State Week: Trump, Guns, Blagojevich And The Art Of Misdirection

Aug 9, 2019

Credit Brian Mackey / NPR Illinois

President Donald Trump once again dangles the possibility of a commutation for impeached and imprisoned ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. 

Does anyone in Illinois support that? Why did Jared Kushner think it was a good idea?

Is this just the president trying to get the media to stop talking about his statements on the recent mass shootings in Texas and Ohio?

Plus current Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot respond to the shootings in both policy terms and what they call the president’s divisive rhetoric.

And indicted state Sen. Tom Cullerton — charged with corruption related to being on Teamsters Union payroll — loses one committee chairmanship (Labor) but gains another (Veterans Affairs).

Brian Mackey hosts with regular panelist Charlie Wheeler. This week’s guests are Tina Sfondeles of the Chicago Sun-Times and Tony Arnold of Chicago public radio station WBEZ-FM.