Thursday, February 26, 2015
Butler, 25, first arrived on the NBA scene as a designated shadow, following the opposition's star wings wherever they went. But this year he has taken over the spotlight, averaging 20.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists, all career highs, to become the favorite for Most Improved Player. NBA fans recognized Butler's progress on nearly a half-million All-Star ballots—votes of confidence, so to speak—ranking the former defensive specialist among the 25 most popular players in the league. (link below) http://www.si.com/nba/2015/02/26/jimmy-butler-chicago-bulls-nba-midseason-report
The US Department of Justice and embattled mayor Rahm Emanuel are under mounting pressure to investigate allegations of what one politician called “CIA or Gestapo tactics” at a secretive Chicago police facility exposed by the Guardian. Politicians and civil-rights groups across the US expressed shock upon hearing descriptions of off-the-books interrogation at Homan Square, the Chicago warehouse that multiple lawyers and one shackled-up protester likened to a US counter-terrorist black site in a Guardian investigation published this week. As a second person came forward to the Guardian detailing her own story of being “held hostage” inside Homan Square without access to an attorney or an official public record of her detention by Chicago police, officials and activists said the allegations merited further inquiry and risked aggravating wounds over community policing and race that have reached as high as the White House. Caught in the swirl of questions around the complex – still active on Wednesday – was Emanuel, the former chief of staff to Barack Obama who is suddenly facing a mayoral runoff election after failing to win a majority in a contest that has seen debate over police tactics take a central role. Emanuel’s office refused multiple requests for comment from the Guardian on Wednesday, referring a reporter to an unspecific denial from the Chicago police. (link below) http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/26/police-black-site-chicago-washington-politicians-human-rights
Monday, February 23, 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
After two high-profile shootings near Funky Buddha Lounge, the bar has closed for good, the neighborhood's alderman said Tuesday. Ald. Walter Burnett Jr. (27th) said he was told by city officials and police late Monday that the River West club at 728 W. Grand Ave. had permanently closed. Burnett said the owners of the Funky Buddha gave their keys to the rented location back to the building's landlord. (link below) http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150218/river-west/funky-buddha-club-site-of-shootings-now-permanently-closed-alderman
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with young rising hiphop artist "MidWest" 1. Introduce yourself and what you stand for as an artist. I'm Midwest, & as an artist I stand for authenticity and giving the people something they will continuously enjoy & tend to naturally. 2. Tell readers what inspired you to finally become a serious indie artist. I always been a serious artist, I just became more strategic. 3. Any projects out now or that your working on we should be checking for? Be on the look out for singles to release, & If you haven't heard "Amber rose" or "Studio freestyle" look for It. 4. What do you feel is missing from today's music scene that you can provide? I feel the music scene is missing real music & superstars, It was a time when only superstars could get in it & you didn't have to question If they were real or not. 5. If you had one feature to have on your major debut album release, who would it be and why? That's a hard one but I would have to say Kanye West for Chicago reasons lol plus he that guy. 6. Where do you see yourself within the industry 3-5 years from now? I see myself even more incorporated & giving the industry something to stay in business. Follow His Progress.. soundcloud.com/midwestlilchrist facebook.com/Midwestlilchrist reverbnation.com/Midwestlilchrist
Earvin "Magic" Johnson is making a big investment in Chicago's youth. The NBA legend and Kimbra Walter are co-founders of Inner City Youth Empowerment. They are expected to announce a two-year, $10 million investment in the city's summer job program for at-risk youth, One Summer Chicago Plus. The mayor's office said the funding is expected to provide 5,000 jobs for children and young adults who are at risk of becoming involved in violence. One Summer Chicago Plus provides opportunities for young people to work 25 hours a week, to connect with mentors and build social skills. (link below) http://abc7chicago.com/news/magic-johnson-to-invest-$10m-in-chicago-summer-job-program/521602/
Monday, February 16, 2015
Three Chicago Sun-Times reporters have been awarded one of the nation’s top honors in journalism for stories that led to the conviction of a nephew of former Mayor Richard M. Daley in a decade-old killing. The George Polk Awards in Journalism announced Sunday that its 2014 prize for the nation’s best local reporting will go to reporters Tim Novak, Chris Fusco and Carol Marin. The award recognizes four years of reporting on the 2004 death of 21-year-old David Koschman of Mount Prospect that “sparked the successful prosecution of a 10-year-old Chicago homicide” in which authorities were “reluctant to charge its well-connected perpetrator.” (link below) http://chicago.suntimes.com/business/7/71/370119/national-award-sun-times-reporters-koschman-stories
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," has been suspended without pay for six months following his continued misrepresentation of events surrounding his coverage of the Iraq War, NBC said Tuesday night. "We have decided today to suspend Brian Williams as managing editor and anchor of NBC Nightly News for six months," NBC News president Deborah Turness said in a memo to staff sent to FoxNews.com. "The suspension will be without pay and is effective immediately. We let Brian know of our decision earlier today. Lester Holt will continue to substitute anchor the NBC Nightly News." "Brian misrepresented events which occurred while he was covering the Iraq War in 2003," she said. "It then became clear that on other occasions Brian had done the same while telling that story in other venues. This was wrong and completely inappropriate for someone in Brian's position." (link below) http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2015/02/11/nbc-suspends-brian-williams-for-6-months/
The mayor and his four challengers met in their final debate before the election Tuesday at the DuSable Museum. Fioretti accused Emanuel of running TV ads that had been "repudiated by the very groups you aim to help" and instead "say that you've screwed them." Garcia lashed out at what he called a tax increment financing system "on steroids" that has served to benefit Emanuel, other politicians "and their cronies." Willie Wilson touted his desire to make changes to the Chicago Police Department, including having them regularly ride public transportation, to try to reduce the city's crime problems without hiring new officers. William "Dock" Walls contended he was the "go-to guy" in the administration of the city's first African-American mayor, Harold Washington. Emanuel did speak to an issue raised in the Tribune investigation that showed how the mayor has used his influence in Washington, D.C., to boost his campaign fundraising. (link below) http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/politics/ct-chicago-mayors-race-debate-0211-20150210-story.html
Two more infants from a Palatine day care center have measles, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in Illinois to 10, health officials said Tuesday afternoon. Chicago and Cook County health officials said nine of the 10 cases are associated with a KinderCare Learning Center in Palatine. All of the cases there are among unvaccinated infants and adults. The two most recent cases are both infants. The Kane County Health Department has also confirmed a case of the measles involving an Elgin Community College student from Cook County.
Little League Baseball is meeting to review facts surrounding the eligibility of the Chicago-based team that won the 2014 U.S. championship, amid allegations that the much-celebrated squad may have violated a rule prohibiting the use of players who live outside the geographic area that the team represents. Stephen Keener, CEO of Little League Baseball, told ESPN that the findings of a recent review of the matter are complete and being evaluated. He declined to say whether Jackie Robinson West, the first all-African-American team to win the championship, could be stripped of its title, as one of its rivals has called for. update..... After months of staying mum while cheating allegations circled U.S. champs Jackie Robinson West, Little League International has finally taken action and stripped the Chicago-based team of its title. Jackie Robinson West, an all-black team that became a feel-good story of the summer and was celebrated from the White House to the World Series, had been in a vortex of allegations since its season ended. Chief among them: the team used ringers from outside its area, then it illegally manipulated district boundaries to its own advantage.
Chicago EST.1837 recently caught up with rising artist "Riedy" 1. Introduce yourself and how long you've been making music. I am #RIEDY from LISLE IL. (CHICAGO Suburb) I grew up in LISLE / NAPERVILLE until my father passed of Lung Cancer ... I was 11. I moved to AUBURN AL when I was 12 to live w my mother, brother, and step father and remained there until I was 17 when my mother passed of Liver Disease. I have been a Blue Collar Go Getter Ever Since. 2. What inspired you not to just make music but become a serious artist? My Inspiration to make Music comes from hearing Music Period. The creative stories you hear, the art, the culture, the identities of neighborhoods inspires me to Tell My Story and Sprinkle in my Mojo, My Personality. Today's opportunities and witnessing people of all colors and backgrounds expressing yourself now more than ever is Inspiring for Me to take My Story and Area of Development Very Seriously. 3. How do you deal with writers block? I deal w Writer's Block how I deal w most areas of difficulty ... I Let It Go. I remove myself from the area of frustration, could be for a few minutes or a few days. And No Performance Enhancers R needed 2 get my creative juices flowing Let's Just Say That. 4. Any projects or big singles coming up we should be looking out for? I will hopefully Be releasing the next installment of my mixtape series #TheRIEDYChronicles Part Deux The Tuesday B4 #NBA AllStar Weekend. #AlreadyGone EP due Beginning of MARCH and Keep your ears open for. 5. Name a few goals you have for 2015. My Goals for 2015: -Increase Exposure and Grow Fan Base -Get on Tour and Travel the U.S. -Release Several Visuals ie: Music Videos -Grow as a Better and Wiser Businessman -Start My 1st Business 6. Where do you see your career the next 3-5 years? -Independently earning income for my family through several different areas of business in the USA, Kenya AFRICA, and beyond. -I will Be a Inspiring Household Name Making Music and Acting Full Time Follow His Progress.. Facebook.com/Riedy84 Soundcloud.com/Riedy Reverbnation.com/Riedy Twitter.com/AirRevolution86 Instagram.com/AirRevolution86
Thursday, February 5, 2015
Pfizer is buying Lake Forest-based Hospira for approximately $15.23 billion, saying it is a good fit with its global established pharmaceutical business. Pfizer Inc. will pay $90 per share in cash. The companies put the deal’s enterprise value at about $17 billion. Both companies’ boards unanimously approved the transaction, which is targeted to close in the second half of the year. (link below) http://chicago.suntimes.com/business/7/71/346391/pfizer-buying-hospira-15-23-billion
McCormick Place Convention Center, 14-22 Feb 2015 The Chicago Auto Show is the largest national auto show in Chicago and displays wide range of vehicles that includes sports cars, concept cars, dream cars that are either newly manufactured in the market or have emerged to be leading brands in the market. It is a great platform where the visitors are exposed to an array of choices, when it comes to car and they have a good experience in this show. The show was first staged in the year 1901.