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Attorney Robert Gresham explains the investigative process after his client’s car was dragged under a semi-truck on I-294

December 03, 2021 18:52

Attorney Robert Gresham joins John Williams to share some details of an incident on I-294 during which his client, LayLisha Gardner, was dragged under a semi-truck while merging on the expressway. And he describes the information he hopes to find from the truck company.

Chicago Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau: Jussie Smollett’s attorney says judge lunged toward her

December 03, 2021 18:44

Chicago Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau joins John Williams with another update on the Jussie Smollett trial. And she shares what happened when the defense attorney asked one of the men involved in the attack when he started dating Smollett.

Pastor Corey Brooks checks in from the Woodlawn rooftop

December 03, 2021 18:35

Pastor Corey Brooks, founder of New Beginnings Church and Project HOOD, joins John Williams to fill him in on how things are going up on a roof across from where he is raising funds to build a community center. You can donate to the cause here.

Dave Eanet and Kevin Powell on MLB labor troubles, Brian Kelly’s departure from Notre Dame

December 02, 2021 18:56

WGN Radio Sports Reporters Dave Eanet and Kevin Powell join John Williams to discuss the end to the MLB contract and the beginning of a lockout. Then, John, Kevin and Dave go on to talk about Brian Kelly’s abrupt departure from his role with the University of Notre Dame.

Washington Post’s Ann Hornaday says ‘West Side Story’ is great family fun, hold off on ‘House of Gucci’

December 02, 2021 18:44

Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday joins John Williams to share her take on several movies coming out for the Christmas season. And she explains why you can probably wait to see the new Lady Gaga flick.

Chicago Tribune’s Megan Crepeau: ‘I’ve stopped predicting’ in the Jussie Smollett trial

December 02, 2021 18:28

Chicago Tribune reporter Megan Crepeau joins John Williams to share some of the strange twists and turns that have taken place in the courtroom as Jussie Smollett is tried for staging a hate crime against himself.

Dr. Allison Arwady: Omicron variant was detected first and most in younger people

December 01, 2021 20:51

Dr. Allison Arwady of the Chicago Department of Public Health joins John Williams to share her outlook of the omicron variant of COVID-19. And she explains how best to prepare for its likely spread to Chicago.

Chicago Streets and Sanitation will tow your car if it’s parked overnight this winter

December 01, 2021 20:48

Chicago Streets and Sanitation Commissioner Cole Stallard joins John Williams to explain why parking overnight is prohibited across 107 miles of city streets every winter.

Wall Street Journal reporter: Everyone was exhausted on a Friday afternoon, then Elizabeth Holmes herself took the stand

December 01, 2021 20:45

Wall Street Journal reporter Sara Randazzo joins John Williams to provide an update from the courtroom where Elizabeth Holmes is being tried for defrauding investors of her blood test company, Theranos.

Waukesha Mayor Reilly: One victim of the Christmas parade attack suffered a broken leg, wrist, ribs and more and is out of the hospital

December 01, 2021 20:34

Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly joins John Williams to describe how his community is recovering from the trauma of witnessing and surviving the Christmas parade attack last week. He also updates John on the number of victims and their statuses.

Owner of dog killed in drive-by shooting on the expressway

December 01, 2021 20:14

Joan Levergood was driving home after Thanksgiving with her husband and their dog when an erratic driver fired shots at their car. She shares what happened next.

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CCLXXXIII, 12.1.21

December 01, 2021 20:06

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

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

November 30, 2021 19:49

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

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

November 30, 2021 19:47

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

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

November 30, 2021 19:42

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

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

November 29, 2021 19:29

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

Salvation Army Shield of Hope helps shelter people in need

November 29, 2021 19:24

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

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

November 29, 2021 19:18

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

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

November 29, 2021 19:07

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

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

November 29, 2021 18:59

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

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

November 24, 2021 19:19

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

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

November 23, 2021 20:06

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

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

November 23, 2021 20:04

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

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

November 23, 2021 19:55

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

Demetrius Ivory has your Thanksgiving drive weather

November 23, 2021 19:44

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

Ashleigh Banfield prepares to interview Kyle Rittenhouse on NewsNation

November 23, 2021 19:42

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

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

November 23, 2021 19:34

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

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

November 23, 2021 19:32

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

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

November 22, 2021 19:43

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

The Salvation Army helps people like Robert back on their feet

November 22, 2021 19:39

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

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

November 22, 2021 19:31

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

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

November 19, 2021 23:14

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

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

November 19, 2021 18:56

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

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

November 19, 2021 18:52

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

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

November 19, 2021 18:52

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

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

November 19, 2021 18:41

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

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

November 18, 2021 20:39

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

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

November 18, 2021 20:34

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

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

November 18, 2021 20:27

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

Your Hometown: Joliet Junior College

November 18, 2021 20:23

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

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

November 18, 2021 20:20

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

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

November 18, 2021 20:04

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]!

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

November 17, 2021 21:22

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to [email protected]

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

November 17, 2021 21:20

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

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

November 17, 2021 21:15

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

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

November 17, 2021 21:13

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

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

November 17, 2021 21:05

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

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

November 17, 2021 20:55

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

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

November 17, 2021 20:50

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

Attorney Bob Fioretti: Red light cameras are inaccurately nicking drivers

November 17, 2021 20:44

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

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