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  • Chicago nonprofit investigated for questionable spending

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    18 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Annie B. Jones Community Services. which received millions of state dollars for disadvantaged youth and adults, is facing fraud probeA Chicago nonprofit that has received millions of public dollars to provide foster care and other social services is being investigated by state officials for using taxpayer funds to pay for its founder's condo, car and other personal expenses, the Tribune has learned.
  • City sends bike cops into high-crime neighborhoods

    Chicago Sun-Times
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    The Chicago Police Department is deploying bikes for use by patrol officers in 20 targeted zones that have had a history of high rates of violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced Friday.
  • Putin Plays Risky Game, Using Ukraine Crisis for Political Gain, Ex-Analyst says

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    Robert Windrem
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Vladimir Putin is playing a dangerous geopolitical game by using the Ukraine crisis to try to shore up political support among ultra-nationalist Russians nostalgic for the Soviet era, according to a former U.S.
  • Institute of Politics to host Al Gore, Sens. Rand Paul and Rick Santorum

    UChicago News
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul, former Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Rick Santorum will visit the University of Chicago in the coming weeks as part of the Institute of Politics’ spring speaker series. Although the talks are sold out, each can be viewed via webcast at UChicago Live. Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky, will discuss his vision for the GOP in a conversation with Institute of Politics Director David Axelrod at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Ida Noyes Cloister Club....
  • Rangers Top White Sox 12-0 In Perez’s 1st Shutout

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    Mike Ramsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Texas Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night. Martin homered and was one of four Texas batters with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep. Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez retired seven straight after Adam Eaton opened the game with a single and never allowed more than one baserunner in an inning. Martin had a two-run triple…
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  • Chicago nonprofit investigated for questionable spending

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Annie B. Jones Community Services. which received millions of state dollars for disadvantaged youth and adults, is facing fraud probeA Chicago nonprofit that has received millions of public dollars to provide foster care and other social services is being investigated by state officials for using taxpayer funds to pay for its founder's condo, car and other personal expenses, the Tribune has learned.
  • Miniversion of Wrigley a hit in Freeport

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Ballpark for children continues to thrive with help of volunteers, donations— Denny Garkey waited out the season's first rain delay in the gift shop at Little Cubs Field last weekend.
  • Churches use Good Friday to teach nonviolence

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Lessons from Stations of the Cross procession in Little Village hit home for manyChurch leaders in the Little Village neighborhood reflected on violence in their community during a 2-mile-long Stations of the Cross procession to mark Good Friday.
  • Illinois farmers host inquisitive consumers

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Chicago-area residents participate in program to learn more about food production, have process demystifiedThe sows were due to give birth in a matter of days or even hours, a fact betrayed by their strained facial expressions and plump bellies. As a group of Chicago-area women walked through the Kane County hog barn's equivalent of a maternity ward, one of them paused for a moment of cross-species empathy.
  • Quinn grants 43 clemency petitions

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    34th Ward alderman's chief of staff among those granted reprieveGov. Pat Quinn on Friday granted pardons to 43 people convicted of a variety of crimes.
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  • City sends bike cops into high-crime neighborhoods

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:11 am
    The Chicago Police Department is deploying bikes for use by patrol officers in 20 targeted zones that have had a history of high rates of violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Supt. Garry McCarthy announced Friday.
  • Chicago man runs for good in 35th Boston Marathon

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    When Mark Buciak looks back on the Boston Marathon bombings, he pictures empty lunch tables at an outdoor cafe, with silverware and plates of food, but no people. Quiet. He witnessed the scene from behind a crime scene fence the day after he was stopped, along with thousands of other runners, three blocks from the finish line, unaware of what happened. On Monday, Buciak, 53, who lives in Lincoln Park, will again run in Boston — for the 35th consecutive time.
  • Congresswomen upbraid Army for unfair hairstyle regulations: Mitchell

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:20 pm
    With time running out on a petition seeking a revision on Army regulations that ban certain ethnic hairstyles, the petition’s creator, Sgt. Jasmine Jacobs of the Georgia Army National Guard, has gotten some influential support from members of Congress.
  • CTA plans L overpass at Belmont to eliminate bottleneck

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:26 am
    Some Lake View residents were in an uproar Thursday over CTA plans to raze up to 19 buildings and create an elevated bypass just north of Belmont to address a major bottleneck involving the Red, Purple and Brown Line trains.
  • Wallenda says Willis Tower not suited for high-wire act

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:25 am
    Tightrope walker Nik Wallenda, who’s already walked across Niagra Falls, wants to do a walk in Chicago. He was in the city Thursday to scout sites but says the city’s two tallest buildings — the Willis Tower and the Trump International Hotel and Tower — likely aren’t suitable.
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  • Putin Plays Risky Game, Using Ukraine Crisis for Political Gain, Ex-Analyst says

    Robert Windrem
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    Vladimir Putin is playing a dangerous geopolitical game by using the Ukraine crisis to try to shore up political support among ultra-nationalist Russians nostalgic for the Soviet era, according to a former U.S.
  • 10 National Parks Worth a Visit This Spring

    Rob Lovitt
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    That big summer vacation may still be months away, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. This month, many of America’s national parks are just now shaking off winter’s chill and welcoming visitors with warmer temperatures, fields of wildflowers and blessedly few crowds.
  • Send in the Clones: 'Orphan Black' is Back for Season Two

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    A Clone 101 primer for fans and newcomers alike to the BBC America series, which features Tatiana Maslany playing multiple roles.
  • Showcasing Modern Latino Diversity - through Dance

    Jessica Montoya Coggins
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    NEW YORK, NY -- The name Ballet Hispanico might conjure up Flamenco or more of a folkloric dance performance, a far cry from the 44-year-old dance company's sleek, modern and powerful dances pieces."We fight that every day," said Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro.
  • 'Why Me?' Vets Face Much Higher Risk of Lou Gehrig's Disease

    Bill Briggs
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:44 am
    A Vietnam veteran swoops his hand through a row of baby vegetables, caressing the peppers on down to the kale. The plants are aligned in tidy, military order atop his backyard fence. He could spend hours describing his first garden. But he cannot utter a word.He can’t even eat his eventual harvest.
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  • Institute of Politics to host Al Gore, Sens. Rand Paul and Rick Santorum

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul, former Vice President Al Gore and former Sen. Rick Santorum will visit the University of Chicago in the coming weeks as part of the Institute of Politics’ spring speaker series. Although the talks are sold out, each can be viewed via webcast at UChicago Live. Paul, a Republican senator from Kentucky, will discuss his vision for the GOP in a conversation with Institute of Politics Director David Axelrod at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Ida Noyes Cloister Club....
  • Chicago Booth’s Gentzkow awarded 2014 Clark Medal

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    The American Economic Association has named University of Chicago Booth School of Business Professor Matthew Gentzkow winner of the 2014 John Bates Clark Medal, awarded to an American economist under the age of 40 who is judged to have made the most significant contribution to economic thought and knowledge. The Clark Medal is considered one of the two most prestigious awards in the field of economics, along with the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel, and...
  • John Goldsmith to give 2014 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    “Language and the Mind: Encounters in the Mind Fields” will be the topic of the 2014 Nora and Edward Ryerson Lecture given by Professor John A. Goldsmith on Wednesday, April 23, at Ida Noyes Hall. Goldsmith will discuss the ways in which the ideas of contemporary machine learning can shed new light on how languages can be analyzed and understood. Goldsmith is the Edward Carson Waller Distinguished Service Professor in linguistics, computer science and the College and a Senior...
  • Study of UChicago, Midwestern universities reveals short-term economic benefits of academic research

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    The long-term impact of basic research on human knowledge and society are generally well understood, but data to support the short-term economic and social benefits of federal funding of academic research and development have not been as easily quantified until recently. A joint report issued on April 3 by research administrators from nine major Midwestern universities, including the University of Chicago, provides the first detailed look at federal science funding and the short-term economic...
  • April 18 live webcast to highlight ‘Secrets of the Universe’s First Light’

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Three University of Chicago astrophysicists and another from Stanford University will discuss the first hard evidence that the universe swelled from microscopic to cosmic size in the blink of an eye, during a live webcast from 3 to 3:50 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 18. The almost unimaginably fast expansion occurred when the universe was only a trillionth of a trillionth of a trillionth of a second old. Two of the scientists who made this headline-generating discovery last month will converse...
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  • Rangers Top White Sox 12-0 In Perez’s 1st Shutout

    Mike Ramsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Martin Perez pitched a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Leonys Martin drove in four runs and the Texas Rangers routed the Chicago White Sox 12-0 Friday night. Martin homered and was one of four Texas batters with three hits apiece. Robinson Chirinos also went deep. Perez (3-0) retired his last 12 batters and struck out eight in his second complete game, including rookie Jose Abreu three times. Perez retired seven straight after Adam Eaton opened the game with a single and never allowed more than one baserunner in an inning. Martin had a two-run triple…
  • Wolves Win To Pull Even With Grand Rapids In Midwest Division

    Mike Ramsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    ROCKFORD, Ill. – The Chicago Wolves moved into a tie atop the Midwest Division and claimed the Illinois Lottery Cup with a decisive 5-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs on Friday night at the MetroCentre. Left wing Sergey Andronov, right wings Michael Davies and Tyler Shattock, forward Nathan Longpre, and center Alexandre Bolduc all tallied for the Wolves (44-21-5-5), who have 98 points heading into their regular-season finale Saturday night at Allstate Arena. Grand Rapids holds the tiebreaker, so the Wolves must do better against Milwaukee than the Griffins do against Lake Erie.
  • State’s First Artificial Heart Patient Dies

    Mike Ramsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:52 pm
    (CBS) – It started as a medical miracle: a man who desperately needed a heart transplant was given the state’s first full artificial heart. It kept him alive, until something went wrong. CBS 2’s Brad Edwards reports. “It did start working against him. It started hemalizing, breaking down his red blood cells,” widow Pat Haynes says of her late husband, Leroy. He died days ago at the same place that saved him two years ago. He loved to talk about his heart. “I miss him terribly,” Pat Haynes says. It’s such a novel area of science, there is no guarantee. Two years is by…
  • Man Who Shot At Mosque With Pellet Gun Gets Probation

    Mike Ramsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    (STMW) – A man accused of firing a high-powered pellet gun at a Morton Grove mosque in 2012 was sentenced to more than two years of probation after pleading guilty Friday. David Conrad, 51, pleaded guilty to felony reckless discharge of a firearm and knowingly damaging school property, court records show. Judge Garritt E. Howard sentenced Conrad to 30 months’ probation, records show. The incident happened about 9 p.m. Aug. 10, 2012, while worshippers were celebrating the holy month of Ramadan at the Muslim Education Center, 8601 N. Menard Ave., police and mosque officials said at the…
  • Lake County Inmate On Suicide Watch Hangs Himself

    Mike Ramsey
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:52 pm
     (CBS) — A Ukrainian national awaiting trial for stalking and breaking into the home of an ex-girlfriend hanged himself early Friday at the Lake County Jail in Waukegan. Police identified the inmate as 36-year-old Igor Karlukov, whose last known address was in Palatine. Undersheriff Raymond Rose said Karlukov had been jailed since Feb. 10, when he allegedly broke into the Mundelein home of an ex-girlfriend. He was charged with home invasion, domestic battery, attempted strangulation, aggravated stalking and violating an order of protection Karlukov fashioned his noose from a mesh…
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  • West Town car chase ends in shooting, 9 others shot across city

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:33 am
    A car chase that started near Wicker Park ended in West Town with a three-car crash and a shooting that left a man in his 20s dead, according to police.
  • Woman who suffered stroke awarded $14 million in birth control case

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:19 pm
    A Cook County jury awarded $14 million to an Elmwood Park woman who suffered a severe stroke after using a controversial birth control medication, according to the Clifford Law Office, which represented the woman.
  • Lake County Jail inmate commits suicide

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    A man who hanged himself in the Lake County Jail early this morning had been placed on suicide watch in recent weeks out of an excess of caution, though a mental health evaluation uncovered no indication that he was planning to harm himself, authorities said today.
  • Past government mole arrested on federal charges

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    The developer behind the Riverdale Marina touted the project as the jewel of the Little Calumet River, an 80,000-square-foot port with a lively restaurant and space for nearly 100 boats that would revitalize the struggling south suburban community.
  • Mom: 15-year-old son killed in North Chicago

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    A North Chicago family is mourning the death of a 15-year-old boy who died early Thursday after being shot in the head and left in an alley, said the victim’s mother, Roxanne Beech.
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  • If the top 10 songs of the billboard hot 100 were a Loyola student

    Jack McCormick
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    As someone who avoids listening to mainstream music, every time I look at Billboard’s weekly Hot 100 songs I’m astounded: “What are these songs? And who on earth older than the age of 16 is listening to this sh*t?” I ask myself, blind to the fact that, yes, there are (sometimes) great songs on the Billboard Hot 100. These questions are burned into my brain, and recently it’s gotten so bad that I haven’t slept for days (although, this is likely because I’ve been drinking too much coffee; don’t worry I’ve cut back). I had to know who was listening, maybe one of my roommates?
  • Adulthood

    Brigitte Sheerin
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The PHOENIX/Sydney South  -Compiled by Grace Runkel
  • Dining on the Line: The Big Cheese Poutinerie

    Ashley Iannantone
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Photo by: Lynn Marsden Millspaugh According to The Government of Canada website, “Canada and Poland enjoy close bilateral relations, including growth in trade and investments, increasing military co-operation and academic relations [programs].” While I will admit that I have almost no idea what this means, I can tell you that Canada and Poland are coming together in a very positive relationship at The Big Cheese Poutinerie (3401 N. Clark St.), just a few blocks south of the Addison Red Line stop. The Big Cheese Poutinerie (pronounced pooh-teen-ree) is a Canadian chain restaurant that is…
  • The PHOENIX chats with the stars of ‘A Haunted House 2′

    Ashley Iannantone
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    All photos courtesy of “Fly larvae is actually a really good flavor,” Marlon Wayans said, joking about the excess amount of flies getting in his food on the set of his new movie, A Haunted House 2. Despite the flies and other obstacles that come with a low-budget film, Wayans and other members of the cast and crew made the most out of filming for A Haunted House 2, which hits theaters April 18. The PHOENIX sat down with Wayans (White Chicks, Scary Movie) — the film’s writer and star — and actor Gabriel Iglesias (best known for his standup routine “Hot and…
  • Police brutality should offend nation

    Dominic Ciolli
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:44 am
    Albuquerque, N.M., is not a city we often hear about here in the Midwest. Most of our news is centered on local stories such as the rampant crime in Chicago and the happenings of the surrounding states. People tend to care more about what is happening in the areas closest to them rather than states and countries that are hundreds or thousands of miles away. However, it is time for that logic to change. Recently Albuquerque has been under media scrutiny for a number of reported police brutality incidents. Flickr/Rescuenav: An Albuquerque police vehicle. Last month, the Albuquerque Police…
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  • Tradition reigns on Aurora’s East Side in Good Friday procession

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    AURORA — Diana Hernandez has attended processions on Good Friday all 37 years of her life. As a little girl growing up in Mexico, she remembers watching the Living Stations of the Cross, a traditional re-enactment put on by churches of Jesus Christ carrying the cross to his death. At first she didn’t understand what was going on, she said, but as she got older, she came to understand the sacrifice he had made. Since she moved to Aurora 14 years ago, Hernandez has taken her own family to see the East Side’s version of the stations, including her two …
  • Aurora man indicted on sex abuse charges

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    An Aurora man has been indicted on charges that he sexually abused a child under the age of 13, and failed to register as a sex offender in December, Kendall County Court records show. Bail for Tod Butts, 35, 600 block of Sheridan Avenue, Aurora, was set at $300,000 on April 10. Court records show that Butts has a previous Kane County conviction for a predatory criminal sexual assault that occurred in 1999. Butts was convicted in 2001, and sentenced to probation. His probation was later revoked after he committed an additional offense, court records show. In 2011, Butts was …
  • Montgomery man objects to concealed carry denial

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    A Montgomery man believes he was wrongly denied a concealed carry permit for a gun, and has requested a Kendall County judge review the case. In his petition for judicial review, filed earlier this month in Kendall County, James Starck said he was sent a notification of denial for his concealed carry permit application on March 19, and believes the determination of his ineligibility is “erroneous.” The petition states that Starck is over 21 years old, has a valid Firearm Owners Identification Card (FOID), has not been convicted of a violent crime or had DUI violations in the last five…
  • Oswego School District approves  $3.6 million in maintenance projects

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:36 am
    OSWEGO — The Oswego District 308 School Board unanimously approved about $3.6 million in maintenance projects planned for this summer, which will include improving both high school tracks, repairing pavement surfaces and fixing Oswego High’s tennis courts. About $2.3 million of that sum will be dedicated to maintenance projects, while about $1.4 million is slated for safety repairs, such as fixing chillers, boilers, roofing, flooring and fire alarms. As required by law, most of the individual projects will need to be approved a second time by the school board after they go out for bid…
  • Ex-PTA treasurer picked up on warrant

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:32 am
    A former PTA treasurer, accused of taking $4,000 from an account for a Montgomery elementary school, was taken into custody at her Plainfield home recently, according to Kendall County Sheriff Deputy Bryan Harl. Meredith Henry, 36, was taken into custody at 7 a.m. April 8 at her home, Harl said. In March, Henry was charged with felony theft. A Kendall County judge issued a $7,500 warrant for her arrest. Henry was not immediately taken into custody. In April, that changed. When newspaper articles about Kendall County’s search for Henry caught the eyes of Plainfield police, they decided to…
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  • Lagunitas brewery opens in Chicago

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:23 pm
    After six grueling months of preparation and one celebratory toast, the 300,000-square-foot Lagunitas brewery officially fired up its bottling operation in Chicago Friday.
  • Chicago bringing in giant street puppets

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Chicago has come up with a really big idea to boost tourism: giant puppets roaming the city's streets for days in an elaborate theatrical presentation.
  • Wal-Mart workers say they worked with no heat

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Workers file charges with NLRB over firing of two workers who circulated a petitionWorkers at an Indiana warehouse owned by Wal-Mart on Thursday filed unfair labor charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the staffing agency that employs them and the company that operates the warehouse.
  • City asks public for Lucas museum sites

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The city of Chicago has created a webpage where residents can submit ideas and recommend sites for filmmaker George Lucas' cultural arts museum, which will house a trove of the Star Wars creator's artwork and movie memorabilia.
  • Many local homeowners still significantly underwater

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Despite improving home prices, 31 percent of Chicago-area homeowners with a mortgage were seriously underwater in March, owing at least 25 percent more on their home loans than the property’s value, a new report shows.
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  • 1985 Bears D vs 2013 Seahawks D

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:21 am
    Obviously we all have some strong bias here, but im posting this because its coming from a Seahawk blog of all places, and makes some very good points about which is the better D: BATTLE OF THE BEST: 2013 SEAHAWKS DEFENSE VS. 1985 CHICAGO BEARS There have been many stories about what... 1985 Bears D vs 2013 Seahawks D
  • Bears sign a long snapper

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:20 pm
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  • The case for Tim Tebow

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 pm
    Before anyone laughs at me (ok, I know... too late), I was looking for Chicago bears rumors and came across this website. I'm not going to lie. I've always liked Tebows work ethic and his ethics. I think a strong work ethic and being s good person goes a long way in life and your work. The problem is that you also need to have talent and that is where Tebow has always been questionable. But one thing bothered me. Guys that had accomplished less than he had (I mean as lousy as his mechanics... The case for Tim Tebow
  • Chicago Bears 2014 Draft

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    The other one went splitsville. Now where were we ? Oh yeah ... FA and the draft. Next to last ranked Defense. Everyone knows what is needed.
  • Hageman Darkhorse for Giants.

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Good read, I think this sums up my worries with Donald pretty well also and why I keep raising questions on him. Early on I liked Hageman and I got talked out of him, the more I read and see along with his combine numbers I am getting back on the wagon.. I believe he is a valid option at 14, and I like his upside. High motor guys around him like Allan and his... Hageman Darkhorse for Giants.
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  • Blackhawks Buzz: April 19, 2014 at St. Louis Blues - Game 2

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1) Reset Button With just two days between contests, the Blackhawks have little time to dwell on their missed opportunities in Game 1—the focus remains on returning to Chicago with a series split. Fatigue could be a factor for both squads, howeve...
  • Blackhawks have 'little bitter taste' after 3OT loss

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:37 pm
    At a time when a less experienced team might dwell on missed opportunities and be shattered after losing a Stanley Cup Playoff game in triple overtime, the Chicago Blackhawks are taking a more ho-hum approach by holding their heads up and talking ...
  • Blackhawks "Morning Skate Live" returns on Monday

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    The Chicago Blackhawks announced today the return of “Morning Skate Live” presented by Athletico Physical Therapy on Monday, April 21, at 10:30 a.m., in advance of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round series vs. the St. Louis Blues. The ...
  • Blackhawks Buzz: April 17, 2014 at St. Louis Blues - Game 1

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1) The Second Season The Blackhawks head to St. Louis on Thursday for their Game 1 matchup against the Blues, opening the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs for both squads. Chicago went 2-1-2 against the Blues this season, but outscored their Central Div...
  • Tale of two seasons for Blackhawks' special teams

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Last year, the Chicago Blackhawks proved just how valuable a great penalty-killing effort can be through the regular season and Stanley Cup Playoffs. Despite having a power play that ranked 19th in the regular season (16.7 percent) and 13th out...
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  • 2014 NHL Playoff Picks – First Round

    16 Apr 2014 | 11:18 am
    Something of an annual tradition around here: picks for each round of the NHL playoffs. Eastern Conference (1) Boston over (WC) Detroit in six I’m still not quite used to Detroit being in the Eastern conference, so it’s a little weird to see them playing Boston in the first round. It’s actually the first time since 1957 they’ve played at all; back then, Boston won in five before getting trounced by Montreal in the final. And yes, the Leafs weren’t in the playoffs that year either. Funny how things change. Anyway: this year, I expect Boston to hold off the Red Wings. With Tukka Rask,…
  • The Ultimate Tournament Begins ... NHL Playoffs Start Tonite

    Open Ice Hitter
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    The best tournament in all of the sporting world ….. 8 series, each a best of seven ….. no gimmicks like the sham shootout ….. lets get this going !!! Eastern Conference Bruins vs Red Wings – Boston are big, motivated, physical, smart and well coached …. the Wings are living on past glory for the most part, with a bit of young life helping them get into the playoffs … this should be easy money for the Bruins ….. cant wait to see Lucic go after Kronwall ….. Bruins in 5 Penguins vs Blue Jackets – This should be interesting. Dubinsky is going…
  • How Vegas saw the Canucks' 2013-14 season

    Jonathan McDonald
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    If you follow the Vancouver Canucks even passively, you probably know that the past season was one of the Canucks’ great stinkers of the past couple of decades. What’s interesting is to see how Vegas saw the Canucks. So this morning I flipped through the emails I’d received all season from the good people at Bodog. And from there, you can practically chart the Canucks’ fortunes. Incidentally, when the final preseason odds came out last September, they were preceded by this note: “NHL regular season is around the corner and we are seeing a steady increase in NHL…
  • Full disclosure: My NHL awards ballot

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    As a member of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, I have the privilege of voting for sever
  • Playoff Previews: What You Need to Know about Every Series

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:12 am
    The playoffs are upon us, starting tonight, giving me two months of solid nights when I can come in the house and say to my wife “the E! channel is going off, right now, because I gotta watch this Stars-Ducks game” and it just might work. Konopkaesque will be back on Thursday morning with a more detailed look at the Colorado-Minnesota series, but for now here’s a quick gander the other 14 teams engaged in first round series, complete with all of the really important info you need to know. Every team’s deep playoff run is filled with a few standard story lines. Someone…
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  • Suzanne Heintz & Her Mannequin Family

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:22 am
    Matt Bubala talks with conceptual photographer Suzanne Heintz about her photo series that’s lit up the Internet — “Life Once Removed” — a look into Heintz family of mannequins, that is. After feeling pressure and judgement for not being married, Heintz bought her “perfect family.” Download: SuzanneHeintz4_19.mp3 Suzanne Heintz with her family vacationing in Paris. (Photo courtesy of Heintz)
  • Effects of Casual Marijuana Usage

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Matt Bubala talks with Northwestern University’s Dr. Hans Brieter about a recent study showing adverse effects on youth who casually smoke marijuana. Download: BreiterMarijuanaUse4_19.mp3
  • Dwier Brown of “Field of Dreams”

    19 Apr 2014 | 2:25 am
    Matt Bubala chats with Dwier Brown best known for portraying Kevin Costner’s father in the film Field of Dreams, 25 years ago. Brown talks about the film, fatherhood and his new book If You Build It… Download: DwierBrown4_19_14.mp3 Dwier Brown in “Field of Dreams” (Photo courtesy of Dwier Brown)
  • ‘X-Men’ Director Bryan Singer Accused of Sexually Abuse

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:57 pm
    Famous Hollywood director Bryan Singer has been accused in a new federal lawsuit of sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy. The suit, filed Wednesday in federal court in Hawaii, accused the 48-year-old “X-Men” filmmaker of first preying on the 15-year-old aspiring actor at a party at a California mansion where underage boys were plied with drugs and alcohol and taken advantage of. James VanOsdol talked with Jonathan Handel, an entertainment lawyer and contributing editor for The Hollywood Reporter about the story: Download: JVO-JonathanHandel-041814.mp3 James Van Osdol (© 2012 Jill Brazel…
  • NASA’s Kepler Program Finds Earth-Like Planet

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:50 pm
    The search for planets that closely resemble Earth has yielded perhaps the closest match yet — according to a new report from NASA, the newly-discovered Kepler 186f planet is nearly identical to our planet in some key ways. Seth Shostak a Senior Astronomer for the SETI Institute joined James VanOsdol to talk about what the find will mean. Download: JVO-SethShostak-041814.mp3
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  • 2014 NBA Draft order: Bulls win coin flip with Raptors, will pick No. 16 and No. 19

    Ricky O'Donnell
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Coin flip champs! The Chicago Bulls will have the No. 16 and No. 19 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. That became official on Friday afternoon when the Bulls won a coin flip against the Toronto Raptors for No. 19. The Raps will now pick at No. 20. Bulls win draft tiebreaker with Raptors so they pick 16th from Bobcats and 19th with their own pick. — K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) April 18, 2014 The order for the draft lottery can be found here. Here's how the second half of the first round will shape up: First round 15-30: ATL, CHI, BOS, PHX, CHI, TOR, OKC, MEM, Utah, CHA, HOU, MIA, PHX, LAC, OKC,…
  • Bulls Playoffs 2014: Washington Wizards by the numbers

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Diving into the stats to examine some of the strengths and weaknesses of this Wizards club. So we've taken a very basic look at the Bulls' first-round opponent thus far, but I wanted to take a little deeper dive into the numbers to see just what this Wizards team is all about. Record: 44-38 Home: 22-19 Road: 22-19 Offense The Wizards were right in the middle of the pack offensively, in a bunch of different categories. 16th in points per game at 100.7 and t-16th in offensive rating at 103.3 points per 100 possessions. 11th in effective field goal percentage and 15th in true shooting…
  • Chicago Bulls playoffs 2014: live chat with some Wizards experts

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Bullets Forever temporary takeover. One of the great parts of having this particular matchup is that the opponent has a great blog in Bullets Forever. In preparation for this Bulls-Wizards series, we're hosting two of their writers here today. Ricky and Jason will be doing the same over at BF. Starting at 11 (central), both Mike Prada and Thomas Pruitt will be in this thread to answer any questions you have about their Wiz and the Bulls matchup. They definitely know their team, and that's something we should probably get to know better for these next four (ok, six I guess...) games. Again,…
  • Bulls vs. Wizards: Taking a look back at the season series

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The Wizards won the season series 2-1, but the Bulls dominated the most recent matchup. While the majority of Bulls fans wanted the Wizards instead of the Nets in the first round of the playoffs, we must not forget that Washington did win the season series 2-1. That of course doesn't mean too much, but it's something we can't completely scoff at. The Wizards also did finish the season on a high note, although their four-game winning streak to close the year did come against three terrible teams and a Heat team that didn't give a crap about winning. The last two "real" games were a blowout…
  • Chicago Bulls playoffs: Bulls extremely healthy heading into first round

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    remarkable, really A couple of weeks ago, the Sun-Times had a brief blurb noticing that the Bulls had the same starting lineup for the previous 33 games. It was a record in the Thibodeau era, and actually the longest such streak since The Dynasty. It hasn't changed since then, and so the Bulls wound up with the same starters (Hinrich/Butler/Dunleavy/Boozer/Noah) for the final 40 games of the season. They were 28-12 in that time. The Magnificent(ly Healthy) 7 Looking at the entire Bulls rotation, it's even more staggering. The Bulls season really started anew after Luol Deng was traded (his…
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  • Bulls Beat #317

    Doug Thonus
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    I discuss the Bulls rise to the three seed, coach of the year talk, and the Bulls subtle salary maneuverings.
  • Bulls Beat #316

    Doug Thonus
    6 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    I discuss the Bulls chase for the three seed, D.J. Augustin's contract situation, and the fall of Carlos Boozer.
  • Bulls Beat #315

    Doug Thonus
    30 Mar 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Bulls close out the rest of the season with 10 winnable games after completing the end of the gauntlet. I discuss the present seeding implications and whether or not D.J. Augustin and Kirk Hinrich will be back next season.
  • Bulls Beat #314

    Doug Thonus
    23 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    I discuss the Bulls week, the playoff race, and the rest of the Bulls season.
  • Bulls Beat #313

    Doug Thonus
    16 Mar 2014 | 10:45 am
    I discuss the historic nature of Joakim Noah's passing, the Bulls race towards the playoffs, and why this season has turned out fun despite the Rose injury.
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  • Bulls Fall To Bobcats 91-86 In OT, Will Play Wizards In Playoffs

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:49 pm
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored eight of his 22 points in overtime to help the Charlotte Bobcats defeat the Chicago Bulls 91-86 Wednesday night and finish the season with eight wins in their final nine games. The loss means the Bull will finish the season as the number four seed in the Eastern Conference and they will play the Washington Wizards in the first round. Al Jefferson added 10 points and 18 rebounds for Charlotte, and Chris Douglas-Roberts finished with 13 points after being held scoreless for the first three quarters. Josh McRoberts made a key play in overtime,…
  • Bulls Open Playoffs This Sunday!

    Stylz & Roman
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Da Bulls finish off the regular season 2nite still battling for the 3rd seed! But as of right now, we have no idea who we’re gonna play! lol What we DO know is that we’ll definitely have home court advantage & the first game will be THIS Sunday at 6pm! We can’t wait to spend our Easter at the United Center! #DaBulls #SeeRed
  • Wizards Playoff Seeding Scenarios

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    The final day of the NBA regular season has come.  Although they clinched over two weeks ago, the Wizards playoff seeding remains uncertain. Currently sitting in the 6th seed, the Wizards could potentially jump up the 5th, remain in place, or fall to the 7th seed. With Indiana and Miami having already locked up the first two spots, I have compiled all the different scenarios that would impact the Wizards seeding. 1)      If the Wizards WIN they automatically clinch no worse than the 6th seed 2)      If Washington loses and the Bobcats win, the Wizards fall to 7th and face the…
  • Chicago Bulls

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
      Tonight is game 82 at Charlotte Bobcats. Although the Bulls have faced several downfalls, including Rose’s knee injury and trading some starting players; they have come a long way and are looking at getting into the Playoffs again this year. As of now the Bulls are tied with Raptors in 3rd place for the Eastern Conference. If they want to secure a place in the Playoffs they need to work hard to get a Win against the Raptors. Being a true Bulls fan I’m biased when I say that they’re going to surprise the hell out of everyone in the Playoffs. They’ve been working…
  • Predictions for the First Round of the NBA Playoffs

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Lets start out in the Western Conference: No. 1 Spurs vs. No. 8 Grizzlies While I do think that the
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  • Despite breakthrough, Cubs drop fifth straight

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Jeff Samardzija notched his fourth quality start in the Reds' 4-1 victory Friday over the Cubs, who lost their fifth straight but finally tallied a run after 24 scoreless innings.
  • Jackson looks to benefit from Bonifacio's spark

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:58 pm
    The Reds' and Cubs' respective leadoff men, Billy Hamilton and Emilio Bonifacio, will square off again on Saturday in the second game of the series, and it will be interesting to see who creates the most problems as Tony Cingrani and Edwin Jackson take the mound for their teams.
  • Renteria wants Cubs to 'stay relaxed' on offense

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:53 am
    Entering Friday's game against the Reds, the Cubs ranked 14th in the National League in runs scored, and had been held scoreless in their last 18 innings. What's manager Rick Renteria to do?
  • 'Next chapter' begins for McDonald with Cubs

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    When Darnell McDonald reported to the Cubs' Spring Training camp in February, he was fighting for a spot on the Opening Day roster. The outfielder never expected he'd finish with a new job as a baseball operations assistant.
  • Arrieta nearing return with rehab start on tap

    Carrie Muskat
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta will make at least one more rehab start with Triple-A Iowa early next week, and he could then be ready to start for the big league team. Arrieta had tightness in his right shoulder when Spring Training began, and he did not pitch in any Cactus League games.
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  • Baseball-Highlights of Friday's MLB games (Reuters)

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:55 pm
    (Adds late games) April 18 (The Sports Xchange) - Highlights of Fridays' Major League Baseball games: - - Nationals 3, Cardinals 1 Gio Gonzalez pitched seven strong innings and his team mates scored two runs on a wild pitch in the bottom of the seventh as the Washington Nationals beat the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1. St. Louis starter Michael Wacha (2-1) uncorked the wild pitch that allowed Ian Desmond, the Washington shortstop, to score from third. When Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina threw wildly to Wacha in an attempt to get Desmond, the ball rolled into the St. Louis dugout as Washington…
  • Team Report - NEW YORK METS (The SportsXchange)

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Davis era comes to an end in NY
  • Reds-Cubs Preview (The Associated Press)

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    Wrigley Field appears to be the ideal place for the Cincinnati Reds to continue their current surge. Looking for a fourth straight victory overall, the Reds can continue their dominance in Chicago by handing the Cubs a sixth consecutive defeat Saturday. Alfredo Simon allowed a run over six innings and Ryan Ludwick had two hits as Cincinnati (7-9) won 4-1 at Chicago on Friday to extend its longest win streak of 2014. Winners in 16 of 17 at Wrigley, the Reds have outscored the Cubs 17-5 during a four-game road series winning stretch.
  • Jeff Samardzija has become the example for Cubs (Comcast SportsNet Chicago)

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Jeff Samardzija pitches well, the Cubs fail to provide him with enough offense (or defense) and he walks off the field with a loss or no-decision. It happened for the fourth time already this young season Friday afternoon as the Cubs fell 4-1 to the Reds at Wrigley Field. Samardzija went seven strong innings, allowing one earned run and six hits while striking out seven and walking two. He made some great pitches," Cubs manager Rick Renteria said after the game.
  • Team Report - CINCINNATI REDS (The SportsXchange)

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Confident Reds rolling
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  • Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 18

    Josh Timmers
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    A couple of impressive individual performances, but overall not much good news tonight. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs were run over by the New Orleans Zephyrs (Marlins), 1-0. It was a great start for Tsuyoshi Wada, but he took the loss anyway because Iowa didn't score. Wada allowed one run on three hits over eight innings. Wada allowed a leadoff home run to Josh Rodriguez on the second pitch of the game. The next batter, Brian Bogusevic, singled. Wada would not allow another hit until the seventh inning.  Wada walked one and struck out five. The I-Cubs had two hits in this game Chris…
  • Cubs Weekly Recap: April 11 Through April 17

    Naveen Nallappa
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    After starting the week off with a dramatic win, the Cubs lost four straight as the offense struggled, yet again, to score. NOTE FROM AL: Unforeseen circumstances delayed Naveen's recap -- it includes games through the Yankee series. The Cubs went 1-4 this past week, losing two of three to the Cardinals after a dramatic win in in game one of the series, and falling to the Yankees in both games of the day-night doubleheader. The Cubs entered Friday's game in last place, six games back of the division-leading Brewers. Runs Scored: 14 | Runs Scored per Game: 2.80 | Runs Allowed: 24 | Runs…
  • Cubs Make Things Right With 100-Year-Old Fan

    Al Yellon
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    This story has a happy ending. It was first noted in this BCB FanShot, and I have confirmed that the Cubs have asked Louis Reinhart, the 100-year-old fan from downstate Metamora, back to Wrigley Field with free tickets for him and his family, and they have accepted. Cubs spokesman Julian Green explained the Opening Day mixup, telling me, "The plan was to bring Mr. Reinhart to the right field gate so we could easily and comfortably get him on the field. What may be viewed as ample time doesn’t consider the work that goes on behind the scenes, as well as the other activities scheduled and…
  • Reds 4, Cubs 1: History Was Made At Wrigley Field

    Al Yellon
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    The Cubs lost again, but a rare event occurred at Wrigley Friday afternoon. The Cubs lost 4-1 to the Reds Friday afternoon, their fifth consecutive defeat. Positive things happened! I'm going to tell you about those. First, the Cubs scored a run in the seventh inning. That ended a 24-inning scoreless streak; the last run scored by a Cub before Friday was in the ninth inning last Sunday in St. Louis. The unearned run, helped along by a Todd Frazier error, prevented the Cubs from being shut out three straight times for the first time since 1992. Even more interesting was the top of that seventh…
  • Cubs Record, Stats, Upcoming Schedule

    Al Yellon
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    Here you will always be able to find the most up-to-date information on who the Cubs are playing, when and where, and what TV channel you can find the game on. Last game: 4-1 loss to Reds Next game: Saturday, April 19, vs. Reds at Wrigley Field, 1:20 p.m. CT. TV: CSN Chicago. Radio: WGN. Cubs regular-season record: 4-11 Al's 2014 regular-season record: 2-5 Cubs' 2014 regular season record on various TV channels:WGN: 2-6CSN: 2-5 (includes CSN+)WCIU: 0-0Fox: 0-0ESPN: 0-0 (not including games also on other channels) Cubs' all-time postseason record since 1906: 28-55-1 (13-28-1 home, 15-27 road)…
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  • Green Thumbs

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    A new wave of startups are bringing digital know-how to the agricultural sector, building apps for farmers to better monitor rainfall and manage their crops.
  • This is the Museum You've Been Looking For

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Do you have a suggestion for where the proposed Lucas Cultural Arts Museum should go? The City wants to know by April 23. (Previously.)
  • Courting History

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A plan for the State of Illinois to borrow $100 million to help pay for the Obama presidential library moved forward in Springfield, and the City is asking for public input on where the museum backed by George Lucas should go if it's built in Chicago.
  • Fake Lady Parts

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    WGN anchor Robin Baumgarten couldn't keep a straight face during a story about lab-grown vaginas, and her grossed-out grimace landed her a spot on "The Soup."
  • Missing a Mask

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    A side effect of having so much stand up and improv in the city might be that there's plenty of tragedy but not a lot of comedy on stage in Chicago, writes Tribune critic Chris Jones.
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  • The [Friday] Papers

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:11 am
    "Mayor Rahm Emanuel flew around the country more than 50 times during his first 2 1/2 years in office, mixing city business with politics and attending events that helped burnish his national profile," the Tribune reports. "On at least nine of the trips, records show taxpayers covered all or part of the travel as Emanuel met with political donors or raised campaign money from wealthy business executives who helped stock a re-election fund that now tops $7 million. "An additional six taxpayer-funded trips listed little or no official city business but offered Emanuel a stage, from rubbing…
  • Our Most Magnificent Magic Realist Is Dead

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    "Nobel prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died in Mexico aged 87, his family says," the BBC reports. "Garcia Marquez was considered one of the greatest Spanish-language authors, best known for his masterpiece of magic realism, One Hundred Years of Solitude."
  • Blackhawks Buckle

    18 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    "Ken Hitchcock thought his St. Louis Blues finally moved past the lingering debris from their late-season slump in the third period Thursday night and started playing the brand of hockey that allowed them to rack up 111 points through 76 games in the regular season," Dan Rosen writes for "Little did Hitchcock know that it would take the Blues another 40-plus minutes to get a win. "Alexander Steen scored 26 seconds into triple overtime at Scottrade Center to give the Blues a 4-3 victory against the Chicago Blackhawks and a 1-0 lead in their Western Conference First Round series. It…
  • Tweeting Chicagoland | Episode 7: Tripling Down

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Just when it looked like maybe the producers of Chicagoland would branch out a bit, they tripled down on Rahm Emanuel, Garry McCarthy and Liz Dozier as the city's super-citizens deserving of more screen time than Michael Keaton in Multiplicity. Enough! Even more so than he already has been, Rahm is portrayed as the most compassionate man in America; the music swells and the images of poor black kids revert to slow-motion as the greatest mayor since the last one intones rhapsodizes himself and his city.
  • The Week In Chicago Rock

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:31 am
    You shoulda been there. 1. The National at the Chicago Theatre on Tuesday night.
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    Cheeky Chicago

  • Annie Get Your Gun
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Myth: Only men carry firearms. In this day and age (as some people now refer to Chicago as Chiraq, unfortunatey), carrying a firearm is something a Cheeky gal may actually think about… and act upon. There’s a common misconception that only police officers, hunters, criminals and men carry firearms. This is just not so. With the Conceal and Carry Law recently passed in the state of Illinois, many female residents are pursuing the opportunity to own a gun. Whether it be for safety or sport, it’s very important that certain safety measures and education are considered before owning…
  • Cheeky Moms: the Truth About Staying Fit While Pregnant
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Remember when you were a kid sitting around at recess talking about how many kids you wanted to have someday? Back then, it was easy to think of yourself as having it all — the career, the social life, the family and the body. But as an adult, the reality of working, eating, drinking and breathing for two can be a lot different than what was in your playground daydreams. Four active women tell us what it’s really like to be pregnant and still be fit. Alexandra Schuler of Chicago is a mother of two daughters, ages seven and three. Prior to her first child, Alexandra had a very positive…
  • SweatGuru Takes The Work Out of Working Out

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Convincing ourselves to go to the gym is enough of a workout. Too often, we arrive only to find every spin class seat taken or hot yoga mat filled. Closed out of cardio again? Not cool. SweatGuru, a brilliant new technology, crushes this obstacle to ensure no fitness opportunity is ever missed. The website is the first digital marketplace to bring people together around fitness classes and wellness experiences. SweatGuru allows users to manage their fitness activity in a single place: browse nearby classes, filter by price, location or type, then pay for and schedule classes suited to your…
  • Get Glowing with Clarins Golden Glow Booster

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    By now, we’ve heard enough about Chicago’s winter. Yes, it was soul-crushingly cruel and ridiculously cold. Thankfully, it’s time to bare our bundled up bodies and finally enjoy the outdoors! What better way to do that than with a little sun-kissed glow? Clarins introduces Golden Glow Booster ($30), an easy addition to beauty arsenals that will restore lackluster complexions to luminosity. Because blending in with Oak Street Beach sand is considerably un-Cheeky. The first ever sunless innovator promises made-to-measure self-tanning results. With just three drops added to any…
  • Live Life Wildly Better

    Nina Gardner
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Go ahead and throw everything you have heard about life coaches out the window and meet Allie LeFevere. Women’s self-worth coach and healthy living expert, Allie uses her infectiously positive personality and extensive experience to help women go after living lives they love. All in all? This is a woman you want to know! Allie was kind enough to sit down with Cheeky for a personal chat. Cheeky: First things first: Your background is super diverse. What was your big breakthrough that led you to share your passion for helping people live great lives? Allie LeFevere: What really led me to…
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  • Kuala Lumpur – An Unforgettable Experience in Malaysia

    MJ Tam
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    I spent four full days in Malaysia, my last #DTour stop ending my 31 nights in Asia. I was exhausted by the time I hit Kuala Lumpur but my host DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur had done a fantastic job with my itinerary and I couldn’t wait to get started! Looking back now, Malaysia was the perfect […]
  • Kuala Lumpur: Sacred Shrine at the Batu Caves in Malaysia

    MJ Tam
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    On my very last day in Malaysia, my host DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur arranged a trip to the holiest Hindu Temple in Malaysia at Batu Caves – 8 miles away from Kuala Lumpur. Seeing from afar I was easily intimidated by the grandiose limestone hill with a 140 ft high Lord Murugan statue (supposedly the tallest […]
  • Kuala Lumpur: Thanking Teachers with #CookieCare in a Local School in Malaysia

    MJ Tam
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    My Malaysian host DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur had me tagging along on what I felt is the most rewarding experience on my entire #DTour travel. Not very often a normal tourist can or would plan to visit a local school and get a chance to talk to students and teachers from another country. I was fascinated […]
  • Kuala Lumpur: The Culinary Scene in Malaysia

    MJ Tam
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Under the beautiful urban setting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is probably the best and most diverse culinary scene in the world. In my own humble opinion, that is. I’ve actually been told by many that I’ll eat well in Malaysia but seeing it was way beyond what I had imagined it to be. Malaysia in […]
  • Phuket: Must Do Activities!

    MJ Tam
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    As busy as I was running around in the urban setting of Bangkok, Thailand, my schedule was even more packed in the three days I was in the tropical scenery of Phuket. My gracious host who is tucked in a more quiet part of the island DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel – Surin Beach  planned quite an active […]
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  • Let it Rain

    4 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    Though it may not fully feel like it, spring is upon us! April showers, is the time many homeowners start to prep their lawns and gardens for the coming summer. But there are a few things some homeowners can do to not only make their lawns green, but themselves. Typically, approximately 30% of water consumption is used outside – for watering lawns, gardens, washing cars or generally cleaning. According to the American government’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), 26.7% of our house water is used to keep our toilets flushing; 21.7% of our water use is for the laundry, followed by…
  • Chicago Spire

    13 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    Chicago Skyline rending with Spire [Crain’s] Developer Garrett Kelleher has reached an agreement with his largest creditor, Related Cos., over a financing plan that would allow him to keep control of the Chicago Spire site and potentially search for construction financing for the development Mr. Kelleher has until Oct 31 to pay back Related Cos., $109 million, which would allow him to retain ownership of the site. Mr. Kelleher has an option to extend final payment till March 31, 2015, but under that scenario he would owe an earlier $22 million payment, as well as increase Related’s…
  • March Newsletter

    4 Mar 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Luxury is back – and in a big way. Sales of homes priced at $1 million or more in the Chicago area jumped 33 percent in 2013 from the year before, according to a recent Chicago Magazine article. The increase was spurred along by the improving housing market and economy, as well as ultra-low jumbo mortgage rates. But the sentiment among many luxury homebuyers and most brokers is that luxury inventory is still tight. So if you’ve been thinking about listing your luxury home, now is a great time to do so. At @properties, we offer high-end sellers and buyers the best resources and…
  • January Newsletter & Video

    22 Jan 2014 | 5:04 am
    What to expect in housing in ’14 2013 was an exciting year for housing as record low interest rates, tight inventory and rising home prices helped bolster the market’s recovery. So what can prospective home buyers and sellers expect this year? Here are three trends to watch: • Higher Interest Rates – Expect to see mortgage interest rates rise as the Federal Reserve continues to taper its quantitative easing programs, which have kept average 30-year mortgage rates below 5 percent for 44 consecutive months. 2014 will be the year that rates go back above 5 percent, but by…
  • The New Year with a Twist

    7 Jan 2014 | 5:45 am
    After a roller coaster of a year, I have been getting a lot of requests and questions about what to expect for this upcoming year. Is housing still worth it? The rules are continually changing, as we have all seen in the past few years. What was once a buyer’s market; with an over abundance of inventory has changed. As we have seen last year, many desirable areas have seen a glut of inventory, changing into a seller’s market for some. Although most of these areas may favor sellers, it will not be as extreme as we have seen this past year. Areas that are in high demand and have shown…
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  • Don Thompson's smoking habit -- food, that is

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    McDonald's President and CEO Don Thompson took everyone by surprise today when he introduced Silicon Valley venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, who was in town talking about his new book, “The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers.”Mr. Thompson said he and Mr. Horowitz and their wives met each other at a black corporate directors conference some years ago co-sponsored by John Rogers Jr., founder of Ariel Investments LLC. Mr. Horowitz was a speaker that day, too, and the two men hit it off.“We both love music, we both love to cook and…
  • Hollye Jacobs on surviving breast cancer

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Chicago friends of Hollye Jacobs, former Gold coast resident and breast cancer survivor, turned out yesterday to hear her talk about a book she's written about her experience with the disease. Ms. Jacobs, wife of attorney Jeff Jacobs (he represented Oprah Winfrey for years) is the author of “The Silver Lining: A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer,” which grew out of a blog she started when she was diagnosed. Earlier this month, the book made the New York Times best-seller list.As a registered nurse, social worker and child-development specialist who now lives in Los…
  • Jimmy Carter to keynote Chicago event honoring his advance team

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Former President Jimmy Carter will keynote the Publicity Club of Chicago's annual Golden Trumpet Awards ceremony in June. The event also will honor the advance team that worked with him over the years.Rick Jasculca and Jim Terman of Jasculca Terman Strategic Communications oversaw event preparations for Mr. Carter and then-Vice President Walter Mondale during Mr. Carter's time in the White House in the 1970s and '80s. The Chicago communications executives also have done advance work for former President Bill Clinton and then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. And they helped oversee…
  • Big money for tiny science: Pritzkers give $15 million for U of C nanofab lab

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Pritzker Foundation, under the direction of businessman Tom Pritzker, has donated $15 million to build a nanofabrication facility at the University of Chicago.The facility will be under the academic umbrella of the Institute of Molecular Engineering. It will be in the William Eckhardt Research Center, which opens next year.The Pritzker Nanofabrication Facility will be a 12,000-square-foot building in the Eckhardt center in the heart of the Hyde Park campus.The facility will boost Chicago “as a hub for discovery and innovation,” U of C President Robert Zimmer said in a…
  • Maria Wynne to head Leadership Greater Chicago

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Maria Wynne has been named CEO of Leadership Greater Chicago, a nonprofit that mentors civic leaders. Ms. Wynne, former head of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, takes the helm as Executive Director David DeCoursey makes plans to retire next year after more than 25 years with the organization.Ms. Wynne, who also has held top executive jobs at Microsoft Corp. and Xerox Corp., said she hopes to broaden the reach and raise the profile of Leadership, which has about a $1 million budget.“When you look at organizations in the spotlight, Leadership Greater Chicago is…
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  • Twitter Reaching Outside Its Walls for Mobile Ad Sales

    Joe Mathieu
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Twitter mobile ads on other apps? You may be seeing (and/or purchasing) them soon.  According to a report in AdAge, Twitter has teamed up with mobile app advertising network MoPub to offer mobile install ads. While this is being deemed a “private beta”, it does seem that Twitter will soon open up this capability to the general advertising public. Twitter already earns over $200 million per quarter on advertising, according to Q4 results, but this move would certainly open them up for further ad dollars. Facebook and other publishers are currently seeing big money from mobile…
  • Gender Targeting in Social Media & Mobile Ads

    Joe Mathieu
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the most under-utilized digital marketing options, in my opinion, is gender targeting. Sure, on media channels such as paid search, there’s rarely a time where targeting males & females separately makes much sense from an ROI perspective. But, in social media especially, where users self identify their sex, gender targeting simply is a best practice. Even if your advertiser is after both sexes, men & women fundamentally behave differently (and if you didn’t know that, I am envious of your obliviousness); therefore, there is no reason to believe that each gender…
  • The Paid Keywords Not Provided Effect? What Effect??

    Joe Mathieu
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last week, search marketers everywhere were put into a tizzy when previous reports of Google possibly putting a lock-down on paid search keywords and giving them the “not provided” treatment like organic search reemerged. According to many, it would mean a dramatic shift in the way SEM operated. Things would be changin’ ’round these parts. Queue REM’s “End of the World” and such. Except, it wasn’t. And, everything is gonna be  just fine. Yes, Google did officially announce paid search would be covered under SSL encryption. In laymen’s…
  • What We Can All Learn from Infamous Social Media Fails

    Joe Mathieu
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Social media is a unique digital marketing tactic. In paid search, for instance, campaigns are set up & optimized within a platform that SEMs aren’t typically using on a daily basis for personal reasons. Even if a search manager is using AdWords for a non-work campaign, the likelihood of them confusing one for a client’s account is pretty low. That’s why I was none-to-surprised when I read this post on Search Engine Journal featuring 35 examples of social media fails. You see, in numerous cases, brands were embarrassed on Twitter or Facebook because of one simple…
  • What Will Google Unveil During the AdWords Livestream?

    Joe Mathieu
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Following the introduction of Estimated Total Conversions and the renaming of conversions in general, Google has announced that Jerry Dischler, VP of Product Management for AdWords, will host a Livestream on Tuesday, April 22nd at 11am (CDT) to discuss “a brand new set of innovations” to the paid search console.   Although language on the Inside AdWords blog is vague (because of course), much of it deals with “performance”– translated, tracking conversions and engagement in a post-”Enhanced Campaign” world. What could this mean? Well, if you recall,…
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