WBEZ | Hot Breakfast http://www.wbez.org/tags/hot-breakfast Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Debate follies: Who knew Brady and Quinn could bring the funny? http://www.wbez.org/blog/debate-follies-who-knew-brady-and-quinn-could-bring-funny <p><strong>Top story</strong>: <a href="http://chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=45017">Last night's gubernatorial debate</a> between Republican candidate Bill Brady and Democratic candidate Pat Quinn not only flew in the face of the same old, same old, boring debate, but it qualified as a laugh riot. Both candidates used their time to tell us through various platitudes why we should vote for them. But they also decided to yuk it up with one-liners and put-downs that made our moderator Steve Edwards become the stuffy headmaster, telling the audience on numerous occasions "Please, hold your applause til the end." It was fun to listen to.‚  Is there any chance we could vote them both in? Think of the years of putdowns and hilarity! I'm not sure we learned anything, but if you are voting on sense of humor and candor - you might want to bring this into the voting booth with you. <img class="size-full wp-image-40035" title="brady-quinn" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//brady-quinn.png" alt="" width="450" height="450" /><code><div></div></code> My favorite moment: Moderator Steve Edwards, after listening to both candidates avoid a panelists question, decided to have the panelist ask the same question over again. The candidates did an admirable job not answering the question again.<!--break--> <strong>B story</strong>: On Friday, the <a href="/feder/2010/10/lee-abrams-goes-down/39940">Tribune accepted the resignation of Chief Innovations Officer Lee Abrams</a>. This after he sent around an all-staff e-mail with inappropriate material.‚  <a href="/feder/2010/10/editor-calls-damage-to-tribune-reputation-%E2%80%98shameful%E2%80%99/39987">Robert Feder followed up today</a>, focusing on what history will make of this blow-up between editorial and the boardroom. Interesting though, Newsroom editor Gerry Kern doesn't believe that Tribune Co. and the Chicago Tribune are the same organization.‚  Also on the media beat, <a href="/feder/2010/10/blackhawks-romance-puts-reporting-career-on-ice/39982">Jen Patterson is out at Comcast</a> because of an alleged relationship with a Blackhawks player.‚  Kind of a bad idea in the wake of the dust-up about women in the locker room. It would be like me dating Bill Brady. It just wouldn't be acceptable since I write about him. Also, did you <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-sOuwImz1hU" target="_blank">see this video</a>? Last week, some numbskull from WIND radio tried to ask Rahm a bunch of leading questions while he was giving sound bites to local media. Watch Charles Thomas and Jay Levine freak out on him. Levine actually screams at him "Shut your mouth or I'll deck you!!!!" I don't know why, but watching local television reporters get so mad over a Rahm sound bite really gives me the giggles. Rumor has it that this guy may be looking into pressing charges based on Levine's threats, but that's ridiculous. You did your part. You made Chicago laugh. <strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://blogs.vocalo.org">My bloggers</a> are killing it this week! It would be one thing to have one story (Feder gets all the credit for the Trib story), but quietly <a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/a-second-look-at-my-lollapalooza-tax-math/39092">Jim DeRogatis is grabbing the establishment's attention with his investigation into Lollapalooza</a>. Last night, Republican candidate for Governor Brady spent a few minutes talking about how the days of secret deals in state government are over. Rahm Emanuel has talked about how we need to be more transparent with our city contracts and business.‚  Jim contends that Lolla got a sweetheart deal from the city and we could be seeing much more tax revenue from the summer festival in Grant Park.<a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3a26084b86-672b-4e45-931c-8434f4788429&amp;plckCommentSortOrder=TimeStampAscending&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com" target="_blank"> Crain's Chicago Business Columnist Greg Hinz</a> picked up the story on Friday and asked the same question. His final line after asking the same questions Jim asked in his work: <blockquote>Those strike me as pretty good questions for the candidates to ponder as half the city prepares to run for mayor and alderman.</blockquote> Attn. mayoral candidates: Looking for a new parking meter story to get Chicago's attention?? <strong>D story</strong>: Another story our blogger has been all over: Whittier Elementary sit-in. Did you know that the sit-in to save the field house at Whittier Elementary in Pilsen has been going on for 34 days? <a href="/blog/moore">Our Revision Street: America blogger Anne Elizabeth Moore is all over it</a>. She's collected the stories of the protesters over the past month and today she follows some of the parents and community organizers down to CPS headquarters to get CPS Chief Ron Huberman to<a href="http://www.chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=44981" target="_blank"> execute what he promised</a>.‚  Before the weekend, Huberman said that he would be amenable to keeping the field house operational as a library if the building was repaired. But after that sound bite, Huberman hasn't followed through. The parents and protesters want to make sure he does. Anne is down at the headquarters this morning and will have more today or tomorrow. <strong>Weather</strong>: I'm not sure - is today a good weather day or a bad weather day? <strong>Sports</strong>: The Bears wrap-up is coming; will be up shortly. I watched the Vikings/Cowboys and Redskins/Colts last night and I didn't see any tackle or guard make fundamental mistakes that left Jay Cutler to fend for himself against oncoming blitzing defenders.‚  Oh, I also watched college ball too. Nope. No bush league offensive line play in amateur football. It's almost like tackles and guards figure out how to block at a very young age.‚  Huh. If I were Cutler or Forte, I might think of striking, forming a picket line outside Soldier Field. Actually, the fans should. We won't buy any more merchandise until they figure out how to do their job. <strong>Kicker</strong>: This isn't the kind of kicker that is all jokey, but this one is just cool. In response to <a href="http://chicagoist.com/2010/09/22/dan_savage_tells_lgbt_youth_it_gets.php" target="_blank">Dan Savage's "It Gets Better" campaign</a> to let GLBT teens know that bullying is a short-term thing and life does indeed go on, the Chicago Gay Men's Chorus put this video together. Now, I'm not sure I am convinced Savage's campaign takes on bullying the way we should, but this campaign has heart. As does this video: <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="480" height="385" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/XnDPmOsxDs0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="480" height="385" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/XnDPmOsxDs0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> Mon, 18 Oct 2010 09:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/debate-follies-who-knew-brady-and-quinn-could-bring-funny Trib reports on Trib HR issues. Is that news? If so, will someone report on people stealing my lunch from the fridge? http://www.wbez.org/blog/trib-reports-trib-hr-issues-news-if-so-will-someone-report-people-stealing-my-lunch-fridge <p><strong>Top story</strong>: The Chicago Tribune is <a href="http://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/2010/10/tribune-co-executive-sends-offensive-memo.html" target="_blank">reporting on HR issues at the Chicago Tribune</a>? I didn't know there was such a market for all-staff e-mails. I have a million from WBEZ that are worth reporting on!‚  Like who stole Jerome McDonnell's lunch out of the fridge? And guys, if you plug up the toilet, tell somebody. Romenesko, you want to pick those up too? <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//offfice_refrigerator.jpg"><img class="size-medium wp-image-39614" title="Fridge." src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//offfice_refrigerator-300x212.jpg" alt="" width="378" height="267" /></a> Really, this is a tremendous story. <!--break-->The editorial room and the board room are at serious odds at the Trib and it seems the only way out is for new ownership (or to implode the Tower). The local news has picked up on the story in their 10pm casts and several national media sites have this on their sites this morning. Readers of blogs.vocalo.org are not new to this story, because <a href="/blog/feder">Robert Feder</a> broke it months ago. His continuing narrative on Trib management arguably <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/business/media/06tribune.html?pagewanted=all" target="_blank">grabbed the attention of the NY Times</a>, who credited Feder for his work in their big story last week.‚  And now, the Trib all-staff e-mail fiasco is a national story because the Trib media reporter, Phil Rosenthal, broke his own company's story.‚  Because breaking stories online is big business and there is no bigger media biz in Chicago than the Trib. So he stepped up and found the courage to write about his own management.‚  It is sort of like when a politician jumps out and tells everyone he had an affair before the gossip columnist can break it. But Feder is not done. His post today was the best I've read on this subject. For all the whistle-blowers and the editorial purists: <a href="/feder/2010/10/time-for-tribune-to-clear-the-air-on-foul-management/39544">What took you so long</a>? <strong>B story</strong>:‚  What else is going on? Well, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/Content.aspx?audioID=44945">Vice President Joe Biden was in town for a ramble-off with Governor Pat Quinn</a>. Biden spoke in the West Loop, supporting Pat Quinn.‚  That's a weird pairing. Republican leaders came out and said that this move (bringing in the VP to stump) was showing desperation. I tend to agree. Bringing the VP to the city that birthed a president doesn't seem to work. I would rather have seen David Axelrod and/or Rahm Emanuel. Those names would probably resonate more with IL Dems. But I guess this is about money and big money people like Biden's teeth.‚  And why Quinn? Debbie Halvorsen, Alexi Giannoulias and Dan Seals seem to be a better fit for Biden. <strong>C story</strong>:‚  <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/2795412,fioretti-losing-voice-101210.article" target="_blank">This story kind of just came and went</a> - Alderman Fioretti said he was running for mayor. But his doctor just told him that he has to have his tonsils out. So he will be putting the campaign on the back-burner for now until he recovers. <strong>Weather</strong>: Wow, is it hot or cold out there? I can't tell. <strong>Sports</strong>: <a href="http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d81b46299/article/bears-qb-cutler-expected-to-start-sunday-vs-seahawks?module=HP_headlines" target="_blank">NFL.com</a> is reporting that Jay Cutler will start on Sunday. The Bears are supposed to talk about this at the presser today at Halas Hall.‚  Please, I beg of you press corps - someone ask Jay Cutler this question: How many fingers am I holding up?</p> Wed, 13 Oct 2010 11:29:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/trib-reports-trib-hr-issues-news-if-so-will-someone-report-people-stealing-my-lunch-fridge Is Bill Brady's "I'll protect you" ad the creepiest in Illinois history? http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/10/is-bill-bradys-ill-protect-you-ad-the-creepiest-in-illinois-history/39491 <p><strong>Top story</strong>:‚  WBEZ's Sam Hudzik was on <a href="http://cspan.org/Series/Washington-Journal.aspx" target="_blank">C-Span today</a> talking about the IL senate and gubernatorial races.‚  I wonder if he talked about Bill Brady's TV ad where he flashes that weird smile and says "As your governor, I'll protect you." <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="464" height="280" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/v4gKXPDIYZQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="464" height="280" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/v4gKXPDIYZQ?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object> <strong>B story</strong>: Scott Lee Cohen sent out a press release yesterday saying: <blockquote>"Perhaps no Illinois candidate has racked up more campaign road miles than Cohen. "I've put over a hundred and fifty miles on the SUV over the past two years as I have gone all over this great state meeting and talking firsthand with the voters."</blockquote> Um, 150 miles? So you went to Dekalb and back? Please tell me you stopped at Chick-Fil-A in Aurora.<!--break--> <strong>C story</strong>:‚  How ya feeling Chicago marathoners? I talked with Tony Sarabia today and he gave me the rundown. Toe, knee, calves and unmentionable areas are in disrepair. Now is the time the media should be doing stories on the marathon (like <a href="http://www.runnersworld.com/article/0,7120,s6-243-297-519-13685-0,00.html" target="_blank">this one</a> by Peter Sagal). As it creeps out of our media consciousness, you know runners are feeling it today. <strong>D story</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/" target="_blank">Crain's had a great story on the lawsuit surrounding the foreclosure papers for the Spire</a>. The papers were filed a few weeks ago and Crains went with the story yesterday on Columbus Day. Genius. Why? Because all the papers and media outlets (us included) couldn't confirm the story through the government agencies because they were closed for the holiday. So all the news outlets had to source Crains. So we do what we do best: <a href="/bey/2010/10/the-end-of-the-wire-for-the-chicago-spire/39446">further the story</a>. <strong>Weather:</strong> Fog! <strong>Sports</strong>: The <a href="http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/basketball/2010/10/09/2010-10-09_new_orleans_hornet_instability_could_bring_chris_paul_to_knicks_or_nets.html?page=2" target="_blank">New York Daily News</a> is reporting that the Bulls are looking into the story of the alleged accident that has sidelined Carlos Boozer. He fractured his hand after allegedly tripping over a duffel bag in his home. He is out until January. WBEZ's Cheryl Raye Stout covers the Bulls daily. So I asked her over e-mail if there was any truth to that story: <blockquote>Published reports claimed that the Bulls are looking into the manner in which forward Carlos Boozer injured his hand. The Bulls emphatically refute that story. An upper management source told me that they ‚ are not investigating the manner. The source also said they have called the reporter and told him that the story was false. And a simple phone call would have ended the suspicion of whether Boozer's fall over a gym bag had more to it. The source said he has talked with Jerry Reinsdorf and the Bulls owner is not looking into either.</blockquote> There ya have it. <strong>Kicker</strong>: The SF Giants advance to the next round of the MLB playoffs. The team has adopted Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" as their official theme song of the 2010 playoffs. After much debate in the City Room, my point still stands: Hands off San Fran. That belongs to the White Sox. Listen, I know every sports team in the world uses that song, but once it hits "official" and "anthem" stage for a team, it is theirs. The White Sox brought Steve Perry on the field for their WS celebration. That song should NOT be used for another team's playoff run. I'll give you pump-up music in late innings. I'll give you the use of it in Detroit (South Detroit line). I'll even let the crowds sing along during wins. But to use it officially as your anthem? Wrong. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="483" height="294" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/AyVdbfyvwso?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="483" height="294" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/AyVdbfyvwso?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> Tue, 12 Oct 2010 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/jkaufmann/2010/10/is-bill-bradys-ill-protect-you-ad-the-creepiest-in-illinois-history/39491 What? There was a marathon yesterday? http://www.wbez.org/blog/what-there-was-marathon-yesterday <p><strong>Top story</strong>: The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/chicagomarathon/ct-met-chicago-marathon-10-20101010,0,7883767.story" target="_blank">marathon is over</a>! Our very own Tony Sarabia and Peter Sagal ran the course yesterday, so congrats to them! I was running parallel for a little bit (in my car). I came up on a stoplight where they had set up a triage of sorts to deal with injured runners. They walked in front of me onto a bus, an ambulance was also trying to squeeze through. I felt like I was too close to a war zone/battlefield. I felt like that little white Renault that was cruising on the desolate highway while we were bombing Baghdad at the beginning of the Iraq war. <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4105/5069523712_f550e0dba7.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4105/5069523712_f550e0dba7.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="456" /></a> <strong>B story</strong>:‚  Our blogger Amy Krouse Rosenthal put together a 10/10/10 (at 10:10p.m.) event last night at Millennium Park.<!--break--> <a href="/amykr/2010/09/43-101010-beckons-an-invitation-to-you-from-the-beckoning-of-lovely/38017">We had been talking about it for weeks</a> and we had over 200 RSVPs. <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/vlogbrothers?blend=1&amp;ob=4" target="_blank">Vlog brother John Green</a> was in attendance and the nerdfighters followed. I estimate there were 600+ people at the show last night. It was an amazing night under the stars, under the bean, under the lights of the city. I was proud to be there to watch a monumental gathering. <strong>C story</strong>:‚  From the good idea file, WBEZ's Sam Hudzik watched the Meet the Press Giannoulias/Kirk debate <a href="/shudzik/2010/10/the-election-file-kirk-giannoulias-debate-on-nbc-and-the-2-other-candidates-hash-it-out-in-wbezs-studios/39343" target="_blank">with the third party candidates</a>. So they were able to answer the same questions posed by the Meet the Press host (I call him fake Brokaw). I had a rant on Friday about the debate - so two candidates for the Illinois Senate seat have to fly to D.C. to do a debate? And the rest of the country got to watch the debate live on the show, but here in Chicago - the debate was broadcast later because of the live Chicago marathon. <strong>D story</strong>: <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/10/best-game-in-town-8-presidential-stumping-attack-ad-culture-and-the-hope-factor/39280">Best Game in Town</a> was live from Lou Mitchell's on W. Jackson Street. You gotta love a heated political discussion at the long tables in the middle. Listen as Giannoulias' policy advisor says that he is not doing a good job of getting his message out to African-Americans.‚  Also, look at my pink shirt and my mic-holding form: <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_5850.jpg"><img class="size-large wp-image-39287" title="Best Game in Town from Lou Mitchells (W. Jackson Street) in Chicago" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//IMG_5850-1024x768.jpg" alt="" width="485" height="363" /></a> <code> </code> <strong>Weather</strong>: This is Columbus Day weather! <strong>Sports</strong>: The Bears won. I will have more on that in a second post.‚  The Blackhawks continue their losing ways by taking another loss in overtime. I'm off the bandwagon now. 0-2? No thanks. I'll jump back on in March. <strong>Kicker</strong>: Banksy does the intro to The Simpsons. He completely skewers the franchise, but good for the franchise to let them do it. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="477" height="287" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/DX1iplQQJTo?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="477" height="287" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/DX1iplQQJTo?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"> </embed></object></p> Mon, 11 Oct 2010 10:26:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/what-there-was-marathon-yesterday Trib story: "Marathon cheaters: Why do they do it?" Answer: Because it's hard to run 26 miles. http://www.wbez.org/blog/trib-story-marathon-cheaters-why-do-they-do-it-answer-because-its-hard-run-26-miles <p>A quick round-up of today's news. I'm off to tape at Lou Mitchell's for today's <a href="/blog/wbez/best-game-in-town"><em>Best Game in Town</em></a>. I am looking forward to the Milk Duds! Listen today at 3:36pm and 5:36pm. <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5057061843_e4c9222717.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4111/5057061843_e4c9222717.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" /></a> <code> </code> <strong>Top story</strong>:‚  <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/ct-spt-1008-marathon-cheaters--20101007,0,3267545.story" target="_blank">Marathon cheaters: Why do they do it?</a> Because it turns out running a marathon is hard. I think the question should be "Marathon runners: Why do they do it?" <strong>B story</strong>: <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20101008/NEWS07/101009910/woman-alleges-sox-tattooed-backward-on-thigh-see-photo" target="_blank">This would be my top story</a> if I were Crain's Chicago Business - but I guess a woman is suing a tattoo parlor because they screwed up a White Sox tattoo on her thigh.‚  How do you screw that up? And why did you get that tattoo? Just stick with the butterfly on the ankle. You can't mess that up. <strong>C story</strong>: Rev. Wilfredo De Jesƒºs is <a href="/cmitchell/2010/10/de-jesus-backers-want-evangelical-muscle-in-city-hall/39213">officially running for mayor</a>. He says it is time to bring people together...except in his clip, he doesn't mention gay people, who he has come out against in the past. So...there's that. <strong>D story</strong>: You know those very cross-promotey ads on CBS for T<em>he Good Wife</em>? The ones where Bill Kurtis &amp; Co. sit around a table and talk about the show? Well, the <a href="/feder/2010/10/cbs-2-fires-marketing-exec-behind-kurtis-comeback-ads/39200">guy behind those promos got forced out</a>. <strong>Weather</strong>: Beautiful weekend.‚  I hope it doesn't get too hot for the marathon on Sunday. <strong>Sports</strong>: The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-1008-blackhawks-avalanche-chic20101007,0,965436.story" target="_blank">Blackhawks lost their season opener</a>, sending thousands of fans home disappointed that the prospect of an undefeated season is over. Last season is no longer legitimate. The Blackhawks are now back to being losers. <strong>Kicker</strong>: Beckoning of Lovely!!!! <a href="/amykr/2010/09/43-101010-beckons-an-invitation-to-you-from-the-beckoning-of-lovely/38017">Amy Krouse Rosenthal has over 200 RSVP's</a> for Sunday's event at the Bean. It's 10/10/10 at 10pm.‚  I'll see you there!</p> Fri, 08 Oct 2010 10:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/trib-story-marathon-cheaters-why-do-they-do-it-answer-because-its-hard-run-26-miles Scott Lee Cohen walks off the stage during a presser on Navy Pier cruise ship. No word if he swam to shore. http://www.wbez.org/blog/scott-lee-cohen-walks-stage-during-presser-navy-pier-cruise-ship-no-word-if-he-swam-shore <p><strong>Top story</strong>:‚  <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/2780734,CST-NWS-sweet07.article" target="_blank">President Obama's back, baby</a>! For three hours. So, sorry hot restaurants, he won't be dining with you. Sorry sports organizations, he won't be attending your home-opener. Sorry political candidates, he won't be stumping...oh wait...sorry, he will be stumping. Lightning-stumping - shaking hands for 1/4th the time he usually would. <a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/5051045001_c3f6b0ce4c.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4106/5051045001_c3f6b0ce4c.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" /></a> <code> </code> <strong>B story</strong>:‚  A bizarre scene played out on the Odyssey cruise ship yesterday when gubernatorial candidate Scott Lee Cohen held a press conference to release his jobs plans for the state. <!--break-->He is calling it "All Hands On Deck", hence the Odyssey. I guess reporters were asking about some of the finer points and the short-term fixes when SLC got angry and abruptly walked off. But the best part? He couldn't leave. He was on a ship. So he just walked to the back of the dance floor. He was coaxed back by his staff to finish the press conference. When I heard this story, I was hoping that it ended with Cohen jumping through a window and swimming back to shore. Still,‚  you can't miss the irony of Cohen not wanting to be one of the hands on the deck. <strong>C story</strong>:‚  <a href="http://www.wbez.org/848"><em>Eight Forty Eight</em></a> profiled the Chicago band Cap'n Jazz today. They cut out some stuff for the broadcast that Andrew Gill grabbed for the <a href="http://music.wbez.org">WBEZ Music page</a>. Essentially, lead singer Tim Kinsella took a bunch of mushrooms to write their first CD, "Shmap'n Shmazz." So there ya go. <strong>Weather</strong>: Bright sun advisory. <strong>Sports</strong>: Well, that was quick. The <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/hockey/blackhawks/ct-spt-1007-toews-blackhawks--20101006-24,0,2470386.story" target="_blank">Blackhawks are no longer on vacation with the cup</a>. The NHL season begins tonight and the Blackhawks are on the road in Colorado. They come home on Saturday for their home opener on against the Red Wings. All the papers are rollin' out previews for the season today and most writers are talking up the Vancouver Canucks as the team to beat. Wow, for the first time in probably my life, I know who is a good hockey team before the season starts. Go Hawks. <strong>Kicker</strong>: <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/10/alec-baldwin-wants-to-you-not-pledge-your-support-to-public-radio/39141">Alec Baldwin</a> wants you to (not) pledge your support for public radio.</p> Thu, 07 Oct 2010 11:05:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/scott-lee-cohen-walks-stage-during-presser-navy-pier-cruise-ship-no-word-if-he-swam-shore Working in county government is like staying at a hotel: You can steal soap, but don't take the flat-screen http://www.wbez.org/blog/working-county-government-staying-hotel-you-can-steal-soap-dont-take-flat-screen <p><a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5052703525_4333c2689c.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4087/5052703525_4333c2689c.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="375" /></a> <code> </code> <strong>Top story</strong>:‚  It has to be the story of the Stroger aide <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2774390,stroger-oglesby-arrest-100510.article" target="_blank">who allegedly stole a bunch of money</a>. Steal paperclips, pens, maybe even a couple coffee mugs, but stay away from the cash! I don't want to turn into an SNL Weekend Update bit, but really? Are you that dumb to allegedly steal $300K from Cook County when all eyes are on the embattled and very unpopular president? I would assume that there would be memos at the State's Attorney's office saying "Wanted: Anyone in the Stroger administration that is thinking about stealing anything on the way out the door. This includes furniture." Unfortunately for Oglesby, she went from a county job with a high-back leather chair to county lock-up, where her family didn't pay bail.‚  And I thought my life was in shambles because my right headlight went out again. <strong>B story</strong>: WOAH. The <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/06/business/media/06tribune.html?pagewanted=3&amp;_r=2&amp;src=busln" target="_blank">New York Times ripped into Trib CEO Randy Michaels</a>. Feder is quoted in the article and a screenshot of the blog is printed.‚  Will this be the final straw? This guy knows how to take a punch, that's for sure. <strong>C story</strong>:‚  Can I be the first (and seems like only) new media person to question why we have editorial boards and endorsements from newspapers? <!--break-->It seems to be a tradition that gives much more credence and authority to major newspapers, which, in this town, haven't necessarily earned it. And candidates seem to buy into it. They get their best suits on and go in front of the editorial boards, which <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/politics/2775202,bill-brady-evolution-creationism-100510.article" target="_blank">now offer up video and raw audio</a> of the interviews. Then the papers will turn around and make an assessment of that MEDIA interview and tell you who to vote for? When did I appoint the Sun-Times my supervisor? Are they in charge of hiring?‚  I would think a station like, um, I don't know, <a href="http://www.wbez.org">WBEZ</a> would be a better place to have an editorial board meeting. We don't endorse. We strive to be objective and try to extract information on real issues so you can make a decision. Well, the reporters do. I would rather talk about the Bears. Well, the <a href="http://www.nwherald.com/" target="_blank">Northwest Herald</a> thinks we should keep newspaper endorsements.‚  They say it gets the conversation started. Actually, I wanted to link to the story, went to the homepage to find it and some talking video ad starting playing about brides, which was super-annnoying, so I am not linking. But go to the site if you want to witness how a web site messes with your user experience. <strong>D story</strong>:‚  <a href="/aobejas/2010/10/gay-bashing-reggae-star-capleton-to-perform-in-uptown/38410" target="_blank">Achy Obejas had the story yesterday</a> about an unknown (to me, at least) reggae singer named Capleton who was playing at the Kinetic Playground this weekend. So what, who cares? Well, it turns out this dude is super anti-gay. Achy pointed out how some in the gay community were going to protest the show. Well, a meeting took place yesterday and Capleton is no longer playing at the Kinetic Playground this weekend. Do you hear that <a href="/cmitchell/2010/10/pentecostal-pastor-jumps-into-chicago-mayoral-race/38664">anti-gay politicians running for mayor</a>? I have a feeling you better not campaign in Uptown. <strong>Weather</strong>: It is warming up! Anyone want to hit Chain O Lakes this weekend? <strong>Sports</strong>: Quietly, the <a href="http://www.chicagobreakingsports.com/2010/10/bears-release-de-anderson-eye-veteran-grant.html" target="_blank">Bears cut DE Mark Anderson</a>. He was essentially the starter on the defensive line and after four games, they've decided he's not good enough to waste the face-paint on. Weird. The Bears are getting very serious about the defensive line. It's put-up or shut-up time, because without a pass rush, this team won't win. And for once, Lovie is holding the players (and Jerry Angelo) accountable. We don't see that very often in professional sports. <strong>Kicker</strong>:‚  The Onion gives us gold: <a href="http://www.theonion.com/articles/nhl-to-allow-finishing-moves-in-fights-this-season,18189/" target="_blank">NHL To Allow Finishing Moves in Fights This Season</a>.</p> Wed, 06 Oct 2010 08:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/working-county-government-staying-hotel-you-can-steal-soap-dont-take-flat-screen Photos: It's a listening tour, Rahm. Don't look so annoyed http://www.wbez.org/blog/photos-its-listening-tour-rahm-dont-look-so-annoyed <p><strong>Top story</strong>:‚  Don't worry Rahm, this always happens when you do a listening tour. Don't look so put out. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//WHITTIERPROTESTERTALKSTORAHM.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-38824" title="WHITTIERPROTESTERTALKSTORAHM" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//WHITTIERPROTESTERTALKSTORAHM.jpg" alt="" width="480" height="321" /></a> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//WHITTIERPROTESTER.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-38822" title="WHITTIERPROTESTER" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//WHITTIERPROTESTER.jpg" alt="" width="483" height="323" /></a> <code> </code> <!--break--> These pictures were snapped by former WBEZ intern Bill Healy, who is becoming the Where's Waldo of Chicago news (I saw Bill in the background of several shots during the Blago trial). But he got this great photo of a woman in Pilsen blocking Rahm's motorcade until Rahm would talk to her about the Whiittier elementary sit-in. He popped out and got her number. It would be something else if Rahm did jump in on the CPS/Whittier saga, as we are hitting three weeks of protest. CPS wants to raze it, go with a new green space for the children. Whittier parents and community members want the building to stand and make it a library. CPS says the building is unsafe. Whittier parents say it needs to be renovated and they believe TIF funds were misspent on other projects, after promises to be used to renovate their school and fieldhouse. This is a crazy story and last night, CPS one-upped the drama by shutting off the gas to the building. According to CPS spokesperson Monique Bond (via Sun-Times), they are preparing the building for demolition. What do the parents want? I don't need to quote them from other sources, since Anne Elizabeth Moore has been down at the scene for the last 3 weeks collecting interviews for her <a href="/blog/moore">Revision Street: America blog</a>. <strong>B story</strong>: I can't tell which I like better: <a href="http://www.chicagobusiness.com/section/blogs?blogID=greg-hinz&amp;plckController=Blog&amp;plckScript=blogScript&amp;plckElementId=blogDest&amp;plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&amp;plckPostId=Blog%3a1daca073-2eab-468e-9f19-ec177090a35cPost%3ade012600-0ae7-40cd-9997-e3b8defead27&amp;sid=sitelife.chicagobusiness.com" target="_blank">Hinz's column about how republican gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady is way off on his budget plan</a> or the fact that <a href="http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1010/43048.html" target="_blank">Rahm Emanuel's chief of staff is from Pennsylvania</a>, with no ties to Chicago. It's a toss-up. <strong>C story</strong>: I'm not past posting corrections. Yesterday, old friend and former colleague Andrew Patner corrected me on my <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/10/is-chicago-the-new-and-improved-new-york-city/38688">Muti blurb</a>. He wrote in the comments: <blockquote>It's A-OK if Muti never did a concert in Symphony Hall --  Symphony Hall is in Boston! So far this season, from September 23 through October 1, before his illness, he HAS done *six* concerts at *Orchestra Hall* which is on South Michigan Avenue at Adams in Chicago, Illinois. And I was unaware that the CSO had ever been *off* off the map.</blockquote> So mark it - even super-human snarky columnists make mistakes. What did I learn? I learned not to ask co-workers random questions over the cube. And I've decided Andrew can have this beat. I'm done with it! Muti, it was fun while it lasted. <strong>D story</strong>:‚  Confusing traffic jargon? <a href="/jkaufmann/2010/10/sarah-jindra-decoding-chicagos-traffic-reports-faq/38715">Meet Sarah Jindra</a>. Sarah put together a great FAQ on traffic reports. Must read. And if it isn't in there, you can find <a href="http://gapersblock.com/detour/high_on_lsd_and_stuck_in_traffic_again/" target="_blank">more at Gapers Block</a>, who better be the authority based on their name. <strong>Weather</strong>: It was so cold this morning that I pulled out the winter jacket. And I had that great once-a-season moment where I reached in the pocket and fumbled around with a piece of my history.‚  What did I have in my pocket back in spring of 2010? A pair of socks. Weird. <strong>Sports</strong>: Forget Cutler and the Bulls for a moment - if the <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/colleges/post/_/id/1198/wildcats-ranked-no-25-by-coaches" target="_blank">Northwestern Wildcats continue their winning ways</a> this weekend against Purdue, we will have a 6-0 football team in Chicago. After Purdue, they play games against Iowa, Penn State and Wisconsin. All tough, no doubt. But a few wins and a little buzz and we might have a contender in Evanston. As someone who was working here when Northwestern and Darnell Autry took us for a wild ride in the mid-90s, let me tell you that a winning Wildcat team is fun. <strong>Kicker</strong>: 10/10/10. Amy is following up on her amazingly successful 8/8/08 event at Millennium Park with another event on <a href="/amykr/2010/09/43-101010-beckons-an-invitation-to-you-from-the-beckoning-of-lovely/38017">10/10/10 at 10:10pm</a>. It's celebrating lovely. It's a great concept. If you concentrate on the idea of 'lovely' in your life, you will start to see so many more lovely things around you. Amy's event will be not only well-attended, but it will be attended by none other than internet superstar John Green. Green was a former WBEZ contributor (what up 848!) and now has broken through by writing YA titles and creating a massive following on YouTube and other social media sites. In other words, John blown up. <object classid="clsid:d27cdb6e-ae6d-11cf-96b8-444553540000" width="479" height="289" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="src" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/4OxgTfZw1g0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" /><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><embed type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="479" height="289" src="http://www.youtube.com/v/4OxgTfZw1g0?fs=1&amp;hl=en_US" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></p> Tue, 05 Oct 2010 10:27:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/photos-its-listening-tour-rahm-dont-look-so-annoyed Is Chicago the new and improved New York City? http://www.wbez.org/blog/chicago-new-and-improved-new-york-city <p>It's Monday. <a href="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//deepdishpizza.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-38692" title="deepdishpizza" src="/sites/default/files/archives/blogs//deepdishpizza.jpg" alt="" width="384" height="254" /></a> <p style="text-align: center;"></p> <strong>Top story</strong>: Chicago. Right now, the City of Chicago is getting the four-star treatment from the national media. Rahm Emanuel's announcement about resigning as White House chief of staff was the top story on the national news, all with an eye towards Chicago and the mayoral race. During <em>Saturday Night Live</em> (Saturday night), their sketches included references to Rahm and the Chi mayor job, prominent sketches from Chicago newbies and musical guest Kanye West. Not to mention commercials for the new <em>Versus</em> channel (Blackhawks) and <em>Sunday Night Football</em> (Bears). And last night during the Bears game, NBC went out of their way to show footage of Chicago (and the obvious deep dish pizza shot) while the game was going on in NEW YORK! I'm telling you right now, Chicago is aspiring to new heights, like never before. No longer are we a blues piano afterthought. Right now, Chicago is the place to be.‚  And we don't have an outbreak of bedbugs (not yet, anyway). Chicago: New York with alleys. <!--break--> <strong>B story</strong>: <a href="/jderogatis/2010/10/is-chicago-earning-all-that-it-should-from-lollapalooza/38601" target="_blank">Jim DeRogatis is back on the Lollapalooza trail</a> after some journalists in Texas started poking around C3 and the benefit (or lack thereof) that the Austin City Limits festival has for the city of Austin. They point to Chicago as a city that is getting a fair share of the profits from another big festival, Lollapalooza. But Jim says, not so fast. If you do the simple math, Chicago and the taxpayers are getting short-changed. <strong>C story</strong>: Did you see the story about the CPS secretly reviewing and evaluating teachers? I had a hard time wrapping my head around that story - but then I watched Ken Davis' review show on CAN-TV, featuring our very own reporter Linda Lutton. I have the embed code, but <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-0aTg_xKxo" target="_blank">I'll just link to it</a>. That's a fair compromise because Linda told me, and I quote, "If you put that on the blog Kaufmann, I'll kill ya." So it's up to you to take the link and put it on your Tumblr, put it on your Facebook, retweet it and/or buy time on CBS 2 after midnight. <strong>D story</strong>: So is Riccardo Muti today's <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/18/jeremy-piven-quits-broadw_n_151987.html" target="_blank">Jeremy Piven</a>? The new head of the Chicago Symphany Orchestra, who we were all very excited to have in Chicago, has <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-10-03/entertainment/ct-live-1004-muti-mutter-review-20101003_1_riccardo-muti-cso-association-free-concert" target="_blank">withdrawn from his CSO residency due to health reasons</a>. Did he even do a show? He did one at Millennium Park, but none at Symphony Hall. The PR team has to be scrambling today as this was the big draw that was going to put the CSO back on the map. Ouch. <strong>Weather</strong>: Now it's getting a tad too cold. It's sad, watching the summer fade away. <strong>Sports</strong>: <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/sports/basketball/bulls/2769536,CST-SPT-bull04.article" target="_blank">Boozer is out for 8 weeks</a> with a fractured hand. At least get in a fight if you are going to fracture a hand. Don't do it in practice. But don't fret Bulls fans, the season doesn't really start til January anyway. I'm working on a big Bears post for later, so I'll defer comments for now on one of the worst games in Chicago Bears history. The Cubs and Sox are done. Put out of their 2010 misery. The Cubs <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/ct-spt-1004-cubs-bits--20101003,0,7699796.story" target="_blank">want their interim manager back</a>. The Sox, well, I think the Sox just need a vacation. <strong>Kicker</strong>: Kanye on SNL. Like or hate em, this is damn interesting. Great stuff. I can't find the embed, but <a href="http://tv.gawker.com/5654162/watch-kanye-wests-remarkable-snl-performances" target="_blank">here's the link</a>.</p> Mon, 04 Oct 2010 09:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/chicago-new-and-improved-new-york-city Did Fioretti announce yesterday just to be in all the Rahm stories? http://www.wbez.org/blog/did-fioretti-announce-yesterday-just-be-all-rahm-stories <p><a href="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5033309134_1e65f15ef6.jpg"><img src="http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4091/5033309134_1e65f15ef6.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="334" /></a><code><div></div></code> <strong>Top story</strong>:‚  <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/sweet/2759834,CST-NWS-sweet30.article" target="_blank">Rahm is going to make my weekend a real drag</a>. This is one of these stories that we have to jump at because it has been rumored and tossed about for weeks. But we've covered it in speculation already, so it because almost synthetic for us to pump up energy for an announcement.<!--break--> I think it has more to do with being human, rather than being media. You burn out on the story and spend so many hours booking roundtables and combing research that you have a hard time mustering up intensity to cover a breaking news story of this magnitude. Because in my work, it's not about the story "Rahm Emanuel is running for mayor" but more about the creative side stories that give more perspective and context to why this is important. So it's like a starting pistol already went off and you've broken out of your stance, but the race hasn't started. <strong>B story</strong>:‚  Yesterday morning at 7:30am, the <a href="http://chicagopublicradio.org/Content.aspx?audioID=44718" target="_blank">Union League Club of Chicago held a forum</a> between Gubernatorial candidates Pat Quinn and Bill Brady. No other candidates were invited (sorry SLC!). If I can be the voice of the over-stimulated people for a moment: If this race is already be perceived as a snoozer, the idea of debating at 7:30am may not be the best idea. Now, if they did it off-site at say, a sports bar before a Bears game on a Sunday morning??? Until that happens,‚  I'll hit the snooze button for now, checking in with the debate every 9 minutes or so. <strong>C story</strong>: Interesting article about <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/cityhall/2758828,Fioretti-waguespack-mayor-092910.article" target="_blank">two first-term alderman running</a> (and not running) for mayor. Alderman Waguespack is only a first-term alderman with not enough city-wide name recognition. And Alderman Fioretti is a first-term alderman with not enough city-wide name recognition. One is running, one isn't.‚  Talk about media manipulation - Fioretti announced he is running for mayor but he only has 40 percent of his signatures collected. Now, you don't have to have all your signatures to declare your intentions, but if you were collecting before, why not announce earlier? Instead, you force an announcement because you are so close to being overshadowed by Rahm. So question: knee-jerk bail out announcement or was this the plan all along? <strong>D story</strong>: It's here! <a href="/dolinsky/2010/09/top-5-burgers-in-chicago/38311" target="_blank">Dolinsky has released his list of the top 5 hamburgers in Chicago</a>. Now, rip it apart! <strong>Weather</strong>: Niiiice. <strong>Sports</strong>: My friend Scott Olson has a great idea: Get a few brightly-colored marching band jackets and hats and score a few endzone tickets at Soldier Field. Once you have that in order? You get a nice piece of poster board and you write "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Sack Band". Boom, ESPN would lead Sportscenter with that bit! <strong>Kicker</strong>:‚  Feder's cat Kramer was featured on <a href="http://www.wciu.com" target="_blank">WCIU.com</a> in their wildly popular "cat v. dog" series. Kramer was up against Jerry Springer's pig. And we are happy to report that Kramer won by over 100 votes. But instead of savoring the victory, more <a href="http://kathypsblog.blogspot.com/2010/09/kramer-vs-not-kramer.html" target="_blank">knock-off challenges have emerged</a>, including WLS host Jake Hartford's dog. Kramer, it's tough being on top.</p> Thu, 30 Sep 2010 10:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/did-fioretti-announce-yesterday-just-be-all-rahm-stories