After six years, a program that hired additional workers in ex-offenders to clean CTA train cars and buses will wrap up on Dec. 31. The CTA, which spent nearly $3 million annually on the program, is pointing their finger at the maintenance union Local 308 for removing the program when they re-upped their contract. The AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams were joined by our callers and listeners this morning as they debated on whether or not the reason from the CTA was justifiable and the effectiveness and current state of work unions.
This year’s “hot toy” is no giggling doll or construction set. It’s a $400-500 video game, DVD, streaming TV console manufactured by either Sony or Microsoft. Our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess of PixelRated.com joined the AMp’s Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning to provide thorough reviews of the Playstation 4 and Xbox One and their games. As it turned out, both consoles are perfectly great in terms of gaming, but they both have different functions and their companies are trying to market them differently. Sony has been pushing for a “supreme, omnipotent gamer’s box” feel for their consumers while Microsoft wants the XBox One to be an all-in-one, multi-tasking, everything you can possibly need in your living rooms. Marty also discussed issues and glitches that occurred early on for both consoles.
In the first ten years of the 21st century, over 5,000 people were killed by guns in Chicago, and over 24,000 were wounded.
Alex Kotlowitz recently wrote in Time Out Chicago about the epidemic of youth violence in Chicago. Shantell and Luis break down his article, plus have a frank conversation about what may cause the violence and what can be done to stop it.