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This, man and a, politician. Progressive platform you, got to prove that you're progressive in your business as well employees. Accused of Pritzker owned company, of, union-busting. Well. The cronies and their politicians, give us the helping hand in our fight for justice. The. Answer is no, mayoral. Candidate, Amara Enya on her second, bid to unseat Rahm. Emanuel. Soaring. Harmonies, and grinding, guitars combined, on the new recording, by, a dynamic Chicago. Duo and. In, tonight's viewer feedback your strong response, to our story about, a push to ban horse, and carriage rides in Chicago, all that, and more next on Chicago, tonight. Thanks. For joining us I'm Phillip Anza a new development, in the trial of the, former Chicago, police officer, charged with murdering, laQuan. McDonald. Parish, Shutts has that story and more of what's making news in Chicago, tonight Paris, Phil. Chicago, Police Officer, Jason van Dyke is, in hot water with, prosecutors. Attorneys. Are set to meet on Saturday, to consider a motion from the special prosecutor, to, hold van Dyke in contempt, of court and put, him in jail, they say Van Dyke violated. Judge's orders not to comment on the case outside of court by giving interviews, to the media Van, Dyke's attorney says Van Dyke was simply, expressing his feelings not. Discussing, evidence, in the case van. Dyke is charged with first degree murder in the death of laQuan McDonald. Who was shot 16, times October. 2014, and, Van Dyke's trial is set to begin next week there's, more on this story on our website where we'll also have an update on Saturday's. Hearing. Representatives. From Puerto Rico offer a thank you to Chicago officials. Nearly, one year after Hurricane, Maria devastated. The island a delegation. Led by the mayor of a coastal, town called. Louisa, got a tour of Chicago's, Emergency Management and preparedness facility, they say they're grateful for assistance. And supplies that, officials from Chicago, offered, in the wake of that disaster. They, placed the Maria, after hurricane Maria, if we, don't la, persona de the, chica the people of Chicago, that consumed, in East Rose. :. Para solaris. La. Deuda no, hace Sado italia. De, with the firefighters, and the police and that help has not stopped since then a, pair. Of Chicago aldermen, want to shut down a late night club where, a shooting happened, early Wednesday. Morning the, web site block Club Chicago, first reported, that second Ward Alderman Mike Hopkins in the first wars Joel Marino want, the evil olive in noble square shut, down after a shooting left a bouncer, critically, injured, the, aldermen say they've requested the the city Institute a summary, closure because, they believe the club poses an immediate public, safety, threat to that neighborhood calls. To the nightclub were not returned, this. As for. The weather tonight mostly, clear with a low around 60. And tomorrow, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms and, a high near 82 and don't, forget you can get Chicago tonight's streamed, on Facebook, via, podcast and, the PBS video app as well, as online at wtae.com, slash. Acog oh tonight now Phil back to you thanks. Paris arguably. And either Governor rauner no his Democratic, opponent will be in contention, for the state's top office if, it, were not for their immense, wealth both men are spending millions of dollars on, their campaigns, but. How each man makes his money is also a source of fodder for critics, Chicago nights Amanda vinicky is here with more Amanda, you know Phil I got to spend part of this gorgeous, summer, afternoon, on Navy Pier where I watched all of the tour boats sail, on by most. Days Billy Dean is on one of them he's, a docent, for sea dog speed boat tours I get. People tours. Of the river talk, about architecture, history I kind of show off the city to people from all over the world and, they love you for it they do you, get Trek TripAdvisor, if you don't believe me Dean. Says the days are long tomorrow, he's scheduled to work from 9:00 in the morning until midnight is, a seasonal, job with no healthcare benefits, he says breaks are rare three. Years on staff and he makes less than the $15. Minimum wage JB, Pritzker's, campaigning, on that's, why Dean says he quickly got fellow docents, first mates in deckhands, on board with, unionizing. They're, trying to join the joint board of the workers United Division, of SEIU. Mothers. He says are scared to join for fear of retaliation Dean. Says he hasn't, faced any of that since he first began trying to get a union going a few months ago but, he says c-dawg and its parent company entertainment.
Cruises. Have, pushed, back including, by posting, a memo in the breakroom in, ticket booth which, says whether, you have a union is up to you it, goes on to talk about risks. And then, there's. Only one way to guarantee, that you, can avoid the problems a union could possibly, cause just. Say, no, Dean. Says he's, disappointed. Because entertainment. Cruises is owned by Pritzker, group that's, Democratic, nominee for governor. JB Pritzker's, venture, and private capital firm, he cones it with his brother Pritzker's. Ben unions favored, choice since early on and frequently talks about his support for labor which, is why I do believe sister's. A hypocrite. He. Campaigns. On unionizing, he says unions are a great thing there's what built the middle class he wants, the campaign and collective bargaining rights and he's actively, union-busting, at his own company, Dean. Says he went to a Chicago, Federation, of Labor event yesterday to approach, Pritzker, about it personally didn't. Work though he, says Pritzker pretty much brushed him off saying, only that he'd heard about the efforts and quote you know where, I stand. Where does Pritzker, stand well, in a statement his campaign, says Pritzker supports, workers, right to organize and he, believes the process should, be free of intimidation the. Statement goes on to try, to distance, Pritzker, from the entertainment cruises, situation, saying, that JB. Has stepped, away from Pritzker. Group and is no longer involved in the management of the company to, be clear though Pritzker, may no longer be involved in day-to-day activities. With Pritzker group he, is still, benefiting. Financially from, it filet do you want to add reached out to entertainment, cruises and did not get any response back but, Pritzker, is not the only person getting, criticism, for his. Connections, to businesses. What what, else are you what. Else are you hearing well governor, rauner's money since he took office has, been managed. By what's effectively, a blind, trust but he still does have a stake in his former, private equity, firm GTC. Our duty, CR owns a company called Sturridge Enic the Chicago Tribune reported, early this week Sturridge enok has a location, in Willowbrook that, uses a chemical now, classified, by the EPA, as a carcinogenic.
Residents. Are furious, and scared. In at a forum last night in Willowbrook several. Blamed, rauner, in. Fact that are extinguished. Distinguished. And there's, the millions, of dollars. What. You do. When. Rauner was asked about it the other day he tried to stress the chemical is used by companies all over the, United, States for sterilization, and that, this is not he says a public health emergency I think, the federal government created, a little bit of a panic inappropriately their communication, was not very. Effective, now. Rauner says that the Illinois EPA in, the state Public Health Department will monitor. The risk going forward but I can tell you feel that this is surely, an issue that, isn't likely to go away as the governor looks toward November's election, Amanda, thank you and. Up next to the newest addition to the field for mayor on why she thinks, she's the right person for the job. Chicago. Tonight is made possible in part through the generous support of the Julius Frankel foundation. The, field running to replace Miriam mayor Emanuel, grew again this week when activists, organized. Her and policy consultant Amara. Enya, officially, announced her candidacy and. Yahoo lives on the west side and directs the Austin Chamber of Commerce, previously. Ran for mayor of Chicago in, 2015. And Amara. And yet joins us now Amara Enya welcome, back to Chicago tonight, good to be here and for people who don't know you give us some bullet points on your background so I am, live. On the west side of Chicago I, come from a family that's been committed to social justice I've, been working in, the city of Chicago at the top level of government I've also done grassroots organizing, I'm, a lawyer also have a PhD in education so that's one of the areas that I really focus on in my organizing, work I mean, I've been doing work, across, policy, areas in the city for many years and organizing, communities, to try to help them better advocate for themselves, you, ran once before in 2015. You eventually dropped out and endorsed Bob Fioretti, why, are you running again this time in a field that's even more crowded well I think the crowded, field is telling us that people, are really dissatisfied, with the way things are going in the city of Chicago, and that's why we have so many candidates who have entered the race a lot of the issues that I talked about the first time I ran are IVA, are still in existence and, in some cases exacerbated. And so I think the message that we have which is a message of a vision for Chicago, and moving in the right direction as a city is one, that has resonated with, the people that have joined our campaign, the people that are excited, enthusiastic about, it because, they're ready for actual, solutions, and ideas and, we're offering, those solutions and ideas give me an example of something that's gotten worse from, to that I'm. You first ran for mayor so while the conventional news. That's been put forth about our city structural, financial, health has painted, an optimistic picture I think if we look at the the debt that the city has incurred over the last several years floating. A ten billion dollar bond for example without having in place a strong, revenue plan for the city the, fact that we have not made the structural, changes to adjust the pension issue that's, one of the biggest issues we've seen violence continuing, in the city unabated, over the last seven. Or eight years, it, has not been addressed at the root and so, communities, are still looking for solutions, and for a commitment to addressing the root cause if we look at education we've, seen many, crises coming out of CPS whether it was sexual, abuse happening, whether it was the violation of the rights of students, who need special education services. And this. Issue of equity and people being able to have access to high-quality schools, in their neighborhood so these are issues that have been brewing for years and people have been looking for solutions, looking for leadership and looking, for a vision and that's what we're offering today on, the violence front what would you do differently if you were elected mayor well I think understanding.
That Violence, is a symptom of our public policy failings across the board it is the manifestation of, our failings, in investments. Economically, in communities in not, having access to mental and behavioral health services in, the lack of educational, outcomes and opportunities, for people the lack of job opportunities for people so, we always treat violence in a very reactive way in this city which, is a call for more police well that's a very reactive way. Of addressing, violence we actually have to get to the root causes of violence and that requires, investment, in the areas that we have not invested quite frankly for years one. Of the things that you've raised the last time for mayor was your. Belief in a, transaction, tax, for. Derivatives, and for. Commodity. Trading you still feel that way yeah so one of the things that we have put forth are many ideas that are transformative, for the economy, and so the, biggest play the the choice financial. Transaction, tax is one of the things we talked about last time this time we're really pushing another. Opportunity. Which is around a public bank for Chicago, and that is imagining, a bank whose allegiances to taxpayers, and whose responsibility, is to actually grow and support the economy so that's one of the ideas we put forth we also talked about this idea of cooperative. Economic, models which actually empower communities, build, wealth in communities, and build generational, wealth so that we have the kind of tax base that, can support the city without these kinds of fundamental transformative. Economic, ideas, will continue to limp along with the accruing, more debt without having solutions, to our fiscal problems and that's not going to serve the residents well, you've, described Chicago, is a starkly, inequitable. City what do you mean well. The fact that I can drive two, miles in any direction and, the quality of education that I would receive would be starkly different the, fact that I live on the west side of Chicago and, because of that my life span, will actually, be almost twenty years less, than individuals. Who live downtown that, is actually research has shown that so, this kind of equity should be absolutely, unacceptable, it should not matter where you live in the city to get access to a high quality school and it affects everyone even middle-class families, who are struggling trying to find a place for their children to go to school are fleeing, to the suburbs and in fact the fact that Chicago is the number one city for population, loss for that their year in a row is telling, us that at all levels, people are dissatisfied with, the way the city is going as, a child you bounce between the south suburbs and, the, north side of the city how. Come yes, so my family is Nigerian. And so a lot of the Nigerian. Community lived. On the north side and the Rogers Park Edgewater, and Uptown communities, and so we literally would commute back, and forth for meetings activities, I played soccer on. The north side and so that was our sort, of our our headquarters. If you will what, what, kind, of perspective did, that experience give you of going from the, suburbs, where you live to Chicago's. North Side well, it was just part of the diversity, of perspective, that I bring to this work and so living, in the suburbs especially in the south suburbs in understanding, the challenges, that are faced out there I actually managed, the municipality. Out there as well and it gives you a perspective of what people need to have a high quality of life and. What you find is that people generally, want the same things there is not a person, that I've met our community, that I've lived in that has said they don't want quality.
Schools They don't want access to a job they don't want parks. And green space in their communities, and so it is a unifying, thing that whether we're on the south side of Chicago, and Roseland or on the north side in Rogers Park or on the west side in Austin, people, want access to a high quality of life and it's our responsibility to, create the environment for that after. You left the University, of Illinois you went to work for a Richard M Daley, what, did you do in the daily administration so, that was my I, worked, in the mayor's office and so I was a generalist, working across policy, areas as a policy, analyst supporting, the, mayor staff really getting that top level view of how the city works part, of the reason why I went to work at the top level of government was because of these questions, about the. Disconnect, between who. Makes policy and the effects of those policies, on average Chicagoans, and so for me it made sense to find out what is happening at the top level of government and who is making those decisions and that's what led me to want to work in government, I was, able to get a broad view everything, from food security to housing policy, economic, policy education, Violence. Prevention it was just a well-rounded experience that helped me to understand, government what did you learn from observing Mayor, Richard M, daily, while, you were working at City Hall well it was interesting so it was the end of his tenure and you really saw what happens, when I, mean, it was I think to about 20 years in to his tenure and so the, way that City Council was, structured, and the way the the consolidation. Of power meant. That it was there was a lot of decisions, that were made without. A lot of pushback and that was very clear, there's also this notion of doing things the same way because that's the way we've always done them and you saw a lot of that toward the end of the. Administration and. So again a lot of what we're talking about is moving, the city in the right direction and not being afraid to, actually challenge the status quo to make sure that we're bringing new ideas that can work for the Chicago that we want in the future when. You say changing, the status quo can you give me an example of something that needs changing, yeah so government, at all levels I think a commitment, to integrity a commitment, to transparency and, openness that's something that's come up a lot we've seen a lot of corruption whether, in Chicago Public Schools with two CEOs, that have now been ousted under. Cloud of corruption, we've seen what's, happening currently with the laQuan McDonald, trial and what is happening with the Chicago Police Department having, to have the Department of Justice come in to, create accountability, for the city I think a lot of these things can be addressed if we are willing to say we, have to be committed to it that this notion of the Chicago, where this notion of things being as they are we can actually challenge that and move differently. WBZ. Reports that your campaign faces. Possible. Disqualification. Because, you have not filed required. Campaign, reports, what's the latest on that yeah we're not really concerned, about that we have our attorneys that are working with the State Board of Elections on. Our behalf and so if they're fines to pay we will pay those fines if not we'll, move forward so we've already taken care of it and we're looking forward to the, campaign ahead in. Terms of resources. For the campaign, what. Do you expect to get we, expect to get a lot of support at, our launch we had hundreds of people in the room from all around the city that were actually, excited and enthusiastic. About a campaign, that finally represents, their their values we, also have not. Just local, reach but national, reach because our message is resonating with, calls, for change and new ideas and a new vision for Chicago, and so we think we will get the support that we need at all levels to make sure that we run a strong campaign Amara. And yeah thank you so much for joining us we appreciate it, thank you and. Up, next hanging, out with the Chicago, band home before, their big, record, release. Chicago. Tonight is made possible in part by Allstate. Allstate. Is investing, in Chicago's, youth we, believe good starts young that's. Why we're helping our youth develop, the skills they need to achieve success, in life. Allstate. Is proud to empower the next generation of, leaders a. Pair. Of young recording, artists in Chicago have already worked with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, chance, the rapper and many more luminaries. Of rock and rap now, they're making some noise with the release of their first full-length recording. Chicago. Tonight visited, the basement, headquarters. Of ohm Brandis, Friedman has the story. For. A band called home, they.
Can Get pretty loud. They're. Equally, comfortable in a pop grooves laced with vocal harmonies they, blame their hometown, we're. Both Chicago born, and raised I think that's a really big part of our identities, as human, beings and musicians, and that's, kind of how we came together we both went to the same high school which was Whitney Young and we were in a lot of music programs, around the city. Their. Backgrounds, include classical, piano training and stints, in the Chicago, Children's Choir, and the merit school of music. That. Was before they took a deep dip in the improvised, music scene at clubs, like constellation. And to hide out. We. Kind of got immersed in the scene there and I met a lot of our musical. Friends and I'd say like collaborators. And and, heroes, through, that scene. Some. Of those friends. Include, Jeff, Tweedy who's, Seema Cunningham, tours within his band Tweedy SEMA, and Macy were among the backing vocalists, on chance the rapper's coloring, book and Macey, Stewart, was still in high school when she made a splash with the band kids, these days and shared, the mic with rapper vic mensa. Oumar, sort of the center of the Chicago music community and, also you, know their voices work, so well together, you know they they, definitely have, their, own unique personalities. But together it's such a really, compelling. And interesting force. To be reckoned with. I'm, only works with the two of us with our two voices and how those play off of each other and you know it's, it's always kind of fascinating, to us because we have very different voices, but everyone always. Always, feels. Like we are we blend so well that we sound related but to us we think we have like dramatically, different voices, but, we also hear that on like the on the back end it that it creates, this really cool effect when we are singing together. There's. A whole collaborative, spirit with the. Artists in Chicago you, can jump from genre to genre it doesn't matter as long as you, know people. Are excited about making music and that's definitely the story of Chicago music and it has been for decades it's, a really fertile place to make music, and I think that's why there's a lot of interesting, music coming out of Chicago right now too is, because, no one's afraid to.
Step Out of that comfort zone or to step out of that box, of genre. Or whatever and everyone's. Just excited, to make music, you know to make something new. For. Chicago tonight, I'm Brandis Friedman, homes. New record is called parts, it was just released on the Midwestern. Record, label joyful, noise the band is touring the East Coast right now and will, return to Chicago in, the fall there's more on our. Website, and. Before we go some viewer feedback earlier. This week we reported on, a push to ban horse-drawn, carriages, in the city some, residents, and tourists loved them while others claim they are cruel, to the animals, our story, drew a huge, response, our. Unscientific. Poll shows and even split over the band as of. 6 o'clock this evening almost, 51%, of the vote of the more than. 52,000. Votes favored AB and while nearly 49. Percent, favored to, leave things prefer, that is to leave things the way they are meanwhile. Here's what some of you had to say on Facebook Twitter, Reddit, and our, website, Chicago. All have been please been inhumane, horse carriages, a relatively. Small DZ step that goes a meaningful. Way toward embracing, more, compassion, in our city and society. Chill. Horse. It's, a horse horse, power is literally, a unit, of measurement, specifically. Inspired by the strength, of a horse, it's. Not like it's the 1840s. And it was a necessary mode, of transportation, plus. Can you imagine the noise and fright not, to mention the toxic, gas fumes in your nose all day, just. Ban them and get over it let's evolved into, a humane, society. Making. Well cared for horses, homeless, and putting people out of work does, nothing for horses in horse welfare, it only furthers, ignorance, disconnects, people further, from nature and harms. Horses and humans who have done nothing wrong, yes. Banned, them because I have always feared, for the safety of the horses, and the, carriages blocked traffic so fire trucks ambulances, and, squad cars are unable, to get through the street and the sirens, scare the horses, draft. Horses, love to work in throughout history they have worked in much, harsher conditions including. In war and in coal, mines this, to, them is like strapping, on a backpack, for six hours it's, literally, nothing to the they, crave the attention and, they enjoy the job this. Strikes me as a purely political feel-good. Move oh look we're protecting, the animals while reducing, traffic when, really it's, not doing either we. Should ban the tourists, who think a carriage ride is a good use of time and money well. As always we appreciate hearing, from you join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter or post your comments, on our, website and. That, is our show for this Thursday night stay connected by signing up for our daily alert. And join us tomorrow night at 7:00 for the Week in Review we. Are off on Monday for Labor, Day so we will see you again on Tuesday, night have, a safe holiday, weekend, now for all of us here at Chicago tonight I'm Phil poncy and I thank you for watching. Closed. Captioning, for this program is made possible by, Robert. A Clifford, and Clifford, law offices please, to give back to the community, through numerous, charitable, initiatives. You. You.