DOA - Decisions, Opinions and Analysis
  • Jeff Ward
12 episodes
Hard-hitting. Informative. Thought-provoking. News, opinion, and original investigative journalism focusing on the Fox Valley, Chicagoland and the state of Illinois. Tackling issues that local and mainstream media won't cover. Brought to you three times per week by veteran journalist Jeff Ward.


Episode 10: The Fall of King Madigan: What Happens Now?
2021 Jan 2037m 21s
Jeff and Jeff discuss the fall of former Speaker Mike Madigan and what's next for his successor, Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch of Hinsdale, as well as the impact on the future of both the Democratic and Republican parties in Illinois. Part I of II.
Episode 9: Policing in the Age of "Defunding the Police" with EPD Chief Ana Lalley
2021 Jan 1840m 43s
We speak with Elgin Police Chief Ana Lalley about the challenges of policing in a time of pandemic and unrest.
Episode 8: New Kane County State's Attorney Jamie Mosser Talks Reform
2021 Jan 1339m 17s
We speak with Jamie Mosser, newly elected Kane County State's Attorney, about her historic win, her transition, plans for the future and criminal justice reform. (Oh, and a little COVID stuff!)
Episode 7: Elgin Activist Marcus Banner Discusses Race and Law Enforcement
2021 Jan 1143m 16s
We speak with activist Marcus Banner, Founder and CEO of ONE - One Neighborhood Empowerment, about the attack on Capitol Hill, the fallout from the Jason Blake shooting and race relations with the police in general.
Episode 6: Top Ten Local Stories of the Annus Horribilis! (Part 1)
2021 Jan 0437m 11s
In the first of a two-part series, we discuss the top local stories of the year that dare not speak its name.  COVID, the rise of the Nanny State, the killing of George Floyd, the (maybe?) downfall of Michael Madigan and the return of Blago take top...
Episode 6: Chairman of the Board, Chris Lauzen
2020 Dec 2835m 43s
We speak with former state senator and Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen about his 28 years of service in state and county government, and what's to come.
Episode 5: The Birds and the Bees with Pam Otto!
2020 Dec 2339m 55s
We speak with Pam Otto, St. Charles Park District Outreach Coordinator and Kane County Chronicle columnist, about the glorious nature all around us in Kane County.
Episode 4: Innovative Policing with Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain
2020 Dec 2136m 32s
We speak with Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain about his innovative approach to policing,  incarceration and rehabilitation.
Episode 3: Let's Dance! Jamie Vargo of Vargo's Dance.
2020 Dec 1832m 31s
Jeff speaks with Jamie Vargo of Geneva's Vargo's Dance about her studio and many of the great businesses she loves here in the Fox Valley.
Episode 2: All things Elgin with Jeff Meyer
2020 Dec 1640m 35s
Jeff and Jeff examine the logic of Elgin's City Council hiring a Diversity Director and Sustainability Director in the middle of a pandemic, among other Elgin topics.