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Josh Cunningham of Morgan Park flies in for a shot against Notre Dame. | Patrick Gleason~For Sun-Times Media


Here are some of the stories that caught our attention during the work day for December 4, 2012.

• Chicago Public Schools released its findings on the number of children in each school, figures that will help determine which schools will be closed or consolidated after the CPS ignores the pleas of parents. [Sun-Times]

• Mayor Emanuel's digital billboard plan got the rubber stamp approval from his minions was approved by the City Council. [WBEZ]

• Speaking of Mayor Emanuel, he doesn't care about the head of a firm with a big O'Hare contract being tied to the mob because the idea of such a thing happening in Chicago, of all places, is just preposterous. [Sun-Times]

• This year's New Years Eve penny rides on the CTA will be free this year, covered by beer megacorp MillerCoors though given the quality of the CTA lately, Malort would have been a better choice. [RedEye]

• A bill to allow undocumented immigrants to obtain state driver's licenses sailed through the state senate today. [Sun-Times]

• Former Cook County Commissioner Tony Peraica was sentenced to four months of court supervision after being found guilty of criminal damage because he defaced campaign signs of his opponent in the 2010 election which Peraica lost. Let this be a lesson to other politicians: keep arguments with opponents confined to the bottomless pit of despair that is the Internet, where they belong. [Sun-Times]

• The city has quickly reached an agreement with the bartender beaten by former Chicago cop Anthony Abbate so it can ask the presiding judge to set aside the ruling a jury recently made. [CBS 2]

• It's like Yelp!, except for dirty massage parlors! [CSJ]

• NPR has a fantastic feature about renowned local reissue label Numero Group and its numerous compilations which any of you should feel free to buy me for Christmas. [NPR]

• EVERYBODY PANIC!!!! Bears Edition as Brian Urlacher may be done for the year. [Sun-Times]

• BRIGHT ONE: Carol Marin, one of the three Sun-Times reporters who helped push the David Koschman case, shares why Christmas is no joyful time for Nancy Koschman. [Sun-Times]

• FINALLY: Stop Tweeting from the toilet. [France 24]

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Rich Hein/Sun-Times


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 19, 2012.

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Cargill Floor Supervisor Lucas Harrington, left, and Cargill Food Mill Supervisor Craig Miller "guard" the two turkeys at West Rockingham Ruritan Park, that are bound for the White House Monday afternoon, Nov. 19, 2012, in Rockingham County, Va. The turkeys, which were grown by Rockingham County poultry farmer Craig Miller, are expected to be pardoned by President Barack Obama Wednesday, and live out their days on George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate. (AP Photo/The Daily News-Record, Nikki Fox)


• Mayor Emanuel swears there's nothing wrong and that the Gold Coast is perfectly safe after a pair of incidents - a stabbing and an accused robber allegedly trying to run over a cop - in the area this weekend. It's true that in a big city, occasionally crime will happen even in nicer parts. Still, there are a million reasons I'd never step foot in the area and it has nothing to do with crime. [Sun-Times]

• Meanwhile, the Mayor is also saying that the pension crisis could throw a big wrench into the city budget. [WBEZ]

• Ex-county commissioner Joseph Moreno is in talks for a plea deal over accepting bribes. A Chicago politician taking a bribe? No, this just can't be true. [Sun-Times]

• So Hostess may not be closing after all as a judge told both sides involved to sit down and work out over a couple of Ho-Hos. So don't go paying $5,000 for Twinkies on eBay just yet because while that's a perfectly sane thing to do anyway, it may not be necessary. [Sun-Times]

• The family of a Maine West High School student have filed a lawsuit claiming the student was sexually assaulted during a hazing incident related to making the school's soccer team. [CBS 2]

• Just a day after opening, an Evergreen Park BBQ restaurant had a car drive through its front. Now that it has that out of the way, it can move on with its grand opening when it reopens tomorrow. [NBC 5]

• Jason Campbell! Colin Kaepernick! It's Monday Night Football on ESPN! [NFL.com]

• The United Center is hoping to entice the DePaul Blue Demons with a deal that includes free rent. Other parts of the deal include free skeeball but a promise to end all parties by 2 a.m. and to take out the trash when they're done. [Crain's]

• Maryland and Rutgers are joining the Big Ten as the conference shuffling continues. Now word if the Big Ten will rebrand itself or add another division alongside Legends and Leaders called "Mediocre Pretenders." [ESPN]

• BRIGHT ONE: Neil Steinberg breaks down Garry Willis' analysis of Mitt Romney's campaign. [Sun-Times]

• FINALLY: Forget any kind of financial woes, don't mess with a city's Christmas tress. At least, that's what the city of Birmingham, Michigan found out given the outcry following the revelation the city has optioned for a cheaper, reusable 35-foot tall artificial tree. On the bright side, no sap hands! [Detroit Free Press]

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]

The Day in Photos

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Earlier this afternoon, the City Council took a quick break during their budget hearings for lunch and according to his Twitter feed, it looks like Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) was in charge of ordering lunch and decided to have a little fun with Ald. Proco "Joe" Moreno (1st). Reilly ordered a slew of Chick-Fil-A for the council members, the fast food chain that Moreno has been fighting for a space in his ward due to the chain's donations to religious organizations that oppose gay marriage. Reilly tweeted the above photo showing he's having a bit of fun with Moreno over the food choice; he then posted a photo of the council enjoying the chicken. Though Ald. Moreno hasn't responded, the chain's local Twitter feed was quite happy to share in Reilly's joy.

Update: Ald. Moreno has responded on Twitter (and in the comments below) - "Thanks Ald. Reilly, but since I am vegetarian and I don't think homophobia is funny, I'll have to reject your gift."

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