Sex offenders have to register at a single office in Chicago once a year, or more if they move or change jobs. But the office can’t handle the volume of registrants and people can be left literally in the cold, in violation of the law. WBEZ reporter Rob Wildeboer joined the Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon andMolly Adams as he explained how the gap is costing money and time.
The Department of Corrections has a $1.3 billion annual budget so our sister station WBEZ gave a survey to Illinois legislators to find out how many of them had actually visited a prison during their tenure. Reporter Rob Wildeboer joined us to break down the results and explain why it’s always good to do your research.
This week, Cook County’s first terrorism prosecution began against three men who are being charged with planning terrorist attacks during the 2012 NATO summit held in Chicago. While the defense is claiming that they were just loud and intoxicated as they encountered underconvered cops who instigated the situation, the prosecution says that the men (now known as the NATO 3) were bonded by anger and intended on a mission to battle against the police on the street. They were arrested immediately after the cops found four assembled firebombs a few days before the summit. The AMp hostsBrian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by Dr. Coya Paz as they anaylzed the case and debated on whether or not they were really committed acts of terror, or if they were just angry, drunk citizens.
When police officers lie about what happens during an encounter to protect themselves or their colleagues, the citizens affected by their lies can still end up in trouble whether the officers see discipline or not. DNAInfo reporters Mark Konkol and Quinn Ford joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they shared the detail of their recent investigation on how Rule 14, the code of conduct that forbids CPD officers from making false statements, is enforced.
Sarah Palin is no stranger to the headlines. This week, she posted on her Facebook page her perspective on the selfie-epidemic by saying that the country would be better off if young women took fewer selfies, and more fish in hand. Yes, you read that correct. Fish. The AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams analyzed her statement with a Feminist Wednesday twist. On one hand, she could be promoting women in outdoor activities which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. But on the other hand, she has not been the brightest and most credible public figure in the nation’s history.
An unemployment plan worth $6.4 billion to extend unemployment insurance benefits to eligible workers for an additional three months passed the Senate this morning but it has not passed through Congress just yet. If passed, this bill will honor extended insurance for 1.3 million Americans who lost their jobs after Christmas. The AMp’s Molly Adams and guest co-host Ricardo Gamboa discuss the split perspectives on the unemployed and the government’s involvement as many Republicans believe that this extension could hurt the economy by stalling job creation and cut off of other programs.
“One of the advantages of living in a democracy is that there is a court and a justice system that exists outside of individual feeling, then we have to despite individual or local feeling respect the larger governing system. This is the law. So if a Texas citizen went to another country, was detained rightfully or not rightfully, that citizen would hope that the US government would step in on their behalf. That doesn’t mean the US government’s going to let them off, So it can’t just work one way and not the other. There’s a set of International Conventions for a reason.”
- Coya Paz on Texas performing executions to non-American inmates.
Should MSNBC’s Martin Bashirhave resigned yesterday over these remarks about Sarah Palin? This is the debate that the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams had this morning on Peace Prize Thursday. The shorthand in a lot of headlines make it seem like it was an offhand comment, but its actually a slow burn of an educational lesson about the horrors of slavery. Molly argued that while it might be a smarter put-down than it first seems, female politicians often get the grossest vitriol and Bashir has a poor track record when it comes to respecting women.