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'Morning Shift' #111: Peaks and Valleys

On Wednesday's Morning Shift, we talk to WBEZ statehouse reporter on Illinois gun hearings, Texas School District Superintendent on armed administrators, Gary Mayor on city development, WBEZ sports reporter and Chicago Magazine's Executive Editor and a parent join the conversation about Autism.


  1. Rally17.GunControlMarch.WDC.26January2013
  2. State Gun Hearings
  3. The Illinois House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday hosted the first of two hearings on gun safety laws in the state. WBEZ statehouse reporter Tony Arnold was at the hearings and tells us if there was anything new on the agenda, or whether it was the usual line-up and expected testimony.
  4. Daley and Gary Mayor work on future of city
  5. Gary, Indiana, has had its share of tough times throughout the years. Now Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley has stepped in to lend his name and clout to the city’s economic future. He’s tapped students at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy, where he serves as a senior fellow, to offer ideas on how to bring dollars and development back to the Indiana city. Gary mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson gives us an update on this partnership and explains what she’s doing to turn the tide of the city.
  6. Blackhawks up for a record and Bulls make moves?
  7. With a single point tonight, the Blackhawks will tie the record for the best start in NHL history. Plus the NBA trade deadline is coming up. Will the Bulls make any moves? WBEZ’s Cheryl Raye Stout has the inside scoop on the ice and the hardwood.
  8. Beyond the younger years, adults with Autism
  9. Autism spectrum diagnoses among children have jumped from one in 150 in 2000 to one in 88. While a host of resources exist for minors, that support dries up when autistic kids become adults. Chicago magazine executive editor Cassie Walker Burke wrote about the transition in the latest edition of the magazine. She stops by to examine the issue, along with Linda Stern, a Wilmette parent whose 26-year-old autistic child found work at a bank, and Maurice Snell, a spokesman with autism for the advocacy group Easter Seals.
  10. Dueling Critics on Julius Caesar at Shakespeare Theater
  11. WBEZ Theater Critics Kelly Kleiman and Jonathan Abarbanel review Julius Caesar on stage at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on stage until March 24.