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It is a mellow fall night out here at on the Midway.
I've always been lousy at crowd estimates but it looks like 15-20 thousand have jammed this stretch between Dorchester and Woodlawn.
Chicago rapper Common wound them up.
The presidential motorcade is just pulling up.
This get-out-the-vote rally is like deja vu all over again.
The music, the crowd, and the man---Barack Obama---are all the same.
The situation is decidedly not.
What he won so decisively in 2008 is at risk tonight. His own Senate seat is in play.
Even if he closes the deal here, the question no one can answer is whether nationally this is a wave election in the GOP's favor.
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It is a mellow fall night out here at on the Midway.
I've always been lousy at crowd estimates but it looks like 15-20 thousand have jammed this stretch between Dorchester and Woodlawn.
Chicago rapper Common wound them up.
The presidential motorcade is just pulling up.
This get-out-the-vote rally is like deja vu all over again.
The music, the crowd, and the man---Barack Obama---are all the same.
The situation is decidedly not.
What he won so decisively in 2008 is at risk tonight. His own Senate seat is in play.
Even if he closes the deal here, the question no one can answer is whether nationally this is a wave election in the GOP's favor.
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MIssing the Marathon

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I'm sitting at NBC in Washington D.C. covering the Kirk/Giannoulias debate but part of my heart is back home in Chicago where the marathon is filling the streets of the city.
I've run two Chicago Marathons---in 2000 and 2001---and each was an amazing, exhilarating, challenging experience.

The generosity of the spectators is what I remember most.

Why in the world would people come out to cheer a bunch of maniac runners crazy enough to try and finish 26.2 miles? I have no idea but what I learned was that without their encouraging words and cheers and enthusiasm, I might never have finished. It bouyed me as I began to flag. Sometimes it made me laugh out loud like when 4 guys in drag---high heels and flapper dresses---were informal cheerleaders on the sidelines.

The Marathon is a fantastic experience. The best part may well be the citizens who support it.




Scott Lee Cohen, multimillionaire Chicago pawnbroker, is gaining some traction in the polls.
Garnering 4-14% voter approval depending upon the poll in question.
But does that make him a genuine candidate or a guaranteed spoiler?  He maintains he's in for the long haul.  And for real.

In Homage to My Teachers

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I had not seen Rod Botts or Mary Lavelle since I was 14 years old.

She was my freshman English teacher and he my sophomore English teacher at Palatine High School decades ago. Each has now retired to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. And on Friday morning I drove from Chicago to see them after all these years.

I can't quite describe my excitement. Or my nervousness.

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