Personal finance columnist for Red Eye, Megan Crepeau, called in and joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest Co-Host Ernest Wilkinsthis morning as she dished on her latest thoughts about money and YOU. One point that was discussed was how family and friends that constantly give you advice on how you should finance your money may be well intended. And we also may need a little push of motivation when it comes to saving and organizing our money, but the results could backfire, and cause the advised to actually be more careless about their money in spite them. So how can you save money without being obsessed with it and how can you stay confident through poor financial decisions?
Vocalo Listener Lorrell has been thinking about what it means to be a "good ally:" how do you become part of the struggle, part of the fight, instead of just a sympathetic bystander? This morning she joined the AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host Luis Perez by phone as she helped answer those questions and more. One of the many important points that were made in the conversation were whether or not music artists Lady Gaga or Mackelmore, are true allies considering that they make a ton of money off of being a public voice for the gay rights movement. Profitting off of becoming a public ally for a movement certainly does raise questions on the genuinity of the advocacy and campaigning, and is not as effective of a tool as it may seem.
When it comes to living in the red, people can be either be in over their heads or completely debt adverse without a credit card to their name. Wealth strategist Tom Anderson’s new book The Value of Debt tries to find the balance between the two, enacting corporate strategies for personal finance. Tom joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams by phone this morning as he discussed the book and beyond.
A proposed expressway, the Illiana, would link Chicago’s far southern suburbs to southern Lake County, Indiana with an alternative east-west route for traffic. Supporters say the project would generate thousands of jobs for decades to come, but critics question just how far the $1 billion price tag would ripple. WBEZ reporter Michael Puente joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning by phone as he dished on the details of his most recent report on the proposed project.
WBEZ Bureau Check In: This week we check in with Northwest Indiana Bureau Reporter Mike Puente. He talks about the runway extension of Gary/Chicago International Airport set to open later this year and other plans for the complex.
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How does a professor of English end up writing a book about the recession and the American dream? That’s the case for William Hazelgrove, adjunct professor of English at Elmhurst College, and author of Rocket Man. The novel follows a writer who deals with how to attain a happy life while handling a house and lifestyle he can’t afford. Luis, Shantell and William Hazelgrove discuss his novel plus how tough economic times have shifted the American dream.
Leave Chicago & Come to Texas: ”Everything’s bigger in Texas” and Governor Rick Perry traveled all the way to Chicago to let business owners know that. The reason for the Governor’s trip? To lure the city’s businesses to the southwest. We discuss.
The $5 Looking Fee:A grocery store in Australia is sick and tired of consumers coming into their establishment but going elsewhere to purchase goods. So much to the point where they charge those who enter without purchasing a $5 looking fee. We Discuss.
Fined for leftovers? A restaurant in Japan is making sure that every plate is clean. We talk about Hachikyo’s strict policy of fining patrons who do not finish their meals.
Rubio Water Bottles: No matter what political party you align with, everyone agrees that Marco Rubio’s water sip during his speech after the President’s State of the Union address was kind of strange. Turns out that awkward moment of thirst-quenching has raised over $100,000 for a PAC that supports Rubio. We discuss.
Job from Around the Way:We present the latest job lead in hopes of making the search a bit easier in this tough economy.
What does a 4’11 97lb. insurance agent and a 6 foot-something thief in a Burger King uniform have in common? They both were written about by famous columnist Mike Royko. Shantell’s mom Sandra Jamison takes us back to that fateful spring 1978 day where chasing down an macing a thief landed her in the paper . Click below to hear the “A-Macing” Chase.