A subculture of the sci-fi/fantasy world recently hosted its annual gathering in Chicago. Always the curious cats, Eight Forty-Eight's Jason Marck and Eilee Heikenen-Weiss went out to learn more about it at Midwest FurFest.
Tony Rezko, a key player in the corruption that took place under former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, was sentenced to 10-and-a-half years in prison. After court Tuesday, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said he could not think of another sentence that was that harsh for a public corruption case.
In an effort dig Chicago out of its massive budget deficit, the city’s Inspector General, Joseph Ferguson, released a series of suggestions. Some ideas aimed to cut costs, others would raise revenues; they could be called everything from thought provoking to politically impossible.
The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, begins Wednesday night at sundown and the High Holidays will conclude 10 days later with Yom Kippur. Each holiday has prayers and songs that are heard only on these specific days. Now, many more can enjoy them thanks to the group Chicago a cappella.
On Friday, Sept. 16 the Chicago blues scene lost another elder statesman. Eight Forty-Eight's Jason Marck offered this remembrance of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith.In the last 12 months, Chicago blues fans said goodbye to Little Smokey Smothers, Pinetop Perkins, Lacy Gibson and Honeyboy Edwards.