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  • At panel on school closings, board acknowledges more planning needed

    Chicago Sun-Times
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:44 am
    Chicago Public Schools still has too many schools for the number of children who live in the district and should plan better when opening new charters to avoid being “highly hypocritical,” said one of the school board members who voted to shutter 50 neighborhood schools.
  • Tollway might permanently lower cost to open I-Pass account

    Chicago Sun-Times
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Since the sale window opened Oct. 1, the average number of drivers opening new I-Pass accounts has nearly doubled — from an average of 350 a day before the sale to about 650 currently, officials said Thursday.
  • Ebola: Quarantined nurse who flew to New Jersey from West Africa develops fever

    News - Chicago Tribune
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:39 pm
    New York and New Jersey will automatically quarantine medical workers returning from Ebola-hit West African countries and the U.S. government is considering the same step after a doctor who treated patients in Guinea came back infected, officials said on Friday.
  • Worker Who Treated Ebola Hospitalized in NJ, Has Fever

    NBC News Top Stories
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The healthcare worker was placed in quarantine at a Newark airport upon returning from treating Ebola in Africa, and later developed a fever.
  • Password refresh campaign to launch this fall

    UChicago News
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    The University of Chicago is launching a CNet password refresh campaign this fall as part of IT Services’ efforts to protect the University’s network, computing and data. The campaign will help to strengthen the security of the network by requiring individuals who have not changed their CNet password in the past 12 months to do so. The first phase of the password refresh campaign will apply to University of Chicago staff members and begins in October. The second and third phases...
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  • Password refresh campaign to launch this fall

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    The University of Chicago is launching a CNet password refresh campaign this fall as part of IT Services’ efforts to protect the University’s network, computing and data. The campaign will help to strengthen the security of the network by requiring individuals who have not changed their CNet password in the past 12 months to do so. The first phase of the password refresh campaign will apply to University of Chicago staff members and begins in October. The second and third phases...
  • Becker Friedman Institute announces two new research fellows

    24 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics has appointed two new research fellows as part of the institute’s commitment to bringing the world’s most promising economists to Chicago to pursue original research. The two fellows are Benjamin Brooks, whose work includes studies on creating incentives for cooperative behavior; and Thibaut Lamadon, who researches aspects of labor markets. Brooks obtained his PhD in economics from Princeton University, and Lamadon is a...
  • Workshops and panels to address evolving state of journalism, arts and media

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts and Media will host an inaugural daylong event featuring opportunities for UChicago students to interact with prominent practitioners on Friday, Oct. 24, from noon to 7 p.m. at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts. Called JAMfest, the event will include panels and workshops on evolving outlooks in journalism, the arts and media, and how students aspiring to careers in those fields can best pursue them. It also will feature UChicago students who have...
  • Third Coast Percussion drumming up excitement at UChicago

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A typical music performance might elicit applause; musicians venturing further might invite limited audience involvement. But the four players in Third Coast Percussion, who returned this fall for another residency at UChicago, have jumped several mighty steps ahead. Not only have they picked an unlikely theme for their instrumental shows—politics—but they’ve also worked hard to get students involved in their showcase performance at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 1 at Reva and...
  • Highly effective new anti-cancer drug shows few side effects—in mice

    22 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    A new drug, known as OTS964, can eradicate aggressive human lung cancers transplanted into mice, according to a new report. The drug, given as a pill or by injection, inhibits the action of a protein that is overproduced by several tumor types, including lung and breast, but is rarely expressed in healthy adult tissues. Without this protein, cancer cells begin the cell-division process but fail to complete it and die. When taken by mouth, the drug was well tolerated with limited toxicity. An...
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  • Bulls Drop Final Preseason Game To Timberwolves

    Mike Ramsey
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 pm
    ST. LOUIS (AP) – Rookie Zach LaVine scored all six of his points in the final five minutes, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves erase a 13-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter and close the preseason with a 113-112 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Friday night. Derrick Rose had 27 points and five assists for Chicago (4-4). Rose had 57 points the last two preseason games for the Bulls, hoping to rejoin the contenders in the Eastern Conference. Ricky Rubio led the Timberwolves with 19 points, five assists and two steals. Minnesota (5-2) won its last four in the preseason.
  • Chicago Man Arrested After Abducted Baby Is Found Safe Downstate

    Mike Ramsey
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:52 pm
    (STMW) – Two Chicago-area residents are among three people who were taken into custody after police safely located a baby girl who’d been kidnapped Friday from her Memphis, Tenn. home. Three people took 8-month-old Samiyah Nichols from Memphis about 4:15 a.m. Friday, according to Illinois State Police. Authorities learned they were in a 2005 Ford 4-door belonging to a relative of the baby that may have crossed into Illinois, a statement from ISP said. A trooper spotted the car about 9:15 a.m. near milepost 103 in Jefferson County. State troopers and local sheriff’s deputies stopped…
  • Joniak: Keys To Bears-Patriots

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    (CBS) The Bears (3-4) hit the road to face the Patriots (5-2) on Sunday. Here are my keys to the game. OFFENSE: RUN AND POSSESS Expectations have not been met offensively, but taking a deep breath and re-calibrating a bit could solve the mystery of the season so far.  Protecting the ball is Job One against a Patriots defense that shares the league lead in takeaways. Expect everything and prepare accordingly when facing a Bill Belichick-coached team. The Patriots head coach concocts unique game plans depending on the opponent, focusing on specific matchups with versatile defenders. The…
  • Rauner, Quinn Courting Women Voters

    Mike Ramsey
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    (CBS) – As the Illinois governor’s race hits the home stretch, the focus is on women’s voters. More than 2 million strong in the suburbs, they may hold the key to victory, CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports. They can’t be taken for granted. They’re notoriously independent voters. So, both Democrats and Republicans fight hard for women. Bruce Rauner’s Wife Does Media Interviews WBBM 780/105.9FMplaypause Incumbent Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing ads from the nation’s first lady, and new this week on his campaign trial: feminist icon Gloria Steinem. “Gov. Quinn is…
  • Negotiators In Waukegan Teachers Strike Won’t Resume Talking Until Monday

    Mike Ramsey
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:24 pm
    (CBS) – Negotiators will take the weekend off in the strike by teachers in Waukegan District 60, and Monday classes have been cancelled. The two sides met with a federal mediator for seven hours Friday before breaking. Waukegan Strike Continues WBBM 780/105.9FMplaypause Waukegan Teachers Council spokesman Kenzo Shibata said there was progress. He said it was “slow but steady” but “less painful” than it was earlier in the week. District 60 Chief Negotiator Tony Ficarelli saw it differently. “We’ve been exchanging proposals, but the union has been…
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  • CTA increases security measures

    Mary Byrne
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:41 pm
    As part of a new federal counter-terrorism initiative, CTA train riders riders will be selected at random to have their bags checked by Chicago Police before passing through turnstiles, according to a CBS-Chicago report. Screenings are expected to begin Nov. 3. Police will screen bags for explosives. Bags won’t be opened, but officers will swab the bag and place the sample in a machine to test for explosive compounds. The test takes up to 30 seconds.   Read more here:
  • Gold Noise with Ari: Hozier

    Ari Black
    24 Oct 2014 | 12:15 pm
      In an effort to bring my continual Facebook music posts to a halt (I think my friends hate me), I will now switch over to posting a weekly music video along with some other music recommendations for all you readers (and listeners) — lucky you. Some weeks will have themes; some will not.  It’s all a part of the fun.  My lists will contain everything from modern day singer-songwriter tunes to ‘60s rocker jams — we can’t forget about the classics, can we? Let’s get started. Aside from his gorgeous man ponytail, the best thing about Irish musician Hozier is his live…
  • Homeless or not, he’s got the month of May

    Liz Greiwe
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Lloyd Scroggins’ husky rendition of “My Girl” filled the tourist-crowded street, echoing off the windowed walls of the Crain Communications building on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Randolph Street. On the overcast, 60-degree October afternoon, his baritone voice and a wide, welcoming smile gave some truth to the lyrics “when it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.” He wore a faded red T-shirt and a pair of old jeans with a lime green glove covering his left hand. Sometimes, he sang and clapped. Others, he called out to the sea of suits to spare some change for a…
  • The minimum wage is not a living wage

    Rachel Heying
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:29 pm
    When it comes to increasing minimum wage, the answer can seem simple at first: raise it. It seems like a win-win situation. In a world where everything seems to be getting more expensive, making some extra cash never hurts. But the issue is not so black-and-white. San Jose, California and Seattle have already taken the plunge.  The results of these cases lead to the question of whether or not raising the minimum wage would, in fact, be a step in the right direction for everyone. Though there are many details that would need to be sorted out along the way, the end result of raising minimum…
  • Healthy grocery shopping starves the wallet

    Rachel Heying
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:22 pm
    Since childhood, many of my peers had it instilled in them to try and eat healthy. Sure, there was the occasional piece of candy or ice cream on a summer day, but almost every kid was forced to eat vegetables at dinner. As we grow up, our bodies increasingly want healthy food. If given the option, many of my friends would now choose a home-cooked healthy meal as opposed to a quick bite from a fast food chain. So why, then, is it so difficult for college kids to eat well? A huge part of the problem is economical. To put it simply, I could buy a bag of apples for anywhere between $2-$3, or I…
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  • Class 4A Bartlett volleyball sectional is strong top to bottom

    Rick Armstrong
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Volleyball postseason play begins Monday and many observers will be keeping an eye on the loaded Class 4A Bartlett Sectional that features many of the area’s teams. How good is the 22-team field? Sitting at the No. 10 seed is Yorkville, a team that had just one loss on its ledger nearly two weeks ago when sectional coaches cast their votes that ended with Benet, Glenbard West, St. Charles East and Geneva grabbing the Nos. 1 through 4 seeds, respectively. “It’s the toughest time I’ve ever had trying to figure out the top 10 teams,” said Waubonsie Valley coach Kristen Didier, whose…
  • Kaneland doubles team loses first match of season in quarterfinals

    Joshua Welge
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Madi Jurcenko and Jelly Emmanouil hardly sounded like two girls who just lost their first match of the season. Theirs was the tone of goals realized, program history made. Advancing to the quarterfinals for the first time in their third state tennis meet together, the Kaneland doubles team on Friday dropped a 6-1, 6-0 decision to second-seeded Vinaya Rayo and Katherine Harvey of Stevenson. Jurcenko and Emmanouil will play in a consolation bracket match Saturday in Rolling Meadows — coincidentally against the same Young team they beat in the third round Friday morning. “It’s honestly…
  • Classmates celebrate 60th anniversary of 8th grade at St. Nicholas School in Aurora

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    Earlier this month a group of friends gathered at Orchard Valley County Club in Aurora to celebrate their 60th class reunion. This was not a typical reunion of classmates who attended high school or college together. This was a reunion of the St. Nicholas Parochial School eighth-grade graduating class of 1954. Ray Beach of North Aurora came up with the idea of a 25th reunion decades ago, and after that successful event, the classmates have been getting together every few years. Beach admits that a grade school reunion is unusual but explains that “it was a different time.” St. Nicholas…
  • Comings & Goings: Outdoor laser tag combat in Plano

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Thrill-seeking fans of all ages must check out Battle Royale-Elite Soldier in Plano, an outdoor laser tag facility. On the grounds of Blackberry Creek Campground and Conference Center, gamers can play on 130 acres of combined wooded and open playing fields. Owner Brian Car lson, of Chicago, created Battle Royale, a mobile laser tag operation in February 2012. “Our concept is, ‘We bring the event to you,’” says Carlson, who brings guns, headgear and obstacles to your church, school or even your own backyard. While the mobile side of the business has been a success, Carlson searched for…
  • 12 Bigs By Christmas: Trying new things keeps match busy

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The only thing better than an adventure is knowing someone else will be along for the ride with you. Megan and DeAnna have been matched for over two years in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program of Family Counseling Service. BBBS is a one-to-one mentoring service where Littles like DeAnna and Bigs like Megan can build a friendship that has a positive impact on both of their lives. The experience has even made DeAnna a better role model to her younger siblings. “Deanna is a great big sister,” Megan. “She is caring, kind and has lots of friends. It has been fun to see Deanna be such a…
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  • Jay Cutler: Brandon Marshall 'didn't come near me'

    Sessler, Marc
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:10 pm
    On Thursday, Jay Cutler dismissed reports that wide receiver Brandon Marshall called him out directly after the Bears' sloppy defeat to the Dolphins last week. How have the pair's teammates responded?
  • Mike Ditka: Chicago Bears have no captain on roster

    Orr, Conor
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Legendary Bears coach Mike Ditka doesn't like what he's seen recently from his old team. According to Iron Mike, Chicago currently lacks some leadership in the locker room.
  • Brandon Marshall: My only regret is door wasn't closed

    Coppinger, Mike
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Brandon Marshall joined "Inside the NFL" on Tuesday to discuss his locker room rant following the Bears' 27-14 loss to the Dolphins. The Chicago receiver only has one regret about what transpired.
  • Trestman swats down notion of Marshall-Cutler rift

    Sessler, Marc
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Marc Trestman on Monday shot down the notion of a rift between Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Read all of the comments from Chicago's head coach.
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  • Jay Cutler's improvement under Marc Trestman

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:28 pm
    I was looking over Jay's career stats on this afternoon (yes, I'm bored). While most of us would like to see him performing better, I was surprised by the fact that he has improved in the short time Trestman has been here. I'm not trying to make a case for, or against, Jay Cutler as our QB. Rather I'm just noting that he has improved, and more than I had realized - since Trestman has been here. Jay's average career QB rating prior to this season has... Jay Cutler's improvement under Marc Trestman
  • Jay Cutler says he was just following what coaches outlined vs. Dolphins

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Jay Cutler says he was just following what coaches outlined vs. Dolphins BY PATRICK FINLEY Staff Reporter October 23, 2014 10:50PM Updated: October 24, 2014 10:40AM Jay Cutler defended his checks, then answered a checklist of questions — about Brandon Marshall and leadership, comments from ex-teammates and his own radio... Jay Cutler says he was just following what coaches outlined vs. Dolphins
  • Brandon Marshall plans to use drama as 'fuel'

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    It will be interesting to see how the team plays Sunday. I'm hoping for the best. I'm hoping the team does come out angry and channels that into playing their best game of the season so far. On a side note, I'm going to miss Brandon Marshall when he's done here in Chicago. The guy is "real" in a world of plastic people & spin doctors. I like his passion for the game.... Brandon Marshall plans to use drama as 'fuel'
  • Briggs out the locker room.

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Anybody hear about Briggs leaving the locker room during Marshalls rant???
  • How bout dem backers...Christian Jones Over Khaseem Greene at WLB

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:47 pm
    It's pretty disappointing to see one of our draft picks (even though it was only a fourth round pick) sizzle out in the spotlight of Soldier Field. Conversely, it's a positive sign that the team feels good enough about our UDFA Jones that they are willing to start him in place of Greene. I just hope this isn't a sign that the team is resigned to a losing season and are willing to get rookies reps rather than focus on winning games. ... How bout dem backers...Christian Jones Over Khaseem Greene at WLB
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  • Blackhawks host "Hockey Fights Cancer Night" on Sunday

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Chicago Blackhawks will host “Hockey Fights Cancer Night” at the United Center on Sunday, Oct. 26, when the team hosts the Ottawa Senators. In support of cancer awareness, Blackhawks players will wear one-of-a-kind warm-up jerseys, while coach...
  • Crawford out with upper-body injury

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    CHICAGO -- Just as they're about to get forward Kris Versteeg back, the Chicago Blackhawks lost another important puzzle piece Tuesday in goalie Corey Crawford. Crawford, who started Chicago's first four games, is day-to-day with an upper-body ...
  • Blackhawks recall goaltender Darling from Rockford

    21 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have recalled goaltender Scott Darling from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Darling will wear number 33 for the Blackhawks. Darling, 25, has appeared in two games this season ...
  • Blackhawks assign Cumiskey to Rockford

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have assigned defenseman Kyle Cumiskey to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Cumiskey, 27, appeared in 45 games for MODO of the Swedish Hockey League last season, recording 28 points ...
  • Blackhawks activate Mashinter and assign to Rockford

    13 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have activated forward Brandon Mashinter (MASH-ihn-tuhr) from Injured Reserve and assigned him to the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League. Mashinter, 26, appeared in 47 regular-season games...
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  • Winter Classic

    15 Oct 2014 | 5:44 pm
    This is the Chicago Blackhawks , outdoor game for the season
  • Brandon Bollig returns to the United Center to face the Blackhawks

    15 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    The Blackhawks finally return to the ice tonight after a three day break. Their oppenent will be the Calgary Flames, who acquired Brandon Bollig from the Blackhawks during the offseason. Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun Times previews the game and talks about when to expect Michal Rozsival and Kris Versteeg back in the lineup.
  • Priming Today's Hockey with Canadian History: FIRA Phase II, 15 October

    Mike Commito
    15 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    Today in Canadian History: On this date in 1975, the federal government rolled out Phase II for the Foreign Investment Review Agency (FIRA) Initially established as part of a bill in 1972, FIRA was created amidst a wave of nationalism in English Canada that was concerned about the rising influence of the United States over Canada and the infiltration of American culture. Phase I of FIRA detailed the review of foreign-owned takeover and Phase II dealt with new business and investments. It was FIRA’s duties to advise the government and approve investments from non-residents that would be of…
  • Blackhawks' on-ice pregame show will get you pumped for the season

    Julie DiCaro
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Chicago Blackhawks fans have seen a lot of cool stuff over the last few seasons. Not only do the Hawks have the best team in the NHL, they apparently also have the best graphics department. Check out their on-ice pregame show.   Make sure you’re following @gamechicago and The Game Chicago’s Facebook page for the latest Blackhawks news and analysis.
  • Today in History: Gretzky Breaks Howe's Scoring Record

    15 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    Today in hockey history, Wayne Gretzky, also known as “The Great One,” broke Gordie Howe’s record of 1,850 career points by recording 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist), including the game winning goal. It took Gretzky only 10 years to break Howe’s record. It took Howe 26. Gretzky’s first assist tied the record and later in the the game, his first goal of the game broke the record and pushed the game into overtime. The Great One later scored the game winning goal to give the Los Angeles Kings a 5-4 victory over the Edmonton Oilers, the team he started his career…
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  • Neil Diamond sings with Pete!

    Edgar Perez
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Pete McMurray speaks to Neil Diamond about his new album, singing karaoke and then Pete and Scott impersonate Neil.
  • Cindy Crawford on George Clooney’s wedding

    Edgar Perez
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Pete McMurray speaks with Supermodel Cindy Crawford about furniture, tequila and George Clooney’s wedding.
  • Earnings Reports Dominated The Markets This Week

    Kristin Decker
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Orion Samuelson recaps the markets for the week.  Paul Rovey of Dairy Management Inc. talked to Orion about the consumer confidence program that they are doing.  Max Armstrong and Jacquie Voeks of Stewart-Peterson discuss the positivity of the bean market due to an earlier soybean harvest.
  • The Bannos Brothers: It’s hot in here

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    When Jimmy and George Bannos are in studio, talk usually gets heated. Today, though, Jimmy had what sounded like a hot flash. Could it be man-o-pause?
  • Remains identified as missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham

    Dave Marzullo
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Human remains found on an abandoned property near Richmond, Virginia were positively identified Friday afternoon as missing University of Virginia student Hannah Graham. The remains were taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for positive identification after a search team made up of Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Department members found the remains this past Saturday.
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  • YFBB on the Phil Naessens show

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Podcast appearance! Talking Pau and other Bulls stuff. Ya know? (I start at the 19:20 mark)
  • Joakim Noah's knee is still limiting him

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Noah is still somewhat limited due to offseason knee surgery. Should the Bulls be concerned? Joakim Noah was noticeably hurting at the tail end of last season's playoff series against the Wizards, and shortly after the Bulls bowed out in five games, the big man had what was deemed a "minor" knee surgery that had an expected rehab time of eight-to-10 weeks. Over five months later and on the cusp of the 2014-15 campaign, Noah still doesn't appear to be 100 percent. The Bulls have smartly limited his minutes, although he did play both nights of a back-to-back several days ago, which was a…
  • Bulls Show Podcast talks Rose and Butler

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    From Mitch and Nillz: Jay Patt of BlogABull & SB Nation joins Nillz to bask in the glory of Derrick Rose's performance vs. the Cavs, and whether any aspects of the preseason contest will translate into a playoff match-up. We also discuss Jimmy Butler's sprained thumb and preseason trends we like or hate. You can listen directly at their site or using the embedded player below: Subscribe to The Mitch & Nillz Bulls Show on iTunes, and follow on Twitter (@TheBullsShow). For any questions or comments, you can contact Mitch & Nillz via email at LIKE BaB on FACEBOOK!, the…
  • Derrick Rose's Defensive Domination of Kyrie Irving

    Kevin Ferrigan
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:04 am
    DRose didn't just dominate Kyrie offensively. He also really contained him on the other end. One of the popular narratives that came out of the Bulls-Cavaliers' game on Monday was that Kyrie Irving and Derrick Rose were the next big point guard rivalry in the NBA. This was mostly to do with Rose scoring 30 points, and Kyrie answering with 28 points. Weeeeeell, about that. It really wasn't that close. Rose did most of his offensive damage while being guarded by Irving, as Kyrie played over 38 minutes. On the flip side, Rose played just 24 minutes and Kyrie did most of his damage with Rose off…
  • Jimmy Butler injury: Sprained thumb could sideline Bulls wing at start of regular season

    Ricky O'Donnell
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    The season doesn't begin until next Wednesday, but the Bulls already have their first injured starter. Jimmy Butler was in obvious pain when he injured his thumb during the first quarter of Sunday's preseason victory against the Charlotte Hornets. Butler came over the sideline wincing, but the Bulls did not take him out of the game. He stayed on the court for a few more minutes until Aaron Brooks was subbed in with one minute remaining in the period. The Bulls confirmed the initial diagnosis for Butler with an MRI on Tuesday. He has a sprained left thumb. He won't practice the rest of the…
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  • Bulls Beat #341

    Doug Thonus
    19 Oct 2014 | 7:43 am
    I discuss the camp battles in preseason, what has been revealed and what adjustments need to be made as the regular season edges closer.
  • Bulls Beat #340

    Doug Thonus
    12 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Derrick rose looks great, the rest of the starters look good. I break down all the players after there preseason games.
  • Bulls Beat #339

    Doug Thonus
    5 Oct 2014 | 8:28 am
    I discuss why this season will come down to Tom Thibodeau's ability to go from great to elite coach based on how he manages rotations and creates new offensive sets
  • Bulls Beat #338

    Doug Thonus
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I discuss the Cavaliers recent moves and the major questions entering training camp
  • Bulls Beat #337

    Doug Thonus
    14 Sep 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Derrick Rose plays poorly but comes home with the gold. Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, Bruce Levenson, and Danny Ferry throw sports into a negative news cycle.
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  • Kyrie Irving Just Found Out Firsthand That Derrick Rose Is Back

    20 Oct 2014 | 5:59 pm
    As a charter member of the LeBron James fan club, this is as terrifying a thing as I’ve seen all preseason. Derrick Rose crossed Kyrie Irving over into oblivion in the third quarter of the Bulls-Cavs preseason game at Ohio State. Rose is playing with a little pep in his step going against King James and Co. dropping 20 points in the first half on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor, including three makes from three-point territory.
  • Derrick Rose blows past Dion Waiters for the finish, and one (VIDEO)

    Sean Highkin
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Derrick Rose’s return has been one of the prominent subplots of the 2014 NBA preseason. He
  • Will Perdue, Barry Booker, Dane Bradshaw join SEC Network

    USA Today
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Former Vanderbilt basketball players Will Perdue and Barry Booker will reunite as analysts on the SEC Network this season, ESPN, the network’s parent company, announced Monday. Former Tennessee player Dane Bradshaw also will work games and appear in the SEC Network studio coverage, alongside former Kentucky national champion player Tony Delk, former South Carolina/Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn, former Missouri All-American player Jon Sundvold, former Auburn player Daymeon Fishback and former Mississippi State player/assistant coach and Kentucky assistant coach Joe Dean Jr. Related:…
  • Hinrich Helps Bulls Beat Hornets 101-96

    20 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm CHICAGO—Kirk Hinrich scored a game high 26 points, leading the Chicago Bulls to a five-point victory over the Charlotte Hornets in their preseason matchup at the United Center. Recap In front of a sellout crowd, the Bulls faced the new look Charlotte Hornets—formerly Bobcats—for the first time since reclaiming their old moniker. 1st Quarter The Hornets were the first to score on a jumper by Lance Stephenson. They started the game by hitting 4 of their first 6 shots en route to an 8-2 lead. The Bulls offense finally started to get going after a Derrick Rose…
  • Match Preview: Cleveland Cavaliers vs Chicago Bulls (Pre Season 6) 10-20-14

    20 Oct 2014 | 3:56 pm
    For the second year in a row, the Wine and Gold will play a game in Columbus as they take on the Chicago Bulls tonight at the Schottenstein Center. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. ET. The Cavs, who hold a division-leading 4-1 record this preseason, are 2-0 against Central Division opponents. So far this preseason, Cleveland ranks 2nd in free throw percentage (.817), 3rd in rebounds per game (47.0), 4th in points per game (107.0) and 5th in assists per game (23.8). Kyrie Irving returned to action on Friday and led Cleveland with a game-high 23 points on 8-13 (.615) shooting, including 3-6 (.500) from…
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  • Russell homers in his final Fall League at-bat

    William Boor
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Cubs shortstop Addison Russell -- the fifth-ranked prospect in baseball -- saw his stint in the Arizona Fall League come to an abrupt end Thursday, but he made sure to leave a lasting impression.
  • Good catch: Cubs keeping Schwarber behind dish

    Carrie Muskat
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:28 am
    There's no doubt that Kyle Schwarber can hit, but there were questions as to where he should play. Not anymore. After some intense lessons this summer, the Cubs want Schwarber to keep his focus on catching, and that's good news for their first-round pick.
  • Cubs' Russell rakes in Fall League victory

    William Boor
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Addison Russell, the Cubs No. 2 prospect and the 11th overall pick in the 2012 draft, went 2-for-5 with three RBIs and a home run.
  • Tip for making the bigs: Room with Giansanti

    Carrie Muskat
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:10 am
    Want to get to the big leagues? You need to room with Cubs prospect Anthony Giansanti. Javier Baez, Eric Jokisch, Matt Szczur and Rafael Lopez all made their Major League debuts this season with the Cubs, and all are former Giansanti roomies. Logan Watkins, Mike Olt and the Marlins' Justin Bour also were in the big leagues, and also once shared living space with Giansanti.
  • Crews begin bleacher, infrastructure improvements

    Carrie Muskat
    17 Oct 2014 | 2:35 pm
    If you walk by Wrigley Field, you'll notice a large gap in the left-field wall. And soon there will be one in right field as well. Crews are taking down the left- and right-field bleachers as part of the four-year, $575 million Wrigley Field renovation project.
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  • Joe Maddon won't manage Tampa Bay Rays in 2015 (Big League Stew)

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
  • List of World Series winners (Reuters)

    18 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    (Reuters) - List of winners in Major League Baseball's World Series: 2013 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. Louis Cardinals 2 2012 - San Francisco Giants 4, Detroit Tigers 0 2011 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Texas Rangers 3 2010 - San Francisco Giants 4, Texas Rangers 1 2009 - New York Yankees 4, Philadelphia Phillies 2 2008 - Philadelphia Phillies 4, Tampa Bay Rays 1 2007 - Boston Red Sox 4, Colorado Rockies 0 2006 - St. Louis Cardinals 4, Detroit Tigers 1 2005 - Chicago White Sox 4, Houston Astros 0 2004 - Boston Red Sox 4, St. ...
  • Renovation project at Wrigley Field in full swing (The Associated Press)

    16 Oct 2014 | 6:42 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Construction equipment is starting to take big bites out of Wrigley Field's exterior outfield walls.
  • Renovation takes bite out of Wrigley bleachers (The Associated Press)

    16 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) -- Construction equipment is starting to take big bites out of Wrigley Field's exterior outfield walls.
  • Major League Baseball roundup (Reuters)

    11 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    (The Sports Xchange) - New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that manager Joe Girardi recently spoke to Alex Rodriguez about playing first base next season. Rodriguez, who is coming off a 162-game suspension for his role in the Biogenesis scandal, will primarily play third base and designated hitter but may be needed at first to back up Mark Teixeira. Cashman also said the team will make other plans for third base in case Rodriguez, 39, struggles with his health. He has had two hip operations. ...
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  • 2014 World Series Game 3: Royals vs. Giants, Friday 10/24, 7 p.m. CT

    Al Yellon
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:00 pm
    We know this year's World Series will go at least five games. Beyond that, this seems to be shaping up as an "anything can happen" series. All I'd really like from this World Series is for it to be competitive. Right now, we've got a tied-up series, which would seem "competitive," except that both the games so far have been blowouts. What happened to those one-run, extra-inning, walkoff affairs we saw all through the early rounds? It would be nice to get at least one of those before baseball is put to bed for the 2014 season. Maybe that could start tonight. Here's all the info you'll need for…
  • Wrigley Field Construction Update: October 24

    Al Yellon
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
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  • The Cubs And Joe Maddon

    Al Yellon
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:31 am
    This started out to be a quiet Friday afternoon. It isn't now. Joe Maddon is widely regarded as one of the best managers in baseball. When Rays GM Andrew Friedman left the club to join the Dodgers, it was rumored that he'd want Maddon to come along to Los Angeles with him. The usual "vote of confidence" was given to Dodgers manager Don Mattingly, and Maddon was under contract to the Rays through 2015. However! According to Cot's, Maddon had the right to opt out of his contract if the general manager left, and in fact, he has done so: #Rays confirm with statement from Sternberg that Maddon is…
  • The Cubs And Cole Hamels

    Al Yellon
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Most of the offseason talk has centered around the Cubs signing Jon Lester to get an "ace." What if they made a trade instead? Free-agent lefthander Jon Lester would seem to be at the top of the Cubs' wish list for this offseason. The reasons have been stated here and elsewhere many times: lefthanded, never injured, playoff experience, a previous relationship with the current Cubs front office. It was reported last summer that the Cubs put in a waiver claim on the Phillies' Cole Hamels, but the Phillies pulled back the lefthander and nothing happened. Presumably, that claim wasn't just for…
  • Wrigley Field Construction Update: October 23

    Al Yellon
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
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  • Turning the Page

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Groupon launched the Yelp-like "Pages" nationwide, featuring more than 7 million listings of businesses, tips and reviews.
  • United States of X: Equal Inequality Edition

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The level of inequality in Chicago is comparable to that of El Salvador.
  • Life in Wartime

    24 Oct 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Photographer John Vachon captured portraits of rich and poor Chicagoans on the streets during the early 1940's.
  • Irony on the Wall

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    A cockroach climbed the walls of City Council while the commissioner in charge of pest control was testifying.
  • The Ballad of Bruce Rauner

    24 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Via Beachwood Reporter, the political song "Plutocrat."
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  • The Week In Chicago Rock

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:56 pm
    You shoulda been there. 1. Eddie and the Hot Rods at the Double Door on Tuesday night.
  • The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #23: It's All Cutler's Fault

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:56 pm
    No more equivocation. Plus: Dennis Rodman Was Drunk All The Time; Worst World Series Ever; Joakim Knee-Ah; Taking The Blackhawks For Granted; Little Big Ten; and Cubs Prepare To Block Their Own Views.
  • The [Friday] Papers

    24 Oct 2014 | 11:16 am
    A Papers column per se will not appear today, though I am working on some posts related to recent events that may appear at some point today or through the weekend. Meanwhile: * The Beachwood Radio Sports Hour #23: It's All Cutler's Fault. You can't keep going back to him thinking he's gonna change, honey. And no, you can't fix him. It's time to move on. Plus: Dennis Rodman Was Drunk All The Time; Worst World Series Ever; Joakim Knee-Ah; Taking The Blackhawks For Granted; Little Big Ten; and Cubs Prepare To Block Their Own Views. * Beachwood Photo Booth: Skully Bungalow. Skully Bungalow is…
  • Beachwood Photo Booth: Skully Bungalow

    24 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Enter at your own risk. (ENLARGE FOR PROPER VIEWING)
  • The [Thursday] Papers

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    I was out all day Wednesday and when I got home I learned that Dave McKinney had resigned. You can find my running commentary, again, on Twitter. I've been collecting the most interesting and salient reporting and commentary along the way and will have more at some point - not sure if it will be today. Trynta make a living. I will say that both here and on Twitter I've been pushing my last podcast a little hard, but there's a reason for that. While I know most of you would rather read about this than listen to me yak about it, I really think in all un-Minnesotan self-promotion that my podcast…
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  • Irrational fears

    Jessica B.
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Hey! It’s a non password protected post! And this one is at least 75% more upbeat than the last two posts. At PT one night, my therapist and I got to talking about our irrational fears. Soon, we had a large group discussion about it and honestly, some of them were pretty funny. I don’t count spiders, rats, heights or confined spaces as irrational fears, it’s more the…uncommon ones. At first, I was all, “heck no I don’t have those!” and then, while doing my second round of “monster walks,” I remembered mine. I have two. I’ve told a…
  • Protected: Facing loss

    Jessica B.
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:09 pm
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    Jessica B.
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
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  • TV shows I missed the boat on

    Jessica B.
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I like TV. I like to watch TV, record it, check out new shows, etc. But there are a few shows I’ve finally had time to check out a few shows I never watching initially, and, yeah I didn’t like some of them. The West Wing I love The Newsroom and have seen other Sorkin dramas so I get his “style” but I don’t get it. I’ve watched 6 episodes and it is not clicking for me. Snore. How I Met Your Mother Yes, I know how it ends. And I’ve heard some of the great lines coming out of the show (hello, “woo girls.”) But any time I’ve sat down to…
  • I saw the sign

    Jessica B.
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Funny story to start, I associate Ace of Base’s hit song, “The Sign” with middle school forensics (aka speech/debate). We would have dances at competitions (since they took ALL DAY) and I always remember hearing this song there. Anyhow, signs. Yeah, I believe in them. Sure some stuff may be coincidental but sometimes, I think there is something that happens that really points out to you what you need to be doing. Here is my recent story about signs. Six weeks ago, walking out of my MRI, my iPhone randomly started playing music. It selected “Hold On” from Neko…
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  • 7 Interesting Details About New Construction Home Sales

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    7 Interesting Details About New Construction Home Sales was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. While everyone else focuses on the headlines, here are seven below-the-hood details you should... 7 Interesting Details About New Construction Home Sales was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • Student Loan Debt Takes Its Toll on Housing

    James McClister
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:16 am
    Student Loan Debt Takes Its Toll on Housing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. In the last decade, student loan debt has become a major hindrance to young... Student Loan Debt Takes Its Toll on Housing was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA to Join RE/MAX Network

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA to Join RE/MAX Network was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. Linda Feinstein’s real estate team, a prominent brokerage in Hinsdale, has joined the RE/MAX Northern... Leading Hinsdale Brokerage Leaves ERA to Join RE/MAX Network was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • Existing-Home Sales Improvements Highlight New Construction Slump

    James McClister
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Existing-Home Sales Improvements Highlight New Construction Slump was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. NAR’s September existing-home sales reports marks a bounce back from August’s dip. #188074940 /... Existing-Home Sales Improvements Highlight New Construction Slump was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
  • How Homebuyers in Illinois Find Their Homes

    Peter Thomas Ricci
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:56 am
    How Homebuyers in Illinois Find Their Homes was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area. There are many ways that homebuyers can go about locating their new residence, but... How Homebuyers in Illinois Find Their Homes was originally published on Chicago Agent Magazine - For the well-informed real estate professional, the leading source for news and perspective for real estate professionals in the Chicagoland area.
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  • Not To Miss: Indian for Everyone Chicago Book Tour

    MJ Tam
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:04 am
    Bestselling cookbook author Anupy Singla will be kicking off herINDIAN FOR EVERYONE: The Home Cook’s Guide to Traditional Favorites book tour in Chicago. Check out the book tour schedule below. 10/16: Savory Spice Shop in Lincoln Square (4753 N. Lincoln Ave.) hosts “An Evening with Anupy” pre-launch party. An intimate night of storytelling, discussion, demonstation, and food. 7 to 10 […]
  • The beauty of Chicago captured on breathtaking videos

    MJ Tam
    6 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    You know we’re suckers for great Chicago videos showcasing the beauty of our wonderful city so when Lake Zurich native, Kyler McCormick, of the YouTube channel The Outbound Life emailed to show us this video – we of course had to share this with you. But one cannot talk about breathtaking Chicago videos without showing […]
  • Free Breakfast & Cho-ffeured Rides to #StopSadBreakfast

    MJ Tam
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    From Sept. 22-24 from 7 to 10 am Chobani is starting off your busy morning with a custom fleet of “Cho-ffeur” to rev up your morning with a healthy Chobani breakfast and a free ride! Chobani is on a mission to #StopSadBreakfast and is surprising busy Chicagoans during their morning commute to offer them a […]
  • Chocolate at the Pen Celebrate a Decade of Decadence

    MJ Tam
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:38 am
    The Chocolate at the Pen‘s 10 year anniversary introduces Chocolate Sommelier – a new experience to delight guests with the ever popular premier “Chocolate Bar”. For $50 you can indulge in a full Chocolate Bar experience and receive a delicious chocolate martini or a glass of sparkling wine or you can choose to add $20 for […]
  • 59th Gold Coast Fashion Award Show to Benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital

    MJ Tam
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    FASHION AND PHILANTHROPY COLLIDE AT THE 59th GOLD COAST FASHION AWARD SHOW, FEATURING EMERGING DESIGNERS AND PRESTIGIOUS RETAILERS TO BENEFIT ANN & ROBERT H. LURIE CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL OF CHICAGO Nearly 1,500 guests are expected to attend the 59th Annual Gold Coast Fashion Award Show, on September 19 at the Hilton Chicago. The event is the […]
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    Realty Evolved

  • Illinois fracking vote postponed

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:53 am
    On Tuesday, the Illinois legislature’s Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) did not vote on proposed regulations for horizontal hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” in Illinois, making the next opportunity for a vote Nov. 6. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) had collected more than 30,000 comments from the public before proposing a set of rules to JCAR several months ago.  The 12-person committee declined to vote on those rules in September. On Tuesday, the IDNR director insisted the agency would not issue permits to oil and gas drilling companies until either…
  • Chicago Riverwalk Construction

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    Chicago Riverwalk Teaser from Sasaki Associates on Vimeo. Chicago Riverwalk Construction originally posted at Realty Evolved
  • Untapped Income Potential

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    #200478943-001 / With many homeowners’ spending power getting squeezed from the economy, or from sapped equity from the market downtown in previous years, many are becoming more creative in finding ways to make their home more affordable and produce cash flow in unique ways. Many of these ideas could be implemented not only in investment properties, but in your primary residence as well, although the level of commitment and comfort could vary. If your property is a townhome or condominium, you may want to verify whether these would be acceptable by the home owners…
  • Eyes on Logan Square

    18 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Wilmette-based real estate firm Terraco has recently purchased the Megamall site on Milwaukee, north of Fullerton. The building which housed an indoor flea market, is going to be razed with potential plans of retail spaces, anchor stores and potential apartments. This is the same site that the city and local alderman wanted to purchase to add more green space along Milwaukee a few years ago for $8 million. Logan Square has been an emerging neighborhood, as artists, restaurants and young professionals have transformed the neighborhood into a destination. The parking lot next door to Megamall…
  • Monthly Statistics

    10 Sep 2014 | 10:45 am
    The statistics have been updated for the month of August 2014. Sales of businesses with real estate and commercial properties have slowed, along with attached housing as we go into the fall market. Single family properties as well as multi-units are still in demand and prices are surging significantly for vacant lots.   View details for residential and commercial real estate. Monthly Statistics originally posted at Realty Evolved
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  • Chicago KPMG executive named Girl Scouts board president

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Kathy Hopinkah Hannan, national managing partner of diversity and corporate responsibility at KPMG LLP in Chicago, has been named national board president of Girl Scouts of the USA. Ms. Hannan becomes the highest-ranking volunteer member of the New York-based Girl Scouts and the first woman of Native American ancestry to serve as national president.Girl Scouts CEO Anna Maria Chavez called Ms. Hannan an "ideal choice," saying, "Kathy's unique insight, experience and determination to move the needle for girls is evident in everything she does. As a woman of Native American descent, she is…
  • Crowns lead $38 million campaign for arts in schools

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Steven Crown, general partner of Henry Crown & Co. and a trustee of the Art Institute, is leading a $38 million fundraising campaign to beef up arts programming in Chicago Public Schools. It's the latest public-private partnership initiated by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.The Campaign for Creative Schools will fuel arts-education funding in public schools for the next four years.“My family feels that it's important to support the educational system in Chicago and to help the Chicago Public Schools system continue to improve,” Mr. Crown told me. “We've been involved in education for a…
  • Zells donate $10 million to Ounce of Prevention

    23 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Real estate developer Sam Zell and his philanthropist wife, Helen Zell, have donated $10 million to Ounce of Prevention Fund Inc., which provides programming, research and policy information for and about at-risk children and their families.Ms. Zell has served on the nonprofit's board since 1996 and led one of the organization's capital campaigns. Chicago-based Ounce has a $50 million budget.The donation from the Zell Family Foundation is the largest individual gift in Ounce of Prevention Fund history, according to the nonprofit.“All children deserve the chance to achieve their full…
  • Ken Griffin says wife's claims are 'devoid' of merit

    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Ken Griffin has filed a legal motion to dismiss his estranged wife's recent requests for "unfettered" access to his homes or that he pay for her personal expenses.It's the latest filing in the high-profile divorce of Mr. Griffin, founder and CEO of Citadel LLC, a Chicago-based hedge fund and financial services firm, and Anne Dias Griffin, founder of Aragon Global Management, a hedge fund, and an online media company called Reboot Illinois that addresses government and political issues.A spokeswoman for Ms. Griffin declined to comment.Mr. Griffin, who has a net worth of $5.2 billion, according…
  • Bob Fioretti, Nicki Pecori are engaged

    22 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Bob Fioretti is engaged.The Chicago alderman and mayoral candidate popped the question a few days ago to longtime girlfriend Nicki Pecori, director of community affairs at the Illinois Housing Development Authority, while they were eating spumoni at Rosebud on Taylor Street.“We've been talking about it for some time. I first wanted him to get healthy,” Ms. Pecori told me, referring to Mr. Fioretti's brush with cancer in 2010.Still, she was surprised, she said. “We were at dinner and he looked me straight in the eye and asked if I'd marry him,” she said. “We've…
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  • November 2014 TV Premieres

    Joe Mathieu
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    November is a time for football, turkey, and Black Friday bargains; however, I’m enthusiastic to report that two shows, at least, will be returning to our TV sets next month that I’m particularly excited about. While there won’t be much kicking off next month, check out a few of the planned November 2014 TV premieres that will help save us from a month chock-full of food & mid-term elections. Image via Deadline White Collar, Thursdays on USA (beginning 11/6) The last of the “golden days” of USA dramas (Psych, Burn Notice, White Collar) will conclude its…
  • Google Inbox: The Email App Gets Smarter

    Joe Mathieu
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Tired of your email being so, well, linear? The team behind Gmail thinks they have a solution for you. Image via Google Yesterday, Google premiered “Inbox”, an email application designed to focus on “what really matters” in your day-to-day communiqué. Among the app’s key features are Bundles, Highlights, Reminders, Assists, and Snooze. Bundles, as the name implies, will group similar emails together in an easy-to-locate manner so that they may be scanned through quickly. While Google’s Inbox will create rules for how Bundles are to be created…
  • Google to Google Partners: Quit Being Sketchy

    Joe Mathieu
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The latest Google Partners policy update, emailed to those in their ‘Partners’ program last week, reads more like an intro to basic ethics class than an official policy from one of the world’s largest companies.  But, as I’ve heard before: if it seems obvious to some, it need to be explained to others (or something along those lines). The update to their third party policy, which officially goes into effect in November, outlines several new guidelines in transparency & account setup– none of which, IMO, should come as any surprise to those already managing…
  • In the Battle of FitBit vs Apple HealthKit, We’re the Losers.

    Joe Mathieu
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of the many new features of Apple’s iOS 8, released last month, is the HealthKit– iOS’s collective dashboard of health-related information, mostly compiled through the data-sharing of third-party apps. Many iOS health-related apps have already integrated with HealthKit– including LoseIt, MyFitnessPal, and JawBone, with more expected to join the foray in the coming months. Image via DigitalTrends One popular wearable fitness tracking manufacturer, FitBit, quietly admitted on its customer forums that it has no plans to integrate with HealthKit as of now. As a FitBit…
  • Amazon Has a Bona Fide Hit with “Transparent”

    Joe Mathieu
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There are plenty of times where “the critics” and I don’t agree on things. Happily, this is not one of them. Amazon’s Transparent, starring Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development) and created by Chicago-native Jill Soloway (Six Feet Under), is every bit as good as it’s 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes suggests. Transparent revolves around a dysfunctional (though what does that even mean anymore?) LA-based family and the revelation that their father (played by Tambor) is transgender. The dramedy is more drama than laugh-out-loud funny (as Six Feet Under fans…
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