Monday, May 16, 2016

May 16, 2016 show

Cynthia Canary, executive director of the Independent Map Coalition, talks to Bob about the organization's effort to put on the November ballot an amendment calling for an independent commission to draw the state's legislative districts. Currently, lawmakers draw the lines, and whatever party is in power gets the honor. The result: gerrymandered districts that protect incumbents. Next, state Sen. Patricia Van Pelt, D-Chicago, discusses her efforts to protect juveniles in custody for homicide or sex offense cases by requiring minors under the age of 15 — now the age is 13 — to have a lawyer present. Senate Bill 2370 also calls for a simplified Miranda warning to be given to juveniles younger than 18. Then, Patrick Murray, a consultant for Granada Liturgical Arts, made national news recently with his “Church Madness” that was set up like an NCAA basketball tournament bracket. The event showed up on his blog,, in March as a competition for the most beautiful church in the Unites States. The winner — St. John Cantius of Chicago. Wrapping up the show, Joanna Arellano of the Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Peace & Justice talks to Bob about the national Social Action Summer Institute her office is hosting in July. Speakers include Fr. Michael Pfleger of Chicago, Fr. Larry Dowling of Chicago, and Bishop Edward K. Braxton of Belleville.