WBEZ | Carlos Zambrano http://www.wbez.org/tags/carlos-zambrano Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Rahm should get statue in Springfield...or Heavy D dies, rayon shirts half off at Chess King http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-09/rahm-should-get-statue-springfieldor-heavy-d-dies-rayon-shirts-half- <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-09/Heavy D &amp; The Boyz - Big Tyme - Front.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Emanuel has <a href="http://www.chicagonewscoop.org/emanuel-maintains-full-springfield-wish-list/">three big things he wants from Springfield</a>. 1) Casinos. 2) Speeding cameras and 3) a huge statue of him sitting on top of the statue of Abraham Lincoln. Okay, maybe not a huge statue, maybe the third was keeping the Mercantile Exchange in Chicago. I can't remember.&nbsp;</p><p>Anyway, he's pretty much locked up the speeding cameras and Quinn has compromised and says he would allow a casino in Chicago if they took slots at horse tracks off the table. Because, yeah, that's relevant. Does anyone go to the track anymore? If so, do you wear a fidora and smoke a cigar like a Grandpa?</p><p>We know that speeding cameras are looking like a done deal, even if some house members posture. And now the word is that the CME is putting the ultimatum on the table to the state of Illinois, essentially asking for their taxes to be cut in half or they are walking. And the state might give it to them. Wow, I wonder how that will sit with Occupy Chicago? The CME (which owns the Board of Trade) get taxed about $160 million right now and they are asking for $80 million from here on out. That's a lot of millions, right?</p><p>So will Rahm get it all? Pay attention. If he goes 3-3, I wonder if he'll be asking for a contract extension soon. And just imagine a statue next to the fairgrounds:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-09/statue.jpg" style="width: 600px; height: 399px;" title=""></p><p><strong>B story:</strong> This <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-cain-accuser-20111109,0,856407.story">Herman Cain story is troubling on several levels</a>. Either this guy is a serial sexual harasser or these women are making up stories to take down a presidential candidate. I will defer to you for judgement either way, but if the truth ever does come out, we will have quite a bombshell story on our hands.</p><p><strong>C story: </strong>Travel day! Who wants to go to NYC with me? <a href="http://www.fly.com/Deal/?Id=CHI110711&amp;utm_source=tzoo&amp;utm_medium=nf&amp;utm_campaign=CHI110711">Yesterday, flights dropped to $67 round trip</a>. Seriously, I might just fly to NYC for a staff meeting. Sound good web team? Now, it's weird days/hours and it is Spirit Airlines, but $67? You could go next time there is an <em>Interview Show</em>. I went with Mark Bazer last month to do his show at Union Hall in Brooklyn. Here's his <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-11-08/brian-darcy-james-talks-shrek-smash-sisters-and-other-things-not-beginnin">interview with Broadway star Brian D'Arcy James</a>.</p><p><strong>D story: </strong>There is a fake Jim DeRogatis online selling demo records. Reviewers get review CDs (you know, the CD with the little notch on the side) and a dude is selling them, acting like he is Jim DeRogatis. The<a href="http://www.avclub.com/chicago/articles/jim-derogatis-is-selling-a-lot-of-record-company-p,64822/"> AV Club has the story</a>. I asked Jim for comment on this breaking story:</p><blockquote><p>Jeez, talk about a slow news day. As noted, it ain't me. I only sell exclusive Ryan Adams recordings online. (That was a joke.)</p></blockquote><p>If you are unfamiliar with the context of that joke, please please please familiarize yourself with this Chicago classic (NSFW):</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/yoTUXBbaFjE" width="500" frameborder="0" height="369"></iframe></p><p><strong>Weather:</strong> It's raining again. But it is clearing up, maybe.</p><p><strong>Sports:</strong> The <a href="http://eye-on-baseball.blogs.cbssports.com/mcc/blogs/entry/22297882/33193046">Kansas City Royals have shown interest in Carlos Zambrano</a>. Not "we'll take him and pay him all that money" but more of "if you want to continue paying him but not have him play in Chicago, we have interest in taking him off your hands." Hey, it's a start.&nbsp; <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/7208376/reports-chicago-white-sox-free-agent-mark-buehrle-meets-florida-marlins">Mark Buehrle is meeting with the Florida Marlins</a>. Uh-oh White Sox fans. That's not a courtesy. That's Ozzie getting a quality left-hand starter and sticking it to his former team. The Bears are still not getting respect in the media. <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/16035154/power-rankings-pats-defensive-woes-start-with-belichick">CBS Sports did their power rankings</a> and have the Bears at 14th overall with the Detroit Lions at 6th and the Atlanta Falcons at 8th. Whaa? Didn't we beat the Falcons? At least <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/powerrankings/_/year/2011/week/10">ESPN has it reversed</a>.</p><p>Did you know that several <a href="http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/videogames/blog/_/name/thegamer">Bears players get together and play Call of Duty</a>? Forte is the best (go figure). Although, Kellen Davis has better kill shot percentages.</p><p><strong>Kicker:</strong> Heavy D up in the limousine...if the limousine was heaven. I heard WGCI belting out a Heavy D mix this morning in memory of the rapper, who died yesterday at the age of 44. Heavy D was a seminal crossover rap artist that came to life on Yo MTV Raps! and quickly became a Top 40 hit that suburban white kids could use as an entry to a new kind of music. Almost every Heavy D song also sampled old R&amp;B songs, which made me giddy when I would hear those songs on V-103 after the fact (sorry, don't have a full handle on every classic R&amp;B song).</p><p>But it was the outfits that set him apart. Like this half and half suit in the classic "Is it Good to You" off the Juice soundtrack. They should have a sale at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=52639583367">Merry Go Round</a> in his honor:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/2RZUuw5m6UM" width="550" frameborder="0" height="403"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 09 Nov 2011 14:42:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-09/rahm-should-get-statue-springfieldor-heavy-d-dies-rayon-shirts-half- Attention tax man: Here are a few more suggestions for nex taxes (won't you add yours to the list?) http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-28/attention-tax-man-here-are-few-more-suggestions-nex-taxes-wont-you-a <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/AP110813152391.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-28/AP110813152391.jpg" title="Tax any divot, gopher hole or nail-like objects at Soldier Field. We'll make millions! (AP)" width="512" height="312"></p><p>Heeeeeeey! It's better than tax time. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-09-27/inspector-general-ferguson-proposes-taxes-and-tolls-balance-city-budget-">It's tax idea time</a>!! Tolls on Lake Shore? No. More income tax? Maybe. Suburban toll? Ludicrous. Hey, has anyone asked me and the tens of ten of readers of this blog? In the past, I've opened up the flood gates to come up with new tax ideas. And I do it for free. I'm not some hoity-toity Inspector General who gets paid six figures. I am just a man of the people — people with good ideas. I'll start this annual list. It's one of my favorite blogs of the year. Please add:</p><ul><li>Bikes: They are getting a free pass. They get to use our streets and our sidewalks for free. I say you drop a license (like license plates) on bikes. You have to pay $30 a year to have a bike in Chicago. You apply the UPC code to the bike's frame and if you don't have one you get a $50 ticket. When you sell the bikes at bike stores, you can't walk out without one. Boom, that's a trillion in new revenue.</li><li>I've always liked the liquor store concept of staying open for 24 hours. It means you can buy beer at any time of the night. But the city puts a tax on that beer so a six pack costs something like $15-20. I say you do the same thing with everything from tolls to pints. Anything between 2-6 a.m. on weekends will cost you double. Hey, you can party all you want. But it will cost you.</li><li>Question for city: Are you charging any tax on panhandlers? Just asking. What about a sign tax? If you have a sign when you panhandle, you have to get a permit.</li><li>If your restaurant sells 'small plates,' then it has to get double taxed. That's just the way it is. Tax trends.</li><li>Fine the Park District $100,000 every time an NFL game has to be stopped because there is a huge nail in the field.</li><li>Tax Rosie.</li><li>Or just have a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/video-our-newest-pledge-drive-operator-really-wants-you-call-now">pledge drive</a>.</li></ul><p><strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/7888784-419/documentary-revisits-bartman-fallout.html">I watched the Bartman documentary last night</a>. What a great story and awful time for Chicago baseball history. The documentary definitely brought up dark memories of that time. It helped me realize why I quit the Cubs in the first place. Too many idiots. Although I've never been able to place it, that season featured fans that I didn't want to be associated with. The extra ingredient of the threat of blowing the World Series just brought out the absolute worst in a half of Chicago. And it was way before the Bartman incident. I'm sorry, but didn't Cubs fans flip cars after beating Atlanta in the first round? Didn't Wrigleyville turn into a Juggalo festival every day and night towards the end of that season? Didn't Chicago just turn into mush for a month? That's why I don't like the Cubs. I really don't have anything against the baseball team. I think it's just the fans — and not the fans on a lazy August afternoon, but the fans when the game is on the line. The NFC Championship game last year brought intensity and excitement, but nobody flipped a car. The White Sox beat the Boston Red Sox in the first round of the AL playoffs in 2005 and mobs didn't try to take down light poles. You expect that behavior from the Sox fan (it's sort of their reputation), but it never really happened. Even up to the World Series victory. It was jubilant, not frenzied. So yeah, that's why I don't root, root, root for the Cubbies...anymore.</p><p>And I know that I'm not alone.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: The Occupy Wall Street movement got a nice shot in the arm on Facebook, thanks to a <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/44679119#44679119">stirring commentary from Lawrence O'Donnell</a>. So enough of the "mainstream media refuses to cover us!!!!" rant that floods my Twitter feed. Are we cool? What's going on with <a href="http://progressillinois.com/quick-hits/content/2011/09/27/occupy-chicago-protest-grows-despite-attempts-stop-it-video">Occupy Chicago</a>? It just goes to show, if you want the media's attention, get beat up by police. That's in the old mainstream media handbook: Anything about housing prices going down or police beating up college kids - automatic. (<em>Editors note: There is no such handbook</em>)</p><p>I will say this - the mark of a good protester is how you hold up when it is raining sideways. Today, it's raining sideways.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: Yeah! <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/halvorson-announce-next-week-if-shell-challenge-jackson-democratic-primary-92515">Debbie Halvorson will announce this week whether or not she'll run against incumbent congressman Jesse Jackson Jr.</a> That's an old rivalry. It's not quite Green Bay/Chicago, but more like Detroit/Minnesota. It's definitely a noon game rivalry. But still, a rivalry nonetheless!</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Yeah, rain.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: Today is the last day of the MLB regular season. I have to say that it might have been the worst in recent Chicago history. These two teams were just downright awful. Nobody expected much from the Cubs and the Sox just imploded. Wait till next year. Sox GM Kenny Williams supposedly has a short <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/7914666-419/ken-williams-narrows-his-list-for-next-white-sox-manager.html">list of managers to replace Ozzie</a>. Oz will be <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/story/_/id/7030013/florida-marlins-introduce-ozzie-guillen-new-skipper">announced as the new manager of the Marlins this afternoon</a>. That press conference should interrupt regularly scheduled programming, eh? And will <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/7914751-419/aramis-ramirez-says-he-wouldnt-mind-playing-for-ozzie-guillen.html">Aramis Ramirez and Carlos Zambrano join Ozzie in Florida</a>?</p><p>Also, I can't believe that there hasn't been more media outcry over the fact that an NFL game was stopped due to a <a href="http://bleacherreport.com/articles/866335-smg-management-of-soldier-field-a-sob-sod-story">nail-like object sticking out of the Soldier Field turf</a>. Is that not a story? It seems like a story, especially with the recent woes of the Park District to maintain a professional-grade field. Didn't they cancel Family Fest night because the field wasn't in shape? Will someone please tell me what is going on?</p><p>Kicker: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mark-bazer/2011-09-27/you-are-soooo-tight-or-one-way-conversation-massage-therapist%E2%80%99s-92470">Have you had this conversation with your massage therapist</a>?</p></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 13:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-09-28/attention-tax-man-here-are-few-more-suggestions-nex-taxes-wont-you-a Cubs say Zambrano not coming back this season http://www.wbez.org/story/cubs-say-zambrano-not-coming-back-season-91456 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-September/2011-09-02/AP070817014932.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Carlos Zambrano won't be back on the mound for the Chicago Cubs this season.</p><p>In a statement released Friday, the Cubs announced Zambrano won't be pitching for the team for the rest of this current season. That said, the Cubs will continue paying him once his 30-day suspension expires on Sunday, September 11th.</p><p>In the statement, the Cubs say once that suspension is up, there wouldn't be enough time left in the season for Zambrano to get back into the swing of pitching again.</p><p>The pitcher was put on the disqualified list after he was ejected from a game against the Atlanta Braves on August 12th during which he threw two inside pitches that nearly hit Braves third baseman Chipper Jones.&nbsp;</p><p>Thereafter, Zambrano allegedly cleaned out his locker and told clubhouse personnel he was planning to retire. Zambrano later said he wanted to return to the team and filed a grievance against the Cubs after he was suspended. That grievance is still outstanding.</p></p> Fri, 02 Sep 2011 14:21:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/cubs-say-zambrano-not-coming-back-season-91456