for John Williams, to talk about the new laws that will take place in the new year and how they might affect you.
12/27/20230
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The top five animal stories of the year with Mack Liederman

Mack Liederman joins Jon Hansen, in for John Williams, to talk about his favorite animal stories of the year.
12/27/20230
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Groucho Marx impersonator: How would Groucho Marx feel about comedy in 2023?

Frank Ferrante, actor, comedian and Groucho Marx impersonator, joins Steve Dale, in for John Williams, to talk about his experience with getting to know Groucho’s kids, recreating the Marx Brothers’ humor that transcends time, and how Groucho might feel about today’s comedy.
12/27/20230
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Dr. Rena Carlson: What Christmas decorations are dangerous for your pets

Dr. Rena Carlson joins Steve Dale, in for John Williams, to talk about the holiday decorations that are dangerous for household pets and the respiratory illness that has been getting dogs sick. Dr. Carlson also answers listeners calls and texts about vaccines and mercury poisoning.
12/27/20230
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Dionne Warwick gets honored at the Kennedy Center

Legendary singer Dionne Warwick joins Steve Dale, in for John Williams, to talk about her evening at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and her awkward interaction with President Biden. Listen in while the two discuss her illustrious career and how her meeting with Elvis resulted in a lot of record sales.
12/27/20230
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Rosebud Restaurants: Celebrating a Chicago success story

For nearly half of a century, Rosebud Restaurants have been bringing classic Italian food to Chicago and the ‘burbs. Phil Gerardi of Rosebud Restaurants joins Steve Dale, in for John Williams, to talk about how they got through COVID-19 and how they strive to make very customer feel at home with the best Italian food […]
12/27/20230
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Should Santa Claus relocate ‘Santa’s Workshop’ to Chicagoland?

Andrew Hayes, Vice President, Director of Marketing & Communications for World Business Chicago, joins Wendy Snyder in for John Williams to talk about Santa Claus relocating “Santa’s Workshop” to Chicagoland and what that would look like for the city.
12/23/20230
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New project focuses on the Star Wars holiday variety TV special that went wrong

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Producer and Director Kyle Newman joins Wendy Snyder, in for John Williams, to share details his latest Star Wars project, “A Disturbance in the Force.”
12/23/20230
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The Joy Project’s fourth year collecting donations for local charities

An organizer of the fourth annual Joy Project, Ingrid Kwak, joins Wendy Snyder, filling in for John Williams, to talk about what the Joy Project is and how long they’ve been collecting donations. She also shared details about what charities they’re donating to and what items they’re collecting. To learn more about the Joy Project, […]
12/23/20230
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Landscape expert Bob Bertog: Winter lawn care tips

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins Wendy Snyder, in for John Williams, to answer all of your lawn and garden questions. 
12/22/20230
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Nutrition Expert Dawn Jackson Blatner: How to stay healthy over the holidays

Nutrition Expert Dawn Jackson Blatner joins Wendy Snyder, in for John Williams, to shed some light on how to stay healthy over the holidays. Listen in while Dawn shares some of the best ways to have a holiday with more energy and appetite awareness. Then Dawn will share her hack for better blood sugar with […]
12/22/20230
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DePaul professor Thomas Mockaitis with Israel and Hamas update

Tom Mockaitis, DePaul Professor and terrorism expert, joins Wendy Snyder, in for John Williams, to discuss the latest on the war between Israel and Hamas.
12/22/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 12.20.23: 2023 Highlights

Happy Holidays to all of our loyal Mincing Rascals listeners! While the Rascals are enjoying some well-deserved holiday time with family and friends, we bring to you a Mincing Rascals “Best Of” episode. This podcast, from March 1st, 2023, features John, Eric Zorn and Austin Berg discussing the Chicago mayoral election. The big takeaway: John […]
12/20/20230
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Solo: A Show About Friendship is coming to The Den Theatre

Gabe Mollica, comedian and storyteller, joins Wendy Snyder, in for John Williams, to talk about his hit off-Broadway show Solo: A Show About Friendship. In Solo, Gabe dives deep into what it means to have friends in your 30s, his special relationship with Stephen Sondheim, working at a summer camp for children with chronic illnesses, […]
12/20/20230
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Handling grief during the holidays

Paula Kosin, Author, Speaker, Consultant, Career Coach and Certified Grief Educator Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, joins Wendy Snyder, in for John Williams, to share her 6 tips for handling grief during the holidays.
12/20/20230
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Decider.com’s Alexander Zalben | An Oscar hopeful, more Percy Jackson and Jon Cryer

Alexander Zalben, Managing Editor of Decider.com, joins Wendy Snyder in for John Williams to discuss what’s coming and what’s going on in the world of television and streaming. This week, the Oscar hopeful starring and directed by Bradley Cooper about the life of Leonard Bernstein called Maestro will come to Netflix, Percy Jackson and the […]
12/20/20230
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Elder Law attorney Kerry Peck: Is there a statute of limitations on a will?

Elder law attorney Kerry Peck joins John Williams to answer all your questions about elder law, trusts, wills, and elder abuse.
12/19/20230
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Dr. Samuel Kim: Younger people are getting diagnosed with lung cancer

Dr. Samuel Kim, thoracic surgeon at the Northwestern Medicine Canning Thoracic Institute, joins John Williams to talk about actor Andre Braugher being diagnosed with lung cancer months before his death, when lung cancer is typically diagnosed, why he recommends getting a CT scan to check your lung health, how many cases of lung cancer are […]
12/19/20230
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Attorney Rae Kaplan: Deadline extended for student loan forgiveness

Attorney Rae Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm joins John Williams to talk about the Biden administration announcing an extension of a critical student loan forgiveness deadline. The old deadline was 12/31/23, but the new deadline is 4/30/24.
12/19/20230
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Craig Bolanos: It’s a momentous market rally

Craig Bolanos, Co-Founder and CEO of Wealth Management Group, joins John to talk about the momentous market rally, his thoughts on the Fed cutting interest rates in 2024, the concern over consumer debt, and if real estate should still be part of your portfolio. Call Craig now to see how your spending, savings, investing, impacts your chances […]
12/19/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXII, 12.19.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/19/20230
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WGN’s Sara Tieman lists her favorite books of 2023

Sara Tieman is not only an ace Promotions & PR Manager for WGN Radio, but she is also a voracious reader (and world traveler!) who has once again read nearly 100 books this year! She joins John Williams to discuss some of the best books she read in 2023. You can check out her entire list […]
12/18/20230
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Don’t miss this spectacular Christmas light show in Spring Valley!

Software engineer and Christmas lights enthusiast Billy Quesse joins John Williams to talk about the spectacular light show that he puts on each year at his home in Spring Valley, Illinois! How does this light show come together? You can check out the awesome video and find out more here.
12/18/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXXI, 12.18.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/18/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 12.15.23

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
12/15/20230
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Listen to a WGN Radio story created by AI

A WGN listener used AI to create a story using the phrases, ‘John Williams radio personality,” ‘WGN Radio,” “Daisy the Dizzy Dapple Dachshund,” and “Speed Joke coffee mug.” John Williams reads the story for all to enjoy!
12/14/20230
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The Forge is the coolest outdoor family recreation destination

We are celebrating all the cool things in Lemont this month for our “Your Hometown” feature! Today, Jeremie Bacon, Founder and CEO, The Forge: Lemont Quarries, joins John Williams to tell us all the fun activities you can do at The Forge, the type of customer they typically see, and why Lemont is so important […]
12/14/20230
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Does ‘Love Actually’ hold up?

John Williams, Kevin Powell, and Mary Van De Velde talk about the movie, “Love Actually,” and if the film is as good as some people thought it was when it originally came out in 2003.
12/14/20230
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Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens: We need a better plan for migrants coming to Illinois

Rosemont mayor Brad Stephens joins John Williams to talk about buses of asylum seekers being dropped off in Rosemont and how they are handling the crisis.
12/14/20230
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Dawn Jackson Blatner: Healthy holiday dinner meals from Dom’s Kitchen and Market

John Williams is joined by Dawn Jackson Blatner, author and registered dietician nutritionist, for a special in-studio party to promote healthy and fun holiday catering menu ideas, sponsored by Dom’s Kitchen and Market in Lincoln Park and Old Town. Today’s feature: Entrees and sides! And as always, Dawn answers all of your nutrition questions.
12/14/20230
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Dawn Jackson Blatner and Dom’s Kitchen and Market show John Williams what a healthy and delicious party spread looks like

Just a few weeks ago, John Williams was joined by author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner to sample and showcase items from Dom’s Kitchen and Market’s holiday catering menu. Fortunately for us, there was a lot more from their menu to try. As you swipe through the photos from our latest healthy spread, […]
12/14/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXX, 12.14.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/14/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 12.13.23: Burke trial, Texas abortion ruling, 2024 predictions

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, political pundit Marj Halperin, Jon Hansen of WGN Radio and Block Club Chicago, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. […]
12/14/20230
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John Williams toured the ECHO factory

John Williams talks about visiting the ECHO factory in Lake Zurich. Illinois Manufacturing is alive and well!
12/14/20230
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The 2023 WGN Radio Salvation Army Radiothon

John Williams hosts the annual Salvation Army Radiothon. Our Virtual Red Kettle goal of $175,000 was exceeded thanks to our amazing WGN listeners and all of our generous sponsors. Special thanks to the one and only David Hochberg, Major Caleb Senn, Theo Coleman, Shane Carlin, and Brian Duewel of the Salvation Army, Bob Coyne and […]
12/13/20230
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The Matrix Club in Naperville is a platform for global culture, art and corporate events

Madan Kulkarni, Owner, The Matrix Club, joins John Williams on the Wintrust Business Lunch to talk about their club in Naperville, what’s inside the Matrix Club, what inspired him to open this space, why he considers it a global meeting space, why the venue is so unique and a perfect place to experience other cultures, […]
12/13/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXIX, 12.13.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/13/20230
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Rep. Mason: Illinois should eliminate age-based road test

State Representative Joyce Mason joins John Williams to talk about the effort to eliminate road tests for seniors in Illinois. Rep. Mason plans to propose legislation that eliminates the age-based road test. Rep. Mason says we need to focus on evidence-based data and not just our perception of old people driving.
12/12/20230
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Tom Fortino: Fed Chair Powell will be cautious on interest rate cuts

Tom Fortino, Founder and Principal, Alpha Wealth Group, and host of “This Week in Wealth” on WGN Radio, joins John Williams to talk about how the markets have performed this year, the positive economic data coming out, why debt issues are a cause for concern, and what he expects from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell’s comments later this […]
12/12/20230
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Dr. Michael Bauer: Can Ozempic curb alcohol cravings?

Dr. Michael Bauer, Medical Director at Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about the number of flu cases that are being reported this year, the respiratory viruses that are circulating outside of the flu, and what he thinks of a new report about Ozempic and alcohol cravings.
12/12/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXVIII, 12.12.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/12/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXVII, 12.11.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/11/20230
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Attorney Rae Kaplan: Federal loans get forgiven

Attorney Rae Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm joins John Williams to talk about what we should know about Grad PLUS loans and the SAVE repayment plan, why you approach federal loans differently that other types of debt, the options you have if you hold a private loan, and the application period for student loan forgiveness closing on Dec. 31, 2023.
12/8/20230
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Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg: Midwest is ripe for an excellent high-speed rail network

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joins John Williams to talk about new transportation funding coming to Chicago, what improvements will be made with the funding, what it would take to get high-speed rail throughout the Midwest, if he expects a smooth holiday season when it comes to air travel, and his future political ambitions.
12/8/20230
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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi: Blind trust in China would be foolish

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL 8) joins John Williams to talk about a glowing profile in Foreign Policy about the the work the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party is doing to map out a new era of U.S. competition with China. Congressman Krishnamoorthi also explains why he’s concerned with TikTok.
12/8/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 12.8.23

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
12/8/20230
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Winners and losers from GOP debate

Blake Burman, Moderator of The Hill and Chief Washington Correspondent of NewsNation, joins John Williams to tell us the major takeaways from the GOP debate in Alabama.
12/7/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXVI, 12.7.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/7/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 12.6.23: Brighton Park migrant shelter, Ed Burke corruption trial, George Santos on Cameo

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. This week, the Rascals discuss the state of Illinois halting the construction of a migrant shelter in Brighton Park. How has […]
12/7/20230
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Pastor Corey Brooks on his mission to create opportunities for kids in his community

Listener Paul Shah, President of Anderson & Shaw Roofing, along with other members of the Chicagoland Roofing Council, tell John Williams about a $50,000 donation their group is making to Pastor Corey Brooks and Project H.O.O.D, to help build their leadership and economic center in Woodlawn. The goal is to create a partnership with Pastor […]
12/6/20230
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The Salvation Army sees the goodness in everyone

Salvation Army soldier Lydia Riley joins John Williams to talk about what The Salvation Army has meant to her family and the Salvation Army programs that have impacted her and her two sons.
12/6/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXV, 12.6.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/6/20230
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Does Elon Musk truly care about free speech?

Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, joins John Williams to discuss Elon Musk criticizing advertisers who are leaving the social media platform X. Jane says, “Elon Musk is for freedom of speech for Elon Musk.”
12/5/20230
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Eric Zorn: No incredible smoking gun in Burke trial

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to share his thoughts on the corruption trial of former Alderman Ed Burke and why he’s upset at the Dr. Pepper tuition giveaway contest that took place during halftime of the Big 12 Championship football game. And there are a still a few tickets left for […]
12/5/20230
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: Should you still get a flu shot this year?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to tell us if we should get a flu shot if we haven’t received one already, what we should know about vaccine side effects, why you should get the latest COVID shot, and to answer all of your medical questions.
12/5/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXIV, 12.5.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/5/20230
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Give the experience of Omaha Steaks this holiday season

Todd Simon, Omaha Steaks fifth-generation family owner, chairman, and chief steak evangelist, joins John Williams to talk about why a gift from Omaha Steaks this holiday is giving an experience and is much more than just giving meat in a box.
12/4/20230
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Ray LaHood: One party rule does not benefit the citizens of Illinois

Ray LaHood, former GOP member of Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Barack Obama, joins John Williams to talk about his op-ed in the Chicago Tribune that suggests the Illinois GOP should challenge the state’s district maps in court.
12/4/20230
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How to stay connected to a person living with Alzheimer’s

Monica Moreno, Senior Director of Care and Support at the Alzheimer’s Association, joins John Williams to talk about the new Chevy holiday commercial that shows an elderly woman in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. How accurate is this commercial? Monica explains how a powerful memory of a person’s past can provide an opportunity to foster […]
12/4/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXIII, 12.4.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
12/4/20230
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Best of the Midwest: Visit hip and historic Holland, Michigan!

It’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some vacation ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area this holiday season? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, John is joined by Linda Hart, Executive Director Holland Visitors […]
12/1/20230
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Antioch has a variety of holiday activities for the whole family

Barbara Porch, Executive Director of Antioch Chamber of Commerce, joins John Williams to put a spotlight on Antioch. She runs through the plethora of fun family activities free for all ages this holiday season.
12/1/20230
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Ronald McDonald Charities helps kids and families, you can too

Ruth-Ann Renaud, Chief Marketing Officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and NW Indiana, joins John Williams to talk about the incredible mission to take care of sick children and their families. They do so by providing care, housing, and financial alleviation to keep those families together during their children’s recovery. To donate, go […]
12/1/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXII, 11.30.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/30/20230
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Have a hearty holiday meal and feel good about it with Dom’s Kitchen and Market!

John Williams is joined by Dawn Jackson Blatner, author and registered dietician nutritionist, for a special in-studio appearance to promote healthy and fun holiday catering menu ideas, sponsored by Dom’s Kitchen and Market in Lincoln Park and Old Town. See all the items that John, Dawn and our WGN Radio office was treated to, which could […]
11/30/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 11.29.23: Migrant housing challenge, Burke trial continues, Hinsdale South basketball controversy

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune, and Axios reporter Monica Eng. On this week’s episode, the Rascals discuss the challenge of housing asylum seekers and and the […]
11/30/20230
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Arne Duncan’s mission to reduce gun violence in Chicago

Arne Duncan, Managing Partner, Chicago CRED, former United States Secretary of Education, and ex-CEO of Chicago Public Schools, joins John Williams to talk about what Chicago CRED does, their mission for a transformative reduction in gun violence in Chicago, the goal to move people from the illegal economy to the legal economy, and the $21 million […]
11/30/20230
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Elder Law attorney Kerry Peck: What to know about Illinois’ inheritance tax

Elder law attorney Kerry Peck joins John Williams to answer all your questions about elder law, trusts, wills, and elder abuse. Kerry also tells you what you should know about the inheritance tax in Illinois and the federal estate tax.
11/29/20230
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The importance of music education to The Salvation Army

Marissa Riley, Assistant Divisional Music and Creative Arts Director, The Salvation Army, joins John Williams to talk about her work teaching music at The Salvation Army, what we should know about the music programs at The Salvation Army, how music gives people a sense of belonging, who can take part in the music programs, and […]
11/29/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXI, 11.29.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/29/20230
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Toy Box Connection: Connecting those that have with those that need

Michelle Maxia, Director, Toy Box Connection, joins John Williams on this Giving Tuesday to talk about what Toy Box Connection does and who they serve, some of the organizations that they support, the ways you can donate toys, their goal to make sure every child gets a toy this holiday season, how they have expanded beyond […]
11/28/20230
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Eric Zorn: Migrants will end up being a real asset to the city

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about the migrant challenge the city is facing as winter draws closer and some ideas to make football games shorter. And, it’s still not too late to get tickets for the upcoming “Songs of Good Cheer” caroling party with Eric, Mary Schmich, and a […]
11/28/20230
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: Tips to prevent the spread of cold and flu through your house

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about why he recommends that most people get the flu and COVID shot at the same time, the importance of getting the new COVID shot, if we should get shots in the same arm or different arm, what you should […]
11/28/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXX, 11.28.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/28/20230
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Tribune reporter Ray Long: What to know about corruption trial of former Chicago Alderman Ed Burke

Ray Long, the great investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune, joins John Williams to tell us everything we need to know about the corruption trial of former Chicago alderman Ed Burke as the trial enters day 9.
11/27/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXIX, 11.27.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/27/20230
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How the Salvation Army helped former Chicago Bears player Chris Zorich

Former Notre Dame football great and Chicago Bears player Chris Zorich joins John Williams to talk about his relationship with the Salvation Army, how he was introduces to the Salvation Army, all the services the Army provides, his experience ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, and where he might be if he didn’t have […]
11/22/20230
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Nutrition expert Dawn Jackson Blatner: Tips for healthy holiday socializing

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about what she’s making for Thanksgiving this year, her holiday party mantra (“Graze Nothing, Enjoy Everything”), her P.A.R.T.Y. tips for socializing, how much water we should be drinking, and how drinking tea with dessert is a great hack for digestion and mindfulness. Dawn also answers all […]
11/22/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXVIII, 11.22.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/22/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 11.21.23: Burke trial, migrant housing, Bears dancing

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU,, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Mincing Rascals start the podcast this Thanksgiving week by […]
11/22/20230
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Could weight loss drugs reduce the national debt?

Jon Hansen, he of many jobs at WGN Radio, Block Club Chicago, and the Chicago Blackhawks, joins John Williams to talk about GOP Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona saying that fighting obesity with Ozempic or other weight loss drugs could reduce the national debt.
11/21/20230
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David Hochberg: How will money from ‘mansion tax’ be used?

Mortgage and real estate expert David Hochberg joins John Williams to talk about mortgage interest rates dropping, his thoughts on Chicago’s real estate transfer tax proposal heading to the ballot next year, and how the National Association of Realtors verdict could impact Chicago homebuyers. David hosts “Home Sweet Home Chicago” on Saturdays from 10am to 1pm […]
11/21/20230
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: The COVID vaccine keeps us from getting very sick

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about the amount of COVID patients they are seeing in the hospital, why you should get the new COVID vaccine if you are older or have chronic health issues, how few people in the U.S. have received the new COVID […]
11/21/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXVII, 11.21.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/21/20230
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Rabbi Evan Moffic explains what has led to a rise in antisemitism amid the Israel-Hamas war

Rabbi Evan Moffic from Makom Solel Lakeside in Highland Park joins John Williams to discuss the rise of antisemitism amid the Israel-Hamas war.
11/20/20230
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Attorney Rae Kaplan: How to reduce your monthly student loan payment

Attorney Rae Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm joins John Williams to talk about how many student loan borrowers may have been paying the wrong monthly payment. How can you find out if you’ve been paying the wrong amount? And what can you do to reduce your monthly payment? Rae has all the answers.
11/20/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXVI, 11.20.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/20/20230
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Governor Pritzker: We need to take care of asylum seekers that are here

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker joins John Williams to discuss the migrant crisis, the funding the state has offered the city of Chicago to care for migrants in the city, the communication challenges he’s had with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, and what needs to happen to get migrants working in the city and state.
11/17/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 11.17.23

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
11/17/20230
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Ald. Bill Conway: Trading basic public safety services for legislative votes is not appropriate

34th Ward Alderman Bill Conway joins John Williams to talk about how a top aide in the Brandon Johnson administration offered to help him with a problematic homeless encampment in his ward in exchange for supporting Mayor Johnson’s real estate transfer tax plan and an end to the subminimum tipped wage. Alderman Conway says that […]
11/16/20230
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Best of the Midwest: Explore Geneva for the holidays!

It’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some fun things to do this holiday season? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for you! Today, John is joined by Laura Rush, Communications Director for the Geneva Chamber of Commerce! Laura talks about their historic downtown […]
11/16/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXV, 11.16.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/16/20230
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Landscape expert Bob Bertog: Should we keep watering our plants?

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins John Williams to answer all of your lawn and garden questions. 
11/16/20230
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Oversight panel approves policy to ban Chicago police from being members of hate groups

Anthony Driver, President, Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability, joins John Williams to talk about the panel voting to approve a new policy that would ban CPD from being members of hate groups.
11/16/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 11.15.23: Mayor Johnson’s approval rating, CPD hate group policy, ‘mansion tax’

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, political pundit Marj Halperin, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. There is a lot of news to get to this week! First, the Rascals talk […]
11/16/20230
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How The Salvation Army’s Pathway of Hope program helps break the cycle of poverty

Dynna Edwards, Manager of The Salvation Army‘s Pathway of Hope program (and also a recipient of this program), joins John Williams to tell us what the Pathway of Hope program does, how people can get into the program, how the program works, why the focus is on an individual’s needs, and how your support helps […]
11/15/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXIV, 11.15.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/15/20230
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Eric Zorn: Should city crack down on noise outside abortion clinic?

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about a number of topics making news including some Chicago aldermen wanting to create a new quiet zone in the streets surrounding a downtown abortion clinic, a new policy that would ban CPD from joining hate groups, and a Picayune Sentinel survey that ask […]
11/14/20230
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Dr. Aderson: Tips to treat upper respiratory infection

Dr. Sindhu Aderson, Medical Director of Northwestern Medicine Immediate Care, joins John Williams to talk about the amount of upper respiratory infections she is seeing at their clinics, the increase in COVID cases, the best ways to treat an upper respiratory infection, the importance of staying hydrated, if you should get a flu or COVID shot if you […]
11/14/20230
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Tom Fortino: It’s looking very positive for being in the market right now

Tom Fortino, Founder and Principal, Alpha Wealth Group, and host of “This Week in Wealth” on WGN Radio, joins John Williams to talk about today’s stock market rally, the release of today’s inflation data, if he believes inflation will continue to cool, and what people should be doing with their investments right now.
11/14/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXIII, 11.14.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/14/20230
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Why you should not clean your old collectibles

Brian Hoogeveen, The Cash Man from Americash Jewelry & Coin Buyers, joins Jon Hansen to tell us why you shouldn’t clean your old collectibles. Brian also answers all of your collectible questions!
11/13/20230
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Attorney Patrick Dolan: Chicago now has the most employee-friendly paid leave policy in the country

Attorney Patrick Dolan, Conti & Dolan, joins Jon Hansen to talk about the Chicago City Council passing a new paid leave ordinance that gives workers in the city 10 days of paid leave, including five sick days and five days of personal time off.
11/13/20230
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Ask a firefighter: Why go to the roof when fighting a fire?

Andrew ‘Drew’ Hansen of the Arlington Heights Fire Department joins his brother Jon Hansen to talk about the death of Chicago firefighter Andrew Price, who lost his life battling a fire in Lincoln Park.
11/13/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXII, 11.13.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/13/20230
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Will Senator Joe Manchin run for president?

Connell McShane, anchor, NewsNation Now, joins John Williams to talk about the latest from the Israel-Hamas war and West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin announcing he will not seek another term.
11/10/20230
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Craig Bolanos: The soft landing is still probable

Craig Bolanos, Co-Founder and CEO of Wealth Management Group, joins to talk about investors settling down, if he believes there are more interest rate hikes in the future, consumers still spending money, his forecast for holiday spending, the latest consumer sentiment survey showing inflation expectation increasing, and the big takeaways from earnings season. [audio: https://serve.castfire.com/audio/4455955/4455955_2023-11-10-211855.128.mp3] Call […]
11/10/20230
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What to know about Chicago’s ten-day paid leave plan

Heather Cherone, Chicago politics reporter for WTTW, joins John Williams to talk about the Chicago City Council passing an ordinance that will require Chicago businesses to give workers 10 days off a year.
11/10/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 11.10.23

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
11/10/20230
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Ed Burke corruption trial: Jury selection and COVID delay

Jason Meisner, Chicago Tribune reporter covering the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse and criminal justice issues in Chicago, joins John Williams to talk about the jury selection in the Ed Burke corruption trial.
11/9/20230
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Best of the Midwest: Visit historic Bishop Hill!

It’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some vacation ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area this holiday season? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, John is joined by Todd DeDecker, Administrator, Bishop Hill Heritage […]
11/9/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXI, 11.9.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/9/20230
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What we learned from 2023 elections

Mike Viqueira, Washington Bureau Chief, NewsNation, joins John Williams to give us the biggest takeaways from the elections last night in Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky, and more.
11/9/20230
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Landscape expert Bob Bertog: When to start covering plants up for winter

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins John Williams to answer all of your lawn and garden questions. 
11/9/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 11.08.23: City council chaos, Ed Burke trial, Invest in Kids program

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals start the show this week discussing the City Council fireworks surrounding Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city. […]
11/9/20230
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Nutrition expert Dawn Jackson Blatner: How you can reduce inflammation

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about what you can do to decrease inflammation in your body. Dawn also answers all of your diet and nutrition questions and John reviews Dawn’s Sweetpotato Fudge (which was made by Steve Bertrand!). You can find the recipe for it here.
11/9/20230
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The Salvation Army is a great friend for those in need

Curtis McCurry, mailroom supervisor at The Salvation Army‘s Divisional Headquarters, joins John Williams to talk about how instrumental The Salvation Army has been in his life, what was going on in his life that led him to The Salvation Army, how he came to work for The Salvation Army, and how his life has changed […]
11/8/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLX, 11.8.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/8/20230
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Legendary filmmakers David Zucker and Jim Abrahams on the true story of ‘Airplane!’

Legendary filmmakers David Zucker and Jim Abrahams join John Williams to talk about their new book, “Surely You Can’t Be Serious: The True Story of Airplane!” Jim and David tell hilarious stories about how they were able to make this comedy classic.
11/7/20230
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: ‘There are a ton of plain old respiratory viruses around’

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about his thoughts on people being compensated for organ donations, the number of people who are sick right now, the challenge of telling these viruses apart, the importance of getting vaccines to keep you from getting sick, why you should […]
11/7/20230
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Eric Zorn: Crimo Jr. guilty plea, Chicago’s sanctuary city status, new Cubs manager

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about a number of topics making news including the debate over ‘Right Turn on Red,’ Chicago’s status as a sanctuary city, Robert Crimo Jr., the father of the Highland Park shooting suspect, pleading guilty to seven counts of reckless conduct, and the Chicago Cubs […]
11/7/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLIX, 11.7.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/7/20230
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Craig Counsell hired to be next Cubs manager

Kevin Powell and Joe Brand from WGN Radio Sports join John Williams to talk about the Cubs firing David Ross today and replacing him with former Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell.
11/6/20230
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Tribune reporter Ray Long: Ed Burke was the most powerful alderman ever

Ray Long, the great investigative reporter at the Chicago Tribune, joins John Williams to break down everything we need to know about the corruption trial of former Alderman Ed Burke.
11/6/20230
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Terry Savage: Protect yourself from Social Security mistakes

Nationally syndicated financial columnist and author Terry Savage joins John to talk about her appearance last night on 60 Minutes where she shines a light on how you are responsible for payment mistakes made by the Social Security Administration. You can buy Terry’s book, “Social Security Horror Stories: Protect Yourself from the System — and Avoid Clawbacks” here.
11/6/20230
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Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi: We have to have a pause in Israel-Hamas war

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL 8) joins John Williams to talk about how he was able to help get the family of one of his constituents out of Gaza. Rep Krishnamoorthi also explains why he believes there should be a humanitarian pause in the Israel-Hamas war.
11/6/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLVIII, 11.6.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/6/20230
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Is it okay to recline your airplane seat?

Hey, another thing that no one can agree on! A viral video has surfaced of a woman on a plane yelling at another passenger over a disagreement about reclining your seat on airplane. What do you think? Should you or shouldn’t you?
11/3/20230
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Should cellphones at school be banned?

Liz Shulman, English teacher at Evanston Township High School and in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University, joins John Williams to talk about the challenges of teaching kids as they become more dependent on their devices. Liz tells us what she’s seeing in her classroom and why she believes phones in school are the […]
11/3/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 11.3.23

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!
11/3/20230
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John Williams shares his story about removing a bat from his bedroom

John Williams tells the hilarious story about his encounter with a bat and what he did to try and remove it from his bedroom.
11/2/20230
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State Rep. Bob Morgan: We must reform U.S. Supreme Court

State Representative Bob Morgan (D-Deerfield) joins John Williams to talk about his Tribune Op-ed that explains why we need to reform the Supreme Court to tackle gun violence.  
11/2/20230
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Nutrition expert Dawn Jackson Blatner: Any exercise is better than no exercise

Author and registered dietician nutritionist Dawn Jackson Blatner talks with John Williams about her exercise regimen and what she recommends you should be doing to keep healthy, her recipes for Sweetpotato Fudge and Kale & Cheddar Egg Bites, and what you should know about dark chocolate. And as always, Dawn answers your health and nutrition questions.
11/2/20230
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Best of the Midwest: Visit Kokomo, Indiana for the holidays!

It’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some vacation ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area this holiday season? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, John is joined by Sherry Matlock, Manager, Greater Kokomo Visitors […]
11/2/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLVII, 11.2.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/2/20230
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Landscape expert Bob Bertog: How first freeze can impact your garden

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins John Williams to answer all of your lawn and garden questions. 
11/1/20230
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The Mincing Rascals 11.01.23: Migrants in Chicago, Israel-Hamas war, Invest in Kids program

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Brandon Pope, host of ‘On the Block‘ on WCIU, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. The Rascals start off the podcast talking about the Michigan […]
11/1/20230
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A donation to the Salvation Army helps people in your own community

Leora Conway, Director of Business for The Salvation Army‘s Adult Rehabilitation Centers and Family Stores, talks to John Williams about her role at the Salvation Army, the incredible story of how she became aware of the work that The Salvation Army does, when she began her career at the Salvation Army, how donations at the […]
11/1/20230
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David Hochberg: How inflation is impacting retirement plans

Mortgage and real estate expert David Hochberg joins John Williams to talk about the amount of debt people are carrying, what people can do to get out of debt, how inflation is impacting retirement, the latest on the proposal to hike the tax on million-dollar home sales in Chicago, and what you need to know about […]
11/1/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLVI, 11.1.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
11/1/20230
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Attorney Karen Conti: Father of accused Highland Park shooter has a tough case

Karen Conti, Founding Partner, Conti & Dolan Law, joins John Williams to talk about Joseph Czuba, the man accused of murder in the attack on a Palestinian American woman and her young son, pleading not guilty, and Robert Crimo III, the suspect in the Highland Park 4th of July massacre, not testifying at his father’s […]
10/31/20230
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Eric Zorn: Sing Christmas carols at the 25th annual ‘Songs of Good Cheer’ party

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to talk about Robert Crimo III, the suspect in the Highland Park 4th of July massacre, not testifying at his father’s upcoming trial, and the difficulty he is having talking about the Israel-Hamas war. The great Mary Schmich also joins John and Eric to talk about […]
10/31/20230
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Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: Should you get flu and COVID shot at the same time?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John to give more advice on ways to keep your back healthy and strong, the amount of viruses that are around right now, if we should get a COVID shot and a flu shot at the same time, what we should know about RSV, […]
10/31/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLV, 10.31.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
10/31/20230
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U of I professor explains why we should stop changing clocks twice a year

Sheldon Jacobson, professor of computer science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, joins John Williams to talk about his Tribune Op-ed that explains why he thinks that it’s time to say goodbye to changing clocks twice a year.
10/30/20230
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Betting analyst Sam Panayotovich: ‘It’s got to be maddening to be a Bears fan’

New England Sports Network betting analyst Sam Panayotovich joins John Williams to talk about the Bears loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday Night Football. How many more games will the Bears win this season? Is Justin Fields the quarterback of the future for the Bears? Sam breaks it all down.
10/30/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLIV, 10.30.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!
10/30/20230
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Is the Magnificent Mile on the road to a recovery?

John Vance, Principal at Stone Real Estate Corp., joins John Williams to talk about retail stores opening on Oak Street in the Gold Coast and how that success might help fill vacancies on North Michigan Avenue.
10/27/20230
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Alderman William Hall: Need federal funding to house migrants

6th Ward Alderman William E. Hall joins John Williams to talk about what he learned about the migrant crisis when he and other Chicago officials visited the southern border.
10/27/20230
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John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 10.27.23

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to [email protected]!