WBEZ | Christopher Vaughn http://www.wbez.org/tags/christopher-vaughn Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Emanuel moves on to the next union negotiations http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/emanuel-moves-next-union-negotiations-102575 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP201177006810.jpg" title="A moment of reflection for Mayor Rahm Emanuel (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></p><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong> As the teacher strike grows smaller in the rearview mirror, Mayor Rahm Emanuel&rsquo;s attention now <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/20/mayor-set-to-shift-focus-to-police-fire-transit-union-contracts/">turns to negotiations with unions</a> representing the city&rsquo;s fire, police and transit departments. Of course, none of those three unions are allowed to strike as they provide public services. But after the recent teachers strike, those groups sense blood in the water around Emanuel. And the mayor isn&rsquo;t standing pat, <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-emanuel-strike-letter-0921-20120921,0,632300.story">launching a media blitz</a> that touts the mayor&rsquo;s reform agenda and the gains to be had from the negotiations with the teachers union. Seeing as how smoothly the negotiations with the teachers union went, I can&rsquo;t wait to see how <strike>Scott Walker</strike> Mayor Emanuel handles this round.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>Adel Daoud, the 18-year-old charged with trying to blow-up a downtown bar, <a href="http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/09/20/teen-indicted-on-charges-tried-to-explode-bomb-outside-chicago-bar/#ixzz274GPM0s7">was indicted Thursday</a>, charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage or destroy a building by means of an explosive. Government officials <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-car-bomb-suspect-was-not-entrapped-federal-prosecutors-say-20120920,0,5327718.story">insist Daoud wasn&rsquo;t entrapped</a>, saying he was &ldquo;pushing the operation forward.&rdquo; Daoud&rsquo;s attorney, meanwhile,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-teen-accused-in-bomb-plot-in-court-today-20120917,0,615862.story">insists</a> his client is &ldquo;immature.&rdquo; Speaking of immature, Illinois&rsquo; crazy uncle Joe Walsh has weighed in, using the incident <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/18/walsh-arrest-in-car-bomb-plot-proves-my-point-about-radical-islam/">to justify his recent incendiary remarks</a> in regards to an ongoing threat to Americans from &ldquo;radical Islam.&rdquo;&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>Christopher Vaughn, the man accused of killing his wife and three children on a road trip in 2007, <a href="http://www.sj-r.com/breaking/x1298144898/Vaughn-guilty-of-murdering-wife-kids-in-2007">was found guilty of all four murders Thursday</a>. The jury deliberated for less than an hour. After the verdict, Will County States Attorney James Glasgow told reporters, &ldquo;This case is not just a murder, it&#39;s an atrocity. To annihilate your family, I can&#39;t think of a more unspeakable crime.&rdquo; As <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/considering-chicagos-most-overlooked-murder-trial-102542">I pointed out yesterday</a>, this is indeed another reason why the case hasn&#39;t drawn the kind of media coverage other cases have. There was no breathless breaking news report on television to announce the verdict or tall headlines to grab attention. But maybe that&#39;s for the best; justice has now been served and the family can now grieve in peace.</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong><a href="http://aol.sportingnews.com/nascar/story/2012-09-20/cecil-gordon-nascar-team-owner-driver-crewman-dies-richard-childress-racing">Cecil Gordon</a>, NASCAR driver and owner, at the age of 71. While Gordon had a modest amount of success in his career as a driver, including 111 top 10 finishes, he never won a single race out of 449 total races in his 17-year driving career from 1968 to 1985.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>A man in Austin, Tex., tried to be clever in his anti-Obama racism and <a href="http://www.burntorangereport.com/diary/12759/update-republican-adds-american-flag-to-lynched-chair-display">hung an empty chair from a tree</a>, an oh-so-clever reference to Clint Eastwood&rsquo;s Invisible Obama. And to lynchings.</li><li>Speaking of the charged election, <em>FiveThirtyEight&rsquo;s</em> Nate Silver <a href="http://fivethirtyeight.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/sept-19-a-wild-day-in-the-polls-but-obama-ends-up-ahead/">delves into the weird science behind polls</a>, using Wednesday&rsquo;s poll numbers as an example.</li><li>Fiona Apple joins Snoop Dogg (or <a href="http://articles.nydailynews.com/2012-07-31/news/32966420_1_gangster-rap-doggystyle-lion">Snoop Lion</a>, whatever) and Willie Nelson the latest&nbsp;<a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/fiona-apple-arrested-for-hash-possession-being-a-b,85213/">musician nabbed for possession of drugs</a> at the Texas border stop of Sierra Blanca.</li><li>The Mars Curiosity rover is about to examine its first specific target: <a href="http://gizmodo.com/5944952/mars-rover-to-study-pyramid-rock-of-unknown-origin">a pyramid-shaped rock of unknown origin</a>.</li><li>&ldquo;99 Problems,&rdquo; <a href="http://blogs.bostonmagazine.com/boston_daily/2012/09/19/mitt-romneys-99-problems/">Mitt Romney edition</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>Chicago Inspector General Joe Ferguson has claimed that the Chicago Police Department <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/15269763-761/city-inspector-general-police-evidence-inadequently-protected.html">has grossly mismanaged its evidence department</a>.</li><li>For the third straight month, unemployment in Illinois rose, <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20120920/EMPLOYMENT/120929977/illinois-unemployment-rises-again-in-august">up to 9.1 percent in August</a>.</li><li>Because he doesn&#39;t already have enough to negotiate, Mayor Emanuel is now <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19600874/isreali-defense-minister-meets-with-mayor-emanuel-as-tensions-rise">lending a hand</a> in talks with Israel.</li><li>The <em>Reader</em> <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/us-wastepaper-travels-roundtrip-to-china/Content?oid=7470141">takes a look at the long</a>, strange world journey of wastepaper.</li><li>Gov. Quinn <a href="http://www.wbez.org/quinn-plans-brazil-trip-boost-illinois-trade-tourism-102555">is heading</a> to Brazil to allegedly boost tourism because if there&rsquo;s anywhere the people who live on the beaches of Brazil want to go, it&rsquo;s Chicago in February.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Sox Watch: <a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_20_chamlb_kcamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">The Sox fell to Kansas City last night</a>, missing a chance to increase their lead over the Tigers, who <a href="http://scores.espn.go.com/mlb/boxscore?gameId=320920106">lost</a> earlier in the day. The Pale Hose are still up by two games in the AL Central.</li><li>While the Bears would like to act like there&rsquo;s no rift because of Jay Cutler&rsquo;s behavior, the fact <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nfl/story/_/id/8398983/chicago-bears-brandon-marshall-defends-jay-cutler">that teammates are having to defend him</a> isn&rsquo;t a good sign.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li><li>Cubs manager Dale Sveum <a href="http://deadspin.com/5945016/dale-sveum-doesnt-even-have-the-heart-to-be-mad-at-his-players-for-not-paying-attention">can&rsquo;t even muster anger</a> at his players for their sloppy play.</li><li>The <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/nationals-clinch-postseason-slot-beat-dodgers-022215163--mlb.html">Washington Nationals</a> and <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/reds-clinch-playoff-spot-minus-214711593--mlb.html">Cincinnati Reds</a> became the first MLB teams to clinch playoff spots.</li><li>Those awful replacement refs <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/sports/columnist/hiestand-tv/story/2012/09/18/nfl-ratings-bulletproof-even-with-replacement-refs/57803444/1">don&rsquo;t seem to be hurting</a> the NFL&rsquo;s TV ratings.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong><br />It&rsquo;s Friday so here&rsquo;s an full choir and orchestra playing &ldquo;Call Me Maybe.&rdquo;</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oFVhSDQmIxs" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 21 Sep 2012 08:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/emanuel-moves-next-union-negotiations-102575 Considering Chicago's most overlooked murder trial http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/considering-chicagos-most-overlooked-murder-trial-102542 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP725397433674.jpg" title="The Vaughn family home in Oswego, Ill. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead Story:</strong> In most cities, the case of a man charged with the horrific murders of his wife and three children would make headlines for the duration of the trial. But in Chicago, the murder trial of Christopher Vaughn has played second fiddle to a number of other stories this year: the teachers strike, Chicago&#39;s overall murder rate and the circus that was the Drew Peterson trial. In fact, while people were distracted by that surreal circus, they probably missed the equally strange twists and turns in the Vaughn case. But the Vaughn case <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-closing-arguments-today-in-vaughn-trial-20120920,0,5627718.story">heads to closing arguments</a>&nbsp;today, and still, it barely registers for most Chicagoans.</p><p>Unlike the Peterson case, there&rsquo;s nothing sensational about Vaughn&#39;s case &mdash;&nbsp;it&rsquo;s just horrific. Vaughn is accused of killing his whole family; the defendant claims it was his depressed wife who killed the children and then herself. It&rsquo;s hard to face a story like this, to sit through updates about a man who allegedly blew money on strippers and planned to escape to the Canadian wilderness once he murdered his family &mdash; it&rsquo;s <em>too</em> real. If we don&rsquo;t look closely at it, maybe we can pretend something this horrible just didn&rsquo;t happen.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>Ald. Proco Joe Moreno (1<sup>st</sup>) has backed down on his stance against Chick-Fil-A and will now allow the fast food restaurant <a href="http://www.wbez.org/alderman-ok-chick-fil-logan-square-102532">to open a location in Logan Square</a>. Moreno had previously said he would block the restaurant from building in his ward because the chain&rsquo;s non-profit arm has donated money to anti-gay political causes over the years (Chicago wasn&#39;t alone here: Boston&#39;s mayor also <a href="http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/07/26/meninos-letter-to-chik-fil-a-president-fuels-national-debate/">said the chain wasn&#39;t welcome</a>). But now Moreno says Chick-Fil-A <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/us/chick-fil-a-and-chicago-alderman-reach-agreement.html?_r=0">has assured him</a> it will no longer donate to those causes, and the alderman, who feels more and more like he&rsquo;s eyeing a run for mayor one day, has given the thumbs up. Maybe now we won&#39;t have to read Facebook posts about chicken sandwichs anymore. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>And then: </strong>Fans were happy when the Chicago Cubs confirmed they would&nbsp;<a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/13619/cubs-move-to-kane-county-is-official">move&nbsp;their Single-A minor league franchise</a> from Peoria to Kane County, putting the team closer to the city of Chicago. But who should swoop in to claim the Peoria Chiefs as their own franchise? None other than&nbsp;<a href="http://www.pjstar.com/news/x1547509087/Peoria-Chiefs-to-become-Cardinals-affiliate-again">the Cubs&rsquo; hated rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals</a>. It won&#39;t be the Chiefs first stint as a Cardinals club: They were previously a St. Louis affiliate from 1995 to 2004. Still, it&rsquo;s funny to watch the (lately one-sided) rivalry extend beyond the baseball diamond to entire minor league franchises.&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/18/science/earth/russell-e-train-92-dies-helped-create-the-epa.html?pagewanted=all&amp;pagewanted=print">Russell E. Train</a>, one of the country&rsquo;s most influential conservationists, at the age of 92. Train helped found the Environmental Protection Agency and the World Wildlife Fund and served as a leader in both organizations. He also helped pass the landmark National Environmental Policy Act of 1969.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>Deflating the hopes of war hawks and U.S.-born hockey lovers everywhere, the Obama administration <a href="http://www.politico.com/politico44/2012/09/obama-administration-denies-plan-to-invade-canada-135992.html?hp=r6">denied a report</a>&nbsp;that we were planning to invade Canada. No word yet on what <a href="http://cheezburger.com/3844">yesterday&rsquo;s meeting with Blackbeard</a> was about, though.</li><li>In another example of complete employer overreach, fourteen part-time lifeguards at a pool in Southern California <a href="http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-gangnam-lifeguards-20120919,0,1907561.story">were fired for taping</a> a &ldquo;Gangnam Style&rdquo; parody video.</li><li>Clint Eastwood <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/clint-eastwood-empty-chair-dumb-a-political-convention-article-1.1162453">seems to have a sense of humor</a> about the empty chair fiasco at last month&rsquo;s RNC.</li><li>Images from a Google Street View truck in Detroit show a teen <em><a href="http://betabeat.com/2012/09/google-street-view-camera-catches-kid-pointing-a-gun-at-it/">pointing a gun</a></em> at the truck.</li><li>Say what you will about the government, at least they have their priorities straight: During atomic bomb tests in the 1950s, the government also <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/krulwich/2012/09/18/161338723/u-s-explodes-atomic-bombs-near-beers-to-see-if-they-are-safe-to-drink?ft=1&amp;f=1001">tested if beer near a nuclear explosion was still safe to drink</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead:</strong></p><ul><li>U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-rep-jackson-puts-dc-home-on-the-market-20120919,0,1251715.story">is selling his D.C.-area home</a> to help pay for medical expenses from his time at the Mayo Clinic.</li><li>Yay, the teachers strike is over! Oh no, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/business/teachers-pension-a-big-issue-for-chicago.html?hp&amp;gwh=52614F5EF5A4E6A4C445544CD5D1038C">the pension fund is almost depleted</a>!</li><li><em>Vice</em>&nbsp;magazine is apparently <a href="http://gapersblock.com/mechanics/2012/09/19/why-is-vice-using-ceasefire-to-sell-a-game-about-revenge-killing/">using a self-produced documentary</a> about Cure Violence (formerly CeaseFire) as part of a package that also advertises a violent video game about revenge killing.</li><li>Illinois, it&rsquo;s not just those pants:&nbsp;<a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/health&amp;id=8814983">You really are getting fat</a>.</li><li><em>Forbes</em>&rsquo; <a href="http://www.forbes.com/forbes-400/">annual list</a> of the wealthiest Americans is out, so&nbsp;<a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/19/zell-12-other-chicagoans-make-forbes-wealthiest-americans-list/">here are the 13 Chicagoans</a> you should try to mooch off of.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>The first of what promises to be many cancellations for the NHL this season due to the lockout: <a href="http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/8400057/nhl-cancels-all-preseason-games-sept-30">All preseason games through September 30</a> are off.</li><li>Because Dublin and Soldier Field aren&rsquo;t enough, apparently, Notre Dame may play a game (against Big East lightweight Connecticut, ugh) <a href="http://www.boston.com/sports/colleges/2012/09/19/notre-dame-uconn-open-fenway-park-game/xPLLEoX4JA1srbW0Eby1jO/story.html">at Fenway Park</a>.</li><li>If you loathe FOX&rsquo;s MLB coverage, get ready, because <a href="http://www.sportsbusinessdaily.com/Daily/Closing-Bell/2012/09/19/MLB-TV.aspx">the network is keeping the World Series</a> through at least 2021.</li><li>The <a href="http://smokinjaycutler.tumblr.com/">greatest Jay Cutler meme</a> yet.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally</strong><br />Nick Offerman&rsquo;s beat poetry tribute to bacon. That is all.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/xSVO5VloDlc" width="560"></iframe></p></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 08:02:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/considering-chicagos-most-overlooked-murder-trial-102542