WBEZ | suits http://www.wbez.org/tags/suits Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A memo to Chicago men: Wear more suits http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/memo-chicago-men-wear-more-suits-103232 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/5915842997_a3386c09a8_z.jpg" style="height: 225px; width: 300px; float: left; " title="(Flickr/Greg Wass)" />&quot;We may not be able to topple New York with it&rsquo;s prominence as a port of textiles and trade. We may not be able to overshadow L.A.&rsquo;s fashion scene with its scientifically and artificially enhanced people and superstars,&quot; said writer <a href="http://shannoncason.com/">Shannon Cason</a> at a special <em>Paper Machete</em> at the Green Mill. But he has one idea to spice up Chicago: The men should wear more suits. Read an excerpt below or listen above:&nbsp;</p><p><em>New York has Fashion Week, a week-long extravaganza, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz, showcasing the world&rsquo;s top design house selections for the upcoming season. Chicago has Fashion Focus, a week-long celebration in its eighth year highlighting Chicago&rsquo;s thriving fashion industry, sponsored by Dunkin Donuts. (Naw...it&rsquo;s not sponsored by Dunkin Donuts...I said that to be funny.)</em></p><p><em>But Chicago has lagged behind other major cities on the fashion-conscious index. In a recent </em>Huffington Post <em>ranking of The Most Fashionable Cities, Chicago placed 6th. Not bad, but behind: New York; Los Angeles; Irvine, California; Miami; and Dallas. </em></p><p><em>F***ing Dallas man . . . I didn&rsquo;t know cowboys were so stylish!</em></p><p><em>In an effort to increase Chicago&rsquo;s standings among the stylish cities of the United States, I propose an initiative that Chicago&rsquo;s men: Wear More Suits. The style consciousness of a city doesn&rsquo;t lie in the will of that city&rsquo;s women. The responsibility is in the hands of the city&rsquo;s men.</em></p><p><em>Women are beautiful. New York women, L.A. women, Miami women, even Dallas women, and Chicago women&nbsp;</em><em>&mdash;&nbsp;</em><em>finest women on the terra firma (I can&rsquo;t include mermaids because I haven&rsquo;t seen one yet&nbsp;</em><em>&mdash;</em><em>&nbsp;in all fairness). But there&rsquo;s something about a Midwest woman that represents a woman the way she was meant to be: Her curves, her down-to-earth sensibilities. The way she covers herself in the winter months and slowly sheds layers (and layers . . . and layers) and shows her skin for the short summer season. I&rsquo;m getting myself aroused up here. . . .</em></p><p><em>The men are responsible for our dismal ranking. It&rsquo;s our flip-flops, and our ill-fitted pants, our f***ing ironic tee-shirts and our f***ing hoodies. Everyone has to wear a f***ing hoodie. I&rsquo;ve counted 30 men in this room and I&rsquo;ve counted 25 of them wearing f***ing hoodies. The other five are just showing off their ironic tee-shirts. But the women&nbsp;</em><em>&mdash;&nbsp;</em><em>you guys are gorgeous. And this isn&rsquo;t just an attempt from me to get more women. . . well, you guys really </em>are<em> gorgeous. . . .&nbsp;</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a>&nbsp;<em>is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 pm., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine<em>&nbsp;needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-10/memo-chicago-men-wear-more-suits-103232 Prosecutors crushing Blagojevich in retrial http://www.wbez.org/story/prosecutors-crushing-blagojevich-retrial-86358 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-May/2011-05-10/P1000682.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Prosecutors are landing some crushing blows in quick succession in their retrial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.</p><p>At 3:35 p.m. Tuesday, David Keahl took the stand.&nbsp; He oversees ethics training for state employees.&nbsp; Keahl said every year Blagojevich took the training which makes clear that it’s illegal to even try to trade state action for personal benefits.&nbsp; That goes to one of Blagojevich's defenses that he didn't know he was committing any crimes because he was relying on his advisors, many of whom have law degrees, to keep him from doing anything illegal.</p><p>At 3:58, prosecutors played a tape of Blagojevich talking to advisors on a conference call.&nbsp; Blagojevich is cursing President-elect Obama because he won’t give Blagojevich anything to appoint his preferred candidate to the Senate.&nbsp; "You guys are telling me I gotta just suck it up for two years and do nothing, give this motherf***** his Senator.&nbsp; F*** him.&nbsp; For nothing?&nbsp; F*** him!" said Blagojevich.</p><p>Blagojevich says the whole world is passing him by and he's, "stuck in this f***ing job as governor now."&nbsp; He goes on to complain that he needs to make money.&nbsp; "Amy’s going to college in six years and we can’t afford it.&nbsp; I can’t afford college for my daughter," says Blagojevich.</p><p>At 4:07, before jurors could feel too sorry for the embattled former governor, prosecutors brought an IRS agent to the stand.&nbsp; She said the Blagojeviches brought in $300,000 a year but were in debt because they spent $400,000 on clothes during his time in office.</p></p> Wed, 11 May 2011 10:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/prosecutors-crushing-blagojevich-retrial-86358