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A fast-paced review of the best sounds of what happened in Chicago politics from City Hall reporter A.D. Quig.

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    • 4.9, 39 Ratings

A fast-paced review of the best sounds of what happened in Chicago politics from City Hall reporter A.D. Quig.

    Cook County Medical Examiner talks death, crises and reform

    Cook County Medical Examiner talks death, crises and reform

    Every summer, Chicago braces for violence. While we talk about the causes and how to address it year after year, there’s an office quietly working at the tail end of the worst cases of it – the Cook County Medical Examiner. It’s tasked with investigating any human death that involves criminal violence, but also suicides, accidents, sudden or suspicious deaths, and potential public health threats. On this episode of The Daily Line’s Aldercast, Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, the current Chief Medical Examiner, talks about her career in the office, how it navigated a 2012 crisis when coolers and hallways were crowded with corpses, and when she took the stand in the trial of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke. Comments, questions, or suggestions? Email info@thedailyline.net

    • 49 min
    Rep. Cassidy says ‘Watch the rollercoaster, don’t ride it’

    Rep. Cassidy says ‘Watch the rollercoaster, don’t ride it’

    It would be reductionist to say that State Rep. Kelly Cassidy (D-Chicago) has had a big spring. But between being the lead House sponsor of both the bill to legalize recreational marijuana — making Illinois the first state to do so through the legislative process — and one that rewrites Illinois’ abortion law, the fifth-term Democrat has been at the center of attention. Cassidy discusses both of those blockbuster bills, along with the changes she’s seen over her past eight years in Springfield. We also talk about her new puppy, Jack. Comments, questions or suggestions? Email info@thedailyline.net.

    • 48 min
    Scooters are here – what to expect on your street (or sidewalk)

    Scooters are here – what to expect on your street (or sidewalk)

    It’s the invasion of the electric scooter – this weekend, 2,500 battery-powered bad boys from ten different companies will hit Chicago’s West Side. After about a year of negotiations between bureaucrats and tech companies eager to unleash the shiniest new thing in one of America’s biggest cities, all eyes are on implementation. Two transportation experts: Audrey Wennink, the Director of Transportation at the Metropolitan Planning Council, and Kyle Whitehead, the managing director of public affairs at the Active Transportation Alliance, will discuss their hopes (fewer cars, more people using transit) and worries (safety and equity) about the four month scooter pilot in Chicago. Plus, Nico Probst from Lime will talk about how competing here compares to other global cities, and tackles other scooter FAQs. Comments, questions or suggestions? Email info@thedailyline.net.  

    • 45 min
    Cabonargi: Make Assessments Boring Again

    Cabonargi: Make Assessments Boring Again

    The Cook County Board of Review — a three-member quasi-judicial body that hears property tax appeals — just closed the books on a record cycle. While property tax bills are expected to go out on time, the office is likely staring down the barrel of more record appeals, as Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi amps up reforms launched in the wake of ProPublica and the Chicago Tribune’s reporting on assessment inequities. On this episode of The Daily Line’s Aldercast, BOR Commissioner Michael Cabonargi talks about the “unsustainable” volume of appeals, his take on Kaegi’s reforms, and why the board can blame its odd schedule, in part, on the Great Depression.

    • 39 min
    Fritz Kaegi leaves Springfield empty-handed

    Fritz Kaegi leaves Springfield empty-handed

    Cook County Assessor Fritz Kaegi went to Springfield and came back without a bill he contends is needed to bring true reform to Cook County’s property tax system. Kaegi, who took office in December after a series of reports about inaccuracies and unfair assessments, announced Thursday that SB 1379, his data modernization bill, would not get a vote before the midnight Friday deadline. The Daily Line’s Aldercast spoke to Kaegi the Tuesday prior about why the bill was a top priority, business opposition, and the hurdles to increasing trust in government in an under-resourced office. Comments, questions or suggestions? Email info@thedailyline.net.

    • 42 min
    Preckwinkle vows to redouble efforts to phase out cash bond as 3rd term begins

    Preckwinkle vows to redouble efforts to phase out cash bond as 3rd term begins

    After her stunning defeat in the mayoral race, Toni Preckwinkle is in the unusual position of returning to two positions of major executive power – the President of the Cook County board and Chair of the Cook County Democratic Party. Weakened? Sure, but she’s got a bigger, more progressive democratic bloc on the board than ever and a couple more years atop the party. On this episode of The Daily Line’s Aldercast, we’ll talk about Preckwinkle’s priorities for the county –– criminal justice, the census, and the South Suburbs. We’ll also talk about a swirl of scandal at every level of government in Illinois, Kim Foxx, whether the Cook County Democratic Party will continue going after problematic judges, and more. Questions, comments or suggestions? Email info@thedailyline.net.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

Jswurr ,

No hype, all thoughtful substance

I just listened to my first Aldercast, an interview with the Cook County Medical Examiner. The topic could easily be exploited or exoticized, but the interview never goes there, instead focusing on the substance, operations, and overall responsibilities of the office. The questions asked were all extremely well thought out and delivered and the Medical Examiner was given the space to give complete answers. That’s especially useful because the Medical Examiner is thoughtful, professional, responsible, and generally extraordinary. All around excellent journalism covering an important government office soing excellent work and doing us all proud.

ocajwm ,

Absolutely essential

Should be required listening for all Chicagoans!

robertg332 ,

Great Political Insight

Great political insight here in Chicago!

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