Chicago in the national news: 9/1

September 1, 2010

In The News Ryan Bloomberg is reporting that imprisoned former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is seeking to have parts of his conviction thrown out based on a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that weakened the so-called honest services law. Media magnate Conrad Black recently cited the same law in fighting his conviction. Ryan's attorneys are arguing that he should be released on bail while the judge considers the request. Watch out block parties, a Ryan/Blago duet could be coming your way. A little Elvis and Big Bopper? According to BusinessWeek, a northern Michigan based American Indian tribe has requested permission to join a lawsuit demanding stronger Asian carp prevention efforts. The tribe would join fives states in suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for their refusal to close the locks. The tribe has asked to join the suit to ensure its interests are considered -- including fishing rights provided under an 1836 treaty. I didn't expect the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa to be the Siouxing type. (puns!) Bon Appetit is featuring "delicious cheap eats in Chicago" in the September edition of their magazine. The magazine provides an illustrated map of their recommended "top destinations" which include Big Star, Xoco, Danny's, and Urban Belly, among others. The guide is meant for travelers but may be just as good for those Chicago residents on a "luxury" staycation this summer. "In my mind I just went to Mexico" USA Today is reporting that Manny Ramirez asked for interpreter before giving interviews on his first day with the White Sox. Manny's "selective amnesia" only lasted for a few questions. It wasn't long before Ramirez answered a question saying "That's a stupid question." Or to translate "esta una pregunta estupida."