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Attorney Rae Kaplan: Federal loans get forgiven

Attorney Rae Kaplan of Kaplan Law Firm joins John Williams to talk about what we should know about Grad PLUS loans and the SAVE repayment plan, why you approach federal loans differently that other types of debt, the options you have if you hold a private loan, and the application period for student loan forgiveness closing on Dec. 31, 2023.


Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg: Midwest is ripe for an excellent high-speed rail network

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg joins John Williams to talk about new transportation funding coming to Chicago, what improvements will be made with the funding, what it would take to get high-speed rail throughout the Midwest, if he expects a smooth holiday season when it comes to air travel, and his future political ambitions.


Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi: Blind trust in China would be foolish

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL 8) joins John Williams to talk about a glowing profile in Foreign Policy about the the work the Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party is doing to map out a new era of U.S. competition with China. Congressman Krishnamoorthi also explains why he’s concerned with TikTok.


John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 12.8.23

Enjoy this edition of “The Best of Speed Jokes.” What was your favorite joke of the week? Keep sending your jokes to!


Winners and losers from GOP debate

Blake Burman, Moderator of The Hill and Chief Washington Correspondent of NewsNation, joins John Williams to tell us the major takeaways from the GOP debate in Alabama.


John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXVI, 12.7.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to!


The Mincing Rascals 12.6.23: Brighton Park migrant shelter, Ed Burke corruption trial, George Santos on Cameo

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Neil Steinberg of the Chicago Sun-Times, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, and Cate Plys, former staff writer at the Chicago Reader and political op-ed columnist at the Sun-Times and Tribune. This week, the Rascals discuss the state of Illinois halting the construction of a migrant shelter in Brighton Park. How has […]


Pastor Corey Brooks on his mission to create opportunities for kids in his community

Listener Paul Shah, President of Anderson & Shah Roofing, along with other members of the Chicagoland Roofing Council, tell John Williams about a $50,000 donation their group is making to Pastor Corey Brooks and Project H.O.O.D, to help build their leadership and economic center in Woodlawn. The goal is to create a partnership with Pastor […]


The Salvation Army sees the goodness in everyone

Salvation Army soldier Lydia Riley joins John Williams to talk about what The Salvation Army has meant to her family and the Salvation Army programs that have impacted her and her two sons.


John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXV, 12.6.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to!


Does Elon Musk truly care about free speech?

Jane Kirtley, Silha Professor of Media Ethics and Law at the University of Minnesota, joins John Williams to discuss Elon Musk criticizing advertisers who are leaving the social media platform X. Jane says, “Elon Musk is for freedom of speech for Elon Musk.”


Eric Zorn: No incredible smoking gun in Burke trial

Eric Zorn, Publisher of The Picayune Sentinel, joins John Williams to share his thoughts on the corruption trial of former Alderman Ed Burke and why he’s upset at the Dr. Pepper tuition giveaway contest that took place during halftime of the Big 12 Championship football game. And there are a still a few tickets left for […]


Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: Should you still get a flu shot this year?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to tell us if we should get a flu shot if we haven’t received one already, what we should know about vaccine side effects, why you should get the latest COVID shot, and to answer all of your medical questions.


John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXIV, 12.5.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to!


Give the experience of Omaha Steaks this holiday season

Todd Simon, Omaha Steaks fifth-generation family owner, chairman, and chief steak evangelist, joins John Williams to talk about why a gift from Omaha Steaks this holiday is giving an experience and is much more than just giving meat in a box.


Ray LaHood: One party rule does not benefit the citizens of Illinois

Ray LaHood, former GOP member of Congress and the U.S. Secretary of Transportation under President Barack Obama, joins John Williams to talk about his op-ed in the Chicago Tribune that suggests the Illinois GOP should challenge the state’s district maps in court.


How to stay connected to a person living with Alzheimer’s

Monica Moreno, Senior Director of Care and Support at the Alzheimer’s Association, joins John Williams to talk about the new Chevy holiday commercial that shows an elderly woman in the early stages of Alzheimer’s. How accurate is this commercial? Monica explains how a powerful memory of a person’s past can provide an opportunity to foster […]


John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part DCLXXIII, 12.4.23

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to!


Best of the Midwest: Visit hip and historic Holland, Michigan!

It’s time once again for our Best of the Midwest feature! Are you trying to come up with some vacation ideas that are only a quick getaway from the Chicago area this holiday season? Well, John Williams has some great recommendations for your trip! Today, John is joined by Linda Hart, Executive Director Holland Visitors […]


Antioch has a variety of holiday activities for the whole family

Barbara Porch, Executive Director of Antioch Chamber of Commerce, joins John Williams to put a spotlight on Antioch. She runs through the plethora of fun family activities free for all ages this holiday season.