WBEZ | Mayor Richard J. Daley http://www.wbez.org/tags/mayor-richard-j-daley Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Daley’s nephew charged with involuntary manslaughter http://www.wbez.org/news/daley%E2%80%99s-nephew-charged-involuntary-manslaughter-104168 <p><p>A grand jury indicted Richard M. Daley&rsquo;s nephew Monday for his alleged role in the 2004 death of David Koschman. The 21-year-old victim was injured in a fight outside a bar on Rush Street and died in the hospital 11 days later.</p><p>Richard J. Vanecko, who is the the son of former Mayor Daley&rsquo;s sister, was charged with involuntary manslaughter Monday after a 6-month investigation. He allegedly punched Koschman in the face and departed the scene in a cab. The investigation, conducted by Cook County special prosecutor Dan Webb, also includes an inquiry into how the case was initially&nbsp;handled and why no charges were filed.</p><p>Nanci Koschman, David Koschman&rsquo;s mother, said the police detective she spoke to in 2004 blamed the incident on her son.</p><p>&ldquo;When that detective came in and said it&rsquo;s all your son&rsquo;s fault, it&rsquo;s all his responsibility, that&rsquo;s like a knife through a mother&rsquo;s heart,&rdquo; she said, tearing up repeatedly in a press conference Monday. &ldquo;He told me I&rsquo;d be impressed by the names of the people that were involved with the case, and that if I tried to sue, they would keep me tied up in court for years.&rdquo;</p><p>Koschman said when she realized there would be no investigation, she threw up her hands.</p><p>&ldquo;My dad used to have a saying to my sister and me, you can&rsquo;t fight City Hall. I never really thought that I was gonna go anywhere,&rdquo; she said.</p><p>But in April of this year, Cook County Circuit Court Judge Michael Toomin appointed Webb to the case.</p><p>&ldquo;Now at least I see that with a lot of good people behind you, good things can happen,&rdquo; said Koschman. She was accompanied by Locke Bowman, legal director of the Solange and Roderick Macarthur Justice Center at Northwestern Law School, and two attorneys from the People&rsquo;s Law Office.</p><p>&ldquo;One of the reasons Mr. Bowman and myself got involved in this case was because of the, to put it kindly, the irregularities in this investigation over an eight-year period,&rdquo; said Flint Taylor, partner at the People&rsquo;s Law Office.</p><p>&ldquo;The failures to properly investigate and to indict eight years ago speak volumes about the inadequacies of that investigation.&rdquo;</p><p>Mr. Vanecko&rsquo;s arraignment is set for December 10.</p></p> Mon, 03 Dec 2012 17:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/daley%E2%80%99s-nephew-charged-involuntary-manslaughter-104168 Pablo's gift http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-08-15/pablos-gift-89910 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-August/2011-08-15/Chicago picasso_Southie3_Flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A crowd of 50,000 people jammed the Civic Center Plaza at noon on August 15, 1967. Chicago was unveiling its newest piece of public art: a gift to the city from the celebrated Pablo Picasso.</p><p>Covered with blue sheeting, the giant sculpture loomed over the plaza. Then Mayor Richard J. Daley pulled a cord. The cover dropped away and revealed . . . what?</p><p>That's the question people have been asking for the last 44 years. What is it?</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-01/Chicago Picasso.JPG" style="width: 500px; height: 375px; margin: 5px;" title=""></p><p>The firm building the Civic Center had wanted something special to decorate the plaza. Picasso was the world's most famous artist, so they approached him.</p><p>At first Picasso declined. He'd never been to Chicago; he had never even been to the United States. But after much cajoling, he accepted. Maybe he was persuaded by a gift the Chicagoans brought him--a Sox jacket.</p><p>Picasso produced a 42-inch-high model that combined some of his previous designs. The final sculpture stands 50 feet high and weighs 162 tons. It is made of Cor-Ten steel, the same material used on the building behind it. The bulk of the $350,000 cost was paid for by private foundations. The artist himself refused a fee.</p><p>But still - what is it? The sculpture had no title. Was it a woman, or a bird, or a space alien, or something else? You had to stretch your imagination. "Art hurts," Gwendolyn Brooks wrote in a dedication-day poem. "Art urges voyages, and it is easier to stay at home, the nice beer ready."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-August/2011-08-15/picasso_flickr_Teadrinker.jpg" title="(Flickr/teadrinker)" width="300" height="356"></p><p>Professional critics praised the Chicago Picasso. "The old master has done it again," one of them said. The<em> Tribune</em> called the sculpture "austere and powerful." As for the everyday person-on-the-street, opinion was divided.</p><p>"It's beautiful, soaring, marvelous," a Glencoe lady said. "It's horrible, worse than the pictures," a teenage girl commented. An elderly woman said the sculpture looked like "a cow sticking its tongue out at Chicago." Alderman John Hoellen, whose ward included Wrigley Field, suggested replacing the Picasso with a giant statue of Cubs' star Ernie Banks.</p><p>None of that mattered. Mayor Daley had decided the Picasso sculpture would go in the plaza, so in the plaza it went. "What is strange to us today will be familiar tomorrow," he predicted in his dedication speech.</p><p>And Daley has been proven right. Chicago has become comfortable with its Picasso. We can chuckle at it, and snort at it, embrace it and carry on the discussion of what it's supposed to be.</p><p>Personally, I've always thought it looks like Bullwinkle the Moose.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 15 Aug 2011 12:15:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/john-r-schmidt/2011-08-15/pablos-gift-89910 Evolution of Chicago's handgun ban http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-27/evolution-chicagos-handgun-ban-88376 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-27/102835733.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago’s top cop Garry McCarthy has been criticized for <a href="http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/emanuel-mccarthy-sabina-124439094.html" target="_blank">recent comments</a> he made about gun control in a predominately black parish. Race relations were a factor when the City of Chicago first implemented a hand gun registry in 1968. To learn how Chicago got there, contributer <a href="http://www.robertloerzel.com/" target="_blank">Robert Loerzel</a> explored the history, using archival recordings from the <a href="http://www.uic.edu/depts/lib/specialcoll/services/rjd/findingaids/Crawfordf.html" target="_blank">Bob Crawford Audio Archive</a> at the University of Illinois at Chicago.<br> <br> ANNOUNCER ON WFAA-TV, DALLAS: You’ll excuse me if I’m out of breath. A bulletin, this is from the United Press, from Dallas. President Kennedy and Governor John Connelly have been cut down by assassins' bullets in downtown Dallas. They were riding in an open automobile when the shots were fired. The president, his limp body carried in the arms of his wife, Jacqueline, was rushed to Parkland Hospital.</p><p>AUDIO: Taps being played at JFK's funeral.</p><p>The assassination of President John F. Kennedy shocked the nation in 1963. The years that followed were a time of civil-rights protests, police brutality, race riots and increasing urban crime. Chicago's murder rate more than doubled in the 1960s. Some people, including Mayor Richard J. Daley, said stricter gun laws were needed. Tensions flared in 1966 when Martin Luther King, Jr. came to Chicago. He spoke at Solider Field on July 10.</p><p>KING: Now is the time to get rid of the slums and the ghettos of Chicago. Now is the time to make justice a reality all over this nation. Now is the time.</p><p>King preached nonviolence, but two days after his speech, African-Americans rioted on the West Side, after police shut off the water spraying from a fire hydrant in the middle of a heat wave. Snipers fired at police from rooftops. Six officers were shot and wounded. Two black residents were killed by police gunfire.</p><p><em>MUSIC: Mothers of Invention, "Trouble Every Day"</em></p><p>President Lyndon Johnson got on the phone with Mayor Daley. The White House secretly recorded their call, as Daley made the case for gun control.<br> <br> WHITE HOUSE TAPE DALEY: Something has to be done, Mr. President, about the sale of the guns.</p><p>Daley's voice can be heard faintly on the tape. Here's actor Neil Giuntoli, reading Daley's words to LBJ.</p><p>GIUNTOLI/DALEY: Outside the suburbs in the city, we have control, but what the hell, in the suburbs, there are — you go out to all around our suburbs and you've got people out there, especially the non-white, are buying guns right and left. Shotguns and rifles and pistols and everything else. There's no registration. … There's no, and you know, they've had trouble with this national gun law, but after the president's assassination, someone ought to do something.<br> JOHNSON: We thought so, but you can't get the Congress to vote for it, these damn conservation leagues and everybody come—<br> GIUNTOLI/DALEY: By God, when they see this thing that happens here, they get surprised...</p><p><em>MUSIC: The Montgomery Gospel Trio, the Nashville Quartet, and Guy Carawan, "We Shall Overcome."</em></p><p>Daley blamed outside agitators for bringing violence to Chicago, but King was pleading with Chicago's blacks to stop the violence. At the time, conservatives blamed the civil-rights movement for creating disorder. Politicians made speeches about "law and order." Some of them seemed to be using that phrase as a code for racial repression. Still, crime was increasing, and many people really were concerned about it.</p><p><em>MUSIC: Buffalo Springfield, "For What It's Worth."</em></p><p>In 1967, Daley pushed for a state law requiring the registration of all guns. His bill was defeated. The Illinois General Assembly approved a Republican compromise. It was supported by the National Rifle Association and Illinois State Rifle Association. Instead of registering every gun, the state registered gun owners. It was the Firearm Owners Identification Card.</p><p>The compromise wasn't good enough for Daley. In January 1968, the City Council ordered the registration of all firearms in Chicago. But before Daley's ordinance took effect, America was stunned by another assassination.</p><p>ROBERT F. KENNEDY: Martin Luther King was shot and was killed tonight in Memphis, Tennessee.</p><p>"VIOLENT TRIBUTE" TV REPORT: By 4 o'clock Friday afternoon, huge portions of the West Side ghetto were aflame.</p><p>Daley issued an executive order that temporarily banned the sale of all guns and ammo. And—as for the arsonists—he ordered police to "shoot to kill."</p><p>RICHARD J. DALEY: Men poised with Molotov cocktails, incendiaries or firebombs of any kind are the same as the assassins who pulled the triggers on the gun that killed the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and the late President John F. Kennedy. We cannot resign ourselves to the proposition that civil protest must lead to death and devastation, to the abandonment of the law that is fundamental for the preservation of the rights of all people and their freedom.</p><p>A month after the riots, Daley's new gun law took effect. Chicagoans registered 165,000 guns. And then, another assassination made news.</p><p>KENNEDY PRESS AIDE FRANK MANKIEWICZ: Senator Robert Francis Kennedy died at 1:44 a.m. today, June 6, 1968.</p><p>In August, police and demonstrators clashed at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.</p><p>SCENE FROM <em>AMERICAN REVOLUTION 2</em> DOCUMENTARY: Kill! Kill! Kill! Kill! Hey, kill! C'mon, kill! C'mon! C'mon, I'm over here! Shoot! Use those knives, c'mon! Shoot to kill! Kill! Shoot to kill! C'mon. Kill!</p><p><em>MUSIC: The MC5, "Kick Out the Jams."</em></p><p>Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley continued pushing for gun control. In 1972, he testified at Congress and called for a national ban on handguns. Here's some of his testimony, re-enacted by Neil Giuntoli:</p><p>DALEY/GIUNTOLI: As far as I'm concerned, the only purpose of a handgun in unauthorized hands is to kill ... The handgun makes no positive contribution to our society. It kills — whether by accident or on purpose.</p><p>When Daley died in 1976, his hopes for gun laws remained unfulfilled. Four years later, another series of violent events prompted more calls for gun control.</p><p>CHANNEL 2: Channel 2, the 10 o'clock news...</p><p>It all started on December 8, 1980.</p><p>WALTER JACOBSON: The handgun that killed John Lennon, the .38-caliber pistol, is manufactured solely for the purpose of killing people. All handguns that are manufactured in the United States are solely for the purpose of killing people. They have nothing to do with hunting, for sport or for food. They are for murdering people. Period.</p><p><em>MUSIC: John Lennon, "Watching the Wheels."</em></p><p>Over the coming weeks, gunfire claimed eleven lives at the Cabrini-Green public housing project. By now, Jane Byrne was the mayor of Chicago, and she was calling for stricter gun laws. To show solidarity with the residents, Byrne moved into Cabrini-Green on March 31, 1981. One day earlier, another shooting made national headlines.</p><p><em>VOICES: Mr. President Reagan! Mr. President! [shots, screaming]</em></p><p>And then, on May 13, yet another assassination attempt, this time in Rome.</p><p>CBS — DAN RATHER: They heard gunfire and saw the pope turn pale and collapse, bloody, into the arms of his aides. Pope John Paul II had been shot.</p><p>Amid the growing concern, the suburb of Morton Grove outlawed handguns. In early 1982, Mayor Byrne urged the Chicago City Council to prohibit all new handguns.</p><p>BYRNE: There are human beings all over this city that tonight, tonight, may innocently be shot by a criminal with a nonregistered gun, who will get away with it. And are we to sit and say, because nobody did it before, we won't do it now? The city is too important, and its people are too important.</p><p>The City Council debated the ordinance on March 19, 1982. Aldermen Richard Mell and Marian Humes spoke out against it.</p><p>HUMES: This is a con game that's being run here, that's all it is.</p><p>Aldermen Timothy Evans and Edward Burke supported the ban.</p><p>BURKE: What it does do, hopefully, is put a freeze on the number of handguns that are presently opened by people in the city of Chicago.</p><p>The City Council approved the ordinance by a vote of thirty to eleven. And what‘s been the result? NRA Lawyer Stephen Halbrook says it hasn’t had any effect on crime.</p><p>HALBROOK: I think it's made it impossible for law-abiding citizens to have handguns to protect their families in their own homes.</p><p>City of Chicago lawyer Benna Solomon disagrees. She says the law is an important tool for police to make arrests.</p><p>SOLOMON: Because we have a handgun ordinance… when a police officer is on surveillance or on patrol and sees a suspicious bulge in someone's waistband, that alone provides probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed... So it allows the police officer to intervene, right then and there.</p><p>Last year, the Chicago police seized more than 8,000 guns. Homicides decreased 10 percent in 2009, but the death toll was still staggering: 458 murders. Out of that total, 352 people were killed with handguns.</p><p><em>MUSIC: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Hey Joe.”</em></p></p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 12:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-27/evolution-chicagos-handgun-ban-88376 Daley biographer takes measure of the man http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-05-13/daley-biographer-takes-measure-man-86516 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-May/2011-05-13/Daley_Gill.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-13/Daley_Gill.jpg" style="width: 500px; height: 332px;" title=""></p><p>When Chicago resident Keith Koeneman turned 40 a few years ago, he used the moment, as many do, to take stock of his life.&nbsp; And he realized he was truly happy – except for one thing:&nbsp; He hadn’t written the book he’d always wanted to write, a biography of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.</p><p>It was then Koeneman decided to put his finance career on the back burner and dive head-first into the life and legacy of the man who has been Chicago’s mayor for 22 years.&nbsp; He’s been researching ever since, having spoken with dozens of Daley’s closest associates and fiercest critics.</p><p>Koeneman isn’t an academic or a journalist, but he’s a longtime student of politics and boasts graduate degrees from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, Northwestern University’s School of Law, and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.</p><p>Late last year, we spoke about the Daley legacy – and the challenges inherent in chronicling it.</p><p>Here’s an edited transcript of our conversation:</p><p><strong>One thing that’s often said about the Mayor and the Daley family as a whole is that they’re very protective of their privacy.&nbsp; So how do you go about trying to tell this story and get people to talk to you in truly insightful and revealing ways?</strong></p><p>You know, I’m Catholic, which might not sound like that would be relevant, but it’s very, very relevant.&nbsp; A lot of the people I meet with are professionals and so they’re formal, but as soon as I tell them I’m Catholic, their whole body language changes.&nbsp; Catholicism in Chicago politics is important – it’s very, very important.&nbsp; And quite frankly, a lot of people I talk to say “Oh, you’re a Polish-Catholic kid from Chicago and you’re not a journalist, OK, I’ll talk to you.”</p><p><strong>Really?</strong></p><p>Yeah, and these are people whose entire lives are spent making judgments about other people - and they make judgments about me in 30 seconds. If they think I’m a good guy, they tell their buddies, “He’s a good guy, talk to him”, and if they don’t think I’m not a good guy, they tell their buddies “Stay away from him”.&nbsp; And so far, over 90 people have talked with me.&nbsp;</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-13/AP080401015054-daley Charles Rex Arbogast.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 7px; float: left;" title="(File/AP)"><strong>You’re deep in the middle of the writing and researching process. What insights have you uncovered, and what are the things that have surprised you about Mayor Richard M. Daley?</strong></p><p>His father (Richard J. Daley) was an incredibly talented man – and I think that’s true whether you agree with his policies or don’t agree with his policies.&nbsp;&nbsp; His father was a hugely talented person who literally dominated a city of 3 million people.&nbsp;</p><p>And so Rich grew up in that shadow, which is a large shadow.&nbsp; He wasn’t the greatest student at Nativity of our Lord; he wasn’t the most talented basketball player at De La Salle.&nbsp; You know, he wasn’t very charismatic - he actually ran for Class President at De La Salle and lost. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>And so there were low expectations for Rich Daley as a kid, but [he had] a father who was extremely competent and domineering.&nbsp; Many of us want to please our parents, and that is a deeply true thing about Rich Daley.</p><p><strong>In what respect?</strong></p><p>In the respect of literally spending a lifetime doing things that his dad would approve of:&nbsp; That if he was a good State’s Attorney, his dad would approve.&nbsp; That if he built Millennium Park, his dad would approve.</p><p><strong>And in some cases, addressing blemishes on his father’s record.</strong></p><p>I think that’s very true.&nbsp; This is my personal opinion, and some people disagree, but I think Rich Daley is a master of political calculus [and] is truly brilliant in terms of politics.&nbsp; He knows better than anyone what his father’s strengths and weaknesses are, and three clear weaknesses in terms of Richard J. Daley’s 21 years as mayor including: race relations, public schools and public housing.&nbsp;</p><p>And Rich Daley has spent his entire [mayoral] career focusing on race relations, trying to fix schools and trying to fix housing. &nbsp;It’s like he’s trying to finish the unfinished business of the Daley family – and his father would be very proud of that if he were alive.<img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-13/AP050831025825-Daley-and-Heard-Brian-Kersey.jpg" style="width: 300px; height: 300px; margin: 7px; float: right;" title=""></p><p><strong>You said a moment ago that Rich Daley is a brilliant politician.&nbsp; What is it that makes him brilliant?</strong></p><p>Well, one of Daley’s first Chiefs of Staff, Forrest Claypool, said that [Daley] has the best political instincts of anyone he’s ever met &nbsp;- and Claypool has met a lot of politicians, including the President of the United States.&nbsp;</p><p>Rich Daley’s first reaction to an issue will almost always be the right political reaction, because he has sort of an ‘everyman’ sense.&nbsp; That’s something you can’t teach.&nbsp; Either you have that, or you don’t.</p><p><strong>Given all of that, what’s your reaction to Mayor Daley’s decision not to seek a seventh term in office?</strong></p><p>I think it’s a truly historic, unprecedented decision – and I’m using the word historic precisely.&nbsp; I went back and I looked at all the mayors of Chicago since roughly the 1870’s, starting with Carter Harrison Sr.&nbsp; Of the 16 important mayors going back to 1870, no one has ever done this before.&nbsp; Rich Daley is the first sitting mayor to ever voluntarily retire from office.</p><p>Of the 16, nine ran for re-election and lost. One basically had a nervous breakdown in office and couldn’t finish his term (Joseph Medill).&nbsp; Four either died in office or were assassinated – the assassinations were Carter Harrison Sr. and Anton Cermak.&nbsp; One got pushed out of office by the Machine as a sitting mayor based on his progressive racial views (Ed Kelly), and Rich Daley is the only one who voluntarily retired from office.</p><p><strong>That’s astonishing to think about.</strong></p><p>It is astonishing – and I think because Rich Daley started his early life with people having low expectations of him, he has a certain sense of humility.&nbsp; Again, people may be surprised to hear me say that, but I think it’s true.&nbsp;</p><p>When Rich Daley announced he wasn’t going to run again and they said “Who are you going to pick?”, and he said “That’s up to the voters to decide. I have faith in the voters”, he was being honest.&nbsp; And since 1870, no other mayor in the history of Chicago has looked himself in the mirror and said “This city can go on without me”.&nbsp; Rich Daley is the first guy to do that.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="287" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-May/2011-05-13/Daley Last Council Meeting_M Spencer Green.jpg" title="" width="512"></p></p> Fri, 13 May 2011 18:16:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/best-game-town/2011-05-13/daley-biographer-takes-measure-man-86516 Forget federal funding for NPR - give it all to morning zoos http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-09/forget-federal-funding-npr-give-it-all-morning-zoos-83458 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/vivian-schiller.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="Caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-March/2011-03-09/vivian-schiller.jpg" title="Vivian Schiller (Steven Voss) " style="width: 498px; height: 373px;" /></p><p>If I were a conspiracy theorist, I&nbsp;would guess that the recent uproar about NPR&nbsp;and today's startling news that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/03/09/134388981/npr-ceo-vivian-schiller-resigns">Vivian Schiller has resigned</a> was staged for pledge drive purposes.&nbsp; Nothing like a backlash against NPR and federal funding to get public radio lovers riled up. &nbsp;&nbsp; Throw in a few new totebags?&nbsp; Done.</p><p>If you are just joining the story, a<a href="https://www.theprojectveritas.com/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&amp;id=9"> conservative blogger posed as a charity trying to give millions to NPR</a>. It seems that they were more interested in getting NPR&nbsp;to take money from&nbsp;Muslims (they posed as an organization affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood), but when VP Ron Schiller (no relation, but what's with all the Schillers at NPR?) took the meeting and said some nasty stuff about the Tea Party movement, they got gold.&nbsp; Even though did Schiller go out of his way to make it clear that many of the opinions he expressed were his and not NPRs, gotcha is gotcha and the highly-edited video was released to the internet.</p><p>See, this is what happens when you consolidate commercial radio. What, you say? Let me explain.</p><p>Well, friends, the consolidation of commercial radio has put more than a few shock jocks and their sidekicks out of work over the years.&nbsp; No longer able to prank-call athletes or Chinese restaurants for their Morning Zoo programs, they had to go in search of new outlets. So, these talented secret-recorders are finding audiences on line and in political arenas. Now we have bloggers pranking Wisconsin governors and wannabee Ashton Kutchers setting up media executives. I&nbsp;suggest a federal bailout of Morning Zoos. Take the money from&nbsp;NPR&nbsp;and federally fund morning radio, therefore putting these important public servants back where they belong. Tricking 14 year olds.</p><p>Moving on...</p><p><strong>B story</strong>:&nbsp;Columbia College professor and @MayorEmanuel Dan Sinker made an appearance on The Colbert Report last night.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div style="background-color: rgb(0, 0, 0); width: 520px;"><div style="padding: 4px;"><embed height="288" width="512" src="http://media.mtvnservices.com/mgid:cms:video:colbertnation.com:376731" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowscriptaccess="always" base="." flashvars=""></embed></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>It was a great interview and I was super excited (more than I ever have been) that Columbia College got name-checked! Yeah!&nbsp;My alma mater is killing it nationally!&nbsp;As an alum, I&nbsp;watched Dan Sinker become the new face of my institution, whether the Chronicle likes it or not. Sinker now rises to top 5 Columbia College staff/students making national names for themselves. If he keeps this up, he might rise to the top to usurp Pat Sajak. Which is really what every Columbia College alum aspires to.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>:&nbsp;Nobody reached out to me about my generic invitation for outgoing <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-03-08/grassroots-groundswell-viral-campaign-whatever-you-call-it-lets-get-">Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley to come do a Wikipedia Files interview with me at my cubicle</a>. I&nbsp;am upping the ante here. I&nbsp;will provide cake. Here's how this whole thing will go down:&nbsp;If I get the mayor here, it will be a great interview, we'll enjoy some cake and then Daley will tell me it was the best interview he's ever done.&nbsp;Then he will give me his cell and tell me to text him becuase they are going to&nbsp;Sunda later. I'll meet up in the VIP&nbsp;(bottle service only) with Daley, Rahm and probably Jennifer Hudson. We'll party like crazy, roll out to Meigs (secret runway) and take a private G6 jet to Milan. We then party with a bunch of runway models, cruise to some awesome restaurants, get inspired by some architecture and get home by the next day for his press conference at City Hall. So yeah, this interview has to happen.</p><p><strong>Weather: </strong>Sprinkle, sprinkle.</p><p><strong>Sports: </strong>The <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/4210014-419/exclusive-obama-white-house-wanted-thibodeau-coaching-bulls.html">Sun-Times has an exclusive today</a> about how the White House 'lobbied' the Chicago Bulls and owner Jerry Reinsdorf to hire Head&nbsp;Coach Tom Thibideau. Not just the White House, but President Obama himself!!!!&nbsp;The columnist and Reinsdorf act as if this is a great thing, but I have to ask the question: Why the hell is the White House lobbying NBA&nbsp;franchises over head coaches? What's next? Who should be the Cubs 5th starter? Very weird.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Kicker:&nbsp;</strong>Mission&nbsp;Amy&nbsp;KR&nbsp;has a<strong> </strong>very simple mission this week. She is <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/mission-amy-kr/2011-03-07/mission-63-grip-it-or-why-life-game-basketball-83396">sharing with you a piece her 14 year old daughter wrote</a>. Her birthday is today. And her birthday present? 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timeline text they accompany, those images may not originate from the exact date described.</span></font></i></b></b></p></p> Thu, 20 Jan 2011 23:19:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/chatimeline Dear Chicago: Let’s clean up the Chicago River http://www.wbez.org/story/dear-chicago-let%E2%80%99s-clean-chicago-river <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/IMG_8610.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>To say that fishing is the central passion of Don Dubin&rsquo;s life might be an understatement. The Chicago native grew up fishing in public parks on the city&rsquo;s West Side. Now in his 70s and a Legendary Angler inducted into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, you can regularly find him casting his reel along the lakefront or on the banks of the Chicago River.</p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 17 Jan 2011 16:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/dear-chicago-let%E2%80%99s-clean-chicago-river