Chicago Tonight full episode: Aug. 15, 2019

Chicago Tonight full episode: Aug. 15, 2019


[♪♪♪]>>GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO “CHICAGO TONIGHT.” ON THIS THURSDAY AUGUST 15TH…>>OUR COURT SYSTEM NEEDS TO DO A BETTER JOB OF ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE.>>COOK COUNTY DEMOCRATS DECIDE WHICH CANDIDATES DESERVE THE PARTY’S BOOST.>>I THINK THIS FEASIBILITY STUDY GIVES US THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO BACK AND GET IT RIGHT.>>AFTER A LAS VEGAS CONSULTANT SAYS CURRENT PLANS FOR A CHICAGO CASINO ARE TOO HEAVILY TAXED, WILL STATE LAWMAKERS CHANGE THEIR BET?>>THE TINY LONESTAR TICK IS ILLINOIS HOW TO AVOID IT AND HOW TO KNOW IF HE IS GIVING YOU THE HEARTLAND VIRUS?>>>THE U.S. STOCK MARKET IS STABLE AFTER TAKING A PLUNGE YESTERDAY. ANALYSTS WEIGH-IN ON WHAT THAT MEANS FOR CONSUMERS.>>>I LOVE IT ALL. SO IF I’M NOT SINGING OPERA, I WILL SING MUSICAL TEETH AREK ARE IF NOT THEATER, I WILL SING JAZZ.>>A LOCAL OPERA SINGER SHARES THE STORY HOW HIS VOICE LED HIM TO CARNEGIE HALL.>>FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF SECOND CITY TO STEPPENWOLF THEATER AND BEYOND A NEW BOOK EXPLORES THE HISTORY OF THEATER IN CHICAGO.>>IT LOOKS LIKE BREAKFAST CEREAL.>>IT COULD BE.>>AND THREE CHICAGO FAVORITES COME TOGETHER IN THIS WEEK’S DEEP FRYDAYS ALL THAT AND MORE NEXT ON “CHICAGO TONIGHT.” [♪♪♪]>>THANK YOU FOR JOINING US I’M BRANDIS FRIEDMAN. A SHAKE-UP IN MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT’S ADMINISTRATION. PARIS SCHUTZ HAS THAT STORY AND MORE OF WHAT IS MAKING NEWS IN CHICAGO TONIGHT. PARIS?>>BRANDIS, THE MAYOR’S COMMUNICATIONS CHIEF IS OUT AFTER THREE MONTHS ON THE JOB. MARIELLE SAINVILUS SUBMITTED HER RESIGNATION SAYING IT WAS AN HONOR TO WORK FOR THE FIRST AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEMALE MAYOR OF THE CITY. LIGHTFOOT THANKED HER FOR HER INCREDIBLE CONTRIBUTION. AND NO REPLACEMENT AS BEEN ANNOUNCED. AND THE MAYOR AND SUPERINTENDENT EDDIE JOHNSON ARE SHOWING OFF A TECH FACILITY THAT THEY HOPE WILL HELP SOLVE CRIMES. THEY LAUNCHED TWO TECHNOLOGY CENTERS IN AREA CENTRAL AND NORTH. IT ALLOWS POLICE TO ACCESS CELLPHONE INFORMATION AND VIDEO FOOTAGE.>>OFTEN WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IS ESPECIALLY AFTER AN EVENT OCCURRED ON THE WEEKEND FRIDAY NIGHT, THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT, WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR THE OWNER OF THE ESTABLISHMENT TO COME BACK TO WORK, CALL US, TELL US TO COME THERE AND THEY WOULD SHOW US THE VIDEO ON THEIR SYSTEM WE DON’T HAVE TO DO THAT ANYMORE.>>FALLEN R&B SUPERSTAR R. KELLY WAS TO HAVE APPEARED IN COOK COUNTY COURT HIS ATTORNEYS APPEARED INSTEAD FOR A HEARING IN HIS STATE SEXUAL ABUSE CASE. KELLY DID NOT LEAVE FEDERAL CUSTODY TO ATTEND AND FACES MULTIPLE SEPARATE FEDERAL CHARGES OF SEXUAL ABUSE, RACKETEERING AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY. STEVE GREENBERGER SAID THE STATE CASES SHOULD BE PUT ON HOLD AS THE FEDERAL CASES PLAY OUT.>>THE FACT IS THAT THE CASES ARE INTERTWINED AND THESE CASES SHOULDN’T PROCEED UNTIL THOSE CASES ARE RESOLVED.>>THE JUDGE SAID THE STATE TRIAL WILL PROCEED AS SCHEDULED UNLESS PROSECUTORS DECIDE OTHER CASES SHOULD TAKE PRIORITY AND MORE ON THIS STORY ON OUR WEBSITE.>>ILLINOIS REPUBLICANS RALLIED AT THE STATE FAIR. IT FEATURED TIM SNYDER AND BILL BRADY AND DOWN STATE CONGRESSMEN AND THEY RAILED AGAINST GOVERNOR J.B. PRITZKER AND MICHAEL MADIGAN AND THE PROGRESSIVE INCOME TAX AMENDMENT. KEYNOTE SPEAKER, CONGRESSMAN STEVE SCALISE FROM LOUISIANA TOOK THE OCCASION TO PRAISE THE TERM OF PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.>>YOU KNOW WHAT’S HAPPENED SINCE DONALD TRUMP BECAME PRESIDENT? HE REBUILT OUR MILITARY AND WENT BACK AROUND THE WORLD AND SAID I’M GOING TO STAND UP TO THE BULLIES OF THE WORLD. HE STOOD UP TO RUSSIA. HE STOOD UP TO CHINA. HE IS STANDING UP TO NORTH KOREA AND IT’S YIELDING DIVIDENDS.>>PARTLY CLOUDY WITH A LOW AROUND 64 THIS EVENING AND A CHANCE OF SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS TOMORROW WITH A HIGH NEAR 80. AND NOW, BRANDIS WE GO BACK TO YOU.>>PARIS, THANK YOU. LEADING COOK COUNTY DEMOCRATS MET FOR HOURS AS THEY DECIDE WHO WILL GET THE PARTY’S BACKING IN NEXT YEAR’S ELECTION. AMANDA VINICKY WAS THERE AND IT SEEMS LIKE WE DID THIS, ISN’T IT TOO EARLY?>>IT FEELS LIKE THAT, GOSH, I KNOW. ELECTION IS STILL MORE THAN A YEAR AWAY AND WE DON’T KNOW WHO ALL IS RUNNING FOR WHAT POSITION. THE COOK COUNTY CIRCUIT CLERK’S RACE IS FLUID AFTER JUST THIS WEEK, LONG TIME INCUMBENT DOROTHY BROWN SAID SHE IS NOT GOING TO RUN AGAIN. LOOK FOR THAT RACE TO GET CROWDED. UNCLEAR, JUST HOW MUCH COMPETITION COOK COUNTY STATES ATTORNEY KIM FOXX WILL HAVE AS SHE TRIES FOR A SECOND TERM. BILL CONWAY IS RUNNING AND ALREADY PUT ENOUGH SELF FUNDING INTO THE RACE THAT CAPS ARE OFF BUT THERE’S TIME FOR OTHERS TO TRY FOR THAT POSITION. THIS IS ABOUT THE TIME THAT PARTY LEADERS GET INVOLVED TO HELP CLEAR THE WAY FOR THEIR FAVORITE CANDIDATE. THE FOCUS TODAY, A RARE OPENING ON THE ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT.>>THIS PARTY HAS HAD AN INDELLABLE IMPACT ON MY JUDICIAL CAREER. BUT THE PARTY MUST DECIDE IN 2019 WHETHER IN THIS MULTIETHNIC, MULTIRACIAL, MULTIRELIGIOUS COUNTY IT IS GOING TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A DIVERSE SUPREME COURT.>>JUSTICE P. SCOTT NEVILLE HOLDS A SPOT ON THE BENCH NOW BUT HE WAS APPOINTED TO IT AND HE HAS TO WIN AN ELECTION TO KEEP HIS SEAT. HE IS FACING SCRUTINY AFTER NBC REPORTED A HOME HE OWNS BUT DOES NOT LIVE IN, HAS FOR YEARS IMPROPERLY RECEIVED A HOMEOWNERS TAX EXEMPTION. AND HE WAS ASKED WHY?>>THE ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION IS NO, THERE WERE NO IRREGULARITIES. IN FACT, THE COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE REPORTED TO MEMBERS OF MY COMMITTEE LAST NIGHT THAT THEY FOUND NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING. I THINK THEY HAVE — THAT’S THE BEST PLACE TO LOOK. THEY HAVE LOOKED, THEY HAVE SEARCHED, THEY’VE DETERMINED THERE IS NO EVIDENCE OF WRONGDOING.>>THE COOK COUNTY ASSESSOR’S OFFICE DID NOT QUITE PUT IT THAT WAY. A SPOKESMAN SAID THE RECORDS FROM THE YEAR 2000 WHEN THAT EXEMPTION WERE DESTROYED AND THAT IS CUSTOMARY AFTER THIS TIME. WHAT RECORDS ARE LEFT DON’T SHOW WHO ORIGINALLY APPLIED FOR IT. HIS NAME IS ON THE DEED SO HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR REPAYMENT OF THE EXEMPTION AND HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH OUR OFFICE ABOUT DOING SO. THE ASSESSOR’S STATEMENT SAID BUT AN OPPONENT IS SEIZING.>>WE ARE TALKING ABOUT THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE STATE AND THAT PERSON HOLDING THAT POSITION HAS TO BE TO HAVE THE HIGHEST INTEGRITY AND WE HAVE HAVE TO QUESTION CAN A PERSON THAT GETS A TAX BILL ON A HOMEOWNER EXEMPTION ON A PROPERTY THAT YOU DO NOT LIVE IN AND DOES IT FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, CAN YOU BE COMFORTABLE WITH THAT TYPE OF SITUATION?>>AMANDA WHERE DOES THAT LEAVE THINGS?>>P. SCOTT NEVILLE AND NATHANIAL HOWSE THEY ARE TWO OF THE SEVEN CANDIDATES RUNNING FOR THE SEAT. AND THEY ARE CONSIDERED THE FRONTRUNNERS AT LEAST WHEN IT COMES TO GETTING THE NOD FROM THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY. WHICH IS A BIG DEAL, GIVEN THAT MANY VOTERS GLOSS OVER THE JUDICIAL RACES. NEFVILLE IS FAVORED BY TONI PRECKWINKLE AND APPEARS TO HAVE A LEAD GOING INTO TOMORROW THAT IS WHEN PARTY LEADERS WILL VOTE ON WHICH PERSON GETS ON THE SLATE. BOTH MEN ARE BLACK AND THAT IS A BIG DEAL BECAUSE EVERY OTHER ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT JUSTICE IS WHITE. WHOEVER WINS NEXT NOVEMBER’S RACE WILL FILL A SEAT HELD BY ILLINOIS’ FIRST EVER AFRICAN-AMERICAN SUPREME COURT JUSTICE. ANOTHER CANDIDATE, JESSE REYES IS LATINO AND SAYS HE HAS A GOAL OF BRINGING DIVERSITY TO THE JUSTICE SYSTEM. BUT PERHAPS RECOGNIZING HE WASN’T BOUND TO GET THE ENDORSEMENT REYES WAS ONE OF THE CANDIDATES WHO ASKED THE PARTY TO SIT THIS RACE OUT.>>THIS OFFICE UNLIKE NO OTHER OFFICE OUR SUPREME COURT IS THE EPITOME OF IMPARTIALITY. IF ONE OFFICE THAT NEEDS TO VIEW THROUGH THE LENS OF WHO IS BEST TO SERVE THE PEOPLE IT IS THE ILLINOIS SUPREME COURT. I WOULD SUGGEST THAT WE DO NOT SLATE ANYBODY IN THIS POSITION. LET THE PEOPLE DECIDE WHO SHOULD SIT IN THE PEOPLE’S COURT.>>AND THAT’S REALLY THE OPEN, THE RIGHT WAY, THE DEMOCRATIC WAY.>>NOW, A LOT OF QUESTIONS FROM COMMITTEE MEN AND WOMEN WERE ABOUT BRINGING MORE DIVERSITY TO THE COURTS. BUT SHELDON HARRIS SAYS THE PARTY SHOULD NOT FOCUS SO MUCH ON THAT LEADING TO THIS EXCHANGE WHICH IRVIN ASKED HIM IF HE KNOWS WHAT WHITE PRIVILEGE IS.>>DO YOU UNDERSTAND THE NOTION OF WHITE PRIVILEGE?>>TIME IS UP.>>I’M ASKING THE QUESTION. IF THIS IS EQUAL I’M ASKING YOU?>>I DON’T MEAN ANY DISRESPECT, SIR BUT I THINK YOU’RE OFF BASE IF YOU THINK YOU’RE BEING EQUAL IF YOU PICK A CANDIDATE BASED UPON THEIR RACE, COLOR OR CREED OR SEX. THAT’S WHAT YOUR PEOPLE HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR YEARS.>>NOW, BRANDIS WE’LL LEARN TOMORROW WHAT DEMOCRATS DO WITH EACH OF THOSE SEVEN CANDIDATES AND THAT IS WHEN PARTY LEADERS WILL HEAR FROM KIM FOXX AND ALSO FROM THOSE CANDIDATES. MANY OF THEM ANYWAY FOR CIRCUIT COURT CLERK.>>THANK YOU.>>AND NOW TO PARIS SCHUTZ AND FUTURE PROSPECTS FOR CHICAGO CASINO. PARIS?>>BRANDIS, MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT SIGNALED IT’S BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD ON A CHICAGO SENIOR AFTER A CONSULTANT CONCLUDED THAT NONE OF THE FIVE PROPOSED SITES WOULD BE FEESALITY IT’S TOO ONERUS AND ANY OPERATOR WOULD HAVE TO PAY TO 72% IN TAXES. SO SHOULD LAWMAKERS REVISE THIS PLAN?>>JOINING US ARE STATE SENATOR TERRY LINK, WHO REPRESENTS ILLINOIS’ 30TH, WAS SENATE SPONSOR OF THE LEGISLATION THAT EXPANDED GAMING IN THE STATE. AND ALSO ALDERMAN GILBERT VILLEGAS OF THE 36TH WARD WHO IS MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT’S FLOOR LEADING IN THE CITY COUNCIL AND MICHAEL WENZ ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF ECONOMICS AT NORTHEASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY. WELCOME ALL OF YOU TO “CHICAGO TONIGHT.” STATE SENATOR LINK AS ONE OF THE MAIN AUTHORS OF THE BILL DO YOU AGREE WITH THE STUDY THE WAY IT’S WRITTEN A CHICAGO SENIOR IS NOT GOING TO WORK?>>NO, I DON’T AGREE WITH IT AND NO OFFENSE TO THE MAYOR OR ANYBODY ELSE IN THE CITY. I THINK THE PROBLEM WAS THE FIVE LOCATIONS THAT WERE PRESENTED WERE NOT ADEQUATE LOCATIONS TO GAIN THE MOST REVENUE FOR THE CITY OF CHICAGO. AND I THINK THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. AND BY THAT, THEY WOULD HAVE GENERATED MORE MONEY FOR THE CITY AND THAT WAS OUR ULTIMATE GOAL FOR THAT.>>IF THEY PUT A LOCATION PROPOSED SITE AROUND THE LOOP?>>WELL, I THINK AROUND THE LOOP, McCORMICK PLACE, NAVY PIER IN THAT VICINITY AND THEN DID THE STUDY ON IT, THEN IT WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT. I THINK THIS IS A BILLION PLUS CASINO DOLLAR. AND WHEN YOU GET THAT IT WILL BE A POSITIVE ENDEAVOR FOR THE CITY.>>GILBERT VILLEGAS DO YOU AGREE THAT THE SITES ARE WHAT WAS FRAUGHT AND NOT THE FINANCIAL STRUCTURE?>>THE FEASIBILITY STUDY WAS LANGUAGE THAT WAS INSERTED BY THE MAYOR BECAUSE WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT THE STUDY ACTUALLY DETERMINED LOCATIONS AROUND THE CITY TO MAKE SURE THAT IT WAS PROFITABLE AND WOULD GENERATE ENOUGH INCOME FOR THE STATE AS WELL AS THE CITY.>>AND WE ARE LOOKING AT THE PROPOSED LOCATIONS.>>BUT THE STUDY SAYS THAT REGARDLESS OF THE FIVE LOCATIONS IDENTIFIED OR ANYWHERE DOWNTOWN IT’S JUST NOT FEASIBLE.>>AND THE LOCATIONS ARE HARBOR SIDE ON THE SOUTH SIDE, AND WEST SIDE, MICHAEL REESE HOSPITAL, A SITE NEAR GUARANTEED RATE FIELD. MICHAEL WENZ DO YOU AGREE WITH THE CONCLUSION THERE IS NO PRIVATE OPERATOR THAT WILL BE ABLE TO FINANCE THIS IF THE PROFIT MARGIN IS SO LOW?>>I THINK THE STUDY IS NOT PARTICULARLY GOOD SUBSTITUTE FOR A DEVELOPER. A DEVELOPER WHEN THEY REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS A DEVELOPER WILL DO THEIR OWN ANALYSIS AND THE FINANCIERS WILL DO THEIR OWN ANALYSIS. AND WITH REGARDS TO THE FEASIBILITY STUDY THAT LOOKS AT THE FIVE LOCATIONS IT’S LIMITED IN THE QUESTIONS IT CAN ADDRESS. A DEVELOPER WILL FIGURE OUT A WAY TO DO IT PROFITABLY. AND IT’S DIFFICULT TO CONVINCE ME THERE IS NOT A WAY TO RUN A PROFITABLE CASINO IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO SOMEWHERE.>>YOU THINK THERE IS AN OPERATOR OUT THERE TO LOOK INTO THIS AND PAY 72% IN TAXES?>>ONE OF THE NOTES THAT THE STUDY REFERS TO IS THE CASINO IN DOWNTOWN BOSTON IT OPENED AT A COST OF $2 BILLION. THE STUDY ESTIMATED THIS AT $750 MILLION IN CONSTRUCTION AND 700 MILLION IN TAXES AND LICENSES. THAT IS 1.3 BILLION IN DEVELOPMENT COSTS. THE CASINO IN BOSTON IS MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT AND PRIVATE FINANCEERS WERE WILLING TO TAKE THAT GAMBLE.>>MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT SAYS LAWMAKERS NEED TO REDO THIS. IS THERE ANY APPETITE TO DO THAT?>>I DON’T THINK RIGHT NOW. THAT IS WHAT WE’VE BEEN ARGUING AT THIS POINT. WE PUT THE CART AHEAD OF THE HORSE. I THINK AND TRUST ME I DON’T WANT TO TELL THE CITY WHAT TO DO BUT IF THEY BROUGHT A DEVELOPER IN AND HAD SOMEBODY EVEN IF IT WASN’T A PERSON THEY WERE GOING TO HIRE HAVE THEM CHECK THE POSSIBLE SITES TO BE THE BEST FACILITY, THE LOOK AT THE COST FACTORS AND I THINK IT WOULD HAVE HAD A WIN-WIN SITUATION.>>GILBERT VILLEGAS WHO IS A BETTER FINANCIAL STRUCTURE?>>I THINK WHEN WE TAKE A LOOK AT THE TRANSITION THAT OCCURRED FROM MAYOR EMANUEL TO MAYOR LIGHTFOOT AND EVERYTHING THAT WAS GOING ON WITH THE CAPITAL PLAN AND I APPRECIATE SENATOR LINK’S CONTINUING TO WORK ON THIS ISSUE FOR YEARS AND FINALLY IT COMES TO FRUITION SECOND TIME BECAUSE THEY TALKED ABOUT IT AND QUINN VETOED IT AND NOW WE’RE HERE. WE’RE SAYING THAT THE FEASIBILITY STUDY THAT WAS CONDUCTED JUST DOESN’T SHOW ANY LOCATIONS GIVEN THE ONERUS TAXES. I THINK WE SHOULD NOW WITH THE NEW ADMINISTRATION IN THERE WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT IT DURING THE VETO SESSION.>>AND THERE WAS TRANSITION THEY DID NOT HAVE A LOT OF LOBBYING MUSCLE AND YOU MADE THIS POINT IN A TWEET THAT YOU THINK THAT IT WAS THE OTHER GAMING INTERESTS THE COMPETING INTERESTS THAT WROTE THAT INTO THE BILL SO THAT CHICAGO WOULDN’T SUCCEED?>>WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE PREVIOUS LANGUAGE THE CASINO LANGUAGE BEFORE I THINK IT WAS MORE IN FAVOR FOR CHICAGO. AND THIS LANGUAGE THAT COMES OUT I THINK THE STRUCTURE DOESN’T WORK FOR US RIGHT NOW.>>AND MICHAEL WENZ IS THIS CORRECT THIS WOULD BE THE HIGHEST TAX THAT ANY CASINO OPERATOR WOULD PAY IN THE COUNTRY?>>THAT IS CORRECT. THESE ARE HIGH TAX RATES RELATIVE TO OTHER CASINOS.>>IS THERE A STRUCTURE THAT YOU THINK WOULD BE MORE AMENABLE FOR THE CITY AND FOR PRIVATE OPERATOR?>>THE GOALS THERE ARE TWIN GOALS WHEN IT COMES TO CASINO. THE FIRST IS TO CREATE JOBS AND ECONOMIC ACTIVITY AND ECONOMIC GROWTH AND THE SECOND IS TO RAISE TAX REVENUE. AND THOSE TWO WITH REGARDS TO LOCATIONS AND STRUCTURES THOSE DON’T ALWAYS OVERLAP PERFECTLY. THE HIGHEST REVENUE GENERATING LOCATIONS ARE THE ONES WITH THE HIGHEST DEMAND FOR SERVICES, DOWNTOWN AND NAVY PIER AND McCORMICK PLACES. AND THE PLACES THAT DO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DON’T EXACTLY MATCH THAT. IF THE GOAL IS TO GENERATE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND JOBS IT’S GOOD TO FIGURE OUT A WAY TO BE CLOSE TO POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES AND CLOSE TO POTENTIAL GAMBLERS BUT I DON’T WANT THOSE NECESSARILY TO COME FROM THE SAME POPULATION. THE SOUTH SIDE SITES WILL TEND TO DRAW FROM LOCAL NEIGHBORHOODS IN TERMS OF GAMBLERS AND JOBS.>>SENATOR LINK PART OF THE GAMING LEGISLATION IS FIVE OTHER NEW CASINOS ONE IN YOUR STATE SENATE DISTRICT. DOES IT GIVE THE OTHER CASINOS A HEADSTART? STUDIES SAY THERE IS NOT A LOT OF APPETITE FOR MORE GAMING IF MORE CASINOS COME IN IT MIGHT TAKE BUSINESS FROM EXISTING CASINOS?>>IN THIS CASE I DON’T THINK IT WILL HAVE ANY EFFECT FROM ANY ONE OF THE NEW CASINOS AFFECTING THE CHICAGO CASINO. AND AGAIN, I WANT TO ELUDE TO WHAT MICHAEL SAID WHEN YOU ARE LOOKING AT THIS WE ARE TRYING TO LOOK AT OUTSIDE DOLLARS COMING INTO CHICAGO IN THERE. YOU’VE GOT HOTEL ROOMS USED EVERYDAY OF THE YEAR. IF YOU GOT A SMALL PERCENTAGE OF THOSE PEOPLE GOING TO A CASINO IT’S GOING TO BE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL. AND I DON’T THINK WE WANT TO GET — WE CAN USE THIS MONEY WHATEVER MONEY IS GENERATED YOU ARE GETTING IT TO THE POLICE AND FIRE PENSION PAYMENTS. WHICH IS A HUGE SAVINGS AND THAT IS WHY WE DID IT FOR THE CITY IN THAT NATURE. IF WE WERE TO TAKE THIS MONEY AND REDO THE STRUCTURE WHO ARE WE GOING TO TAKE IT FROM? THE STATE OR THE PENSION? AND IF WE DID THAT WE’RE HURTING THE REST OF THE TAXPAYERS OF CHICAGO AND THE STATE OF ILLINOIS.>>YOU ARE SAYING THE STRUCTURE IS SETUP SO THE CITY AND THE STATE CAN GET THE MOST TAX REVENUE. WHAT ABOUT THIS WAS KIND OF PUT IN THERE BY COMPETING GAMING INTERESTS THAT –>>NO. I RESPECT THE ALDERMAN AND KNOWN HIM FOR A LONGTIME. I TELL YOU RIGHT NOW THERE WAS NONE OF THAT THAT WENT ON WHATSOEVER. NO COMPETING INTERESTS. WE AT THE END DECIDED WHAT WAS GOING TO GO IN THE BILL. WE HEARD FROM EVERYBODY THROUGH THE YEARS, YEAR AND YEARS OF WHAT THEY WANTED. AND THEN WE FINE-TUNED THE BILL TO WHAT WE WANTED IT TO SAY AND DO. SO THERE’S GOING TO BE PEOPLE POINTING FINGERS AT A LOT OF THINGS DONE BUT NO COMPETING INTERESTS HAD THAT FOOT IN THE DOOR.>>MATH IS GOING TO BE DIFFICULT IF YOU ARE ASKING LAWMAKERS TO RECONSIDER HOW ARE YOU GOING TO GET SUBURBAN LAWMAKERS AND DOWN STATE LAWMAKERS TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE CITY OF CHICAGO THAT COULD BE NOT SO BENEFICIAL FOR THEM?>>WE HAVE TO REMEMBER THAT THE CITY OF CHICAGO IS THE ENGINE OF THE STATE. AND SO I THINK ALL THE SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES WANT TO SEE CHICAGO SUCCEED BECAUSE IN TURN THE STATE BENEFITS. SO I THINK THAT THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SENATE AND THE GOVERNOR AS WELL TO LOOK AT TAKING ADJUSTING SOME OF THE TAX STRUCTURE SO THAT IT’S BENEFICIAL FOR BOTH THE CITY AND THE STATE.>>MICHAEL WENZ THIS STUDY SAID THAT THE MOST BENEFICIAL STRUCTURE MIGHT BE A CITY-OWNED CASINO WITH A PRIVATE MANAGER. HOW HAVE THOSE TENDED TO WORKOUT IN OTHER CITIES?>>THAT WOULD BE AN UNUSUAL STRUCTURE WITH REGARDS TO URBAN CASINOS. THERE ARE QUITE A FEW TRIBAL-OWNED CASINOS IN THE COUNTRY AND SOME HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND OTHERS NOT. SOME HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL IN GENERATING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN PLACES WHERE IT IS NOT OTHERWISE FORTHCOMING. WITH URBAN CASINOS IN NEW ORLEANS AND DETROIT AND ST. LOUIS ARE PRIVATELY OWNED AND OPERATE UNDER THAT STRUCTURE.>>SENATOR LINK IF LAWMAKERS WERE TO RECONSIDER THIS DO THEY HAVE TO BRING RIVERS TO THE TABLE AND THE FAMILY FROM ARLINGTON PARK TO THE TABLE?>>NO MATTER HOW WE DO THIS WE WILL BE HURTING SOMEBODY. I THINK A LOT OF THINGS THAT COULD BE DONE ON THIS IN SOME OF THE LOCATIONS THAT ARE WERE GRANTED THE LICENSE THEY WILL WORK WITH THE DEVELOPER. THEY MAY RENT SPACE THE LAND THAT THEY GIVE THEM FOR A DOLLAR A YEAR FOR THE NEXT 99 YEARS. I KNOW SOME ARE IN TIF DISTRICTS THEY WILL BE LOOKING FOR TIF MONEY. IF WE WERE TO GO TO SPRINGFIELD AND TRUST ME I’VE BEEN DOING IT A LOT OF YEARS AND IT WAS LIKE HERDING CATS, ONE OF THE BIGGEST PROBLEMS YOU WILL FACE WE DID THIS ALL WE’RE DOING IS MAKING A DEVELOPER RICHER WE ARE NOT HELPING THE CITIZENS OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS OR CHICAGO WE ARE MAKING A DEVELOPER MORE MONEY.>>THERE’S WAYS FOR THE CITY TO SWEETEN THE POT FOR A DEVELOPER.>>CORRECT.>>TERRY LINK AND GILBERT VILLEGAS AND MICHAEL WENZ THANK YOU ALL FOR BEING HERE. THERE’S MORE “CHICAGO TONIGHT” AHEAD. SO PLEASE STAY WITH US.>>AND STILL TO COME ON “CHICAGO TONIGHT”, THIS LITTLE TICK WITH A WHITE SPOT ON ITS BACK IS ALL OVER ILLINOIS. HOW DO YOU AVOID IT? AND HOW TO KNOW IF IT’S GIVEN YOU THE HEARTLAND VIRUS?>>>WHAT MIGHT THE AVERAGE CONSUMER EXPECT AS THE U.S. STOCKS TOOK A HIT?>>>A LOCAL OPERA SINGER SHARES HIS MUSICAL JOURNEY.>>THE HISTORY OF CHICAGO THEATER IS EXPLORED IN A NEW BOOK. WHAT DO POLISH SAW SANDALING AND POTATO CHIPS AND MUSTARD HAVE IN COME? THEY COME TOGETHER TO MAKE A DELICIOUS SNACK.>>FIRST, WE WILL TAKE YOU TO A SHORT BREAK AND ASK YOU TO SUPPORT OUR STATION.>>HELLO I’M PHIL PONCE. “CHICAGO TONIGHT” IS UNIQUE IN THE WORLD OF LOCAL TELEVISION. [ALL TALKING AT ONCE] WE ASK THE TOUGH QUESTIONS YOU WANT ANSWERED. “CHICAGO TONIGHT” HAS THE HONOR OF BRINGING YOU A WIDE VARIETY OF STORIES FROM SOME OF THE BEST JOURNALISTS IN THE CITY AND WE DO IT IN DEPTH OF. NO OTHER CHICAGO TELEVISION STATIONS TACKLELESS THE STORIES WE DO THE WAY WE DO ON THE AIR AND ON-LINE. WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. YOU KNOW THAT INDEPENDENT, UNBIASED JOURNALISM IS MORE IMPORTANT NOW THAN EVER BEFORE. ON FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20, JOIN ME AND MY “CHICAGO TONIGHT” COLLEAGUES FOR A FUN BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE NEW ADMINISTRATIONS IN SPRINGFIELD AND AT CITY HALL. WE WILL EXPLORE THE POLICIES AND THE PLAYERS IN A FREEWHEELING DISCUSSION. AND YOU CAN JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION AS WELL. HERE’S HOW…>>FOR A DONATION OF $100 YOU WILL RECEIVE A TICKET AT THE WTTW STUDIOS IN CHICAGO. GO ON-LINE NOW AT WTTW.COM/NEWS OR CALL 773-588-LEVI LEVI HARGRE>>TICKETS ARE LIMITED SO DON’T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY. IT’S FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH AT OUR WTTW STUDIOS.>>FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS, “CHICAGO TONIGHT” HAS CONNECTED YOU TO YOUR COMMUNITY. YOU CAN TRUST US TO BRING YOU IN-DEPTH UNBIASED COVERAGE OF THE STORIES THAT YOU CARE ABOUT MOST BUT WE CAN ONLY DO IT WITH YOUR HELP.>>PLEASE GO ON-LINE AT WTTW.COM/NEWS. OR CALL… AT $100 EACH FOR A “CHICAGO TONIGHT” BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT SPRINGFIELD AND CITY HALL. YOU CAN JOIN IN THE CONVERSATION AND MEET THE WHOLE “CHICAGO TONIGHT” TEAM.>>THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING THE WORK WE DO AND I LOOK FORWARD TO SEEING YOU HERE IN SEPTEMBER.>>OK HERE IS THE SUBJECT WE WOULD RATHER NOT TALK ABOUT OR THINK ABOUT. TICKS. THE INSECTS ARE SO GOOD AT TRANSMITTING ILLNESSES LIKE LYME DISEASE THAT WE’RE WISE TO GIVE THEM OUR ATTENTION NOW AND THEN. AND NOW IN ILLINOIS WE ARE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR TICKS CARRYING THE HEARTLAND VIRUS. HERE TO TELL US ABOUT THAT AND WEST NILE VIRUS AND VAPING, IS DR. NGOZI EZIKE DIRECTOR OF THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.>>THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME.>>I UNDERSTAND THE HEARTLAND VIRUS IS RELATIVELY NEW?>>IT IS. I WASN’T AWARE OF IT IN MEDICAL SCHOOL. IT WAS ONLY CHARACTERIZED AND IDENTIFIED 10 YEARS AGO. IN THE LAST 10 YEARS THIS CAME ON TO THE RADAR. VERY NEW.>>WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?>>IT’S VERY NONSPECIFIC LIKE ANY FLU-LIKE SYNDROME. FEVER, MALAISE, BODY ACHES, DIARRHEA, INDISTINGUISHABLE FROM OTHER FLU-LIKE ILLNESSES.>>WHAT IS THE TREATMENT?>>THERE IS NO SPECIFIC TREATMENT IT’S SUPPORTIVE CARE IF YOU ARE HAVING DIARRHEA SOMETHING TO HELP CALM THAT. IF YOU ARE HAVING A FEVER, MEDICINES TO DECREASE THE FEVER. PAIN MEDICINES TO DEAL WITH THE BODY ACHES OR THE HEADACHES. IS IT SERIOUS?>>AGAIN, IT BEING SO NEW IT’S HARD TO CHARACTERIZE. WE’VE ONLY HAD ONE CASE THAT WE HAVE HAD HERE IN ILLINOIS. SO IT’S SOMETHING WE ARE STILL LOOKING AT. THE CDC IS NOT EVEN HAVING IT AS A NOTIFIABLE DISEASE YET. BUT THEY ARE ENCOURAGING PEOPLE WHO MAY DIAGNOSE IT TO SHARE THAT INFORMATION.>>YOU SAID YOU’VE HAD ONE HUMAN CASE BUT YOU FOUND LOTS OF TICKS CARRYING THIS?>>WE KNOW THAT THE LONESTAR TICK, UBIQUITOUS IN ILLINOIS, IT DOES CARRY THIS HEARTLAND VIRUS WHICH CAN CAUSE THE DISEASE. PEOPLE MAY BE FAMILIAR WITH THE LONESTAR TICK IT HAS THE WHITE DOT IN THE MIDDLE OF ITS BACK. SINCE THERE IS NOT A TREATMENT, TRY TO AVOID TICKS IN GENERAL.>>LET’S LOOK AT SEVERAL OF THE KINDS OF TICKS. LIKE YOU SAID THEY CAN CARRY DIFFERENT VIRUSES. THE LONESTAR TICK CARRIES THE HEARTLAND VIRUS. WOOD TICKS THE LEAST DANGEROUS. AND THE DEER TICKS CARRY LYME DISEASE WHICH CAN BE QUITE SERIOUS. WHERE SO FAR HAVE THE LONESTAR TICKS BEEN FOUND IN THE STATE?>>IT’S THROUGHOUT THE STATE. IT IS NOT ONE SPECIFIC PART OF THE STATE. LONESTAR TICK HAS BEEN AROUND FOR A WHILE. THE PRESENCE OF THE TICK IS NOT THE ISSUE. IT’S THE NEW VIRUS THAT IT CAN GET INFECTED WITH WHICH IS NEW. IDENTIFIED IN THE LAST 10 YEARS.>>AND WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO PREVENT COMING IN CONTACT WITH THE TICKS?>>IN GENERAL WE KNOW TICKS STAY IN WOODED OR SHRUBBERY IN TALL GRASS IF YOU ARE GOING TO GO THROUGH THOSE AREAS WEAR LONG CLOTHING, GUARDS OR PROTECTIVE CLOTHING. WEAR INSECT REPELLANT SOMETHING THAT CONTAINS OIL OF EUCALYPTUS OR DEET. YOU WANT TO TRY TO AVOID. IF YOU ARE ON A PATH THAT IS WOODED AND GRASSY YOU MIGHT WANT TO STAY IN THE MIDDLE OF THE PATH WHEN YOU RUB AGAINST THE SHRUBBERY THAT THE TICK CAN CRAWL ON TO YOU. IT IS AN OPPORTUNITYIST. IT DOESN’T FLY IF YOU GIVE IT THE OPPORTUNITY IT CAN CRAWL ON TO YOU.>>WE HAVE VIDEO AND IT’S SOMETHING PEOPLE NEED TO SEE NOT THE MOST FUN BUT WE HAVE A LOOK AT WHAT A TICK LOOKS LIKE. BUT IF A TICK HAS LATCHED ON HOW DO YOU REMOVE IT?>>IF YOU HAVE A TICK YOU WANT TO SEE IF YOU CAN GET TWEEZERS WITH A FINE POINT TO GET INTO THE TICK AND GRAB IT FIRMLY AND PULL IT STRAIGHT UP AND OUT. DO NOT USE YOUR BARE HANDS AND YOU WANT TO WASH YOUR HANDS AND THE AREA WITH SOAP AND WATER.>>WHAT DO YOU DO WITH THE TICK?>>LET’S TALK ABOUT VAPING. WE LEARNED TODAY THAT A VAPING GROUP SUED THE GOVERNMENT TO DELAY THE REVIEW OF E-CIGARETTES. WE TALKED ABOUT A NEW REPORT ON VAPING BUT REMIND US WHAT YOU FOUND?>>WE ARE RIGHT NOW IN THE MIDST OF A SERIOUS INVESTIGATION. WE HAVE HAD SIX CON — SIX CASES — THE NUMBER WE’VE GOTTEN MORE CASES, WE HAVE 10 CASES OF ILLNESSES THAT FIT THIS CASE DEFINITION WHERE WE HAVE PEOPLE WHO COME DOWN WITH SEVERE RESPIRATORY ILLNESS. PEOPLE OTHERWISE HEALTHY THAT WE WOULD NOT EXPECT SEVERE ILLNESS THAT ARE THE LINK THAT THEY HAVE VAPED. IT’S RESULTED IN HOSPITALIZATIONS, ICU, HOSPITALIZATIONS. PEOPLE HAVE HAD TO BE ON MECHANICAL VENTILATION. WE HAVE ANOTHER 12 CASES THAT WE ARE LOOKING AT AS POSSIBLY CONNECTED TO THE 10 THAT WE ALREADY KNOW ARE ASSOCIATED WITH THIS. OUR PARTNERS IN WISCONSIN HAVE IDENTIFIED MULTIPLE SIMILAR CASES. WE ARE LOOKING AT THIS WORKING WITH OUR WISCONSIN NEIGHBOR AND INVOLVING THE CDC BUT THIS INVESTIGATION IS ACTIVE AND WE ARE TRYING TO GET INFORMATION.>>IT SEEMS LIKE SOME PEOPLE ARE LURED TO VAPING BECAUSE IT’S THOUGHT TO BE SAFER THAN TOBACCO BUT THAT IS NOT THE CASE WE DON’T KNOW WHAT IS GOING ON.>>THIS IS NEW. WE KNOW MANY, MANY YOUNG PEOPLE HAVE TAKEN THIS ON AND THEY COME IN FLAVORS THAT PEOPLE MAY TRY TO PARTAKE BUT DEFINITELY IT IS — THERE ARE DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH IT. THE CASES WE ARE LOOKING AT RIGHT NOW ARE SUGGESTIVE OF THAT. PEOPLE ARE USING IT IN DIFFERENT WAYS. DIFFERENT PRODUCTS. AND AGAIN, OUR INVESTIGATION IS STILL EARLY BUT WE’RE TRYING TO FIND OUT WHAT EXACTLY WAS HAPPENING WITH ALL OF THESE YOUNG PEOPLE TO HAVE SEVERE ILLNESS ASSOCIATED WITH THE VAPING.>>AND DOCTOR THIS IS THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE HAD YOU ON THE SHOW SINCE YOU TOOK ON THE NEW ROLE THIS YEAR. WHAT ELSE IS ON YOUR RADAR IN YOUR POSITION?>>THERE’S SO MUCH. I’M SO HONORED THAT GOVERNOR PRITZKER GAVE PEE THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE IN THIS CAPACITY. ONE OF THE GOVERNOR’S FIRST EXECUTIVE ORDERS WAS AROUND GETTING TO ZERO ILLINOIS. THAT IS THE AMBITIOUS BUT ATTAINABLE GOAL OF GETTING TO FUNCTIONAL ZERO BY IN 10 YEARS WHERE THE HIV/AIDS VIRUS WILL NO LONGER BE AN ISSUE. WE’RE WORKING HARD TO MAKE THAT SUCCESSFUL SO THAT BY 2030 HIV/AIDS WILL BE A THING OF THE PAST.>>DR. NGOZI EZIKE DIRECTOR OF THE ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH THANK YOU FOR JOINING US.>>THANK YOU.>>AND UP NEXT, PARIS SCHUTZ TALKS TO LOCAL ANALYSTS ABOUT WHAT YESTERDAY’S STOCK MARKET PLUNGE MEANS FOR CONSUMERS. STAY WITH US. RELATIVELY UNEVENTUALLY DAY ON WALL STREET AND ANYONE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR RETIREMENT. THE DOW HAD THE WORST PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR PLUNGING 800 POINTS. SOME ECONOMISTS POINT TO THE U.S. CHINA TRADE WAR AND OTHER INDICATORS THAT A RECESSION COULD BE FORTHCOMING AND PRESIDENT TRUMP LASHED OUT AT THE FEDERAL RESERVE. WHERE DOES THE TRUTH LIE? JOINING US ARE SUSAN SCHMIDT HEAD OF U.S. EQUITY AT AVIVA INVESTORS AND BRIAN BATTLE DIRECTOR THE PERFORMANCE TRUST CAPITAL PARTNERS. WELCOME BACK TO “CHICAGO TONIGHT.”>>SUSAN SCHMIDT IN SHORT WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY?>>GOSH, DOWN 3% IS WHAT HAPPENED. AND WE HAVE NOT SEEN THAT IN A WHILE. THE FIRST TIME WE HAVE SEEN THAT MOVE IN 2019 AND THE STOCK MARKET REACTED VERY BADLY ON CONCERNS THAT GLOBAL GROWTH IS SLOWING. WE SAW NEGATIVE ECONOMIC DATA OUT OF GERMANY WHICH IMPLIES THAT EUROPE MIGHT BE SLOWING AND SAW OK NUMBERS OUT OF CHINA BUT NOT ENOUGH TO COMFORT PEOPLE. THERE’S CONCERN THAT GLOBAL GROWTH IS SLOWING AND THAT LEADS TO U.S. GROWTH SLOWING AS WELL.>>BRIAN BATTLE DO YOU LOOK AT YESTERDAY AS AN ANOMALY OR THE BEGINNING OF A TREND?>>I THINK IT IS AN ANOMALY. IT FEELS LIKE A DISASTER. GOSH, THE WHEELS ARE FALLING OFF BUT YOU LOOK AT THE STOCK MARKET IN THE 12 MONTHS FROM LAST AUGUST TO THIS AUGUST WE ARE UP 1%. THE MARKET IS HOLDING FINE AND IS REFLECTIVE OF THE ECONOMIC GROWTH. LET’S SEPARATE THE TWO THINGS. THE STOCK MARKET IS NOT THE ECONOMY. AND WHAT HAPPENED YESTERDAY WAS HEADLINE RISK AND THE STOCK MARKET TRYING TO ABSORB ALL THIS INTELLECTUAL NEWS.>>HEADLINE RISK.>>THE NEWS, THE POLITICAL RISK WHICH THE MARKET IS NOT GOOD AS PRICING.>>WHAT KIND OF FACTOR IS THE TRADE WAR AND THE U.S. AND CHINA HAVING?>>I THINK IT HAS A BIG IMPACT ON THE MARKET. C.E.O.S HAD A CHANCE TO TALK ABOUT HOW THEIR BUSINESSES WERE PERFORMING AND THEY WERE RELUCTANT TO BE OVERLY CONFIDENT. UNTIL THEY HAVE A GOOD IDEA OF WHAT THE TRADE WARS AND NEW TARIFFS MEAN THEY CANNOT DESCRIBE HOW THEIR PROFITABILITY OF THE COMPANIES MIGHT BE CHANGED.>>THERE IS A LOT OF UNCERTAINTY. AND SPEAKING HOW THE FUTURE WILL GO, THE NOTION OF THE INVERTED YIELD CURVE HAS BEEN THRUST INTO THE PUBLIC CONSCIOUSNESS. BRIAN BATTLE, WHAT IS THAT?>>THE INVERTED YIELD CURVE IF YOU LEND SOMEBODY MONEY FOR A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME A LOW INTEREST RATE AND A LONG-TERM HIGHER RATE. LONG-TERM YIELDS ARE LOWER THAN SHORT-TERM YIELDS AND THAT IS NOT TYPICAL. CONCERN ABOUT THE INVERTED YIELD CURVE IT USUALLY SIGNALS A RECESSION BUT THIS TIME IT’S INVERTED BECAUSE OF CENTRAL BANK POLICY. WE ARE IN A PERIOD OF EXPERIMENTAL MONETARY POLICY. WE HAVE HAD LOW RATES FOR 10 YEARS UNEXPECTED THINGS HAPPEN LIKE THE YIELD CURVE CONVERTS AND THE STOCK MARKET ROLLS AROUND.>>YOU ARE SAYING THE INVERSION IS NOT A RESULT OF PEOPLE EXPECTING A RECESSION BUT PEOPLE EXPECTING A TIGHTENING OF RATES FROM THE FED?>>IT IS A RESULT OF PEOPLE WONDERING WHAT IS GOING ON AND I NEED SAFETY. THE FLIGHT TO SAFETY I WILL PARK IT LARGELY INTERNATIONAL. IN THE U.S. WE ARE DOING WELL. THE U.S. CONSUMER HELD STRONG RETAIL SALES THIS MORNING POSITIVE 1%. AND I THINK THAT SPEAKS TO THE STRENGTH OF THE SPEND HERE IN THE U.S. PEOPLE ARE WORRIED INTERNATIONALLY. 70% OF GLOBAL YIELDS ARE NEGATIVE. WE HAVE A LOT OF INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS SEEKING SAFETY COMING TO BUY OUR BONDS OUR LONG DATED BONDS PUSHING THAT YIELD DOWN AND WE ARE GETTING THE INVERSION AND OTHERS SEEK SAFETY IN OUR MARKETS.>>BRIAN BATTLE THE PRESIDENT CONTINUED TO LASH OUT AT THE FED. DOES HE HAVE A POINT THAT THE FEDS STARTED RAISING RATES COULD QUICKLY TO PREVENT THE OVERHEATED ECONOMY?>>I DON’T THINK SO. THE RESERVE HAS RATES AT A LOW LEVEL AND A QUARTER POINT HIGHER WILL NOT AFFECT THE ECONOMY. THAT IS POLITICS. THAT IS WHAT WE ARE FEELING THIS POLITICAL TENSION, FED IS MAD AND WILL THAT TURN INTO ECONOMIC DAMAGE? THAT IS WHAT THE MARKET IS TRYING TO PRICE IN. WE ARE USED TO THE PRESIDENT SAYING EXTRAORDINARY THINGS AND USING TWITTER BUT NOW HE IS TAKING ONE OF OUR BIGGEST TRADING PARTNERS AND THREATENING THEM AND THAT TURNS INTO A ECONOMIC PROBLEM. TO SUSAN’S POINT THE CONSUMER HELD UP WELL. THE ECONOMY IS OK IT’S NOT A DISASTER. WHAT WE’RE SEEING IN THE MARKET IS HEADLINE THE NEWS BOUNCING THE MARKET AROUND NOT A LACK OF CONFIDENCE.>>I DO THINK WE HAVE GONE THROUGH SEVERAL ROUNDS OF TARIFFS AND THE NEXT WAS GOING TO IMPACT THE CONSUMER MORE AND I THINK THAT IS WHY THE MARKET GOD SKIDDISH. WE ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER WHEN PEOPLE GO ON VACATION. THE MARKET IS MORE KNEE-JERK REACTIVE AND YOU SAW THAT NERVOUSNESS REFLECTED IN THE PRICE MOVEMENT.>>AND THE PRESIDENT KEEPS SAYING THE TRADE WAR IS AFFECTING CHINA’S ECONOMY MORE THAN THE U.S. IS THERE EVIDENCE TO SUPPORT THAT?>>ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. YOU HAVE TO BE CAREFUL AT THE STATISTICS COMING OUT OF CHINA WE ARE NOT SURE HOW GOOD THEY ARE. BUT THEY ARE ADMITTING THEIR ECONOMY IS SLOWING DOWN. YES, THEY ARE ADMITTING IT’S SLOWING DOWN MEANS IT’S REALLY SLOWING DOWN IT IS AFFECTING CHINA. THE QUESTION IS WHO HAS MORE PATIENCE? WILL THE CHINESE WAIT OUT PRESIDENT TRUMP UNTIL HE GETS UNELECTED OR WILL TRUMP HANG IN THERE TOUGH?>>IT IS A POLITICAL GEOPOLITICAL GAME OF CHICKEN. SUSAN SCHMIDT WHEN THE U.S. ECONOMY IS PERFORMING OK BUT THERE ARE GLOBAL INDICATORS THAT THE ECONOMY IS NOT DOING WELL AND CHINA’S ECONOMY IS INTERTWINED WHAT WINS OUT?>>WE DON’T KNOW AND THAT IS WHAT THE MARKET IS WONDERING. THERE IS NO CLEAR-CUT ANSWER. I THINK THE RETAIL NUMBERS WE SAW TODAY WERE IMPORTANT. WE WILL GET NUMBERS ON CONSUMER CONFIDENCE TOMORROW AND THOSE NUMBERS HAVE HELD UP WELL AND THE CONSUMER FEELS GOOD WHERE THEY ARE. 70% OF OUR GDP IS FROM THE CONSUMER SPEND AS LONG AS THE CONSUMER CONFIDENCE HOLDS WE SHOULD BE ALL RIGHT.>>RECESSIONS ARE CAUSED OR DRIVEN BY OR SUSTAINED BY CONFIDENCE. IF AVERAGE PEOPLE ARE LIKE I’M NOT SURE IF I WILL HAVE A JOB I’M NOT SURE I SHOULD BUY THAT CAR.>>WE TALK OURSELVES INTO THE PROBLEM.>>IF THERE ARE GLOBAL INDICATORS THAT THE GLOBAL ECONOMY IS SLOWING DOWN EVEN IF THE U.S. ECONOMY IS STRONG, DOES THAT PULL THE U.S. DOWN?>>NOT NECESSARILY. BECAUSE THE U.S. DEPENDS ON DOMESTIC SPENDING. CHINA IS AN EXPORT ECONOMY THEY DEPEND ON SELLING STUFF TO US. THE U.S. CAN BE SELF SUSTAINING IT GETS MORE EXPENSIVE OR CHEAPER. BUT THE U.S. IS THE DRIVER OF GLOBE AT GDP AND WHAT HAPPENS HERE MATTERS TO EVERYONE ELSE.>>SUSAN SCHMIDT DO YOU THINK WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A RECESSION?>>NO, I DON’T THINK WE HAVE TO WATCH THE CONSUMER. AND THE RETAIL NUMBERS TODAY AND IN GENERAL OK REPORTS FROM COMPANIES ON THEIR EARNINGS IN THE SECOND QUARTER LEAD US TO THINK THAT THINGS ARE STABLE AND THIS BUSINESSES HAVE POSITIVE OPERATING MARGIN AHEAD.>>AND BRIAN BATTLE YOU WOULD ADVISE FOLKS LEAVE YOUR MONEY ALONE YOU ARE FINE?>>KNOW WHAT YOU OWN. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD BALANCE BUT DON’T WATCH THE HEADLINES. THE MARKETS ARE DRIVEN BY TRADERS RIGHT NOW AND ALL THIS POLITICAL STUFF. CONCENTRATE ON WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE ECONOMY. WE TALK TO LENDERS AROUND THE COUNTRY AND THEY ARE LENDING. THE ECONOMY IS DOING ALL RIGHT. IT’S DIFFERENT REGION TO REGION BUT THE ECONOMY IS OK. JUST YOU HAVE TO HANG IN THERE AND MAKE SURE YOU HAVE DISCIPLINE AND YOU HAVE TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND WHERE YOUR INVESTMENTS ARE.>>SUSAN SCHMIDT AND BRIAN BATTLE.>>IGNORE THE NOISE AND GO FOR IT.>>SHORT AND SWEET. SUSAN SCHMIDT AND BRIAN BATTLE THANK YOU.>>ONE YEAR TURNED INTO 10 FOR KEANON KYLES WHEN HE PUT HIS DREAM ON HOLD BY TAKING A JOB TO PAY THE BILLS AND HE DECIDED TO TAKE HIS PASSION AND CAREER SERIOUSLY BY PURSUING IT FULL-TIME. ANGEL IDOWU SHARES A STORY OF HOW KYLES DETERMINATION DELIVERED HIM TO THE DOORS OF CARNEGIE HALL. [♪♪♪]>>WHILE OTHER KIDS WERE WATCHING CARTOONS OR PLAYING SPORTS AFTER SCHOOL, KEANON KYLES WAS SINGING. [♪♪♪] AT AGE EIGHT HE JOINED THE CHICAGO CHILDREN’S CHOIR AND WOULD SING THERE UNTIL HE WAS 18. IT WAS DURING THOSE 10 YEARS KYLES SAYS HE GAINED AN APPRECIATION FOR CLASSICAL AND OPERA MUSIC.>>IT WAS SUCH AN AMAZING THING TO STAND NEXT TO MIGHT JOHN NOTHDURFT BEEN IN THE SAME SOCIAL CLASS BUT WE HAD ONE GOAL AND THAT WAS TO MAKE MUSIC AND NOTHING ELSE MATTERED. AND THAT IS WHERE I GAINED MY LOVE FOR MUSIC AND DIVERSITY.>>AMONG THAT DIVERSE GROUP OF PEOPLE, KYLES WAS NOT AWARE OF THE POWER OF HIS VOICE. [♪♪♪] IT WASN’T UNTIL HE WAS SINGING WHILE ATTENDING MORGAN PARK HIGH SCHOOL THAT HE REALIZED HIS POTENTIAL. WHILE HIS PEERS WERE SINGING JAZZ AND GOSPEL MUSIC, KYLES WAS SINGING IN ITALIAN.>>MY MUSIC WAS RICHARD AND RICHARD GIVE ME MY FIRST ART SONG CLASSICAL SONG AND IT WAS … AND WE WERE WORKING ON IT AND HE WAS TEACHING ME THE ITALIAN AND I WAS LIKE WOW MAYBE I DO HAVE LIKE… [♪♪♪]>>KYLES WENT ON TO STUDY MUSIC AT COLUMBIA COLLEGE, CHICAGO. WHEN IT CAME TIME TO GRADUATE HE WAS FACED WITH A HARD CHOICE: PURSUE HIS PASSION OR PAY THE BILLS? BUT THAT DID NOT STOP KYLES. HE CONTINUED TO TRAIN WITH THE MAN WHOM HE DESCRIBES AS HIS MUSICAL FATHER.>>ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS THAT ANDY DOES, CELEBRATES MY ACCOMPLISHMENTS BUT AFTER THAT HE WILL GIVE ME ROOM FOR GROWTH.>>WHAT SETS KEANON KYLES APART, I THINK IS THAT HE IS A HARD WORKER. HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE MOLLY CODDLED HE WANTS TO BE CHALLENGED AND HE KNOWS WHEN THERE ARE CHALLENGES IT MEANS THERE ARE THINGS THAT HE HAS A TARGET FOR, THINGS WHERE HE CAN SEE HIS OWN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT.>>NOW, KEANON KYLES SPENDS SEVERAL HOURS A DAY TRAINING YOUNG SINGERS AND WHEN HE IS ENCOURAGING THEM TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES HE IS ENCOURAGING HIMSELF.>>SOMETIMES I HAVE TO LOOK BACK AFTER I’M DONE AND SAY, I THINK I NEED TO WORK ON THAT AS WELL. AS A TEACHER THEY EXPECT YOU TO HAVE THE RIGHT ANSWERS AND BE CONFIDENT AND BE STRONG. BUT WE ALSO HAVE THOSE SAME INSECURITIES. AND SOMETIMES WORKING THROUGH THOSE INSECURITIES WITH THEM HELPS ME TO LIKE FIND THINGS ABOUT MYSELF THAT I NEED TO BETTER.>>KYLES DETERMINATION LED HIM TO A ROLE IN CHICAGO OPERA THEATER’S MOBY DICK. HE WAS INVITED BACK FOR THE WORLD PREMIER OF FREEDOM HALL IN SPRING 2020. BUT THE SHOW DOES NOT STOP THERE.>>GOING TO CARNEGIE HALL IN THE FALL AND I WILL BE DOING A SMALL LITTLE PRIVATE RECITAL. I’M EXCITED FOR THAT.>>AND SAYS AFTER BEING DENIED SEVEN TIMES BY THE LYRIC OPERA OF CHICAGO HE WAS INVITED TO BE A PART OF THEIR OUTREACH PROGRAM LYRIC UNLIMITED.>>I WILL BE WORKING WITH THEM IN THE FALL. THEY ARE DOING NEW OPERA CALLED EARTH TO KINSIE. AND THE OUTREACH PROGRAM GOES AROUND TO CPS SCHOOLS AND PERFORMS LIKE THIS OPERA FOR THE STUDENTS.>>KYLES HOPES TO INFLUENCE CPS STUDENTS LONG-TERM HELPING THEM REALIZE THEIR POTENTIAL THE SAME WAY HIS MENTORS HELPED HIM.>>I AM COMMON POSING MY OWN OPERA CALLED THE PILOT FINDING YOUR WINGS. AND IT IS REALLY TO ENGAGE THE YOUTH AND CHILDREN OF CHICAGO. AND I’M GEARING IT TOWARDS SCHOOLS THAT ARE AT RISK AND LOW INCOME AREAS. JUST SO THEY CAN SEE SOMEBODY THERE WHO LOOKS LIKE THEM AND GIVE THEM HOPE AND INSPIRE THEM TO DO SOMETHING THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THE NORM.>>FOR “CHICAGO TONIGHT” I’M ANGEL IDOWU.>>KYLES WILL PERFORM IN CHICAGO OPERA THEATER’S PREMIER OF FREEDOM RIDE FEBRUARY 8-16 AT ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY’S THEATER. AND TO BRANDIS.>>A NEW BOOK TAKES A STUDS TURK KELL APPROACH TO THE THEATER SCENE. IT IS AN ORAL HISTORY TOLD BY THE PEOPLE WHO MADE IT. AND JOINING US IS THE AUTHOR AND INTERVIEWER, MARK LARSON THE MAN WHO MADE THE BOOK. THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. BEFORE WE GET TO THE BOOK WE HAVE A TREAT. IT IS A CLIP OF YOU ON WTTW BACK IN 1995 WHEN YOU WON THE GOLDEN APPLE AWARD. WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER FROM THAT DAY? THERE YOU ARE.>>LOOK AT ME!>>YOU STARTED AS AN EDUCATOR.>>I WAS TOLD THERE WOULD BE A SURPRISE I DID NOT KNOW THAT WAS IT.>>HOW DID YOU MAKE THE TURN FROM EDUCATOR TO THEATER BUFF AND WRITING A BOOK?>>I WAS A TEACHER IN TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL FOR 14 YEARS AND I LOVED DOING IT. I WAS OFFERED A JOB AT THE FIELD MUSEUM AND THAT PLUCKED ME OUT OF THE CLASSROOM FOR A WHILE. WENT FROM THAT TO LINCOLN PARK ZOO AND TAUGHT AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL AND ONCE I RETIRED FROM TEACHING AT THE UNIVERSITY, I STARTED ON THE BOOK.>>ABOUT THE BOOK WHAT DID YOU CHOOSE TO CALL IT ENSEMBLE?>>I KNEW EARLY ON THAT’S THE TITLE. BECAUSE TWO THINGS, REALLY; CHICAGO’S KNOWN FOR ITS ENSEMBLES THE STEPPENWOLF, BLACKEN SEMBLE THEATER, GIFT THEATER BUT ON ANOTHER LEVEL I WAS PICKING UP FROM THE INTERVIEWS I WAS DOING THAT THE WHOLE CITY THE THEATER COMMUNITY TENDS TO OPERATE AS AN ENSEMBLE. WHETHER HELPING EACH OTHER OUT, THEY ARE WORKING TOGETHER TRYING TO MAKE THE OTHER LOOK GOOD THE WAY AN ENSEMBLE WOULD.>>YOU WRITE ABOUT THE ROOTS OF THE FOLKS AND WE HAVE PICTURES OF TWO FROM YOUR INTERVIEWS. TRACY LETS AND MICHAEL SHANNON. TELL US ABOUT THEIR EARLY DAYS.>>REALLY INTERESTING STORY ABOUT THE EARLY DAYS. MICHAEL SHANNON WAS 17 YEARS OLD AND AUDITIONED FOR A SHOW AT THE NEXT LAB IN EVANSTON. AND TRACY WAS GOING TO BE IN THAT. AND DEXTER BULLARD WAS THE DIRECTOR. AND THEY COULDN’T DECIDE IF THEY REALLY WANTED THIS GUY. HE IS 17 YEARS OLD AND THEY SAW RAW TALENT KEPT SAYING HE IS GOOD BUT DOES HE HAVE THE DISCIPLINE THAT WE NEED? AND TRACY AND DEXTER WENT BACK AND FORTH AND FINALLY DECIDED THEY ARE GOING TO HIRE HIM. BUT WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT THAT IS MICHAEL SAYS IN THE BOOK THAT IT’S NO EXAGGERATION TO SAY THAT THAT CONVERSATION LED TO EVERYTHING ELSE THAT HAPPENED IN MY LIFE.>>IT ALL WORKED OUT FOR HIM.>>PRETTY WELL.>>AND YOU DEDICATE A CHAPTER TO TRACY LET’S PLAY WHAT IS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT SHOW?>>THAT WAS A HUGE SHOW. AND A HUGE UNDERTAKING FOR THEM. AND I THINK IT WAS A TURNING POINT FOR STEPPENWOLF, TOO. THEY UTILIZED A LOT OF THEIR ENSEMBLE AND WORKED AS AN ENSEMBLE. AND WHAT IS INTERESTING ABOUT IT WAS PARTWAY THROUGH THE REHEARSAL PROCESS THEY STARTED GOING THIS IS REALLY GOOD AND I WONDER WHAT THIS IS HAPPEN. AND THEY WERE BETTING IT WAS GOING TO GO TO NEW YORK. AND THE CAST WAS TRYING TO ENVISION WHO IS GOING TO NEW YORK. AND WHO ARE THEY GOING TO CAST. AND THEY ENDED UPTAKING THE CAST TO BROADWAY. AND I THINK IT GARNERED SIX TONI TONY’S IT GUT A PULITZER PRIZE PRIZE AND WENT TO LONDON AND AUSTRALIA AND BECAME A VERY, VERY IMPORTANT SHOW FOR THEM.>>ANOTHER ONE THAT TURNED OUT OK.>>THAT TURNED OUT WELL, TOO.>>THEATER CAN BE A CUT-THROAT BUSINESS BUT PLAY NICE IS THE THEME THAT EMERGES IN YOUR BOOK?>>WELL THERE IS A LOT OF NOT PLAYING NICE, TOO. THERE IS SOME OF THAT. BUT IT’S NOT WHAT I WAS LOOKING FOR. I WAS INTERVIEWED SOMEBODY ASKED ME FOR JUICEY STORIES. AND IT IS NOT ABOUT JUICEY STORIES IT’S HOW THE COMMUNITY CAME TOGETHER.>>AND OVER THE YEARS SOME THEATERS HAVE COME AND GONE AND OTHERS ARE GOING STRONG. WHAT IS THE KEY TO THE SUCCESS? IS IT A MATTER OF ADAPTATION OR DYING?>>YES. IT IS ABOUT ADAPTATION, I THINK. AND REINVENTING YOURSELF THAT IS A BIG COMPONENT. SOME OF THOSE THAT WENT AWAY WENT AWAY AT A TIME WHEN THERE WERE PEOPLE WHO STARTED TO GET TO BECOME FAMOUS. WILLIAM PETERSON. WILLIAM H. MACY. BECAME FAMOUS AND THEY STARTED TAKING OFF AND WHAT YOU END UP WITH IS WHERE IS THE COMPANY THAT THE AUDIENCE WAS COMING TO SEE? WHERE ARE THOSE FOLKS? AND THAT WAS HARD TO SUSTAIN IF YOU DON’T TAKE A MOMENT TO STOP AND SAY WELL, HOW DO WE REINVENT OURSELVES WITHOUT THE FOLKS AND STEPPENWOLF HAS DONE A GOOD JOB.>>MANY LAUNCHED CAREERS FROM HERE IN CHICAGO. AND WE HAVE ALAN ARKIN ON STAGE 60 YEARS AGO. WHAT DID HE SAY ABOUT HIS TIME IN CHICAGO?>>HE IS IN HIS 80s AND I ASKED HIM WHEN YOU LOOK BACK ON YOUR TIME IN CHICAGO WHAT IS THAT LIKE FOR YOU? AND I WAS SURPRISED BY HIS RESPONSE. HE SAID WHEN I LOOK BACK ON IT, I SOMETIMES THINK MAYBE I WOULD HAVE BEEN SMARTER TO STAY IN CHICAGO BECAUSE THERE WAS A REAL FAMILY FEEL THERE. THERE WAS US AGAINST THE WORLD FEELING AT SECOND CITY AND IT MEANT A LOT TO HIM. AND THAT IT STUCK WITH HIM OVERALL THE DECADES WAS PROFOUND TO ME.>>YOU MENTIONED DAVID AND LAST YEAR WE HAD HIM AS A GUEST BUT YOU SEEM TO HAVE A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE?>>DY NOT HAVE THAT EXPERIENCE. I REQUESTED AND REQUESTED AN INTERVIEW AND I HEARD FROM HIS ASSISTANT WHO SAID DAVID DOESN’T DO INTERVIEWS ANYMORE BUT WHAT HE WILL DO IF YOU SEND ME QUESTIONS, HE WILL GIVE YOU WRITTEN RESPONSES. AND THAT’S REALLY NOT MY STYLE HERE. I LIKE TO HAVE A CONVERSATION I LIKE TO SEE WHERE THE CONVERSATION GOES. SO IT WAS AUK WAFERRED. I PRESENTED HIM WITH 10 QUESTIONS LOOKING BACK THEY WERE NOT THAT GREAT. AND I DIDN’T DO A GOOD JOB WITH THAT.>>AND YOU HAD A LOT OF CONVERSATIONS. AND YOU SPOKE WITH HARRY LENNOX, LORI METCALFE AND DAVID SCHWIMMER, DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE INTERVIEW? PICKING A CHILD, I KNOW.>>A FAVORITE — CAN I GIVE YOU TWO?>>YOU CAN.>>ONE IS WOMAN JOYCE PRIVILEGE VEN PART OF THE [INAUDIBLE] SHE STAYED HERE IN CHICAGO FROM 1953 AND SHE TOOK TIME AWAY, BUT THEN CAME BACK, CREATED THE WORKSHOP THAT CREATED WHERE HENRY LENNOX WAS. AND LACY FROM ROSEANN AND THE CONNORS. AND SHE STAYED UNTIL A FEW YEARS AGO WHEN SHE WAS BECOMING OLDER AND NEEDED TO BE CLOSER TO HER CHILDREN IN LA. SHE PROFOUNDLY AFFECTED ME. I BECOME TEARY WHEN I THINK ABOUT HER. SOMETHING ABOUT HER PERSEVERANCE AND DEDICATION MEANT A LOT TO ME AND I KEPT GOING BACK TO HER.>>AND THE SECOND ONE?>>ALAN ARKIN. HE WAS A HERO OF MINE AS A KID. I REMEMBER WATCHING CATCH 22 AND THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING AND LOVING THE MOVIES SO I WAS NERVOUS BUT PARTWAY THROUGH WE BOTH HE WAS VERY RELAXED. I FINALLY RELAXED WITH HIM. AND I CHERISHED THAT INTERVIEW. I DO.>>EXCELLENT. CONGRATS ON THE BOOK. THE BOOK IS CALLED, “ENSEMBLE: AN ORAL HISTORY OF CHICAGO THEATER” AND YOU CAN READ AN EXCERPT ON OUR WEBSITE.>>CHIPS AND SAUSAGE, MUSTARD ON TOP AND IT IS A CLASSIC CHICAGO LUNCH. ON OUR SUMMER WEB SERIES DEEP FRYDAYS OUR FEARLESS COOKS ERICA GUNDERSON AND NICK SPOSATO TAKE THOSE NICK BLUM BERG TAKE THOSE DOWN.>>THIS WEEK WE ARE GOING TO THE LAND OF SAUSAGE.>>POLISH SAUSAGE. KIELBASA THIS IS A DELICIOUS SMOKED MEAT DELICACY.>>WE ARE GOING TO A DOUBLE WHAMMY. WE ARE GOING TO CRUST THE SAUSAGE IN CRUSHED POTATO DIPS.>>IT SMELLS GOOD AND IT LOOKS INTRIGUING.>>WE ARE GETTING GOOD REFRIED CHIP BITS.>>THAT WOULD BE GOOD.>>I’M NOT A SAUSAGE GUY FOR A FRY GUY.>>YOU CAN CHECK OUT EVERYTHING FROM DELIGHTFUL DEEP DISH TO A BROWNIE DISASTER ON WTTW.COM/NEWS.>>AND THAT IS OUR SHOW. DON’T FORGET TO STAY CONNECTED BY SIGN UP FOR YOUR DAILY BRIEFING. AND YOU CAN GET “CHICAGO TONIGHT” STREAMED ON Facebook, YouTube AND WTTW.COM/NEWS. YOU CAN ALSO GET THE SHOW VIA PODCAST AND THE PBS VIDEO APP. AND JOIN US TOMORROW NIGHT AT 7:00 P.M. FOR THE WEEK IN REVIEW.>>AN UPDATE TO A STORY FROM EARLIER: MAYOR LORI LIGHTFOOT NAMED A NEW DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS, HE IS MICHAEL CONTROLLY, THE — CROWLEY THE CURRENT CHIEF OF STAFF OF AFTER SCHOOL MATTERS. AND THE CHICAGO AIR AND WATER SHOW COMING UP. CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE FOR EVENTS FOR THE WEEKEND. FOR ALL OF US HERE AT “CHICAGO TONIGHT” I’M PARIS SCHUTZ.>>AND I’M BRANDIS FRIEDMAN. THANK YOU FOR WATCHING. HAVE A GOOD NIGHT. [♪♪♪]

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