Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel said he told the owner of the Chicago Cubs that a plan to fix up Wrigley Field using tax dollars is a "non-starter."Emanuel met recently with Cubs owner Tom Ricketts. The mayor-elect described it as a "short...informational" meeting.
Top story: WBEZ's Al Keefe has a good story about the economics of baseball, which ties into this week's opening day festivities. (Friday) It costs more than $300 to take a family of four to Wrigley Field; $250 for U.S. Cellular Field.
Top story: So much for public dialogue and due process. The goverment sent out a statement today saying Gov. George Ryan was released from prison on Wednesday night to visit his ailing wife in the hospital. There ya have it.
Local writer Christine Sneed had an epiphany while writing an essay for the anthology "Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting Till Next Year." She realized that just like a Cubs fan, she’s had to rely on near-fanatical optimism to keep writing year after year without a book contract.
Director Jason Marck ends this special encore edition of "Eight Forty-Eight" with a remembrance. Earlier in December, IMarck was standing in the shower at 6:00 a.m. when WBEZ's Tony Sarabia came on the radio and said that Ron Santo had died.
A former Chicago Cubs star is returning to the team.The Cubs Friday announced the signing of free agent pitcher Kerry Wood to a one-year contract.Wood began his career with the Cubs in spectacular fashion in 1998 when he was the National League's Rookie of the Year.