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What you should know about COVID protocols if you plan on taking a cruise

Sue Kelly, owner, Kelly Cruises & Tours, joins John Williams to give an update on the easing of COVID protocols if you want to take a cruise. And don’t forget, there is still time to join John in Greece and Italy next April!

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Aug 19
Naperville City Council votes to ban the commercial sale of assault rifles

Councilwoman Patty Gustin joins John Williams to talk about why she voted to ban the commercial sale of assault weapons in Naperville.

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Aug 19
John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 8.19.22

It’s time to listen to the BEST JOKES OF THE WEEK! What was your favorite? Keep sending your jokes to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!

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Aug 19
Rep. Mike Quigley goes undercover to learn more about his constituents

U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL5), joins John Williams to talk about how, for the last 12+ years, he has gone undercover to work various jobs with residents of his district. Rep. Quigley also talks about why he voted yes for President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act.

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Aug 18
Best of the Midwest: Visit the Historic Pullman Foundation!

Looking to take a quick getaway from the Chicago this summer? Well, John Williams has you covered with our “Best of the Midwest” feature. Today, we stay close to home as John chats with Julian Jackson, Executive Director of the Historic Pullman Foundation! Julian talks about the treasure that is Pullman on the South Side […]

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Aug 18
Nutrition expert Dawn Jackson Blatner: How to spice up your veggie tray

Author and food and nutrition expert Dawn Jackson Blatner joins John Williams to talk about ways you can make a healthy, delicious and inexpensive veggie tray.

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Aug 18
John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CDXX, 8.18.22

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!

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Aug 18
The Mincing Rascals 8.17.22: Liz Cheney, Naperville gun ban, and Chicago’s mayoral race

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio, Eric Zorn of The Picayune Sentinel and The Daily Herald, Austin Berg of the Illinois Policy Institute, Jon Hansen of WGN Radio and Block Club Chicago and Heather Cherone, political reporter for WTTW. This week, the Rascals discuss last night’s primary in Wyoming and Rep. Liz Cheney losing to a Trump-backed […]

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Aug 18
Lawn and garden tips from landscape expert Bob Bertog

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins John Williams to answer all of your lawn and garden questions.

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Aug 17
Bike on DuSable Lake Shore Drive this Labor Day weekend

Amy Rynell, Executive Director, Active Transportation Alliance, and Mark Hoppe, President, Fifth Third Bank (Chicago Region), join John Williams to tell us all about the Fifth Third Bike the Drive taking place on Sunday, September 4th! If you want to ride, use Discount Code WGNBTD5 for $5 off!

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Aug 17
Advice columnist Amy Dickinson and the drama of the Instagram cat

Amy Dickinson, the “Ask Amy” syndicated advice columnist, joins John Williams to talk about the help she gave a grandmother who was upset because her step granddaughter wasn’t following her cat on Instagram.

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Aug 17
John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CDXIX, 8.17.22

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!

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Aug 17
Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: What to know about the CDC’s new COVID guidance

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about the importance of health care access, the CDC easing COVID guidelines, and what should we know about polio and polio vaccines.

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Aug 16
John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CDXVIII, 8.16.22

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!

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Aug 16
Anna Davlantes: Why there are extreme delays in the police response to emergency calls

Anna Davlantes, Investigative Reporter for WGN Radio and NewsNation, joins John Williams to talk about the huge backlogs in the city’s 911 system.

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Aug 15
Myles Frost didn’t want to impersonate Michael Jackson in his Tony Award-winning role

Myles Frost, Tony Award-winner for his performance as Michael Jackson in the Broadway musical MJ, joins John Williams to talk about his role playing a musical legend, how he taught himself to play music and sing, the way he was discovered, how uniquely qualified he is to play Michael Jackson, the approach he took while […]

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Aug 15
John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CDXVII, 8.15.22

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!

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Aug 15
George Will: Merrick Garland investigation a circus

George Will, Washington Post columnist and Senior Contributor for NewsNation, joins John to talk about his recent column about the FBI searching former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

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Aug 12
John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, The Best Of, 8.12.22

It’s time to listen to the BEST JOKES OF THE WEEK! What was your favorite? Keep sending your jokes to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!

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Aug 12
Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi: Going to Taiwan was absolutely the right thing to do

U.S. Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi joins John Williams to talk about his recent trip to Taiwan that he took with Speaker Pelosi, and why he believes the Inflation Reduction Act is a terrific piece of legislation.

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Aug 11
Nutrition expert Dawn Jackson Blatner: What you need to know about intermittent fasting

Author and food and nutrition expert Dawn Jackson Blatner joins John Williams to talk about salad dressing and what you can do to avoid bottled dressing when preparing your salad. Dawn also tells us what you should know about intermittent fasting.

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Aug 11
Best of the Midwest: Visit Minnesota!

Looking to take a quick getaway from the Chicago this summer? Well, John Williams has you covered with our “Best of the Midwest” feature. Today, John chats with Lauren Bennett McGinty, Executive Director, Explore Minnesota, about taking a trip to the Land of 10,000 Lakes! Lauren tells John about the variety of things to do […]

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Aug 11
John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CDXVI, 8.11.22

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!

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Aug 11
Landscape expert Bob Bertog answers all of your lawn and garden questions

Bob Bertog, president of Bertog Landscape Co. in Wheeling and a certified landscape professional with the National Association of Landscape Professionals, joins John Williams to answer all of your lawn and garden questions.

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Aug 11
The Mincing Rascals 8.10.22: Bailey doubles down, race for Chicago mayor, and NASCAR deal

The Mincing Rascals this week are John Williams of WGN Radio and Eric Zorn of The Picayune Sentinel. Eric and John talk about the FBI searching the Mar-a-Lago home of President Trump. What does this mean for the former president and what will it mean for the upcoming election? Also joining the Rascals this week to offer […]

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Aug 10
Little League assistant coach describes heartwarming moment of sportsmanship

Robb Zurek, former Chicago-area resident and current assistant baseball coach for the Pearland, Texas 12U All-Star team, joins John Williams to talk about the now viral moment when a batter from the opposing team consoled his team’s pitcher after being hit in the head with a wild pitch.

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Aug 10
Second City’s Kelly Leonard: The importance of cultivating great relationships

Kelly Leonard, Executive Director of Learning & Applied Improvisation at Second City Works and host of the “Getting to Yes, And” podcast, joins John Williams to talk about a recent podcast he recorded with author Eric Barker about what it means to have great relationships. What are we getting wrong about the way we communicate?

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Aug 10
John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes, Part CDXV, 8.10.22

John Williams brings you a round of Speed Jokes. Keep sending yours to JohnWilliams@wgnradio.com!

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Aug 10
Celebrating the life and legacy of Olivia Newton-John

John Williams reflects on the life and legacy of Olivia Newton-John, who passed away on Monday at the age of 73. John talks about her role in ‘Grease’ and how the original musical started in Chicago.

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Aug 09
Dr. Jeffrey Kopin: Should you wait for an updated COVID booster?

Dr. Jeffrey Kopin, Chief Medical Officer for Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital, joins John Williams to talk about how effective the vaccines have been in preventing serious illness and death, if we should wait to get an updated booster shot, and how concerned we should be about monkeypox.

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Aug 09