Saturday, March 29, 2014
The Wolves have the first part of that equation in Love but fall short when it comes to the latter. Any activity this offseason could change these figures, but as it stands now, the Lakers ($25.9 million), Chicago Bulls ($43.2 million) and New York Knicks ($1.7 million) are all looking at a flexible financial picture for the 2015-16 campaign (note: salary figures given without contract options). Throw in their inherent market advantages, and Love's future may well come down to a three-team race—a race that leaves another small-market franchise in the cold. (link below) http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2010520-report-kevin-love-desires-big-city-would-consider-ny-chicago-in-free-agency?utm_source=twitter.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=programming-national
Today, Mashburn is the owner of 40 Papa John's Pizza restaurants, 38 Outback Steakhouse restaurants and several car dealerships. He is also a partner in Ol Memorial Stable, which owns Kentucky Derby prospect Buffalo Man, along with his former University of Kentucky basketball coach Rick Pitino and Outback Steakhouse co-founder Chris T. Sullivan. And last year he launched a venture capital firm called Mashburn Justice Capital Partners. As successful as Masburn has been, this doesn't sound like the resume leading to his next endeavor -- opening an advertising agency. With his partner, Jonathan Sackett, the pair have established the Mashburn Sackett agency in Chicago. Mashburn carries the title of chairman, with Sackett, most recently a senior partner at WPP's Ogilvy & Mather, serving as President/CEO. The firm has a starting staff of 10. (link below) http://targetmarketnews.com/storyid03281401.htm
Friday, March 28, 2014
Chicago Tribune followed up this morning with some additional details. First, sources claim Keef was not a witness to the shooting, and in fact sat shotgun as the victim was driven to the hospital. http://launch.newsinc.com/share.html?trackingGroup=69016&siteSection=sechicagotribune_lnw&videoId=25754120
The cost of attending University of Chicago this fall has increased by 4 percent. The private school in Hyde Park announced the total cost for the 2014-15 academic year is $62,458. Tuition will be $47,139, and room, board and other school fees are $15,319. The total cost for the current academic year is $60,039, including $45,324 for tuition and $14,715 in other expenses. Other Chicago-area universities also have announced tuition increases for the 2014-15 academic year. Illinois Institute of Technology's increased 3.8 percent to $39,975 and DePaul University's rose 3.5 percent to $31,354. University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Illinois approved a 1.7 percent increase to $10,584 and $12,036, respectively, for in-state students. Loyola University Chicago increased tuition 2.5 percent to $37,270. University of Chicago also announced it was raising its financial aid budget by 5 percent to $112 million. The school said about 60 percent of its students receive some kind of financial aid. (link below) http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140327/NEWS13/140329788/university-of-chicago-raises-fees-by-4-percent
The number of people who have chosen a health care plan through a state or federal exchange topped 6 million on Thursday, putting the administration ahead of revised projections with several days before the enrollment deadline. The number, which was announced by President Barack Obama during a conference call on Thursday, reflects a major uptick in interest in health care coverage ahead of the deadline. The administration has revised that end date a bit so that people in the queue by March 31 have time to complete their application process should they run into issues. Original projections had approximately 7 million people signing up for private plans through the state and federal Obamacare exchanges during the six-month enrollment period. That number was revised significantly downward after major technical problems plagued the federal website upon its launch. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/obamacare-enrollment_n_5044003.html?&ir=Chicago&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000059
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Jared Allen has a new home, and the defensive end will continue to chase many of the same quarterbacks he's pursued for the past six years. Allen's deal could be worth up to $32 million, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. It includes $15.5 million in guaranteed money and could void after three years and $24 million.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Pour one out for Four Loko. The popular boozy, caffeinated beverage is no more, according to a Tuesday press release from Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Phusion Projects LLC, the Chicago-based maker of the drink, has agreed with the Attorney General's Office to cease all production and sales of the malt beverage, after the office alleged it was marketed to underage youth and encouraged underage drinking. “Phusion used marketing and sales tactics that glorified alcohol use and promoted binge drinking,” Madigan stated in the release. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/redeye-four-loko-maker-ceasing-production-sale-nationwide-20140325,0,1152158.story?track=rss
It’s official: Drillary Clinton will be back in office on April 15th, 2014. This project will serve as the follow up to 2013′s first edition of the white house series.
Entertainment Express, Inc. is proud to welcome Aretha Franklin, the “Queen of Soul,” to The Chicago Theatre stage on Saturday, May 3rd, 2014 at 8:00PM. For nearly five decades, Aretha Franklin has dominated the music charts and has performed live to millions of people. Franklin is known for being one of the most influential voices in American music with a repertoire that spans pop, soul, jazz, rock, blues and gospel. In 2009, Franklin was named the #1 Vocalist of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine. (link below) http://www.thechicagotheatre.com/events/2014/may/aretha-franklin-at-the-chicago-theatre.html
MTV’s “Real World” will hold a casting call for its 30th season Saturday at McFadden’s in the Gold Coast neighborhood from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. You must be 21 years old or older and look like you’re between the ages of 20 and 24 years old. All you need to bring to the casting call is an ID and a photo of yourself. (link below) http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/chi-real-world-casting-call-chicago-20140325,0,1680996.column
Monday, March 24, 2014
Jalen Brunson and Stevenson went up against Jahlil Okafor and Whitney Young in the IHSA State Final Four. Brunson had 56 points with 0 turnovers while Okafor contributed 33 points for the Dolphins in a winning effort. Jalen should be the number one player in the state next year, back to the guards with big men dominating these recent years rankings.
At just before 3 am CT this morning, a Blue Line train at Chicago's O'Hare airport jumped the rails. And kept going. There were 32 reported injuries—everyone's currently listed in "good" or "fair" condition, according to the Chicago Tribune—in the wake of the derailment, the cause of which is still not known. The effect, though, was quite a spectacle. The train made it almost to the top of the stair/escalator well before it finally stopped.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Whitney Young and Stevenson are set to meet tonight in a high-powered IHSA Class 4A semifinal match-up putting the 2009 state champs against last year's state runner-up. Whitney Young's senior trio of 6'11 Jahlil Okafor (Duke), 6'9 Paul White (Georgetown) and Miles Reynolds (St. Louis) are set to close the curtain on stellar high school career's and want to exit with a state title. Stevenson counters with a junior-laden lineup led by Jalen Brunson, Connor Cashaw and Matt Johnson. (link below) http://www.chicagohoops.hoops247.com/index.php/2011-08-04-18-06-26/3184-young-stevenson-set-for-showdown
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Orr High School's Tyquone Greer hits a game-winning three just nine days after being shot in the calf.
A 15-year-old Palatine boy and his father were shot and killed early Wednesday morning on the village's northeast side in what police say they are investigating as a double homicide. When police entered the apartment, officers discovered Luis Reynoso, the 15-year-old boy, and Segundo Reynoso, his 38-year-old father, lying on the floor suffering from gunshot wounds, authorities said. Police said the younger Reynoso is known to have gang ties. Tara Romero, who moved into the Baldwin Green Apartments last summer, said Wednesday she doesn't let her kids play outside because of gang activity in the area.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
The murder of 19-month-old Amierah Roberson has been charged to the toddler's mother's boyfriend James Harris (pictured) who was the one to originally report that the baby girl was missing on Sunday evening. The police began an exhaustive search following Harris' call. Earlier that afternoon, they also learned that the remains of a young girl were found in suburban Riverdale. The body was later determined to be Roberson's. According to a new release from the Chicago Police Department, when he was confronted by police Harris admitted to having committed the murder and then dumping the body in a secluded area. Harris is being charged with first degree murder.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Oprah Winfrey, who put an obscure stretch of the Near West Side on the map when she moved her television show there in 1990, is set to sell Harpo Studios for around $32 million to a Chicago developer making its own dramatic imprint on the neighborhood. (link below) http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140315/ISSUE01/303159985/oprah-cuts-her-last-commercial-ties-to-chicago?r=3136E3649801F7W#
Monday, March 17, 2014
Travelgrom.com released a large list of rumored performances for Lollapalooza 2014 today and it is incredibly exciting to imagine. Outkast, Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper and possibly Kanye West have all been named as the big acts to expect. Thinking of an Outkast reunion concert couldn’t get me more excited. http://www.travelgrom.com/travel-blog/lollapalooza-2014-lineup-rumors
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ, Keef was pulled over in Highland Park, IL early in the AM on March 5th for having expired tags on his 2010 Jeep Cherokee. When officers approached the vehicle, we’re told it reeked of pot and, according to our sources, Keef openly admitted to smoking before driving. We’re told police administered a field sobriety test and Keef choked. He was placed under arrest at the scene. In addition to DUI, Keef was also charged with driving on a suspended license and cited for having no proof of insurance. The rapper was subsequently released after posting $300 bail.
A former clerk for a Chicago Mercantile Exchange trader was convicted last week of commodities fraud for manipulating trades to make more than $200,000. Nicole M. Graziano, 33, was found guilty on Friday of four counts of commodities fraud following a four-day bench trial before U.S. District Judge James Zagel, a release from the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Prosecutors said Graziano was a clerk for a futures trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange -- now CME Group -- and secretly slipped in her own order tickets when submitting tickets for public customers on lean hogs futures contracts between Sept. 2009 and Aug. 2010. She entered "favorable" prices for her own trades by giving herself low buying prices and high selling numbers, earning a total of $213,680 in illegal profits from at least 89 fraudulent trade cards, the release said. Graziano ended up having a 90 to 100 percent success of winning trades, which is an "almost unbelievable success rate" for an account in a regular market setting, Zagel said while delivering the verdict Friday, according to the release. (link below) http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Chicago-Mercantile-Exchange-trader-clerk-nicole-graziano-250653871.html
The Chicago Cubs are "launching a free remote parking lot operation two miles west of the ballpark during night and weekend games," the team said today in a statement. As part of an ongoing commitment to ease vehicle traffic and reduce the number of cars near Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs are launching a free remote parking lot operation two miles west of the ballpark during night and weekend games. The new remote parking lot is located at 3900 N. Rockwell St., just east of the Chicago River immediately south of Irving Park Road. The lot has a capacity of 1,000 vehicles and will be secured by Cubs personnel. The parking service includes free shuttle transportation to and from the remote lot and Wrigley Field. (link below) http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140317/BLOGS08/140319766
Friday, March 14, 2014
The Chicago Tribune reported that in 2013, charter schools with a total enrollment of about 50,000 students expelled 307, while the traditional school system, with more than 353,000 students, tossed out 182 students. That, the Tribune said, meant that “charters expelled 61 of every 10,000 students while the district-run schools expelled just 5 of every 10,000 students.” (link below) http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/answer-sheet/wp/2014/02/26/chicago-charter-schools-expel-many-more-kids-than-district-schools-new-data/
Quiznos filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, according to a tweet by Bloomberg News. News that the sandwich chain was preparing to file for bankruptcy protection first emerged in late February. Quiznos had been struggling with hundreds of millions of dollars of debt, deteriorating sales and thousands of store closures. By filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, the chain is trying to grapple with its $570 million debt. Most of the company's stores are "independently owned," according to Fox Business, which complicates how the filing will affect individual stores.
Early in his administration, Mayor Richard J. Daley authorized massive development along the riverfront, which necessitated cleaning up the sewage-choked water below. To find out which buildings were sending waste into the river, city crews began putting a special green dye into the sewage system to trace the origin of discharged water—anywhere the river turned green, someone was dumping waste illegally. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/March-2014/Ask-Chicago-How-Did-the-Tradition-of-Dyeing-the-Chicago-River-Green-Start/?utm_source=Social%20Media&utm_medium=Twitter&utm_campaign=Chimag%20Green%20River%20031414
Thursday, March 13, 2014
A man is in custody after driving into a crowd at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. At least two people have died and 23 more were injured. The man, whose name was not released, faces two counts of capital murder and 23 counts of aggravated assault with a vehicle. The accident stunned revelers at the annual music, film and interactive conference that draws tens of thousands to Austin each year. The street was full of concert-goers just minutes earlier, but officials had cleared the area because it is a fire lane. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/26172456-761/2-dead-after-car-crashes-into-crowd-near-south-by-southwest-festival.html
The poem summarizes Mayor Emanuel's first two years in office. It alludes to shutting down mental health clinics in poor black neighborhoods, diverting money from schools to fund the South Loop B-ball arena/hotel, the Englewood rail yard expansion and, of course, school closings. )
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The rapper first entered the prison system in 2009 when he pleaded guilty to a third-offense marijuana possession charge, earning him a total of four years when the judge determined Hatch had also violated probation. In 2011, Hatch pleaded guilty to attempting to smuggle drugs into prison, which added eight years to his sentence. In May 2012, Hatch avoided more time when a jury acquitted him in the 2009 murder of Terry Boyd. Michael "Marlo Mike" Louding was sentenced to life without parole July 9 for the Boyd slaying.
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After Wednesday morning’s snow, Chicago is now 10 inches shy of the all-time record for snowfall in a single season. The recent CBS Chicago online poll found that most people already say this season is the worst winter ever, but it was a close race with the infamous season of 1978-79, which holds the record for most snowfall at 89 inches. Beating that measure would arguably erase much of that debate. Both seasons were about equal in terms of average temperature of 18 degrees, but 2014 was far worse for days at or below zero (a record 26). With 79 inches of snow, this season so far ranks No. 3, just behind 1977-78 at 82 inches. What makes the snow this season different from 1978-79 is the fact that Chicago hasn’t seen one of those massive single snowstorms. None of this year’s storms ranks in the top 10 all time. Largest single snow this season was Jan. 5 with 8.7 inches, according to Bill Nelson of the National Weather Service. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/03/12/2014-chicago-winter-now-10-inches-short-of-all-time-snow-record/
The Chicago Police Department can no longer keep misconduct records secret, a state appeals court has ruled. The Illinois Freedom of Information Act doesn’t exempt “CR files,” which consist of misconduct complaints against officers and documents created during the investigations, the court found Monday. The appeals court also found that “RL” files are open to the public. Those files identify police officers who have accumulated the most misconduct complaints. At issue were two RL files that named officers with the most complaints between 2001-2006 and 2002-2008. University of Chicago law professor Craig Futterman hailed the ruling, saying: “I really do think this is a watershed moment in Illinois in terms of police transparency and accountability.” (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/26134385-418/police-misconduct-files-must-be-made-public-court-rules.html
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
The Chicago Bears released eight-time Pro Bowl defensive end Julius Peppers on Tuesday, one of several moves they made to reshape their struggling defense. The Bears also agreed to a five-year contract with former Oakland Raiders defensive end Lamarr Houston, a two-year contract with former Pittsburgh Steelers and New York Giants safety Ryan Mundy, and one-year deals with linebackers Jordan Senn and D.J. Williams. But the biggest move as they tried to shore up a defense that got shredded by injuries and ranked among the league's worst last season involved Peppers. Given the way he struggled last season and the fact that his salary cap hit for next season was for more than $18 million, the Bears were expected to let him go or restructure his contract.
Check out the nominees below, and be sure to cast your vote. Sasha Go Hard Tree Rockie Fresh Lil Durk Fredo Santana King Louie Lil Bibby Lil Herb Chance The Rappeer Vic Mensa Alex Wiley http://www.xxlmag.com/10spot/
The move away from non-Ventra payment options will occur in phases, officials said. First, riders will no longer be able to reload value onto the old fare cards, then the sale of magnetic stripe cards will be halted, and lastly, none of the old-style cards will be accepted on buses or trains, the CTA said. A deadline for transferring remaining value from the old cards to Ventra cards will also be set. (link below) http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2014-03-10/news/ct-getting-around-cta-ventra-met-0310-20140310_1_ventra-cards-chicago-cards-fare-payment
Monday, March 10, 2014
Collins appeared in five games with two starts in 2013 before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. He has played two seasons with the Bears and two before that with the Jaguars. The younger brother of Carson Palmer, Jordan Palmer spent nine weeks on the Chicago roster in the 2013 season. The moves mean that the Bears have re-signed 12 of their potential free agents.
An 11-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department who was struck in the head by a ricochet bullet South Side Sunday night has been released from the hospital. About 8:45 p.m. officers were executing the warrant at a home in the 2700 block of East 92nd Street, part of the Calumet Park neighborhood, when someone from inside the home fired a shot that ricocheted off one surface and struck one of the officers between his eyes, Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy told reporters late Sunday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where the officer was treated before being released. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/26102561-761/chicago-police-officer-shot-wounded-on-the-south-side-hospital.html
Sunday, March 9, 2014
A 17-year-old Chicago rapper has been charged with murder in connection to the fatal shooting of a dispatch driver in Wentworth Gardens last month. Clint Massey, who performs as “RondoNumbaNine,” was ordered held in lieu of $2 million bail at Cook County Bond Court Sunday. Massey, of the 6600 block of South Honore Street in the West Englewood neighborhood, was allegedly one of two gunmen who fatally shot Javan Boyd early on Feb. 22, according to court records and Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Mack… A portion of the incident was captured on video, Mack said, and Massey’s fingerprint was found on the cab. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-crime-rondonumbanine-shooting-murder--20140309,0,3693549.story?track=rss
Friday, March 7, 2014
Shot and chopped by Verluxe. G Herbo offers everyone a look at what it took to put his debut project together. In the first episode of Welcome To Fazoland: Making Of A Classic, Herb talks the meaning of ‘Fazoland’, the story behind his tape and what keeps him going.
From River North to the Gold Coast, to Wicker Park and the South Loop, discover some of Chicago's best neighborhoods and find out which one is right for you. (link below) http://www.frontdoor.com/places/10-great-neighborhoods-in-chicago?utm_content=buffer02a87&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Chris Broussard of ESPN: Over All-Star weekend, I’m told by a person with knowledge of the conversation, that Joakim Noah recruited Carmelo. Now, you’ll probably hear denials out of Chicago if they talk about it, because it would be tampering, officially. But I’m told that Joakim said to Melo, “Look, you can go to Los Angeles. But if you want to win a ring, if you want your legacy to be about winning, come to Chicago.” Melo, I’m told, said, “Look, I’ve been watching you guys. I admire how hard you play. I admire how hungry you are. Oh, and by the way, my son’s favorite player: Derrick Rose.” BullsTV gives us an exclusive look at Joakim Noah as he shares his thoughts on the season and his journey to becoming a two-time NBA All-Star.
They're teachers, students, leaders, ordinary people – and they're all shaping Chicago's future, for better or worse, at a critical moment in the city's history. Meet the people who are changing Chicago: (link below) http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2014/03/us/chicagoland-character-guide/?sr=tw030514chicagoland1130a
Kaye Fox will release her debut EP, “Hear I Am” in April 2014. The project is raw emotion over raw production, fusing her unique blend of R&B/Soul and Hip Hop. Not only is “Hear I Am” written almost entirely by Kaye, but she also co-produced all of the songs on the EP along with her team, Emmaculate & Shebazz Curtis. “Used To Love You” features rising Chicago Hip Hop artist YP (Universal Republic), and the video will be released in two weeks. The EP will be available online for free download.
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
A huge fight broke out during the handshake line after Jefferson edged East 51-49 on Chaz Johnson's buzzer-beater in a Class 4A regional semifinal basketball victory Tuesday night and spilled onto the court. (video bleow)
Kanye West's creative design and content entity Donda has entered into a partnership with Jay Z's Roc Nation, which will manage all DONDA Music, according to a press release and an official statement on the latter's web site. The alliance will focus on West's international recording brand and touring ventures. Beginning with a 2009 footwear collaboration with Louis Vuitton, Donda has designed two versions of Nike's "Air Yeezy" sneakers and two capsule lines with Parisian brand A.P.C. The company, named after West's late-mother, was also responsible for the artwork and marketing campaign for the Jay Z/West collaboration "Watch the Throne," the branding, launch, and tour surrounding West's groundbreaking 2013 album "Yeezus" and "Cruel Summer," the short companion film to the 2012 G.O.O.D. Music album of the same name. Currently a subsidiary of Def Jam, West's G.O.O.D. Music imprint will not be affected by the deal with Roc Nation, MTV reported. (link below) http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/5923129/kanye-wests-donda-partners-with-roc-nation
It happened last year and now it’s happened again — a system glitch has put a halt to the online registration for the 2014 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Registration was supposed to begin Wednesday, but instead is being postponed until March 19, according to the marathon’s website. Last year, the online registration system crashed shortly after people began signing up. Race organizers eventually turned to a lottery to fill the remaining slots. The marathon is set for Oct. 12.
Caleb James landed the B-Side cover of this week’s Chicago Reader. Chicago rapper and producer Caleb James is only 22, but he’s already been on a gold record—the thing is, it came out when he was 12. His father, Steve “Stone” Huff, who’s now a pastor at Safe House Church in Evanston, used to be a full-time musician and producer, and as a kid James would hang out during sessions at his dad’s West Town studio, Stone Recording. “Bump J used to be there, and I used to sit on his lap,” James says, obviously enjoying the image of a hard-ass Chicago street-rap icon getting chummy with a kid. That was how he ended up on a song with Bump and Cleveland R&B singer Avant—James was ten years old when he sang the chorus of “Flickin’,” a bonus track on the 2003 Avant album Private Room, which peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and went gold in 2004. (full article below) http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/rapper-caleb-james-steve-stone-huff-recording/Content?oid=12647964
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Guzman's arrest in a seaside Mexican town three days ago has left law enforcement, community leaders and even gang members disagreeing over how his own imprisonment will affect the multibillion-dollar drug trade. Some are predicting Guzman's longtime lieutenant, Ismael Zambada, will easily assume control, while others anticipate a new vacuum that spurs violence in Mexico as well as Chicago and other U.S. cities. "They are going to fight over who's next," said Ward, whose own gang, the once-dominant Gangster Disciples. (link below) http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140225/NEWS02/140229871/chicagos-drug-market-up-for-grabs-after-el-chapos-capture
Former Sacramento Kings guard Jimmer Fredette has told the Chicago Bulls he will sign with them if he clears waivers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the negotiations. Fredette, who was drafted 10th overall out of Brigham Young in 2010, was bought out by the Kings this week and has yet to clear waivers. That is likely to happen at 5 p.m. EST Saturday.