Eric Zorn: Chicago Tribune Columnist

How did Lori Lightfoot achieve her crushing victory to become Chicago’s next mayor? Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn weighs in on the election results, the future of the city, the bumbled Jussie Smollett case – and the real burning question behind the college admissions scandal!

Chicago Mayoral Election Day With Mary Ann Ahern, NBC-5 Political Reporter

As the polls open and Chicagoans head out to elect their next mayor, veteran Chicago political reporter Mary Ann Ahern breaks it all down. Who’s favored? Who ran a great campaign and who ran theirs into the ground? What’s at stake for the city – and can ANYONE solve Chicago’s biggest problems? Ahern has the answers.

The Pro: Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief

What can the next mayor of Chicago actually accomplish? And what does the city’s history have to do with that question? Lynn Sweet is the one to ask. Now the Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, Lynn cut her teeth on Chicago politics and still reports on the city’s happenings. There is no one who knows politics on Capitol Hill and the White House better than Lynn, so we also talk about 2020 and the state of Journalism in the era of Trump.

Arizona Congressman Tom O’Halleran: Chair, Blue Dog Coalition

Can the new Democratic House Majority get anything done in 2019? U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) says new members from his own party have to find a way to work together, or they’ll have a short shelf life: “If the Democrats in Congress don’t lead, they’re at risk again… I think the American people sent a very clear signal – we want you to do better. And you better.”

The Media Mediator: Annafi Wahed, Founder of

Who would embark upon a “mission to bridge the gap between liberals and conservatives?” Annafi Wahed would. The founder of is working every day to get American news consumers out of their bubbles! Listen to Annafi talk about the state of American politics, our media blind spots – and the solutions her team is serving up on these civic challenges!

Social Justice Champion: Evelyn Diaz, President of Heartland Alliance & R.E.A.D.I. Chicago

“As a society, we have so demonized this population. But they just want what most people want, which is a little stability and safety, and they want their kids to be safe.” Evelyn Diaz is one of the most fierce and effective social justice champions in the country. President of Heartland Alliance, Evelyn is now taking on Chicago gun violence with a groundbreaking approach that just might prove to be transformational.

Ultimate Coach: Allison Task, Author, “Personal (R)evolution”

“You are in the driver’s seat and you can decide where you want to go TAKE THE WHEEL!” Allison Task, author of Personal (R)evolution, is the kind of personal coach who walks the walk. Using her career background and life story, she had helped thousands of people “to do that thing you’ve always wanted to do!”

Corruption Fighter: Jennifer Rodgers, Exec. Dir., Center for the Advancement of Integrity

“Congress is really policing itself and that’s a huge, huge problem. It’s not really meaningful oversight.” From the settlements of sexual harassment claims on Capitol Hill to the lawsuits pending against the Trump administration, Jennifer Rodgers sounds off about corruption in government. The head of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity also describes HOW her team is helping cities and states across the country to FIGHT political corruption!

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