Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Good day: cashing in on a $1,000 note. Great day: cashing in a $1,000 note for $2.5 million. That's how much a $1,000 United States Treasury note from 1891 recently fetched at the Currency Signature Auction in Schaumburg, Ill. According to CoinWeek, the sum for the $1,000 bill set a new world record for a U.S. banknote sold at auction. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/29/1000-bill-auction-world-record_n_3178845.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago&ir=Chicago
We may have had ridiculously cold weather in March, but the heat in the real estate market more than made up for that. Prices popped: In Chicago, the median sale price was 8.9 percent above where it had been a year before, and for the nine-county region, it was up 2.2 percent, according to Illinois Association of Realtors data released Monday. And the time it took to get a house sold was a little more than 20 percent faster than it had been in March 2013. In fact, March was so good in Chicago real estate that for once, our recent tendency to be the opposite of the national norm was to our advantage: On the national scene, the number of homes sold in March was down 0.6 percent from February. Here, March was up 33 percent from February. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Radar/Deal-Estate/April-2013/March-Was-Awesome/
The draft experts were not impressed with the Bears' haul this weekend, with grades in the low B and even C range. However, the team did address its biggest weaknesses and did so with athletic, versatile players. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/04/29/bears_address_needs_with_draft_pick.php
NBA center Jason Collins on Monday announced that he's gay in a story for Sports Illustrated, becoming the first active player in one of the four major American professional team sports to announce that he is gay. (link below) http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/magazine/news/20130429/jason-collins-gay-nba-player/
Sunday, April 28, 2013
Chicago Tribune is reporting that Lil Reese was arrested earlier this morning, due to a warrant issued in Champaign county, IL.The arrest warrant was issued Friday in Champaign county for Lil Reese, 20, whose birth name is Tavares Taylor. He was arrested at about 4 a.m. Sunday on the 4400 block of South Wells Street in the city’s Fuller Park neighborhood after a police officer on patrol saw him sleeping in a vehicle, according to Cook County court documents. The arrest warrant issued Friday is connected to charges of criminal trespass to a residence with persons present, mob action and battery that allegedly took place in February 2012, according to the Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s Web site and Cook County court documents.
Speaking with the Chicago Tribune (via NBC Sports' Rotoworld), Reggie said that Rose is close to 100 percent and could return in the second round against the Miami Heat: He has been working hard and getting a lot of shots up every day. Most of all, he is getting his mind ready, getting comfortable with his body. I think (his mind) is probably at a good 90 percent now. (link below) http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1621596-derrick-rose-brother-reggie-says-bulls-star-could-return-in-second-round
Saturday, April 27, 2013
(link below) Hill posted a statement to her official Tumblr account, announcing that she's back in the studio for the first time since 1998's iconic "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill." The singer's only album since "Miseducation" has been 2002's "MTV Unplugged No. 2.0," recorded live at the MTV Studios in Times Square the previous year. This will mark her first studio material in 15 years, and fans will surely be anxious to lay down a welcome mat for the former Fugees singer, who has steadily grown more eccentric over the past decade. Hill revealed on Tumblr that she is launching a new record label in conjunction with Sony Worldwide Entertainment as an effort to pay the $504,000 she owes immediately in taxes. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/26/lauryn-hill-new-album_n_3163056.html?utm_hp_ref=mostpopular
They knock off their season-long Jekyll-and-Hyde act. The Bulls have won three games in a row just one time since Jan. 26. During the final three months of the regular season, Chicago had a habit of looking spectacular for a game or two, but then losing back-to-back contests to teams like the lowly Detroit Pistons and Toronto Raptors (which they did on April 7 and 9). You'd think that a team whose calling card is a wickedly competitive defense wouldn't be subject to such inconsistent play, but the Bulls have piled up just as many surprising losses to inferior opponents as they have impressive wins against good ones. In other words, it's almost impossible to know which version of the Bulls is going to show up from game to game. Fortunately for Chicago, it knows that all it has to do is maintain its proven defensive scheme and hope for a little bit of complementary offense in order to win. The Nets are the team that has to adjust, so the Bulls can simply sit back and wait to see what changes their opponents make. Chicago is a deeply flawed offensive team, but its defense looks more than capable of holding strong against a Nets club that is suddenly reeling in its own right. The third time hasn't been the charm for the Bulls very often this year, but if they can simply maintain the kind of effort they've put forth over the last two games, they'll be in good shape. (link below) http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1619592-brooklyn-nets-vs-chicago-bulls-game-4-preview-schedule-predictions
Jereme Richmond was ordered back to jail this morning after he was accused of making threats against his probation officer, Weeks shy of completing his probation on an earlier weapons charge. The jailing is the latest is a long series of legal and professional setbacks since Richmond, named Mr. Basketball in 2010, left the University of Illinois team after one season in a failed bid to play for the NBA. A few months later, Richmond was arrested and charged with punching his girlfriend and threatening her family with a gun. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to unlawful use of a weapon and was sentenced to 18 months of probation.
Gov. Pat Quinn today defended giving a $98 million state grant to the United Neighborhood Organization to build charter schools, a day after he froze what's left of the money over concerns the group hired contractors related to a top UNO executive. Quinn’s administration temporarily froze the remaining $14 million of the grant Thursday after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that UNO had hired two contractors to work on school construction projects who are brothers of Miguel d'Escoto, the group's former senior vice president of operations. D'Escoto resigned from UNO this year. He previously served as a city transportation commissioner under Daley. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-quinn-defends-98-million-grant-to-charter-group-20130426,0,2520665.story
Thursday, April 25, 2013
"The Daily Meal" has named America's best hot dogs. Not surprisingly, Chicago institutions secured several spots on the list. Fat Johnnie's Red Hots 7242 S. Western Ave. Chicago, Ill. Hot Doug's 3324 N. California Ave. Chicago, Ill. Superdawg 6363 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, Ill. Gene and Jude's Red Hot Stand 2720 River Rd. River Grove, Ill. Wiener's Circle 2622 N. Clark St. Chicago, Ill.
Karen Thomson of the Canadian station Team 1040 radio asked Keith about a questionable call in which the Chicago defenseman slashed the Canuck's goal scorer Daniel Sedin with no immediately resulting penalty. Keith then turned the conversation gender-specific, mockingly telling Thomson, "Maybe we should get you as a ref maybe, hey?" Thomson slotted a quick response before Keith came back with another dig: “First female referee. Can’t probably play either, right? But you’re thinking the game, like you know it?" Keith then left the interview with an abrupt, "See ya.” Sadly, Thomson is hardly the first reporter to face sexist reactions: An entire Tumblr dedicated to the sexism female reporters have to deal with made rounds on the web earlier in February. (link below) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/24/duncan-keith-sexist-comme_n_3149713.html?utm_hp_ref=chicago
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
5 people are dead and a person in custody after a shooting in the small Illinois town of Manchester downstate. Manchester is about 85 miles from St. Louis. No word yet on a motive. A school superintendent in the area says he was informed by sheriffs early Wednesday morning that the victims had been shot to death. Les Stevens of the North Greene School District says he canceled classes because authorities warned him at the time that the suspect was at large. The district has since been informed that the man was captured. (link below) http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local/illinois&id=9077585
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
After a dreadful Game 1 outing Saturday, the Bulls roared back, as a collective effort led by their typically strong defense, a balanced bench scoring and an inspirational performance from Joakim Noah resulted in an 90-82 victory to send the series back to Chicago tied at one game apiece. (link below) http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/aggrey-sam/noahs-effort-helps-bulls-gut-out-game-2-win-over-nets
In this hamster wheel we call life, there are quite a few of us who have not quite yet seen that epithet come to fruition. Therefore, we deal with a lot of "BS" in the workplace. It is inevitable that our surrogate family (co-workers) bring some, um, grievances that you can do without. Here are some of the most universal occurrences that irk folks at work. HERE ARE A FEW.... 1. Drinking the last cup of water from the cooler or coffee without replenishing the supply: when at home, your mother told you not to leave a “corner” of orange juice in the carton. Apply this same courtesy with the J.O.B’s H2O. 2. People with loud consumption habits: this is the politically correct way of saying that you eat like a mad cow. CLOSE YOUR MOUTH AND EAT QUIETLY. It literally turns everyone off from eating their own Mac n’ Cheese. 3. Being surrounded by Mr. and Mrs. Butt-in-ski: self-explanatory … 4. Re-heating food that leaves the workplace smelling like Moby Dick’s boom-boom room: we all know you love your fried perch combo; but unless your office is cross ventilated, you are being extremely inconsiderate by subjecting your coworkers to your meal’s funk. 5. Typing loudly: This is one of the things that probably would go unnoticed by the untrained ear; but if one listens closely, it is one of the most infuriating things a person can do. 6. Too many Chiefs: coworkers that go above and beyond their job description, with no credentials (or authority) to back up their “leader” mentality. (FIND MORE OF THE LIST IN THE LINK BELOW) http://www.chicagonow.com/six-brown-chicks/2013/04/15-things-you-really-want-to-say-at-work-but-cant/
A dice game only four blocks from President Barack Obama's Kenwood home ended in gunfire Monday night, taking the life of a 15-year-old whose mother arrived on the scene and saw her son being taken to the morgue. Cornelius German told his mother he was afraid to wait for her at the bus stop because of all the shootings lately, so he asked her to meet him at a friend's. Timika Rutledge said she and the boy's father pulled up to a home and waited Monday night, even blowing the horn for him to come out. Then they saw police arrive. Police have said the shooting may be gang-related. "It was dark, it was in the backyard, shots rang out. I knew they were going to say gang-related," Rutledge said. "He hung out with gang members but I don't think he was part of a gang." Rutledge said her son "was very charming, very charismatic. When he would enter a room, his smile would radiate. He wasn't selfish, he was kind."
Very interesting list chronicling the best of the men in black since 1983. (link below) http://www.redeyechicago.com/sports/redeye-the-10-greatest-white-sox-of-the-last-30-years-20130412,0,3115430.photogallery
Haleem, 46, an officer for 18 years, resigned last fall, a few months before he was charged in January. He had been assigned to the Chicago Lawn district when first confronted by federal authorities in 2008. He remained on desk duty, stripped of his police powers, until his resignation. Prosecutors plan to recommend a 20-month prison term for Haleem at his sentencing Oct. 18, according to his plea agreement. The stranded motorist was in on it, as were the bickering tow truck operators. The only one who didn't know what was going on was Ali Haleem, a crooked Chicago police officer accused of regularly making extra cash by illegally steering business to bribe-paying truck drivers. As part of the FBI sting in 2008, one undercover female agent posed as a motorist stranded by a flat tire at 47th Street and Cicero Avenue. Two competing tow trucks showed up at the scene vying for the business — one with two undercover FBI agents and the other with a real tow truck driver who was secretly cooperating with the FBI and had a history with Haleem. (link below) http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/ct-met-government-mole-guilty-20130423,0,955587.story
Sunday, April 21, 2013
THO MANY HELP TO SEE #1 ON THE COURT AGAIN, HERE ARE 10 REASONS IT MOST LIKELY WONT HAPPEN. (link below) http://chicagosidesports.com/quick-hits/top-10-reasons-why-derrick-rose-wont-return-in-2013/
Friday, April 19, 2013
Police Department Tweets He Is In Custody Boston Police Dept. @Boston_Police 4m Suspect in custody. Officers sweeping the area. Stand by for further info.
Former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Terrell Owens, who is in Chicago to participate in Saturday's McLegends charity basketball event that benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Chicago and Northwest Indiana, spent Friday morning in Chicago working out with former NFL linebacker and Illinois State Senator Napoleon Harris. (link below) http://www.csnchicago.com/blog/bears-talk/wants-make-comebackwith-bears
As the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings continues, the Chicago Police Department is sending five investigators and one sergeant to Boston to help, police officials said in a press release Friday afternoon. The release said that Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis asked for the assistance this morning in a conversation with Chicago Police Superintendent Gary McCarthy.
The Illinois House passed a bill today that would allow employers to request access to employees' personal web accounts used for business purposes, like Facebook and other social networking sites. As if people aren't paranoid enough already. To be clear, the bill does not mandate that employees must supply the information, and no one could be fired or penalized for noncompliance. The idea is to allow employers the opportunity to investigate employee misconduct, protect trade secrets, and prevent workplace violence by monitoring online activities. Even without it being mandatory to share your login and password, you could imagine a boss putting a subordinate under some uncomfortable pressure. (link below) http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/April-2013/Could-Your-Boss-Demand-Access-To-Your-Facebook-Account/
Thursday, April 18, 2013
This is CIMMfest, the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival—a four-day showcase of outstanding films, energetic concerts, visually stunning VJ/DJ sets, lively Q&A’s, daring live score performances…anything to show just what movies and music mean to each other. Each April filmmakers, musicians, and their passionate fans alike, descend upon Wicker Park and Logan Square, two of Chicago’s most eclectic, vibrant neighborhoods. That’s where CIMMfest takes place—the films by day, the live music by night—at theaters, galleries, bars, concert spaces, and some of the city’s most storied venues.
The Congress Theater can remain open — but not sell any more tickets — until it undergoes a reinspection, according to a deal reached with the city Thursday. The agreement allows the Congress to operate under “reduced capacity.” lawyers said. The next hearing in the case is scheduled for April 22. On Wednesday, the city threw the book at the Congress after its latest failed inspection, filing an emergency motion that could have forced controversial owner Eddie Carranza to close the theater. The lengthy motion detailed 26 violations. (link below) http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/19567169-418/deal-lets-congress-theater-stay-open-for-now-but-not-sell-tickets.html
A massive sinkhole on Chicago's South Side has swallowed up three cars and injured one person amid fears that it could grow larger yet as rain continues to fall. Around 5:15 a.m., the sinkhole at 96th and Houston in the city's Jeffrey Manor neighborhood opened up and two cars fell inside, according to ABC Chicago. Shortly after the fire department arrived on the scene, a third car slid into the sinkhole, which spanned both lanes of traffic at that point.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Of the many stories and events that add up to Michael Jordan's legend, few loom as large as the "Flu Game." In Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, with his Chicago Bulls facing a 3-2 deficit against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City, Jordan scored 38 points despite playing with extreme nausea and discomfort. The Bulls took the game 90-88, the series returned to Chicago, and Jordan ensured that fans would discuss his will to win for decades. After nearly 16 years, it's still unclear if Jordan suffered from food poisoning or a stomach virus that night. Yet Tim Grover, Jordan's longtime trainer, is pretty sure that MJ was poisoned. (link below) http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nba-ball-dont-lie/tim-grover-michael-jordan-trainer-says-flu-game-231536159--nba.html
The Illinois House today approved a measure to let people use marijuana for medical purposes, giving the proposal its best chance of becoming law in recent years. The House sent the bill to the Senate on a 61-57 vote. The Senate previously has passed similar legislation. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-illinois-house-debates-medical-marijuana-20130417,0,3778883.story
A missing one-year-old boy from Maywood was killed by somebody who was upset that the child could not be potty-trained, a source told CBS 2. The source says the body of a child believed to be Bryeon Hunter was dumped into the Des Plaines River near Maywood. Police on the scene are still searching the area on Wednesday morning. Earlier, the source said the body had been recovered. Bryeon was the subject of an AMBER alert after his mother told police three Hispanic men beat hear and kidnapped the child. After questioning the mother, police now believe Lakeshia Baker’s story is not true. The alert was issued on Tuesday and police cleared the three men on Wednesday morning. (link below) http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/04/17/sources-police-believe-missing-maywood-child-is-dead/
Fox has pulled from websites a recent episode of "Family Guy" that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon, and has no immediate plans to air it again. Fox spokeswoman Gaude Paez said Tuesday the episode has been removed from Fox.com and Hulu.com. (link below) http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57579961/fox-pulls-family-guy-episode-that-depicts-deaths-at-boston-marathon/
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Monday, April 15, 2013
Two people were killed and at least 22 people were injured in two explosions that rocked the Boston Marathon steps away from the finish line. The blasts happened at about 2:50 p.m. near the intersection of Boylston and Exeter streets. Bloody spectators were carried away from the area, and witnesses said several victims lost limbs. Boston police said two people died, and at least 22 were injured. "I was turning the corner. I was near the Hynes (Convention) Center. I saw two explosions. I just turned around and ran. It was a fireball -- a huge fireball," one runner said. The first explosion happened across from the Lenox Hotel, and the second blast was about 15 seconds later, witnesses said. White smoke could be seen rising from the blasts, and witnesses said the impact of the explosions could be felt blocks away.
Parker and Randle were named co-MVPs. Past MVPs include Anthony Davis, Kyrie Irving, Brandon jennings, Kevin Durant, Dwight Howard, LeBron James and Amar'e Stoudemire. Carmelo Anthony helped present the players with their trophies. Wiggins (undecided) and Parker (Duke) both started getting after it in the second half. The dynamic small forwards are ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in ESPN’s Top 100 recruiting rankings, respectively. Wiggins wowed the crowd with four dunks and added five rebounds, while Parker displayed his all-around game, snagging seven rebounds and dishing out two assists.
THE MOST TALKED ABOUT MOMENT OVER THE WEEKEND OTHER THEN THE KOBE INJURY WAS THE ON AIR REUNITING OF DMX AND HIS SON XAVIER WHICH AIRED ON THE OPRAH WINFREY NETWORK. HERE WE BRING OUR VIEWERS ONE OF THE MOST TOUCHING MOMENTS FROM THE SHOW. Multiplatinum rap artist DMX and his oldest son, Xavier, are speaking for the first time in a year and a half. After DMX angrily storms out of the room, he apologizes and resumes his conversation with Xavier. Watch what happens when father and son open up to one another.
Sunday, April 14, 2013
When the seasons change and it gets warm, Chicago seizes the outdoors and strangles the life out of it. Befitting a city born from a prairie, here are some of our favorite places to enjoy the outdoors. They may be rooted in nature, they may not. But it's our list and we're sticking with it. (link below) http://chicagoist.com/2013/04/10/chicagoists_favorite_places_to_enjo.php
One of the busiest criminal court facilities in the country will soon lose something common to nearly every other courthouse: cell phones. Starting Monday, the Cook County criminal courthouses begin their ban on electronic devices that include cell phones, smartphones, tablets, laptops and "all other electronic devices capable of connecting to the Internet or making audio or video recordings." Despite criticism, Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans is finally moving forward with the long-delayed ban for what he says are safety concerns.