The Week in Review: Mendoza Confirms Mayoral Run, Amazon Snubs Chicago


Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza breaks the worst-kept secret in city politics: the 46-year-old former City Clerk is running for mayor of Chicago. But in saying she has “the best years of [her] life yet to give in public service to this city,” Mendoza prompts accusations of ageism in a crowded race of political heavy-hitters like Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, who are both in their 70s.

The fatal shooting of 26-year-old security guard Jemel Roberson by a Midlothian police officer at a south suburban bar prompts questions, community outrage and an investigation by the Illinois State Police.

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Amazon passes over Chicago in selecting northern Virginia and New York City as the dual locations for their second headquarters – our panel questions whether affordability was a genuine factor in the e-commerce giant’s decision.

In sports, the Bears-Vikings’ Sunday night game, which was bumped to prime time, will be a tense standoff and battle for the NFC North Division’s first place spot.

Guests

Mary Mitchell, Chicago Sun-Times | @MaryMitchellCST
John Byrne, Chicago Tribune | @_johnbyrne
Natalie Moore, WBEZ 91.5 FM | @natalieymoore
Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times | @ricktelander


The conversation continues in our web-extra video. This week, Schutz and guests discuss the planned $75-million restoration of the landmark Uptown Theatre, closed since 1981, as well as the fate of other long-shuttered or demolished venues like the Regal Theater on the city’s South Side.

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