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Fran Spielman Show

Veteran City Hall reporter Fran Spielman's interviews with Chicago's movers and shakers.

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Ald. George Cardenas (12th)

Sun-Times City Hall reporter Fran Spielman is joined by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s City Council floor leader Ald. George Cardenas (12th) to discuss his plan to study the feasibility of the city to purchase the Chicago Bears as well as the current state of crime and whether or not to give CPD Supt. David Brown more time as top cop.

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Fran Spielman interviews Committee on Public Safety chairman Ald. Chris Taliaferro (29th)

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Fran Spielman interviews Cubs President of Business Operations Crane Kenney

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Fran Spielman interviews CTU President Jesse Sharkey and Vice President Stacy Davis Gates

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For Arne Duncan, the violence killing Chicago’s children is personal

The former CPS chief now runs a program that worked with the father of Sincere Gaston, the toddler killed by gunfire in June: "Seeing him in a casket several days ago — I’ve never seen a casket that small. I hope I never see one again."

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Fran Spielman interviews former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

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Fran Spielman interviews Chicago Cubs play-by-play announcer Pat Hughes

‘The Fran Spielman Show’ takes a brief departure from politics to talk baseball.

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Fran Spielman interviews Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection Commissioner Rosa Escareno

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‘Solitary confinement in my bedroom’: Illinois attorney general describes his COVID-19 symptoms

Kwame Raoul says it started with sweating, shivering, teeth-chattering and feet that felt like they were on fire. Then, a cough that wouldn’t quit and a sore throat that was "out of this world." His fever reached 101.4 degrees.

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Fran Spielman interviews Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul

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Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Michael Scott Jr. (24th)

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Lightfoot urged to delay minimum wage, predictable scheduling ordinances

"We need to do everything we can from a regulatory standpoint to help [businesses] save money," Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce President Jack Lavin said.

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Fran Spielman interviews Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce president and CEO Jack Lavin

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Fran Spielman interviews Chicago Department of Transportation commissioner Gia Biagi

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Fran Spielman interviews newly elected FOP President John Catanzara

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Fran Spielman interviews BGA President David Greising

Listen to the full discussion as they reflect on Mayor Lightfoot’s first year in office.

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Fran Spielman interviews Mayor Lori Lightfoot

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Surge strategy a ‘recipe for disaster,’ police union president says

Fraternal Order of Police President Kevin Graham says temporarily shifting officers to flood high-crime areas has left others without backup and entire districts without supervision.

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Fran Spielman interviews FOP President Kevin Graham

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Fran Spielman interviews Ald. Gilbert Villegas

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Fran Spielman interviews Chicago Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady

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Preckwinkle defends firing of county health department chief during pandemic

The Cook County Board president said Dr. Terry Mason was great at public education and outreach, but what was needed is "strong operational leadership."

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Preckwinkle defends Dart’s handling of Cook County Jail during coronavirus outbreak

Like a cruise ship or a nursing home, Toni Preckwinkle says the jail is a "petri dish" for the coronavirus where two detainees have died and more will inevitably follow.

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Fran Spielman interviews Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle

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Fran Spielman interviews Sam Toia & Michael Jacobson

Sam Toia is the President & CEO of the Illinois Restaurant association and Michael Jacobson is the President & CEO of the Illinois Hotel & Lodging Association.

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Fran Spielman interviews Republican candidate for Cook County state’s attorney Pat O’Brien

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Fran Spielman interviews Lynn Sweet about upcoming Illinois primary election

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Fran Spielman interviews Kim Foxx about Jussie Smollett, reelection campaign

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Foxx calls yearlong obsession with Smollett case ‘BS’

State’s Attorney Kim Foxx has come under fire for decisions tied to the Jussie Smollett case.

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Fran Spielman interviews Rahm Emanuel about his new book

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Rahm Emanuel, Bruce Rauner break the ice

The big thaw began with Rauner texting Emanuel during the former mayor’s bike trip around Lake Michigan after Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s inauguration. There have been several contacts since, including Diana Rauner’s attendance at the funeral for Emanuel’s father.

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Fran Spielman interviews Bob Fioretti about his campaign for Cook County State’s Attorney

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Fran Spielman interviews Donna More about Cook County State’s Attorney campaign