Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson

Sunday Spin: Politics with Rick Pearson

Episodes

  • David Kidwell: shocking discoveries regarding red light cameras

    Jul 21, 2014 | 19 min
    Tribune reporter David Kidwell wrote a lengthy, incredible piece for the Chicago Tribune this week on Chicago’s recent red light camera scandal. He joins Rick Pearson to discuss the ins and outs of writing the article, as well as the …
  • Rep. Tom Cross: the treasurer’s office needs integrity

    Jul 21, 2014 | 18 min
    State rep. Tom Cross is the Republican nominee for state treasurer. He joined Rick Pearson in-studio to discuss his plans for the office, pension, income tax, and more.       …
  • If not Toni, then who? John Byrne on the search for a mayoral candidate

    Jul 21, 2014 | 17 min
    Tribune City Hall reporter John Byrne joins Rick Pearson to discuss Toni Preckwinkle’s announcement that she is definitely not running against Rahm for the mayor’s office. This brings unions and other social groups to a hard place- where will they …
  • The Sunday Spin – Full Show 07/20/14

    Jul 21, 2014 | 73 min
    On the Sunday Spin: Tribune reporter David Kidwell, John Byrne, and the Republican nominee for State Treasurer, Rep. Tom Cross. All of this and more!     …
  • Sen. Mike Frerichs : what we need in a State Treasurer

    Jul 13, 2014 | 17 min
    IL state Sen. Mike Frerichs, Democratic nominee for state treasurer, joins Rick Pearson. They discuss Illinois’ financial mess, and he gives his ideas on solutions for some of our messiest problems.       …
  • The Sunday Spin – Full Show (July 13)

    Jul 13, 2014 | 71 min
    This time on The Sunday Spin: Rick’s weekly recap of local and national politics, NBC 5′s Mary Ann Ahern, Professor David Merriman, and state Sen. Mike Frerichs.     …
  • Professor David Merriman: pension law & the state financial crisis

    Jul 13, 2014 | 16 min
    Professor David Merriman from the University of Illinois-Chicago joins Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin. They discuss what will happen next in the state and cities after the recent state Supreme Court pension-related ruling. How does this affect the state’s …
  • Mary Ann Ahern: Chicago’s response to rising violence

    Jul 13, 2014 | 18 min
    NBC 5′s own Mary Ann Ahern joins Rick Pearson for the Sunday Spin. They discuss Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the aftermath of the violence-plagued July 4th holiday weekend. What was his reaction…and the city’s?     …
  • Full Show – July 6, 2014

    Jul 6, 2014 | 75 min
    On The Sunday Spin: AFSCME Council 31′s Anders Lindall on Thursday’s state Supreme Court decision and its affect on pension law changes; state Sen. Jason Barickman on the deepening investigation into Gov. Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence grant initiative and Politico’s chief …
  • Politico’s chief columnist Roger Simon: politicians should speak less, think first

    Jul 6, 2014 | 16 min
    After 10 weeks in Chicago, Politico’s chief columnist Roger Simon is on with Rick Pearson to discuss the highs and lows of the Windy City. Rick also asks Simon about a recent article– do politicians talk too much? Do they …
  • Sen. Jason Barickman: Gov. Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence grant initiative

    Jul 6, 2014 | 18 min
    State Sen. Jason Barickman joins Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin. He discusses the deepening investigation into Gov. Quinn’s 2010 anti-violence grant initiative, as well as the state budget, which he describes as “one of the worst budgets we’ve ever …
  • Anders Lindall: IL Supreme Court & pension law

    Jul 6, 2014 | 20 min
    AFSCME Council 31′s Anders Lindall joins Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin. He discusses Thursday’s state Supreme Court decision and its affect on pension law changes.     …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – July 6

    Jul 6, 2014 | 8 min
    This week was full of landmark rulings and political changes – Rick has the latest in case you missed any of it!     …
  • The South Loop Neighbors: enhancing quality of life in the South Loop

    Jun 30, 2014 | 16 min
    Dorothy Miaso and Jaqi Green, board members of the South Loop Neighbors, join Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin. The South Loop Neighbors are an organization of community members striving to make the area a quality place to live. They …
  • ABC News Political Director Rick Klein

    Jun 30, 2014 | 16 min
    ABC News political director, Rick Klein, joins Rick Pearson to discuss the latest in political news. They discuss the upcoming Republican national convention in Dallas, immigration reform, the happenings in the Senate and recent election results.       …
  • Rep. Mike Quigley: noise pollution around Chicago’s airports

    Jun 30, 2014 | 18 min
    Congressman Mike Quigley joins Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin. They discuss hot issues in local and national politics, including noise regulations and environmental impact surrounding Chicago’s airports. They also discuss other issues in transportation, including necessary upkeep and gas …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap: June 29

    Jun 30, 2014 | 9 min
    It was a busy week in politics, and Rick has it covered. This weekly recap includes: Hillary and Bill, election results, and Boehner’s latest.   …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – June 22

    Jun 22, 2014 | 5 min
    Rick Pearson takes a dive into this week’s biggest political stories. Included: a political ad featuring Brett Favre, along with Obama and Dick Cheney on Iraq.     …
  • Former IL Republican chairman, Pat Brady

    Jun 22, 2014 | 35 min
    Pat Brady, the former Illinois Republican chairman, joins Rick Pearson for the entire second hour of the Sunday Spin. They delve into the ins and outs of the mid-terms and state politics.   …
  • Bloomberg’s John McCormick

    Jun 22, 2014 | 20 min
    Bloomberg’s John McCormick joins us to talk about Iraq, Benghazi and the Mississippi runoff–and we’re not talking Old Man River here. …
  • The Sunday Spin Full Show – June 22

    Jun 22, 2014 | 73 min
    On this week’s episode of the Sunday Spin: a weekly recap of this week’s hottest political stories, a visit from former Illinois Republican Chairman Pat Brady, and a chat with Bloomberg’s John McCormick.     …
  • Tribune Reporter, Bill Ruthhart: The Mayor, The Donald, The Sign

    Jun 15, 2014 | 32 min
    Bill Ruthhart joins Rick Pearson to cover recent news and issues regarding Rahm Emanuel and Chicago City Hall. They also take time to discuss the controversy around the “Trump” sign.       …
  • 6/15/14 – Full Show

    Jun 15, 2014 | 70 min
    On the show: Rick takes a spin through the week in politics, Rep. David McSweeney joins to discuss Illinois changing political lanscape and Tribune Reporter, Bill Ruthhart discusses his views on Mayor Emanuel and the “Trump” sign.     …
  • Representative David McSweeney

    Jun 15, 2014 | 20 min
      Representative David McSweeney joins Rick Pearson to discuss the tax increases made by Rahm Emanuel and other political issues within the state of Illinois.   [audio   …
  • Mitch Locin from Equality IL: Same-Sex marriage laws go into effect

    Jun 1, 2014 | 18 min
    Mitch Locin from Equality Illinois joins Rick Pearson to discuss the statewide same-sex marriage law that goes into effect today, June 1. Illinois is the 17th state to pass a state-wide marriage equality law.     …
  • Pearson & Secter analyze the Spring legislative session

    Jun 1, 2014 | 20 min
    Tribune political reporter Bob Secter joins colleague Rick Pearson to discuss the wrap-up of the spring legislative session in Springfield. They discuss budget, taxes, and what issues remain unresolved.     …
  • Il State Sen. Matt Murphy on the General Assembly spring session

    Jun 1, 2014 | 21 min
    State Senator, Matt Murphy, joins the Sunday Spin to discuss the General Assembly’s spring session. He and Rick discuss the IL budget plans, the Illiana highway, and more.     …
  • The Sunday Spin Full Show- 06/01/14

    Jun 1, 2014 | 75 min
    On The Sunday Spin: Trib’s Bob Secter is on to analyze the spring legislative session–the winners and the losers. Then, Mitch Locin of Equality Illinois discusses Illinois’ new same-sex marriage law. Finally, GOP Sen. Matt Murphy of Palatine discusses the …
  • Sunday Spin Full Show – 05/25/14

    May 25, 2014 | 66 min
    On the Sunday Spin: Doug Finke from the State Journal-Register, Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel, and Sen. Terry Link.   …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – May 25

    May 25, 2014 | 12 min
    Rick does politics so you don’t have to! Listen as he takes a spin through this week in national and local politics. Today’s stories include: Obama’s comments on the VA hospital wait list controversy, Boehner and Shinseki, and a Rauner …
  • Doug Finke: legislation down to the wire in Springfield

    May 25, 2014 | 16 min
    Doug Finke, reporter for the State Journal-Register, joins Rick on the Sunday Spin to talk about the last week of the Spring session in Springfield. They discuss the Governor’s call to make permanent the state tax increase, the votes needed …
  • Riverside Police Chief Tom Weitzel: why banning ticket quotas is a bad idea

    May 25, 2014 | 14 min
    Riverside police chief, Tom Weitzel, joins the Sunday Spin to discuss the proposal to ban ticket quotas…and why he opposes it. He explains performance standards, accountability, and the different components of the job. …
  • Sen. Terry Link: Can we create a bipartisan solution for police & fire pensions?

    May 25, 2014 | 15 min
    IL State Sen. Terry Link joins the Sunday Spin to discuss the proposed solution for local police & fire pensions. He is trying to bring both sides together on the issue which, of course, is proving to be a difficult …
  • Glenn Thrush: Hillary 2008 vs. Hillary 2016

    May 18, 2014 | 18 min
    Glenn Thrush from Politico joins the Sunday Spin. He and Rick discuss their days on the 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign bus and what’s ahead for the Ready for Hillary crew. Find out what it was like to work with Hillary, …
  • Kurt Erickson- prairie chicken scandal & state budget negotiations

    May 18, 2014 | 15 min
    Kurt Erickson, the Springfield bureau chief for Lee Enterprises newspapers, joins Rick Pearson to discuss the latest Statehouse doings. Topics include prairie chickens, state budget negotiations, and more statewide political issues. …
  • State Sen. Kwame Raoul: the democratic majority in Springfield

    May 18, 2014 | 14 min
    State Sen. Kwame Raoul, a member of the Senate Democratic majority in Springfield, joins the Sunday Spin to discuss budget, taxes and pensions. There are two weeks left of legislation down in Springfield. Rick and Sen. Raoul give their predictions …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – May 18

    May 18, 2014 | 11 min
    Rick takes a spin through this week in local and national politics. Today’s highlights include: the latest on Obamacare, Karl Rove’s latest comment on Hillary, and Al Gore on the GOP and Climate change. …
  • The Sunday Spin Full Show – 05/18/14

    May 18, 2014 | 64 min
    In case you missed it, listen to the full episode of The Sunday Spin below. Guests: Kurt Erickson, Glenn Thrush, and Sen. Kwame Raoul. …
  • The results are in: Langdon Neal reveals turnout for 17-year-old voters

    May 11, 2014 | 15 min
    Langdon Neal, Chairman of the Chicago Board of Elections, is on with Rick Pearson to discuss 17-year-old voter turnout and voting in the digital age. It turns out, those teens are eager voters and the statistics may surprise you! …
  • Sunday Spin  Full Show – 05/11/14

    May 11, 2014 | 65 min
    On the show: Rick Pearson takes a spin through this week in politics and plays some interesting political ads. Guests include: Ray Long, Pat Devaney & Langdon Neal. …
  • Pat Devaney: the Firefighters take on Pension Reform & the staffing cuts

    May 11, 2014 | 14 min
    Last week, the mayor of Rockford gave his side regarding the budget crisis and how it will affect those in service jobs. This week, Pat Devaney (President of the Associated Firefighters of IL) joins the program to give the firefighters’ …
  • Ray Long: Springfield heats up

    May 11, 2014 | 15 min
    Tribune reporter Ray Long calls with the latest news from Springfield. The debate over the tax extension is heating up, and so is the race for governor. What are Quinn and Rauner up to, and what important votes are on …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – May 11

    May 11, 2014 | 7 min
    This week in politics: the situation surrounding Benghazi & Hillary heats up, Putin takes a trip to Crimea, and the world stands behind the kidnapped Nigerian girls. …
  • Small businesses “can’t be political footballs anymore”

    May 4, 2014 | 14 min
    Elliot Richardson from the Small Business Advocacy Council joined Rick in studio this morning to discuss the Small Business agenda in Springfield. Instead of being “political footballs,” the council demands action to assist small businesses and therefore the state. One …
  • Amanda Vinickey: Quinn plays defense this week in Springfield

    May 4, 2014 | 16 min
    Amanda Vinickey is IL Public Radio and WUIS Statehouse Bureau Chief. She and Rick discussed this past week in Springfield, including Quinn defending himself against a State’s Attorney investigation and how the legislature is reacting to proposed amendments. …
  • The Sunday Spin – Full Episode 05/04/14

    May 4, 2014 | 66 min
    In case you missed it, listen to the full episode of The Sunday Spin. Guests include: Amanda Vinickey of WUIS and IL Public Radio, Elliott Richardson from the Small Business Advocacy Council, and Rockford Mayor Larry Morrisey. …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – May 4

    May 4, 2014 | 6 min
    In case you missed it, catch up on this week in local and national politics with Rick’s Weekly Recap. This week: Obama addressed the Ukraine and minimum wage, and former President George Bush gave his opinion on a potential presidential …
  • Rockford Mayor Larry Morrisey: taxes & pension laws

    May 4, 2014 | 14 min
    Rockford Mayor Larry Morrisey joined Rick Pearson this morning to discuss problems in municipalities around the state. The city of Rockford has capped on what it can raise for fire and police pensions. Because the city is unable to further …
  • The Sunday Spin Full Show – 04/27

    Apr 27, 2014 | 65 min
    In case you missed it, catch the entire episode of this week’s Sunday Spin. Guests include Tribune reporter Bill Ruthhart, Rep. David McSweeney, and Rep. Lou Lang. …
  • Rep. David McSweeney – the cons of a graduated income tax

    Apr 27, 2014 | 13 min
    State Rep. David McSweeney joined Rick Pearson this morning to discuss the cons of the proposed graduated income tax amendment. McSweeney gives his ideas on stimulating job growth, keeping jobs in the state, and whether the bill will pass in …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – 04/27

    Apr 27, 2014 | 8 min
    Listen as Rick takes a spin through this week in local & national politics. Biden, Obama, & Ed Royce were vocal about the situation in Ukraine this week, and Cliven Bundy continues to dig himself into deeper trouble with his …
  • Bill Ruthhart: uncovering the truth behind “Chicagoland”

    Apr 27, 2014 | 17 min
    Tribune Reporter, Bill Ruthhart, joined Rick Pearson on the Sunday Spin. Ruthhart recently wrote an article uncovering the careful planning behind CNN’s “Chicagoland.” He went through 700 emails between Mayoral aides & show producers, and he shares what he uncovered. …
  • The Sunday Spin Full Show – 04/20

    Apr 21, 2014 | 65 min
    In case you missed it: Rick Pearson talked with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul & president of Leo high school, Dan McGrath. He also gave his weekly recap of local and national politics..and of the NHL playoffs. …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – April 20

    Apr 21, 2014 | 7 min
    Rick takes a spin through this week in local and national politics. Included: Obama on the span of Obamacare coverage, clips of Putin from his three hour Q & A, and an interesting political ad. …
  • Dan McGrath, President of Leo high school

    Apr 21, 2014 | 31 min
    Dan McGrath, president of Leo High School, joins Rick Pearson to discuss school issues in the inner city. He highlights the value of alumni, schools in Chicago, pension changes, and private/public funding. Dan, a former Tribune sports editor, is also …
  • Sen. Rand Paul on education in big cities

    Apr 20, 2014 | 8 min
    Rick Pearson talks with Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a potential 2016 GOP presidential candidate, discusses his push for school choice in big cities. He gives his take on the charter/public school debate in Chicago and nationwide. …
  • The Sunday Spin Full Show – 04/13/14

    Apr 13, 2014 | 9 min
    In case you missed it, listen to the full episode of this week’s Sunday Spin! Monique Garcia joined the show to discuss the first face-to-face, post-primary debate between Governor Pat Quinn and Bruce Rauner. After that, Rep. Bob Rita joined …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap: April 13

    Apr 13, 2014 | 9 min
    This week on Rick’s weekly recap: Obama gives his opinions on equal pay, and voices from the right fire back. There was a heated exchange between a rep. and the attorney general, and House speaker John Boehner denies that race …
  • Monique Garcia: a spirited debate between Rauner & Quinn

    Apr 13, 2014 | 19 min
    Monique Garcia, state government reporter for the Tribune, is on with Rick to discuss this week in Springfield. She and Rick were at the first post-primary, face-to-face debate between Governor Quinn & Bruce Rauner. They discuss that debate, as well …
  • Rep. Bob Rita: how the proposed gambling expansion could help the city

    Apr 13, 2014 | 36 min
    Rep. Bob Rita, D-Blue Island, was on a few weeks ago to discuss the latest iteration of expanding gambling in Illinois. With Mayor Rahm Emanuel searching for revenue to solve the city’s pension problems, we return to the topic as …
  • Mike Kolenc on the Yes! for Independent Maps campaign

    Apr 6, 2014 | 9 min
    Mike Kolenc, campaign manager for the “Yes! for Independent Maps” campaign is in studio with Rick Pearson to discuss the campaign’s progress. Although they have already exceeded the required 300,000 signatures for a slot on the ballot, the campaign is …
  • The Sunday Spin Full Show – 03/30/14

    Mar 30, 2014 | 67 min
    In case you missed it: this week on the Sunday Spin, Plus, Rick dissected Gov. Quinn’s budget message with the campaign ahead. After that, Rick spoke with Democratic state rep. nominee Will Guzzardi on his primary win after a contentious …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – March 30

    Mar 30, 2014 | 7 min
    Rick takes a spin through this week in local & national politics. Rick has the latest, including: conflicting stories on what exactly happened during the Putin/Obama phone call, reactions to Quinn’s not-so-temporary tax hike, and a heated race in Iowa. …
  • Democratic state rep. nominee Will Guzzardi

    Mar 30, 2014 | 14 min
    Will Guzzardi joins Rick Pearson to discuss his primary win (after a very contentious race.) Hear Guzzardi’s campaign plans moving forward. He also gives his take on Quinn’s budget address and what keeping the income tax hike means to the …
  • State rep. Bob Rita talks the proposed gambling expansion

    Mar 30, 2014 | 17 min
    The phone lines blow up as State rep. Bob Rita joins Rick Pearson to discuss the proposed gambling expansion. The expansion would cover as many as four counties. Rita discusses how the revenue would be split and the logistics of …
  • 03/23 The Sunday Spin – Full Show

    Mar 23, 2014 | 7 min
    On this episode of the Sunday Spin, Rick Pearson and guests analyze the past week’s primary elections and look forward to the general elections. Pat Brady, former state GOP chairman, joins Rick in-studio. Bernie Schoenburg joins in the conversation during …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – 03/23

    Mar 23, 2014 | 7 min
    It was a big week in local and national politics. Rick Pearson takes a spin through the top stories. These include Obama, Putin, and Susan Rice on the situation in Crimea, and Rand Paul addressing millennials. …
  • A look at Tuesday’s primaries with Bob Secter & Steve Edwards

    Mar 16, 2014 | 17 min
    Rick Pearson is joined by Bob Secter of the Chicago Tribune and Steve Edwards, Executive Director of University of Chicago’s Institute of Politics. The three take a look at the upcoming primary elections. The gubernatorial race is making the biggest …
  • Sen. Bill Brady: “I’ve already earned the trust of almost 1.8 M voters.”

    Mar 16, 2014 | 15 min
    State senator Bill Brady stopped by the Sunday Spin for one last visit before the primaries this Tuesday. Rick Pearson, Bob Secter, and Steve Edwards ask him about the campaign trail and his plans for the future. He discusses the …
  • Senator Kirk Dillard: “I’m the one guy that can tame a democratic legislature.”

    Mar 16, 2014 | 9 min
    IL state senator Kirk Dillard is on the Sunday Spin. He joins Rick Pearson, Bob Secter, and Steve Edwards to talk about Tuesday’s primary elections. Dillard discusses his plans for the next two days, as well as the “civics lesson” …
  • Rick’s weekly recap: March 16

    Mar 16, 2014 | 68 min
    Join Rick Pearson for a spin through this week’s local and national political stories. He covers the latest on the political situation in Ukraine and charges regarding a CIA leak.   …
  • New polling results show the GOP gubernatorial primary is tightening

    Mar 9, 2014 | 16 min
    The most Tribune/WGN poll showed Rauner’s lead shrinking and Dillard coming up on his tail. Between this and the most recent Tribune Editorial board debate, the primaries are heating up. Rick Pearson goes over the results and highlights from the …
  • Dan Montgomery: the IL Federation of Teachers endorses Dillard

    Mar 9, 2014 | 63 min
    Dan Montgomery, president of the IL Federation of Teachers, is on with Rick Pearson to discuss the union’s recent Dillard endorsement. They discuss why the union chose Dillard, the pension issue, and the prospects for cross-over votes this election season.…
  • 03/09/14 – The Sunday Spin full show

    Mar 9, 2014 | 63 min
    The race for the republican nomination for governor is now in the home stretch…but can anybody catch the frontrunner? Rick Pearson reviews the latest Tribune/WGN debate and polls. He also talks with Dan Montgomery, the head of one of the …
  • Bernie Schoenburg: the unfolding GOP primary race for IL governor

    Mar 2, 2014 | 8 min
    Bernie Schoenburg, vetern political columnist from the State Journal Register in Springfield, is on with Rick Pearson. He discusses the latest on the unfolding GOP primary race for governor in Illinois. …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – March 2

    Mar 2, 2014 | 19 min
    Rick Pearson takes a look back at the past week in local and national politics. Jan Brewer made an important veto, Debbie Dingell announced her campaign, and an unexpected actor turned up at a Senate hearing to testify about Alzheimer’s.…
  • GOP U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax

    Feb 23, 2014 | 22 min
    U.S. Senate candidate Doug Truax joins Rick Pearson in studio to discuss the upcoming primaries. Truax discusses his recent endorsement from Newt Gingrich and what is to come in the next week. Additionally, he discusses why he believes he can …
  • Doug Whitley on infrastructure maintenance & the Rutherford scandal

    Feb 16, 2014 | 33 min
    Doug Whitley, president of the IL Chamber of Commerce, is live in studio with Rick Pearson. In the first half of the segment, they discuss the push for a new public works program that would work to maintain the …
  • Independent Maps working to put voters back in charge

    Feb 16, 2014 | 19 min
    Mike Kolenc of Independent Maps is live in the studio with Rick Pearson. Independent Maps is a grassroots campaign working towards an independent process for drawing legislative maps. Kolenc says this will hand the power back to the voters, making …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – February 16

    Feb 16, 2014 | 8 min
    Rick Pearson gives his weekly recap of local and national political stories. He has the scoop on Obama and the NSA, Rand Paul’s class-action lawsuit, and Chris Christie’s recent trip to Chicago. …
  • Rick Pearson & Bob Secter Analyze the Tribune Editorial Board’s GOP Debate

    Feb 9, 2014 | 36 min
    This past Monday, the GOP gubernatorial candidates had a debate in front of the Tribune editorial board. At the top of the segment, Rick Pearson plays clips from the four candidates on a number of issues including pension and income …
  • GOP Debate with Hal Dardick and Bob Secter

    Feb 9, 2014 | 11 min
    Rick talks with Chicago Tribune’s Hal Dardick about what the Chicago City Council’s borrowing. Rick also has Bob Secter on to discuss the Tribune’s recently hosted GOP debate for governor.   …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – February 9

    Feb 9, 2014 | 5 min
    Rick Pearson gives his weekly recap of local and national politics. He has the scoop on the Obama/O’Reilly interview, Rand Paul on Obamacare, and Clay Aiken’s run for senate. …
  • Orion Samuelson: why the farm bill matters to you

    Feb 9, 2014 | 11 min
    Rick Pearson talks to The Big O, Orion Samuelson. Orion discusses the new farm bill and why it matters to farmers and non-farmers alike. …
  • Chris Mooney on SOTU and SOS

    Feb 2, 2014 | 18 min
    Rick discusses the State of the Union Address and State of the State address with University of Illinois Professor Chris Mooney. …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap – February 2

    Feb 2, 2014 | 7 min
    Rick Pearson gives his weekly recap of national and local politics. He addresses the latest news on Chris Christie and the State Of The Union speech. …
  • Clarence Page Discusses State of the Union Adress

    Feb 2, 2014 | 13 min
    Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page joined The Sunday Spin to discuss President Obama’s recent State of the Union address.     …
  • Lou Lang Addresses State of the State

    Feb 2, 2014 | 20 min
    House Democratic Deputy Majority Leader Lou Lang joined The Sunday Spin to discuss the State of the State and what that means for Illinois moving forward. Callers weigh in with their thoughts. …
  • State of the State with Christine Radogno

    Feb 2, 2014 | 20 min
    Rick talks with State Senate GOP Leader Christine Radogno about the State of the State and pension reform.   …
  • John Cullerton on Minimum Wage and Pensions

    Jan 26, 2014 | 20 min
    Senate President John Cullerton spoke with Rick earlier in the week about minimum wage and pensions. …
  • Weekly Recap in Politics: January 26, 2014

    Jan 26, 2014 | 21 min
    The GOP debates for state governor continue as candidates answer questions about what they would bring to the table; President Obama addressed the nation about using his executive powers to bypass Congress; Mike Huckabee made some controversial remarks on women …
  • State Treasurer Dan Rutherford’s Campaign for Governor

    Jan 26, 2014 | 40 min
    State Treasurer Dan Rutherford joined The Sunday Spin to talk to Rick about his campaign for governor. …
  • The Current State of Illinois’ Governement Finances

    Jan 19, 2014 | 19 min
    University of Illinois Professor Richard Dye joined The Sunday Spin to talk about the current financial situation in Illinois’ government. Rick and Richard take phone calls and address issues dealing with IL finances. …
  • State Representative Ron Sandack on Metra Issues

    Jan 19, 2014 | 19 min
    Republican State Representative Ron Sandack discusses the problems facing Metra at the moment and what this means for Chicago commuters. …
  • WUIS-FM’s Amanda Vinicky on GOP Race for Governor

    Jan 19, 2014 | 21 min
    WUIS-FM’s Amanda Vinicky joins The Sunday Spin to discuss this week in Illinois politics and the GOP governor race.   …
  • Weekly Recap in Politics: January 19, 2014

    Jan 19, 2014 | 8 min
    Rick broadcasts his weekly recap of national politics. Topics covered: Diane Fienstein and Sen. John McCain’s comments on Benghazi, Obama on college affordability, Chris Christie moving forward, and SNL’s parody of Christie. …
  • Jeff Zeleny on Washington’s Political Climate

    Jan 19, 2014 | 14 min
    ABC’s Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny joins The Sunday Spin to talk about the current political climate in Washington. …
  • Fox-32′s Dane Placko on Rauner Campaign

    Jan 12, 2014 | 21 min
    Fox-32′s Dane Placko joined The Sunday Spin to talk about Bruce Rauner’s current campaign and the controversy surrounding it. He also touches on the current condition of state politics. …
  • John Chase on House Speaker Michael Madigan’s Network

    Jan 12, 2014 | 20 min
    Rick has John Chase on The Sunday Spin to talk about House Speaker Michael Madigan’s “influential” network and the effects it has on Illinois politics. …
  • U of I Professor Bob Bruno on Minimum Wage

    Jan 12, 2014 | 22 min
    U of I Professor Bob Bruno joins The Sunday Spin to discuss minimum wage increases/decreases and the effect that it would have on Illinois employment. …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap Sunday, January 12th

    Jan 12, 2014 | 13 min
    Rick addresses his weekly recap of national and local politics. In this podcast he addresses Chris Christie’s latest bridge scandal, Obama’s thoughts on unemployment and Dennis Rodman visiting North Korea. …
  • Tanya Triche on The Sunday Spin

    Jan 5, 2014 | 21 min
    Senior Legal Counsel of the Illinois Retail Merchants Association Tanya Triche joined Rick Pearson on The Sunday Spin to discuss the move to increase the state’s minimum wage. …
  • Missouri Professor Amy Simons on The Sunday Spin

    Jan 5, 2014 | 20 min
    Amy Simons is a Covergence Journalist professor at Missouri University. The former employee of WGN joined Rick Pearson on The Sunday Spin to discuss the new age of digital media and how it relates to political coverage and journalism. …
  • Dan McGrath on Chicago Schools

    Dec 29, 2013 | 39 min
    Dan McGrath, President of Leo High School in Chicago, joined the Sunday Spin to talk about the current conditions of Chicago schools. They talk about his school, which is private, and the steps they are taking to help underprivileged students …
  • Addressing Illinois Pensions, Ventra improvements, and “Butt Cups”

    Dec 29, 2013 | 29 min
    Rick addresses the recently passed pension law and what to expect moving forward to 2014. He also talks about Ventra’s recent claim that the service is getting better, callers chime in. Chicago also has a new “litter” law in which …
  • Dave Plier: Rick Pearson’s “Year in Politics”

    Dec 26, 2013 | 21 min
    Dave Plier and Rick Pearson highlight the “Year in Politics” from Chicago to Springfield to Washington. …
  • Rick Klein on Obama Polls

    Dec 23, 2013 | 12 min
    ABC News Political Director Rick Klein joins the Sunday Spin to talk about Obama’s recent poll results. …
  • Cook County Probation System Failures

    Dec 23, 2013 | 27 min
    Rick talks with Tribune reporters Cynthia Dizikes and Todd Lighty about Cook County’s failing probation system. …
  • Sheriff Tom Dart on Bellwood Shooting and Concealed Carry

    Dec 22, 2013 | 21 min
    Rick discusses the recent shooting of off-duty sheriff’s officer Cuauhtemoc Estrada with Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart. Sheriff Dart informs Rick that there are multiple suspects in the shooting. They also address Chicago’s concealed carry law. …
  • Ty Fahner on Pensions

    Dec 15, 2013 | 24 min
    Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago’s Ty Fahner joined The Sunday Spin to talk about pensions. Rick and Ty take phone calls regarding teacher pensions and the culture of Illinois/Chicago politics. …
  • Rod Blagojevich Offers Senate Seat to Rick Pearson

    Dec 15, 2013 | 39 min
    Five years after former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich tried selling President Obama’s Senate seat, Rick relives the scandal with John Chase (Tribune political reporter and co-author of the book Golden). Rick plays several audio clips, including an exclusive interview …
  • Rick’s Weekly Recap on Politics (Dec. 9-15)

    Dec 15, 2013 | 18 min
    Rick recaps “This week in politics” on The Sunday Spin. He addresses the national budget, how Congress avoided another government shutdown, 2014 GOP primary race, and John Boehner’s comments on the Tea Party’s approach on Obamacare. …
  • A Big Pet Talk with Mr. Big

    Dec 15, 2013 | 16 min
    Steve has online talk show host Mr. Big in studio. They talk about his show and what it means to be “Big” in Chicago. Steve also poses the question “What is the most popular pet name for a male dog?”. …
  • Chicago Tribune’s Dave Heinzmann on Chicago Crime

    Dec 8, 2013 | 21 min
    The Chicago Tribune’s Dave Heinzmann joined The Sunday Spin to address Chicago’s ongoing struggle with crime. …
  • State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke Talks Pensions

    Dec 8, 2013 | 38 min
    “Pension reform” has been on Illinois lawmakers’ checklist for several years now. State Journal-Register’s Doug Finke joins The Sunday Spin to discuss the recent legislation and the effects of the newly signed bill. …
  • Illinois Federation of Teachers President Dan Montgomery on Teacher Pensions

    Dec 8, 2013 | 18 min
    Illinois Federation of Teachers president Dan Montgomery joins The Sunday Spin to talk about the recently passed pension bill and how that effects Illinois’ teachers. For updated news regarding teacher pensions you can follow @SundaySpin and @DanJMontgomery on Twitter or …
  • Former House GOP Leader Tom Cross on Pensions

    Dec 1, 2013 | 20 min
    Rick discusses pension reform with the former House GOP leader Tom Cross and his current race for treasurer. Callers chime in and ask questions. …
  • Will an $18 Watch Win Illinois’ Governor Seat?

    Dec 1, 2013 | 24 min
    Rick has WUIS-FM Springfield statehouse reporter Brian Mackey on the phone to talk about Illinois pension struggles and Bruce Rauner’s run for governor. …
  • Chicago’s 2014 Budget

    Dec 1, 2013 | 20 min
    Rick speaks with the Chicago Tribune’s City Hall reporter Hal Dardick about the clearance that was given to Chicago’s 2014 budget. It was safe to say it passed quickly and with no contest. …
  • Iran Nuke Deal and Obamacare with Rick Klein

    Dec 1, 2013 | 19 min
    Rick discusses with ABC’s political director Rick Klein the cause and effects of U.S. sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program and all the current news on Obama’s failing healthcare system. …

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