WBEZ | DNC http://www.wbez.org/tags/dnc Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Wrigley Field officially providing 100 years of memories http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-23/morning-shift-wrigley-field-officially-providing-100 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/by PhineasX.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Friendly Confines turns 100 on Wednesday, and we want to hear your memories of the ballpark. Maybe it was your first game, or a ritual you established there with someone special. Wrigley historian Stuart Shea helps guide us through 100 years.</p><div class="storify"><iframe src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-wrigley-field-officially-providing-1/embed?header=false&border=false" width="100%" height=750 frameborder=no allowtransparency=true></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-wrigley-field-officially-providing-1.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-wrigley-field-officially-providing-1" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Wrigley Field officially providing 100 years of memories" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 08:42:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-23/morning-shift-wrigley-field-officially-providing-100 Illinois Democrats head home from Charlotte ready for a fight http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/illinois-democrats-head-home-charlotte-ready-fight-102265 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/IL dem convention.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Democrats are headed home after a week of politicking at their party&rsquo;s national convention in North Carolina, but their work for the 2012 elections is just heating up.</p><p>Illinois Democrats, Republicans, and opinion polls all suggest President Barack Obama is strongly favored to win his home state.</p><p>But delegates like Chicagoan Jim Montgomery aren&#39;t taking that for granted. He says the president now needs to show voters he has concrete plans for fixing the economy. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m gonna go home with the idea that we&rsquo;ve got to fight like hell in order to win this election for Barack Obama,&quot; Montgomery said.</p><p>Meanwhile, Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin said that he&rsquo;s focusing on tight Illinois congressional races and presidential swing states.</p><p>&quot;Don&rsquo;t forget, our first job&rsquo;s Illinois,&quot; Durbin said. &quot;Let&rsquo;s make sure we do well there for the president, and for every candidate. But our extra hours are gonna be spent in Iowa, Wisconsin, on the phones, when we can visit.&quot;</p><p>The Democrats will have their work cut out for them;&nbsp;Illinois Republicans came out of their convention just as focused on the same tight races further down the ticket.</p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/illinois-democrats-head-home-charlotte-ready-fight-102265 Cut to a Real Baby: Who's learning what about sex ed? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/cut-real-baby-whos-learning-what-about-sex-ed-102223 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/246814741_1cc0c86dea_z.jpg" style="width: 300px; float: left; " title="(Flickr/Casey Hussein Bisson)" />&quot;Some of you may remember that earlier this year, Republicans tried to shut me out of a hearing on contraception,&quot; <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCp3CWpiPUE&amp;feature=player_embedded">said Sandra Fluke</a> while speaking Wednesday evening at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. &quot;In fact, on that panel, they didn&rsquo;t hear from a single woman.&quot;</p><p>Fluke, of course, is <a href="http://abovethelaw.com/2012/06/whats-everyones-favorite-slut-up-to-these-days-an-update-on-georgetown-law-grad-sandra-fluke/">the former Georgetown University Law School student deemed &quot;a slut&quot; by Rush Limbaugh</a> after she advocated on behalf of cheaper birth control paid for by her school&#39;s health insurance plan. And writer Megan Stielstra considers Fluke&#39;s absence from said Congressional hearing a problem as well. To Stielstra, it&#39;s a mystery where those Republicans who are particularly concerned with the female anatomy learned what they know about it. &quot;Vague information can be just as dangerous as innacurate information,&quot; she says. Read an excerpt below or listen above:</p><p><em>My four-year-old son will happily tell you that he has a penis. He&rsquo;ll also tell you that most men and boys have them as well, and that most women and girls do NOT. Rather, they have &quot;something else.&quot; I&rsquo;ve asked him on multiple occasions if he&rsquo;d like to talk about what that </em>something <em>else is and he&rsquo;s always said, &ldquo;No thanks,&rdquo; and then back to his robots, which doesn&rsquo;t alarm me because 1) as I mentioned, he&rsquo;s four, and 2) he&rsquo;s not making federal policy decisions that influence the reproductive rights of every woman in the country regardless of her health, family situation, socio-economic status, political affiliation and private belief system. But last week, out of the clear blue sky, while waiting in a very long line at Target, he said, in that very loud,</em> look-at-me<em>&nbsp;way that four-year-olds have in crowded public places: &ldquo;So, Mommy. Vaginas. Tell me all about them.&rdquo;</em></p><p><em>Let&#39;s repeat that: Vaginas. Tell me all about them.</em></p><p><em>It seems to me that there are a lot of grown-up men who should be asking this question.</em></p><p><em>Lately, I&rsquo;ve found myself concerned &mdash; and by </em>concerned <em>I mean </em>angry&nbsp;<em>&mdash; that people &mdash; and by </em>people <em>I mean </em>men<em>, mostly white and old and straight and Republican &mdash; are making decisions about my body &mdash; by which I mean my vagina &mdash; based on false or incomplete information &mdash; by which I mean batsh** crazy made-up fiction. And I&rsquo;m a fiction writing teacher! I love the imagined, the exagerated; except when it&rsquo;s used in legislation.</em></p><p><em><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 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your&nbsp;<em>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>.</p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 09:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-09/cut-real-baby-whos-learning-what-about-sex-ed-102223 IL Democrats who knew President Obama back in the day react to his speech http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/il-democrats-who-knew-president-obama-back-day-react-his-speech-102256 <p><p>Some Illinois delegates who saw President Obama&rsquo;s political rise first-hand were also there to witness his acceptance speech Thursday night.</p><p>Will Burns and Barack Obama go way back.&nbsp;Burns is currently a Chicago alderman representing the Hyde Park and Kenwood neighborhoods where Mr. Obama got his start in politics.</p><p>A few years ago, Mr. Obama reportedly did not endorse Burns in his bid for state office. But Thursday night just after the president&rsquo;s speech, Burns didn&#39;t seem to hold a grudge. He said Mr. Obama had come a long way.</p><p>&quot;I remember the days when pundits would say, &lsquo;If you&rsquo;re a supporter of Barack Obama, you are a minority of a minority,&rsquo;&quot; Burns said. &quot;Doors slammed in your face and people handing you back literature and he never gave up hope in what his vision was for this country.&quot;</p><p>Meantime, Emil Jones was also in the crowd. Mr. Obama once called the former state Senate President his political godfather. On the convention floor Jones returned the favor.</p><p>&quot;Well, my godson&rsquo;s done great. Now all we gotta do is get him re-elected,&quot; Jones said.</p><p>Jones kept his comments short since he was trying to beat the massive crowd to get outside.<br /><!--[if !supportLineBreakNewLine]--><br /><!--[endif]--></p></p> Fri, 07 Sep 2012 00:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/il-democrats-who-knew-president-obama-back-day-react-his-speech-102256 In convention speech, Obama says that recovery path will be hard, but 'our challenges can be met' http://www.wbez.org/news/convention-speech-obama-says-recovery-path-will-be-hard-our-challenges-can-be-met-102252 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP949302248601.jpg" style="height: 426px; width: 620px; " title="President Barack Obama waves after his speech to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP/Charlie Neibergall)" /></div><p>CHARLOTTE, NC &mdash; His re-election in doubt, President Barack Obama conceded only halting progress Thursday night toward fixing the nation&#39;s stubborn economic woes, but vowed in a Democratic National Convention finale, &quot;Our problems can be solved, our challenges can be met.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Yes, our path is harder &mdash; but it leads to a better place,&quot; he declared in a prime-time speech to convention delegates and the nation that blended resolve about the challenges ahead with stinging criticism of Republican rival Mitt Romney&#39;s proposals to repair the economy.</p><p>He acknowledged &quot;my own failings&quot; as he asked for a second term, four years after taking office as the nation&#39;s first black president.</p><p>&quot;Four more years,&quot; delegates chanted over and over as the 51-year-old Obama stepped to the podium, noticeably grayer than four years ago when he was a history-making candidate for the White House.</p><p>The president&#39;s speech was the final act of a pair of highly scripted national political conventions in as many weeks, and the opening salvo of a two-month drive toward Election Day that pits Obama against Republican rival Romney. The contest is ever tighter for the White House in a dreary season of economic struggle for millions.</p><p>Vice President Joe Biden preceded Obama at the convention podium and proclaimed, &quot;America has turned the corner&quot; after experiencing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.</p><p>Obama didn&#39;t go that far in his own remarks, but he said firmly, &quot;We are not going back, we are moving forward, America.&quot;</p><p>With unemployment at 8.3 percent, the president said the task of recovering from the economic disaster of 2008 is exceeded in American history only by the challenge Franklin Delano Roosevelt faced when he took office in 1933.</p><p>&quot;It will require common effort, shared responsibility and the kind of bold persistent experimentation&quot; that FDR employed, Obama said.</p><p>In an appeal to independent voters who might be considering a vote for Romney, he added that those who carry on Roosevelt&#39;s legacy &quot;should remember that not every problem can be remedied with another government program or dictate from Washington.</p><p>He said, &quot;The truth is, it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over the decades.&quot;</p><p>In the run-up to Obama&#39;s speech, delegates erupted in tumultuous cheers when former Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, grievously wounded in a 2011 assassination attempt, walked onstage to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. The hall grew louder when she blew kisses to the crowd.</p><p>And louder still when huge video screens inside the hall showed the face of Osama bin Laden, the terrorist mastermind killed in a daring raid on his Pakistani hideout by U.S. special operations forces â&euro;&quot; on a mission approved by the current commander in chief.</p><p>The hall was filled to capacity long before Obama stepped to the podium, and officials shut off the entrances because of a fear of overcrowding for a speech that the campaign had originally slated for the 74,000-seat football stadium nearby. Aides said weather concerns prompted the move to the convention arena, capacity 15,000 or so.</p><p>Obama&#39;s campaign said the president would ask the country to rally around a &quot;real achievable plan that will create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy built to last.&quot;</p><p>He added, &quot;The truth is it will take more than a few years for us to solve challenges that have built up over a decade.&quot;</p><p>In convention parlance, both Obama and Biden were delivering acceptance speeches before delegates who nominated them for new terms in office.</p><p>But the political significance went far beyond that - the moment when the general election campaign begins in earnest even though Obama and Romney have been pointing toward a Nov. 6 showdown for months.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP829850220308.jpg" style="height: 425px; width: 300px; float: right; " title="President Barack Obama hugs his wife First lady Michelle Obama at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012. (AP/Charlie Neibergall)" />To the cheers of delegates, Obama retraced his steps to halt the economic slide, including the auto bailout that Romney opposed.</p><p>&quot;After a decade of decline, this country created over a half million manufacturing jobs in the last two and a half years,&quot; he said.</p><p>Turning to national security, he said he had promised to end the war in Iraq, and had done so.</p><p>&quot;We&#39;ve blunted the Taliban&#39;s momentum in Afghanistan, and in 2014 our longest war will be over,&quot; he said.</p><p>&quot;A new tower rises above the New York skyline, al-Qaida is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead,&quot; he declared, one of the night&#39;s repeated references to the special operations forces raid that resulted in the terrorist mastermind&#39;s demise more than a year ago.</p><p>He lampooned Romney&#39;s own economic proposals.</p><p>&quot;Have a surplus? Try a tax cut. Deficit too high? Try another. Feel a cold coming on? Take two tax cuts, roll back some regulations and call us in the morning,&quot; he said.</p><p>Mocking Romney for his overseas trip earlier this summer, Obama said, &quot;You might not be ready for diplomacy with Beijing if you can&#39;t visit the Olympics without insulting our closest ally.&quot; That was a reference to a verbal gaffe the former Massachusetts governor committed while visiting London.</p><p>The hall was filled to capacity long before Obama stepped to the podium, and officials shut off the entrances because of a fear of overcrowding for a speech that the campaign had originally slated for the 74,000-seat football stadium nearby. Aides said weather concerns prompted the move to the convention arena, capacity 15,000 or so.</p><p>Obama&#39;s campaign said the president would ask the country to rally around a &quot;real achievable plan that will create jobs, expand opportunity and ensure an economy built to last.&quot;</p><p>Biden told the convention in his own speech that he had watched as Obama &quot;made one gutsy decision after another&quot; to stop an economic free-fall after they took office in 2009.</p><p>Now, he said, &quot;we&#39;re on a mission to move this nation forward â&euro;&quot; from doubt and downturn to promise and prosperity. ... America has turned the corner.&quot;</p><p>Delegates who packed into their convention hall were serenaded by singer James Taylor and rocked by R&amp;B blues artist Mary J. Blige as they awaited Obama&#39;s speech.</p><p>There was no end to the jabs aimed at Romney and the Republicans.</p><p>&quot;Ask Osama bin Laden if he&#39;s better off than four years ago,&quot; said Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, who lost the 2004 election in a close contest with President George W. Bush. It was a mocking answer to the Republicans&#39; repeated question of whether Americans are better off than when Obama took office.</p><p>The campaign focus was shifting quickly to politically sensitive monthly unemployment figures due out Friday morning and the first presidential debate on Oct. 3 in Denver. Wall Street hit a four-year high a few hours before Obama&#39;s speech after the European Central Bank laid out a concrete plan to support the region&#39;s struggling countries.</p><p>The economy is by far the dominant issue in the campaign, and the differences between Obama and his challenger could hardly be more pronounced.</p><p>Romney wants to extend all tax cuts that are due to expire on Dec. 31 with an additional 20 percent reduction in rates across the board, arguing that job growth would result. He also favors deep cuts in domestic programs ranging from education to parks, repeal of the health care legislation that Obama pushed through Congress and landmark changes in Medicare, the program that provides health care to seniors.</p><p>Obama wants to renew the tax cuts except on incomes higher than $250,000, saying that millionaires should contribute to an overall attack on federal deficits. He also criticizes the spending cuts Romney advocates, saying they would fall unfairly on the poor, lower-income college students and others. He argues that Republicans would &quot;end Medicare as we know it&quot; and saddle seniors with ever-rising costs.</p><p>After two weeks of back-to-back conventions, the impact on the race remained to be determined.</p><p>You&#39;re not going to see big bounces in this election,&quot; said David Plouffe, a senior White House adviser. &quot;For the next 61 days, it&#39;s going to remain tight as a tick.&quot;</p><p>Romney wrapped up several days of debate rehearsals with close aides in Vermont and is expected to resume full-time campaigning in the next day or two.</p><p>In a brief stop to talk with veterans on Thursday, he defended his decision to omit mention of the war in Afghanistan when he delivered his acceptance speech last week at the Republican National Convention. He noted he had spoken to the American Legion only one day before.</p><p>Romney&#39;s campaign released its first new television ad since the convention season began.</p><p>It shows Clinton sharply questioning Obama&#39;s credibility on the Iraq War in 2008, saying &quot;Give me a break, this whole thing is the biggest fairy tale I&#39;ve ever seen.&quot; Obama was running against Hillary Rodham Clinton at the time for the Democratic nomination.</p><p>It will likely be a week or more before the two campaigns can fully digest post-convention polls and adjust their strategies for the fall.</p><p>Based on the volume of campaign appearances to date and the hundreds of millions of dollars spent already on television advertising, the election appears likely to be decided in a small number of battleground states. The list includes New Hampshire, Virginia, Ohio, Colorado, Nevada and Iowa, as well as Florida and North Carolina, the states where first Republicans and then Democrats held their conventions. Those states hold 100 electoral votes among them, out of 270 needed to win the White House.</p><p>Money has become an ever-present concern for the Democrats, an irony given the overwhelming advantage Obama held over John McCain in the 2008 campaign.</p><p>This time, Romney is outpacing him, and independent groups seeking the Republican&#39;s election are pouring tens of millions of dollars into television advertising, far exceeding what Obama&#39;s supporters can afford.</p><p>___</p><p><em>Associated Press writers Leo Buckle, Ben Feller, Ken Thomas, Matt Michaels and Jim Kuhnhenn in Charlotte, Calvin Woodward, Jennifer Agiesta, Jack Gillum and Josh Lederman in Washington, Kasie Hunt in Vermont and Thomas Beaumont and Steve Peoples in Iowa contributed to this report.</em></p></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 21:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/convention-speech-obama-says-recovery-path-will-be-hard-our-challenges-can-be-met-102252 Fired up by DNC, Illinois Dems vow to 'fight like hell' until November http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/fired-dnc-illinois-dems-vow-fight-hell-until-november-102251 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/photo (9).JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Illinois Democratic Party stalwarts emerged from their national convention Thursday night energized by President Barack Obama&rsquo;s acceptance speech, while acknowledging they have a tough few months of campaigning ahead of November&rsquo;s elections.</p><p>Illinois&rsquo; delegation to the Democratic National Convention, seated front and center on the convention floor in Charlotte, N.C., waved blue signs that read &ldquo;Forward&rdquo; as the president delivered his roughly 39-minute speech.</p><p>Afterward, several of the state&rsquo;s most powerful Democrats heaped praise upon president Obama, saying the speech &ndash; and the whole convention &ndash; were successful.</p><p>&ldquo;I&#39;ve been to a lot of conventions. This really was the best convention I&#39;ve ever seen in every way,&quot; said U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky, who represents Chicago&rsquo;s northern suburbs in the U.S. House.</p><p>&ldquo;I remember the days when pundits would say, &lsquo;If you are a supporter of Barack Obama, you are a minority of a minority,&rsquo;&rdquo; said Chicago Ald. Will Burns, who has had a long relationship with the president. &ldquo;Doors slammed in your face and people handing you back literature and he never gave up hope and what his vision was for this country.&rdquo;</p><p>But even some of the president&rsquo;s most ardent supporters said there&rsquo;s still a hard road ahead for Democrats as the 2012 elections kick into high gear now that both Democrats and Republicans have wrapped up their national conventions.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m gonna go home with the idea that we&rsquo;ve got to fight like hell in order to win this election for Barack Obama, and to bring this country back to the economic stability that it is entitled to,&rdquo; said delegate Jim Montgomery, a Chicago lawyer who lives down the street from the first family&rsquo;s Hyde Park home.</p><p>While many of Illinois&rsquo; top Democrats and Republicans acknowledge the president will likely win his home state, both state parties have devoted a lot of time during their national conventions over the last two weeks discussing how to win a handful of competitive Illinois Congressional races and seats in the General Assembly.</p><p>The president mentioned his adopted home state only once during his speech, when talking about the start of his political career as a state senator from Chicago.</p><p>Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin introduced the president Thursday night by recounting his own close relationship to Mr. Obama. He recalled how he helped launch the then-U.S. Senate candidate to national prominence by introducing Obama at the 2004 DNC in Boston.</p><p>&ldquo;He had a name that was hard to pronounce and Loretta [Durbin] and Michelle [Obama] and I stood on the side of the stage in Boston and wondered if you would accept his message about the future of this party, and you did,&rdquo; Durbin said.</p><p>&ldquo;Four years ago in Denver, I asked you to give him our party&rsquo;s nomination for president. And tonight in Charlotte, I ask you to join me in giving President Barack Obama four more years to finish the job he started.&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 20:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/fired-dnc-illinois-dems-vow-fight-hell-until-november-102251 At DNC, woman has artistic crush on Democrats http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/dnc-woman-has-artistic-crush-democrats-102246 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/painting%201.jpg" title="(WBEZ/Alex Keefe)" /></div><p>Over the years, Chicago has become infamous for producing politicians who can be bought and sold.</p><p>That&rsquo;s what drew me to Elizabeth McClancy, who was camped out the other day in the lobby of the Illinois delegation&rsquo;s hotel in Charlotte, N.C.<br /><br />&ldquo;Rahm Emanuel is for sale,&rdquo; McClancy said quietly.</p><p>For how much?</p><p>&ldquo;Well, maybe twenty,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>That&rsquo;s $20,000. But let&rsquo;s be clear: McClancy is talking about a painting.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/painting%203.jpg" style="float: left; height: 385px; width: 280px;" title="(WBEZ/Alex Keefe)" />She actually has an <a href="http://www.elizabethmcclancy.com/McClancy_Home_Page.html" target="_blank">entire series</a> of them, all of prominent Democrats like Emanuel, including President Jimmy Carter, U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Massachusetts U.S. Sen. John Kerry, and others. Each portrait is displayed alongside a public speech from each politician.</div><p><br />McClancy lives in eastern North Carolina, so she was pretty excited when the convention came to Charlotte, just a few hours away. She&rsquo;s been doing these Democratic portraits since 2006, and there are 23 in all, including one she&rsquo;d just as soon forget.<br /><br />&ldquo;The 23rd one is John Edwards,&rdquo; she laughs.<br /><br />As she started to explain how the paintings capture Democratic leaders who embody the party&rsquo;s core ideals on certain issues, but then she&rsquo;s interrupted as a former Democratic star walks into the hotel lobby.<br /><br />&ldquo;There&rsquo;s Governor Dukakis! Hello, Governor Dukakis!&rdquo; she shouts.<br /><br />Even though she now sounds like a DNC groupie, McClancy says she used to be a die-hard Reagan Republican.<br /><br />But the other morning, she proudly held the portrait of Emanuel in her lap.<br /><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/painting%202.jpg" style="float: right; height: 375px; width: 280px;" title="(WBEZ/Alex Keefe)" /><br />The portrait makes Emanuel bigger than he is in real life, with his chin resting on one hand, and little flecks of royal blue in his eyes.<br /><br />&ldquo;[He&rsquo;s] thinking, considering, but thinking with - and I think his eyes show this - thinking with a very well-informed perspective,&rdquo; McClancy said.</p><div class="image-insert-image ">She said the point of the portraits and the accompanying speeches is to highlight what she says are the best parts of the Democratic Party &ndash; not GOP-bashing, but positive affirmations of Democrats&#39; core principles.</div><p>Earlier, she actually buttonholed the mayor before a press conference, portrait in hand, to get his verdict.</p><p>&ldquo;And he said, &lsquo;Wow. Oh, wow. Oh, wow!&rsquo; And he said that about five times.&rdquo;<br /><br />It might not be $20,000, but for McClancy, that just may have been worth the trip to Charlotte.</p></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 16:48:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/dnc-woman-has-artistic-crush-democrats-102246 Illinois delegates are happy Democrats embrace gay marriage http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/illinois-delegates-are-happy-democrats-embrace-gay-marriage-102243 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/photo_30.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>For the first time ever, one of the two major political parties in the country adopted a platform that embraces gay marriage.&nbsp;And&nbsp;two of Illinois&#39; Democratic delegates say the issue isn&rsquo;t just political. It&#39;s personal.</p><p>Lauren Verdich got wistful when she talked about how she met Gail Morse, her partner of 16 years.</p><p>&quot;I catered her 40th birthday party, but I told her I owed her a birthday drink because I really didn&rsquo;t want to mix business with going out with her but I thought she was very cute,&quot; she said at a hotel restaurant in Charlotte, where they&#39;re both delegates for President Barack Obama.</p><p>The two now live together on Chicago&rsquo;s North Side and they were on hand when the Democrats approved a party platform that included gay marriage.</p><p>&quot;This is fundamental. It&rsquo;s our lives. If we don&rsquo;t stand up for us, who is?&quot; Morse asked.</p><p>Morse is glad Obama is now standing up for them, but she was starting to get impatient.</p><p>&quot;I was advocating for him to do it, to just come out and say, &lsquo;Yes, I support it.&rsquo; The way he did, slowly evolving, rolling it out, having it come out at the appropriate time was a much better teaching moment and a much better way to bring people along with him,&quot; she said.</p><p>Regardless of the national debate over gay marriage, Morse and Verdich have a personal interest in what happens in Illinois. A lawsuit is currently pending that seeks to end the state&rsquo;s gay marriage ban.</p><p>But several state lawmakers, nine Republicans and two Democrats, filed briefs supporting the current ban on gay marriage.</p><p>Morse and Verdich did enter into a civil union when that became legal a little over a year ago.</p><p>&quot;It was very validating, but when it comes time in April for you to file your taxes, it doesn&rsquo;t mean a thing,&quot; Verdich said.</p><p>When asked if they would get married if Illinois ever allows same sex couples to do so, Morse sarcastically said, &quot;Oh, I don&#39;t know.&quot;</p><p>She then casually popped the question to Verdich.</p><p>&quot;I will marry you, Gail,&quot; Verdich said.</p><p>Now that Morse has popped the question, they just have to wait to see what Illinois&rsquo; answer will be.<br /><!--[endif]--></p></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 15:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/illinois-delegates-are-happy-democrats-embrace-gay-marriage-102243 Chief Keef's taunting tweet has him in hot water http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/chief-keefs-taunting-tweet-has-him-hot-water-102220 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/keef.jpg" title="Rapper Chief Keef (courtesy of the artist)" /></p><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong> Recently&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/young-immigrants-line-creating-extraordinary-scene-navy-pier-101755">I mused about</a> how some local rap artists, specifically Chief Keef, are emblematic of Chicago&#39;s violence problem. Now, police are looking into possible connections between Keef and <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14964520-761/lil-jojo-murdered-in-chicago-police-now-looking-at-chief-keefs-tweets-source-says.html">the shooting death of one of his &ldquo;rivals</a>,&rdquo; Lil Jojo (aka 18-year-old Joseph Coleman). Police think the shooting may be part of a gang war between the Gangster Disciples and the Black Disciples, to which Keef has been tied. So far, there have been no solid connections between Keef and the murder, much less any charges. But Keef did draw attention from police for <a href="http://twitter.com/ChiefKeef/status/243233095120199680">a tweet following Coleman&rsquo;s death</a>:&nbsp;&ldquo;Its Sad Cuz Dat Nigga Jojo Wanted To Be Jus Like Us #LMAO.&rdquo; Of course, Keef later played the tired &ldquo;my account was hacked&rdquo; card. The story doesn&rsquo;t end there, though. Last night, Lupe Fiasco was dragged into the argument after <a href="http://www.fakeshoredrive.com/2012/08/video-lupe-fiasco-talks-chief-keef-rockie-fresh-chicagos-hip-hop-scene.html/">last week admitting</a> that the violence espoused by rappers like Keef scares him. Keef <a href="https://twitter.com/ChiefKeef/status/243470699031830531">responded</a> yesterday with a clear, mature volley: &ldquo;Lupe fiasco a hoe ass nigga And wen I see him I&#39;ma smack him like da lil bitch he is #300.&rdquo; And thus the discourse continues everywhere, including the media that&#39;s put Keef on a pedestal to begin with.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>Wednesday&nbsp;night, former president Bill Clinton&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/politics/ct-la-pn-clinton-dnc-obama-20120905,0,4840516.story">gave an impassioned (and really, really long) speech</a>&nbsp;at the DNC that concluded with the formal nomination of President Barack Obama to be the party&rsquo;s candidate for president. No surprise there. But local viewers may have had an &ldquo;<a href="http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/o-rly">O RLY</a>?&rdquo; moment during his speech. Talking of cooperation between Republicans and Democrats and how it can succeed, Clinton tossed off a few examples,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/05/us/politics/transcript-of-bill-clintons-speech-to-the-democratic-national-convention.html?pagewanted=all">including this</a>: &ldquo;Ask the mayors who are here. <em>(Cheers, applause.)</em> Los Angeles is getting green and Chicago is getting an infrastructure bank because Republicans and Democrats are working together to get it.&rdquo;</p><p>Really, Bill? I had no idea that the new infrastructure trust was a collaboration between Chicago Republicans (who are so rare they might as well be unicorns) and Democrats. I thought it was just another example of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/the-trust-fund-mayor/Content?oid=6036196">a mayor cramming a half-baked idea through the city council</a>, the consequences be damned. Like that successful parking meter deal.</p><p>The kicker: Immediately following that line, Clinton delivered his &ldquo;broken clock is right twice a day line&rdquo; and the camera &ndash; on MSNBC, anyway &ndash; panned to <a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/mdgilmer/rhamlaugh.jpg">a laughing Mayor Emanuel</a>. Because he always gets the last laugh. Dammit.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> Alprentiss Nash, the man <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-08/yet-another-exoneration-reflects-ongoing-disturbing-trend-102101">just exonerated</a> of murder thanks to DNA evidence, was released after 17 years in prison for the crime he didn&rsquo;t commit. For his part, Nash seems to just be happy to be out of jail and doesn&rsquo;t appear to be bitter about his ordeal. In <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&amp;id=8799340">an interview with ABC 7</a>, he said, &quot;Now that I am free, why be bitter when life is so wonderful now?&quot;&nbsp;Nash says he&rsquo;s looking into going to culinary arts school and his attorney is weighing the options of a civil lawsuit against the city for wrongful imprisonment.</p><p><strong>RIP:</strong> <a href="http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/8343621/former-ravens-owner-art-modell-dies-87">Art Modell</a>, former owner of the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens at the age of 87. While Modell is responsible for many things in the NFL&rsquo;s history &ndash; including helping to negotiate the league&rsquo;s television contracts and collective bargaining agreements with players &ndash; he&rsquo;ll always be remembered for relocating the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore to become the Ravens in 1996, breaking the hearts of Browns fans. It was a move that has allegedly since kept him out of the Hall of Fame.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/06/world/europe/putin-pulls-off-his-latest-feat-flying-with-migratory-birds.html?hp">Vladimir Putin or rugged outdoorsman beer spokesman</a>? You be the judge.</li><li><a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/science/la-sci-nfl-concussions-death-20120906,0,842879.story">According to a new study</a>, former NFL players are at a much higher risk of permanent brain diseases than non-players.</li><li>Things are getting interesting between China, Taiwan and Japan, <a href="http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120906a1.html">all over ownership of an</a> island that is totally not the island from <em>Lost.&nbsp;</em></li><li>Someone thought it <a href="http://movies.yahoo.com/video/ymovies-6393699/christmas-story-2-trailer-30507222.html">was a good idea to make a sequel</a> to <em>A Christmas Story</em> and it&rsquo;s mercifully going direct to DVD.</li><li>In 35 years, the Voyager space probe <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/09/05/160609488/after-35-years-voyager-nears-edge-of-solar-system">has traveled <em>11 billion miles</em></a> and is close to the edge of the solar system where, I assume, thar be dragons.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking ahead</strong></p><ul><li>Jury deliberations <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/05/jury-to-begin-deliberating-drew-petersons-fate/">are underway</a> at the Drew Peterson debacle trial.</li><li>Rev. Jesse Jackson <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19455795/high-school-seniors-speak-out-about-potential-teachers-strike">doesn&rsquo;t think</a> the teachers will strike while Rahm is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/emanuel-defends-trip-charlotte-while-teachers-strike-looms-102195">busy defending</a> his trip to the DNC. And the teachers? They <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/14955840-761/teachers-monday-strike-date-still-on.html">still say it&rsquo;s on</a>.</li><li>That local governments are <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/another-illinois-city-prohibits-teens-tanning-102193">having to step in and take a role</a> in preventing teens from frequenting tanning salons makes me look deep inside myself and wonder where we all went wrong as a society.</li><li>As if <a href="http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/31/health/chicago-hotel-legionnaires-disease/index.html">Legionnaire&rsquo;s Disease</a> wasn&rsquo;t a big enough worry, <a href="http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/05/4787861/dupage-county-now-has-12-human.html">West Nile isn&rsquo;t going anywhere</a>, either.</li><li>Chicago Weather Wizard&trade; Tom Skilling says we&rsquo;re gonna get <a href="http://blog.chicagoweathercenter.com/2012/09/05/storms-wallop-chicago-area-overnight-more-threaten-wednesday-ahead-of-biggest-temp-pullback-in-four-weeks-by-the-weekend/">a cool-down</a> this weekend.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Former Bears QB Jim McMahon <a href="http://www.csnchicago.com/football-chicago-bears/bears-talk/Sports-Illustrated-features-McMahon-real?blockID=768219&amp;feedID=10330">appears in the cover story</a> for <em>Sports Illustrated</em> next week talking about his head injuries sustained during his playing career.</li><li>The Bulls and coach Tom Thibodeau have <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/8342029/source-chicago-bulls-tom-thibodeau-resume-contract-talks">resumed talks</a> to extend the coach&rsquo;s contract (as well they should).</li><li>University of Illinois junior Tatyana McFadden <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/breaking/chi-mcfadden-2for2-in-paralympics-20120905,0,5325635.story">is collecting gold</a> at the Paralympic Games in London.</li><li><a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/05/usc-walk-on-loses-scholarship-to-make-room-for-linebacker-recently-released-from-jail/">Lane Kiffin proves</a> why he&rsquo;s one of the biggest jerks in college sports.</li><li>Sox Watch: Still one game up after <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_05_minmlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">yesterday&rsquo;s</a> win. Panic level: 6.5 out of 10.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Finally </strong></p><p>The history of the world in just two minutes. [via <em><a href="http://www.thehighdefinite.com/2012/09/our-story-in-2-minutes/">The High Definite</a></em>]</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/MrqqD_Tsy4Q" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 06 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/chief-keefs-taunting-tweet-has-him-hot-water-102220 Emanuel defends trip to Charlotte while teachers strike looms http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/emanuel-defends-trip-charlotte-while-teachers-strike-looms-102195 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/rahmDNC.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel is defending his decision to go to Charlotte, N.C., for the Democratic National Convention instead of negotiating with teachers in Chicago.</p><p>Following his address to the full DNC <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/dnc-emanuel-seeks-revive-excitement-obama-102170">on Tuesday night</a>, Emanuel riled up the Illinois delegation in a raucous speech Wednesday morning.</p><p>But after his speech, Emanuel was swarmed by Chicago media. He said his aides are negotiating with the Chicago Teachers Union, even though he&rsquo;s in Charlotte.</p><p>&quot;The president and his team asked me to come and speak. I&rsquo;m going to be here,&quot; he said. &quot;I don&rsquo;t think the 36 hours - we miss a beat.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, the Chicago negotiations are being watched on a broader scale even by those not directly involved. Cinda Klickna&rsquo;s in Charlotte representing the Illinois Education Association.</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s comforting to be here and hear support for unions so I hope that that can be brought into Chicago because what happens in Chicago affects the rest of us, too,&quot; she said.</p><p>Emanuel is expected to arrive back in Chicago later Wednesday in the evening.<br />&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/series/boys-bus/emanuel-defends-trip-charlotte-while-teachers-strike-looms-102195