Lucky me. Business brings me to Chicago every year. I like the Windy City. It's a great walking-around city, with good music and eats and lots see.
The downside is my trip is always in February, when it's cold -- made to feel even colder by the wind. Like today was 25, but with the wind chill, it felt like 13.
I'm here in February because that's when the Chicago Auto Show takes place. For my client The National Road Safety Foundation, I run a contest for teens in conjunction with the Auto Show called Drive Safe Chicago.
We invite teens throughout Chicagoland to submit their ideas for a TV public service message (PSA) about distracted driving -- a major problem for all drivers, but especially teens.
From the entries, we picked three finalists and sent an Emmy Award-winning director to work with the kids to professionally produce their messages. The Auto Show then posts the finalists on its Facebook page so the public can see them and vote online for their favorite. The winner gets a $2,000 prize.
Later this morning I'll announce the winner at a news conference at the show and then we'll go over to the local ABC station here, WLS-TV 7, for a live interview on the noon news.
It's fun work and it helps educate young people to the dangers of distracted driving, which is a major contributor to the fact that traffic deaths nationally have been increased by eight percent the past two years, reversing a decades-long trend of decreasing deaths.
Here's the winning video, as part of a story based on our interview today on WLS-TV ABC7 Chicago.