Chicago’s Mayoral Race; Rep. Kinzinger National Guard Controversy; Drug Prices; Identifying Jane Doe
On The 21st: Chicago will elect a black woman as mayor for the first time ever. Last night, a field of 14 narrowed down to two: Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. Also, Rep. Kinzinger may have violated Wisconsin state law by openly criticizing a governor's decision to withdraw troops from the southern U.S. border. Plus, the price of insulin has more than doubled since 2012. So should Illinoisans be allowed to import the drug from Canada? State lawmakers have proposed a bill that would do just that. And, more than 40 years ago, the body of a young woman was found along the highway in Seneca, Illinois. She’s never been identified. But, Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson is determined to give her back her name.
Last night, 14 candidates were on the ballot to be Chicago’s next mayor and now there are two: Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle. There will be a runoff on April 2nd but, regardless of the outcome in April, Chicago will elect its first African-American female mayor. The ballot includes all of Chicago’s 50 wards for Chicago’s City Council, but even a federal extortion case wasn’t enough to unseat Alderman Ed Burke. What does all of this mean for the Chicago machine and city and state politics? We're joined by Jen Sabella from Chicago for more analysis. She’s Co-founder of Block Club Chicago.
The Wisconsin National Guard has announced that they’re looking into whether Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger, who belongs to a Madison-based Guard unit, has violated Wisconsin state law. Through a series of tweets and a television appearance on Fox on Monday, Rep. Kinzinger criticized Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers’ decision to withdraw troops from the southern U.S. border. Kinzinger is a Republican representing Illinois’ 16th district, which includes Dixon, Morris and Ottawa. We talk to Molly Beck, a reporter who covers state government and politics for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Wisconsin National Guard reviewing Illinois GOP Rep. Kinzinger’s criticism of Gov. Evers over troop withdrawal; as a Guard officer, he’s not supposed to blast top leaders or reveal military movements: @MollyBeck. https://t.co/ygkLCO0mBG— Larry Sandler (@larrysandler) February 27, 2019
With the cost of insulin reaching an all-time high in the United States, many people support importing prescription drugs from Canada where prices are lower. Will Guzzardi, the Democratic State Representative from Illinois’ 39th House district, talks to us about his proposed action on solving this issue. We're also joined by Clair Irwin at our Urbana Studio. She's a Champaign resident and the state chapter leader of Illinois Insulin4All.
"Our government doesn't negotiate prices with drug companies. They have to take whatever prices the drug company gives them."@willguzzardi on one reason why prescription drug prices are so high.— The 21st (@21stShow) February 27, 2019
For more than 40 years, the woman officials call Jane Seneca Doe has been unidentified. But Deputy Coroner Brandon Johnson has been determined to give her back her name. Every week, Brandon combs through tips, police records and databases in an effort to figure out who she is. We first learned about Brandon and this story from Chicago Tribune reporter Alison Bowen. Deputy Coroner Johnson joins us from Morris, Illinois to tell us more about Jane Seneca Doe.