WBEZ | referee lockout http://www.wbez.org/tags/referee-lockout Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Poll shows Illinois is actually ready for reform http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/poll-shows-illinois-actually-ready-reform-102698 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/AP03120905964.jpg" title="Ah, the good ol' days. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story</strong>: While, as the old saying goes, &ldquo;Chicago ain&rsquo;t ready for reform,&rdquo; it seems the rest of Illinois is. <a href="http://capitolfax.com/PSPPI2012ethics.pdf">A poll released</a> [PDF] by the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University shows that, actually, Illinois is ready for a variety of political reforms. As Rich Miller <a href="http://capitolfax.com/2012/09/26/illinoisans-split-on-campaign-caps/">breaks it down for&nbsp;<em>Capitol Fax</em></a>, the survey of nearly 1,300 registered voters comes down hard on state businesses, with 62 percent saying they think corruption in business is widespread. But even more &ndash; almost 77 percent &ndash; think there&rsquo;s widespread corruption in state government. (I have no idea where those other 23 percent have been living <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-12-10/news/chi-rod-blagojevich-1209_1_blagojevich-and-harris-political-corruption-crime-spree-first-lady-patricia-blagojevich">the past five years</a>.) Other tidbits:</p><ul><li>Ninety-five percent think it&#39;s very or somewhat important to know if a candidate was reported to the State Legislative Ethics Committee for alleged ethics violations.</li><li>More people (34.6 percent) think the Occupy Wall Street movement has too much influence on government than business and industry organizations (29.3 percent).</li><li>While 49.6 percent of those surveyed think the nation is heading in the wrong direction, 69.9 percent think the state is heading in the wrong direction.</li><li>More people disapproved (49 percent) of Gov. Quinn&rsquo;s work than approved (42.2 percent).</li><li>Only 50.4 percent &quot;have confidence in the honesty of elections in Illinois.&quot;</li></ul><p>The entire poll is a fascinating peek inside the state and is certainly worth a read &mdash; it also explores issues like the Citizens United case and caps on campaign contributions. Meanwhile, Derrick Smith <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-09-26/news/ct-oped-0926-zorn-20120926_1_lance-tyson-todd-stroger-preckwinkle">still has a chance of being elected</a>.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>Rejoice! Sing praises to the sculpted arms of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ed_Hochuli">Ed Hochuli</a>! Bring only the finest meats and chesses to our bacchanal, for the real NFL referees <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/football/bears/chi-reports-nfl-referee-lockout-could-end-soon-20120926,0,1115799.story">are returning to the field</a>&nbsp;this weekend. While talks had already been scheduled for this week, the <a href="http://deadspin.com/5946101/what-in-the-world-just-happened-at-the-end-of-monday-night-football?tag=feckless-in-seattle">Sh*tstorm in Seattle</a> &ndash; a game with such bad refereeing that <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/vegas-casino-offers-refunds-bettors-180119878--nfl.html">gamblers got their money back</a> &ndash; certainly expedited negotiations. Thanks ot the agreement, the refs will be back in time for tonight&rsquo;s Cleveland-Baltimore tilt.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> I know I&rsquo;ve been pretty harsh on Mayor Emanuel&rsquo;s tenure so far, but one thing he&rsquo;s managed to do is <a href="http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/09/26/chicago-budget-idINL1E8KQ8UB20120926">put a big dent in the enormous budget gap</a> Richard M. Daley left for him. While the initial projections were in excess of $600-700 million, it looks like Rahm&rsquo;s aggressive approach has slashed that in half: Now the projected gap is only (yes, &ldquo;only&rdquo;) $298 million and Rahm got us here without raising taxes. However, Emanuel&rsquo;s hinted that <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-cigarette-tax-increase-possible-102663">a hike on cigarette taxes</a> could be coming when he presents his budget plan to the City Council in two weeks.&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.avclub.com/articles/rip-andy-williams-tv-personality-and-singer-of-moo,85435/">Andy Williams</a>, singer and television personality, at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer. Even though he recorded 18 gold and three platinum albums, only one song, &quot;Butterfly,&quot; reached number one. But that&#39;s hardly a sign of Williams&#39; popularity: so many of his songs, including &quot;Where Do I Begin,&quot; and, of course, &quot;Moon River,&quot; have earned a place in America&#39;s music canon. Williams also hosted a popular television variety show and, for decades, regular Christmas specials that became a staple of the later part of his career.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>The 713<sup>th</sup> Engineer Company of the Indiana National Guard got an emotional welcome home yesterday. The company returned after <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/15393773-761/deadliest-ever-deployment-for-ind-national-guard-unit-finally-ends.html">a year in Afghanistan in which</a> six of its 95 members were killed.</li><li>Speaking of military heroes, check out <a href="http://gawker.com/5946720/during-intense-gunfight-in-afghanistan-us-soldier-intentionally-exposes-his-position-to-draw-fire-away-from-imperiled-squad">this harrowing video</a> of a troop caught in a gun fight in Afghanistan, and the one soldier who&nbsp;<em>rushes into enemy fire</em> to draw attention away from his squad.</li><li>Americans are getting fatter in part because <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/09/26/161770336/how-food-and-clothing-size-labels-affect-what-we-eat-and-what-we-wear">labels on food and clothing</a> sometimes cause us to eat even more.</li><li>A Chicago-bound United flight out of Raleigh didn&rsquo;t make the full trip; the pilot turned the plane around and headed home <a href="http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/09/26/2371033/altercation-between-two-flight.html">due to unpleasantness between two flight attendants</a>.</li><li>Mike Love is <a href="http://www.avclub.com/articles/mike-love-gives-three-of-the-beach-boys-the-boot,85461/">firing three other Beach Boys</a>, including founding member and songwriter extraordinaire Brian Wilson.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</li></ul><p><strong>Looking Ahead:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></p><ul><li>A disturbing story out of Elgin where a man is facing animal cruelty charges after <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/26/60-dead-cats-found-inside-elgin-mans-van/">authorities found 60 dead cats</a> in his van.</li><li>A <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-city-council-midway-airport-0927-20120927,0,2856985.story">new deal between the city and airlines at Midway</a> could help the city save as much as $1.5 million per year.</li><li>The Wirtz family is <a href="http://www.chicagorealestatedaily.com/article/20120926/CRED03/120929850/wirtz-family-to-renovate-michigan-avenue-tower">prepping a $25 million sprucing-up</a> of <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=333+North+Michigan+Avenue,+Chicago,+IL&amp;hl=en&amp;ll=41.887611,-87.624434&amp;spn=0.001176,0.002411&amp;sll=41.833733,-87.731964&amp;sspn=0.598576,1.234589&amp;oq=333+n+michigan+ave,+chicag&amp;hnear=333+N+Michigan+Ave,+Chicago,+Illinois+606">333 N. Michigan Ave</a>.</li><li>Apple&rsquo;s new iOS6 maps app <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2012/09/26/apples_ios_6_maps_melt_chicago.php">does some weird things</a> to the Chicago landscape.</li><li><em>Time Out</em> explores <a href="http://timeoutchicago.com/arts-culture/15714256/the-new-chicago-river">potential future developments</a> along the Chicago River.</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_26_clemlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">After a loss to the Indians last night</a>, the Sox are now a game back of the Tigers, who beat Kansas City earlier in the day.</li><li>Fox Chicago <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19626640/former-bears-qb-jim-mcmahon-dementia">spoke to former Bears QB</a>&nbsp;Jim McMahon about his ongoing battle with dementia and its relation to his playing career.</li><li>The Cubs <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-0927-free-agents-cubs-rockies-chicago--2-20120927,0,6941420.story">look to be active</a> in the free agent market this offseason which should be less anxious for fans with Theo Epstein at the helm.</li><li>As the Bulls get ready for training camp, <a href="http://espn.go.com/chicago/nba/story/_/id/8429535/sources-chicago-bulls-invite-veteran-kyrylo-fesenko-training-camp">they&rsquo;ve invited veteran center Kyrylo Fesenko</a> to join the team for workouts.</li><li>Union officials and league representatives from the NHL are preparing to <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/news/league-union-resume-labor-negotiations-friday-232518428--nhl.html">meet again on Friday</a> for more negotiations in hopes of ending the league&rsquo;s lockout.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p>More information than you ever wanted to know about toilets.</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pYcv6odWfTM" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Thu, 27 Sep 2012 08:55:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/poll-shows-illinois-actually-ready-reform-102698