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  • Frustration over new map for Chicago aldermen

    Chicagoland -
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Early implementation of ward remap leaves many voters wondering which alderman to callWhen a Gold Coast resident heard about plans to build two high-rises down the block from her home, she did what any Chicagoan would do: She contacted her alderman to express her concerns.
  • Vehicle hits Roseland bus stop, 5 injured

    Chicago Sun-Times
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Five people were hospitalized after a vehicle hit a bus stop Tuesday night in the Roseland neighborhood. About 8:40 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Michigan Avenue near 103rd Street struck another vehicle, then hit the bus stop, authorities said. Those who were hospitalized were in the vehicle or standing at the bus stop, Langford said.
  • New York Rangers Take Series Lead Over Flyers

    NBC News Top Stories
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The New York Rangers chased Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltender Ray Emery in an eventual 4-1 win to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series
  • Jay Ellison appointed Dean of Students in the College

    UChicago News
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    John “Jay” Ellison, associate dean and secretary of the Administrative Board at Harvard College, has been appointed Dean of Students in the College at the University of Chicago. John W. Boyer, Dean of the College, announced that Ellison’s appointment will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year, upon the retirement of Susan Art, who has served as Dean of Students in the College for 13 years. “Jay’s dedication to the academic and personal welfare of...
  • Paul McCartney Ticket Giveaway

    CBS Chicago
    Erik White
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Listen to WBBM Friday, April 25th between 4 and 6pm for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Paul McCartney at United Center July 9th. 1Paul McCartney Friday Giveaway OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE ENTRANT’S CHANCE OF WINNING. 1. HOW TO ENTER a. These rules govern the Paul McCartney Friday Giveaway promotion (the “Promotion”), which is being conducted by WBBM(AM) and WCFS-FM (collectively the “Station”). The Promotion begins and ends on Friday, April 25, 2014 (the “Promotion Date”).
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  • Vehicle hits Roseland bus stop, 5 injured

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Five people were hospitalized after a vehicle hit a bus stop Tuesday night in the Roseland neighborhood. About 8:40 p.m., a vehicle traveling north on Michigan Avenue near 103rd Street struck another vehicle, then hit the bus stop, authorities said. Those who were hospitalized were in the vehicle or standing at the bus stop, Langford said.
  • 8 injured in less than 7 hours in gun violence across city

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:03 pm
    One day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel decried the rash of shootings over the Easter holiday weekend, eight people were shot across the city in less than seven hours. The ages of the victims — one teenager and seven men — ranged from 14 to 56.
  • FBI informant on tape hugging man before shooting him: prosecutors

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    An FBI informant was caught on surveillance video shooting a man he embraced just seconds before he opened fire in an East Garfield Park alley over the weekend, Cook County prosecutors said.
  • Cook County Sheriff reopens investigation of priest

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 pm
    The Cook County Sheriff’s office said Monday it has resumed investigating a Catholic priest just days after the Archdiocese of Chicago announced that a sexual abuse allegation against the priest was unfounded.
  • 14-year-old boy shot in Chicago Lawn neighborhood

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    The boy was standing on a porch in the 7300 block of South Maplewood Avenue about 6:40 p.m. when suspects ran out from across the street and started shooting, police said. He was shot in the shoulder and taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center in good condition.
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    NBC News Top Stories

  • New York Rangers Take Series Lead Over Flyers

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:33 pm
    The New York Rangers chased Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltender Ray Emery in an eventual 4-1 win to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series
  • Syria's Foreign Fighters Use Social Media As Recruitment Tool

    Sarah Burke
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:17 pm
    A new video posted on YouTube claims to show a British jihadist in Syria touring a militant base and unveiling the austere living conditions of extremist fighters there.“We wanted to show you the basic living of the brothers in this base,” says the man in the video with a distinct English accent.
  • Sub Captures Images of 'Largely Unknown' WWII Wreck on 70th Anniversary

    Elisha Fieldstadt
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    The carnage was far greater than the famed invasion on Utah Beach, and yet full details about the attack on American vessels off the coast of England during WWII weren’t made public for decades.
  • If It Quacks Like a Duck, It Might Be a Whale

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    A mysterious duck-like sound recorded in the ocean around Antarctica has baffled scientists for decades, but the source of the sound has finally been found, researchers say.For more than 50 years, researchers have recorded the so-called "bio-duck" sound in the Southern Ocean.
  • Dutch Police Hint at Criminal Activity in Women's Disappearance

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Two Dutch women who disappeared earlier this month in Panama are unlikely to have gotten lost in the mountainous region, Dutch police said on Tuesday, raising the possibility three weeks into the search that the two may have been the victims of a crime.
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    UChicago News

  • Jay Ellison appointed Dean of Students in the College

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    John “Jay” Ellison, associate dean and secretary of the Administrative Board at Harvard College, has been appointed Dean of Students in the College at the University of Chicago. John W. Boyer, Dean of the College, announced that Ellison’s appointment will begin at the conclusion of the 2013-14 academic year, upon the retirement of Susan Art, who has served as Dean of Students in the College for 13 years. “Jay’s dedication to the academic and personal welfare of...
  • Spektral Quartet turns ringtones into art with 'Mobile Miniatures'

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The call in the middle of a movie. The late-night text message. The “ding” of an arriving email during an important conversation. Cell phone alerts are often seen as unwelcome interruptions, not art. But University of Chicago ensemble-in-residence Spektral Quartet hopes to change that. For its Mobile Miniatures project, the string quartet commissioned more than 40 contemporary composers—among them UChicago faculty members Shulamit Ran and Augusta Read Thomas and 2012-2013...
  • Higher education expert Mark Nemec appointed Graham School dean

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Mark Nemec, a political scientist, higher education expert and business leader, has been appointed the next dean of the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies, effective July 1. From roots in academia, Nemec turned to the use of data and analysis to help global organizations, including institutions of higher education, operate more strategically and effectively. He currently is president and chief executive officer of Eduventures, a Boston-based information services...
  • Neurobiology online course to attempt world’s largest memory experiment

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    A free, massively open online course (MOOC) on Understanding the Brain: The Neurobiology of Everyday Life will begin Monday, April 28, and will include what may become the world’s largest memory experiment. The University of Chicago is offering the course through MOOC provider Coursera. UChicago launched its first two MOOCs last fall, on Asset Pricing and Global Warming. The MOOCs being offered are free and not-for-credit. Peggy Mason, professor of neurobiology, will lead...
  • 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....
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    CBS Chicago

  • Paul McCartney Ticket Giveaway

    Erik White
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Listen to WBBM Friday, April 25th between 4 and 6pm for your chance to win a pair of tickets to see Paul McCartney at United Center July 9th. 1Paul McCartney Friday Giveaway OFFICIAL RULES NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT WILL NOT INCREASE ENTRANT’S CHANCE OF WINNING. 1. HOW TO ENTER a. These rules govern the Paul McCartney Friday Giveaway promotion (the “Promotion”), which is being conducted by WBBM(AM) and WCFS-FM (collectively the “Station”). The Promotion begins and ends on Friday, April 25, 2014 (the “Promotion Date”).
  • Bulls Fall To Wizards 101-99 In OT

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:27 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) – Bradley Beal came on strong late in regulation to finish with 26 points, Nene scored six of his 17 in overtime and the Washington Wizards beat the Chicago Bulls 101-99 Tuesday to take a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Washington rallied from 10 down in the fourth quarter after blowing a 17-point first-quarter lead. Nene scored the first six points in overtime after being held in check by Defensive Player of the Year Joakim Noah in regulation, and the Wizards hung on after Kirk Hinrich failed to convert at the foul line in the closing seconds. Noah had just hit two…
  • Maywood Man Charged In Sunday Fatal Hit-And-Run

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:53 pm
    (STMW) — A Maywood man has been charged in a hit-and-run crash that left a 64-year-old woman dead Sunday night in the West Side Austin neighborhood. Maurice McDowell, 32, of the 1800 block of South 10th Avenue, has been charged with three felonies — one count each of aggravated DUI causing injury or death, leaving the scene of the accident causing injury or death and failure to report an accident. He is also charged with a misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol, and another for driving under the influence of drugs. Jennie Davis, of the 5500 block of West Le…
  • Hammel, Olt Lead Cubs Past D-backs

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Chicago Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night. Hammel (3-1) allowed just one run and four hits in seven innings to lower his ERA to 2.60. Olt still is batting below .200 for the season (.195), but has four homers and nine runs batted in. The Cubs, who’ve won three of four, have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. They last won consecutive games on Sept. 9 and 10 of last season against…
  • Warmer Weather Means Increased Threat Of Lyme Disease

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    (CBS) — Health experts are warning that the warmer weather coming this spring brings ticks and the very real danger of Lyme disease. CBS 2′s Suzanne Le Mignot reports on how to keep the pest at bay. The deer tick is the creature at the center of Lyme disease. An adult male tick is about the size of sesame seed, a juvenile, the size of a poppy seed. “If you’re not used to seeing those small ticks, you probably won’t recognize it as a tick,” said Dr. Jeff Nelson of North Park University. “Other ways to distinguish this tick are to look at mouth parts. Dr. Jeff…
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    The SouthWest Observer

  • Welcome

    13 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Welcome to the future home of the Southwest Observer, your news website for Southwest Florida.
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    Loyola Phoenix

  • Hobby Lobby case brings religious freedom to the Supreme Court

    Dominic Ciolli
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Issues concerning the principle of religious liberty and its role in law and civil society have become a fixture in the headlines. One prominent example is a court case before the Supreme Court this year, Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores. Hobby Lobby seeks a religious exemption from the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act, as the Green family, who owns the company, sees the morning-after type contraceptives that they would be compelled to provide under the law — such as Plan B — as potential abortifacients. Wikimedia Commons/Daderot: The Supreme Court heard Sebelius v. Hobby…
  • When in Rome: Prague Edition (pt. 1 of 3)

    Ashley Iannantone
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Czech cuisine is not the fanciest. It lacks the high focus on fresh ingredients and rich flavours the French have and it doesn’t use fine seasoning and blend them like the Italians do. But Czech cuisine is about the most basic things: meat, butter and root vegetables. It’s all comfort food and it’s all so much better than those pretentious Romance-language-speakers can throw at you. A Czech meal is about hanging out, having a good warm meal and relaxing. The best place I found for this in Prague was U Balouna (Wenceslas Square 20 110 00, Prague 1). The place is underground in Wenceslas…
  • Transcending the typical sci-fi flick: The PHOENIX chats with Wally Pfister

    Ashley Iannantone
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    I expected Transcendence to be action-packed, futuristic and scientifically fictitious. I anticipated big, nerdy words related to artificial intelligence that I couldn’t comprehend, phenomenal acting by Johnny Depp and brilliant graphics on screen. I did not, however, expect a heart-wrenching story of human love and loss, or to leave the theater with a pit in my stomach and questions of human nature racing through my mind. Transcendence somehow manages to tell the romantic, age-old story of the human experience in a scarily believable science fiction setting — in a way that doesn’t make…
  • Freekbass to hold CD release party at Lincoln Hall 4/20

    Ashley Iannantone
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:08 pm
    Photo by B.Hockensmith Photography Cincinnati-based funk artist Freekbass (real name Chris Sherman) will be performing at Lincoln Hall on a tour for his new CD, Everybody’s Feelin’ Real, which was released on April 8. Despite starting off as a drummer, Sherman became interested in bass guitar when a college jazz band came and played at his high school. “I sat right in front of the bass player and the first time I heard the tones coming out of the bass I was blown away,” said Sherman in an interview with The PHOENIX. As he was learning bass, he was also learning the ins and outs of…
  • 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?
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    Beacon News

  • Aurora City Council OKs outlet mall development deal

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:18 pm
    AURORA – The city approved a final plan and development agreement that will make way for a much bigger outlet mall next year. Aldermen voted 11-0 Tuesday night to kick $21.5 million to $24 million in tax increment financing funds to offset the cost of the expansion of the Chicago Premium Outlets in Aurora. The actual TIF funding will depend on the build-out of the mall, which is estimated to cost $110 million. TIF dollars from the newly-created TIF District 8 will be distributed to Simon Property Group after the expansion is built and as property tax dollars are available …
  • Aurora police seek suspects in pair of weekend shootings

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Aurora police are continuing their search for suspects involved in two shootings that occurred Friday evening in the city. No one was injured in either incident, but several vehicles and a home were damaged. Police said the first shooting occurred around 6:22 p.m. Friday near Charles Street and North Russell Avenue. A 24-year-old Aurora man told police he was standing near the street in the 700 block of Charles Avenue when he was shot at. Police said the victim noticed a group of four men and one woman walking eastbound on Charles Street. When the group approached Russell Avenue, one …
  • Push on to improve dam in Batavia on Fox River

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Batavia Alderman Dan Chanzit thinks it is high time something is done to improve the North Batavia Dam on the Fox River. “If we don’t do anything to the dam, it will continue to fall apart. It has already been breached and Mother Nature will make the decision for us,” the 3rd Ward alderman said. Chanzit received support from the City Council Monday night to direct staff to prepare a plan for reviving discussions about the crumbling structure located north of the Batavia Government Center. Dams along the Fox River have been in the news lately, after a 26-year old …
  • Hobby Lobby to move into vacant Oswego Lowe’s

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    The new owner of the former Lowe’s home improvement store in Oswego already has a lease with a national retailer. Village officials and a representative of a real estate brokerage firm have announced that Hobby Lobby, a national retail chain of craft items and home decor, will occupy 55,000 square feet of the building. The Lowe’s store at 2400 Route 34 in Oswego was among the locations closed nationwide in October 2011. The Lowe’s store in Aurora at Indian Trail and Orchard roads also was shuttered as an under-performing store. The commercial property was purchased Feb. 1 from Lowe’s…
  • Missing teen mom and baby from Aurora found safe

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Marisol Pena of Aurora, and her 9-month-old baby Vanessa Paz, have been located and are safe and sound after being reported missing. The young Aurora mother left her home Monday evening with nothing but her daughter and a diaper bag. …
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  • Motorola Mobility unveils new HQ in Merchandise Mart

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    'Cool' work setting may coax tech-savvy employees to stay in MidwestMotorola Mobility showed off its sleek new headquarters in the Merchandise Mart on Tuesday to about 200 VIPs and reporters.
  • Powdered alcohol hits snag

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The planned release of a just-add-water alcoholic beverage mix called “Palcohol” hit a snag this week when the U.S. regulatory body in charge of approving its sale blocked it over a labeling issue, the company behind the product said.
  • Supreme Court case could change the way we watch TV

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday appeared skeptical over online TV startup Aereo Inc's position in a copyright fight with major media companies, but several raised concerns about how a ruling in favor of broadcasters could affect increasingly popular cloud computing services.
  • Disciplined IRS workers got bonuses

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    More than 2,800 Internal Revenue Service workers who had been disciplined recently received millions of dollars in bonuses and time off as part of an employee recognition program, a new government audit shows.
  • McDonald's earnings miss the mark again

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    McDonald's shares were down modestly on Tuesday morning, after it reported quarterly results missed Wall Street's expectations said that key sales in April should be "modestly positive."
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  • Consensus of 19 Mocks Say Bears 1st Pick Is?...............

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Mock consensus: Pitt DT Aaron Donald to Bears at No. 14 April 20, 2014, 7:45 pm Share This Post Comments Cheer 1 Boo 0 Email... Consensus of 19 Mocks Say Bears 1st Pick Is?...............

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:30 pm Not much left to do all the analysis has been rehashed. Wanted Quarles in 3 but he was gone. I see 3 to 4 starters by years end and projects in Aikens and L Thomas. Upgraded depth and TE, do not see Onobun improving much after 4 yrs or however long he has been in the league. Possibility for a 2 te set. View attachment 1017
  • Chicago Bears 2014 Draft

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:21 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.
  • Bears draft focus: DT

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm Bears draft focus: DT April, 22, 2014 Apr 229:00AM ETBy Michael C. Wright Official pre-draft visits and the team’s recent activity indicate the Chicago Bears -- despite investing heavily along the defensive line in free agency -- might still be inclined to at least one selection in the NFL draft to select a defensive tackle. PaeaRatliffThe club re-signed Jeremiah Ratliff in free agency along with Nate Collins, but Henry Melton left to sign... Bears draft focus: DT
  • Chicago Bears 2014 Uniform Number Changes

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    The following players have changed their numbers for 2014: Shea McClellin LB 99 to 50 Khaseem Greene LB 59 to 52 Nate Collins DT 93 to 98 Jeremiah Ratliff DT 96 to 90
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    Blackhawks Recent Headlines

  • Blackhawks' Crawford answers own challenge

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Corey Crawford took it upon himself to say he needed to be better if the Chicago Blackhawks were going to mount a comeback against the St. Louis Blues after blowing leads and losing in overtime in Games 1 and 2. "We're not going to win if I'm g...
  • Blackhawks recall 13 players from Rockford

    21 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forwards Alex Broadhurst, Terry Broadhurst, Phillip Danault, Ryan Hartman, Drew LeBlanc, Brad Mills, Brandon Mashinter, Mark McNeill and Garret Ross, defensemen Mathieu Brisebois, Adam Clendening and Brian Conn...
  • Brookbank to fill Seabrook's spot for Blackhawks

    21 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Sheldon Brookbank will draw the assignment of filling in for suspended Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Seabrook. Brookbank will get his first taste of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs paired with Duncan Keith on the top defense unit for the Bl...
  • Five ways Chicago can get back into its series

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Add it up and the Chicago Blackhawks are exactly 1:51.4 away from having a 2-0 lead in their best-of-7 Western Conference First Round series against the St. Louis Blues. "You're almost there," Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said. You know...
  • Blackhawks Buzz: April 21, 2014 vs. St. Louis Blues - Game 3

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    1) Home Cooking The Blackhawks head into Monday’s game down 0-2 in their series to St. Louis, having dropped two overtime contests to the Blues in Games 1 and 2. When the series shifts to Chicago on Monday night, the situation will be very clear ...
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  • TV Graphic Blooper Refers To Blackhawks As 'Chicago Unsportsmanlike' (Photo)

    Anna Fogel
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The Chicago Blackhawks fell to the St. Louis Blues in triple overtime during Game 1 of their first-round playoff series, but the Chicago Unsportsmanlike are undefeated so far in the postseason. Prior to Saturday’s Game 2 at the Scottrade Center, CBC Sports showed an awesome accidental graphic that swapped out “Blackhawks” for “Unsportsmanlike.” While the reigning Stanley Cup champions could certainly use a spark, they have not — contrary to what CBC believes — changed their mascot to the much tougher “Unsportsmanlike” name. Check out the…
  • WATCH LIVE: Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues (Game 2)

    Joe Yerdon
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The St. Louis Blues are hoping to hit the road with a 2-0 series lead against the Chicago Blackhawks
  • The Mailbag: Everybody Hates Felipe Paulino

    Tom Fornelli
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:27 am
    Welcome to The Chicago Homer’s Mailbag. It runs once a week unless it doesn’t, and in it I answer qu
  • One Puck Short Podcast – Play-Off Time!

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Sportsnet and New York Times writer Pat Pickens is my guest, as the Stanley Cup play-offs get underw
  • Chicago Bulls & Chicago Blackhawks Playoffs break down on The D & Davis Show

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:43 am
    Today on the D & Davis Show, the guys will break down Chicago Blackhawks Game 1 lose to the St. Louis Blues & preview Game 2. Plus D & Davis will preview the start of Bulls vs Wizards & the NBA Playoffs with Bleacher Report’s @JaredZzwerling at 11:40 am and much more. Tune in and listen live at from 11 AM to 1 PM every Saturday, dial 312-564-7373 to join the show and follow the show on twitter @DandDavisShow. Also, check out re-airings on and subscribe to the show on iTunes for D and Davis and all other…
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    WGN Radio - 720 AM

  • Patti Vasquez Show 4/22/2014 Hour 1

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Patti Vasquez had one of those days when it probably would have been better if she hasn’t been around people. Nic DeGrazia from Bitter Jester joined Patti to talk about the 9th annual Highland Park Battle of the Bands along with Adam Beck, one of the previous winners and Tess Considine, one of this years participants Download: PV-042214-hr1.mp3
  • Jazz with Andy Brown and Petra van Nuis

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:32 pm
    Jazz duo Andy Brown and Petra van Nuis Jazz duo Andy Brown and Petra van Nuis join Rick Kogan to talk about their love story (high school sweethearts) and their attraction to music. Click here to learn more about the couple. Download: RK04202014_PetraVanNuisAndyBrown.mp3
  • Victor David Giron of Curbside Splendor on books

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Cover of “Don’t Start Me Talkin’” (Barnes & Noble)   Victor David Giron sits down Rick Kogan to talk about books and the state of publishing. The pair were also joined by Tom Williams, author of Curbside’s newest book, “Don’t Start Me Talkin’.” Click here to learn more about Curbside Splendor. Download: RK04202014_VictorDavidGironTomWilliams.mp3
  • Tribune columnist Leah Eskin on food, life

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:43 pm
    ‘Slices of Life’ book cover. (amazon) “Home on the Range” columnist Leah Eskin joins Rick Kogan to talk about her new book, “Slices of Life: A Food Writer Cooks Through Many a Conundrum.” A collection of her trademark columns, Eskin’s book features stories of life and love paired with recipes. Click here to learn more about Leah Eskin.  Download: RK04202014_LeahEskinFinal.mp3  
  • The Garry Meier Full Show 4/22/2014 Hour 3

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Garry talks about Babba Bibble throwing away change because he thinks they are useless and annoying to carry around. After, Garry talks about mausoleums and the visitors that they get… Then, Garry and Tom talk about Garry’s latest video on the WGN Radio homepage and the insect spin Tom should get into for his forecasts.   Download: GMhr34222014.mp3 To download this or any of Garry’s podcasts visit our iTunes page here. To download this or any of Garry’s podcasts visit our iTunes page here. Read more at…
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  • Bulls vs. Wizards game 2 final score: another failed stretch run brings overtime loss

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Wizards take commanding 2-0 series lead heading back to Washington. It looked for a while in the 2nd half that this would be an equalizing game in this series for the Bulls. They had gotten themselves into a huge 1st half hole, 17 points at its worst, but had climbed back out of it behind huge nights from DJ Augustin and Taj Gibson off the bench. It was looking like the type of game the Bulls had won many times before, fed by desperation and using physicality (to put it mildly) to force the Wizards into an eventual submission. However it may have been too much to both re-take that lead and…
  • Bulls vs. Wizards: Game 2 OVERTIME PLAYOFFS OPEN THREAD

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
  • Bulls vs. Wizards playoffs: Game 2 (storystream)

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Bulls were down 17 early, but DJ and Taj helped pull them back within some kind of striking distance. Going into the second half down 7. Bulls have actually played pretty well, but the Wizards have been outstanding. That's an issue.
  • Bulls vs. Wizards: Game 2 (halftime) PLAYOFFS OPEN THREAD

    your friendly BullsBlogger
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Bulls were down 17 early, but DJ and Taj helped pull them back within some kind of striking distance. Going into the second half down 7. Bulls have actually played pretty well, but the Wizards have been outstanding. That's an issue.
  • Bulls vs. Wizards: 5 points of emphasis for Chicago in Game 2

    Ricky O'Donnell
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    Here's how the Bulls can tie-up this series. There haven't been many nervous nights for the Bulls this season, at least not since a string of victories in early February made it clear our lottery delusions were dead and this team would be in the playoffs. The Bulls hovered around the middle part of the East playoff picture for most of the post All-Star Game schedule, benefiting from another easy conference slate and the nightly intensity Tom Thibodeau mandates. I don't  believe I have truly worried about this team since that triple overtime loss to the Magic on Jan. 15. I'm guessing that…
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    Chicago Bulls Beat

  • Bulls Beat #318

    Doug Thonus
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The Bulls lost game one to the Wizards and now need to quickly find some answers to their ailing defense.
  • 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.
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  • Three-Pointers: Nene dominates Bulls as Wizards rally late to Game 1 victory

    Matt Dollinger
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Nene powered his way to a game-high 24 points against the Bulls. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport) It’s been six long years for Washington fans since the Wizards last made the playoffs, but Sunday’s return to postseason action was about as triumphant as it gets. The fifth-seeded Wizards pulled off an impressive rally in the fourth quarter to earn a a 102-93 road win against the Bulls in Game 1. SI’s 2014 playoff preview hub | Schedule • The Wizards out-Thibodeaued the Bulls. It’s near-impossible to outmuscle and outhustle a team coached by Tom Thibodeau and…
  • Washington Wizards Steal Game One From The Chicago Bulls

    Brandon Houser
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:31 pm
    The Washington Wizards proved to be playoff worthy Sunday afternoon when they beat the Chicago Bulls 102-93 to steal home court advantage in their best of seven series. They managed to outlast the Bulls due to consistency for three quarters followed by total domination in the fourth to close out the game. Nene led the way for the Wizards with 24 points before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. He also had eight rebounds, three assists, two steals, and one block in his first playoff appearance since leaving the Denver Nuggets three seasons ago. Nene was just one of six Wizards players to…
  • The Cougar NBA tracker: Jimmer Fredette, playoffs - game one

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:24 pm
    What took all season to earn, Took just one poor fourth quarter to give away as the Chicago Bulls got outscored by the Washington Wizards 30-18 on their way to a 102-93 defeat on Sunday. The loss cost the Bulls home-court advantage in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Nene led the way for the Wizards with 24 points on 11-of-17 shooting from the floor to go along with eight rebounds, three assists and two steals before fouling out.  Trevor Ariza added 18 points and seven rebounds while Marcin Gortat added 15 points and 13 rebounds in the road win.  The Wizards managed to…
  • Wizards Stun Bulls Late To Take A 1-0 Series lead

    Brandon Houser
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:21 pm
    The Washington Wizards proved to be playoff worthy Sunday afternoon when they beat the Chicago Bulls
  • D.C. Sports Fandom: Wizards Edition

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:15 pm
    After tonight’s 102-93 over the Chicago Bulls, the Washington Wizards are three games away fro
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  • Wrigley's centennial celebration on tap today

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Today, Wrigley Field -- the second-oldest park in the Majors -- will celebrate its 100th anniversary in style, complete with pageantry and Hall of Fame guests.
  • Cubs set to celebrate Wrigley's 100th anniversary

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Jeff Samardzija will make the start as the Cubs celebrate the 100th anniversary of Wrigley Field on Wednesday afternoon. The D-backs will try to spoil the festivities behind Wade Miley.
  • Olt's homer, Hammel's strong start lift Cubs

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Mike Olt belted a three-run homer and Nate Schierholtz drove in two runs to back Jason Hammel and lift the Cubs to a 9-2 victory Tuesday over the D-backs. It's the first time the Cubs have won two games in a row since Sept. 9-10 last year against the Reds.
  • Strop denies intent behind pitch near Montero

    Steve Gilbert
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Cubs right-hander Pedro Strop said there was no intent in his ninth-inning pitch that wound up behind D-backs catcher Miguel Montero.
  • Epstein continues to prepare for upcoming Draft

    Carrie Muskat
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein spent Tuesday watching Class A Kane County, but also reviewing video of some of the potential top picks in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft, June 5-7.
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  • Hammel, Olt lead Cubs past D-backs (The Associated Press)

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:46 pm
    Jason Hammel is certain the Cubs are better than their record so far. Hammel pitched seven strong innings, Mike Olt hit a three-run home run and Nate Schierholtz drove in a pair of early runs to lead the Cubs to a 9-2 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. ''Very nice job,'' Cubs manager Rick Renteria said. The Cubs, who've won three of four to improve to 7-12, have won back-to-back games for the first time this season.
  • Angels-Nationals Preview (The Associated Press)

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    The Washington Nationals have seemed to bring out the best in Albert Pujols dating back to when the franchise was located in Montreal, and that was no different in the latest meeting as the slugger added to his list of career accomplishments. Pujols will get his first crack at facing Gio Gonzalez on Wednesday night as the Los Angeles Angels look to complete a three-game sweep of the Nationals in D.C. In 67 games against Washington, Pujols has hit .351 with 24 homers. That batting average is his best against any opponent other than Pittsburgh, and the home run total is the highest against any…
  • Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 2 (The SportsXchange)

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:25 pm
    CHICAGO - Right-hander Jason Hammel threw seven strong innings, third baseman Mike Olt hit his fourth home run, and the Chicago Cubs won consecutive games for the first time this season with a 9-2 win Tuesday over the struggling Arizona Diamondbacks. Hammel began the day with baseball's lowest WHIP at 0.73, and he continued his strong first month with the Cubs. Olt's home run - a three-run blast in the fifth off Diamondbacks starter Brandon McCarthy - helped the Cubs win two straight for the first time since Sept. 9-10 against Cincinnati. Along with Olt's home run, second baseman Luis…
  • Cubs say Jake Arrieta needs more time before rejoining rotation (Comcast SportsNet Chicago)

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Jake Arrietas had the more aggressive timeline ever since pitchers and catchers reported to spring training and the Cubs announced a tight right shoulder would make him doubtful for the Opening Day rotation. So while Arrieta felt good on Tuesday at Wrigley Field the day after his fourth rehab start manager Rick Renteria again took the more cautious approach. Renteria said Arrietas next start would likely be a shorter outing at a minor-league affiliate, the way pitchers have a final tune-up near the end of spring training. Renteria also indicated its possible that veteran swingman Carlos…
  • Pedro Strop: No bad blood between Cubs and Miguel Montero (Comcast SportsNet Chicago)

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Pedro Strop insisted theres no bad blood between the Cubs and Miguel Montero. The Arizona Diamondbacks catcher eyeballed Strop late Monday night after a pitch buzzed behind his legs and bounced toward the Wrigley Field backstop. After a 5-1 loss, Montero told Arizona reporters it was a little shady. Cubs catcher Welington Castillo said something to Montero, sparking some tension between the National Leagues two worst teams.
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  • Cubs Minor League Wrap: April 22

    Josh Timmers
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Three blowouts today, two of which were on the good side. Iowa Cubs The Iowa Cubs halted the Round Rock Express (Rangers), 10-3. It was a strong start today for Eric Jokisch, who got his first win of the season after allowing three runs on seven hits over seven innings. Most impressively, Jokisch struck out eight and didn't walk anyone. Second baseman Arismendy Alcantara homered in his second straight game this afternoon. It was a solo home run that opened up the scoring in the bottom of the first. He also had an RBI double in the third inning. Alcantara was 2 for 5 and scored twice.
  • Overflow Thread 3: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks, Tuesday 4/22, 7:05 CT

    Al Yellon
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:50 pm
  • Overflow Thread 2: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks, Tuesday 4/22, 7:05 CT

    Al Yellon
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
  • Overflow Thread 1: Cubs vs. Diamondbacks, Tuesday 4/22, 7:05 CT

    Al Yellon
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
  • Cubs, Diamondbacks Meet Again Under Wrigley Lights

    Al Yellon
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Looking for Tuesday's game threads? You have come to the right place. Cubs lineup: Bonifacio CF, Castro SS, Ruggiano RF, Rizzo 1B, Lake LF, Olt 3B, Barney 2B, Baker C, Hammel P Diamondbacks lineup: Bonifacio CF, Castro SS, Ruggiano RF, Rizzo 1B, Lake LF, Olt 3B, Barney 2B, Baker C, Hammel P Today's game is on CSN Chicago. Here is the complete Mediacenter for today. Gameday game preview SB Nation game preview Please visit our SB Nation Diamondbacks site AZ Snakepit. For 2014, we are going to have the same game-thread routine as 2013. Here's how it works.
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  • Make You Sweat

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:26 pm
    This year's Green Music Fest in Wicker Park will include a bicycle-powered music stage.
  • High Marks

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:51 pm
    In U.S. News & World Report's latest school rankings five of the top ten public schools in Illinois are part of CPS, with Northside College Prep ranking as the 36th best public high school in the country.
  • Hot Topic

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Mayor Emanuel surprised CPS officials and aldermen alike with a new mandate making it a top priority to add air conditioning to CPS classrooms that don't have it.
  • Recycle Bin for the Whole Computer

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:29 pm
    It's technically illegal to throw away old computers and other electronics, and since it's Earth Day you might as well drop them off somewhere where they'll be recycled.
  • Latest Doughnut Development

    22 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    From Waffles Cafe comes yet another doughnut hybrid, the Wonut.
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  • The [Tuesday] Papers

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    "Mayor Rahm Emanuel [Monday] wouldn't say why he spent taxpayer money on out-of-town trips in which he mixed city business with politics, but defended the travel expenses as legitimate." Saying why would be snitching.
  • Human Rights Organizations To Foreign Ministers: Stop Spying On Us

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:27 am
    Dear Minister, On April 8, 2014, former US National Security Agency (NSA) contractor Edward Snowden testified before the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) via video-conference that the NSA and the United Kingdom Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) have used their surveillance capabilities to spy on the communications of human rights organizations and civil society groups, both domestically and internationally. Snowden did not reveal which groups the NSA or GCHQ have spied upon, but indicated that the types of organizations whose communications had been…
  • The Cub Factor: Ricky Sveum

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    Ricky Renteria is already following in the failed footsteps of Dale Sveum in one key area: He's trying to win games. Didn't you get the memo, Ricky? When a manager employs platoons and lineup systems and looks for daily match-ups, he's trying to win every game. Not what you were hired for, Rick. You were hired to develop players. That means playing Mike Olt and Junior Lake every day; we don't need to see what Luis Valbuena and Ryan Sweeney have to offer.
  • 'Paris Street: Rainy Day' Not As Rainy As Thought

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    "When conservator Faye Wrubel began restoring Gustave Caillebotte's 'Paris Street; Rainy Day' at the Art Institute of Chicago last October, she thought it would be a routine sprucing-up," the Wall Street Journal reports. "But the discoveries she made - which the museum will unveil to the public April 23 - are likely to significantly alter not only the perception of the famous 1877 painting but also the artist's standing in art history."
  • Black Power TV

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    "In Black Power TV, [Chicago media scholar] Devorah Heitner chronicles the emergence of Black public affairs television starting in 1968." Heitner will read from Black Power TV on Wednesday evening at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Heitner will be joined by WBEZ journalist Natalie Moore to explore the public television show Soul! We will return to a particular moment in American television when Soul!, a national program coming out of New York, carved out a cultural space that resisted the politics of respectability, introduced audiences to a vibrant Black creative and political aesthetic,…
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  • The Cheeky Bride: How to Enjoy Wedding Planning

    Nina Gardner
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When I got engaged, aside from “congratulations,” the thing people said to me most often was “happy planning!” It struck me as a bit odd because I thought the “big thing” was committing to spending my life with my fiancé, but as comments about planning continued to pour in, I started asking why. The consistent reply? “It was so stressful,” “I just wanted it to be over” or “I wish we had eloped.” Oh. Well. That sounds fun. (And absolutely not how I want to feel going into my wedding.) So, in the spirit of choosing to enjoy The Big Day, here are some…
  • How a Little Hustle Can Help Save Lives
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You know that flight of stairs, maybe up to your gym or to your office, that you avoid at all costs? The stairs that cause a good amount of pressure in your chest and leave your legs shaky and weak? Now imagine walking or running up 94 flights of stairs all the way to the top of Chicago’s John Hancock Building. Well, over 4,000 people from all over the U.S. came out in strides to do more than just challenge their legs to a healthy dose of exercise. These amazing people donated their time, money and energy to raise money to support those suffering from lung disease in Hustle Up the…
  • Get Moving: Live Grit Makes It Happen

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Competitive races and triathlons are increasingly popular among fit fun seekers. While warrior dashes, mud wars and color runs are undoubtedly cool, it’s completely normal to feel intimidated by these feats, especially as a beginner. Live Grit, a new West Loop multi-sport concept store, aims to erase athletic anxiety with a cater-to-all-levels approach on wellness. Owner Gillian Fealy designed Live Grit to encompass the total experience: learn, train and achieve to be your best self! That means striving to not only be a one-stop shop for the bike, swim and run circle, but also an…
  • Overcoming Winefear One Sip at a Time
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    When I began this column, one of my goals was to help stamp out winefear – my own and others’. I think I’m making progress. I took a walk around the block before dinner last night. Of course, I had to, since it was actually, finally warm. Just as I was heading up the street, I heard a familiar voice. It was a friend of mine, who was riding her bike with her husband. It’s a sweet thing to run into a friend randomly on the street, and after a few words, they  peddled off. About ten minutes later, as I made my way back to my house, I looked up and saw my friend sitting…
  • Go Fish!
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If you’re a seafood fan, you should be concerned about overfishing. The demand to fill plates with tuna, scallops, Chilean seabass and crab puts a lot of pressure on our oceans, sometimes more than they can handle. Luckily, restaurants are taking note, applying the same environmentally-friendly principles that have powered the farm-to-table movement to seafood. Kinmont, which opened in River North in February, takes overfishing seriously. Its menu is entirely sustainable, serving up some unusual catches and changing daily to make everything as fresh as possible. A big chalkboard shows…
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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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  • A Recap of New AdWords Features Announced Today

    Joe Mathieu
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    As previously reported here, today Google’s VP of Product Management, Jerry Dischler, hosted a Livestream on the AdWords Blog and YouTube to discuss new AdWords features for Search Engine Marketers everywhere. While I will get into further details as the week progresses on these new AdWords features, I did want to provide a highlight of what was announced today during the presentation. This has been drafted live during the Livestream, so please ignore any typos or grammatical errors. Here goes… Much of the discussion this morning surrounded users, not devices. Targeting users…
  • Programmatic Media Buying 101: The Basics

    Joe Mathieu
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    Programmatic media buying is a digital marketing strategy that I hold dear. Although much of my near-decade online advertising experience has been focused on paid search, I did take a hiatus from SEM in 2010 to be one of the first two-dozen employees at Omnicom Media Group’s trading desk, now known as Accuen. And, while my current position involves primarily managing PPC, I have helped to bring in programmatic to the agency I’m with now. Point is, I have a strong connection with the the real-time biddable space. I also believe that it’s wildly undersold. Most of the…
  • See the ‘Orange is the New Black’ Season 2 Trailer Here!

    Joe Mathieu
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    As discussed before here, season 2 of the Netflix Originals hit Orange is the New Black is set to be released into our living rooms (and wherever else you watch Netflix) on June 6th. Lucky for you (and me, frankly), we don’t have to wait very long for a teaser of the next season. In fact, wait no more– because the official trailer is here! Conspicuously, Laura Prepon is shown in what appears to be a flashback– and nothing else (maybe her new beau, the perpetually insane Scientologist Tom Cruise, isn’t too happy with her portraying a criminal lesbian in the series?
  • 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…
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