Barber Shop Show Preview: What caught your eye in Chicago news this month?

Barber Shop Show Preview: What caught your eye in Chicago news this month?

It's time for our monthly round table with Chicago journalists on the Barber Shop Show, our weekly radio show on Vocalo 89.5 FM.

This week, we'll be joined by Claudia Garcia-Rojas, contributing writer for Gozamos and a social justice activist in Chicago, and Whet Moser, blogger for Chicago Magazine, to analyze recent local news.

They'll tell us their news "likes" and "dislikes," plus the headlines that made them say "WTF?!?"

So, to help get things rolling, we'd like you to share your perspective on the latest Chicago news. What did you like? What did you hate? And what made you wonder what was going on?

I'll start.

For news likes, I was pleased to see that state restored the money for the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program.

I interviewed mom Chalonda McIntosh, who told me how devastating the loss of child care vouchers would be for her, and so I was relieved to hear the program won't be cut.

For my dislike? The proposal that Congress has made to cut the American Community Survey. That's a really nerdy dislike, but the ACS is an annual collection of data that gives us accurate numbers on all kinds of important information about our nation.

It's really important to our work here at The Chicago Reporter, and at a time when so many families are struggling, it's essential to have more information about how they're doing, not less.

And what made me say WTF? As crazy as the NATO summit was, I have to say it was accused State rep. Derrick Smith's lawyer, Victor Henderson, comparing the plight of his client to that of Jesus, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Nelson Mandela. Apparently, Smith is in good company.

So, what about you? Share your comments here, on our facebook page, or chime in on Twitter using the hashtag #barbershopshow and we'll read them live on air. Or call into the show, this Friday from noon to one, by calling 888-635-1112, and talk to us.

If you miss this Friday's show, you can hear a rebroadcast on Saturday from noon to 1 p.m. or download the podcast, always available the Tuesday after the show airs.

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