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Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 27, 2012.

• Stuff got real when then Blue Line had a major malfunction earlier today, the second straight day the line had experienced significant delays. And it comes a day after Mayor Rahm Emanuel told reporters during a press conference that if commuters didn't like the new higher pass rates for the CTA, they could just drive. While the comment has been taken out of context and blown out of proportion a little bit, it still reeks of tone-deafness, particularly given the number of slow zones and CTA construction issues that already exist. [Sun-Times; Gapers Block]

• Christopher Vaughn, found guilty of murdering his entire family earlier this year, was sentenced to four life sentences today for the crimes. [Sun-Times]

• The Florida man accused of stabbing a Bears fan visiting Jacksonville for the Bears-Jags game earlier this fall now has a March trial date. [FOX 32]

• A Sun-Times investigation shows that a guy who sells t-shirts that say "Boobies Rock" is - shockingly- actually just defrauding those who think they're contributing to a charity. [Sun-Times]

• The latest gun control battle: Illinois and concealed carry because we don't have enough gun problems. [WBEZ]

• For once, an alderman wants to put a vote on hold after last-second information was introduced into a three-tower development in Wolf Point. No idea where this thinking was a few years ago on the parking meter vote. [Sun-Times]

• Harley-Davidson's River North spot is being stalked by Shake Shack because heaven forbid this city ever get a damn Waffle House. [Crain's]

• In Soviet Russia, airplane rides YOU from Midway to Branson to see Yakov Smirnoff. [Chicagoist]

• The night Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones formed the Voltron of blues at Checkerboards Lounge. [Sun-Times]

• BRIGHT ONE: Rick Morrissey says no Heisman for Notre Dame's defensive star Manti Te'o. [Sun-Times]

• TO DO: Sudoku; Weather (In a word: chilly); Transit (in a word: clear ... for now)

• FINALLY: The Chinese obviously didn't learn their lesson years ago from that "retractable Capitol Hill dome" story. The Onion has once again duped a Chinese paper, this time the Communist Party's The People's Daily which congratulated North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as being named The Onion's "Sexiest Man Alive." [Yahoo!; The Onion]

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 15, 2012.

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• Proving it doesn't matter who's in the mayor's chair and they'll cave anyway, the Chicago City Council voted 46-3 to pass Mayor Rahm Emanuel's proposed 2013 budget. Aldermen Robert Fioretti (2nd), Scott Waguespack (32nd) and John Arena (45th) were the only ones who didn't give their rubber stamp to the mayor. Meanwhile, the lone "not present" vote belonged to Ald. Sandi Jackson (7th) making the whole "shirking legislative duties" thing an all-in-the-family affair. [Sun-Times]

• Attorneys for victims of torture in the Jon Burge case claim Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez shouldn't be involved in reviewing these cases since she was at the office when the original cover-ups were occurring. It's shocking a Cook County political figure or official would be accused of having a conflict of interest. [WBEZ]

• Twinkies may not be around for us all to eat in the post-apocalypse after all. [ChuffPo]

• Prentice Hospital got a reprieve from the wrecking ball thanks to an order from a Cook County judge granting the building temporary landmark status. Chicago residents should expect to wake up one morning sometime in mid-January and find two giant bulldozed X's where the hospital stood just the night before. [Sun-Times]

• Mitt Romney is not bitter at all about losing the election. Nope, not all. Nuh-uh. Not one bit. [Gothamist]

• The CTA, though, backed off on presenting its budget today as a result to ongoing union negotiations. If those negotiations turn sour for CTA head Forrest Claypool, more service cuts and fare hikes could be coming because the agency hasn't otherwise found a way for riders to make their commutes even more miserable than they already are. [Sun-Times]

• First Threadless, then Obama's re-election, so what's next for one of Chicago's brightest tech minds? My money is on "weather machine." [Crain's]

• Brian Urlacher criticized the NFL for shoddy equipment but he also reiterated he'd lie to team personnel about having a concussion creating a Möbius strip of inexplicable logic. [Tribune]

• Nate SIlver says Chicago is better than New York. His wizardry will brook no argument from me. [Chicagoist]

• A retired chaplain in Glen Ellyn discovered he's now $1 million richer thanks to a two-month old lottery ticket he found cleaning his desk. I cleaned my desk today and found only a banana peel. [Daily Herald]

• FINALLY: Star Wars action figures and dominoes were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame. In other news, there is a National Toy Hall of Fame. [MSN]

Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 14, 2012.

• Perhaps you've heard about the latest craze sweeping an embittered nation: signing petitions to the White House requesting the allowance for states to secede because that worked so well the first time. Not surprising, the states with the most signatures are the states where NASCAR is most popular. A closer look at the White House website reveals this movement holds no merit and was started by bored, stupid people. In other words, the Internet is being the Internet. Over 5,000 people in Illinois have signed a pair of petitions for this state to secede which is still more than the average White Sox game attendance. [WHITE HOUSE; SUN-TIMES]

• The Invisibile Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. remains MIA as Congress reconvened. It's been over five months since Jackson was seen in Congress on behalf of his constituents who thought this wasn't a big deal so they re-elected him anyway. [SUN-TIMES]

• Even though Mayor Emanuel promised he would fight the private company raking in all of our quarters from those privatized parking meters that former Mayor Daley left in a flaming bag on our front porch before running off, it turns out the city joined forces with the company to defend the parking meter deal against a lawsuit. Don't question the logic because if you question the city's logic, you will find yourself spiraling down a rabbit hole that has no bottom. [THE READER]

• President Obama held his first post-election Q&A with reporters this afternoon and he was asked about the spreading Petraeus scandal as well as the fiscal cliff. But it was over a threat from Senators McCain and Graham to block a potential nomination of Susan Rice as Secretary of State that Obama got fired up, stopping just short of repeating Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy's infamous "I'm a man, I'm 40!" rant from a few years back. [SUN-TIMES; NY TIMES]

• A security breach on the city's election board website exposed information relating to either 1,200 people or 1.7 million people depending on who you ask. No big deal. [GAPERS BLOCK]

• The Choose Chicago tourism group is claiming this summer's push was a big success after targeting six cities and bringing in $207 million in additional revenue thanks to the campaign. Of course, if you lived in St. Louis, you'd want to escape upriver, too. [CRAIN'S]

• Peoples Gas is looking to jack up rates even more than originally planned. [WBEZ]

• I, for one, welcome our new ash borer overlords. [DAILY HERALD]

• The Texans' Tim Dobbins was fined $30,000 for his hit on Bears QB Jay Cutler that resulted in a concussion for Cutler. [SUN-TIMES]

• Don't blame me, I voted for Darko. The NBA season is two weeks old but there's already an All-Star ballot. [NBC CHICAGO]

• Stop me if you've heard this one before: Soldier Field is going to need new sod. [CBS 2]

• Bright One: Carol Marin is not impressed by Mayor Emanuel's typically flippant attitude towards the press, this time over the report that City Hall workers secretly taped reporters. [SUN-TIMES]

• AND FINALLY: If this whole "Internet" thing has you confused, Wal-Mart still has your AOL starter kits for $15. [CONSUMERIST]

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Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for November 13, 2012

Embattled and invisible congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. is no longer a patient at the Mayo Clinic and the federal probe into misuse of campaign funds may be spreading to his wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson. [SUN-TIMES]

Speaking of Jackson, Jr., if he's ousted or steps down, Sam Adam, Jr., who has famously defended both R. Kelly and former governor Rod Blagojevich, has expressed an interest in running for the seat. [SUN-TIMES]

Former Dixon comptroller Rita Crundwell will change her not guilty plea in connection to a $53 million embezzlement charge to guilty tomorrow. [CBS 2]

A non-profit has filed a lawsuit over the strict guidelines in the city's food truck ordinance. [CHICAGOIST]

Controversial Cook County judge Susan McDunn, who claimed she was being ruined by secret lawsuits including powerful Chicago figures, has stepped down from her position. [SUN-TIMES; previously]

Those fancy-pants new CTA rail cars are debuting on the Red Line this week, just in time for no one on the South Side to be able to use them next summer. [ABC 7]

With the "fiscal cliff" looming, some Democrats have growing interest in a Romney campaign pledge as a way to raise taxes on the rich through deduction caps. [NY TIMES]

A gay marriage bill is high on Rahm Emanuel's Springfield agenda. [SUN-TIMES]

The renowned BBC finds itself mired in the middle of its largest scandal ever. [REUTERS]

Antivirus software pioneer John McAfee has been accused of murder but he tells Wired he's been framed. [GIZMODO; WIRED]

One goat, two giraffes missing in Lakeview. [WBEZ]

Porn star Jenna Jameson has to pony up almost $100,000 to a Naperville theater for pulling out of a planned appearance. [DAILY HERALD]

As if Mitt Romney needed another reason to be jealous of the Obamas, First Lady Michelle gets Downton Abbey episodes early. [POLITICO]

Bright One: Andy Ihnatko looks at the big tech FAIL the Romney campaign faced on Election Day and how the Obama campaign side-stepped the same fate. [SUN-TIMES]

And Finally: The Word of the Year is "GIF." [YAHOO NEWS]

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